NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State Softball team continues to prepare for the upcoming 2018 season. The Tigers were forced inside due to the winter storm which hit the middle Tennessee area. Coach Andrea Browning and her squad took advantage of the indoor hitting facility as well as the indoor football/athletics practice field.
The weather caused the closure of the university and forced the Tigers off their original schedule. After missing two practice opportunities Browning and her squad were back at it as scheduled.
TSU opens the season on Feb.9 at the Troy Invitational. The Tigers will face the host Trojans twice, as well as a pair of games versus Valparaiso. TSU will also face off against Alabama State as a part of the five-game, three day tournament.
The Tigers will continue their non-conference preparation a week later at the Chattanooga Challenge. The Mocs, along with Alabama A&M, Indiana State, Western Kentucky and Sacred Heart, will play opposition to the Big Blue.
Feb. 23 marks the first time for a home contest as the Tigers play co-host to the Belmont/TSU Winter Warmup. A matchup with Fort Wayne opens play on Friday, while the Tigers face North Dakota on Saturday and Cleveland State on Sunday.
The squad hits the road again for the Hatter Classic in De Land, Fla., Mar. 2-4. Bethune-Cookman, Drexel and Cornell highlight the list of opponents along with a pair of contests versus the host, Stetson.
The Tigers return home for a single game with the Memphis Tigers on Wednesday, Mar. 7 at 4pm. TSU will return the favor days later by participating in the Memphis Tournament. The two-day event consists of games against Mississippi Valley State, Bowling Green, Butler and Indiana State.
TSU returns home for their final non-conference tournament as they team once again with the cross town Bruins for the Belmont/TSU Invitational. The Tigers will open and close the three day event with games against Rhode Island. St. Bonaventure, Samford and Ball State will face the Tigers in between the matchups with the Rams.
The Tigers opens Ohio Valley Conference play with a doubleheader on Mar. 24 against SIUE, followed by a twin bill against Eastern Illinois on Sunday, Mar. 25. TSU will also host Murray State, Austin Peay and Belmont in OVC battles.
TSU will visit Morehead State, Tennessee Tech, Jacksonville State, Eastern Kentucky, Southeast Missouri and UT Martin during conference play.
The Tigers will step out of OVC play four times beginning with a contest at Middle Tennessee on Mar. 28. Tennessee is up next for the Big Blue in Knoxville on Apr. 3, followed by a trip on Apr. 18 to face Chattanooga.
Middle Tennessee comes to the land of Golden Sunshine on Wednesday, Apr. 25 for a single game.