UTEP softball head coach Tobin Echo-Hawk announced the Miners’ 50-game slate for the 2019 campaign.
The schedule features 14 home games at Helen of Troy Softball Complex and six others versus programs that qualified for the 2018 NCAA Softball Tournament (NM State, BYU and Arizona).
“Our 2019 schedule is going to be challenging, and I am excited to see our team compete against some of the top teams.” Echo-Hawk said about the 2019 slate.
The Miners will log 6,120 miles of travel before Conference-USA play begins. The Orange and Blue will begin the journey by traveling up the road to compete in I-10 rival NM State’s tournament. UTEP will open up with Creighton (Feb. 8), as well as battling New Mexico later that same day. The next day will feature another matchup versus Creighton and tournament-host NM State to cap off the first week of action for the Miners.
The team will then head to Las Vegas, Nev., for the Marucci Desert Classic (Feb. 15-17) hosted by UNLV. The Miners will take part in two contests to begin the tournament against Weber State and Hawaii (Feb. 15). On February 16 UTEP will play two more games against UC Davis and BYU. The final day will see the Orange and Blue taking on host school UNLV, concluding action in the City of Lights. UTEP won its final three matches of the Marucci Desert Classic in the 2018 season, including a victory over the hometown Rebels.
A trip to Davis, Calif., will be next on the agenda for the Miners. A doubleheader against UC Davis will open up work for UTEP (Feb. 21). Following the opening day, the team will see action versus Weber State and Saint Mary’s (Calif.) (Feb. 22), before concluding their time in Davis by taking on Seattle (Feb. 23).
Hitting the road to Riverside, Calif., is also on the docket for UTEP, as it will play five games as part of UC Riverside’s annual tournament. A pair of contests versus Cal Baptist and UC Riverside headline the opening day of the tournament (March 1). A re-match against Cal Baptist will occur on the following day (March 2). UTEP will end its tournament schedule playing two games with Sacramento State and UC Riverside (March 3).
The Miners have a trip to Lubbock, Texas, planned where they will play a doubleheader with the Big 12’s Texas Tech Red Raiders (March 5).
During the Conference USA schedule all Saturday matchups will feature a doubleheader with the final game being played on Sunday afternoon (with the exception of Easter Weekend, which will be a doubleheader on Friday and a single game Saturday).
The Orange and Blue will begin conference play by taking on Charlotte (March 9-10) in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The weekend will also mark the first home action of the season for the Miners.
The Miners will play at North Texas (March 16-17), and then will host program rival NM State for a doubleheader (March 19).
Southern Miss will come down to the Sun City (March 23-24), and then the Miners will travel to UAB (March 30-31).
UTEP will take a break from conference play, when it travels to Tucson, Ariz., to take on national power Arizona in a doubleheader (April 3). The Wildcats made it all the way to the Los Angeles Super Regional last season, and will provide a great test for the Orange and Blue.
The New Mexico Lobos will be next on the Miner schedule as they will host UTEP for a single contest on Apr. 9.
The team will travel to LA Tech (April 13-14), before hosting Florida Atlantic (Apr. 19-20) on Easter Weekend.
The final road trip will be against UTSA (April 27-28), with the Miners concluding the regular season versus FIU on the Helen of Troy Softball Complex’s diamond (May 4-5).
The top eight teams will advance to the Conference USA tournament in Birmingham, Ala. (May 8-11).