LUBBOCK, Texas (January 20, 2010) – The defending Sooner Athletic Conference champion Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals have finalized their 2010 softball schedule, and the Lady Chaparrals will open the 2010 season Tuesday, February 9th with a doubleheader at University of the Southwest at Hobbs, New Mexico. Their home opener at PlainsCapital Park is set for Friday, February 12th with a doubleheader against Eastern New Mexico.
Lubbock Christian will have 24 games at home this season, with Bacone University (Feb.25th) and University of the Southwest (Mar. 10th) joining ENMU as non-conference opponents coming to the Hub City. LCU will head to ENMU for a doubleheader on February 13th before participating in their first tournament of the season. The Lady Chaps will aim to defend their Cowtown Classic title February 19-20th in Fort Worth, Texas. They will also participate in the Tucson Invitational Games in Arizona for a third consecutive season, playing six games from March 15-17th.
Conference play will begin Saturday February 27th for the Lady Chaps, as they host University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma. LCU will play 36 SAC games this season, split with 18 at home and 18 on the road. The Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament is scheduled for May 7-8th at Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City.
LCU is coming off a 54-7 season last year and their first SAC title. The third year program has compiled a 114-17 record in their opening two seasons and has seen their season come to an end at the NAIA National Championships each season. They won the national championship in their inaugural season in 2008. This season marks the first season with head coach Larry Hays at the helm. The former Lubbock Christian and Texas Tech baseball head coach takes over for his son Shanon, who is now the head softball coach at Texas Tech.