Nov. 1, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina Head Softball Coach Jim Clifttoday announced the 2013 softball schedule.
"We are extremely excited about our 2013 season," Clift said. "We believe we have a team ready to compete with anyone. Our upper-classman have stepped it up and our freshman have brought a heightened level of competition to the mix. We are ready to take another step in the growth of this program. How big a step is the exciting question?"
Western Carolina spends the first month of the season on the road competing in four tournaments. The Catamounts open the season on February 8 at a tournament hosted by USC Upstate. Western Carolina will travel to University of Florida, UNC Charlotte and Coastal Carolina in the ensuing three weeks after the opening tournament.
"We have an interesting schedule this year," Clift said. "Overall, it is stronger than in years past. We start the year with tournaments at Upstate, Florida, Coastal Carolina and Charlotte before moving onto our conference schedule."
Some non-conference match-ups in the four tournaments include games with Maine, University of Missouri Kansas City, Wichita State, Drexel, Albany and Southeastern Conference powerhouse Florida.
"We are excited to play some very strong mid-majors and to also have the opportunity to see what we can do against a perennial softball power with Florida, Clift said."
In a change from previous seasons, Western Carolina will give ample opportunity for fans to see them at home as the Catamounts will have 13 home dates in 2013. The Catamounts' home opener is March 9 welcoming Southern Conference rival Appalachian State in a three-game tilt.
Western Carolina will host Winthrop, ETSU, Gardner-Webb and Presbyterian in non-conference contests. Southern Conference foes Appalachian State, UNCG, Chattanooga and Georgia Southern will travel to Cullowhee this season.
"This year we will host a lot of home games," Clift said. "I am very excited about playing more games in front of what has become a very enthusiastic and supportive home crowd. Last year we had a decisive winning home record. We expect to build on that this season."