ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan softball team and head coach Carol Hutchins announced the reigning Big Ten champion's 2015 schedule on Tuesday (Aug. 19), featuring 55 contests, including 17 at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field.
The Wolverines will open the season with five non-conference tournaments beginning with an appearance at the USF Wilson-DeMarini Tournament Feb. 7-8 in Tampa, Fla. This marks the third straight season that U-M will make its season debut at the tournament hosted by the South Florida Bulls. Opponents for that tournament, and for the additional four non-conference tournaments, will be announced at a later date.
Michigan will return to the site of its 2014 NCAA Super Regional battle with Florida State when it plays its second regular season weekend in Tallahassee, Fla (Feb. 13-15). U-M is slated to play five games at the Florida State Invitational. The Wolverines walloped the Seminoles 17-3 to open NCAA Super Regional play (May 22), but fell in a doubleheader the following day (May 23) ending the season.
The Maize and Blue will also head west to the site of its dramatic 2014 NCAA Regional triumph when it plays at the Arizona State Invitational (Feb. 27-March 1). The Sun Devils host the tournament, and Michigan is scheduled to play five times in Tempe. Trailing 4-3 on May 18 in the deciding game of the Regional, U-M hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the seventh to take a 5-4 lead over Arizona State. Then in the bottom of the seventh, Lyndsay Doyle made a game-saving catch over the centerfield wall to end the game and secure Michigan's 16th Regional title.
Hutchins will also take the Wolverines to play five games at the Alabama Invitational, home of the 2014 national runner-up Crimson Tide (Feb. 20-22), and to the Judi Garman Classic (March 5-7), a tournament that some of the of the top teams in the nation play in annually in Fullerton, Calif.
Michigan will host Kent State for a home opening doubleheader on March 14 at the Wilpon Complex, home of Alumni Field. Big Ten Conference play opens up at Alumni Field on March 27 when Iowa pays a visit to Ann Arbor.
Along with Iowa, U-M will host Big Ten foes Indiana (April 17-19), Michigan State (April 21) and Penn State (May 1-3).
The Wolverines will make two trips to Columbus, Ohio. The Big Ten season opens for U-M with a regular season series against the Buckeyes (March 20-22), and then Michigan will return to Columbus for the Big Ten Tournament (May 7-9).
The Wolverines will get their first looks at new Big Ten Conference members Rutgers and Maryland on the road on April 10-12 and April 24-26, respectively.
Hutchins returns for her 31st seasons guiding the Wolverines, seeking their eighth straight Big Ten title and 18th overall. All-American and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year Sierra Romero enters her junior year in 2015, joined by fellow All-American Haylie Wagner and All-Big Ten performers Lauren Sweet, Megan Betsa and All-Defensive Team second baseman Abby Ramirez.
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Contact: Michael Kasiborski