Nathan HamSports Writernham@civitasmedia.com
February 3, 2013
Kendra Yearick will start her senior season at William Peace University in just a few days, hoping to end her collegiate softball career on a high note.
WPU, formerly known as Peace College, will open the season on Feb. 6 with a doubleheader against St. Augustine’s University at home.
Yearick is one of just three seniors on a very young team hoping to make some noise in the USA South Atlantic Conference.
The former Lady Husky is coming off of a season where she took the mound 20 times overall, including 17 starts. Yearick collected a team-high eight wins and had a team-best 3.68 Earned Run Average (ERA). She pitched 10 complete games with 74 strikeouts.
Yearick opened her collegiate career with back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year awards handed out by her coaching staff during her freshman and sophomore seasons.
Entering this season, Yearick ranks third in school history in innings pitched (246.1), third in wins (21), third in shutouts (four), third in strikeouts (207) and is currently first in team history with an ERA of 2.27.
The Pacers were picked to finish 10th in the USA South Coaches’ Preseason Poll. Christopher Newport University received 11 of the 12 first place votes with Ferrum College receiving the other first-pace tally.