ETSU Softball Releases 2012 Schedule

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 26, 2011) – Two weeks after wrapping up its fall season, East Tennessee State University head softball coach Brad Irwin released the Buccaneers’ 2012 schedule on Wednesday.

The Bucs, who return 14 players from a year ago including First Team All-Atlantic Sun selection Sam Lower (Sebring, Fla.), play seven teams who appeared in the 2011 NCAA Division I Softball Championship.

“We are very excited about this schedule because we will be tested early and often,” said Irwin, who begins his second season at the helm. “We will be playing seven teams who were in last year’s NCAA Softball Championship and those games will help us get ready for the demanding A-Sun Conference schedule. We play in five tournaments to start the year, so hopefully this will create strong team chemistry and we can build off that as the season continues.”

Overall, ETSU will play in five tournaments to kick off the spring, while hosting the likes of Appalachian State, Western Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, and Presbyterian in non-conference play. Meanwhile, the Bucs bring Kennesaw State, Mercer, Florida Gulf Coast, and Stetson to Betty Basler Field for A-Sun action.

The Bucs begin the season at the Georgia State First Pitch Classic on Feb. 11, while facing Appalachian State in their home-opener on March 15.

The 2012 Atlantic Sun Tournament will be hosted by USC Upstate for the second consecutive season. The six-team, double elimination tournament runs from May 9-13.

For more information on Buccaneer softball, visit www.ETSUBucs.com.

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WBB High Point University 76 Final
Nov 17 ETSU 84
MBB Virginia-Wise 66 F
Nov 18 ETSU 111
WBB Appalachian State University 76 Final
Nov 19 ETSU 70
WBB ETSU 79 Final
Nov 21 Saint Francis University 63
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. No. 5 Western Carolina (SoCon Quarterfinal)
MBB UNC Asheville 87 F
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. ETSU 98
MBB ETSU 69 F
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Winthrop 64
WBB ETSU 69 Final
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Indiana State University 76
WBB ETSU 69 Final
Nov 26, 12:00 p.m. Indiana University 97
WBB ETSU Blacksburg, Va.
Nov 29, 5:00 p.m. Virginia Tech University
MBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 1, 7:00 p.m. Morehead State
WBB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Dec 3, 5:00 p.m. George Mason University
MBB Western Carolina Freedom Hall
Dec 3, 8:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Huntsville, Ala.
Dec 6, 6:00 p.m. Alabama A&M University
MBB UNC Greensboro Freedom Hall
Dec 13, 4:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB Eastern Kentucky University Johnson City, Tenn.
Dec 13, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 15, 12:00 p.m. Morehead State University
MBB ETSU Richmond, Ky.
Dec 16, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky