Posted: Dec 01, 2016
Baltimore, Md.— First-year Softball head coach Heather Gelbard announced the schedule for 2017 on Thursday afternoon.
The Retrievers will open the year with a four-game set in Nashville (Tenn.) at the Belmont Winter Fest Tournament. UMBC will play host Belmont on Friday, Feb. 10 before taking on UMKC and defending America East champion Maine (in a non-conference game) on Saturday.
The Retrievers wrap up the weekend with a rematch with the host Bruins on Sunday.
The next two weekends will be spent in the state of North Carolina, at the North Carolina A&T Aggie Invitational (Feb.17-Feb.19), followed by a tournament at UNC Wilmington (Feb. 24-26). The Dawgs will face Howard on the 17th, Appalachian State and Valparaiso the next day. They will close the tournament on Sunday with another match-up with Appalachian State followed by a meeting with the host Aggies.
UMBC will open up the UNCW tournament by facing Appalachian State for the third time in a week, followed by two games with the host Seahawks, split between Friday and Saturday. The Retrievers will then face the Mean Green of North Texas on Saturday afternoon and end the weekend with a game on Sunday-- the opponent still to be determined.
The month of March will be spent mostly at home for the Retrievers, as 17 of their 19 games will be played at UMBC Softball Stadium.
The competition starts on March 3-5 with the UMBC First Pitch Classic. The Retrievers will play noon doubleheaders against Morgan State (Friday) and Marist (Saturday) before ending the tournament with a Sunday solo game against Lafayette at 2:30 p.m.
UMBC hits the road for the only time in the month on Wednesday, March 8 with a short trip to D.C. to face Howard for a rare night doubleheader (5 and 7 p.m.) at the Washington Nationals Youth Academy.
The Retrievers will then host tournaments featuring UMES (March 11), Rider (March 12), Howard and Lafayette (March 17), Mount St. Mary's (March 18), La Salle (March 19), and Siena (March 25-26).
America East play begins in April as UMBC hosts defending America East regular season champion Binghamton on April 1 and 2. After hosting a mid-week single game with Morgan State (April 5), the Retrievers will travel to Long Island to face Stony Brook.
The Seawolves eliminated UMBC from the 2016 America East Tournament.
A mid-week home doubleheader with Maryland Eastern Shore on Wednesday, April 12 ends non-conference play as UMBC will travel to Albany two days later for a weekend series. The Black and Gold will then have the week off before hosting Maine on April 22-23.
UMBC will then hit the road for the weekend to take on UMass Lowell April 29-30, and then close out the regular season at home against Hartford on May 5-6.
For the second consecutive year, all teams will make the double-elimination America East Tournament, to be hosted by the number one overall seed.