The 2020 UL softball season is one of the most anticipated in school history.
On Tuesday, the Cajuns released their schedule, which begins with the 34th Annual Louisiana Classics on Feb. 7-8.
The schedule, however, is highlighted by a home-and-away, two-game series with LSU Tigers. The game at Lamson Park is Feb. 15 and then at Tiger Park on Feb. 16.
Those two games are only the beginning of a top-notch, nonconference schedule for the Cajuns. UL has 14 games against teams that finished in the Top 25 of the RPI last season.
In addition to the two games against LSU, the Cajuns are scheduled to play Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Texas, Florida, Florida State and Alabama.
Oklahoma State and Ole Miss will be played in the UAB Blazer Classic on Feb. 21-23, followed by road games at Texas on Feb. 25 and Florida on Feb. 28-March 1.
Then in mid-April, the Cajuns will extend a conference trip to Troy by visiting Florida State on April 13-14 and Alabama on April 15.
“This schedule was made with the intention of providing our team a chance to prove themselves on the field against some of the top teams in the country,”coach Gerry Glasco said. “The focus was also for our program to have an opportunity to possess one of the strongest strength of schedule ratings this spring.
“Without a doubt this schedule is going to challenge and test our club very early in the season. In all we’ll compete against seven opponents who advanced to the Super Regionals or WCWS in 2019 — all but one game away from home.”
There are so many who just can’t wait for the start of the 2020 UL Ragin’ Cajuns softball season.
Glasco will rely on one of the the top 1-2 punches in the country in the circle in seniors Summer Ellyson and Megan Kleist.
The squad also features potential All-American candidates in shortstop Alissa Dalton, outfielders Sarah Hudek and Raina O'Neal and catcher Julie Rawls. Newcomers include freshman slugger Taylor Roman, as well as Division I transfers Mia Camuso of Oregon and the Missouri duo of Callie Martin and Geana Torres.
The Cajuns are coming off a 52-6 season a year ago that ended with a loss to Ole Miss in the finals of the Oxford Regional.
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2020 UL SOFTBALL SCHEDULE
(Louisiana Classics, Feb. 7-8)
7 BALL STATE
7 TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO
8 NORTH TEXAS
8 TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO
14 NORTH DAKOTA
16 At LSU
(UAB Blazer Classic, Feb. 21-23)
21 Oklahoma State
22 Oklahoma State
22 Ole Miss
23 Ole Miss
Feb. 28 Florida
6-8 Coastal Carolina
11 SAM HOUSTON STATE
13-15 APPALACHIAN STATE
18 McNeese State
20-22 Georgia State
27-29 TEXAS STATE
1 MCNEESE STATE
3-5 SOUTH ALABAMA
7 Southeastern, La.
13-14 Florida State
17-19 Georgia Southern
29 LOUISIANA TECH
6-8 Sun Belt Conference Tournament, Atlanta, Ga.
15-17 NCAA Regionals
21-23 Super Regionals
28-J3 Women's College World Series, Oklahoma City
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