AUGUSTA, Ga. – Starting her 21st season, head coach Melissa Brocato has released the 2019 schedule for the Augusta University softball team. The schedule includes a total of 50 games with 28 home games scheduled at Jaguar Field.
"We love being able to have our hometown fans come and support us," Brocato said. "Of course, we are familiar with our field and our set up so that gives us a little more peace on game day."
Coach Brocato has added seven new players to the team for this season. They include six freshman and a junior transfer. Coach Brocato says that she has recruited more speed from her new team members and thinks it will work well with their defense and on the bases.
"I think we will be aggressive and give it all we have on the field," Brocato said. "We always work hard on hitting and will have to continue to do that. We have a large staff of pitchers who will work hard as well."
The Jaguars begin the season with six consecutive home games. AU plays a doubleheader against Catawba beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, and two more doubleheaders against Anderson (Feb. 9) and Wingate (Feb. 10) both starting at 1:00 p.m.
The following Wednesday, Augusta heads to Hartsville, S.C. to play Coker College Feb. 13 and travels to Charlotte, N.C. to take on Queens University Feb. 16. After playing at Erskine College Feb. 23, Augusta returns home for more games against Mount Olive (Feb. 24) and Carson-Newman (Feb. 26). March kicks off with another home series against Newberry on Tuesday, March 5.
Saturday, March 9, the Jags will take a trip to Hickory, N.C. to play Lenoir-Rhyne and travel back to Augusta to play Converse College on Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Augusta will play West Georgia at Jaguar Field on Wednesday, March 13 at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Peach Belt Conference competition begins on March 17 where AU will play against Georgia Southwestern in Americus, Ga. before hosting four conference games against Flagler (March 23) at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. and Columbus State (March 24) at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. to close out March.
After traveling to Young Harris and North Georgia, the Jaguars host Virginia State on Wednesday, April 3 at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. and then host a PBC double feature at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. against rival USC Aiken on April 6.
Six more away games will follow at Francis Marion (April 10), Emmanuel (April 12), and Lander (April 14). Augusta comes back home on April 19 to take on UNC Pembroke for a conference series at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. at Jaguar Field.
The last away games will be at Claflin University on April 23 and the last regular-season series will take place on April 27 against Georgia College before the PBC Tournament (May 3-4).
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