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Razorbacks Announce 2014 Softball Schedule

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks Announce 2014 Softball Schedule
FAYETTEVILLE — Head coach Mike Larabee and the University of Arkansas softball team has released its schedule for the upcoming 2014 season. The Razorbacks’ schedule features 29 home games at Bogle Park and 13 opponents that played in last year’s NCAA Tournament including three that advanced to the Women’s College World Series. Arkansas enters the season off a second-consecutive appearance in an NCAA Regional final. “We’re really excited about the schedule we’ve put together for 2014,” Larabee said. “We played a tough fall schedule and with the non-conference schedule we have this year, we’ll have games that really prepare us for the SEC season. We’ll be tested throughout the season with 13 NCAA teams from a year ago on our schedule.” Arkansas begins its season Feb. 7-9 at the UNLV Sportco Kick-Off Classic in Las Vegas Nev., where it will face a five-team field that includes NCAA participants Baylor and Washington. The Razorbacks’ home opener is set for Feb. 13-16 with the Arkansas Invitational where the field includes the team’s third NCAA opponent in North Carolina State. The Arkansas Invitational is the first of three non-conference home tournaments to go along with the Wooo Pig Fastpitch Classic (Feb. 28-March 2) and Razorback Invitational (March 7-8). The non-conference slate will also include the FGCU Tournament (Feb. 21-23) in Fort Myers, Fla., a home game against defending national champion Oklahoma (March 5), a home-and-home series with Tulsa, a trip to Sherwood, Ark., to play Memphis (March 19), a doubleheader at Jackson State (March 25) and a home date with Missouri State (April 1). Arkansas hosts national runner-up Tennessee March 14-16 during the first weekend of Southeastern Conference play. Other home conference series include matchups with Texas A&M (March 28-30), South Carolina (April 11-13) and Florida (May 2-4). All SEC home series will be played at 6 p.m. (CT) for game one and 1 p.m. for games two and three. All four of the Razorbacks’ home conference opponents were NCAA teams in 2013. The remainder of the Razorbacks’ conference slate includes road series at Alabama, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. At the end of the regular season, the top-10 teams in the league will travel to Columbia, S.C., for the 2014 SEC Tournament. The conference tournament will take place May 7-10 at the Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field. The postseason continues the following weekend with the beginning of the NCAA Tournament at various campus sites for the Regional (May 16-18) and Super Regional (May 23-25) rounds. As the ultimate goal, the 2014 softball season will conclude May 29-June 4 with the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla. For more information on Arkansas softball, follow @RazorbackSB on Twitter.


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