The Metro State Softball team is getting ready for the start of the 2013 season. This weekend, the Roadrunners will open the season with a tournament that will feature Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponents.
On Friday February 1, they will play Adams State University at 1pm and then they will play Colorado School of Mines at 3pm at the Auraria Field. On Saturday February 2, they will play Regis University at 11am and then they will play the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs at 1pm at the Auraria Field. The Runners will then travel to Regis on Sunday February 3 to play Regis. These will be non-conference games.
How does it feel to start the season? I talked with head coach Kristi Lansford about this.
“It feels great. I think we’re ready to go,” Lansford said. We’ve been practicing for a long time and we’re ready to play.”
What is the Metro/Regis Tournament?
“This is the first year that we’ve done it,” Lansford said. “[We’re playing] just RMAC opponents. We just thought it would be nice to have something before RMAC [play] started.”
The implications for this weekend?
“I think [this weekend] is big for us,” Lansford said. “I think it will show us where we’re at and where we’ll need to be and the things that we need to improve on and the things that we really need to work on and it’ll show how tough we are.”
I asked Lansford about the teams Metro is playing this weekend.
“We play Adams and Mines on Friday. They’re both good teams. Mines was ranked number one in the preseason coaches’ poll. We played (Mines) in the fall and they beat us in the fall. We have to come out and have our best game against them,” Lansford said. “We play Regis and UCCS on Saturday. We played Regis three times in the fall. We won two out of three. If we can come out strong against (Regis) that would be good. We just need to come in and play our game and we need to be tough and strong.”
What is coach Lansford hoping for out of her team this weekend?
“I just want them to play with energy. I want them to play with a lot of energy and be really into the game and be really competitive,” Lansford said. That’s what I want to see. I want to see a lot of guts, a lot of heart and a lot of passion.”
The next blog will focus on the results of Friday and Saturday’s games.