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2020 Softball Schedule (PDF)
— The East Carolina softball team will play 28 home games as part of its 2020 schedule released Thursday by fifth-year head coach Courtney Oliver
The Pirates will host three round robin tournaments as well as make a trip to Fresno State University during its non-conference schedule before entering American Athletic Conference play. In all, ECU will face off against eight squads that participated in a NCAA regional 2019.
The season's opening weekend (Feb. 7-9) sees East Carolina take on Campbell, host Coastal Carolina, Iowa and Virginia Tech in the Kickin' Chicken Classic in Conway, S.C. ECU then makes its home debut Feb. 14-16 at the Pirate Clash when it welcomes defending Big East Conference champion DePaul, George Washington and Hampton. The following weekend (Feb. 21-23), East Carolina battles Massachusetts, Pittsburgh and Towson at the ECU Softball Stadium in the Pirate Clash.
East Carolina hits the road for two consecutive weekends after its first homestand, traveling to Liberty University Feb. 28-March 1 for a tournament that features not only the host Flames but also Butler, Fairfield, Penn and Yale before trekking to the West Coast for the Bulldog Classic where the Pirates will tussle with UC Davis, host Fresno State, BYU and North Dakota State.
The bulk of the non-conference schedule wraps up March 13-15 with the Purple-Gold Invitational. ECU entertains La Salle, Rutgers and Sacred Heart during the three-day event.
Following a March 18 home contest against in-state opponent NC State, the Pirates officially open American Athletic Conference action with a home series against Memphis March 20-22. During league play, East Carolina travels for series versus Connecticut, Tulsa and UCF while also hosting Houston, USF and Wichita State. Interspersed among those AAC sets are games at Elon (March 25) and North Carolina (April 14).
The American Athletic Conference Softball Championship is slated for May 7-9 at the UCF Softball Complex in Orlando, Fla. As the No. 7 seed in last year's tournament, ECU knocked off No. 2 seed Tulsa in the quarterfinals before the remainder of the championship event was canceled due to localized flooding and unplayable field conditions.