ATLANTA, Ga. – The ASUN Conference announced its 2020 Softball schedule on Wednesday with each of the eight teams slated to play in seven three-game series' beginning Saturday, March 14. The upcoming year marks the 35th season of competition in the ASUN.
The conference schedule gets started March 14-15 with FGCU hosting Kennesaw State in the lone series of opening weekend. The remaining six programs start conference play the weekend of March 21-22.
The matchup between the 2019 ASUN Championship Final participants, Lipscomb and North Florida, takes place March 21-22 in Jacksonville. ASUN Championship Semifinal rematches between Liberty vs. Lipscomb (April 4-5) and FGCU vs. North Florida (April 18-19) take place in Nashville and Fort Myers, respectively, during the month of April. The Flames and Bisons finished the 2019 regular season as the top-two teams in the ASUN.
Other key matchups include contests between North Alabama and Lipscomb, the reigning regular season and tournament champion, from May 1-2 in Florence with the last matchup between the Lions and Bisons being a 12-inning 1-0 pitcher's duel in the ASUN Championship. Stetson opens up the 2020 conference campaign at home against FGCU, one of four schools in the ASUN the Hatters defeated last year, March 21-22. The Dolphins will host the River City Rumble against the Ospreys the weekend of March 28-29.
Two teams concluded the 2019 campaign with postseason tournament berths led by NCAA Tournament participant, Lipscomb. Liberty was selected to compete in the 2019 National Invitational Softball Championship (NISC), hosting and winning its Regional before advancing to the Semifinals.
2020 Softball Schedule Highlights
• Total of 84 league games, starting March 14 and ending May 2
• Each team plays 21 games, facing at least three opponents at home
• River City Rumble dates between Jacksonville and North Florida are slated for March 28-29 with the Dolphins hosting
• The rematch of the ASUN Championship Final game between Lipscomb and North Florida is set for March 21-22 in Jacksonville
• The 2019 ASUN Conference Softball Championship dates are set for May 6-9