Softball - Tue, Feb. 26, 2013
A young Blue Hawk team with senior leadership will look to make a impact this season.
In 2012 the Blue Hawks finished 28-23 and 10-5 in their Division I independent region.
DSU lost to LSU Alexandria 3-2 in the 2012 Association of Independent Institutions Softball Championships last season.
As a junior, Lidnsey Sullivan led the team in batting average at .407 and with 51 RBI's.
2013's offensive identity:
The Blue Hawks will have speed at the top and bottom of the lineup.
Sophomore Janell LaRont
was second on the team in batting average last year hitting .379. She also had 17 doubles last season.
Senior Kristy Ortiz
will be inserted in the middle of the lineup. Ortiz will provide power. She hit .288 last season and had 25 RBI's and 4 home runs.
Sophomore Claudia Torres
has ability to hit the long ball this season. This offseason Torres has made improvements at the plate. According to DSU head softball coach Kristen Fleury
, she has a phenomenal swing.
Senior Lindsey Sullivan tore her ACL in her left knee this fall in exhibition play against University of Mary.
The Blue Hawks will have a strong 1-2 punch in Regan Lawrence
(R) and senior Taysia Kaufman
(R). Kaufman has had a solid three years at DSU with a career ERA of 2.76.
LaRont (R) was not thrown last year but she has been throwing this offseason.
The pitching staff will go five deep; a first for coach Fleury. Senior transfer Nicole Lobato
(R) and sophomore Tiffany Morgan
(R), who through some innings last year will provide depth.
Speed will kill for the Hawks this season with senior Danielle Benito
, freshmen Morgan Glowa
and Morgan Wandler
. When Lawrence and Kaufman are not on the mound, they will provide solid outfield play and strong arms.
Ortiz will be at first base. Yslas, Vargas, and LaRont will play multiple infield positions.
DSU will start off the season with four games in St. Cloud, Minn. Bemidji State University, St. Cloud State, Valley City State University and Minot State University will be the first four opponents this season. BSU, SCS and MSU are all NCAA Division II opponents which will be a good test for DSU.
The schedule then heats up in Tucson, Ariz. from March 8-16 for the Tucson games. The Blue Hawks last opponent will be Cal State San Marcos, the number one ranked team this preseason. University of Madonna a softball post season regular, Lubbock Christian and Olivet Nazarene University will provide a challenge for the Blue Hawks.
Coach Fleury will be coaching in her fourth season. This is coach Fleury's youngest team with eight freshman. Tyler Doohen
and Vanessa Adame
will assist Fleury on the Blue Hawk coaching staff.