Troy softball unveils 2017 schedule
TROY, Ala. (troytrojans.com) – The Troy University softball team and head coach Beth Mullins announced its 2017 schedule on Friday, which features five Sun Belt Conference series being played at home.
“I am very excited about the schedule we have put together this year,” said Mullins. “Our first four tournaments will really challenge us and prepare us for how competitive Sun Belt Conference play is.”
The Trojans start the season Feb. 10 on the road in Boca Raton at the FAU Tournament. Troy will face Bethune-Cookman, UNF, Michigan State, North Carolina State and Boston in the first tournament of the season.
Troy will return home to host two tournaments. The first tournament will be played Feb. 17-19 and will feature games against Jacksonville, Longwood, and Samford. The second tournament is set for Feb. 24-26 as Libscomb, Southeastern La. and University of Pittsburgh will make the trip to Troy. Troy closes out the first month of play with a midweek double header at FAMU on Feb. 28.
The Trojans head into SEC country March 3-5 in Baton Rouge for the LSU Tournament and will play Minnesota, Illinois State, Illinois, FAU, and LSU, before heading to Starkville, Miss., to face Mississippi State on March 7.
Troy will host 14 Sun Belt games in five series, as Georgia State, UT Arlington, ULM, Appalachian State and South Alabama all visit the Troy Softball Complex.
Conference road series include trips to Georgia Southern, Coastal Carolina, UL Lafayette, and Texas State, as well as a single game against South Alabama.
Troy will host the Sun Belt Conference Tournament this season May 10-13.
“It’s always an honor to host the Sun Belt Conference Tournament,” said Mullins. “We have an amazing facility and game management staff that surround our program. I have no doubt it is going to be a great event for the University and City of Troy.”
Troy returns several players including seniors Becca Hartley, Rachel Rigney and Meg Willis. The Trojans will feature seven newcomers including five freshman and two transfers.
Coach Beth Mullins begins her third year as Troy’s head coach and led the Trojans to a 31-25 overall record in 2016.