WACO, Texas – Baylor softball released its full schedule slate for the 2017 season, including 28 home games at Getterman Stadium, the second-most in the regular season in program history.
With a compacted fall schedule kicking off this weekend, Glenn Moore, in his 17th year as head coach of the Lady Bears, also finalized the team roster for the upcoming season.
The Bears are coming off a 2016 season with a 45-14 overall record and 13-4 mark in Big 12 play, finishing second in the conference and falling in the NCAA Regional final to Oregon in Eugene.
The Baylor squad will feature an even balance of nine upper and nine lower classmen, anchored by four seniors and adding five freshmen.
“This schedule was designed to grow our young, but talented team, quickly,” said Moore. “Although we have a good balance in our strength of schedule, we have a very tough road schedule to Puerto Rico, Fullerton, Lafayette, Orlando, and, of course, the defending national champion Oklahoma Sooners.
“We’ll have another strong nonconference schedule for home crowds in Waco, including the Getterman Classic and Baylor Invitational, as well as the doubleheader with McNeese State.
Following a familiar pattern, the Baylor squad will start the year with a travel-heavy schedule, starting the season at the Puerto Rico Sport Tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico, running Feb. 11-13. The Bears will face Georgia Tech, Illinois, and North Carolina, with the game times and schedule still to be determined.
After a midweek doubleheader with McNeese State, the Bears host a second tournament, the Baylor Invitational, running Feb. 24-26, featuring SIU-Edwardsville, UMass, and St. Francis.
Opponents and game times are still to be determined at a later date.
The Big 12 Softball Tournament makes its return in the 2017 season, with the conference tournament back in Oklahoma City, Okla., for the first time since 2010. The tournament will run May 11-13.