Softball Announces 2013 Schedule

Harvard will be looking for its third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2013 (Photo: Washington Athletics).

The defending Ivy League champion Harvard softball team released its 2013 schedule Wednesday. The Crimson will participate in four early-season tournaments and will host 17 home contests during the 2013 campaign.

Harvard kicks off its season in normal fashion, heading down to Florida to participate in the Florida Atlantic Classic March 1-3. The Crimson will face off against Jacksonville, Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Michigan State and host Florida Atlantic in the three-day tourney. The following weekend will be spent in Rock Hill, S.C., at the Winthrop Adidas Invitational where Harvard will take on Delaware State, North Carolina A&T, Western Illinois and Winthrop March 9-10.

The Crimson’s third trip of the season features an appearance at the San Diego Classic II March 15-17. Harvard starts the tournament off against Colorado State and San Jose State, and goes onto play Long Beach State, Miami (Ohio) and San Diego. A doubleheader against Loyola Marymount wraps up the California swing, and an appearance at the Syracuse Indoor Tournament March 23-24 completes the team’s spring break.

Soldiers Field will see its first action of the season when Harvard hosts Rhode Island in its home opener March 26. Ivy League play begins against Penn and Columbia the following weekend before Providence comes to Cambridge April 2. The doubleheader against the Friars begins a stretch of 13 straight home games, featuring twinbills against Princeton (April 5) and Cornell (April 6) and a four-game series against Yale April 13-14. A twinbill against Quinnipiac rounds out the lengthy homestand.

Harvard hits the road April 20 for a pair of Ivy North doubleheaders against Brown before facing of against local rival Boston College April 25 in its final non-conference action of the season. The Crimson closes its regular season with a home-and-home series against division rival Dartmouth April 27-28.

The Ivy League Championship Series will be held May 4-5 at the site of the highest seeded team in the league. Harvard has hosted, and won, the past two league championship series.