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Dec. 6, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State softball head coach Linda Kalafatis announced the 2005 softball schedule Monday. The Buckeyes will be facing 12 NCAA participants from last season. Ohio State was 35-25 last season with an 8-11 mark in Big Ten play (sixth place) and the Buckeyes made appearances in the 2004 Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.

“We anticipate our schedule being very challenging once again,” Kalafatis said. “The Big Ten is always one of the Top 3 or 4 conferences in the country in softball and we will certainly need our preseason to prepare us for that part of our schedule.”

Ohio State begins the season with three tournaments in Florida, California and Georgia. The first is the Florida Atlantic Tournament Feb. 18-20 in Boca Raton, Fla. The Buckeyes will face Rutgers, Florida Atlantic, N.C. State and Pittsburgh with the remainder of the event based on seeding.

Next up is Palm Springs, Calif., where the Buckeyes will participate in the 2005 Palm Springs Tournament Feb. 27-29 vs. Pacific, UNLV, Washington, Oregon State and Long Island. The third tournament is the Georgia Tech/Buzz Classic March 4-6 in Atlanta, Ga. Ohio State will take on Gardner-Webb, South Dakota State, Middle Tennessee State and South Carolina. The end of the tournament will once again be based on seeding.

Ohio State opens up home play with a double-header vs. Evansville March 13 before playing host to the Buckeye Invitational March 18-20. Teams participating in the Buckeye Invitational include Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Notre Dame and Marshall.

It is back to California for games vs. Cal State Fullerton, Loyola Marymount (doubleheader) and Cal State Riverside March 22, 24 and 26, respectively. After the trip out west, Big Ten play begins for Ohio State.

“This is a solid schedule with no easy wins,” Kalafatis said. “The Big Ten is as competitive as ever with really good, young players to compliment some exceptional veteran players in the conference.”

April 1-3 is the first weekend of Big Ten play for the Buckeyes as they travel to play Wisconsin April 1 and 2 and Minnesota in a doubleheader April 3. Ohio State is back on the road with games at Michigan State April 8-9. Iowa will be the Buckeyes’ first home Big Ten opponent April 15 and 16, followed by a doubleheader vs. Illinois April 17 at Buckeye Field. A trip to Dayton, Ohio, to face non-conference Wright State April 19 precedes games at Northwestern and Michigan April 22-24.

The Buckeyes will host Western Michigan April 26 and Bowling Green April 27 before playing Indiana April 29 and 30. Ohio State will play doubleheaders against Purdue May 1 vs. Akron May 3 at Buckeye Field. The final games of the regular-season for Ohio State will be May 4 at Pittsburgh and May 7 and 8 vs. Penn State in Columbus.

The Big Ten tournament is held May 12-14 at the site of the regular-season conference champion. Sites for the NCAA regional (May 19-22) and super regional (May 27-29) action will be determined in the spring. The 2005 Women’s College World Series is June 1-6 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

2005 Ohio State Softball Schedule FEBRUARY 18-20 Fri.-Sun. Florida Atlantic Tournament Boca Raton, Fla. Fri. Rutgers 3 p.m. Fri. Florida Atlantic 7 p.m. Sat. North Carolina State 11 a.m. Sat. Pittsburgh 1 p.m. Sun. Remainder of tourney based on seeding 25-27 Fri.-Sun. Palm Springs Tournament Palm Springs, Calif. Fri. Pacific 10 a.m. Fri. UNLV 12:30 p.m. Sat. Washington 10 a.m. Sat. Oregon State 6 p.m. Sun. Long Island 9 a.m. MARCH 4-6 Fri.-Sun. Georgia Tech/Buzz Classic Atlanta, Ga. Fri. Gardner-Webb 1 p.m. Fri. South Dakota State 6 p.m. Sat. Middle Tennessee State 10 a.m. Sat. South Carolina Noon Sat./Sun. Remainder of tourney based on seeding 13 Sun. Evansville (DH) Columbus, Ohio 1 p.m. 18-20 Fri.-Sun. Buckeye Invitational Columbus, Ohio Fri. Ball State 4 p.m. Fri. Eastern Michigan 6 p.m. Sat. Notre Dame 7 p.m. Sun. Marshall 4 p.m. 22 Tue. @Cal State Fullerton Fullerton, Calif. 6 p.m. 24 Thu. @Loyola Marymount (DH) Los Angeles, Calif. 1 p.m. 26 Sat. @Cal State Riverside Riverside, Calif. Noon APRIL 1 Fri. @Wisconsin Madison, Wis. TBA 2 Sat. @Wisconsin Madison, Wis. Noon 3 Sun. @Minnesota (DH) Minneapolis, Minn. Noon 8 Fri. @Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. 4 p.m. 9 Sat. @Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. 1 p.m. 15 Fri. Iowa Columbus, Ohio 6 p.m. 16 Sat. Iowa Columbus, Ohio Noon 17 Sun. Illinois (DH) Columbus, Ohio Noon 19 Tue. @Wright St. (DH) Fairborn, Ohio 3 p.m. 22 Fri. @Northwestern Evanston, Ill. 3 p.m. 23 Sat. @Northwestern Evanston, Ill. 4 p.m. 24 Sun. @Michigan (DH) Ann Arbor, Mich. 1 p.m. 26 Tue. Western Michigan Columbus, Ohio 6 p.m. 27 Wed. Bowling Green (DH) Columbus, Ohio 5 p.m. 29 Fri. Indiana Columbus, Ohio 6 p.m. 30 Sat. Indiana Columbus, Ohio 1 p.m. MAY 1 Sun. Purdue (DH) Columbus, Ohio Noon 3 Tue. Akron (DH) Columbus, Ohio 5 p.m. 4 Wed. @Pittsburgh (DH) Pittsburgh, Pa. 3 p.m. 7 Sat. Penn St. Columbus, Ohio 6 p.m. 8 Sun. Penn St. Columbus, Ohio 1 p.m. 12-14 Thu.-Sat. Big Ten Tournament Regular season champion will host 19-22 Thu.-Sun. NCAA Regionals Sites will be selected in the spring 27-29 Fri.-Sun. NCAA Super Regionals Sites will be selected in the spring JUNE 1-6 Wed.-Mon. Women’s College World Series Oklahoma City, Okla.

Home games are bolded and held at Buckeye Field Times are subject to change and local to site Games are single contests unless noted (DH)