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Opposing players to watch
Softball: Florida Atlantic @ Marshall
Saturday at 1 p.m.—Saturday at 3 p.m.—Sunday at noon
Emily Lochten, Shortstop, #25- Lochten has been dynamic in the batter’s box this season combining solid production with outstanding efficiency.
Lochten carries a .361 batting average into the weekend series against the Herd and ranks second on the team with 44 total hits.
Lotchen has also displayed some hitting power with just over a third of her hits registering as extra base hits leading to an impressive .525 slugging percentage.
While Lochten has been making consistent contact from the plate all season, the offensive impact she has this season has been equally, if not more, noteworthy.
Lochten has drawn 23 walks this season, exhibiting the ability to unnerve pitchers on the mound.
The walks have spiked her on base percentage to a startling .466.
Lochten doesn’t cease her tormenting of pitchers once she gets on base, as she has collected 28 stolen bases this season with an incredible 90.3 percent success rate.
Kylee Hanson, Pitcher, #2- The sophomore pitcher Hanson has emerged as the Owls’ most dependable option on the mound this season posting a 12-3 record with a 1.80 ERA.
Hanson is effective delivering on the mound this season, invoking swings from batters that contact nothing but air as she has struck out 140 batters in 105 innings pitched.
Hanson, however, has experienced some control issues this season as she has walked nearly 12 percent of the batters she has faced.
Hanson was named C-USA’s Co-Pitcher of the Week for her performance in FAU’s three-game sweep of Charlotte last week. Hanson earned her first career no-hitter Saturday.
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