The University of Central Arkansas softball team will begin its eight-game fall schedule Sunday when the Bears host Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa in a doubleheader at 10 a.m. at Farris Field.

On Oct. 2-3, the Bears will host the UCA Fall Tournament featuring Paris Junior College, Lyon, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Central Baptist. The tournament will be held at Farris Field and Conway High School.

UCA wraps up the fall schedule Oct. 9 when they face Tulsa and Missouri State in Springfield, Mo.

Third-year coach David Kuhn returns 13 players, including eight starters, from last year’s 25-31 team. Added to that mix are eight newcomers. 

"I am looking forward to seeing this team play this fall," Kuhn said. "We have added some speed and power to our lineup. I am also impressed with the improvement of our returning players."