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Softball announces 2013 schedule
Bearcats open play Feb. 15 at FIU’s Felsberg Memorial Tournament
November 16, 2012
VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton softball team has released its 2013 schedule, which begins the weekend of Feb. 15-17 at the Florida International/ Felsburg Memorial Tournament. The 52-game regular-season schedule includes four other tournaments as well as eight home dates at the Bearcats’ new softball facility.
“I’m really excited about this year’s schedule and believe it is the best schedule we have had so far,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “We play some great competition throughout the season and I know everyone is looking forward to February.”
Other in-season tournaments for Binghamton include trips to Arizona State (March 1-3), Maryland (March 9-10), James Madison (March 15-17) and Radford (March 23-24). Among the other opponents the Bearcats will face in those events are UConn (Feb. 15), Morehead State (Feb. 15), East Carolina (March 1), North Carolina (March 3), Detroit (March 16 and 17) and Kent State (March 23-24).
Binghamton is scheduled to play its first-ever regular season games at its new softball facility on March 28 in a doubleheader against Niagara. In addition, the Bearcats will host Boston University (March 30-31), Maine (April 13-14) and Albany (May 4-5) in three-game America East Conference weekend series. Furthermore, Syracuse will visit Binghamton for an April 4 doubleheader.
On the road, weekend conference series come against UMBC (April 6-7), Hartford (April 20-21) and Stony Brook (April 27-28). Binghamton also heads to George Washington (March 26), St. Bonaventure (April 10), Colgate (April 23) and Cornell (May 1) for non-conference doubleheaders.
This year’s America East Tournament is scheduled for May 9-11 at the site of the No. 1 seed.
Binghamton returns 12 letterwinners from last year’s squad, including five starting position players and three pitchers. Senior outfielder Jessica Phillips was a second-team all-conference selection while sophomore shortstop Caytlin Friis was named to the all-rookie team. Seven newcomers also join the squad this season.
Since Burrell became the head coach in 2010, the Bearcats have averaged 23 wins per season. Last year, Binghamton went 14-3 at home. In 2011, Binghamton placed third in the America East during the regular season as well as in the conference tournament.