By Chelsea Wilson, sports information student assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University baseball team announced their tough 56-game regular-season schedule today.
For the first time in at least three years the season does not kick off with the University of Tampa but has the team taking on Erskine College at 2 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Kurtz Field.
The team was still anxious to play UT, however, and will travel to Tampa and play a three-game series starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8 with a double-header. The Spartans have won four of the last five matches against the Bobcats and last year had a 42-11-1 record which took them to the NCAA Championships.
The Bobcats then return home for a five-day, six-game series against three northern teams. The first match up is against Philadelphia University at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13. The Bobcats pounded the Rams last season defeating them 21-4 and 21-6. The next games of the weekend are against Southern Connecticut State University with a double-header beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 and wrapping up Sunday at noon. The team takes Monday off but comes back Tuesday for a double-header at 2 p.m. against Columbia Union College from Maryland.
The end of February starts Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play with Armstrong Atlantic State University coming to Kurtz Field. The three-game series begins Saturday at 2 p.m. and wraps up Sunday with a double-header beginning at 1 p.m. The Bobcats were swept in the series last year losing the first two games 6-2 and 8-4, but winning game three 4-2.
The Bobcats then travel down to Valdosta State University Wednesday, Feb. 25 for a single game beginning at 4:30 p.m.
PBC play comes back to Milledgeville with Augusta State University at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 and a double-header on Saturday, Feb. 28 beginning at 12:30. The Jaguars were one game over .500 last season and lost all three games to the Bobcats.
March begins with travel to Albany State University at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4. The Bobcats stay on the road traveling to Georgia Southwestern University March 6-7 the first of three games on Friday at 6 p.m. and saving the double-header for Saturday at 2 p.m. The Bobcats took the series last year in high scoring play winning two games 10-5 and 15-4, and dropping one 14-5.
The Bobcats return to Kurtz for a two-day series against Pfeiffer University at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 and at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 11. Pfeiffer ended up five games under .500 last season but managed to pull out two wins against the Bobcats.
The defending PBC Tournament Champions, North Georgia, come to Milledgeville March 13-14. On Friday the game begins at 6 p.m. and the double-header is saved for Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.
The Bobcats will hit the road going to the University of West Georgia on Tuesday, March 17 at 2 p.m. That Friday and Saturday (March 20-21), USC Aiken will host the PBC match-up beginning at 6 p.m. Friday with the double-header Saturday at 1 p.m. Aiken took the series last season defeating the Bobcats in two of the three games.
Barton College in Wilson, N.C. hosts the Bobcats on March 24-25 with Tuesday's game at 3 p.m. and Wednesday's at 2 p.m., both doubleheaders.
The last games of March wrap up Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday's double-header beginning at 2 p.m. March 27-28 against Lander University. The Bobcats took it to the Bearcats last season sweeping the series with ease.
The Bobcats will then try to make a fool of Valdosta State on April 1 at 4:30 p.m. when they come to Milledgeville and the teams battle again.
April 4-5 brings Francis Marion University to Kurtz Field with a double-header Saturday at 2 p.m. and a single game Sunday at 1 p.m. The Bobcats took the double-header from the then ranked No. 23 Patriots and dropped the single game for the series win last season.
April is a month of déjà vu when the Bobcats take on Albany State again this time in Milledgeville at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 7.
The Columbus State University Cougars will host the Bobcats March 10-11 at 6 p.m. Friday and the double-header Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.
West Georgia then makes a one-game appearance at Kurtz Field at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 15.
Back on the bus to UNC Pembroke are the Bobcats on April 18-19 with a double-header on Saturday at 1 p.m. and the solo match on Sunday at 1 p.m. After a big 17-4 loss in the first game last season the Bobcats bounced back and ended up winning the series.
South Carolina then welcomes the Bobcats when the team takes on Erskine and Benedict College with both games at 3 p.m. on April 21-22. The Bobcats were victorious against Benedict last season with a 9-5 win.
Back at Kurtz Field are the Bobcats and the University of Montevallo Friday and Saturday, March 24-25. The solo game is first at 6 p.m. and the double-header the following day beginning at 1 p.m. The Bobcats defeated No. 23 Montevallo last season 2-1.
The Cougars cannot get enough of the Bobcats so they come to Milledgeville on Wednesday, April 29 at 5 p.m.
The Bobcats finish the regular season at home against Palm Beach Atlantic University. The three-game series begins Friday, May 1 at 7 p.m. and the double-header wraps up Saturday at 1 p.m.
The dates for the NCAA South Atlantic Regional are Thursday through Sunday, May 14-17. The NCAA DII World Series is then scheduled the week of May 22-29.