PBA Softball Puts Finishing Touch on 2011 Team Schedule

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications

The Palm Beach Atlantic Softball Team Will Begin the 2011 Season at Home Versus Northwood University on February 2nd, 2011 for a Double-Header Beginning at 6 p.m. Photo Courtesy of: Michael Brown. The Palm Beach Atlantic Softball Team Will Begin the 2011 Season at Home Versus Northwood University on February 2nd, 2011 for a Double-Header Beginning at 6 p.m. Photo Courtesy of: Michael Brown.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After a historic run to the sub-region championship game of the NCAA South Regional in 2010, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team is anxious to continue that momentum into the 2011 campaign. Entering her fifth season at the helm of the Sailfish, head coach Kimmy Bloemers has announced another tough slate of competition for the 2011 season.

Having graduated five seniors from 2010 while bringing in eight talented newcomers, the Sailfish will look different in a lot of ways in 2011 but the goals and expectations for success remain the same.

Bloemers has worked hard to complete a schedule for the 2011 season that includes 38 regular-season games over the course of 19 double-headers while also participating in two highly-competitive tournaments in the Eckerd College Tournament (Feb. 25-27) and the University of West Georgia Tournament (Mar. 4-6).

The Fish will open up the 2011 season just as they have the previous two seasons by taking on West Palm Beach rival Northwood University in a double-header on Wednesday, February 2nd beginning at 6 p.m. The home opener kicks off what will be a home-heavy early portion of the schedule for the young Sailfish as they will battle in 10 of the team’s first 12 games of the season at their home ballpark, a place where they won 21 of 25 games last season.

The Eckerd College Tournament will then begin a stretch of nearly a month where the Fish will play on the road before returning to the friendly confines of West Palm Beach on March 23rd to take on Nova Southeastern University for the first time of the 2011 season.

NSU is one of eight Sunshine State Conference members the Fish will square off against during the season including home-and-home dates with Lynn University, Barry University, Saint Leo University, Nova Southeastern, Florida Tech, Florida Southern College, and Eckerd College.

PBA will battle Lynn University on April 28th in Palm Beach County for what will be Senior Night for the Sailfish softball program.

The early portion of the month of May will determine where the Fish may be going for postseason play as they will be looking to get back to the NCAA Regional Tournament while also possibly competing in the NCCAA postseason.

With fall practice slated to begin in the coming weeks as well as offseason strength and conditioning, the Fish will be primed and ready for the 2011 regular season to begin in early February.

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