Kazee-Hollifield unveils 2014 C-N softball schedule
JEFFERSON CITY — Carson-Newman softball will take on six of the eight teams that advanced to the Southeast Regional as a part of the Lady Eagles’ 2014 schedule.
“Anyone who knows anything about our region knows this schedule is challenging,” Carson-Newman coach Vickee Kazee-Hollifield said. “This schedule helps set us up to do some things well within our region with an eye on postseason play.”
Conference mates Lenoir-Rhyne, Anderson and Wingate all made postseason play, as did nonconference foes Georgia College, Armstrong Atlantic and Columbus State.
The Eagles open their season February 7 with a road double header at Fort Valley State. From there it’s back home to the newly minted Vickee Kazee-Hollifield Softball Complex to face Lees-McRae, a team the Eagles swept last year.
C-N concludes February and opens play in March with four games at the Mid-South Classic. The Eagles will take on three of those six NCAA Tournament participants in a two-day stretch. Carson-Newman opens the Classic Feb. 28 with a double header against Columbus State and Georgia College. Then, C-N goes back-to-back with Armstrong Atlantic and UNC Pembroke the next day.
“With our region, we have to be ready every game,” Kazee-Hollifield said. “A loss anywhere could be the one that knocks you out of postseason play. I’m not a huge stat person, I’m more about being ahead by one run at the end of a game. But we sat down and looked at statistics this past year to find areas where we need to get stronger this year.”
Carson-Newman opens up conference play on March 15 against Coker.
The Eagles play all three of the SAC’s NCAA tournament participants at home. Lenoir-Rhyne comes to Mossy Creek for a doubleheader on March 29. Wingate rolls in on April 5 and Anderson comes in four days later on April 9.
The Eagles’ senior day is set for April 18 against Queens. C-N closes the season with 12 of 18 contests at “The Vick”
Head coach Kazee-Hollifield is nine wins away from her 1,000th career victory.
-From Contributed Reports