UL Softball Has Two Good Options For #2 Pitcher
Who is going to be the number two pitcher for the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns, when the 2019 college softball season gets underway?
Well, there are two pretty good options.
We all know, barring injury, that Summer Ellyson, a 2018 All-Sun Belt Conference selection, is going to be the staff ace, but who will follow her in the rotation may need more time to work itself out.
Sophomore Casey Dixon and freshman Kandra Lamb were both very good in the fall, and both will enter the spring with an opportunity to pitch directly behind Ellyson.
Dixon, who went 9-3 last season, to go along with a 2.81 ERA, was solid in the fall.
Lamb, a right-handed pitcher from Kurrajong, New South Wales, Australia, got better and better as the fall went along, and gave UL fans an exciting glimpse of the future.
She was, understandably nervous, in her fall debut, as she struggled with her command. Keep in mind; she was not only making her collegiate debut, but also pitching in another country. After that first outing, she was very good, as her velocity got progressively better, to the point where she was exceptional over her final two outings.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Lamb, a member of the Hills Hawks Softball Club, from the Hornsby District Softball Association, represented her country over the past couple of seasons, most recently playing for Australia in the WBSC Junior (under 19-years old) Women’s Softball World Championship in 2017, which were held in Clearwater, Florida.
Lamb was impressive in the event, striking out ten batters in only four innings of work against the Bahamas, while going on to allow only one earned run in the tournament.
Australia, led by Lamb, finished 7th in the event, among 26 participating countries.
The book on Lamb is that she throws pretty hard, with her riseball being clocked around 64 mph, and her change-up in the 52 mph range.
Command is also a positive for Lamb, as is her ability to pitch both inside and outside, as well as up and down.
She showed that in the fall.
It looks like, in time, Lamb is going to be really good.
Last year, we know who was going to be UL's #2 pitcher when the season began, and some even had questions about #1.
This year, there's no question about #1, and while there is a question about who will be the #2, it's not because there isn't anybody good enough, but because there are two that are.
Besides, if both Dixon and Lamb continue to pitch well, coach Gerry Glasco will find a way to use both.
A lot of good teams have three good pitchers, and it looks like UL will have at least three quality options inside the circle, and maybe a fourth, if you add Carrie Boswell into the mix.
They may not even be labeled as the "#2" or the "#3"; but just as "good pitchers".
Figuring out the 2019 pitching rotation, with so many talented arms, may give Glasco a tough time; and that's a good thing.