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    Tate's Take: Heading Back To Florida
    Junior Chelsea Tate
    Junior Chelsea Tate

    Feb. 15, 2013

    A versatile junior from Mission Viejo, Calif., Chelsea Tate made three starts in the outfield and two at second base for the Wolfpack last weekend at the FIU Panther Invitational. She had a team-best .500 batting average, with a home run and three RBIs. A communication-public relations major with a minor in journalism, Tate is chronicling the 2013 season with an insider's perspective.

    TAMPA -- The NC State softball opened its 2013 season in Miami, at Florida International, last weekend and is returning to the Sunshine State for a tournament in Tampa at South Florida.

    I am excited to be playing in 80-degree weather in the middle of February and love playing in the heat, even though it was a little rainy and cool when we arrived here on Thursday. Our team had to drink a lot of water prior to arriving in Florida so that we were hydrated and so that the heat would not affect us. 

    The Pack had a successful opening weekend in Miami.  Coming away from our first tournament of the season 4-1, claiming the FIU Panther's Invitational Title, we have high expectations for the rest of our season.   

    With a new coaching staff, many people were unsure of how this season would go and even considered it a rebuilding year for the program.  Personally, I love when someone underestimates me, because it motivates me to work harder to prove him or her wrong. 

    With the less-than-successful season the team had last year, many underestimate our squad and it is our job to show them we should not be taken lightly.  Our plan is to surprise people, win the games we should and take some names this year. 

    As our new assistant coach Katie Grimes tells us, "We are the new NC State." 

    This statement goes along with our 2013 team's slogan "A New STATE of Mind."  Getting the first wins under our belts, our team has a new found confidence that it was lacking last year.  I am excited to take these positive vibes and mindset into our next tournament. 



    Being raised a Yankees fan; I always turn to the Yankees' greats for inspiration or words of wisdom: "Yesterday's home runs don't win today's game," Babe Ruth said.

    We had a successful first weekend in Miami, but we cannot be satisfied and must continue to get better throughout the season.  Pack Softball has a tough schedule this weekend at USF, facing Tennessee, South Florida and Coastal Carolina,  and we have to take it one game at a time.

    We are hoping to have another successful weekend in the Sunshine State, and we cannot be completely satisfied with our performance until we have accomplished our goal, which is advancing to regionals.

    Go Pack!

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