Softball completes Freeze-Out, sets sights on Shaw Challenge

Austin Troutman – Staff Writer

With a five game losing streak right off the bat, the women’s softball team looks to turn it around in its upcoming games.

One of the main causes of the slow start this year has been the offense, being outscored 31-2 and collecting a total of 14 hits.

The team may have gotten off to a rough start, but there is room for improvement.

Casey Wilcox, second basemen, said, “I would say we are super young, we have a lot of freshman with a lot of talent. But unfortunately, not a lot of experience, so communication is our biggest improvement.”

The Golden Eagles are trying to get back to the fundamentals and more importantly, put together a complete team that can be successful.

Wilcox added, “We have the ability, we just need to string it all together with a little confidence.  Once we start hitting and making the routine plays, I truly believe we can’t be stopped.”

The team has had some time off recently, with the last game being a 6-0 loss to New Haven Feb. 19.

All the rest and practice time since the last game will be put to the test this Friday as the team performs a double-header starting at 12:30 p.m. against Fairmont State University.

The main mindset for the team this weekend is to stay positive and focused and try to not overthink the situation in front of them.

Wilcox said, “We spend too much time letting the high and lows of the game determine our attitudes when we need to be in the driver’s seat. Once we can do that consistently, we can let our abilities speak for themselves.”

The primary goal for the Golden Eagles is to become more competitive as a team from last season, where they went 4-33 (1-19 PSAC).

The team will play the next 19 games before seeing the first conference game, which will be a March 31 double-header against Bloomsburg University in Clarion.

The Golden Eagles will try to start its quest to improve this weekend, where they will play five games in three days.

Although the team has not had the greatest of starts to its season, the players are looking to bounce back and play hard starting this weekend.

Sometimes it takes a while for a team to transition from a bad season.  For Clarion, some believe that transition is coming sooner rather than later.

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