OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University softball coach Clarisa Crowell announced the RedHawks’ 2014 schedule on Thursday. The 52-game slate features four early-season tournaments that will help prepare the RedHawks for their 22-game Mid-American Conference schedule. The Red and White will play 18 games at the Miami Softball Stadium.
“I am very pleased with our 2014 spring schedule,” said Crowell. “We play a great mix of opponents from traditionally strong conferences. The different variety of teams will help prepare us for our ultimate goal, to contend for the MAC regular season and tournament championships.”
The schedule begins with the Music City Classic Feb. 7-9, a tournament co-hosted by Belmont and Lipscomb. In addition to facing both of those schools at the tournament, Miami also takes on Detroit, Delaware and Crowell’s alma mater, Virginia Tech, which is inducting her into its Hall of Fame this November.
After taking a week off, the RedHawks participate in Western Kentucky’s tournament, Feb. 23-25. The schedule for that event is still to be determined. Miami then heads to Southern Illinois’ event March 1-2, where games against the host Salukis, Murray State, Western Illinois and Kansas await.
The home opener comes on March 8 when the RedHawks host Austin Peay for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. Miami then heads to sunny Florida for its final non-conference tournament. While in Clearwater, the RedHawks take on Maine, Seton Hall, Boston University, Connecticut and Saint Joesph’s.
After a home doubleheader against Wright State on March 20 and a single game at Marshall on March 26, Miami begins MAC play on March 28 with a doubleheader at Kent State. The RedHawks face each MAC rival twice, with home games coming against Toledo (doubleheader April 4), Bowling Green (single games April 5-6), Ohio (doubleheader April 18), Akron (single games April 19-20), Eastern Michigan (doubleheader May 2) and Central Michigan (single games May 3-4).
The MAC Tournament is once again at Firestone Stadium in Akron, May 7-10. The double-elimination event features the top-eight teams from the regular season, with the winner receiving an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Miami returns all 14 letterwinners from last season’s team. They are joined by five talented newcomers. The RedHawks begin their fall exhibition schedule on Sept. 20 when they host Ohio Dominican for a 10-inning game at 6 p.m.