Coming into the weekend with a 3 – 5 record upon completion of their annual Florida trip, the Rose-Hulman softball team will see their first action this season at the Rose-Hulman field. The team this season is coached by Brian Shearer who has led the Engineers since 2003. A majority of starters remain from a year ago, along with a strong recruiting class that will make an immediate impact on the squad. The Engineers look to improve upon a fifth place finish in the HCAC conference standings last season. During the teams’ weeklong trip to Florida, they faced eight different squads from across the country. Playing against some familiar and some unfamiliar teams, the Rose-Hulman squad completed the trip two games under .500. Their three wins came against Immaculata University from Pennsylvania, Capital University, located in Columbus, Ohio, and the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Pitching a total of 10 innings over 2 appearances, senior Brianne Widmoyer recorded 10 strikeouts and held batters to .189 along the way. Sophomore Carly Heibel led the team with eight hits in total and recorded four RBIs over the course of the trip. Making an early impact on the team, freshman Whitney Strain batted .333 with five singles and led the team in on-base percentage. Action this weekend will begin Friday at 5 p.m. as the Fightin’ Engineers open up with a doubleheader against Taylor University. On short rest, the team will then play back-to-back games against Illinois College on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. Next Wednesday, the Engineers will take on Greenville College at home, beginning at 5 p.m. Sixteen games stand between the Engineers and the start of HCAC action, which will kick off on Apr. 6.