By FAMU Sports Information Intern Erika Stuckman
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Oct.30) – Recruiting eight incoming freshmen and 16 solid players returning from last season, the Florida A&M University Softball team is ready to represent the University as winners, aiming for their ninth Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship.
Head Coach, Veronica Wiggins, who will be entering her 23rd season as the leader of the FAMU Softball team, has a number of key returners from last season in 2013 who consist of outfielders, Brielle Gordon and Christina Robbs; infielder, Alyssa Weaver; and pitcher, Ashleigh Minter.
Along with the experience, the Lady Rattlers will be adding a few new members to the team, including a few stand-out newcomers in pitchers, Kenya Pereira and Amber Fullwood; outfielder, Whitney Farris; and catcher, Miesha McBride who will all bring both speed and versatility on the field.
“We have a very talented recruiting class,” said Wiggins. “I believe they are going to mix in well with the returning squad from last season and form a very competitive team.”
The Lady Rattlers finished the 2013 season with an overall record of (20-32) and conference record of (10-4). This season FAMU softball is determined to win every conference game as well as the MEAC conference championship and move on to the NCAA tournament.
To accomplish this goal the Lady Rattlers are continuing their long-standing tradition of squaring off against the toughest teams all season long . Outside of conference play they will face some talented teams.
Assistant Coach, Lori Goodart said, “We try to put together a competitive Division-I schedule to help prepare for the MEAC conference games and tournament. Every year is tough, however, the focus of our program is to play good competition and we never shy away from competition.”
Anticipating a year of energy, aggressiveness and tough opponent set-up for the season, Wiggins relays the message for everyone to come out and support the excitement and fun the FAMU Softball will bring this season.
“Our program is about the University we represent. We want to show them how proud we are to wear orange and green. ”