Wichita State Shockers

Hull a big presence on Wichita State softball team

Unscripted and unrehearsed, Wichita State softball player Jamie Hull leads the viewer on a tour of Wilkins Stadium for the team's virtual guide on goshockers.com.

She did it all — locker room to training room in 2 minutes, and 30 seconds — in one take. She looks like she spent her life in front of a camera, and she has.

"The girls make fun of me because I love doing it so much, and everyone else is more afraid to do things like that," Hull said. "I'm more afraid of the math problems. I stress about that more than I do talking on camera."

WSU opens the season today in the Gaucho Classic in Santa Barbara, Calif., with Hull as the focal point. She is a preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference pick at first base after hitting. 293 with six home runs as a junior.

"She's one of those kids that can change the game with one swing," coach Mike Perniciaro said. "She's got tremendous power."

Hull, from Irving, Texas, is also a presence on camera. She is a broadcast journalism major who is anchoring and reporting for the Studio B program on WSU Television, Cox Channel 13. Her goal is to be a TV reporter, perhaps in sports. Next fall, she plans to serve as an intern at a local station.

"Breaking news would be fun to me," she said. "Sports is definitely a passion. I would love to be in sports the rest of my life."

When Perniciaro needs a player to talk to boosters or do an on-camera interview, he goes to Hull. She's been preparing for those situations for a long time. She was the child who filmed music videos, lip-synching to the music. She loved starring in home movies. She filmed herself repeating weather broadcasts, standing in front of the big-screen TV in her house.

"Starting from when I could hardly talk, my mom was videotaping me," she said.

Hull is one of four seniors who want to rebound from last season's disappointing 22-31 record and a seventh-place finish in the Missouri Valley Conference. Catcher Heather Gerritse led WSU with a .298 batting average and 25 RBIs last season. Pitcher Brianna Smet will start today after going 1-6 with a 4.71 ERA in 2010. Center fielder Kiersten Dixon hit .270 as a junior.

"I think we've set ourselves up this weekend to be really successful," Perniciaro said. "We're playing some solid competition, but competition we should do well against."

Perniciaro wants to use this opening tournament to experiment. He will start Smet, but expects to use freshman lefty Sloan Anderson as a long reliever and may close with sophomore Katie Armagost, who went 4-5 with a 6.84 ERA as a freshman.

Freshman Rachel Milnark, from Lansing, should start at second base. Sophomores Sammie Shook at shortstop and Hayley Temple at third return. In the outfield, junior Brittney Osborn will play left with either Meghan Boston or Danika Miller in right.

"I love the chemistry of the team," Hull said. "We have four or five newcomers, but its doesn't feel like it. We're meshing well. Everyone's accountable."