COLUMBUS, Miss. – After 15 years, a new era of Owls softball will begin this weekend as the Mississippi University for Women softball team takes on Millsaps College in a doubleheader season opener on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 12 p.m at Don Usher Field.
The Owls, formally known as the Blues, closed its first era of play in 2003 after a devastating tornado damaged large parts of The W campus. Under head coach Rita Higginbotham, the Blues amassed a 572-314 record during 20 years of play. As a member of the Gulf Coast South Conference, a Division II affiliate of the NCAA, The W grabbed the championship title after going 2-1 in a three-game championship series against Valdosta State.
Now in 2018, the Owls are under direction of head coach Tatjana Matthews. Coach Tat, as she is affectionately called, comes to The W after spending three seasons as the associate head coach and one season as the head coach at Columbia College in Columbia, S.C. While there, the Koala's softball team experienced their first winning season in the school's history and recorded an 85-70 record over four years.
The Owls comeback team is stacked with experience with only a handful of players playing college softball for the first time and more than half transferring to The W after a successful junior/community college softball career. The Owls are excited about this season and are ready to take on the Millsaps College.
The Millsaps Majors are currently 2-0 on the season after sweeping Louisiana College in a season opener doubleheader at home. The Majors took the Wildcats 7-1 in game one and 9-1 in game two. Before facing the Owls, the Majors will head to Montgomery, Ala. to take on Huntingdon College on Saturday.
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