Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Horace Transfers to Umsl as Senior after Semo Success

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Horace Transfers to Umsl as Senior after Semo Success

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On the surface, Robyn Horace's career at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau seemed to be going well.

A three-year starter in left field for the Otahkian softball team, Horace also made the dean's list in the spring, recording a 3.65 grade-point average.

But she wasn't happy.

"I liked the people there and I know I'm going to miss the softball team a lot," she said. "But I just never felt comfortable at SEMO. Basically, I was homesick. I missed my family, I missed my boyfriend and the telephone bills were starting to add up."

So Horace, a St. Dominic High graduate, has transferred to the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

"It's a positive move in a lot of ways for me," said Horace, 21, a physical education major. "It'll be good to be home again and I'll get a chance to play my final year of softball at UMSL, where my family and friends will get a chance to watch me play.

"Plus, the move helps in my career. At Southeast, the requirements for graduation in physical education are pretty tough; I was two or three years away from graduating.

"At UMSL, I'll be able to graduate in three semesters."

Horace wants to go into coaching and eventually wants to coach softball in college.

"If I can work it into my schedule, I'd like to help out Mr. (Norm) Ochsner with the St. Dominic High team this fall," she said.

At this point, Horace is most concerned about fitting in with her new teammates at UMSL.

"It's tough coming to a new team, especially as a senior," she said. "But I know coach (and St. Charles-area resident Harold) Brumbaugh and a few of the girls on the team," she said. "At SEMO, I knew the system and I had a lot of friends on the team. I was able to play relaxed. But at UMSL, I'm sure I'll need some time to adjust and to get to know the girls on the team.

"I just want to do whatever I can to help make the team successful."

Horace, who stands just 5-foot-3, brings in some lofty credentials. A three-year starter at SEMO, she hit .325 last spring and was named to the Ohio Valley Conference all-league team. She was also one of the team's tri-captains.

"My hitting has improved a great deal since my freshman year," she said. "But I still feel that defense is the best part of my game."

A singles hitter who can handle the bat, Horace is especially adept at bunting, a key skill in fast-pitch softball.

"As a freshman, I really wasn't much of a hitter," she recalled. "But we had a great pitcher on the team that year and I took as much batting practice as I could get off her. I worked hard and my coach showed a lot of confidence in me.

"I hit .250 as a sophomore and I felt even more comfortable at the plate last season."

A standout shortstop at St. Dominic, Horace also pitched on occasion for the Crusaders. …

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