Natural ability, work ethic make UK signee Coffel a prolific hitter


Kentucky lost some big offensive numbers off its 2020 softball team with the graduation of Alex Martens and Bailey Vicky, two of the nation’s best offensive players last season. However, signee Erin Coffel of Indiana will arrive on campus with some big numbers of her own.

She was a career .627 hitter with an on-base percentage of .702. She had 168 hits in only 339 at-bats and had 50 home runs, 36 doubles and nine triples while driving in 164 runs and scoring 191. 


Remember, too, that she did not get to play a senior season at Bremen High School – the team won the state title in 2019 – because of COVID-19, but still set the Indiana career home run record. She was an All-American in 2019 when she was also the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year, an honor she received again this year even though there was no season. 

The talented Coffel had two older brothers who played baseball and her father played baseball in college. She said she started playing baseball and football at age 5 in the yard with her brothers.

“I was also born with some natural athletic ability,” Coffel said. “My brothers were definitely rough on me. They played baseball and football and didn’t hold back.”

Coffel said there was not a particular age where she realized she was a way above average hitter.

“Hitting is just something I do every day,” Coffel said. “So I guess it might come naturally, but I also work at it and there was never that moment when it just hit me that I could hit.”

She’s not quit hitting, either. She has her own batting cage and also has gone almost daily to a local softball field with her father to take ground balls during the COVID-19 shutdown. She prefers to play shortstop, but can play second base or third base. MORE