"The schedule will give us an opportunity to come together as a team while allowing us to play against top competition," said first-year head coach Stacy Gemeinhardt. "The Big 12 schedule is always tough and we felt that to be prepared for the conference season we needed to challenge ourselves with good tournaments early in the season."
The schedule, which also features two games against intrastate rivals Drake, Iowa and Northern Iowa, will welcome Big 12 foes Texas, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Missouri to Ames for doubleheaders.
The season opens at the
Florida State Tournament in
ISU will travel to the
Crowne Plaza Classic Tournament in
The Cyclones will play 16
games at the Southwest Athletic Complex in
ISU returns 13 players from last season including junior Katie Reichling, who hit .325 to lead the Cyclones last season. The Cyclones also return their top three pitchers while welcoming six newcomers to the team.