STORRS, Conn. – Second-year head coach Jen McIntyre and the University of Connecticut softball team unveiled its 2016 schedule on Wednesday afternoon. The Huskies will take on a 53-game slate that includes 18 American Athletic Conference contests and 13 home match-ups at Burrill Family Field in Storrs.
The Huskies have a tough non-conference slate that features eight games against five different teams that qualified for the 2015 NCAA Tournament and also four contests against teams that finished last season ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Top-25.
UConn will spend the first two months of the 2016 season on the road to participate in six different tournaments, starting at the LSU Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge, La. from Feb. 12-14. The following weekend, the Huskies head to Boca Raton, Fla. for the FAU Tournament and will face Florida A&M, Northern Illinois and the tourney’s host. From there, Connecticut will hit the west coast for some fun in the sun at the Santa Carla Tourney in California. At the tournament, the Huskies will play a pair of games Friday against Nevada-Reno and Illinois-Chicago before facing the Wolf Pack again on Saturday and adding Santa Carla that afternoon. UConn will wrap up its cross-country action with its second game against the Flames on Sunday morning.
March begins with the three-day Gamecock Invitational where the Huskies will battle Kennesaw State, South Carolina, Maryland and Michigan State. The Huskies will continue their travel when they visit Hempstead, N.Y. for the Hofstra Invitational. UConn will play two games against the tournament host and St. John’s on Mar. 12-13. Connecticut will then head to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for a game against Coastal Carolina on Mar. 15. The Huskies will remain in the Palmetto State for their final tournament of the season, the College of Charleston Tourney. From March 17-19, UConn will go toe-to-toe with Charleston, Brown, CCSU, Miami (OH) and Eastern Michigan.
The Huskies will take a road trip to the Volunteer State to open American Athletic Conference play with a three-game set at Memphis on Mar. 24-26. UConn returns to Storrs for its home opener on Mar. 30 to host a doubleheader with Bryant.
Two days later, Connecticut will welcome defending regular season and conference champion UCF on Apr. 1-3. The next week will prove busy for the Husky squad as they play a midweek non-conference game at UMass then head to Tampa, Fla. to get back into league play in a three-game series with USF on Apr. 8-10. UConn returns to Burrill Family Field for a midweek rematch with CCSU before hosting East Carolina on Apr. 15-17.
The Huskies will continue its homestand with its second outing against UMass before visiting out-of-state rival Boston College on Apr. 20. UConn will return to the Nutmeg State the following week for a single game with Providence and a three-game conference series against Houston on Apr. 29-May 1.
For the second-straight year, Connecticut will conclude the season against league foe Tulsa on May 6-8 and will remain in Oklahoma for the third-ever American Athletic Conference Championship.