PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University softball team has announced its 49-game 2017 schedule, that features eight opponents who made a NCAA Regional Tournament last year, on Friday.
The Rams open the season on March 7 with a non-conference doubleheader at Millersville. It will be the first of four road non-conference twinbills during the course of the season.
After facing the Marauders, Philadelphia heads south for the PFX Spring Games in Clermont, Fla. on March 11-16. The Rams have nine games lined up, three against NCAA Tournament teams—University of Indianapolis (March 12), California (Pa.) (March 15), and Kutztown (March 16). Also on the slate are American International, St. Cloud State, Indiana (Pa.), Bridgeport, Franklin Pierce, and Clarion.
When Philadelphia returns home, the Rams will jump right into Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) play against the defending champion Wilmington (Del.) on March 21.
Then, the schedule picks up the pace as Philadelphia plays its final 18 doubleheaders in a span of 39 days.
Philadelphia's home opener against Molloy—the East Coast Conference championship and NCAA Tournament qualifier—on March 24 kicks off a stretch of five doubleheaders in six days. The Rams also visit Concordia (N.Y.) (March 25), West Chester (March 26), and East Stroudsburg (March 28), and cap their busiest stretch at home against Goldey-Beacom (March 29). West Chester made the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
After two days off, the Rams open April with five consecutive CACC doubleheaders. Philadelphia travels to Felician (April 1), Holy Family (April 6), and Bloomfield (April 8), while Dominican (N.Y.) (April 2) and USciences (April 4) will come to campus.
Cabrini and CACC foe Chestnut Hill come to the corner of Henry Avenue and School House Lane on April 11 and 12, respectively. The Rams close out non-conference play with a trip to St. Thomas Aquinas on April 15 and hosting Bloomsburg—the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant—on April 17.
After playing at Nyack (April 18), Philadelphia ends the season with a three straight CACC doubleheaders—its longest string of home twinbills of the year—against Georgian Court (April 22), Post (April 26), and Caldwell (April 29). Caldwell reached the NCAA Tournament.
In 2016, Philadelphia went 14-32-1 and was 10-16 against the CACC.