Baylor softball

Jessie Scroggins (right), Madi O’Neal (left) and the rest of the Lady Bears released their schedule Monday afternoon.

Staff photo — Rod Aydelotte

Coming off its fourth Women’s College World Series appearance, the Baylor softball team will open 2018 Big 12 play with defending national champion Oklahoma following a challenging nonconference schedule.

The Lady Bears will host the Sooners March 29-31 at Getterman Stadium. But before opening Big 12 play, the Lady Bears will play in five tournaments, including their own Baylor Invitational and the prestigious Judi Garman Classic.

“Each year our challenge is to put together a schedule that will do three things – one, make us better; two, prepare us for Big 12 play; and three, give us a chance to host the first round of the NCAA tournament,” said Baylor coach Glenn Moore. “This schedule will accomplish all three of those goals. It’s now our job to use the fall and offseason to improve and take advantage of these opportunities.”

Baylor opens the season with a three-game series against Northwestern State Feb. 9-10 at Getterman Stadium. The Lady Bears will play in Southern Mississippi’s tournament in Hattiesburg Feb. 16-18 with a field that includes powerful Alabama along with McNeese State and Mississippi Valley State.

The Baylor Invitational will be held Feb. 23-25, and features Incarnate Word, Abilene Christian, and Jackson State. The Lady Bears will play in the Liberty University tournament March 9-11 in Lynchburg, Va., which includes Liberty, Delaware and Ohio.

The Lady Bears will make a return trip to the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., on March 2-4, against a tough field that includes Iowa, Michigan, UNC-Charlotte, Louisiana-Lafayette and Florida. The matchups in Baylor’s first four tournaments have yet to be determined.

The final regular season tournament will be at LSU in Baton Rouge March 23-25 with games against North Dakota State, BYU, and LSU.

The Lady Bears will play 18 games at Getterman Stadium, including three-game Big 12 series against Oklahoma and Kansas April 20-22, and two games against Texas May 5-6.

2018 Baylor softball schedule

Date Opponent Time

Feb 9 Northwestern St 6 pm

Feb 10 Northwestern St (DH) 2 pm

Feb 16 Southern Miss tournament TBD

Feb 17 Southern Miss tournament TBD

Feb 18 Southern Miss tournament TBD

Feb 20 at UTSA 6 pm

Feb 23 Baylor Invitational TBD

Feb 24 Baylor Invitational TBD

Feb 25 Baylor Invitational TBD

Mar 2 Judi Garman Classic TBD

Mar 3 Judi Garman Classic TBD

Mar 4 Judi Garman Classic TBD

Mar 6 at Long Beach State 4 pm

Mar 9 Liberty tournament TBD

Mar 10 Liberty tournament TBD

Mar 11 Liberty tournament TBD

Mar 14 Texas State 6 pm

Mar 20 at North Texas 6:30 pm

Mar 23 *North Dakota St 11 am

Mar 24 *BYU 10 am

Mar 24 *LSU 12:30 pm

Mar 25 *North Dakota St 10:30 am

Mar 29 Oklahoma 6:30 pm

Mar 30 Oklahoma 6:30 pm

Mar 31 Oklahoma 2 pm

Apr 4 at Abilene Christian 6 pm

Apr 6 at Texas Tech 6 pm

Apr 7 at Texas Tech 4 pm

Apr 8 at Texas Tech Noon

Apr 10 McNeese State 6 pm

Apr 11 McNeese State 4 pm

Apr 13 at Oklahoma St 4 pm

Apr 14 at Oklahoma St 1 pm

Apr 15 at Oklahoma St 1 pm

Apr 17 at Texas 6:30 pm

Apr 20 Kansas 6:30 pm

Apr 21 Kansas 2 pm

Apr 22 Kansas Noon

Apr 24 Houston (DH) 4 pm

Apr 27 at Iowa State 4 pm

Apr 28 at Iowa State 1 pm

Apr 29 at Iowa State 1 pm

May 5 Texas 6:30 pm

May 6 Texas 2 pm

*LSU tournament; Other tournament games to be determined.

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