Head coach Bobby Reeves and the ACU softball team begin their journey to a fourth consecutive winning season this Sunday with a double-header against Texas Lutheran University.
The ‘Cats hope to capitalize on their first two games against an unfamiliar opponent, Texas Lutheran.
“I really don’t know anything about Texas Lutheran,” coach Reeves said. “We are not Div. I or II. We are just getting games this year. I expect to win and if we don’t then we get better because of it.”
Texas Lutheran comes in off a solid 2013 season in the Div. III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Bulldogs went 33-10 with a 14-0 away record under head coach Wade Wilson.
The Wildcats open up a seven-game home stand to prepare for a difficult schedule in Div. I. Coach Reeves hopes these games will be a confidence-builder to start the season.
“I think confidence plays into that,” Reeves said. “It’s about getting our feet on the ground. It’s another mentality from practicing to when you start playing.”
An advantage the Wildcats carry into Sunday and their first season in the Southland Conference will be five seniors.
One of those seniors, outfielder Madison Buckley, brings her experience and multiple accolades into the season. She batted .289 with two home runs and 17 RBIs as a junior and was an NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete as a sophomore.
Buckley knows they need to take advantage of this seven-game home stand.
“I think it will remind us that even though we are new to the Southland we can still come out and make statement,” Buckley said. “We can hit the ground running at home but also away at other games.”
Game one will start at 1 p.m. and game two at 3 p.m. at Wells Field.