That attitude paid off for Studioso and her teammates as things mostly went the way of the Coyotes all season. They won the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference and entered the national tournament ranked 10th.
“I learned last year, along with in the fall, that the defense feeds off my energy, so if I know we can do it and that we want it more than the other team, the defense does, too,” said Studioso. “Another part of my role on this team is having everybody’s back, knowing that if I go out there and throw to keep us in a game, the bats and the other girls on the team will have my back to put the runs up that we need to get the win.”
Studioso, like many college players, also played travel club ball. Her team was the Northwest Lady Sharks.
“Playing with the Lady Sharks prepared me for playing college ball so much,” she said. “Between hard practices and playing a lot of games every year, it helped me be conditioned to play at the highest level.”
Next season Studioso will be pitching for the University of Central Arkansas, but she said Weatherford College will always have a special place in her heart because she was part of something special that she believes will last for a long time.
“My experience at WC has been amazing,” she said. “Being able to be a part of starting a tradition is something that I will never forget.”
And while a part of her will always be a Coyote, she said, “I am super excited to become a Bear.”
Studioso, as did the entire Coyotes team, became close to first-year head coach Haylee Williams, who served as an assistant during Studioso’s freshman season. In fact, Studioso wants to be a coach herself following college - and for a college program.