Stockton, Calif. - With the start of the 2012 softball season just one month away, the Pacific softball team has been selected to play on ESPN3 when the Tigers travel to Long Beach State to battle the 49ers on Friday, May 11. The conference's top two teams from a season ago will play a doubleheader on the nationally broadcast stream beginning at 1:00 pm from 49er Softball Complex as the reigning champion Tigers and second-place 49ers kickoff the final weekend of Big West Conference play.
Last season, the Tigers took the season series from the 49ers, 2-1, at home at Bill Simoni Field to begin Big West play in 2011. The opening series win for Pacific set the stage for the Tigers' first-ever Big West title as Pacific finished 2011 16-5 in conference play and 37-19 overall on the year. The Tigers return nine of 10 starters and 11 letterwinners from their 2011 championship team in 2012. The matchup between the Tigers and the 49ers will feature the reigning player of the year in Pacific's Nikki Armagost and reigning pitcher of the year in Long Beach State's Erin Jones-Wesley.
"We are extremely excited to get the opportunity to play on a nation platform and are grateful for ESPN giving us the opportunity to have Big West softball streamed live on ESPN3," said Head Coach Brian Kolze. "The doubleheader that was selected between our two programs should be an exciting day of softball and we can't wait to get the 2012 season going."
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