ROCHESTER, Mich. - The Oakland softball team announced its 2018 schedule highlighted with an early season tournament at Clearwater, Fla. followed by doubleheaders at Florida Gulf Coast and Florida.
"We are looking forward to a challenging start to our season," said head coach Lauren Cognigni. "This competition will help us prepare for our conference games."
The Golden Grizzlies open the season against Florida Atlantic and Marshall at the MS National Pediatric Cancer Foundation Invite (Feb. 16) and have non-conference doubleheaders against instate rivals Central Michigan (April 17) and Eastern Michigan (May 2) in addition to Toledo (March 27).
Oakland begins Horizon League play with a series at UIC (March 30-31) followed by a twelve-game homestand beginning with arch-rival Detroit Mercy (April 3-4), Youngstown State (April 6-7), Wright State (April 13-14), and IUPUI (April 20-21) at the Oakland Softball Field.
The Golden Grizzlies will hit the road to play Cleveland State (April 24-25) and then finish the regular season in Green Bay (May 4-5).