Emily Cerny from Newcastle, Oklahoma is a 5-3 right handed Freshman pitcher at the University Of Science And Arts. Cerny has been very dominate this season, and is currently 13-0 on the season. She is ranked 2nd in NAIA, with 13 wins only 2 behind Shelbi Graifman from William Jessup (Calif.) and tied with Lauren West from Thomas (GA.) Both teams William Jessup and Thomas have played more games than the Drovers on the season. Both Graifman and West are senior, while Cerny is just a Freshman. Cerny has kept her ERA low a 0.98 ERA on the season, as that ranks her 2nd in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC). She is holding hitters to a .173 batting average, and is averaging 10 strikeouts per contest. Cerny leads the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) in total strikeouts, with 113. The next closest in Rachel Ray (SAGU), who has 84 strikeouts. Cerny has already finished off 1 no-hitter against Friends University (Kan.), as she would throw 7 innings and strikeout 9 batters. Cerny game high on strikeouts, was against Oklahoma City University. In that game, she would finish with 12 strikeouts. Oklahoma City University was last seasons NAIA softball champion. Cerny is becoming one of top pitching names in the NAIA and she is only a Freshman.
USAO Head Coach Jadyn Wallis said ” Emily Cerny is a great example of what hard work can do. She is a great student/athlete with tremendous work ethic that travels with her on and off the field. She is a bulldog on the mound and a major asset to the 2018 Drover softball team. She has been impressive thus far with a 13-0 record and making major commotion in the NAIA. I’m proud to be her coach and can’t wait to see what her future holds.“
Assistant Coach Kayla Adams said “The game of softball doesn’t always turn out or give us the results we want, but it does give us opportunity. An opportunity to put the process and hard work each player has done on the line to see results. Emily Cerney works everyday to become who she is and works toward where she wants to be. When thinking about most freshman pitchers you tend to see more reserved and timid ball players, but not Emily. She is fearsome and bold. She thrives when the stakes are the highest. She will not only grow as a player but also a leader helping further her success in the years to come.“