It eventually could be all three when right fielder Hanna Floyd recovers from Tommy John surgery.
Senior center fielder Jess Gorman was the lone WSU player picked for the preseason all-league team after hitting .349 and slugging .632 to earn first-team honors last year as a junior.
The biggest hole to fill will be in the circle with the departure of Krystian DeWitt, the school’s all-time leader in wins, starts, innings pitched, strikeouts and complete games.
Her likely replacement will be junior Montana Wear, who started 21 of the 54 games last year with 34 appearances overall.
“We’ve been working her for this very role,” Curylo said. “Krystian obviously was our main starter, but we gave Montana the ball in some pretty key situations last season so that she would be ready to step into the role as our ace.”
But Curylo added that she’s not counting out Ashley Sharp, a freshman from West Chester.
The team opens the season next Friday at the Hillenbrand Invitational in Tuscon, Ariz., where the Raiders will face host Arizona.
Stucke stars: Senior forward Breanna Stucke was named the Horizon League Women's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday.
The Tippecanoe High graduate scored a career-high 24 points in a 108-89 victory at Oakland on Jan. 29. Stucke made 9 of 13 shots, including 3 of 6 from beyond the 3-point arc, and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. She also had four assists, no turnovers and was 3 of 3 from the free-throw line.