LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Southern College head softball coach Chris Bellotto has announced her schedule for the 2020 season. The Moccasins will take on 11 opponents at Bellotto Field in the spring and will kick off a 49-game schedule beginning with a doubleheader against Ursuline (Feb. 3). The Mocs will play a three-game series against each of the other 10 Sunshine State Conference schools (five at home and five on the road), six non-conference doubleheaders at home, and five non-conference games at neutral sites for a total of 27 games at home and 22 on the road.
SSC opponents visiting Chris Bellotto Field this year include Tampa (March 6-7), Eckerd (March 13-14), Rollins (March 27-28), Barry (April 9-10), and Palm Beach Atlantic (April 24-25). All but the Barry series will feature a single game on Friday night and a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The series versus the Buccaneers will take place on Thursday and Friday due to Easter.
This year's home non-conference slate features teams from all around the country and one school from Canada. The Mocs will bring in a pair of Midwest schools in Ursuline (Feb. 3) and Minnesota-Duluth (March 11). Western Ontario (Feb. 22) will make another trip back to Florida Southern in 2020 and then the Mocs will take on Lander (March 3), Saint Michael's (March 17), and West Georgia (March 19). FSC's only non-conference road trip will be a midweek doubleheader at Flagler (Feb. 19).
Last season the Mocs 10 SSC opponents totaled a 275-223 record, including four teams that won 30-plus games in 2019. Florida Tech was the only SSC school to win 40-plus games as it finished with 42 victories.
In 2020, the Mocs will take on four opponents who made postseason play. Florida Tech, Minnesota-Duluth, Tampa, and Saint Leo all made NCAA Regional tournament appearances. The Panthers were the only team to advance to a Super Regional, where they dropped both games to West Florida.
The season begins on Monday, February 3, when the Moccasins host Ursuline, this marks the second-consecutive year the Mocs will host the Arrows to open the season.
Florida Southern will play a total of eight games in Melbourne this year as it will spend three days playing a total of five games at the USSA Sports Complex against teams yet to be determined. The Mocs will make the return trip to Melbourne to open their conference schedule with a three-game series at 2019 SSC champion, Florida Tech (Feb. 14-15).
FSC will play its only true non-conference road doubleheader at Flagler before coming home for a doubleheader against Western Ontario. The Mustangs, who are currently in season, own a 12-3 record as they head into the OIWFA Provincial Championship on Oct. 5. The Mocs will close out the first month of the season with their second conference series of the year at Nova Southeastern (Feb. 28-29).
March will open with a non-conference doubleheader at home against Lander and the week will end with three games versus Tampa. The next two weeks will be busy for the Mocs as they play 11 games over a span of 11 days. Florida Southern will start with a non-conference doubleheader against Minnesota-Duluth at Bellotto Field before welcoming in Eckerd for a three-game series. The Mocs will play their final two non-conference doubleheaders against Saint Michael's and West Georgia. This span of games ends with a conference series at Lynn (March 20-21).
Florida Southern will close out the final five weeks of the regular season alternating weekends on the road and at Bellotto Field. The Mocs will close out March hosting Rollins and are set to begin the final month of the regular season at Embry-Riddle (April 3-4). Easter weekend will move the Mocs doubleheader with Barry up to a Thursday-Friday series. The final two series will put the Mocs at Saint Leo (April 17-18) and then close out the regular season at home against Palm Beach Atlantic.
NCAA postseason play begins the second week of May, with regional tournaments running from May 7-9 at campus sites. Super regionals will take place May 14-15 on campus sites. From there, the eight winners move on to the NCAA Division II National Finals in Chattanooga, Tenn., May 21-25.