SFA Softball Releases Spring 2024 Schedule

NACOGDOCHES, Texas– The Stephen F. Austin Softball Team released the 2024 Spring schedule on Wednesday afternoon. The spring season schedule features 56 games, 21 games at home, 26 WAC conference games, and will see the Lumberjacks compete in three different tournaments. 

Here is what first year Head Coach Jeff Jackson had to say about this season’s schedule, “It was important that we put together a competitive non-conference schedule and maximize opportunities for our incredible fans to see the team play in the Piney Woods. We have several challenges early in the season that will help us get ready for a talented WAC conference and I am excited to see this team compete at a high level no matter who’s in the other dugout.”

The 2023-24 season kicks off with the ‘Jacks traveling to Huntsville to participate in the Bearcat Classic Tournament. The season will officially begin for SFA as they will have a double-header on Friday, February 9th that will see them square off against Wichita State in an early morning matchup before finishing the day against UNLV later that afternoon. The Lumberjacks will have another early start on Saturday as they will flip opponents as they will get UNLV in the early morning match before finishing against Wichita State in the late game. The ‘Jacks will finish the tournament with a Sunday matinee matchup against the host Sam Houston Bearkats. Upon conclusion of the Bearcat Classic, the Lumberjacks will return home for their first home series of the season that will see SFA host Northwestern State on February 13th in a Tuesday afternoon/evening double-header.

The ‘Jacks will get a four-day break before hitting the road for a weekend road series that pits them against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi that features a double-header on February 17th before a Sunday matinee game to conclude the series on the 18th. 

SFA will return home for one game as they will get an early week matchup as they will play host to the Sam Houston Bearkats on February 20th at 6:00 p.m. Later that week, SFA will travel to Denton to compete in the UNT Invite that will span from Friday, February 23rd to Sunday, February 25th. The Lumberjacks kick off the UNT Invite getting a morning matchup against a power five opponent in Texas Tech before playing New Mexico immediately after. On Saturday, the 24th SFA will face off against New Mexico one final time before squaring off with one more power five opponent in Minnesota in the afternoon. The Ladyjacks finish the invite with a match against the host UNT in a Sunday afternoon game. 

The ‘Jacks will stay on the road for their next games as they visit Northwestern for a double-header on the 27th for a midweek matchup. That week will remain busy for SFA as the ‘Jacks will return home later that week to host a weekend home series against Houston Christian that features a Friday afternoon double-header before finishing the series in a Saturday afternoon match. 

Following the home series against Houston Christian, the Lumberjacks will get a Tuesday evening road matchup in a single-game matchup against Lamar on March 5th. Later that week, SFA will play their first out of state tournament as they head to Conway, Arkansas to play in the Central Arkansas Invite with double-headers on both March 9th and 10th. SFA will play the same two teams at the same times over both days. The ‘Jacks will play Louisiana at 11am on both Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th, while playing 4:00 p.m. games against the host Central Arkansas on both Saturday and Sunday.  
SFA will return home from Arkansas and get set to host Texas Southern in a Tuesday afternoon/evening mid-week double-header.  

The Lumberjacks will officially start conference play on March 15th as they will travel to Utah to square off against conference rival Southern Utah that features a Friday double-header followed by the series conclusion on Saturday the 16th. 

SFA will kick off a four-game homestand that will see them host power five opponent University of Houston on the 19th in a Tuesday evening match. The ‘Jacks will conclude the homestand with their first home weekend conference series when they play host to Utah Tech that will feature an early afternoon double-header on the 22nd before finishing the homestand on Saturday the 23rd with an early afternoon game. 

The Lumberjacks will get close to a week off after the four-game homestand before they continue conference play as they travel to Seattle for a double-header Friday, March 29th and single game Saturday the 30th. SFA will have another week between games after the Seattle series as they will return home and play host to Tarleton for a weekend home series to kick off their April schedule on April 5th and 6th. The ‘Jacks will play a Friday evening game against Tarleton to kick off the series before finishing with a back-to-back afternoon double-header on Saturday, April 6th. 

Stephen F. Austin will then hit the road following the weekend home series against Tarleton for a Tuesday double-header against UT Arlington. The ‘Jacks will stay busy that week as they will travel back home as that same weekend, they will host Abilene Christian in a Friday evening game before hosting a Saturday afternoon double-header to finish the ACU series. 

SFA will then hit the road for a four-game road trip that will see them travel to conference opponent Utah Valley in mid-April for a weekend series before traveling to University of Louisiana at Monroe for a Tuesday night game on April 23rd. 

To end the month of April, SFA closes out their regular season home schedule as they host a massive weekend home series against the GCU Lopes that will feature an afternoon double-header on April 26th before finishing the series in an early afternoon match on the 27th that will feature senior day for all the Lumberjacks seniors. 
The ‘Jacks will finish their season on the road and conclude conference play for the season as they travel to California to face off against California Baptist at the beginning of May in a double-header on Friday, May 3rd before one final game on Saturday May 4th to end the regular season. 

Following the conclusion of the regular season, the WAC Championship Tournament will be hosted by Seattle University this year and will be played over the course of four days from Wednesday, May 8th until Saturday, May 11th. 

Purchase your SFA Softball Season Tickets Here.

The 2024 Lumberjack softball team also invites you to come out to their annual “Interact with the ‘Jacks” event Presented by CBTx on Saturday February 3rd, 2024 at 10:30 am. Tickets for Interact with the ‘Jacks are available here.

By: Peter Trainor, Student Assistant for Strategic Communications