Softball Opens 2006 Practice With Mini-Camp

Jan. 18, 2006


The University of Kansas softball team, coming off a 31-24 record and NCAA Regional appearance in 2005, opened its 38th season of competition Tuesday with a week-long mini-camp.

“We’ve never been able to be outside for the first few days of practice and so far the weather has allowed us to do that,” head coach Tracy Bunge said.

After a successful Day One, the second day of mini camp focused on an outdoor practice and indoor hitting in Anschutz Pavilion and at the new Hoglund Ballpark hitting facility. The team will begin its Thursday activities at 10 a.m. with a visit to Raintree Montessori in Lawrence to read to students of all ages.

“We have an experience team coming back this season, which also changes the focus of these practices,” Bunge added. “We will not have to spend as much time on fundamentals as we will on full-team practices.”

KU is led by six seniors — Serena Settlemier, Heather Stanley, Nettie Fierros, Ashley Goodrich, Jessica Moppin and Destiny Frankenstein. Settlemier and junior Kassie Humphreys are expected to lead the Jayhawks in the circle this season while seven newcomers will add depth to all positions.

The Jayhawks will have less than four weeks to prepare for their Feb. 10 season opener in Houston, Texas. Kansas will face Florida, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and host Houston in the Wilson/DiMarini Tournament Feb. 10-12.