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'Belles start conference play while on the road

Team looks to take a win against tough opponents

By Allison Price
On February 28, 2014

  • Evgeny Taranets educates the audience on various features of Russia with a presentation. Pam Belcher
  • Evgeny Taranets educates the audience on various features of Russia with a presentation. Pam Belcher
  • Evgeny Taranets educates the audience on various features of Russia with a presentation. Pam Belcher
  • Evgeny Taranets educates the audience on various features of Russia with a presentation. Pam Belcher

The Rambelles are headed to Stephenville to open conference play against Tarleton State University. The team opens with a double header Friday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and then plays a final game Saturday, March 1.

The Rambelles played St. Mary's University at home Thursday, Feb. 27, in a two-game series.

"St. Mary's is a tough opponent for us," Head Coach Travis Scott said. "They beat us 8-6 early in the year at their tournament, but we made a couple of mistakes and had a couple of calls go against us. Hopefully our team can find a way to get to it, but we have a quick turnaround and go to Tarleton the next day to open up conference play, and we really need a big weekend."

Currently, the team sits at an 11-5 record overall this season. Of the last 10 games played, there have been a total of eight wins.

"I am very happy with how the season is going," sophomore Ambra Hill said. "We kind of struggled at the beginning, but we have come together as a team and we worked on everything from team bonding to just breaking everything down and going back to basic skills."

The Rambelles have a hitting average of .348 as a team, and they are limiting teams to a 3.15 earned run average.

Freshman Kenedy Urbany has kept a consistent streak, hitting .375 with three doubles and two home runs.

Urbany was also named Suddenlink Athlete of the Week.

"I am very honored about this recognition," Urbany said. "It encourages me to work harder."

In their doubleheader games against Texas-Permian Basin Saturday, Feb. 22, Scott said the team's mental makeup were a lot better.

"Anytime you have a lot of energy in the dugout and a lot of energy amongst the team, it is going to make for a better day," he said.

The Rambelles won both games against Permian Basin. In game one, the Rambelles scored six runs in the second inning. In game two, the Rambelles limited their opponents to only five hits and one run in the entire game.

Hill said hitting is something she wants to continue working on.

"I have a hard time hitting and getting on base," she said. "I have switched to the left side so, I'm definitely just trying to move runners and get on base for my team."

Scott said he continues to put the girls in pressure situations during practice to help them prepare for when those times might come in a game.

"I think they understand it is something that needs to be worked on," Scott said. "The team is thankful that we are putting them in these situations and they are really pushing each other. It also helps them bond a little bit more as a team."

After their three-game series against Tarleton, the team will be back at Mayer Field to host Texas A&M International University Wednesday, March 4 and 5.


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