Blogging from the Berm: Morgan Russell

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Blogging from the Berm: Morgan Russell

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Morgan Russell provides the latest edition of LSU softball’s “Blogging from the Berm” as she reflects on the Tigers practice day in preparation for the 2012 Women’s College World Series.
 
LSU meets No. 1 national seed California Thursday at 2:30 p.m. to open WCWS action. It marks the Tigers first WCWS appearance since the 2004 season. The game is televised on ESPN2/ESPN3.com with Pam Ward, Michele Smith and Holly Rowe serving as the broadcast team.  
 
Every LSU postseason game will have live audio and live stats inside the Geaux Zone on LSUsports.net. The games also will be carried live on Country Legends 104.9 FM in the Baton Rouge area with Patrick Wright and Matt Dunaway set to call the action.
 
Fans can follow every pitch of LSU softball this season via live in-game updates on LSU softball’s social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball and @lsu_softball on Twitter.
 
“Hey Tiger Fans –
 
Wow, can you believe IT? We made IT to Oklahoma City. All of our long practices, conditioning drills, work outs and long days at Tiger Park have finally paid off. All of our dreams are finally coming true. To have the opportunity to compete at the Women’s College World Series for a national championship while representing LSU is truly honor.
 
I grew up in Edmond, just fifteen minutes away from ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. That makes these precious moments so much more exciting. I remember coming every year rooting on my favorite teams hoping that I would be able to be in their shoes one day. I even got the opportunity to be the bat girl for the Fresno state Bulldogs one year.
 
So many memories have been made at this stadium, and I am so excited to make new ones with my teammates, my sisters. It’s an indescribable feeling to know that I’ll be able to experience this with each of them. I know what it is like being in the stadium during the WCWS, and I am overly excited for this group of LSU Tigers to see what it is like for the first time.
 
Today, our team went through the ESPN gauntlet. We got to do a lot of stuff with their reporters and producers. Yes, we felt like superstars. It was so cool. We began with our television intros. We stated our name, where we were and added one quick fact about ourselves. Some were quite funny, but I won’t spoil the fun. I’ll let you see for yourself.
 
Practicing on the actual field was unbelievable. At that moment, it really set in for us that we were here to play at the WCWS. It literally takes your breathe away. All the extra seats available for fans in the outfield, autograph area, ESPN cameras everywhere … it’s the whole package.
 
And finally, it is the night before the first game. Everyone seems ready for IT. Everyone just keeps talking about how excited they are to finally play our first game on the field of dreams. There are little nerves, but good nerves of course.
 
Anyway, our team could not be any happier to be here and have this opportunity. You better believe we are going to represent LSU with the class and the tradition that our great University is known for.
 
I hope to see many of you at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. If you’re coming, don’t forget to wear purple. Bring as many LSU flags and posters you can get your hands on. As Mr. Tailgate himself (Brian Trosclair) has said: ‘This will be the biggest party we’ve ever had.’
 
Thank you so much for the support and most importantly believing in us throughout this entire journey.
 
Geaux Tigers and Whatever IT takes,
 
Morgan #4″