Aug. 26, 2003
ATLANTA – Tech softball will play 24 games at Glenn Field in 2004, including having perennial powers Georgia and Alabama, announced by head coach Ehren Earleywine. The Yellow Jackets will open up the season at the ULM Mardi Gras Tournament, Feb. 7-8, participate in the Leadoff Classic, Feb. 27-March 1 and travel to World Series semifinalist Arizona for the Hillenbrand Tournament, March 5-7.
“This years schedule will host a number of top ranked teams and is arguably the toughest schedule we have ever had at Tech,” said Earleywine. “As usual conference play will be tough with three of the five teams reaching post-season play last season and will be returning most of their starters.
“In addition to an already solid conference, NC State now joins the ranks and will add some much needed depth to our conference.
“Out of conference play will also be very competitive. The Leadoff Classic tournament is considered to be the best tournament in all of softball and will host 24 of the nations best. Other tournaments will include Arizona, and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, both making the College World Series in 2003. We are looking forward to the challenges ahead and welcome this tough schedule to prepare us for post-season play.”
The Yellow Jackets will open up Atlantic Coast Conference action at Florida State on April 3. Tech will then host Virginia on April 10, before heading to Carolina for ACC battles with NC State, April 17, and North Carolina April 18. The Jackets will end the conference regular-season at home versus Maryland on May 1. The ACC Tournament will be held in Tallahassee, Fla., for the third straight year, May 14-17.
The home schedule for Tech will be Chattanooga (2/14), Furman (2/17), St. Joseph’s (3/11), Ball State (3/17), Buzz Classic Tournament (Marietta, Ga.-3/19-21), Ohio (3/23), Georgia Southern (3/31), Georgia State (4/7), Alabama (4/13), Georgia (4/28) and Mercer (5/11).