EOU Softball Program Announces 2022 Schedule

January 12—THE BIG — Softball season begins in a month at Eastern Oregon University.

The Mountaineers softball program announced its 2022 schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 11, lining up a 53-game slate for the upcoming season. Eastern’s season is scheduled to start Feb. 12, with a three-game road series against Willamette in Salem.

Eastern Oregon softball is coming off a 16-32 season that saw the Mountaineers fall to Corban and College of Idaho on back-to-back days of the Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships.

The Mountaineers will start the season with 13 straight non-conference matchups, including games against Willamette, Lewis & Clark College, Menlo College, William Jessup, Hope International and Marymount California.

Eastern is set to begin Cascade Collegiate Conference competition in Eugene against Bushnell on March 4. The Mountaineers and Beacons will play doubleheaders on consecutive days.

After 17 straight competitions on the road to start the season, Eastern will return to the Peggy Anderson softball field in La Grande for the team’s first home series against British Columbia on March 11. The Thunderbirds will face the Mountaineers in double La Grande.

The Mountaineers travel to Ashland for a four-game series against Southern Oregon on March 19. The Raiders are the defending NAIA champions and went 4-0 against Eastern last season. Southern Oregon won the Cascade Collegiate Conference regular season with a 26-1 conference record — the Raiders finished the 2021 season 55-6.

Eastern will host the College of Idaho in town for a doubleheader on March 29 — the Mountaineers have been routed in all seven of their meetings against the Yotes in the 2021 season. The two schools meet again for a doubleheader on April 5 in Caldwell, Idaho.

Oregon Tech will travel to La Grande to take on Eastern in a four-game series starting April 22. The Owls finished last season as NAIA finalists in Southern Oregon. The series against Oregon Tech will be the last home game of the year for the Mountaineers.

Eastern concludes its regular season with a four-game road series against Carroll College on April 29.

The opening pitch for the Mountaineers season opener in Willamette is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Feb. 12.

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