Dec. 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team released its 2014 schedule today, highlighted by 13 games at Buckeye Field and a non-conference slate that includes contests against teams from five of the nation’s power conferences, including the Pac-12, Big East, Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Conference USA.
“We are very excited to announce our 2014 campaign,” said second-year head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “The preseason will bring challenges with many teams around the country, with our two best RPI tournaments being at UNLV and the Disney Citrus Classic. We will play, at a minimum, 12 games against NCAA Tournament qualifier last year as well as seven games against teams that were in the Women’s College World Series. Our goal this year is to play the entire five months at a high level, making progress as the year goes on so we will be ready and well-tested for the postseason.”
Ohio State opens the 2014 tournament schedule with five games at Florida Atlantic, Feb. 7-9. The Buckeyes face Tulsa, an at-large selection to last year’s NCAA Tournament from Conference USA, on Feb. 7 followed by a match-up against St. John’s later in the day. On Feb. 8, Ohio State meets Northern Illinois in the morning before a contest against Louisville in the afternoon. The Buckeyes close out the tournament by facing the host school, FAU, on Feb. 9.
Ohio State is back in action the following weekend at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 14-16. The Buckeyes square off with Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State on Feb. 14, Oregon and 2013 College World Series participant Florida on Feb. 15 and Chattanooga on Feb. 16. Florida and Oregon finished fifth and ninth, respectively, in the final ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll last year.
The Scarlet and Gray return to the state of Florida Feb. 28-March 2 at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic in Kissimmee, Fla. Ohio State’s opponents are yet to be announced.
The following weekend, Ohio State makes a trip to Louisville, Ky., to participate in the Red and Black Classic. The Buckeyes face Massachusetts and Ohio on March 7, Illinois State and Massachusetts on March 8 and Louisville on March 9.
The Buckeyes will make their annual west coast trip for Spring Break March 12-16. Ohio State added a series with 2013 NCAA Tournament participate California on March 12 in Berkley, followed by five games at the Fresno State Classic March 14-16. The Buckeyes square off with Cal Poly and Fresno State on March 14, Pacific and St. Mary’s on March 15 and Colorado State on March 16.
The team’s home slate opens March 21-23 against Michigan State at Buckeye Field. Following their first three home games, Ohio State hits the road for eight-straight contests, traveling to Pittsburgh for a mid-week doubleheader on March 25, Indiana March 28-30 and 2013 College World Series participant Michigan April 4-6.
After hosting in-state foe Ohio in a doubleheader on April 9, Ohio State welcomes Purdue in for its second home conference series April 11-13 before traveling to Wright State for a single game on April 15. Following that contest, the Buckeyes head to Lincoln, Neb., for a three-game series with Nebraska April 18-20.
The Buckeyes close their home schedule with five-consecutive games at Buckeye Field from April 23 through April 27. Penn State comes to Columbus for a doubleheader on April 23 followed by a three-game set April 25-27 against Northwestern. Ohio State finishes the regular season at Iowa May 2-4.
The Big Ten Tournament will take place May 8-11 at Northwestern’s Drysdale Field.
The Buckeyes return 16 letterwinners and eight starters from a team that went 34-22 last season.