Becker: A challenge has been issued

By Sandy Gholston

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Ferris State University’s Sarah Mueller delivers her pitch during the NCAA Division II Women’s Softball National Championships at Memorial Park in Houston on Friday. (Photo/Sandy Gholston)
HOUSTON – Minutes after Ferris State University’s season came to an end at the NCAA Division II Softball National Championships, head coach Keri Becker brought her team together out beyond the left field fence at Memorial Park.

In that setting, following a 3-0 defeat to Lock Haven that ended Ferris’ season with a fifth-place showing at nationals, Becker challenged her team to build on the successes of the 2008 campaign. The Bulldogs, who finished with a record of 35-18, graduate senior third baseman Katie Kraai, but expect to return the bulk of their team intact with some new additions that will be blended in through recruiting.

“I challenged them (the players) to make it a point to work hard between now and next season to put themselves in a position to be able to get back here,” said Becker, whose Bulldogs fell to a Lock Haven squad ranked No. 1 in the nation. “We know we have the players coming back to be able to put ourselves back in this position and our players know the things that they have to get better at between now and then to get back here and to try to move even beyond what we were able to accomplish this season.”

The 2008 spring campaign was highlighted by Ferris’ first trip to nationals since making back-to-back appearances in 1998 and 1999.

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