NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Belmont University Softball junior class looks head to the 2019 campaign and an the opportunity to help the Bruins earn a berth to the Ohio Valley Conference tournament for the second time in program history. The class is returns pitcher Brooklin Lee (Burns, Tenn.), and infielder Bailey Sims (Flowery Branch, Ga.) and transfer Brittany Kennett (Melbourne, Australia).
"We have three incredible Juniors on our team. They have emerged as solid leaders and they will continue to move the program in a positive direction," said Head Coach Brian Levin.
All-OVC Second Team selection Lee returns as the Bruins' top hurler in 2019. She led BU in all categories including innings tossed with a total of 181.2, strikeouts with a total of 215, 14 wins, nine shutouts and one save. Lee, who became just the third Belmont pitcher to record 200 or more strikeouts in a single season, was nationally ranked 11th in shutouts, 21st in strikeouts, and 65th in ERA.
Sims was second on the team in games played (49), walks (25), on-base percentage (.383), assists (64) and sacrifice flies (2) one year ago and is a formidable and versatile infielder who should have another productive season for the Bruins.
Newcomer Kennett joins the Bruins after a stint at Odessa College in Texas. The right-handed pitcher finished with an 8-6 record with a 3.62 ERA and recorded 94 strikeouts over 85 innings tossed over her two years there.
"Two of the three have been major contributors to us and will continue to be as we progress into the season. The other Junior is new to the program this year, but I can see her being a major factor on the field as well," Levin said. "The talents these young ladies are great, but the intangibles they possess are far more impressive."
Belmont opens the 2019 season on the road at the Madeira Beach Invitational in Tampa, Fla., February 15-17.