SHERMAN, TEXAS — The Austin College softball team looks to emerge as a contender in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference West Division in 2012 under first-year head coach Jackie Davis. While the ’Roos have been forced to replace several productive graduated seniors, the team returns several starters from last year’s squad, including Suzanne Beltran, Chelsea Delaney and Heather Farquhar.
Beltran, a senior designated player and infielder, batted .357 last season with five doubles and 13 runs batted in, and Delaney, a junior shortstop, hit .284 with seven doubles and 17 RBI on her way to earning All-SCAC honors. Two years ago Farquhar was among the league leaders in batting average and should help fill the void left by Faith at first base.
Another key returner is Charlotte Trudell, a junior who spent time both in the outfield and playing second base last season. Trudell hit .266 last year and was one of the most successful base stealers on the team in addition to playing excellent defense.
Members of the full roster for the 2012 team are listed below by hometown, along with the local high school from which they graduated, and their parents.
Amber Pemberton, Bowie High School, daughter of Bob and Norma Pemberton;
Charlotte Trudell, Coppell High School, daughter of Dean and Melanie Trudell;
Copper Canyon, Texas
Mallory Rossmann, Liberty Christian School, daughter of Reid and Patty Rossman;
Fort Worth, Texas
Rachel Ramos, Fossil Ridge High School, daughter of Richard and Emily Ramos;
Samantha Matulis, Harmony High School, daughter of Thomas and Lesia Matulis;
Jessica Baker, Carroll Senior High School, daughter of Dennis and Doris Baker;
Suzanne Beltran, Memorial Senior High School, daughter of Orie and Amanda Beltran;
Briana Slawson, Howe High School, daughter of Tracey Slawson;
Chelsea Delaney, West Mesquite High School, daughter of Jeff and Pam Delaney;
Heather Farquhar, Mesquite High School, daughter of Glenda Farquhar;
Casie Darter, Ford High School, daughter of Todd and Kelly Darter;
Amanda Peiser, W.H. Ford High School, daughter of Monte and Teresa Peiser;
Jennifer "Jenny" Dowsey, Garland High School, daughter of Jim and Diane Dowsey.
This season several players are expected to take on larger roles this season, including sophomores Mallory Rossman and Rachel Ramos, who will be taking over starting roles this season. Rossman takes over the duties at catcher after hitting .313 in seven games last year, while Ramos will move into a starting role in the outfield after hitting .333 in 17 games a year ago. Jessica Baker also returns after appearing in 22 games last season, starting 19.
Another returner this year is Jennifer Dowsey, who rejoins the team after taking last season off. Two years ago Dowsey hit .308 with a double and a homer in 11 games in the outfield.
The ’Roos also return their entire pitching staff from a year ago, including Samantha Matulis, Amber Pemberton and Amanda Peiser. Matulis won a team-best seven games last year and threw 12 complete games with a team-best 4.53 earned-run-average, while Pemberton started 13 games and led the team with 39 strikeouts. Peiser made 10 starts and tossed a complete game shutout a year ago.
The Austin College softball team is looking to make an appearance at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament under the direction of head coach Jackie Davis
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives.