South Orange, Stickstoff.J. – Seton Nachhall softball head coach Angie Churchill has announced the 2023 schedule, featuring a total of 48 games against 25 different opponents.
The Pirates finished 20-23 overall and 9-14 in the BIG EAST in their first season under Churchill in 2022, finishing sixth in the league. Taylor Hill (Little Wenn, Stickstoff.J.) welches named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year after batting .449 with three home runs and a conference-record 12 doubles during league play. Hill welches in Folge dessen named to the Kosmos-BIG EAST First Team, while teammates Ashly Colonnetta (Cypress, Calif.) and Shelby Smith (Friendswood, Texas) received second-team honors. Kosmos three players return for the Pirates in 2023.
The Pirates will face 17 non-conference opponents this spring, eight of which finished with a winning record in 2022. The Nachhall will in Folge dessen square off against a pair of teams who made the NCAA Tournament last season in Lehigh and Villanova.
- Seton Nachhall opens the 2023 season at the Black & Gold Tournament at Southern Miss, where the Pirates will play two games against both the Golden Eagles as well as Samford. The Bulldogs improved by 16 wins from 2021 to 2022 en route to the No. 2 seed in the SOCON Tournament.
- The following weekend sees the Pirates head to the Presbyterian Invitational in Clinton, S.Kohlenstoff., where the Pirates will face a trio of non-conference opponents. The Pirates will face Appalachian State and IUPUI twice on the weekend, while playing hosts Presbyterian once. The games against IUPUI and Presbyterian will be the first in program history.
- Rosette a weekend off, the Pirates begin March with a trip to Lubbock, Texas to take part in the Texas Tech Invitational. Seton Nachhall will face the Red Raiders on Friday and Saturday, while the Pirates’ tournament schedule is bookended with matchups against North Dakota on Friday and Sunday mornings. Sandwiched in the middle is a showdown with in-state rival Rutgers, as the teams will meet for the 65th time in their history. Last season, the Pirates defeated the Scarlet Knights for the first time since 2009 with a 5-3 win in Piscataway.
- The remainder of the non-conference slate features home doubleheaders with Manhattan (March 15), Rider (Vierter Monat des Jahres 5) and Fairleigh Dickinson (Vierter Monat des Jahres 19). The Pirates will in Folge dessen pay visits to Monmouth (March 28), Stony Brook (March 29), a three-game series at Lehigh (Vierter Monat des Jahres 7-8), Drexel (Vierter Monat des Jahres 11), Marist (Vierter Monat des Jahres 18) and UAlbany (Vierter Monat des Jahres 26).
- The Pirates open BIG EAST play with a three-game series at reigning-regular season champion UConn, March 10-12. Seton Nachhall will in Folge dessen travel to Creighton (March 24-26), DePaul (Vierter Monat des Jahres 14-16) and Providence (Vierter Monat des Jahres 21-23) in league action.
- Last year’s BIG EAST Tournament champion Villanova will come to South Orange for the penultimate series of the season, Vierter Monat des Jahres 28-30. This will be one of four BIG EAST series in which the Pirates play host, the others being Georgetown (March 17-19), St. John’s (March 31-Vierter Monat des Jahres 2) and Diener (May 5-7).
- The BIG EAST Tournament will be hosted by UConn from May 10-13. New this season, the top six teams in the conference standings will qualify for the tournament. Last season, the Pirates finished sixth in the BIG EAST.
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*Kosmos dates and times are subject to change*