RALEIGH, N.C. - Meredith College Head Softball Coach Kim Scavone announced the 2014 slate Tuesday. The challenging spring schedule includes three NCAA Division III teams who completed the 2013 season in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association top-25 coaches poll in May.
The Avenging Angels open the season as co-host of the Triangle Classic with William Peace University. Weather permitting, each school will host eight games during the two-day event. Meredith opens the season with Roanoke, who earned an at-large invitation to the 2013 NCAA tournament, and the St. Andrews Knights on Saturday, February 22, with Neumann and Salem Sunday.
The team caps off this non-conference portion of the schedule with the Marlins of Virginia Wesleyan. VWC ranked #11 nationally at the end of last season with an overall record of 41-8 and returns All-America outfielder Tori Higginbotham this year.
March 1 marks the beginning of the USA South schedule as the Avenging Angels make the long trek to LaGrange, Georgia, and Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, to launch the conference season.
Christopher Newport returns to Raleigh as a non-conference opponent March 5. Meredith defeated the Captains, ranked #6 at the time, in game-one of last year's rainy doubleheader. The nightcap was postponed in a 2-2 tie during the top of the second inning and then later cancelled.
The second of two new USA South members, Covenant College, travels to Raleigh in March, and Meredith follows with a doubleheader versus the Maryville Scots the same weekend.
Scavone and her team will travel to Orlando, Florida, during the college's spring recess with plans to play six contests during the excursion.
After the Disney World adventure, the Avenging Angels return to Raleigh as host to the Averett Cougars before traveling across town to challenge conference foe William Peace.
The tough Piedmont Lions return to the Meredith field March 22. PC advanced to the 2013 NCAA tournament with an at-large bid and completed the season tied for #15 in the national poll.
Three of the last five regular season conference doubleheaders will be played on the road with Methodist and Mary Baldwin capping off the USA South season at home.
The Avenging Angels close out the regular season with a non-conference pairing versus Greensboro's Guilford College. The Quakers completed the 2013 slate at .500 overall, including two wins over Meredith.
The 2014 USA South Spring Championships will once again be held in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Opening day is scheduled for April 11 at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex.