JMU softball announces 2019 schedule

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison softball announced its complete 2019 schedule, which includes five tournaments, 11 total contests against the 2018 NCAA Tournament field and seven Colonial Athletic Association series.

“Our staff is really looking forward to the 2019 schedule,” said Head Coach Loren LaPorte. “We are excited to travel to some great tournaments and have the opportunity to play some of the best teams in the country. We will be tested early in our non-conference games in hopes to prepare us for tough CAA play.”

JMU will face off against California, Oregon, Florida Atlantic, Tennessee and Kentucky to open the season at the inaugural St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational. Four of the five opponents took part in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

The following week will see the Dukes in Greenville, N.C. for the Pirate Invitational. JMU will see two bouts apiece against Seton Hall and Boston College as well as one game versus host ECU.

Facing back-to-back tournaments in Arizona, the Dukes will first take part in the Wildcat Invitational from March 2-3. They will play against Drake, Kent State, Minnesota and host Arizona. Beginning March 7, JMU will head to Phoenix, Az., playing Michigan, Arizona State, South Dakota, New Mexico State and Lehigh in the ASU Invitational.

Opening its home slate March 15-17, JMU will host Rutgers, Binghamton, St. Joseph’s and Morgan State for the annual JMU Invitational to close out tournament season.

JMU will open CAA action hosting Elon (March 23-24) and will welcome UNCW (April 13-14), College of Charleston (April 20-21), and Drexel (April 27-28) for home stands. The Dukes will face conference foes Towson (March 30-31), Hofstra (April 6-7) and Delaware (May 3-4) on the road.

The Dukes will also tack on Wednesday road doubleheaders against Longwood (March 20) and Virginia Tech (April 10) as well as holding Wednesday games in the ‘Burg against Liberty (April 3) and Duke (April 17). JMU will also host in-state opponent Virginia on April 23.

For the sixth straight season, JMU will host the CAA Championship, which is scheduled May 8-10. NCAA Regionals will be held May 17-19 while the Super Regionals are set for May 23-26. The 2019 Women’s College World Series will be held at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Ok. on May 30-June 5.