Ahead of this weekend’s Midwest Conference Classic tournament, Head Softball Coach Kim Zarling talks to the Terrarium about the team’s notable games this season, what’s not to miss, and why Beloiters should come check out a game.
Q: The softball season kicked off March 3. How has the season been going so far?
A: We were off to a slow start in terms of our offensive game, but we are making steady improvements every game. Games at Eureka College and Greenville College were very beneficial to allow our hitters additional live opportunities to work on their swing versus opposing pitchers. Defensively we have been getting sharper every game.
Q: What is your team like this year?
A: We are a very young team with one senior, one junior, two sophomores, and nine freshmen. The team is very committed, hardworking, and has a lot of passion for the game. It’s defensively more solid than past teams with lots of speed and range along with some very strong arms. Offensively, we’re looking to take advantage of speed and power throughout the lineup.
Q: Have you had any notable games this year?
A: During our spring trip to Kissimmee, Fla., we faced three top 25 teams (Trine, Simpson, and Roanoke), which are all games that are going to help prepare our team for the upcoming conference schedule. We have had a few games recently where one of our freshmen pitchers, Jen Zucker’16, has been very solid. She tied the school record for strikeouts with 14, and recently has had two games with 12 strikeouts. We had a nice win against Greenville College, 8-4.
Q: What's not to miss this season?
A: Conference matchups on Saturday, April 20 and Carroll on Wednesday, April 24.
Q: Why should people come to a softball game if they haven't before?
A: It is a very exciting game. Fast-paced because of the 60-foot base paths. There is a lot of offense and many close plays on the bases, runners stealing, and players being thrown out by outfielders with great arms.
The team’s next game is at home at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20 against Lawrence University.