HANOVER, N.H. – Shannon Doepking, head coach of the Dartmouth softball team, has announced the 38-game schedule for 2018.
To start the season, the Big Green will participate in the FAU Strike Out Cancer Tournament in Florida, taking on Tulsa, University of Illinois-Chicago, Texas State and host Florida Atlantic University, February 23-25. The next weekend Dartmouth will head to the University of Arkansas for the Razorback Invitational. In Fayetteville, the Big Green will face Northern Colorado, Arkansas and Central Connecticut State.
Dartmouth will continue its time in the South, traveling to Houston, Texas to take part in the 2018 Houston Tournament. A three-game series against Houston on March 16-18 will get things underway in the Lone Star State, before the Big Green play a doubleheader against Lamar on March 20 and take on Houston Baptist on the following day to conclude the nonconference schedule.
Starting this spring, the Ivy League will no longer use the division format, with every team playing a three-game series (doubleheader Saturday, single game Sunday) against each other for a total of 21 games. The two teams with the best records will then advance to the Ivy League Championship Series (ILCS), which will be hosted by the conference’s top team. The 2017 season ended with Princeton sweeping Harvard in the championship series to win its 19th Ivy League title.
After returning to the East Coast, the first Ivy League game for Dartmouth is a doubleheader against Penn slated for March 24 with the third game of the series on Sunday, March 25. The Big Green will continue conference play, hosting Columbia with a three-game series the following weekend.
Rolling into April, Ivy play continues with a three-game series at defending champs Princeton, including a Saturday doubleheader April 7 and a game on the 8th at 12:30 p.m. In one last nonconference game, Dartmouth will host Holy Cross April 10 at 3 p.m.
Cornell will travel to the Granite State for a three-game series, that gets underway on April 14 with a doubleheader and a series finale on April 15 at 12:30 p.m. The weekend of April 21 and 22, the Big Green will travel to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to take on Harvard, who won the north division in 2017 and faced the Tigers in the conference championship, in a three-game series.
Dartmouth will play its final conference series at home, hosting Yale the last weekend of April, and ending the regular season the first weekend of May against Brown in Hanover.