FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – On the heels of a season in which the program reached its first-ever NCAA Super Regional, head coach Courtney Deifel and the Razorbacks turn their attention to 2019 with Tuesday’s release of the team’s schedule. Featuring 31 home games at Bogle Park and 16 opponents that played in last year’s NCAA Tournament, Arkansas’ campaign begins Feb. 8 at the Cowgirl Classic in McNeese, La. while the team’s home opener is set for Feb. 21 against Southeast Missouri.
“We are really looking forward to what our 2019 schedule brings,” said Deifel. “We will be tested early in our non-conference schedule on the road at McNeese State and in the Puerta Vallarta College Challenge. After the first two weekends, it is a home heavy schedule with 31 games being played in front of our incredible fans at Bogle Park. We are excited about how this team is coming into their own and they will be ready to compete in this challenging schedule.”
- 31 home games at Bogle Park
- Home opener: Feb. 21 vs SEMO (5 p.m.)
- SEC home opener: March 15-17 vs South Carolina
- 34 of 55 games against 16 opponents that played in last year’s NCAA Tournament
- All eight SEC opponents advanced to NCAA Tournament
- Seven (7) opponents advanced to Super Regionals
- vs Washington (Feb. 14 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)
- vs South Carolina (March 15-17 in Fayetteville)
- at Tennessee (March 22-24 in Knoxville)
- vs Kentucky (March 29-31 in Fayetteville)
- at Florida (April 5-7 in Gainesville)
- vs. LSU (April 19-21 in Fayetteville)
- at Texas A&M (April 27-29 in College Station)
The Razorbacks open the season with two-consecutive weekends on the road including tournaments in McNeese State (Cowgirl Classic) and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Puerto Vallarta College Challenge). During its first two weekends of play, Arkansas will face four teams that advanced to last season’s NCAA Tournament, including the national runner-up, Washington.
As part of its home schedule, Arkansas will host two non-conference tournaments in the Razorback Invitational (Feb 21-24) and Wooo Pig Classic (Feb. 28-March 3). The Razorback Invitational marks the start of a 13-game home stand that ends with a midweek game against Missouri State. Following it’s 13-game home-stand, Arkansas will head on the road to Oxford, Miss. to open up Southeastern Conference play against Ole Miss.
This year’s SEC rotation will send the Razorbacks on the road to face Ole Miss (March 9-11), Tennessee (March 22-24), Florida (April 5-7), and Texas A&M (April 27-29). A year removed from posting a 27-2 record in front of the home crowd, Arkansas will host SEC foes South Carolina (March 15-17), Kentucky (March 29-31), LSU (April 19-21) and Auburn (May 3-5).
Arkansas also has midweek games against Missouri State, Tulsa, at Texas-Arlington (DH), Wichita State (DH), and UAPB.
Postseason play begins May 8-11 with the SEC Tournament hosted by Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. The collegiate softball season culminates May 30 through June 5 with the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. As games times and television appearances are confirmed, those details will be released at a later date.
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