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Softball, Nebraska vs. South Dakota State, 3/14/18

Nebraska's Alyvia Simmons bats against South Dakota State on March 14, 2018, at Bowlin Stadium.

Projected starters in the field

C: Bri Cassidy, jr.

Bats/throws: L/R

Considered one the nation's top defensive catchers, Cassidy has made 93 starts behind the plate at NU. She caught 11 baserunners stealing last year and is among the overwhelming leaders on the roster.

1B: Madi Unzicker, sr.

Bats/throws: R/R

The former catcher started every game at first base last season after sitting out 2017 because of an ACL tear. She hit .227 with 26 RBIs last year and has some pop in her bat.

2B: Lexey Kneib, jr.

Bats/throws: L/R

Kneib started her Husker career at shortstop before moving to third base last year, where she started 38 games. She'll move to second base, which is a more natural position for her, Rhonda Revelle said.

3B/P: Courtney Wallace, fr.

Bats/throws: R/R

Wallace may be the Huskers' most athletic player. The former Papillion-La Vista standout will be asked to carry a big load in the circle. When not pitching, she'll be at the hot corner, a position she played during her final season at Papio.

SS: Tristen Edwards, jr.

Bats/throws: R/R

Edwards, an all-conference performer last year, led the Huskers in batting (.356), homers (12), RBIs (43) and runs scored (41). Last year marked the first time she had ever played shortstop in her life.

RF: Alyvia Simmons, sr.

Bats/throws: L/R

Simmons is the Huskers' most experienced hitter. She's a four-year starter and a doubles-hitting machine. She hit .346 with 12 doubles and a team-best four triples in 2018. She also had 34 runs and 28 RBIs.

CF: Rylie Unzicker, so.

Bats/throws: R/R

The Millard South graduate and 2016 Super-State honorary captain is looking for a bounce-back season, and Revelle has praised the strides made in the fall by Unzicker. Her speed makes her a natural in center, but Unzicker could play the corner spots, too.

LF: Bree Boruff, jr.

Bats/throws: L/R

The Colorado native had been primarily used as a pinch runner during her first two seasons, but she had a breakout fall season and is projected to start in the outfield. 

Pitchers

Olivia Ferrell, so.

Bats/throws: R/R

Despite being a sophomore, Ferrell is the Huskers' most experienced pitcher. She appeared in 31 games last year, including 20 starts, finishing 9-8 with a 4.35 ERA. Revelle said Ferrell put in a ton of work during the offseason.

Regan Mergele, sr.

Bats/throws: R/R

The junior college transfer enters her second season with the Huskers. She made six starts last year, going 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA.

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Karlee Seevers, fr.

Bats/throws: R/R

Seevers had a standout career at York, where she set numerous records, including state records for career wins and career perfect games.

Lindsey Walljasper, fr.

Bats/throws: R/R

Like Wallace, the Huskers expect big things from Walljasper as a pitcher and hitter. Walljasper, who had a career ERA of 0.97 in high school, pitches with three different speeds, and showed flashes of her potential during fall ball.

Bench

C Mikaela Forcum, fr.

Bats/throws: L/R

Forcum was a late addition to the Huskers' freshman class. She trained with the Chinese National Team in its first season in the NPF.

C Anni Raley, fr.

Bats/throws: R/R

Raley is another versatile Husker freshman, who can play at catcher but also see time in the outfield. She continues the Huskers' long line of Corona Angel club players.

C Ally Riley, so.

Bats/throws: R/R

Riley provided an offensive spark for the Huskers during the middle part of the schedule. She hit .317 with four doubles and 14 RBIs.

INF Carson Fischer, fr.

Bats/throws: R/R

The Lincoln Southwest graduate set the Class A single-season record with 86 hits and set an all-class single-season record for RBIs in 2017.

INF Payton Huscroft, rfr.

Bats/throws: R/R

An arm injury led to a redshirt season for the Millard South graduate in 2018. She's back and competing for playing time.

INF Samantha Owens, jr.

Bats/throws: R/R

Owens transferred from Pacific during the summer to help provide infield help. She can play multiple positions.

INF Sarah Yocom, so.

Bats/throws: L/R

She's expected to play at third base when Wallace is in the circle. Revelle has praised Yocom's grit and toughness.

OF Peyton Glatter, fr.

Bats/throws: L/R

The Millard South graduate looks to add depth in the outfield. She helped lead Millard South to two state championships.

Reach the writer at 402-473-2639 or cgrell@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsGrell.

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