The Texas Wesleyan softball team have been faring well in the Sooner Athletic Conference during the 2014 season.
The Lady Rams are playing above .500 in the SAC in fourth place at 11-7 and 18-13 overall after April 4-5 games at Mid-America Christian.
Junior second basemen Kendall Kizer has been competing especially well and has been among the team leaders in several batting categories. In 2013 Kizer played in all 46 contests for the Lady Rams hitting while pacing the team in hitting at .391, hits with 66, doubles with 14, and triples with seven. She also posted a .663 slugging percentage with 35 runs, 28 RBI and 112 total bases.
Prior to Wesleyan, she was named first team all-conference and made the Texas Junior College All-Star Team in 2011 at Vernon JC.
So far in the 2014 season, Kizer has had 23 runs-batted-in, three home runs and has a .392 batting average.
“I feel like I bring experience of the game,” she said. “Playing for so long, I feel helped me learn to adapt and fix things that need to fixed.”
Kizer also talked about the team and how the season has gone so far, in the new conference so far.
“Our team is doing very well this season in the new conference,” she said. “I know I was nervous going into one of the hardest conferences in the nation. So for us to beat the No. 2 team in the nation (Oklahoma City U.) showed us that we can compete in this conference.”
She continued to mention the team’s weaknesses and also strengths.
“The team needs to work on, as a whole, winning every inning,” Kizer said. “Sometimes we wait too long to fight back, and it is too late. We need to work on finishing games that are close.
“We never go down without a fight,” she said. “We come out strong and know we can beat anyone who is in the other dugout. We are small, but we have a lot of strength. We each play our roles perfectly and I think it has shown in the fact that we are competing in the best conference in the nation.”
Kendall Kizer and the Lady Rams hope to use some of that fight to compete well in the SAC tournament and possibly into postseason 2014. They host Oklahoma Baptist in a doubleheader to start a three-game series Friday, April 11, at 5 p.m. at Sycamore Park.