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Cal's 2014 campaign includes 13 teams from the 2013 NCAA Softball Tournament field
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California Unveils Challenging 2014 Slate
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  10/16/2013

NOTE: Dates and times are subject to change.

Click here to view Cal’s complete 2014 schedule.

BERKELEY -- Games against 13 teams from the 2013 NCAA Softball Tournament field and several key Pac-12 matchups at home in Berkeley, including series against Women’s College World Series participants Washington and Arizona State, highlight Cal’s competitive 2014 campaign. This season’s slate also includes six tournament stops and 15 games in Golden Bear territory on Levine-Fricke Field, California head coach Diane Ninemire and the Pac-12 announced Wednesday.

Under the direction of 27th-year head coach Ninemire, along with assistants John Reeves and Tammy Lohmann, Cal will embark on a tough preseason schedule before opening conference play in mid-March as the Bears look to earn their 29th consecutive postseason bid and return to the WCWS for the third time in four years.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Blue and Gold will swing into action in Tempe, Ariz. at the Arizona State Kajikawa Classic from Feb. 7-9. The team will meet Penn State, Cal State Northridge, Colorado State and Indiana before heading to the Campbell/Cartier Classic in San Diego (Feb. 14-16), where Cal will face South Dakota, San Diego State, Texas State, Cal State Fullerton and St. Mary’s.

Cal will make its annual trip to the ultra-competitive Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs from Feb. 21-23, where the Bears are slated to play three 2013 NCAA Tournament teams in Baylor, Texas A&M and Notre Dame, plus Oklahoma State.

Next up, the Bears head to Riverside for the Mizuno Invitational (Feb. 28--March 2), featuring two games against Loyola Chicago as well as games vs. Sacred Heart and UC Riverside. It’s a quick trip back to the Bay before the Bears jet off to Honolulu for the Hawaii Spring Fling (March 5-8). The tourney in the tropics includes Hawai’i, University of the Pacific and James Madison.

Cal’s return to the Golden State marks the first home contest of the season – a nonconference matchup against Ohio State on Wednesday, March 12 in serene Strawberry Canyon.

The Bears hit the road two days later for the first Pac-12 series of the season with one game on March 14 and a doubleheader on March 15 against Stanford in Palo Alto. The team will stay close by for its final tourney of the season, a March 21-23 visit to Santa Clara for the Santa Clara Invitational, featuring host school Santa Clara, Grand Canyon and Princeton.

On Wednesday, March 26, the Sacramento State Hornets travel to Berkeley for another nonconference tilt before the Bears continue Pac-12 play in the Beaver State for a March 28-30 series against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore.

April begins with a premiere conference series at home as California hosts 2013 WCWS participant Arizona State (April 4-6), followed by a midweek clash with St. Mary’s (April 9). A four-game homestand at Levine-Fricke Field begins April 11-13 with the Arizona series, and continues with the last nonconference game of the season – Santa Clara on Tuesday, April 15.

The Bears head back to Oregon from April 17-19 to face reigning Pac-12 Champion Oregon in Eugene before entertaining UCLA in Berkeley April 25-27 in an always exciting rivalry series.

The team will hit the road one more time to play Utah (March 2-4) before closing out the regular season at home in what promises to be another exciting series against a 2013 WCWS team with Washington on May 8-10.

The 2014 64-team NCAA Softball Tournament field will be announced Sunday, May 11, with Regional games set to begin May 15. Each team who advances from one of the 16 campus sites will begin Super Regional play on May 22, with the top eight teams invited to Oklahoma City to play for the 33rd annual NCAA Division I Softball Championship.

In 2013, Ninemire led the Bears to their 29th postseason appearance in program history with a 38-19 overall record. The Bears fell to eventual WCWS participant Michigan in the double-elimination Ann Arbor Regional. Senior Jolene Henderson finished her Cal career as the winningest pitcher in Golden Bear softball history and was awarded second team National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America status, while fellow captain Lindsey Ziegenhirt became the program’s first Capital One Academic All-American since 2006. The Bears also placed seven on All-Pac-12 teams and five on the NFCA All-Pacific squad.

Click here to view Cal’s complete 2014 schedule.

The broadcast schedule for the 2014 season will be released at a later date. Stay posted to www.CalBears.com as the season approaches for updated tournament and television information, and follow the Bears on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram (@CalSoftball) for the inside scoop on all things Cal softball.


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