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Eastern Florida Opens Southern Conference Softball Season on Saturday

March 13, 2014 - Eastern Florida State's softball team begins its 16-game Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference schedule on Saturday by hosting Palm Beach State College.

Game times are 1 and 3 p.m. on the Palm Bay Campus. Admission is free.

At stake for the Titans is a 10th appearance in the last 11 years in the NJCAA District G/Region 8A/Florida College System Activities Association Atlantic District Tournament.

To accomplish that goal the Titans need to finish in the top three in conference which they did last season, finishing third with a 9-7 conference record.

Naturally they are shooting for the conference's top spot which would mean dislodging powerful Miami Dade College and Indian River State College which finished first and second last season.

"We are where we want to be after all the non-conference games," said Eastern Florida assistant coach Bob Yanczewski.

"The team is ready to make that run at the state championship. Since August the players have matured and adjusted to college life and softball. With the leadership of our sophomores we are confident they will get the job done. We have played a strong early schedule with a lot of pressure and intensity. The cream will rise to the top and they are ready to go."

Eastern Florida is 13-16 overall. Palm Beach is 11-19.

Offensively sophomore pitcher and outfielder Brooke Formby is pacing the Titans. Formby is hitting .442 with a team-leading 46 hits 104 at bats. Formby also leads in triples with five, on base percentage at .453, slugging percentage, .577 and total bases, 60. She is tied for the team lead in runs scored – 28 - with classmate and centerfielder Devin Williams.

Sophomore second baseman Manya Lopez leads in runs batted in with 29 and in doubles with nine. Sophomore Bri Seaman and freshman Dajia Jones have two home runs each.

Nationally the Titans rank sixth in at bats with 835, 12th in triples with eight, 22nd in hits with 239, 23rd in runs batted in with 141, and 28th in runs at 155.