WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) -- Wichita State softball is riding its momentum from its historic 2018 season. That squad was the first to ever play in an NCAA Regional Final, defeating Oklahoma State and Arkansas in the postseason.
Head Coach Kristi Bredbenner said reaching that level set the tone for this season.
"I think that's that momentum, that energy, really that focus that I think the girls understood what it took to get there last year and I think we're just trying to mimic that with a little bit more defense orientation and a little bit better all around," she said.
The Shockers built their success in the circle, obtaining transfer Bailey Lange last season from Northern Illinois. Lange, a junior in 2018, finished with a 20-13 record in the circle with a 2.90 ERA. She pitched 209.2 innings with 183 strikeouts.
Caitlin Bingham was a true freshman last season, appearing in 25 games, starting 15 in the circle. Bingham finished with a 2-6 record an a 5.72 ERA, pitched 67.1 innings with 35 strikeouts, and held opponents to lowest batting average on the pitching staff (.242).
Lange is confident the team will improve with these two and LA Tech transfer Erin McDonald in the rotation.
"We're working on spots, that's a key thing we didn't do last year," she said. "I think hitting spots will help [Caitlin] grow a lot as a pitcher this spring."