Softball opens season at home, Saturday, against LaGrange

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Under the direction of first-year head coach Stephanie VanBrakle, the Birmingham-Southern softball team opens the 2009 season at home against LaGrange, Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at BSC Softball Park.

Last season, the Panthers went 32-28 for the first 30-win season in program history. Seniors Kayla Backlund, Erin Glover, and Melissa Muehlenfeld, and sophomore Melissa Revis are the only returners from last year's team, which features seven new players -- two junior transfers and five true freshmen.

After Saturday's doubleheader, the Panthers travel to Fayetteville, N.C., to face Methodist University, Saturday, Feb. 14, at 9 a.m. CT.