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          Will freshman-heavy team be able to improve on last year's 0-8?

          UAA Softball Championship Tournament: March 9-14 Altamonte Springs, Fla.

          Peter Cooke

          Issue date: 3/5/10 Section: Sports
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          The Spartans return to a newly renovated Mather Park this spring with sunny optimism.

          Starting the season off in Florida next week during spring break at the UAA tournament, the Spartans, winless in last year's tournament, face an uphill climb to the top of the UAA. Despite losing three seniors last year, including Ruthe Sagartz, who pitched every inning last year, the Spartans have added six freshmen to this year's squad.

          Even with the newest players, the Spartans still suffer from a lack of depth, with just 15 players on the opening day roster. That leaves the Spartans with little room for error or injuries throughout the season.

          The foundation of the team lies on field with CWRU's defense, which ranked fourth last year in the UAA, with a fielding percentage of .949.

          At the foundation of CWRU's defense is junior first-baseman Annelise Fetterman, who lead the team with a .979 percent fielding percentage. Fetterman has an optimistic approach to the team's season, despite setbacks in the past.

          "The Spartan softball program is still in a rebuilding phase. I truly believe that this year we will come out strong. [We] have a competitive defense and the team will be ready for whatever challenge we face," Fetterman said.

          Taking Sagaitz's place on the mound this season is junior Beth Andrasik, who played at shortstop last season. Second-year coach Erin O'Neill isn't concerned about the move.

          "We do have a true pitcher. Beth Andrasik is a true pitcher. Every year we will lose players, but part of what makes a strong program that is consistent year in and year out is replacing the girls that graduate with more talent. We will also have some other girls with limited game experience pitch a bit," said O'Neill.
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