Softball Announces 2013 Schedule
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
The 2013 season will see Canisius take part in four different non-conference tournaments, starting at Cleveland State Feb. 16-17. The Blue and Gold will also travel to take part in the North Carolina A&T Invitational (Feb. 22-24), the Hampton Invitational (March 8-9) and the George Mason Cherry Blossom Classic (March 15-17). The team's first game of the season in New York state is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, when the Griffs travel to cross-town rival Buffalo for a single game at Nan Harvey Field, and then the team will get back on the road March 30-April 6 for twinbills at Mount St. Mary's, the College of Charleston, Charleston Southern and Rider.
The two games at Rider April 6 will open the MAAC portion of this year's slate. The April 8 home opener will start the Griffs' only homestand of the season, as the Blue and Gold will play a total of 15 home contests in a 17-day span, which features home doubleheaders against league rivals Marist (April 13), Niagara (April 18), Manhattan (April 20) and Saint Peter's (April 21). Canisius will also host non-league games against Detroit (April 10), Robert Morris (April 16) and a single-game against Buffalo (April 24) during the homestand.
Canisius will close out the regular season with four-straight doubleheaders on the road, as Canisius will travel to league rivals Iona (April 27), Fairfield (April 29) and Siena (May 4), with a trip to Colgate (May 1) on the schedule as well. The 2013 MAAC Softball Championship is set for May 9-11, at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
The Griffs return 12 letterwinners and seven regular starters from last year's roster that went 20-30 overall and 11-5 in MAAC play. Canisius ended its season at the 2012 MAAC Softball Championships, as the Griffs qualified for the league's championship tournament for the 21st time in the last 23 seasons.