BEAUMONT, Texas – Lamar University softball coach Holly Bruder announced that infielder Sable Hankins and outfielder Brittany Rodriguez will not return to the program for the 2018 season due to violations of team rules.

The Cardinals, who went 34-31 last season, advancing to the finals of the National Invitational Softball Championship, open their 2018 season on Feb. 9 vs. Georgia Tech at the Sand Dollar Classic in Gulf Shores, Alabama. LU opens its home schedule with a doubleheader against the Washington Huskies at 3 p.m. Feb. 19.