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STORRS, Conn. - A 56-game schedule awaits the UConn softball team beginning on Feb. 10, as the Huskies will use the offseason to prepare for 17 games against NCAA Tournament teams and 24 games against RPI top 100 opponents.
The Huskies, led by third-year head coach Jen McIntyre, will participate in six non-conference tournaments in February and March - including the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii from March 14 to 18.
In 2017, UConn will play 38 non-conference games and 18 against American Athletic Conference opponents. The first conference series is against USF from March 31 to April 2 in Storrs, Conn.
Prior to playing a 15-game home schedule at the Burrill Family Field, the Huskies will play in Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, California and Hawaii against opponents from all over the country - and 24 different conferences.
The Huskies, who finished 19-33 (4-12 American) in 2016, open the season in the FGCU Softball Tourney on Feb. 10 in Ft. Myers, Fla. From Feb. 10-12, UConn plays Long Island University three times and Florida Gulf Coast twice.
On Feb. 18 and 19, the UTC Chattanooga Challenge will put the Huskies against IUPUI, Tennessee Tech and UT-Chattanooga in a four-game tournament.
The next weekend, UConn returns to Florida to play in the FAU Tournament - which includes a matchup with Kentucky on Feb. 24, a team that finished second in the Southeastern Conference. The Huskies are 1-2 all-time against the Wildcats.
The Coastal Carolina Invitational on March 4-5 consist of games against Northern Kentucky of the Great Lakes Valley Conference and North Dakota of the Big Sky Conference.
During spring break, the Huskies take an adventure to the west coast for a seven-day trip to Palo Alto, Calif. and Honolulu, Hawaii to play in the Stanford Invitational and Rainbow Wahine Classic.
On the trip, UConn plays Cal Poly on March 11 - a team that finished No. 80 in the NCAA RPI last season - and Grand Canyon on March 12 - the No. 55 team in the RPI.
After four games in California, the Huskies head six hours south for their final tournament. UConn plays seven games in four days while on the islands, competing against Harvard, Hawaii, Purdue and Marist - including a 12 a.m. (ET) first pitch against Hawaii on March 15.
The home-opener is on Wednesday, March 22 against UMass-Lowell at 3 p.m. (ET). Conference play opens on March 31 against the Bulls, which is followed by a home doubleheader against Hofstra on April 5 at 2 p.m. (ET).
Two consecutive road series against Houston and ECU take place from April 7-15, with a home game against Boston College pegged on April 11. The Huskies then host Tulsa - the defending conference champion - from April 21-23.
UConn gets a rematch with UCF - the team that eliminated it from the conference tournament in 2016 - from April 28-30 in Orlando, Fla. The regular season wraps-up with a three-game home series against Memphis from May 5-7.
The American Athletic Conference Championship will be in Greenville, N.C. from May 11-13.