Nov. 29, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The University of Maryland Softball team officially announced their 2008 schedule Thursday, and Coach Laura Watten and the Terrapins will look to overcome a tough slate of games and improve upon last year's 33-26 record.
The Terps play 19 games against teams that made the NCAA tournament last season, and will host the ACC tournament in College Park. It is the second time in three years that the ACC tournament has been played at Robert E. Taylor Stadium.
Maryland opens the season just as they did a year ago - taking on softball powerhouse Michigan at the Florida Atlantic University Tournament. The Terps played the Wolverines tight in two games in Florida last season, losing 6-1 and 2-1 to Michigan, who finished the year 43-11.
Maryland will also face Massachusetts, an NCAA regional host last season, and North Florida and Florida Atlantic in that tournament, which is scheduled for February 8-16.
The Terps will hit the road for two more February tournaments. The team first heads to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for the Coastal Carolina Tournament, and then to Orlando Fla. for the University of Central Florida Tournament.
Sandwiched in between those weekend tournament trips, Maryland returns to College Park for its home opener, a double-header with UMBC on February 21.
Following the Orlando trip, Maryland will host a pair of tournaments, the Maryland Invitational and the Maryland Spring Break Classic, both of which will be played at Robert E. Taylor Stadium.
The Terps then open up their ACC schedule with a trip to Chapel Hill, N.C. to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. Maryland downed Carolina in a thrilling extra-inning contest last season on national television when former Terrapin star Amber Jackson hit a walk-off home run.
Other ACC road dates include trips to North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, and Boston College. Maryland will host Florida State and Virginia, as well as defending league champion Virginia Tech, who is led by two-time ACC Pitcher of the Year Angela Tincher.
In non-conference action this season, Maryland will travel to Penn State, and host James Madison, Pittsburgh, Delaware State, Georgetown, George Washington, and Towson.
At the conclusion of the regular season, Maryland is set to host the ACC Tournament (May 8-11). The Terps finished 1-2 in the tournament at Florida State last season, with an upset win over NC State.