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@Patriot_sb announces 2018 schedule
The UT Tyler softball team celebrates winning the Tyler Super Regional last season to advance to their third straight NCAA Championship.
The UT Tyler softball team celebrates winning the Tyler Super Regional last season to advance to their third straight NCAA Championship.

Monday, December 4, 2017

TYLER – The UT Tyler softball program has announced its 2018 schedule with 20 home and 20 away games in the 14th season in program history, including the Irwin Classic in March which will bring some of the top NCAA Division III programs in the nation to Suddenlink Field.

The Patriots are coming off another great season where they finished third in the nation with a 46-6 overall record. UT Tyler, which has made three straight trips to the NCAA DIII Championships, will open the season with a non-conference doubleheader at Southwestern on Feb. 14, 2018 in Georgetown and will then play McMurry in a three-game series in Abilene on Feb. 16-17. The team will play at home for the first time on Feb. 23-24 in a three-game series against Concordia and will also host Sul Ross, Louisiana College, East Texas Baptist and Ozarks in ASC series in Tyler. UTT was 21-1 at home last season and also hosted the ASC tournament, NCAA regional tournament and NCAA Super Regional before advancing to the NCAA DIII Championship in Oklahoma City.

“After graduating six senior starters last year that were such a big part of our success, I am most excited for our team the year to be able to have a chance see who we are,” UT Tyler head coach Mike Reed said. “I believe our non-conference schedule will do that.”

The Patriots are scheduled to play ASC road series at Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belhaven, Howard Payne, UT Dallas and LeTourneau in the final regular-season series of the year.

UT Tyler will host the Irwin Classic where the Patriots will play doubleheaders against Millikin College on Sunday, March 4, St. Catherine on Sunday, March 25 and Mount Saint Mary on Tuesday, March, 27. The tournament will also feature UMHB who will play St. Catherine in neutral field games at Suddenlink Field. St. Catherine is coming off a season where it won 38 games and advanced to Oklahoma City, while Mount Saint Mary and Millikin both won their conference championships last season.

“We are excited to be able to add such high-quality teams from around the country to our schedule,” Reed said. “Thanks to Bob and Mary Irwin will be able to host ranked teams from New York, Illinois, and Minnesota coming to our campus to play in the Irwin Classic. Add in SCAC runner-up Southwestern and traditional ASC power Louisiana College, and we believe we have put together a very challenging non-conference schedule.”

The American Southwest Conference Championship is set for May 3-6 at the ASC regular-season champion. The tournament has been hosted by the Patriots for four straight seasons at Suddenlink Field in Tyler.

February 2018 Opponent/Event Location Time
Wed, Feb 14 at Southwestern  Georgetown, Texas Noon
Wed, Feb 14 at Southwestern  Georgetown, Texas 2 p.m.
Fri, Feb 16 at McMurry * Abilene, Texas 4 p.m.
Fri, Feb 16 at McMurry * Abilene, Texas 6 p.m.
Sat, Feb 17 at McMurry * Abilene, Texas Noon
Fri, Feb 23 Concordia * TYLER 6 p.m.
Sat, Feb 24 Concordia * TYLER 1 p.m.
Sat, Feb 24 Concordia * TYLER 3 p.m.
March 2018 Opponent/Event Location Time
Thu, Mar 1 at Mary Hardin-Baylor * Belton, Texas 4 p.m.
Thu, Mar 1 at Mary Hardin-Baylor * Belton, Texas 6 p.m.
Fri, Mar 2 at Mary Hardin-Baylor * Belton, Texas 1 p.m.
Sun, Mar 4 Millikin 
IRWIN CLASSIC
TYLER 2 p.m.
Sun, Mar 4 Millikin 
IRWIN CLASSIC
TYLER 4 p.m.
Sat, Mar 10 Sul Ross State  TYLER 1 p.m.
Sat, Mar 10 Sul Ross State * TYLER 3 p.m.
Sun, Mar 11 Sul Ross State * TYLER 11 a.m.
Fri, Mar 16 at Belhaven * Jackson, Mississippi 1 p.m.
Fri, Mar 16 at Belhaven * Jackson, Mississippi 3 p.m.
Sat, Mar 17 at Belhaven * Jackson, Mississippi 1 p.m.
Fri, Mar 23 Louisiana College * TYLER 4 p.m.
Fri, Mar 23 Louisiana College * TYLER 6 p.m.
Irwin Classic
Sun, Mar 25 St. Catherine  TYLER 2 p.m.
Sun, Mar 25 St. Catherine  TYLER 4 p.m.
Tue, Mar 27 Mount Saint Mary College  TYLER 3 p.m.
Tue, Mar 27 Mount Saint Mary College  TYLER 5 p.m.
Thu, Mar 29 at Howard Payne * Brownwood, Texas 2 p.m.
Fri, Mar 30 at Howard Payne * Brownwood, Texas 11 a.m.
Fri, Mar 30 at Howard Payne * Brownwood, Texas 1 p.m.
April 2018 Opponent/Event Location Time
Fri, Apr 6 East Texas Baptist * TYLER 5 p.m.
Fri, Apr 6 East Texas Baptist * TYLER 7 p.m.
Sat, Apr 7 East Texas Baptist * TYLER Noon
Sat, Apr 14 at UT Dallas * Richardson, Texas 6 p.m.
Sat, Apr 14 at UT Dallas * Richardson, Texas 8 p.m.
Sun, Apr 15 at UT Dallas * Richardson, Texas 1 p.m.
Fri, Apr 20 Ozarks * TYLER 6:30 p.m.
Sat, Apr 21 Ozarks * TYLER Noon
Sat, Apr 21 Ozarks * TYLER 2 p.m.
Fri, Apr 27 at LeTourneau * Longview, Texas 6 p.m.
Sat, Apr 28 at LeTourneau * Longview, Texas 1 p.m.
Sat, Apr 28 at LeTourneau * Longview, Texas 3 p.m.
May 2018 Opponent/Event Location Time
American Southwest Conference Championship
Thu, May 3 vs American Southwest Conference Championship    TBA
Fri, May 4 vs American Southwest Conference Championship    TBA
Sat, May 5 vs American Southwest Conference Championship    TBA
Sun, May 6 vs American Southwest Conference Championship    TBA