The Davis & Elkins College softball team will return most of their hitting and pitching off of last year's 22-31 campaign for head coach Kimberly Stiles.
The Lady Senators, who will look to make a trip back to the West Virginia Conference tournament after missing out last season, had several early games on this year's schedule postponed due the weather.
"We're excited to finally get started," Stiles said. "The kids have been working hard during the offseason and hopefully we can get off to a strong start."
D&E returns both of its pitchers from last season - Alanna Jones and Autumn Appleby.
Jones finished last season with 13 wins and a 3.11 ERA with 158 strikeouts, while Appleby had a 4.38 ERA, nine wins and 116 strikeouts.
Transfer Amber LaBille, from Chesapeake Junior College, also will look to contribute.
"It's nice returning those two starters," Stiles said. "All three will get a lot of innings for us, which we need."
The Lady Senators return eight players with experience. They are senior outfielder Jenifer Kennon, senior first basemen Mallory Wishard, senior catcher Carissa Dunn, junior utility player Amanda Serafini, junior outfielder Corrine Carrington, junior catcher Samantha Crabtree, sophomore infielder Ashley Dove and sophomore outfielder Kaitlyn Daugherty.
Dunn returns as the top hitter who batted .372 last season with 61 hits, 12 doubles and six home runs.
Two freshmen will have big roles and are projected to start this season, They are shortstop Kayla Whoolery and third baseman Katelyn Norton.
Freshmen Chelsie Stover, Amber Myers and Chelsea Graham also are battling for time this season.
"I'm excited with our hitting that returns from last season," Stiles said. "With the mixture of last year's players and the newcomers, we should have a good season."
D&E is scheduled to face Mercyhurst in Salem, Va., today. The Lady Senators' next home game will be March 21 at 2 p.m. against Seton Hill for a West Virginia Conference contest.