Head coach Glenn Moore returns 10 players from a 2007 squad that made its first ever appearance at the Women's College World Series.
Sept. 19, 2007
Three games against two teams that made it to the Women's College World Series last season, a possible meeting with two-time defending national champions Arizona, and a tough Big 12 schedule that features five teams from the 2007 NCAA Softball Championships highlight the 2008 Baylor softball schedule released on Wednesday.
"Our schedule is strong and will put us where we want to be for the post-season," head coach Glenn Moore said. "The Palm Spring Classic has one of the toughest fields of any tournament in the nation this year and the Big 12 schedule speaks for itself. Having experienced the College World Series last season, the girls, along with our fans, have high expectations from this team."
In all, the schedule has the Bears playing 14 games against nine schools that reached the 2007 NCAA Championships.
The 2008 season opens at home for Baylor as it hosts the seventh-annual Getterman Classic at Getterman Stadium. This year the Lady Bears will host Syracuse, Purdue, and Centenary for the three-day event (Feb. 15-17).
After a meeting with Prairie View A&M (Feb. 19) at home, Baylor hits the road for likely its toughest road trip of the season. The Lady Bears will load up and head to Palm Springs, Calif., for the Palm Springs Classic, an early-season tournament that will feature 2007 NCAA Championship participants Baylor, Arizona, Oregon, Hawaii, UCLA, and Georgia.
Baylor will open the classic against Oregon (Feb. 21) before facing Arizona and Hawaii (Feb. 22), UCLA and San Diego State (Feb. 23), and Georgia (Feb. 24).
In addition to the Getterman Classic and the Palm Beach Classic, the Lady Bears will travel to the USF Adidas Classic (Illinois-Chicago, Michigan State, Coastal Carolina, Hofstra, East Tennessee State, and the USA Olympic Team) on March 6-8 in Clearwater, Fla.
Baylor opens the Big 12 Conference portion of its schedule on March 19 with one game against Texas A&M at 6:30 p.m. in College Station. The meeting is the first of two between the Lady Bears and the Aggies as Texas A&M travels to Baylor one week later.
In addition to the home-and-home series with Texas A&M, Baylor will also hold a home-and-home series with Texas in 2008. The Lady Bears host Texas on April 2 before making a trip to Austin on April 23.
In all, the 2008 slate includes 10 home conference contests and begins with Iowa visiting Getterman Stadium on March 21-22. The Big 12 Conference home schedule for Baylor also includes Texas A&M (March 26), Kansas (April 5-6), Texas Tech (April 19-20), Texas (April 23), and a double-header against Oklahoma on April 30.
The Lady Bears will play another eight Big 12 Conference games on the road, beginning with their March 19 trip to Texas A&M. Baylor will also make trips to Oklahoma State (March 29-30), Texas (April 2), Nebraska (April 12-13), and Missouri (April 26-27).
Baylor will open post-season play at the Big 12 Championships on Thursday, May 8, in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Moore returns 10 players, including All-American, All-Region, and All-Big 12 selection Brette Reagan, from a 2007 squad that finished 51-16 on the season and advanced to the Women's College World Series for the first time in Baylor history.