MADISON, S.D. - The 2013 Dakota State University softball season officially began on Monday morning with the Trojans' first practice held inside the DSU Memorial Field House.
"It was nice to get everyone back from break and start practice again," seventh-year head coach Ken Prorok said. "With the cold weather and the snow outside, we will be inside for the first few weeks, we did however get some good work in and our players appear to have come back focused. We have five weeks before we start the season, so it is important that we are focused as the season comes and goes pretty quick once we get started."
The Trojans will enter the season with a good mixture of youth and experience, the team has six players who are either juniors or seniors; including senior captain Renaye Gamson, who hit .319 last season. The team also has seven players that are sophomores or freshmen; including sophomore captain Brittany Hill who was the leading freshman hitter in the nation last season hitting .440 in 125 plate appearances.
"We are excited about the upcoming season," said Prorok. "This team has a unique chemistry about it, and I am excited to see how they grow as the season approaches. We have great depth amongst our pitching staff, a solid group of good base runners, and have added some extra power to our line-up that we have not had in the past."
The Trojans begin their season on March 3 in Leavenworth, Kan. as they face Saint Mary (Kan.) in an opening day doubleheader.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director