Softball picked to finish second in OVC

As the Tennessee Tech softball team kicks off its season this weekend at the Georgia State Tournament, junior Holly Thomas and senior Lacie Coquerille share their excitement.”We are ready to win,” Coquerille said. “[Our team] has a lot of experience.”

This year’s squad boasts five juniors and six seniors, all of which show promise to help lead the team to an Ohio Valley Conference Championship.

“It’s definitely understood that we want to win the conference championship,” Thomas said. “We have come really close for the past two seasons, so we all have high hopes for both regular season and post-season play.”

Coach Tory Acheson prepares his squad for his 13th season at Tech. With this season underway, Tech will play 14 straight road games, including games at Georgia State, North Texas and Chattanooga as well as a doubleheader in March at Belmont.

Tech senior and two-time Most Valuable Player and Best Defensive Award winner, Coquerille returns in hopes of ending her career with an OVC title.

“Winning the OVC would be a great reward for my last season,” Coquerille said. “I’ll miss it when it’s over.”

During her junior year, Coquerille booked 39 hits and scored 21 runs while maintaining a .277 batting average. She also committed just one error at second base.

Despite the seniority on the team, the freshmen have shown they have potential to make an impact.

“We have a good rotation,” Thomas said. “Some of our freshmen could be really key hitters.”

“They have a lot of talent,” Coquerille said. “They are ready to work and will need to step up.”

Tech competes at 9 tomorrow morning at Georgia State against Syracuse and again at 11:15 against Georgia State. For more information and a full schedule, visit www.ttusports.com.