Tech is the preseason ACC favorite and is ranked 16th in the NFCA poll. The USA Softball poll is released Tuesday.
The Hokies return a pair of pitchers, including two-time All-American Angela Tincher. Joining Tincher and Heather Lowry in the circle are freshman Kenzie Roark and senior transfer Elly Gosby.
The only starter Tech lost was designated player Callie Rhodes, who could be replaced by her sister, Jenna.
Kelsey Hoffman returns behind the plate, and will get help
from Misty Hall, Amber Walker and Morgan Harris in handling the staff.
Stephanie Savre (1B) and Erin Ota (2B) also return. Charisse
Mariconda, who split time at third base and shortstop last year, moves back to
her natural position at third due to the arrival of freshman Jess Hodge and Hall,
a transfer, at shortstop. Hall will also catch some when not at shortstop. Beth
Walker and Dori Nunley will also look to break into the rotation at the outer
In the outfield, all three starters return. Senior Caroline
Stolle (LF) led the team in hitting and home runs last year and Jessica
Everhart (CF) has started every game her first two seasons. Walk-on Whitney Davis
is back in right field. Anna Zitt and Rhodes will also look for playing time in
Additionally, work is well under way on the construction
project. Both roofs on the dugouts have been removed and are in the process of
being lowered. The steel for the stands is being put together behind the
current stands while the foundation is being formed.
Tech will open its season on Feb. 8 at the FIU Invite in
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