Savannah Heebner gives UH a punishing pitching presence

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Scary thought: Opposing teams may see a lot more of Heebner in the postseason after Vesely purposely limited her workload to keep her arm fresh for an expected NCAA regional appearance.

“We’ve been able to go out and have everyone throw and not just rely on me,” said Heebner, who plays first base when she is not in the circle. “It’s kind of a break on my arm for this last season. It’s helped greatly, because toward postseason I’m not burned out.”

Heebner threw 1422/3 innings over 22 appearances this season, the fewest since her freshman season in 2016. The total is nearly 100 innings fewer than she threw last season, when Heebner won 26 games and was a second team All-American and the AAC’s co-pitcher of the year.