COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The Texas A&M softball team looks to make another run at the Women’s College World Series by assembling yet another challenging non-conference schedule for the 2008 campaign.
“Once again, we set ourselves up to play a very demanding non-conference schedule,” A&M head coach Jo Evans said. “Last season we were rewarded with our postseason seeding because we had played the toughest opponents the nation had to offer. I think playing the type of schedule we did helped us advance to the World Series. Our team has the athletic ability and confidence to not only compete but win at the highest level.”
The Aggies will kickoff the ’08 season Feb. 8-10 at the Cathedral City Kick-Off Classic in Cathedral City, Calif.
A&M will also participate in the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. (Feb. 15-17), the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga. (Feb. 29-Mar 2.) and the San Diego State Invitational in San Diego, Calif. (Mar. 14-16).
The Ags will also play host in two home tournaments this season. The Texas A&M Invitational (Feb. 22-25) will pit the Aggies against North Texas, Temple and NCAA participant Sam Houston State. The Aggie Classic (Mar. 6-9) has A&M slated to face-off against Illinois and NCAA participants BYU and Louisiana-Lafayette.
Other non-conference games to be played at the Aggie Softball Complex include a twinbill against Houston, who played in the College Station Regional last season, on Feb. 27 and single games against SHSU (Feb. 13) and Texas State (Apr. 23).
Texas A&M will open Big 12 play at home against fellow Women’s College World Series participant Baylor on Mar. 19.
Other conference home games include Missouri (Mar. 28-29), Oklahoma (Apr. 12-13), Kansas (Apr. 19-20) and Texas (Apr. 30).
The Aggies will be on the road for conference games against Texas Tech (Mar. 21-22), Baylor (Mar. 26), Iowa State (Apr. 5-6), Texas (Apr. 9), Oklahoma State (Apr. 16) and Nebraska (Apr. 26-27).
As a whole, the Big 12 boasts six ’07 NCAA tournament teams (Texas A&M, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska and Missouri). With three advancing to Super Regionals (Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Baylor) and Texas A&M and Baylor making an appearance at the WCWS in Oklahoma City.
Check AggieAthletics.com for the most up-to-date game times and schedule changes.