AKRON, Ohio – After three weeks off from competition due to unfavorable weather conditions, the University of Akron softball team returns to the field when it heads to Kissimmee, Fla. for the Rebel Spring Games this weekend. This marks the seventh consecutive season that UA will participate in this tournament. Action begins Friday when the Zips take on Sacred Heart at 10 a.m. ET, followed by Niagara at 12 p.m.
UA (3-2) is slated to play two games each day, continuing Saturday with Temple (10 a.m.) and Manhattan (12 p.m.), and finishing up Sunday with Bucknell (10 a.m.) and Saint Peter's (12 p.m.).
Akron picked up a pair of wins at the Rebel Spring Games last year, defeating Butler, 2-1, and North Dakota, 8-3.
The Zips last took the field Feb. 7-9 when they went 3-2 at the Tangi Tourism Classic hosted by Southeastern Louisiana, picking up victories over Texas Tech (4-3), Alabama State (12-9) and Nicholls State (1-0), and falling in a pair of extra-inning contests to Texas Southern (5-2) and UMKC (6-3).
As a team, the Zips stole 17 bases in 20 attempts over the course of their first five games. The Zips' big win over Big 12 opponent Texas Tech moved UA to 23-9-1 all-time in season-openers.
Sophomore pitcher Erin Seiler tallied 14 strikeouts in just 12 innings of work, including eight in her complete-game shutout over Nicholls State. Akron's 12-run offensive explosion over Alabama State came at the hands of Kellie Roudabush who went 4-for-4 with a double and five RBI.
Akron is scheduled to travel to Fairfax, Va. March 14-16 for the Cherry Blossom Classic hosted by George Mason, its final non-league tournament of the regular season. The Zips will play a combined five games against Binghamton, George Mason and Colgate.
UA's home opener at Lee R. Jackson Field is Saturday, March 22, a doubleheader against Niagara beginning at 1 p.m. ET. Mid-American Conference play begins the following weekend on Friday, March 28, when the Zips hit the road for a 1 p.m. twinbill at Central Michigan.