Softball Prepares for Rigorous Spring Slate

The Harvard softball team will play games across nine different states in 2010 (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard announced softball's 51-game 2011 schedule Wednesday, which includes trips to Florida and California in March, 20 Ivy League games and non-conference showdowns against some of New England's best programs.

The season begins with a trip to Boca Raton, Fla., where the Crimson will take part in the Florida Atlantic Tournament against teams like the Big Ten's Michigan State and the Big East's Seton Hall. March continues with an 11-day excursion out west to California for two different tournaments at UC Riverside and San Diego State. Harvard will take on more Big Ten programs in Wisconsin and Ohio State, as well as 2010 NCAA championship tournament participant San Diego State.

The Crimson will return to the East Coast for a non-conference slate that includes two more NCAA tournament teams from last year in Iona and Boston University, along with games against familiar local foes, Holy Cross and Boston College.

April 1 will mark the opening of Ivy League play for Harvard, kicking things off in New York City at Columbia, as the Crimson tries to make a return trip to the Ivy League Championship series, scheduled for May 7-8. A rematch of last season's Ivy League Championship series against Cornell is scheduled as a doubleheader April 8 in Cambridge. Harvard hosts rival Yale in a four-game series at Soldiers Field April 23-24, and closes out the regular season at home May 1 with a doubleheader against Dartmouth.

The NCAA Regionals are scheduled for May 19-21. The NCAA Super Regionals will be held May 27-28, and the NCAA Women's College World Series will be June 2-7.