CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With its sights set on the seventh Ivy League title in program history, the Harvard softball team will compete in four tournaments across the nation and host 13 home games as part of its 2015 schedule.
The 2015 season gets underway in Madeira Beach, Florida, as the Crimson will be one of 11 schools in action at the first-ever Eastern Michigan Madeira Beach Spring Invitational from February 20-22. Harvard's opponents at the event include Wichita State, Villanova, 2014 NCAA Tournament participant Alabama-Birmingham, Texas State and Robert Morris.
The Crimson heads south once again for its second tournament of the season, competing in the Winthrop Invitational in Rock Hill, South Carolina from February 28 – March 1. The host Eagles will be Harvard's first opponent, with matchups against Maryland-Eastern Shore, Hartford and Wagner to follow.
Harvard will head to the West Coast for its next 12 games from March 13-21. Competing at the San Diego Classic II, the Crimson will battle Weber State, New Mexico State, Santa Clara, San Jose State and Utah State. Remaining in Southern California, the Crimson will conclude the tournament portion of its schedule in Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount. After taking on the Lions, Harvard will face Buffalo and play two games against Bethune-Cookman and Fairleigh Dickinson. The Crimson wraps up its visit out west with a single game at San Diego on Saturday, March 21.
Ivy League action gets underway on March 27 with a visit to the Big Apple to take on Columbia and then down to Philadelphia the next day to challenge Penn. A midweek matchup at Rhode Island on March 31 precedes Harvard's first conference home matches on April 3 and 4 against Cornell and Princeton, respectively.
Out-of-conference matchups with Boston College and UMass serve as the last primer before Harvard travels to Brown to begin Ivy League North Division play on April 11. Eight of the Crimson's final 10 games will be held at Soldier's Field, highlighted by a four-game set with Yale (April 18-19) and the final regular season doubleheader against defending Ivy League champion Dartmouth on April 26.
The Ivy League Championship Series is scheduled for May 2-3 and will be hosted by the highest seeded team.