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Preview Q&A: 2014 @RazorbackSB Outlook

01/31/2014
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This is the fourth of four preseason features ahead of the Razorbacks' 2014 season opener Feb. 7 against UC Davis at the UNLV Sportco Kick-Off Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.

FAYETTEVILLE - Head coach Mike Larabee is entering his fifth season at the helm of the University of Arkansas softball team and has guided the program to back-to-back appearances in NCAA Regional finals. The Razorbacks begin their 2014 season Feb. 7-9 at the Sportco Kick-Off Classic in Las Vegas where the team will face No. 16/18 Baylor, San Diego, UC Davis, host UNLV and No. 5/3 Washington.

Arkansas is receiving votes and positioned as a top-30 team in the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA preseason polls. Individually, junior Devon Wallace-last year's NCAA leader in on-base percentage and walks-has earned a spot on the ASA/USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List. She was a top-25 finalist in 2013.

The Razorbacks return 16 players from last year's team that posted a 36-20 overall record, a 12-10 mark in SEC play and advanced to the NCAA Norman Regional final against eventual national champion Oklahoma. Larabee and staff also welcome 10 newcomers to the mix.

Q: What did you learn about this team during Fall and early Spring workouts?
Larabee: "Going into the fall season, I had an idea about this team's work ethic and investment in the program but they really enforced what I already knew. I learned that we have pitchers that really complement each other and a good combination of power, speed and athleticism all over the field. We have depth that we've never had before."

Q: How has the level of depth affected competition in practice?
Larabee: "The depth has been unbelievable. The players know they have to bring their best every day and not be complacent. It's good, friendly competition. They're all supportive and push each other. I think that's gotten us to a higher level than I thought we could be at this point and it's happening at every position."

Q: How will that depth benefit the team heading into the season?
Larabee: "We have players that we can plug in anywhere. Because of that, I don't feel like we have many weaknesses in our starting lineup. Like other great programs around the country, we have players that don't necessarily have to start in order to excel at an SEC-caliber level."

Q: How will the competition created in practice translate to success during the season?
Larabee: "Our preparation, work ethic and talent are a great formula for success when we put all those things together. The players believe in what they're doing and they know we're pretty good. Everyone is really excited to get going. We know that we have to play excellent to win but when we step on the field, we feel like we can beat anyone in the country if we're playing to our potential."

Q: As your first recruiting class at Arkansas, how has this senior class progressed in helping build the program?
Larabee: "Collectively, the seniors have all become better softball players since coming to Arkansas. That's a tribute to their work ethic, how they've bought into the program and our coaching staff for developing good players. These seniors went through a tough freshman year but were loyal to the program and continued to work hard. I'm happy for them with the success they've had the last couple of years and the way they've all matured, not only as softball players, but as student-athletes. Hopefully, we can send them off with even more milestones this year."

Q: What kind of impact can the newcomers have this season?
Larabee: "Our newcomers have a group of upperclassmen they've been able to watch and learn from. There are at least three or four players from that group really pushing for playing time. When you've got freshmen and transfers making that push, it always sheds good light on the program. That tells me the program is heading in the right direction."

Q: With just one week until the season opener, how excited are you to get started?
Larabee: "I'm really excited about this team and the season ahead. You have to have talent, which we have. You have to have a team with great work ethic and chemistry. We have that, too. Our preparation has been outstanding and we're working smart. So when you add all that together, I'm looking forward to a great year.

For more information on Arkansas softball, follow @RazorbackSB on Twitter.


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