2017 BC SOFTBALL PREVIEW

BC went 30-23 last season, tying its best record under head coach Ashley Obrest.
The Eagles' 12-9 ACC record was their best mark since joining the conference before the 2006 season. They finished fourth in league play.
BC returned four pitchers and all but two offensive starters, along with adding six freshmen.

"I like our depth this year. We’re carrying 21 players. It’s the most we’ve carried since I’ve been here. It definitely gives us some options. We have a lot of kids who are able to play infield and outfield. So I think it’s really going to come down to who’s getting on base, who’s making things happen on the offensive side and who is making routine plays in the field." - Obrest

Pitching: The Eagles recorded a 2.81 ERA last season - third in the ACC. Their .233 opposing batting average was second-best in the conference. Junior righthander Jessica Dreswick went 14-8 with a 2.47 ERA - fifth among ACC pitchers.
Junior pitcher Allyson Frei struck out 186 - third in the ACC last year - with a 2.90 ERA.

"They’re both No. 1s. A lot of people like to say, ‘Who’s your No. 1?’ But I think whenever we say Dreswick’s starting or whenever we say Ally Frei’s starting, it’s kind of the same reaction. Everybody feels fine with it. Everybody feels comfortable when they’re out there." - Obrest

Senior Jordan Weed (pictured), sophomore Kendra Friedt and freshman Megan Overton complete the pitching staff. Weed posted a 2.47 ERA last season in 11 appearances, nine out of relief. As a freshman, Friedt appeared in seven games, including one start.

"Kendra has been phenomenal since we started practice on January 14. She has thrown the ball better each day and made significant improvements. She has really bought into our pitching philosophy, and it has shown." - Obrest

Last season's lineup recorded a .287 batting average (best in school history) and 233 runs (second best in program history).
Catcher: Senior Tatiana Cortez (pictured), junior Jordan Chimento and sophomore Ally Moore can all play the position. Cortez has received the bulk of the time behind the diamond. However, others will get opportunities when Cortez plays third base.
Cortez is building off a monster season. Her .768 slugging percentage was a BC single-season record and 30th nationally. She finished hitting .380 with 13 home runs and 14 doubles. The 2016 All-ACC First-Team selection ended the year on a 16-game hit streak.

"She’s learned how to hit balls, not necessarily just strikes. So we always talk about, ‘Hey, everybody knows you’re a good hitter.’ So when we’re working out with the team and in the cage, she’s not going to see a ball that grabs a good chunk of the plate. So she’s really learned how to hit those borderline ball/strike pitches or even a ball or two off the plate really, really hard." - Obrest

Freshman Jules Trevino will see plenty of playing time at first base, Obrest says.

"Jules is a lefty, hits lefty, strong kid. She had a good fall, got hurt a little bit, so that set her back. But she’s always working, always in the cage, always on the field doing something." - Obrest

Second base: Junior Chloe Sharabba will move from second base to shortstop this season, giving the Eagles several options at second base. Obrest is evaluating several options, including sophomore Carly Severini (pictured).

"We have a lot of options. It could be Carly, could be (freshman) Halle Hixenbaugh, could be (senior) Madison Paulson." - Obrest

Shortstop: Sharabba (4) started all 53 games last year and led BC with 32 runs while hitting .295. Obrest says her transition to shortstop has gone smoothly.

"She will be our shortstop. She has the footwork, she has an incredible glove and she is the most athletic player on the team. She reminds me a lot of former BC shortstops Jessie Daulton and Rene Delagrammaticas." - Obrest

Third base: The Eagles' depth gives them plenty of options at the hot corner. Several veterans and even underclassmen such as sophomore Dani Thomas (pictured) can play the position.

"Just like second base, we have several options. It could be Dani, Tatiana, Madison or Carly. Those are all legitimate options." - Obrest

Outfield: BC returned several proven players and added some freshmen into the mix. Junior Annie Murphy (pictured) earned All-ACC Second Team honors last year. She started 52 games, batting .304 with three home runs and 27 RBI.
Other outfield returnees include sophomore Lexi DiEmmanuele (pictured) and senior Taylor Coroneos. DiEmmanuele made an instant impact as a freshman, stealing 24 bases for the second-best single-season mark in program history. She also started 47 games and hit .298.
Coroneos brings plenty of experience to the outfield, having played 150 games in her previous three seasons with BC. The Sewell, N.J., native placed second on the team in on-base percentage (.395) as a sophomore in 2015.
Freshmen Brenna Griesser (left) and Halle Hixenbaugh have also made positive early impressions in the outfield.

"Murphy will be our left fielder, and center field will be either Coroneos or DiEmmanuele. Both are very capable of playing center field, and both will see time there. Brenna Griesser and Halle Hixenbaugh have also been very impressive in the outfield, so they will certainly see time out there. All five of those young ladies have fantastic speed, so we don’t expect much to drop out there."

Designated player: The Eagles have plenty of offensive depth. The DP position will give another proven hitter a chance at major contributions each game. Jordan Chimento could see most of her playing time at DP. The junior placed third on the team in on-base percentage (.390) and slugging percentage (.462) last year.

"As of now, and this could certainly change, Jordan will be in the lineup as our DP. She is one of our top-five hitters, so we need her bat in the lineup. She has a great approach and really goes hard at every pitch." - Obrest

The Eagles open the new season at 10 a.m. Friday against Wichita State at the Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational.

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