The St. John’s University softball team was just a win away from winning the Big East title last season.
But aside from the heartbreak of not being able to close out a championship season, the Red Storm put together a dominant 2017 regular season.
Last year’s squad won 32 of their 48 regular season games, including a 17-4 record against conference opponents.
They also faced off against some interesting teams outside of conference play, while traveling to some desirable destinations in the process.
To start off last season, the Red Storm played their season opener in Florida against the University of Florida Gators, one of the best teams in the country, and last year’s runner-up in the National Championship game.
In 2018, St. John’s will start their season off in the FIU Felsberg Invitational, which features opponents like East Carolina University, Florida International University, and the University of South Carolina down in Miami, Florida.
They then follow up a competitive start to the season by playing a plethora of big-name schools in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Class out in California towards the end of February.
Some of those schools include: Arizona, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Notre Dame before Big East Conference play begins.
“We are excited to see how good we are this season against some of these top-tier programs,” said senior pitcher McKenzie Murray.
“After our team went to the Big East championship for the fourth year in a row last season, it seems that we are ready for the next step. Many of these teams will be a good way to gage if we are right.”
St. John’s returns seven of their starters from last season, with outfielder Lauren Zick and utility player Gretchen Bowie (both of whom were first-team all conference selections) as the two biggest returners.
The Big East tournament will take place in Illinois this season, and if history means anything, the Red Storm should once again be competing for a conference title when the calendar turns to May.