Nov. 16, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - On Friday, November 16 the Providence College softball program announced its 2013 schedule. The Friars will take part in three tournaments prior to the start of regular season play. The Friars are scheduled to play 56 games in total, including 22 BIG EAST games.
In 2012, the BIG EAST was ranked fifth out of 31 conferences according to the Conference RPI. Last season the Friars faced some of the top programs in the nation. Five teams that the Friars competed with went on to win their respective conference championships including Louisville (BIG EAST), Harvard (The Ivy League), Boston University (America East), BYU (WAC), and Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun).
At the end of the 2012 NCAA softball season Louisville (12), Syaracuse (22) and South Florida (15) ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation according to the NCAA Women's Softball RPI.
The BIG EAST saw its own success in 2012 with five of its 13 members reaching the NCAA Regionals (DePaul, Notre Dame, Louisville, Syracuse and South Florida). South Florida advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals and made it to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for the Women's College World Series for the first time in program history. The Bulls were eventually eliminated by LSU by a score of 1-0.
Providence will kick off its 2013 slate in Boca Raton, Fla. at the FAU "Strike-Out Cancer" Tournament on Friday, February 22. FAU welcomes Towson, the University Connecticut, the University of North Florida and the University of Northern Illinois, as well as the Friars to its seventh annual "Strike-Out Cancer" event.
On March 1 Providence will be attending USF's Under Armour Invitational Tournament, and the Friars will close out tournament play at the Stonybrook Invitational scheduled for March 15-17.
BIG EAST play emerges on Saturday March 23 when the Friars welcome DePaul for a three game series. Providence also will host BIG EAST foes Louisville, Georgetown and Villanova at Raymond Field. The Friars will travel to South Florida, Syracuse, Connecticut and Pittsburgh. The three game series at Syracuse on Sunday, May 5 will conclude regular season play for the Friars.
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