CHARLESTON, SC Feb. 14, 2013 – The College of Charleston softball team opens the 2013 season with the College of Charleston Classic, the first of two annual tournaments the team hosts at Patriots Point. This edition brings in James Madison, East Tennessee State, Syracuse, Towson and Akron for a full-slated weekend of softball action.
“We are honored to host another great tournament at Patriots Point to open the season,” said head coach Shelly Hoerner. “We have always brought some great teams in and this year it’s no different. The players and I are excited to share our field with these teams and we can’t wait for all the top-level softball to be showcased this weekend.”
Each team involved is scheduled to play every other team, amounting to three full days of softball and 15 games in total. All games, including the neutral-site contests, will be played at Patriots Point.
The action will begin at 10 a.m. every morning and then games will start in roughly two-hour intervals with five on Friday, six on Saturday and four on Sunday, barring weather and other unexpected delays.
The Cougars first see the field at approximately 4 p.m. on Friday when they take on James Madison. CofC is slated for back-to-back games on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. against ETSU and Syracuse, and then two more on Sunday at 2 p.m. against Towson and Akron.
Virtual live statistics will be provided free-of-charge for all 15 games of the tournament and available through CofCSports.com. A web-based broadcast will be available for three of CofC’s games over the weekend, Friday’s game against James Madison and Sunday’s games against Towson and Akron. The broadcasts will require subscription but feature multiple-camera views as well as commentary.
For information about tournament progress, weather delays and other details pertinent to the tournament, follow @CofCSoftball on Twitter.
The tournament marks the opening of the season for the Cougars after Wednesday afternoon’s doubleheader against Charleston Southern was washed out due to unplayable field conditions.
The Cougars, picked to place third in the SoCon according to a poll of the league’s coaches, return eight regular starters from the positional players as well as both regular pitchers from last year’s team. 2012 was an extremely successful year for the Cougars as they notched 37 victories and advanced to the SoCon championship game for the second consecutive year.
The Cougars look to improve upon recent success with five preseason all-conference selections including senior pitcher Stephanie Saylors (Easley, S.C.), junior shortstop Lizzy Vaughn (Placerville, Calif.) and junior third baseman Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, Ga.), who were all first-team inclusions. Sophomore Hope Klicker(Walla Walla, Wash.) was twice named to the second team, both as a pitcher and a utility player.