Softball Opens Home Schedule with Jets

After weather forced the cancellation of the Southeastern Regional Invitational and the adjustment of the schedule, No. 10 Southeastern will finally open the home portion of its schedule when it welcomes Newman to the Southeastern Softball Field Feb. 15-16.

The four-game series will feature a double-header each day starting at noon.

By the time the Savage Storm takes the field they will have had their longest break of the season, a 12-day gap that was created with the weather-forced cancellation of their home tournament.

The addition of a four-game series with Newman is not the only schedule adjustment as head coach Ron Faubion has also announced that SE will play a twinbill with Missouri Southern State at a neutral site in Muskogee, Okla., on March 4. Those games will begin at 2 p.m.

Southeastern enters the weekend at 3-2 on the young season, with its games all coming at the St. Mary's Tournament in San Antonio, Texas on the season's opening weekend.

The Storm is paced by newcomer Sydney Kramer who is hitting .538 with seven hits and a .571 on-base percentage.

Laramie Beal, Jessica Simmons and Lacie Cook are each hitting .400 or better, with Beal adding a pair of doubles and a team-best five RBI.

In the circle, Mindy McElroy is off to a 1-0 start with a 0.72 ERA in two starts, while Jacee Bennett is 1-1 with a save and a 2.93 ERA. Bennett has one start, but has appeared in all five games with nine strikeouts.

Shayna Milam collected the third SE win and is 1-1 on the season.

Newman has yet to play a game this season and is coming off a 6-38 season in 2013 and has been picked fifth in the six-team Heartland Conference preseason poll.

The Jets return six starts from last season, highlighted by Kaitlyn Buck who was a first team All-South Central Region honoree as a utility player after hitting .306 with 20 runs scored.

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