Penn State Softball releases 2018 schedule

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State softball head coach Amanda Lehotak announced the 2018 schedule, Tuesday, Nov. 28. The 2018 schedule features 20 home dates, which includes 24 home games, four of which are doubleheaders at Nittany Lion Softball Park and Beard Field. The Nittany Lions will take on nine teams that earned a berth into the 2017 NCAA postseason and will also take on Texas A&M, who participated in the 2017 Women’s College World Series.

The Nittany Lions will play the first 20 games of a 55 contest schedule on the road in four different states. The Blue and White will first head to Gulf Shores, Alabama for five games at the Sand Dollar Classic, Feb. 9-11. Lehotak and her tribe will take on a 2017 Super Regional finalist in its first game of the season with a contest against Ole Miss before finishing off the tournament with Lipscomb, Georgia Tech, Central Arkansas and 2017 Super Regional contender, Alabama.

Penn State then travels to Duke University Friday, Feb. 16-Sunday, Feb. 18 for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Blue and White will play the Blue Devils in their inaugural season as a program at the brand new Duke Softball Stadium. The Nittany Lions will also play Virginia Tech two times after defeating it twice at the 2017 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Lehotak will head back to familiar territory when Penn State closes out its first month of action.