LU Softball's Baca Finding Baseball Success
BEAUMONT, Texas - Lamar University's Brynn Baca, a first-team selection on the All-Southland Conference Softball team, was named to the 2016 USA Baseball Women's National Team Trials roster on Wednesday, following the second annual Women's National open tryouts held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex from June 10-12 in Cary, N.C.
Baca is one of 40 players headed to the national trials set for Aug. 22-25 in Fullerton, Calif. Twenty players will be selected to represent the United States at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup that will be held from Sept. 3-11 in Gijang City, South Korea.
"It's something I thought about for a while," Baca said of trying out for the team. "I went to the first tryouts and I was very happy with the way I performed. I'm excited about this opportunity."
Baca, who just completed her junior year at LU, earned first-team accolades at catcher in 2016, as she powered the Cardinals to a record-setting season. The native of Round Rock, Texas, played in all 57 games, batting .321 with one home run and 24 RBIs. She led the Cardinals with a school-record .465 on-base percentage and drew a school-record 32 walks. She holds the LU career mark with a .446 on-base percentage, while her .316 career batting average is second all-time at LU.
Baca's efforts helped the Cardinals set a school record with 35 wins, as LU went 35-22 overall and 18-9 in the Southland Conference. The Cardinals placed second at the Southland Conference Tournament last month.
LU coach Holly Bruder said she is fully behind Baca's quest.
"It's great for the program," Bruder said. "It shows the quality of athletes we have here."
Bruder said she was fine with the fact that Baca may have to miss a few weeks of fall practice if she is selected for the team.
"The first few weeks of fall practice is to see how they stayed in shape over the summer. Obviously, Brynn is playing at a high level, so there is no problem. I usually don't like for players to miss practice, but this is one time I'd be happy if she misses practice."