The St. Thomas Aquinas College women’s softball team will play teams from eight different states on an exciting 10-game, 9-day trip to Florida that begins tomorrow.
The Lady Spartans enter the 2018 season with much optimism. They return all eight starting position players this year along with pitcher Colleen Borum, who led the team with 11 wins. They opened the season on March 6 by splitting a doubleheader with Franklin Pierce University (Game 1: Loss, 8-1 & Game 2, Win 7-1).
The Lady Spartans will play teams from as far away as Michigan, South Dakota, Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois as well as Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Vermont as Head Coach Kristen Sullivan continues her quest to upgrade the schedule. Six of the 10 opponents in Florida won more than 25 games last year including highly regarded Wayne State University (Michigan), St. Cloud State University (Minnesota) and West Chester University (Pennsylvania). All games will be played at the Legends Way Ballfields at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla.
“We play in one of the best Division II conferences in the country so it’s imperative to play a challenging pre-conference schedule to help us prepare for the difficult conference opponents,” said Sullivan, who added that 13 of the 21 teams on her 2018 schedule won 25 or more games last season. “Our Florida trip is a very exciting dimension of our program. We play teams from across the country that allows our girls to face many different styles of play. These games will make us a better team.”
After returning from Florida, the Lady Spartans’ non-conference continues with doubleheaders with the College of St. Rose, Holy Family, Caldwell and Southern Connecticut State.