Arkansas softball and tennis announce fall schedules

FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas softball and tennis teams announced their fall schedules this week. Softball hosts four tournaments at Lady’Back Yard beginning Sept. 15, and tennis plays its fall season on the road with the first tournament Sept. 14. Lady Razorback softball opens hosting Connors State, Carl Albert and Evangel at Lady’Back Yard Sept. 15 and follows up with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Texarkana, and Tulsa Sept. 23. The Lady’Backs then welcome Crowder, Northeastern State and Seminole State Sept. 30. “I’m excited about the fall schedule,” said head softball coach Jamie Pinkerton. “With several Division I teams coming in it will prepare us for our spring schedule. The variety of competition will also allow us to get a good look at our players and see where our freshmen are, and where we are as a team.” Arkansas concludes the fall season Oct. 6 at Lady’Back Yard with games against Oklahoma State, Rogers State and Missouri State. Admission for all fall softball games is free. With six letterwinners returning, Arkansas tennis travels to four different states for its fall schedule. The first weekend the Lady’Backs travel to Williamsburg, Va., for the William and Mary Tribe Classic. Arkansas travels to Tulsa, Okla., to compete in the Tulsa Invitational Sept. 21-23. The Lady’Backs then take two road trips in Oct. to Los Angeles, Calif., and back to Tulsa. “I’m really excited about the strength of our fall schedule,” said head tennis coach Michael Hegarty. “We have a more veteran team this year and we will benefit from a difficult schedule in the fall. There is nothing like SEC play, but this schedule will ultimately prepare us for the spring season.” Tennis ends its fall season in Auburn, Ala., where it competes in the SEC Fall Coaches’ Championships. For more information about Arkansas athletics, log on to LADYBACKS.COM.