March 18, 2004
CONTACTS: Kimberly Stark, 901-333-4023 -- Keith Gentry,
SOUTHWEST SOFTBALL TEAM OPENS CONFERENCE PLAY SATURDAY
The Southwest Tennessee Community College softball team-- currently 4-7 on
the season-- will host Columbia State Community College in the Tennessee
Junior and Community College Athletic Association conference opener
Saturday. Play will begin at 10 a.m., at the Appling Complex in Bartlett.
Columbia State entered this week with a 5-9 record. After sweeping Coahoma
in a doubleheader March 10, the Lady Saluqis have dropped their last four
games, including two one-run decisions (to Northwest Mississippi and
”It’s important that we get off to a good start in conference play,” said
first- year coach Keith Gentry. “Columbia State was the TJCCAA West
Division runner-up last season, so these games will definitely be a
challenge for our team. We’ve been competitive in every game so far this
season, and just need to improve defensively to begin winning some of
these close games.”
The Lady Saluqis are led by first baseman Kacie Adams, one of the top
hitters in the with a .448 batting average; and catcher Tiffany Bright,
who is batting .364 and is among the TJCCAA conference leaders with nine
doubles and 18 runs batted in. Other top hitters for Southwest are
centerfielder Melissa Perry (.333, 8 RBI) and infielder Jessica Laubacker
(.296, 7 RBI). Katie Cerrito is the team’s top pitcher with a 3-3 record
and a 2.19 earned run average. Southwest will be playing without starting
shortstop Chrissy Odom, who suffered a broken wrist injury in Monday’s
game against Williams Baptist and will be out for several weeks.
Southwest, Tennessee’s largest two-year
college, serves more than 12,000 students in Memphis, Shelby and Fayette
counties, and the Tri-State area.
Southwest offers 39 programs for career studies and transfer, 37 two-year
programs leading to immediate career entry through the Associate of
Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, and more than 40 areas of interest in
traditional university transfer programs through the Associate of Arts (A.A.)
degree and the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree.
In addition, Southwest offers Academic Certificate and Technical
Certificate programs in 28 areas. Technical certificates are usually
completed in no more than one year, and prepare students for immediate
entry positions in high-demand, specialized fields.
Southwest, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is accredited by the
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and