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Softball Releases 2018 Slate

Chelsey Chamberlain
Chelsey Chamberlain
Asst. Communications Director

BATON ROUGE – Coming off the program’s sixth trip and it’s third-straight to the Women’s College World Series in 2017, the LSU softball team released the 2018 regular season schedule Wednesday afternoon. Click here to view the full 2018 schedule. 

The spring slate features 37 home contests at Tiger Park in a 56-game schedule, hosting games against 11 teams that were in last year’s NCAA tournament field. For the entire schedule, the Tigers will face a total of 22 opponents that appeared in the NCAA tournament field.

Coming off three-straight appearances in the Women’s College World Series, only one of two teams to claim that feat, LSU returns six positional starters and three pitchers from last year’s team that went 48-22 overall and 12-12 in the SEC.

Under head coach Beth Torina, the Tigers have played a Top 10 strength of schedule every year. In 2014, the Tigers had the nation’s toughest schedule and in 2017 and 2015, they had the second-toughest schedule. “Our 2018 schedule is filled with quality opponents from the first weekend to the final series,” said Torina. “Over a third of our opponents were NCAA teams from just a year ago.

“We are excited about the slate of non-conference opponents that we have lined up this season. Our fans will get to see some new teams play in Tiger Park for the very first time. This schedule brings great softball to Tiger Park and will challenge our team to compete at the highest level throughout the regular season.”

LSU will host four non-conference tournaments in the months of February and March. The Tigers will host to the Tiger Classic, Purple and Gold Challenge, LSU Invitational and the LSU Round Robin. When added with a game against University of Illinois at Chicago on Feb. 8 and University of Louisiana-Monroe on Feb. 13, the Tigers will play each of their first 11 games at home and 21 of their first 27 in Tiger Park.

The Tiger Classic, February 9-11, will feature Southern Miss, UTA, Syracuse and UMASS. After hosting University of Louisiana-Monroe, the Tigers will host NCAA tournament teams in Oregon State and LA Tech to go along with Central Arkansas and Southern Utah in the Purple and Gold Challenge.

In late February, the Tigers will be on the road for a long trip in the California sunshine, competing in the Pacific Tournament February 22-23 and the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic February 24-25. The Pacific Tournament field will consist of host Pacific, San Josè State and Nevada.

At the Mary Nutter, the Tigers will face three 2017 NCAA Tournament teams in UCLA, Oregon and Fresno State. It will be the third-straight year that the Tigers will matchup against UCLA in the Mary Nutter.

Beginning the March schedule will be the LSU Invitational March 2-4, featuring McNeese State, FAU, Purdue and Illinois State.

The 24-game SEC slate will follow, beginning March 9-11 with a three-game series at Tiger Park versus Auburn. Last season, the Southeastern Conference sent a record of all 13 teams to the NCAA Tournament. The eight weekends of conference play will begin in early March and close in May.

“Every single game in the SEC is highly contested and filled with a level of intensity that is tough to duplicate. You are facing an NCAA opponent every time you step on the field. The teams in our league continue to elevate themselves to higher levels of competition each year.

“Three of our home opponents made it to the Super Regional round last year. I know our fans will be excited to see these series and welcome these teams to Tiger Park.”

The Tigers’ next two SEC series will be on the road, traveling to Kentucky March 17-19 and Missouri March 30-April 1. Following those road trips will be a home series with Ole Miss April 6-8, a rematch of the 2017 SEC Tournament Championship.

LSU will be on the road, heading to Tennessee April 13-15 before playing host to Texas A&M April 20-22. The Tigers will travel to Gainesville April 27-29 to take on the Florida Gators before closing out the regular season at Tiger Park against Arkansas May 4-6.

The 2018 SEC Softball Tournament will be held May 9-12 at Mizzou Softball Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. The 64 teams selected for the NCAA Tournament will begin double-elimination play at 16 campus sites, with the winners of those regionals facing off at eight campus sites in a three-day, best-of-three series to determine the eight teams vying for a national championship at the WCWS in Oklahoma City.

While in the midst of conference play, the Tigers will still have a full plate of non-conference opponents. Following the SEC opening series against Auburn, the Tigers will host Western Kentucky on March 13.

The final non-conference tournament for LSU will be March 23-25 when the Tigers host Baylor, BYU and North Dakota State. Another mid-week matchup will follow, hosting Southern Miss before a road-series with Mizzou March 30-April 1.  

LSU will matchup against in-state rivals, traveling to McNeese State on April 3 and hosting Northwestern State on April 17. The final non-conference contest will be in Tiger Park on April 24 when the Tigers take on South Alabama.

Games selected for television and streaming will be announced at a later date before the start of the season.

Fans that are looking to renew season tickets for the 2018 season can renew by October 31. Tickets can be renewed either online (www.lsutix.net), over the phone (225-578-2184) or in-person at the LSU Ticket Office (located on the first floor of the Athletic Administration Building). Any renewal applications mailed back to the Ticket Office must be postmarked by October 31.

For all of the latest news and information on Tiger softball, visit www.lsusports.net/softball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball along with @lsusoftball and @BethTorina on Twitter and @lsusb on Instagram.

 

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