Kristin Koepke always saw herself in a small college environment.
So almost immediately after she wrapped up a campus visit to Evansville, the McHenry junior pitcher knew her college search had ended.
Koepke recently verbally committed to play softball for the Purple Aces, landing in a spot where she feels she will be comfortable – on and off the field.
"It definitely takes a weight off of my shoulders," Koepke said on Thursday. "But I would never make a decision just to have it out of the way."
Koepke was a first-team Northwest Herald All-Area selection as a sophomore. Koepke finished the year with an 18-9 record after compiling a 1.92 earned run average and striking out 167 hitters. She also batted .350 with 13 extra base hits, including three home runs and drove in 36 runs.
Koepke said she was considering other schools before choosing Evansville. But considering the fact she wants to study something in the scientific or medical field, she sensed the Indiana-based Missouri Valley Conference was the best fit.
"I kind of feel like at a bigger schools, it would be tough to do both," Koepke said. "I feel like at Evansville, I can be successful playing softball and academically."