Minnesota Duluth opens the season at 12:30 p.m. today with a doubleheader against Northwood (Mich.) at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.
UMD will play 12 games in eight days against six opponents.
The Bulldogs return most of their offense from a year ago, including Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference player of the year Alex Wojciechowski, who hit .425 with five home runs, 15 doubles and 37 RBIs. The pitching staff, however, is young, with UMD hoping a large sophomore class matures quickly.
The Bulldogs got off to a program-worst 0-and-14 start in 2013 but rebounded nicely in NSIC play, going 14-10. UMD finished 14-26.