MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The University of South Alabama's women's softball team achieved a first, this week. They ranked in the top 25 among Division One college softball teams.
FOX10 News spoke to the teams head coach Wednesday just ahead of a huge game against LSU.
They've built it, but will the fans show up and support it?
"We are getting the true fans, people in the community that just love to come watch our kids play," said USA Jags Head Softball Coach Becky Clark.
Last year, the USA Jaguars softball team made its first appearance in the NCAA tournament.
And now, head coach, Becky Clark, is building what could be another first for her team: a College World Series contending Softball team.
"I think are program is definitely heading in that direction and I think it's very realistic with the team that we have that we can do that," said Clark.
"We've played some tough games," said Clark, "Our ultimate goal is to make it to Oklahoma City and play a college World Series and in order to do that you have to play a tough schedule."
Since arriving at USA in 2005, Clark has worked closely with the Athletic Department to attract talent and collect wins.
"At the end of the year, it's how you finish not how you were in the middle, but it's fun in the middle to kind of have that and be able to smile a little bit because your hard work's paying off," said Clark.
Clark said being ranked is a big deal for the University too, it will help attract athletes from all over the U.S.
She believes good teams are built on character, not just athleticism.
"These aren't just great softball players these are great people ... I'm very blessed to be able to coach them," said Clark.
Wednesday night's home game against LSU starts at 7 p.m.
"You know everybody is like: do you feel pressure this year? You to me it's not pressure, pressures when you're losing -- you know that's pressure, this is fun," said Clark, who loves a challenge.
The team plans on signing autographs afterward.
Clark said her softball team has two chances of getting to the big show: winning the Sun Belt Tournament in May or a selection based on the teams final standings.
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