UT pitcher Kristen Clark delivers a pitch to Texas State at McCombs Field on Saturday April 4, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas softball releases 2016 spring schedule

Posted December 9th, 2015

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The Texas softball team will play 29 games at McCombs Field in the upcoming 2016 season, but will only play 12 of its 54 regular season games out of the state of Texas.

The program released its spring schedule on Wednesday, which includes games against 10 teams that reached the NCAA Tournament last season, including Super Regional qualifiers Arizona and Oklahoma. Four teams on Texas’ schedule finished 2015 ranked in the final USA Today/NFCA rankings, including No. 9 Oklahoma, No. 13 Arizona, No. 18 Baylor and No. 25 North Dakota State.

The 20161 season kicks off on on Valentines Day weekend with the annual Texas Classic. The Longhorns open the tournament on Feb. 11 against Arkansas and then play North Carolina on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13, Arkansas on Feb. 13 and will close the Texas Classic against North Dakota State on Valentine’s Day.

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Texas will travel to Houston the following weekend for the Hilton Houston Plaza Invitational to face off against Toledo, Ball State, Jackson State and the host Cougars.

The Longhorns will return home on Feb. 25-28 for the Texas Invitational, which will feature games against Abilene Christian, Tulsa, Illinois and Webber State. The other two tournaments for Texas include the Maverick Classic (March 11-12) and the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii (March 16-19).

Non-conference games include  home-and-home series with Texas State (March 2 in San Marcos and March 30 at Texas) and UTSA (March 8 at Texas and April 6 in San Antonio), a three-game home series with BYU on April 1-2 that includes a doubleheader on April 2, a home doubleheader with UTEP On April 5 and a home game with Texas Southern (April 27).

Home conference games include Texas Tech (April 8-10), Oklahoma State (April 22-24), Kansas (April 29-May 1) and the regular season finale against Baylor on May 14. The Longhorns will travel to Baylor (March 25-26), Oklahoma (April 15-17) and Iowa State (May 6-8).

Texas (38-17 in 2015) has made 11 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and returns eight starters from last year’s team that lost to UCLA in the Los Angeles Regional semifinals.

Here is the full 2016 schedule:

DateOpponentSite
Feb. 11ArkansasMcCombs Field
Feb. 12North CarolinaMcCombs Field
Feb 13North CarolinaMcCombs Field
Feb. 13Arkansas McCombs Field
Feb. 14North Dakota StateMcCombs Field
Feb. 19ToledoHouston
Feb. 19Ball StateHouston
Feb. 20Jackson StateHouston
Feb. 20Ball StateHouston
Feb. 21HoustonHouston
Feb. 25Abilene ChristianMcCombs Field
Feb. 26Abilene ChristianMcCombs Field
Feb. 26TulsaMcCombs Field
Feb. 27TulsaMcCombs Field
Feb. 27IllinoisMcCombs Field
Feb. 28Webber StateMcCombs Field
March 2Texas StateSan Marcos
March 8UTSAMcCombs Field
March 9North TexasMcCombs Field
March 11SamfordArlington, Texas
March 11UT-ArlingtonArlington, Texas
March 12ArizonaArlington, Texas
March 16IowaHonolulu, Hawaii
March 17IowaHonolulu, Hawaii
March 17HawaiiHonolulu, Hawaii
March 18HawaiiHonolulu, Hawaii
March 19IowaHonolulu, Hawaii
March 19HawaiiHonolulu, Hawaii
March 25Baylor*Waco, Texas
March 26Baylor*Waco, Texas
March 30Texas State McCombs Field
April 1BYUMcCombs Field
April 2BYU (DH)McCombs Field
April 5UTEP (DH) McCombs Field
April 6UTSASan Antonio, Texas
April 8Texas Tech*McCombs Field
April 9Texas Tech*McCombs Field
April 10Texas Tech*McCombs Field
April 15Oklahoma*Norman, Okla.
April 16Oklahoma*Norman, Okla.
April 17Oklahoma*Norman, Okla.
April 22Oklahoma State*McCombs Field
April 23Oklahoma State*McCombs Field
April 24Oklahoma State*McCombs Field
April 27Texas SouthernMcCombs Field
April 29Kansas*McCombs Field
April 30Kansas*McCombs Field
May 1Kansas*McCombs Field
May 6Iowas State*Ames, Iowa
May 7Iowa State*Ames, Iowa
May 8Iowa State*Ames, Iowa
May 14Baylor*McCombs Field

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