AU softball returns from spring games to prepare for conference opponents

The Eagles sit 4-14 on the season while returning home


AU Athletics

Eagle catcher stands with the ball, about to throw it back to the pitcher.

Claudia Adcock, Reporter

The Ashland University softball team was in Florida from March 3-11 to compete against several opponents to prepare for Great Midwest Athletic Conference opponents. 

In non-conference play down in Florida, the team had its fair share of ups and downs going 3-7 through 10 games but looks to grow team chemistry as a focal point heading into conference play. 

Lauren McMillan, a senior outfielder, has been vocal about having several of her teammates back as they return from injuries last year.

“Kayla Ruperto has really stuck out to me so far this season and she was one that was injured last season,” said McMillan. “We play confident behind her and know that she gives it her all to get it done. She worked hard to get back to play this season and it has definitely shown.” 

Head Coach of the Eagles, Emlyn Knerem, is excited for the upcoming games to see how strong the girls compete having the girls back. 

Last season was riddled with unexpected injuries, which was frustrating for all of us,” said Coach Knerem. “We are looking forward to having the majority of our lineup back on the field together with experience while adding a solid freshmen class to our roster for our upcoming conference games. We are going to compete this year.”

One of the main focal points of work has been fixing and fine-tuning the small aspects of their game.

“We have been working hard to fine-tune the little things, so that when we step into conference play,” said senior Kayla Ruperto. “We are competing to the highest of our ability.”  

Returning from Florida, the team’s first home game will be against Davenport on March 18 at 1p.m on the new Deb Miller Field in Ashland, Ohio. The team’s first conference game will be against Northwood in Michigan on March 24.