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The 2018 softball slate includes 22 home games.
The 2018 softball slate includes 22 home games.

WINCHESTER, Va. - Shenandoah University Head Softball Coach Marlena Kotynski announced her 2018 schedule Thursday morning.

After opening the season February 17 and 18 at the Salem Invitational, Kotynski's club hosts a trio of opponents from Pennsylvania in the last week of February thru the first weekend in March.

SU takes on Misericordia for the first time in program history on February 24 before taking on Gettysburg and Wilkes in a non-league DH's on February 27 and March 3, respectively.

The annual trip to Hampton Roads for the Virginia Beach Blast hosted by Virginia Wesleyan follows before Mary Washington visits on Saturday, March 17 in the squad's final non-league tuneup prior to ODAC play.

Bridgewater is the league opener this year, at home on March 21, with Randolph-Macon, Roanoke, Randolph College and defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan also making the trip to Winchester.

SU plays at Lynchburg, Emory and Henry, Eastern Mennonite and Guilford in league play.

Wilkes, Hood, Messiah and McDaniel round out the schedule with non-league doubleheaders. Shenandoah hosts the first three of those with the April 18 matchup versus McDaniel representing the final road trip of the season.

"We had a number of young players step up last season and play significant roles in the program," Kotynski, who is just three wins away from victory No. 250 in her career, said. "This schedule will test those players to see if they are ready to make the next step in our development.

"Our goal is to return to the ODAC Tournament and we are going to do everything we can to realize that goal."

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