NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State softball continues to prepare for the opening of the 2016 season. With just 14 days remaining until opening day, the Tigers are taking advantage of the athletic indoor facility to counter attack the snow and frigid temperatures.
“Last week was tough when we couldn’t workout due to bad road conditions,” said head coach Tom Opdenbrouw. “Thankfully we have the indoor facility where we are able to hit and play live scrimmages. Hopefully this weekend the weather will be good enough that we can get on the field.”
Despite the weather, TSU softball was also able to host their annual Elite Skills camp over the weekend. Close to 70 campers participated in either the Saturday portion or the Pitchers/Catchers clinic on Sunday.
“Camp was very interesting due to the weather,” Opdenbrouw said. “Ultimately we ended up having a great turnout. We had some great kids that came from six or seven different states. We really wanted to give them the opportunity to still have a camp. But we are going to offer a makeup camp for those who were not able to come this time around.”
The Tigers will open the season at the Southeastern Louisiana Lion Classic in Hammond, La. on Friday, Feb. 12. TSU will play five games in three days with contests against Mississippi Valley State, Buffalo, Nicholls State and two versus the host Southeastern Louisiana.
TSU will then return home to host tournaments on back-to-back weekends. The Tiger Classic (Feb. 19-21) will consist of 15 games played with a field which includes Butler, East Tennessee State, Evansville, Northern Kentucky and the University of Louisiana - Monroe. The Tiger Invitational (Feb. 27-28) will close out tournament play with three games each day with TSU facing off against Southern University and Loyola-Chicago.
Ohio Valley Conference play begins with a three-game series versus Eastern Kentucky at Tiger Field on Saturday, Mar. 19 and closes on the road at Morehead State in early May. TSU was selected to finish 12th in the OVC preseason poll voted on by coaches and sports information directors.
“I think we are really underestimated,” said sophomore Chelsea Buchanan. “The team is stronger. And I think everyone is mentally stronger as well.”
“We are just ready to play and prove everyone wrong,” commented freshman Kim Trice.
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