ELON, N.C. – The Elon University softball team and head coach Kathy Bocock announced the program’s 2016 fall schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 6. The eight-game slate features contests at in-state foes and longtime rivals as well as four games at Hunt Softball Park.
“We’re very excited about our fall schedule this year,” said Bocock, who begins her sixth year at the helm of the program. “We feel like we are going to be facing some great quality competition as well as some familiar opponents that we have a lot of respect for. We’ve been working hard so far during workouts and are very eager to hit the field to work together for some live-game situations for the first time.”
The Phoenix commences its fall season with a trip to North Carolina on Sept. 23. Elon then hosts the Tar Heels on its home facility at Hunt Softball Park on Oct. 5.
Four days later, Elon welcomes East Carolina for a twin bill on Oct. 9, before heading to Triad rival UNCG for a single contest on Oct. 12. Two days later, the Phoenix travels to Raleigh for a doubleheader versus NC State on Oct. 14, before wrapping up the fall season at home versus Queens University of Charlotte on Oct. 21.
Coming off back-to-back appearances in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament, Elon brings back 15 letterwinners from last year’s squad, including seven starters, while welcoming four newcomers into the fold for 2017. Among the returners coming back to the diamond for the maroon and gold includes first team All-CAA and NFCA Mid-Atlantic Region selection Kara Shutt.
2016 Elon Softball Fall Schedule
Sept. 23 @ North Carolina 6 p.m. Oct. 5 North Carolina 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9 East Carolina (DH) 1 p.m. Oct. 12 @ UNCG 6 p.m. Oct. 14 @ NC State (DH) 4:30 p.m. Oct. 21 Queens 6:30 p.m.