By Eric Stock
BLOOMINGTON – First-year Illinois Wesleyan softball coach Tiffany Prager admits a sense of relief in getting her Titans to the College World Series.
The team she inherited from coach Kat McCreery advanced to the national finals last spring.
“You want to achieve the level of success that has kind of been trademarked here at Illinois Wesleyan,” Prager said. “I want to get there, I want to win, but I want to do it the right way too.”
The Titans make a return trip to the NCAA Div. III Softball Championship series. IWU (36-13) will face St. Catherine (38-12) at 4 p.m. Thursday in its opening game of the double-elimination tournament at USA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Prager hopes the Titans’ 11 returning players learned from last year’s trip which resulted in a quick two-game exit.
“I think the girls definitely want to find a way to win at least one game while we are there,” Prager said. “I think the experience from last year’s team is definitely going to play into our success.”
The Titans clinched a berth in the national finals with two come-from-behind extra inning wins over host Transylvania in the Super Regional Saturday in Lexington, Kentucky.
Prager added much of the team’s success this season comes from lifting each other up at the right time.
“We truly, truly have a group that’s all in,” Prager said. “It doesn’t matter where we have people on the field or in the dugout. Everyone is fighting for the common goal of wining the game.”
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