At the University of South Florida in Tampa, the Lady Bulls softball squad is consistently a hot topic of sports conversation. As the Lady Brahmas prepare to swing into the 2017 season, the saying, “we don’t rebuild, we just retool” is fitting.
USF will start the season ranked as one of the top 25 best softball teams in the nation. An even brighter future lies ahead for Coach Ken Eriksen’s Bulls, as four highly rated student athletes will join the fold next fall. The world-renowned coach, who occupies the third base coach’s box for the Bulls, is also the leader of the United States Women’s National team.
The Lady Bull softball team has received letters of intent from a pair of powerful hurlers, adding depth to the pitching staff, plus a hard-hitting outfielder and a versatile utility player who has experience at eight different defensive positions.
Two More Aces in the Herd
Miriam (Mim) Schmoll and Georgina (George) Corrick will be eligible to toe the rubber for USF beginning in 2017. Eriksen justifiably conveys an enthusiastic level of optimism since signing these two power arms.
Both Mim and George have posted an earned run average, (ERA) below one run a game during their prep careers. Schmoll has led the Bayshore, Florida Lady Bruins since her freshman season, while Corrick is the ace of the Seminole High School staff. Each pitcher throws year-round on the travel ball circuit, with Corrick the lead pitcher for the European Champion Great Britain 19 & under squad.
Bulls Add Big Bats
Kyndall Williams and Jasmine Haynes are a pair of excellent fielders who also possess superb bat control. With a pitching staff that is going to be hard to score upon, team defense, getting runners on pace and scoring runs, are the next needs Eriksen hopes to fill.
Haynes and Williams will bring excellent fielding skills to Tampa next season, plus a pair of high batting averages. Kyndall also has a home run power, including a near perfect base stealing percentage.
Since pitching wins games in women’s fast pitch softball, but batters plate the necessary runs, the future looks bright for the USF Lady Bull softball squad. With one of the brightest and most creative minds in the world of fast pitch softball leading the herd, the future looks bright for the Lady Bulls.