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NSU softball to play nearly half at home during 2016 schedule

NSU will play 40 games this year, including five home non-conference doubleheaders. Photo from NSUSpartans.com.

NSU will play 40 games this year, including five home non-conference doubleheaders. Photo from NSUSpartans.com.

NORFOLK, Va. – A total of 19 home games dot the 2016 schedule for the Norfolk State softball team, which released its entire slate for the upcoming season on Thursday, Jan. 14. Altogether, NSU will play 40 games this year, including five home non-conference doubleheaders.

The Spartans will not host a tournament this year but will play at a pair of them at Delaware and Liberty. They will also hit the road twice for non-conference doubleheaders in addition to the six MEAC Northern Division three-game series, three at home and three on the road.

It starts on Feb. 27 when NSU welcomes George Washington for a doubleheader at 1 p.m. at the NSU Softball Field. The Spartans play three games at Delaware March 4-5 at the Blue Hen Blast Tournament and five contests at Liberty from March 10-12 in the Liberty Softball Classic.

In between, the Spartans will host Radford for a pair of games on March 9 at 1 p.m. Then the following week after the Liberty tournament, NSU will host UMBC for two games on March 15 at 1 p.m. and then turn around and play two at North Carolina A&T the next day. Beginning that upcoming weekend, the Spartans will begin MEAC play when Coppin State comes to Norfolk on March 19-20.

For each MEAC series, the two teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on the first day and a single game at noon on the second day.

After the three-game series against the Eagles, NSU will stay home to host Drexel for a 2 p.m. twinbill on March 22, the fourth of five non-conference doubleheaders at home this season.

MEAC weekends at Delaware State on March 25-26 and at UMES on April 2-3 will come next, and then Morgan State will play three games at NSU on April 9-10. Once again, the Spartans will stay in Norfolk after a home MEAC series, this time to host North Carolina Central for two games at 2 p.m. on April 13.

The second-to-last conference weekend for the Spartans takes place on April 16-17 at Howard. Two days later on April 19, NSU will play a doubleheader at Longwood to close out the road portion of the regular season. Then after their turn to have an off-weekend during the seven-team MEAC North schedule, the Spartans will wrap up their regular season slate against their biggest rival, Hampton, on April 30 and May 1 at the NSU Softball Field.

Unlike previous seasons, there will now be a week’s break for teams traveling to the MEAC Championship. After the game against the Pirates on the first of May, NSU would get to stay home for a week before heading down to Ormond Beach, Fla., for the tournament that runs from May 12-14 at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex. To do so, NSU would need to finish in the top four in the Northern Division, something the Spartans have done each of the last five years. Only the top four teams from each division advance to the MEAC tournament.

Orginally posted on NSUSpartans.com