Kahla Nolan is a junior pitcher for DePauw University’s softball team. In 19 appearances this season, Nolan has earned a record of 10-6 with one save. She has a solid earned run average of 2.86 while striking out 68 opponents. We caught up with Nolan to talk about her recent run of success and what the team will do to continue their undefeated conference record.
TDP Sports: Over the last week, you have a record of 3-1 and a total 14 scoreless innings against Kenyon College. Can you talk a little bit about how locked in you’ve been the last few games?
Kahla Nolan (KN): This year we have a “station to station” mentality, meaning we aim to only give up one base at a time. We play solid defense by doing the little fundamental things right, and we limit unnecessary throws and plays. Knowing that I have a defense like that to back me up makes throwing easy and fun. I know that if I make a mistake someone will pick me up either on the field or at the plate.
TDP Sports: You guys are 4-0 so far in conference play. How important is it for the team to have gotten off to such a solid start in NCAC play?
KN: Our conference is full of very talented teams, and there aren’t any games on the schedule that can be taken lightly. By having these wins early, we now have momentum and confidence going into the heart of conference play. Last year, the entry into the conference tournament came down to a tie, so any win that we can pick up during conference play is extremely important.
TDP Sports: How honored are you to be named North Coast Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week?
KN: The conference is packed with extremely talented pitchers, many of whom are very experienced, so to even be considered is a huge accomplishment. I have to give a shout out to my defense though, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without them behind me.
TDP Sports: What does the team have to do continue the momentum this weekend against Hiram College and Anderson University?
KN: In order to continue the momentum going into our doubleheaders against Hiram and Anderson, the team has to keep up the intensity and mindset that we have had all year. We approach each of our games as if the season is on the line, which helps us come out aggressive and ready to fight.