Liberty has announced its most challenging softball schedule to date.
Complete 2020 Season Schedule The toughest schedule in program history awaits the Liberty softball team in 2020, as the team's schedule was released today by seventh-year Head Coach Dot Richardson.
During the 2020 season, Liberty will face 2019 Women's College World Series competitors Alabama, Washington and national champion UCLA. The Lady Flames will also take on NCAA Super Regional participants Kentucky, Ole Miss, Florida State, Texas, James Madison and Tennessee along with NCAA Regional Finalists Auburn, Mississippi State, Missouri and North Carolina. In total, Liberty will face 15 teams in a combined 20 games who qualified for the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
Among Liberty's 2020 opponents, UCLA (No. 1), Washington (No. 3), Alabama (No. 4), Florida State (No. 9), Tennessee (No. 12), James Madison (No. 13), Ole Miss (No. 15), Kentucky (No. 16), Michigan (No. 20) and Auburn (No. 22) were ranked in the final NFCA National poll. Liberty faces 16 teams that finished the 2019 season in the top 50 in RPI, including 12 of the top 25 and eight of the top 15.
Liberty will play 26 home games at the 1,000-seat Liberty Softball Stadium. For the third year in a row, the Lady Flames will host two in-season tournaments, the Liberty Softball Challenge (Feb. 28-March 1) and Liberty Softball Classic (March 13-15). Liberty will also welcome Virginia (March 24), James Madison (April 8), North Carolina (April 15) and Duke (April 22 DH) to Liberty Softball Stadium for nonconference games.
The Lady Flames will host four conference series, beginning with their ASUN opener against Kennesaw State, March 21-22. Liberty will also host FGCU (April 10-11), North Alabama (April 18-19) and North Florida (May 2-3). Liberty's ASUN away series include Stetson (March 28-29), Lipscomb (April 4-5) and Jacksonville (April 25-26).
The Lady Flames will open the season with 11 straight games at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla. Liberty will compete in the NFCA Division I Leadoff Classic Feb. 7-9 at the facility, taking on Kentucky, Illinois, Auburn, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
Liberty will face Team USA in an exhibition game in Clearwater Feb. 12, a special event for head coach Dot Richardson, who won two Olympic Gold Medals for Team USA during a storied international playing career.
While competing in the St. Pete/Clearwater Invitational Feb. 13-16, Liberty faces teams (Alabama, Missouri, Washington, UCLA and Florida State) who ended the 2019 season with an average RPI of 8.
Liberty will then play in the South Carolina Tournament in Columbia, S.C., meeting Michigan, Boston College and Elon.
The Lady Flames close out tournament play in Austin, Texas, competing in the Texas Invitational against Texas, Texas Southern and New Mexico.
The Lady Flames will host the ASUN Conference tournament for the first time. The top six teams in the conference standings at the end of the regular season will compete in the 2020 ASUN Softball Championship, hosted at Liberty Softball Stadium from May 6-9. The ASUN champion will earn the conference's automatic bid to the 2020 NCAA Division I Softball Championship, which will begin the weekend of May 15.
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