Nashville --- The Tennessee State University softball schedule has been finalized according to head coach Jeff Dabney.
"We are looking forward to this very challenging schedule," said coach Jeff Dabney. "The pre-conference tournaments have a great mix of teams that should prepare us for OVC play."
The Tigers will begin the season at the Tiny Lasiter Tournament in Conyers, Ga., Feb. 12-13. During the tournament TSU will match-up against opponents such as South Carolina State, North Carolina A&T, Hampton and Florida A&M.
TSU will continue tournament play by participating in the Ragin Cajun Tournament in Lafayette, La. (Feb.18-20). The Tigers will face Stephen F. Austin, Louisiana-Lafayette, Maine and Mississippi Valley State.
On February 23, TSU will play its first home contest of the season with a match-up against cross-town Belmont before returning to the road for the final two tournaments of the season.
The Tigers will travel to Kennesaw, Ga., to play in the Phyllis Rafter Memoria (Feb.25-27)l before heading to Stetson, Florida for the Stetson Tournament (March 4-6). During the tournaments TSU will compete against Georgia State, Mercer, Ball State, Purdue, Elon, Kennesaw State, Stetson and Binghamton.
Ohio Valley Conference action will officially begin on March 12, when the Tigers head to Cookeville, Tenn. to face Tennessee Tech.
The Tigers will then host the Lady Vols of Tennessee on March 15. The following day will see TSU return to action against Western Kentucky before picking up OVC play against UT Martin on March 19.
Through the rest of March, TSU will face OVC opponents Jacksonville State (3/22), Eastern Illinois (3/26), Austin Peay (3/30).
In the month of April, Tennessee State will face OVC and non-conference opponents. A double-header against Eastern Kentucky on April 2 will mark the beginning of a three-series home stand for the Tigers. During the stint TSU will face Austin Peay (4/7) and Southeast Missouri (4/10).
The Tigers will hit the road once again on April 12 when they face the Gamecocks of Jacksonville State on OVC action.TSU will then travel to Memphis for a double-header (4/13) and Morehead State for a three-game series (4/16).
Soon to be OVC qualifier SIU-Edwardsville will pay a visit to Nashville for a three-game series (4/22) before the Tigers play their final home game of the season against Middle Tennessee State (4/27).
TSU will conclude the 2011 regular season on the road at Murray State on April 1 and May 30.
"We have a chance to host a College World Series team (Tennessee), compete against a team that made it to the Super Regionals (Louisiana-Lafayette), and take on a number of other teams that made it to the NCAA Regionals in 2010," Dabney continued. "We strive to be on the level of these teams consistently. Our schedule will give the team an opportunity to learn how to compete on a very high level every time we put on our uniforms."