NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State softball team is within a week of traveling to Hammond, La. for its first tournament of the 2016 season.
The Tigers have been forced indoors for most of camp due to weather, but have enjoyed the temperature change and the move back onto Tiger Field. Despite the abilities to run a scrimmage in the indoor facility, the Tigers took full advantage of a more “game day” type workout.
More importantly, the pitchers were able to working on the dirt. TSU will look to a trio of newcomers to combine with a pair of returners to handle the duties in the circle.
Senior Taylor Green led the squad a year ago in strikeouts and wins, seven. Green is battling back from an offseason injury in hopes to contribute during conference play.
Junior Savannah Womack is on the opposite end of Green, as she will return after missing most of the 2015 season due to injury. Womack made six appearances and tossed 22 innings, picking up a win and finished with a team best in strikeouts per seven innings.
Junior college transfer Lauren Woodard along with freshman Erica O’Kane and Lauren Powell will look to make an impact for TSU.
Woodard comes to the Land of Golden Sunshine after posting a 26-18 career record at Vol State. O’Kane comes to the Tigers as a three-time All-Distract selection at Marion County High School, while Powell finished 10-2 with a 0.62 ERA and 151 strikeouts in 97.2 innings.
Junior Danica Gleason spent most of her first season in blue at shortstop and in the outfield. Gleason may also be called upon to toe the rubber occasionally throughout the season.
The Tigers will open with Mississippi Valley State and Southeastern Louisiana on Fri., Feb. 12 at the Lion Classic. TSU will play five games in three days during their first weekend out.