Dec. 6, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina Head Softball Coach Jim Clifttoday announced the 2014 Catamount softball schedule.
The Catamounts will spend the first month of the season playing in four tournaments with two in the state of South Carolina, one in Georgia and one in Florida. During that span, Western Carolina will face some tough competition including teams from the SEC, Big East and Big 12.
"The 2014 spring schedule may be the toughest a Catamount softball team has played," admits Clift. "We will play four SEC opponents, including No. 2 Tennessee, and three more from major conferences (Big East and Big 12)."
Western Carolina opens the season at a tournament hosted by former Southern Conference member College of Charleston Feb. 14-16. The Catamounts will face the Cougars to open the tournament and will also go up against DePaul, Kansas, Ole Miss and Fordham.
The following weekend, the Catamounts head to USC Upstate for a tournament, Feb. 21-23, playing the Spartans, Liberty twice and Winthrop. Western Carolina will then play its second of four SEC teams when it travels to Columbia, S.C. Feb. 25 to play South Carolina in a double header.
Facing its third straight SEC opponent, Western Carolina travels to Georgia Feb. 28 through March 2 to play in a tournament hosted by the Bulldogs. WCU will open with UAB and also face Georgia and St. John's.
The tournament portion of Western Carolina's season ends March 7-9 at the University of Central Florida. WCU will face UT-Martin, Pennsylvania, Colgate, Bowling Green and Troy.
A single game with the University of Tennessee will be the Catamount's fourth SEC team faced, during the season, on March 11 at 5 p.m.
"Three of our first five games will be against Kansas, Ole Miss and DePaul," Clift said. "Mid-major opponents, USC Upstate, UAB, Fordham and Georgia Southern all went to Regionals. UAB advanced onto the super-regionals. To say we are excited to play is an understatement."
Western Carolina finally returns to Cullowhee on March 15 in its home opener against Elon which is also the Southern Conference opener. The Catamounts play just eight home dates, welcoming SoCon opponents Elon, Samford and Furman and hosting NC A&T in a non-conference contest.
Road games after the tournament portion of the season include non-conference games at ETSU, a future SoCon opponent, Gardner-Webb, North Carolina Central and Winthrop. WCU will travel to SoCon teams Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, UNCG and Chattanooga.
"Coach [Danielle] Glosson and I are looking forward to taking this team into conference play," Clift said. "The team has improved in all facets led by junior pitcher Jordan Garrett who spearheads a solid pitching staff with Mallory Broome, Courtney Buchanan (freshman) and Taylor Sigmon. Our team speed has improved immensely and should noticeably add to an exciting style of offense. I expect Western Carolina softball will definitely make things interesting in the Southern Conference."
For the second straight year, the Southern Conference Tournament will be held at UNCG. The tournament is slated for May 7-10.