FAYETTEVILLE-University of Arkansas softball head coach Jamie Pinkerton announced the 2005 fall softball season schedule, Tuesday.
Arkansas hosts four tournaments at Lady’Back Yard beginning Sept. 17 with 11 newcomers making their Lady Razorback debut. Admission is free to the public.
Pinkerton said the fall season allows the coaching staff to evaluate the Lady’Backs against different competition and view the newest additions to the roster.
“Obviously, the tournaments give us the opportunity to see our players in game situations,” Pinkerton said. “For the freshmen and newcomers, it acclimates them to the Division I game. It shows us how the newcomers blend with the returners.”
In the first fall tournament, Sept. 17, Arkansas meets Crowder at 9:00 a.m., Evangel at 5:00 p.m. and Neosho County at 7:00 p.m. Eight teams from the 2004 fall tournaments return to Fayetteville this season.
Pinkerton said the most important thing about the fall tournaments is to assess the possible lineups and positions for the regular season that begins in February.
“As a coach, you want to win, but in the fall I’m looking for different combinations to prepare us for spring,” Pinkerton said.
The Lady’Backs meet Texarkana, Rogers State and Carl Albert in the Sept. 24 contests. Arkansas concludes the fall season Oct. 2 after a weekend of games. The Lady’Backs face Bacone, Seminole and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Oct. 1 before the finale against Eastern, Northeastern State and Connors State.
9:00 a.m. Arkansas vs. Crowder
11:00 a.m. Evangel vs. Neosho
1:00 p.m. Evangel vs. Crowder
3:00 p.m. Neosho vs. Crowder
5:00 p.m. Arkansas vs. Evangel
7:00 p.m. Arkansas vs. Neosho
9:00 a.m. Texarkana vs. Rogers State
11:00 a.m. Arkansas vs. Rogers State
1:00 p.m. Carl Albert vs. Texarkana
3:00 p.m. Arkansas vs. Texarkana
5:00 p.m. Rogers State vs. Carl Albert
7:00 p.m. Arkansas vs. Carl Albert
9:00 a.m. Arkansas vs. Bacone
11:00 a.m. Arkansas vs. Seminole
1:00 p.m. Bacone vs. NEO A&M
3:00 p.m. Bacone vs. Seminole
5:00 p.m. Seminole vs. NEO A&M
7:00 p.m. Arkansas vs. NEO A&M
9:00 a.m. Northeastern State vs. Eastern
11:00 a.m. Arkansas vs. Eastern
1:00 p.m. Connors State vs. Northeastern State
3:00 p.m. Connors State vs. Eastern
5:00 p.m. Arkansas vs. Northeastern State
7:00 p.m. Arkansas vs. Connors State