Ashlyn Teran is making an impact as a freshman for the Bellevue University (Neb.) softball team.
The Normangee High School graduate was one of just two freshmen to play in the first 36 games (24-12). The outfielder and pitcher hit .396, second on the team, with 15 runs batted in.
"We work on hitting a lot," she said. "I've been seeing the ball really well."
Teran had a season-high 10-game hitting streak during which she recorded two hits five times. She had two hits in three at-bats in a pair of games on Feb. 24 against separate opponents and two hits in four at-bats in two games on March 4 against different foes.
The left-handed Teran carried a five-game hitting streak into play this past weekend. Included in that spell was a 3-for-4 effort during a win against Viterbo. Batting fifth in the order, she hit an opposite-field, two-run double in the first inning, doubling in consecutive games for the first time this season. She led the squad with 11 doubles.
"I've been getting a lot of outside pitches," she said. "I've been hitting a lot of gaps, which helps out a lot, and line drives."
She hasn't shown difficulty adjusting to the pitching, though she said, "It's is a big difference in the movement. You have to get your hands to the ball quicker."
Teran played left field earlier in the spring but has been in center field more recently. She is among seven players who have pitched. She had a 1-0 record and 1.17 earned run average in three appearances. "I'm primarily in the outfield because that's where (the coaches) see me," she said.
Her production the first two months has her trying to maintain.
"I take it game by game," said Teran, who led the team with seven stolen bases in nine attempts. "I'm slowly progressing. I keep making adjustments."
University of Texas at Tyler freshman pitcher Kasey Williamson had a 1-0 record and 4.86 ERA in six appearances. He is out of Madisonville High School.
Freshman pitcher James O'Neal had a 2-1 record and 9.00 ERA in four appearances for Allen Community College. The right-hander played for North Zulch High School.
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