Ladies Softball Kicks Off Season at Easton Tiger Classic
Thursday, February 8, 2007




Head Coach Mark Montgomery

BATON ROUGE—The Centenary softball team gets a jump start to its season this weekend when it competes in the Easton Tiger Classic hosted by LSU in Baton Rouge. The Ladies will tackle a tough field of opponents that include Memphis, Missouri, Middle Tennessee State, and #9 LSU.

 

Centenary opens its 2007 campaign with an 11 a.m. meeting with Memphis on Friday. The game will mark the first meeting between the Ladies and the Tigers, who are in their second year of existence under coach Windy Thees. Centenary has been picked second in the Mid-Continent Conference while Memphis was selected to finish fifth in the Conference USA preseason poll.

 

At 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Centenary plays the Missouri Tigers of the Big 12. Missouri finished seventh in the conference last season with an overall record of 26-27 and is slated to place eighth in the league this year.

 

Middle Tennessee State draws the Ladies at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. The Blue Raiders collected a record of 19-42-1 in 2006 and finished fourth in the Sun Belt Conference with a league mark of 6-9. MTSU is slotted to place sixth in the conference this season.

 

The LSU Tigers will serve as Centenary’s final round robin opponent on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. The Tigers, ranked eighth in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Poll, will have the benefit of playing all weekend long on their home field. LSU finished 55-14 last year and missed a trip to the Women’s College World Series by one game. This season the Tigers are picked to win the Southeastern Conference Western Division.

 

Championship play based on won-loss records will take place on Sunday.

 

Centenary fans can follow the tournament all weekend long via the Easton Tiger Classic official website located below. The website provides live stats of all games and will be the place to find the all-tournament team selections following the event.

 

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