Bryant announces #Seawolves softball schedule
Jan. 10, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook head softball coach Megan Bryant announced her 2014 schedule on Friday. The defending America East champions will play a challenging regular-season slate against opponents from 13 different conferences, including the ACC, Big East, Conference USA and American Athletic Conference.
"This is a schedule that should prepare us well for the America East," Bryant said. "We will see good pitching and face quality teams in our early tournaments, and that will tell us a lot about our team. Our objective, as always, is to keep improving during the season and to play our best at the most important time of the year."
The Seawolves, which advanced to their second NCAA Tournament last season, will open the season in the Southeast at the Georgia Tech-Kennesaw State Invite on February 21. The tournament features two games each against the Yellow Jackets and Georgia State and a single contest against the Owls.
Bryant's squad will travel south for a second straight week to play in the 49er Classic hosted by Charlotte. Including the tournament opener against the 49ers, Stony Brook also will play Liberty and Georgetown. The Seawolves' game four and game five opponents will be determined based on tournament records.
Stony Brook will travel to California for the Mustang Classic at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. The Seawolves, who will play in California for the first time since 2007, will play three first-time opponents -- Cal Poly, Sacramento State and Santa Clara -- and conclude the tournament against Fairleigh Dickinson.
Stony Brook will play at home for the first time when it hosts the Stony Brook Invitational. The Seawolves will take on Holy Cross and Sacred Heart.
After a non-conference game against LIU-Brooklyn, the Seawolves begin America East play with a three-game series against Albany on March 22. Stony Brook defeated the Great Danes twice on Championship weekend to win its second America East title.
Stony Brook will head to New Rochelle to face Iona in a doubleheader before taking on UMBC in a three-game series on March 29.
The Seawolves begin a four-game homestand on April 3, beginning with Fairfield and ending with a three-game set against Hartford.
For the first time since 2009, Stony Brook will take on Long Island rival Hofstra on April 10. The Seawolves and Pride competed in last year's NCAA Regional at Missouri, but did not play each other.
Stony Brook will travel to new America East opponent UMass-Lowell for a three-game series beginning April 13 followed by a doubleheader against Quinnipiac on April 16.
The Seawolves then open a seven-game homestand, including a three-game set against conference rival Maine. The home portion of the schedule concludes with a doubleheader against Fairleigh Dickinson on April 24.
The regular season will conclude with non-conference doubleheaders against Bryant and Seton Hall followed by a three-game series at Binghamton on May 3.
The America East Championship will be played at the home of the highest seed on May 8-10.