Hawkeyes Announce 2017 Schedule

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa softball coach Marla Looper announced the Hawkeyes’ 2017 schedule on Friday, featuring 12 opponents who reached the 2016 NCAA Regionals, which includes three 2016 Super Regional teams.
The squad will kick off the season with four road tournaments. First, the Hawkeyes will travel to San Marcos, Texas, for the CenturyLink Tournament on Feb. 10-12. Texas State is the first Hawkeye opponent to have earned a berth in the 2016 NCAA Regionals.
The B1G/ACC Challenge, the second stop for the Hawkeyes, is the highlight of the tournament portion of the schedule. Iowa is one of eight teams to represent the Big Ten against their ACC counterparts, with games Feb. 17-19 in Atlanta, Georgia. Last season, the Big Ten posted a 20-12 record in the inaugural tournament.
This is Iowa’s first season to participate in the challenge. They will kick off the tournament against Virginia Tech with one game on Feb. 17 and another on Feb. 18. The Hawkeyes will then take on Georgia Tech with games on Feb. 18-19.
The team will travel to Cal State Fullerton for the Judi Garman Classic March 3-5. During the Judy Garman Classic, the squad will take on Florida and Washington, both of whom reached the 2016 NCAA Super Regionals. The Hawkeyes conclude their month-long road stretch at the Jayhawk Invitational in Lawrence, Kansas, March 11-13. The squad will then host the Hawkeye Invitational March 17-19 in their final tournament prior to league play.
In addition to the tournament slate, the Hawkeyes will travel to Missouri for a mid-week double header on March 15. The Tigers finished the 2016 season ranked 11th in the nation. They advanced to the Super Regionals where they fell in two games (5-3, 5-4) to Michigan.
Iowa begins league play March 24 with a three-game series against Illinois. The Hawkeyes will also compete against Purdue, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Rutgers, Minnesota, Ohio State and Northwestern in Big Ten action. Each conference matchup will be a three-game set with the exception of Nebraska, which will be a midweek double header April 12.
Five of Iowa’s Big Ten opponents (Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Ohio State and Northwestern) reached the 2016 NCAA Regional Tournament. Three of those teams were ranked in the top 50 – with Minnesota leading the pack at No. 20 – at the conclusion of the 2016 season. Nebraska finished the season ranked No. 34, while Illinois landed at No. 47.
The Hawkeyes close out the regular season with a three-game series against Northwestern May 5-7. The Big Ten Tournament will be held at Michigan May 11-13, with NCAA Regional (May 19-21) and NCAA Super Regional (May 26-28) to follow. The collegiate softball season will conclude with the NCAA Women’s College World Series May 31-June 7 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
2017 Softball Schedule

Feb. 10-12 at Texas State Tournament, San Marcos, TX
Friday Feb. 10 vs. Abilene Christian 10 am
vs. TAMU Corpus Christi 12:30 pm
Saturday Feb. 11 vs. Texas State 10 am
vs. Texas Tech 3 pm
Sunday Feb. 12 vs. Abilene Christian 10 am
Feb. 17-19 at B1G/ACC Challenge, Atlanta, GA
Friday Feb. 17 vs. Virginia Tech TBD
Saturday Feb. 18 vs. Virginia Tech TBD
vs. Georgia Tech TBD
Sunday Feb.19 vs. Georgia Tech TBD
March 3-5 at Judi Garman Classic, Cal State Fullerton
Thursday March 2 vs. Florida 2:30 pm
vs. Fresno State 5 pm
Friday March 4 vs. Washington 11:30 am
Saturday March 5 vs. ASU 7:30 pm
vs. Cal 10 pm
March 11-13 at Jayhawk Invitational, Lawrence, KS
Saturday March 11 vs. Drake 9 am
vs. UMKC 11:30 am
Sunday March 12 vs. UMKC 11:30 am
vs. Kansas 2 pm
Monday March 13 vs. Kansas 4 pm
Wednesday March 15 at Missouri (DH) 3 and 5 pm
Fri-Sun March 17-19 Hawkeye Invitational TBD
Friday March 24 Illinois 5:30 pm
Saturday March 25 Illinois 1 pm
Sunday March 26 Illinois Noon
Friday March 31 at Purdue TBD
Saturday April 1 at Purdue TBD
Sunday April 2 at Purdue TBD
Wednesday April 5 at Drake 6 pm
Friday April 7 at Wisconsin TBD
Saturday April 8 at Wisconsin TBD
Sunday April 9 at Wisconsin TBD
Tuesday April 11 at Northern Iowa 6 pm
Wednesday April 12 Nebraska (DH) 3 and 5 pm
Friday April 14 Rutgers  6 pm
Saturday April 15 Rutgers    1 pm
Sunday April 16 Rutgers  Noon
Tuesday April 18 Iowa State 6 pm
Friday April 21 at Minnesota  6 pm
Saturday April 22 at Minnesota  1 pm
Sunday April 23 at Minnesota  Noon
Wednesday April 26 Western Illinois 7 pm
Friday April 28 at Ohio State 5 pm
Saturday April 29 at Ohio State 1 pm
Sunday April 30 at Ohio State Noon
Friday May 5 Northwestern 6 pm
Saturday May 6 Northwestern 2 pm
Sunday May 7 Northwestern 1 pm
Thurs-Sat May 11-13 at Big Ten Tournament (at Michigan)
Fri-Sun May 19-21 at NCAA Regional
Fri-Sun May 26-28 at NCAA Super Regional
Wed-Wed May 31-June 7 at NCAA Women’s College World Series
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