Palm Beach Atlantic Announces 2009 Spring Softball Schedule
September 16, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Returning a solid core from last season as well as a host of new and talented incoming players, the 2009 Palm Beach Atlantic University softball season could shape out to be a special one. Once again playing in one of the toughest regions in the nation, head coach Kimmy Bloemers has announced the 2009 game schedule for the Fish.
PBA opens up their 2009 slate on Tuesday, February 3rd when they host West Palm Beach rival Northwood University for a double-header beginning at 5 pm. The home date with Northwood is one of 11 home dates on the schedule this season. PBA also has the honor of hosting the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) South Regional tournament in addition to their second consecutive year of hosting the NCCAA National Softball tournament.
Sailfish fans will have plenty of opportunities early in the season to catch the team in action in West Palm Beach as they play 20 games (10 dates) at home over the first month of the season.
Palm Beach Atlantic will also participate in three regular season tournaments this year, the Barry Tournament (Feb. 6-8), Eckerd Tournament (Feb. 20-22), and the Rebel Springs Tournament (Mar. 9-11). With all three tournaments bringing in quality teams, PBA will once again be challenged in every ballgame.
One change will take place this season in terms of home venue for the Fish. PBA will be playing all night home games at Palm Beach Community College while all day games will remain at Howard Park, located just a few blocks away from Palm Beach Atlantic Universities downtown West Palm Beach campus.
Having turned around a struggling program in her two seasons at the helm of the Sailfish, Bloemers continues to challenge her current crop of players with another challenging schedule.
Games against traditional rivals Nova Southeastern University, Lynn University, and Florida Tech are just some of the big games slated for the Fish this season. Other top notch teams such as Florida Southern College, Columbus State University, and Barry University are also on the schedule.
After a 33 win season in 2008, the future certainly looks bright for the Sailfish of 2009.