Charlotte, N.C.- The Charlotte 49ers softball team announces 2014 schedule. The 49ers schedule will features 31 home games including three home tournaments to start the season.
Charlotte heads to Big South opponent Gardner-Webb to start the season on February 8 for a double-header starting at 1 pm. The Niners host South Carolina on February 12 at 3 pm for its home opener.
Charlotte hosts the First Pitch Classic featuring Seton Hall, Cleveland State and Drexel at D.L. Phillips Softball Complex, February 14-16. The 49ers face familiar foe St. Bonaventure on Feb. 21 at 3 pm before hosting the Green & White tournament the 22nd and 23rd. St. Bonaventure, Robert Morris and Charlotte will play each other twice in the tournament.
The 49ers head up the road to face Elon, Feb. 26 at 4 pm before hosting the final tournament of the early season. The 49er Invite will welcome Stony Brook, Liberty and Georgetown on Feb. 28-March 2.
The 49ers will make its way to Miami, Fla. to take on FIU in the Conference USA opener, March 8-9. Charlotte will return home for a four game home stand as they take on Conference USA foe East Carolina, March 15-16 in a three game series and steps out of conference play to face USC Upstate, March 19 in a single game.
Charlotte heads west to Oklahoma in a three game series to face the Golden Hurricane of Tulsa, March 22-23. Radford, Va. will be the next stop for the Niners as they face the Highlanders in a double-header contest on the 26th.
Charlotte continues its conference schedule hosting Middle Tennessee, March 29-30 before hosting ACC power North Carolina under the lights on April 2 at 6 pm. Charlotte heads back out west to take on UTSA in a Conference USA series, April 5-6. Charlotte will face Furman on the road in Greenville, S.C. April 9 for a double-header match-up.
The Niners will host conference foe FAU (12-13) and non-conference opponent UNCG (16) before finishing its conference road trip to 2013 NCAA Tournament selection UAB April 18-19. Charlotte will return home to finish five of the final seven games at home. The 49ers host Marshall and NC State in the final game of the season, while on the road at Winthrop.
The 2014 Conference USA Tournament is held in Boca Raton, Fla. May 7-10.