NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge softball team will play a total of 59 games, including 28 at Matador Diamond, in the upcoming 2014 season, head coach Tairia Flowers announced. The Matadors will take on a challenging slate of non-conference opponents in numerous preseason tournaments before beginning the quest for the Big West Conference title.
Flowers, who recently welcomed daughter Tristyn Aulani Flowers into the world, has lined-up a home-laden slate of games for the Matadors in 2014. In addition to hosting conference series with UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton, Northridge will play a total of 16 non-conference home contests at Matador Diamond.
"We have a great facility that continues to improve through the work of our administration. We wanted to host as many games as possible to showcase not only student-athletes but the continued developments at Matador Diamond," Flowers said.
The 2014 season begins with non-conference tournaments in Tempe, Ariz., Las Vegas and Cathedral City, Calif. In those first 15 games, CSUN will face such softball powers as Florida, Oregon and Texas A&M.
The month of March kicks off a series of home contests at Matador Diamond. Northridge hosts Rutgers and Portland State on March 1-2 in a series of contests and the next weekend brings Grand Canyon, Georgetown, Oregon State and Charleston Southern to campus.
Utah State also comes to Mataador Diamond for a doubleheader and the Matadors conclude the non-conference home portion of their schedule with games against Harvard, CSU Bakersfield and Pacific.
Among other non-conference dates are doubleheaders at LMU and CSU Bakersfield and a single game at UCLA. Last year, CSUN recorded its first win over the Bruins since 1998 on a walk-off, two-run home run at Matador Diamond. The Matadors will also make their way to San Diego for games against San Diego and San Diego State.
"We are excited for the season to start. We have a lot of young players looking to make their mark in college softball and returning players who want to take this program to new heights," Flowers said.
In Big West play, CSUN hosts four of the seven league series and travels for contests at Hawai'i, Cal Poly and UC Riverside.