Dec. 19, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Head Coach Laura Watten announced today the 2010 Maryland Softball schedule, featuring nine of last year's 64 NCAA Tournament teams. The slate includes fifteen home dates, takes the Terrapins on eight road trips and includes a March Round Robin tournament in College Park.
"We have a great schedule set for the spring of 2010. Coming off a very successful fall mini-season, we are all very excited to get back on the field in our competitive season. Aside from the ACC being one of the premier softball conferences in the country, we will also be challenged in our non-conference schedule by some of the strongest Division I softball programs. Our schedule will give us the exposure, competition and experience necessary to reach our goal of being one of the top programs in the ACC," Watten said.
Maryland will open the season Feb. 19 against Kentucky, a 2009 NCAA Tournament team, in Florida Atlantic's Tournament in Boca Raton, Fla. Over the weekend, the Terps also play games against Florida Atlantic, Pittsburgh and Ole Miss.
The Terrapins will stay south for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga. the following weekend. In the tournament, they will play games against Houston, Iowa, Mississippi State, Central Florida and Michigan, who finished last year ranked #5 in the nation.
The Terps will stay home the first weekend in March by hosting the Maryland Round Robin Tournament. Princeton, Mount St. Mary's and Towson will all head into town to take part in the tournament.
Maryland will begin its mid-week game schedule on March 10 against cross-town opponent, Howard. The Terrapins will play other non-conference midweek games against James Madison, Hofstra, George Washington, Towson and Delaware State.
The team will head south on its third road trip of the year for the Florida Rebel Games is Osceola, Fla. The will play a doubleheader on March 17 against Akron and Columbia. Game times will be announced closer to the date. Maryland will stay south for the weekend to take part in the University of South Florida Tournament in Tampa. They will see Oklahoma State, Florida A&M, North Florida, Florida Atlantic and Texas Tech.
The weekend of March 27-28, the Terps will head to Atlanta for their first ACC road series against ACC Champion Georgia Tech. They will also make trips to North Carolina, North Carolina State and Boston College.
The Terrapins will host their first of three home ACC weekend series against Virginia on April 13. They will also host Florida State and Virginia Tech in ACC weekend series.
The Terrapins will look to build on 2009's 29-26 campaign. They welcome eight newcomers to the team and return 12 players from last year's fourth-place ACC team.