Centenary Softball Releases 2009 Schedule
Monday, August 11, 2008

SHREVEPORT—Centenary softball coach Mark Montgomery today officially released the Ladies’ 2009 softball schedule. As always, the lineup features very strong non-conference tilts, including seven teams that participated in the NCAA Tournament in 2008, and several other strong programs in addition to area rivalries.


The Ladies kick off the season by hosting the Centenary Tournament February 6th through the 8th. Teams coming to the Shreveport showcase include Boston College of the ACC, along with Missouri State, Nicholls State and Division I newcomers Bryant and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. Missouri State is just one season removed from qualifying for the NCAA Tournament and SIU-Edwardsville was the Division II National Champion in their final season at that level.


“We are very excited about hosting our own tournament this year,” said Montgomery. “Due to our facilities being upgraded last year, we were forced to move the event to Texarkana. Now that our facilities projects have been completed, we are looking forward to showing them off to the good competition we have coming down to Shreveport.”


Centenary then travels east on I-20 for the ULM Mardi Gras Tournament, hosted by Louisiana-Monroe. There the Ladies will lock up with Central Arkansas, Southeast Missouri, ULM, and 2008 NCAA Tournament participant Tennessee.


After mid-week rivalry games with Grambling State and ULM , the Ladies will visit the state of Florida for at least five games. Centenary will take on another 2008 NCAA Tournament team in Central Florida before tackling an always tough Stetson squad. The weekend of Feb. 27th and 28th will feature a tournament hosted by Stetson with games against Middle Tennessee State, Towson, and Stetson.


The following Tuesday the Ladies host Grambling State for the return portion of the home and home agreement before welcoming 2007 NCAA World Series participant Baylor to Centenary’s campus on Wednesday. The battle with Baylor will provide a sneak peak of the competition level they will face that weekend at the Georgia Tech Buzz Classic. Big name opponents in that tournament could include Boston College, Purdue, and Georgia Tech.


Centenary travels to I-49 rival Northwestern State on March 11th and begins The Summit League portion of its schedule two days later when it hosts IPFW in a three-game set.


The three games with IPFW kick off the longest home stand of the season for the Ladies, which is eight games long. Tulsa, another 2008 NCAA Tournament participant, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi visit Shreveport on March 18th and 19th and UMKC finishes out the home slate with a three-game conference series.


“In addition to our typical home games with our regional opponents, we are bringing in very strong teams to visit our campus. Baylor and Tulsa are good examples of that and I think our fans will enjoy our home schedule quite a bit,” said Montgomery.


The Summit League schedule rounds out the season over the final month with mid-week road games sprinkled in between with Nicholls State, Stephen F. Austin, and Arkansas, the latter two qualifying for the NCAA Tournament last year. The non-conference schedule ends with an April 29th home game with Northwestern State.


“We think we have set up a very challenging schedule overall, which will allow us to meet our expectations of strong conference play. Hopefully the result will be another trip to the postseason,” said Montgomery.


Centenary will look to compete in its sixth straight Summit League Tournament upon conclusion of the league schedule. This year’s championship event will take place May 8th through the 10th in Macomb, Ill., hosted by Western Illinois. The Westerwinds earned The Summit League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament last season by winning the conference tournament.