Just as the baseball schedule was released, the APSU Sports Information Department also released the slate for the Lady Govs softball team.
For the fall season, APSU finished with a perfect 6-0 record, but still have until Feb. 7 before the first regular season to begin. The Lady Govs will open up in Mobile, Ala., to take part in the Mardi Gras Invitational for three days, playing McNeese State (twice), Syracuse, UAB, and South Alabama.
After a two game set at Samford, the Lady Govs will play the first three of 28 home games at Cheryl Holt Field on Feb. 15-16 against IUPUI. APSU will then pack their suitcases for another invitational in Chattanooga for the Frost Classic on the 23rd and 24th.
Five-straight home games will up next for the Lady Govs, playing two with Trevecca, two with Holy Cross, and one against Alabama A&M. After a trip to Ohio to take on Miami, they will host Chattanooga before Ohio Valley Conference play begins.
On March 15, SIU Edwardsville travels to Clarksville for a double-header before rounding out the series on Sunday, the 16th. Following a two game set with Northern Kentucky, a string of OVC contests begins as they host Belmont (March 22), and Tennessee State (March) before going to Southeast Missouri (March 29-30).
The final non-conference opponents will be Memphis on April 2 and MTSU on April 9 before the tough road begins to stay in contention for the postseason.
The Lady Govs will host Jacksonville State (April 5), Tennessee Tech (April 6), and Murray State (April 12-13) before going on the road to take on Morehead State (April 18), Eastern Kentucky (April 19), and Eastern Illinois (April 26-27).
The season rounds out with a home series with UT Martin on May 3-4.
Photo: Lauren de Castro (Darrell Sheffield/The All State)