Wednesday, May 28, 2014
***Contributed by the Presidents' Athletic Conference
GREENVILLE, Pa. - A group of recent Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) graduates has been extended an invitation by the West Virginia Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) to participate in an exhibition doubleheader against the 2014 USA Softball Women's National Team. Former Titans first baseman Lauren Stoczynski (Erie, Pa. / Harbor Creek) and second baseman Kelsey Squelch (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Perry Traditional) have been invited to compete.
The event, presented by West Virginia ASA and The Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be held Thursday, July 3 at 6 p.m. at Hawley Field in Morgantown, W.Va. Hawley Field is the home of West Virginia University's baseball team.
Individual general admission tickets will be available for $15; VIP seating will be available for $20, while children under five will be admitted for free. An autograph session for all ticket holders is also scheduled to follow the doubleheader.
"This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of these ladies," said Geneva College director of athletic and head softball coach Van Zanic. "Having the opportunity to not only compete, but spend time with, some of the best softball players in the world is very exciting. It is a great way for some of the best players in the PAC to cap off their collegiate careers. I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to coach such a tremendous collection of softball players and outstanding young women."
Working alongside Zanic with the PAC team will be Bethany College associate director of athletics and head softball coach Jan Forsty and Waynesburg University head softball coach Lou Giachetti.
West Virginia ASA and Commissioner Andy Dooley played a lead role in securing this unique opportunity for the PAC and the collection of some of the league's top performers.
PAC representatives have also been invited to participate in the USA Softball Player Clinic, scheduled for Wednesday, July 2 at Hawley Field.
"What a great opportunity for softball players that compete at all levels of college ball have when the U.S. National Team plays an exhibition tour," said U.S. National Team head coach Ken Eriksen. "What I have found in all my years coaching in these types of events, you never know who you may "discover" out there. At the same time, it is a competition that our opponents in these games will never forget."
Twenty-six athletes have accepted invitations to the 2014 USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Camp, scheduled for June 8-19. These athletes will compete in a series of practices and exhibition games in hopes of making the final 17-player roster that will compete for Team USA throughout the summer. The final roster will be announced on USASoftball.com on June 22.
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