Five NCAA Tournament Opponents, Trip To NC State Highlight 2017 Delaware Baseball Schedule
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware baseball team will face five NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago including a late season trip to North Carolina State as Blue Hen head coach Jim Sherman announced the squad’s 2017 schedule on Wednesday.
The Blue Hens, who went 32-22 overall and 10-14 in the Colonial Athletic Association last season, are scheduled to play 25 games at Bob Hannah Stadium, including two early season tournaments and a pair of contests against Big 10 opponent Penn State.
Delaware kicks off its season with four games in the Pittsburgh Tournament at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Fla., beginning with a game against the Panthers on Feb. 17. The Blue Hens take on Ohio State, a 2016 NCAA Tournament participant, and Kansas State the following day, before again facing Pitt on Feb. 19.
UD will head to the Old Dominion Tournament for the second straight year on Feb. 24-26, when the Blue Hens will face the host Monarchs along with Saint Joseph’s and Kentucky. Delaware will then open its home schedule on Mar. 3-5 by hosting the Bob Hannah Invitational, featuring a double round robin format with Rider and Delaware State.
Following a home game vs. UMBC on Mar. 7, the Blue Hens will host another double round robin tournament on Mar. 10-12 with Wagner and defending America East champion Binghamton.
The following weekend will feature a four-game series with the Nittany Lions, with the first two games in State College, Pa. before the squads face off at Bob Hannah Stadium on Mar. 18-19.
Delaware opens CAA play on Mar. 24-26 at James Madison, and after a Liberty Bell Classic first round game on Mar. 28, hosts its first league series by welcoming defending league champion William & Mary to Newark on Mar. 31-Apr. 2.
The Blue Hens head to UMBC for a non-conference matchup with the Retrievers on Apr. 5, before heading to Boston for a three-game set at Northeastern on Apr. 7-9. Delaware then hosts a five-game homestand by taking on Penn on Apr. 12, Hofstra on Apr. 14-16, and Saint Joseph’s on Apr. 19.
UD will then play 11 consecutive games outside of Newark, beginning with a three-game series at Elon on Apr. 21-23. After a non-league game at Delaware State on Apr. 25, the Blue Hens head to UNCW, the 2016 CAA regular season champion and an NCAA Tournament participant, on Apr. 28-30.
Delaware travels to Saint Joseph’s on May 2, before its three-game weekend series at Atlantic Coast Conference power North Carolina State on May 5-7. The Wolfpack hosted an NCAA Regional last year and was ranked No. 20 in the final USA Today Coaches Poll.
The Blue Hens conclude their regular season with a pair of league home series against Towson on May 12-14 and the College of Charleston on May 18-20. The league tournament will be held May 24-27 at Brooks Field on the campus of UNCW.
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