TERRE HAUTE, Ind.—Following a fall that was full of commitment, desire and change, the Indiana State softball team hit the practice field for the first time Monday in preparation for the upcoming 2012-13 season.
Though the Missouri Valley Conference standings may not have shown it, the Indiana State softball team made great strides during the first year under the leadership of head coach Shane Bouman in 2012. This season the Sycamores have their sights seton competing with every team in Missouri Valley Conference.
Last season the team finished a disappointing 19-34 overall and 6-20 in Missouri Valley Conference play. The Sycamores battled all the way until their last game of the regular season for a berth into the MVC Tournament for the first time since 2009.
“Our culture improves daily and competition has helped raise the level within our program on and off the field. This spring we have a huge opportunity every time we play," Bouman said.
The expectations for Sycamore softball has grown each day as the team prepares for the upcoming season. They open with a tough road schedule including ten games vs. teams who qualified for the 2012 NCAA tournament, and seven BCS opponents.
This season’s Sycamore squad will have a completely different look than the 2012 edition. Coach Shane Bouman and his staff, Amanda Zust and Scott Miller have added 11 new players from around the country to join this year’s team. Look for a solid vocal defense, aggressive base runners and an offense that plans to move the ball and score runs.
The Sycamores roster is a makeup of three seniors, Mackenzie Connelly, Alex Lucas and Halee Myers. Juniors Shelby Wilson, Morgan Allee, and Stephanie Fougerousse, four sophomores are returners Megan Bunting, Ashley Dickerson, Ashli Scott and Megan Stone, and freshman, Alexa Cavin, Mikayla Grindle, Meredith Henriksen, Halle Humphrey, Sarah Lawrence, Abbie Malchow, Kelsey Montgomery and Paige Schreiner.
The Sycamores have added competition at every position around the diamond which provides flexibility and options to get the best players on the field each game.
Indiana State will kick-off the 2012-13 season at the Iowa State Tournament Feb. 8-10 in Ames, Iowa. The team will also play in tournaments at Auburn, Memphis and Georgia along with non-conference games against IUPUI, Loyola, SEMO, Tulsa, Eastern Illinois, Butler, University of Illinois and Indiana.
The Sycamore softball team will also host MVC rivals Missouri State, Creighton, Evansville, Southern Illinois and Illinois State at Price Field in Terre Haute.