As we all prepare for another few days of Eskimo-like winter weather, the calendar moves ahead anyway to more spring-like events, to the opening of the 2019 Softball Season for the McNeese Cowgirls.

The Cowgirl Classic begins Thursday and runs through Sunday and includes notable teams such as #14 (pre-season) ranked Arkansas, Campbell, Lipscomb, and Samford. While fans may be shivering with their hot dogs, the action on the field is going to be red hot.

Gates Open at 4 Thursday With Free Hot Dogs; Some Games on TV

The first 100 McNeese students get free hot dogs and the first 50 will get a t-shirt tomorrow, on Friday free pizza will be handed out in the student section. The Student Section is new to Joe Miller Field, it's down the 3rd baseline and includes a faculty section too.

McNeese will kick things off with a 6 p.m. game against Samford Thursday night. Friday’s action begins at 10 a.m. with Campbell and Lipscomb facing off. McNeese will take on Samford at 5:30 p.m. and Arkansas at 8 p.m. Both games will be televised on Cox Sports.

Saturday’s games will also begin at 10 a.m. with Samford and Campbell getting the day started. McNeese will play Campbell at 5:30 p.m. and Lipscomb at 8 p.m.

The tournament will conclude with two games on Sunday that will have Campbell facing Arkansas at 9 a.m. and McNeese and Lipscomb at 11:30 a.m.

Third Year Coach James Landreneau

The Cowgirls have enjoyed two back to back 40 win seasons under third-year head coach James Landreneau. He and the staff have 15 lettermen returning from 2018s 41-21 team, last year McNeese posted it's third straight SLC Title and advanced to the NCAA for the third straight year.

Third Year Head Coach James Landreneau

Senior Justyce McClain and juniors Alexandria Saldivar and Alexandra Flores are the top Cowgirls returning and who was also named to the SLC Preseason team. Joining the three players will be several other players who have seen substantial playing time the past few years.

The Cowgirls return their entire pitching staff which includes Flores who led McNeese with 19 victories and a 3.02 ERA. Joining her in the circle will be sophomores Amber Coons, Caroline Settle, and Ashley Koncir. Freshman Saleen Flores will be making her pitching debut this weekend along with seven other rookies.

Ticket Pricing and Full Tourney Schedule

Thursday, Feb 7th ONLY - $8

Friday-Sunday $12 per day

Season tickets are $75 for 30 games, McNeese faculty will enjoy a 20% ticket discount.

THURSDAY FEB. 7

6 p.m.- McNeese vs. Samford

FRIDAY, FEB. 8

10 a.m.- Lipscomb vs. Campbell

12:30 p.m.- Samford vs. Lipscomb

3 p.m.- Campbell vs. Arkansas

5:30 p.m.- McNeese vs. Samford (Cox Sports)

8 p.m.- McNeese vs. Arkansas (Cox Sports)

SATURDAY, FEB. 9

10 a.m.- Campbell vs. Samford

12:30 p.m.- Arkansas vs. Samford (Cox Sports)

3 p.m.- Arkansas vs. Lipscomb (Cox Sports)

5:30 p.m.- McNeese vs. Campbell

8 p.m.- McNeese vs. Lipscomb

SUNDAY, FEB. 10

9 a.m.- Arkansas vs. Campbell

11:30 a.m.- McNeese vs. Lipscomb