Fourteen Home Games Highlight 2014 Softball Schedule

Fourteen Home Games Highlight 2014 Softball Schedule

Shelbi Olson and the Crimson look to regain the Ivy North Division title in 2014 (Gil Talbot).

The Harvard softball team announced its 2014 schedule Monday, a slate that features 14 home games and a challenging non-conference portion. The Crimson will be looking to secure its third Ivy League title in the last four seasons.  

Harvard will begin its season with its usual trip down to Florida to play games from Feb. 21-23 in the Florida Gulf Coast University Tournament. There, the Crimson will see Eastern Michigan and Arkansas on the Feb. 21, North Dakota and Florida Gulf Coast on the 22nd, and will round out its trip against Villanova Feb. 23. The Crimson will head out to the Louisiana State University Tournament the following weekend and see Lamar, LSU and Iowa State once each, and Jackson State on two separate occasions.

Harvard will have to wait two weeks before it makes its trip out west for the San Diego State Tournament that takes place March 15-17. The Crimson will again be facing top-tier competition as it squares off against Long Beach State, San Diego State, Texas and Texas Tech. The squad will get a mid-week break from the busy weekends and travel to Loyola Marymount on March 19 for a single game. The fourth and final tournament of the early spring takes place March 20-22 at the Cal State Northridge Tournament. The Crimson faces off against Cal State Northridge, Pacific and San Jose State before returning home for regional action.

Harvard will open up its Ivy League schedule with double headers at Princeton March 28 and Cornell the following day. Harvard’s home opener comes April 1 against non-conference opponent Boston College, and the Crimson go on to host Penn and Columbia April 4-5 to round out the homestand.

A doubleheader at Rhode Island April 8 is followed by a four game series against Brown at home April 12-13. Harvard stays home for a twinbill against Maine April 17, before taking on rival Yale April 19-20 in an Ivy North Division clash. After wrapping up non-conference play at Boston University with a single game April 24, the Crimson will engage in a home-and-home series against defending Ivy North champion Dartmouth April 26-27.

The Ivy League Championship Series is scheduled for May 3-4 and will be hosted by the highest seeded team.