Softball Schedule Released For 2017 Season

Northwestern College and head softball coach Chris Nachtigall released its schedule for the 2017 season.

The Red Raiders have 46 games scheduled for the spring which includes 19 doubleheaders and two tournaments (4 games each), at Friends on March 4 and at McPherson on March 10-11.

Northwestern opens the season on Feb. 10-11 with doubleheaders against Bethany and Benedictine to be played in Kansas. Other non-conference match-ups include games against Tabor, McPherson, St. Gregory, Friends, Bellevue, Dickinson State and Grand View.

The Red Raiders will open their 20-game conference schedule on the road against Concordia on March 18. They will play their home opener, a non-conference doubleheader against Dickinson State, on March 25 at noon/2pm. Other home games include doubleheaders against Briar Cliff. Dordt, Midland, Mount Marty and Hastings. 

Six of the Red Raiders' opponents finished the 2016 season recognized in the final coaches' poll: St. Gregory (5), Friends (RV), Morningside (10), Dickinson State (20), Grand View (RV) and Doane (RV).

Northwestern finished the 2016 season with a 20-29 overall record, 8-14 (9th place) in the GPAC. Nachtigall will begin his sixth season as the Red Raiders head coach and is joined on staff by Jillian Kleinhesselink and Tracy Jacobsma.