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UWF softball ready to begin 2014 season at home Argos look to improve on last seasons 21-25 record (Photo by Chris Nelson) PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida softball program begins the 2014 season when they host the University of Mobile Saturday, Feb. 1 in a doubleheader. The Argos will continue the opening weekend at home when they face Midwestern State also in a doubleheader Sunday, Feb. 2. UWF will close out opening weekend play on Monday, Feb. 3 when they take on Midwestern State at 9 a.m. CT and then Southern Arkansas at 1 p.m. CT.Live CoverageLive Stats and Audio for entire weekendGame NotesOpening WeekendPreseason rankingsThe University of West Florida softball team was picked to finish fifth in the Gulf South Conference in the 2014 Preseason GSC Coaches’ Poll. The Argonauts received a total of 27 points that ranked them in the fifth spot.Alabama Huntsville was picked to finish first in the conference after they received six first place votes and totaled 48 points. Valdosta State was a close second after they totaled 44 points and received two first place votes. North Alabama and West Alabama earn the third and fourth spots, and Delta State, West Georgia, and Christian Brothers round out the remaining teams.Senior Danielle Sanders (Leesburg, Fla.) was the only Argo to be selected to the 2014 Preseason All-GSC team and earned a spot on the team as an outfielder. UAH landed the most student-athletes to the list with four, including last year’s Pitcher and Freshman of the Year, Kimberly Jack.The Argos also had two student-athletes named to the GSC’s Top Newcomers list in junior transfer Lou Barnard (Apopka, Fla./Lake-Sumter CC) and freshman pitcher Jessica Wilkinson (Gainesville, Fla.)NewcomersEntering her 21st season at the helm of West Florida softball, Tami Cyr has added five newcomers to the roster that will compete this spring. The newcomers consist of four freshmen and one junior college transfer.The lone transfer, Lou Barnard, comes to UWF after spending two years at Lake-Sumter State College. As a LakeHawk Barnard saw significant playing time and acquired numerous accolades. Last spring she was a first team selection at first base after leading the LakeHawks with a .377 batting average and set a school record with 13 home runs. She also led the team in RBIs with 47.The rest of the newcomers feature a four-person freshmen squad of all pitchers in Brooke Hale, Becca Taylor, Rebecca Hein and Jessica Wilkinson.Hale comes to UWF from Belleview High School in Belleview, Fla. She led her team to a state runner-up finish in 2012. She ended her senior season in 2013 with 166 innings pitched and 182 strikeouts.Taylor, another Florida native, comes from Panama City, Fla. She played softball for four years at Rutherford High School and lead them to a 2013 5A district championship. Hein lettered four years at Vestavia Hills High School in Vestavia, Ala. While there her team saw a state runner-up finish in 2012 and back to back regional championships in 2012 and 2013. Hein was also named the All-South/Hoover Player of the year after she earned 40 wins during her senior season.Rounding out the freshmen is Wilkinson. She pitched for four years at Buchholz High School in Gainesville, Fla. where she received defensive player of the year, player of the year and first team all-area honors her senior season. Print Friendly Version Share
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