Oct. 11, 2012
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LOS ANGELES - The LMU softball team has released its 2013 spring schedule, filled with tournaments all across the country and, as always, numerous doubleheaders.
This coming spring will be the final year the Lions compete in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference (PCSC) before softball becomes an official sport in the West Coast Conference (WCC) beginning in 2014. This year, the PCSC will look a little different as well as six teams have departed, one team has joined and two divisions have become one. Unlike past seasons, the Lions will play four games against every conference opponent and the regular-season champion will earn the league automatic NCAA Tournament bid.
The Lions will open up play February 7-9 when they play five games in three days at the Brigham Young/Utah Tournament in St. George, Utah. Two weeks later, LMU will compete in the Oregon State tournament that is actually being played in Palm Springs, Calif. There, the Lions will take on power conference teams such as Florida, Arizona and Northwestern.
Then it's off to Clearwater, Fla., for two full weeks of softball as they play in the University of South Florida Under Armour Invitational as well as the USF Under Armour Showcase. While there, the Lions will play 12 games against notable teams such as Kentucky, Illinois and Penn State.
Once they return back to Los Angeles, LMU hosts its first home games of the year when Bethune-Cookman, Northern Illinois, and Harvard visit Smith Field in mid-March to wrap up the non-conference schedule.
Of the six other teams in the PCSC this season, the Lions will host three of them when they play Saint Mary's (Apr. 6-7), San Diego (Apr. 27-28) and Utah Valley (May 4-5) at home. The Lions will go on the road to play series at CSU Bakersfield (Mar. 23-24), Santa Clara (Mar. 29-30) and conference newcomer BYU (Apr. 12-13).
Amidst conference play, LMU will travel across town to play a single game at UCLA on May 1.
Without divisional play in 2013, there will no longer be a championship series to determine the winner of the PCSC. The conference champion will be determined solely on the regular-season record.
The Lions are returning 13 letter-winning players from the 2012 season in which they finished 32-21 overall and 10-10 in conference play, an effort that came up just short of getting them into the postseason.