The Canisius College softball team will open the 35th season in program history indoors Feb. 8-9, when the Golden Griffins travel to Cleveland, Ohio to take part in the second-annual Cleveland State Viking Indoor Tournament. In all, Canisius is scheduled to play 55 games, highlighted by with a Spring Break trip to the state of California March 14-22.
The Griffs will play Bucknell and Robert Morris on the first day of the regular season Feb. 8 in Cleveland, which marks the earliest start date in program history. The Blue and Gold will also play Bowling Green and host Cleveland State on the first weekend of the year.
Canisius will have a week off before returning to action Feb. 21-23, at the Western Kentucky Invitational in Bowling Green, Ky. The Griffs will start the month of March in Baltimore, Md., playing in the four-team Towson Invitational March 7-9, and then the team will head west to California for a total of 11 games over the span of eight days. Canisius will play Cal State Fullerton and Texas Tech March 14, on the first day of the Titan Classic in Fullerton, Calif., before meeting DePaul and UNLV March 15. The Griffs will play a single, non-league game March 17 at Cal State Fullerton and then travel to Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles March 20-22, where the Blue and Gold will play six non-conference games against the host Loyola Marymount, Bethune Cookman, Dartmouth and UC Riverside.
Canisius will open the MAAC portion of its 2014 slate Saturday, March 29 at Niagara and then the team will play host to cross-town rival Buffalo April 1, for the 2014 home opener. Canisius is scheduled to host 18 homes dates in 2014, which includes non-league twinbills against Robert Morris (April 16), Syracuse (April 24) and Colgate (April 30). Canisius will host MAAC opponents Fairfield, Iona, Siena, Rider and Monmouth before closing the regular season on the road at Marist (Mat 3) and Quinnipiac (May 4). The 2014 MAAC Softball Championship is set for May 8-11 in Fairfield, Conn.The Griffs will return 12 letterwinners, eight position players and two pitchers from last year’s team that went 22-25 overall and 6-10 in MAAC play.