The ninth official season of Lady Cardinal softball is at hand.
The Lady Cardinals are scheduled to open Saturday at home against Alvin in doubleheader action. The first game at Drumgoole Field at Cain Park begins at 2 p.m.
It will also mark the beginning of the second year with co-head coaches Kathleen and James Rodriguez at the helm. The Lady Cardinals went 26-24 last season.
The Lady Cardinal softball program started in the fall of 2008 and was played as an exhibition sport through the 2009 season. It became an NJCAA-sanctioned sport in the spring of 2010. The program's overall record is 211-203.
Seven players return from last year's squad: Hannah Scullion (OF), Kimberly Abundis (P/UTL), Savanah Martinez (P/UTL), Jaycee McIntyre (UTL), Ryah Kaniho (1B), Mele Pasikala (C/UTL) and Kimberly Hughes (P).
The Lady Cardinals will take to the road next week to play in the annual Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth, where they will play five games.
The next home game is Saturday, Feb. 10 against Eastern Oklahoma. Action begins at 2 p.m.