Arizona Releases 2021 Softball Schedule
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona Softball, ranked No. 3 in the preseason NFCA Top 25, has announced its 2021 schedule, with the season set to commence next weekend in Austin, Texas.
The Wildcats will play 55 games over 14 weeks, plus an exhibition with the Mexican Olympic Team, bringing the total number of contests to 56 this season.
Arizona's five-week pre-conference schedule will feature a pair of home tournaments, a trip to the Texas Classic and a two-weekend, seven-game trip to Florida.
In conference play, the teams will play four games vs. their weekend opponent. It will feature single games on day 1 and day 3 of the series, and a doubleheader on day 2. If all four games are played, the first game of every day will be counted as a conference game, while the second game of the doubleheader will be counted as a nonconference contest. If only three games are played, they will all be counted as conference games.
The Wildcats schedule will once again be among the most difficult in the nation. In addition to their 33 games scheduled vs. Pac-12 opponents, Arizona will play some of the most talented teams in the country in its nonconference schedule. Arizona begins the season at the Texas Classic, with top-10 foes Texas and Alabama awaiting UA in Austin, Texas. Arizona will also play a three-game series at No. 12 Florida State.
In all, Arizona is scheduled to play 21 games against teams ranked in the top 16 of the preseason NFCA Top 25, including 14 against top-10 opponents.
In addition to Arizona's two pre-conference tournaments -- the Hillenbrand Invitational (Feb. 19-21) and the Wildcat Invitational (Feb. 25-28) -- the Wildcats will also host New Mexico State and the Mexican Olympic Team during their Pac-12 bye week for the Bear Down Fiesta (April 9-10). Team Mexico -- which features Wildcat All-Americans Brigette Del Ponte, Taylor McQuillin and Danielle O'Toole -- will play three exhibition games total vs. Arizona and New Mexico State.
For Arizona's full schedule, click HERE.
Adhering to conference rules, there will be no fans allowed at Hillenbrand Stadium until further notice. The Pac-12 will reassess at a later date, and an update will be provided when available. Be sure to follow @ArizonaSoftball on Twitter and Instagram and check ArizonaWildcats.com for all the latest news and updates on the team.