Four tournaments, including a spring break trip to Jacksonville, Fla., and games against six 2017 NCAA Regional participants highlight Presbyterian College softball’s 2018 schedule that was released Wednesday by Head Coach Britne Stubbs.
"When putting together our schedule, my first priority is to ensure that our squad is prepared and ready for conference play. We have done just that,” said Coach Stubbs. We are playing some great opponents in our non-conference segment that I believe will put us exactly where we want to be starting Big South play. I know our team is extremely excited and ready to embrace the challenge that awaits us in 2018.”
The Blue Hose open the first 17 of 19 games on the road, the only home series in February a doubleheader against Furman.
PC takes part in the Coastal Carolina Tournament Feb. 9-11, to open the 2018 season. The Blue Hose face 2017 NCAA Tournament team St. Francis, as well as UNCG, Iowa State, and the host Chanticleers.
The Blue Hose head down to Charleston Feb. 17, for the Cougar Classic, taking on DePaul and Iona in their one-day stop.
Presbyterian College is closer to home Feb. 24-25, when the Blue Hose participate in the Spartan/Paladin Invitational for the second year in a row. PC takes on Marshall and Furman in Greenville, S.C., on the 24th, and then travels to USC Upstate to face the Spartans on the 25th.
For spring break, the Blue Hose head to Jacksonville, Fla., for the Osprey Classic/Dolphin Invitational. PC faces Middle Tennessee State and UNF on the campus of UNF Mar. 2, before facing Virginia Tech and Jacksonville on Jacksonville’s campus Mar. 3. The Blue Hose return to the UNF campus Mar. 4, to take on Middle Tennessee State to round out tournament play.
Spring break concludes with a stop in Atlanta Mar. 7, to play Georgia State, and then a three-game home series against Tennessee Tech Mar. 10-11.
After hosting East Tennessee State in a doubleheader Mar. 16, the Blue Hose head to Boiling Springs, N.C., Mar. 16-17, to open Big South play against Gardner-Webb. PC then heads to Cullowhee for a non-conference doubleheader against Western Carolina, Mar. 20.
The Blue Hose host Liberty Mar. 24-25, then travel to Charleston Southern Mar. 30-31. A five-game home stand awaits PC afterwards with South Carolina State doubleheader April 4, and a three-game series against Winthrop April 7-8. Just a couple of days later the Blue Hose head to UNCG for an April 10, doubleheader, before returning home for the final time to face Longwood April 14-15.
PC is at Georgia Tech April 18, then at Campbell April 20-21. The Blue Hose round out the regular season at Radford, April 27-28.
The Big South Tournament is at Radford May 9-12, with the winner earning an automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Tournament.