by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University baseball program and head coach Tom Carty released its 2010 schedule today (Sept. 30) featuring six teams ranked in the top-30 from last season's Collegiate Baseball Rankings, half of which are Peach Belt Conference (PBC) opponents. The Bobcats are coming off a 37-19 season, third-place finish in the conference and a trip to the NCAA Southeast Regional. A season ago, the team held a 21-13 record against opponents they will face this year.
GCSU kicks off the season at home against the No. 26 University of Tampa Friday, Feb. 5 for a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m., with the series wrapping up Saturday at 1 p.m.
The team then travels to South Carolina to face Erskine College for one game Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Georgia College will be back in South Carolina for three days from Sept. 12-14 to play against Lincoln Memorial University, Washington Adventist University and Lander University in a non-conference tournament.
Carty's ‘Cats return home for the next six series including two conference sets. First, Millersville University makes the trip from Pennsylvania to play four games starting Friday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. Georgia College will have some days off before returning to the field against the No. 21 University of Indianapolis for three games starting Saturday, Feb. 27 with a doubleheader at 1 p.m.
March 5, the Bobcats host PBC member North Georgia with an opening-night game at 6 p.m. and a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. the next day. Wednesday, March 10 Clark Atlanta University comes into town for a 5 p.m. start. Augusta State University comes to Kurtz Field for a two-day, three-game series over the weekend of March 13-14. The home stand ends with a two-game series against Lenoir-Rhyne University with games March 16-17.
Georgia College travels to Columbus State University for a conference series starting Friday, March 19 at 5 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. Then, the team heads to Misenheimer, N.C. to face Pfeiffer University for a mid-week matchup on March 23-24 with both games starting at 3 p.m. Three days later, the Bobcats face defending PBC champs No. 11 USC Aiken, with a doubleheader Saturday starting at 3 p.m. and a Sunday finisher at 1 p.m.
The month of April the Bobcats go from home to away for just about every series. April 2-3 the Hurricanes of Georgia Southwestern State University come to Kurtz Field with a night game on Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. Georgia College travels to South Carolina to face Anderson University April 6 at 5 p.m. The team comes home for a weekend series against conference opponent No. 30 UNC Pembroke April 10-11 with the doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. and Sunday's game with a 1 p.m. start.
The Bobcats will once again travel and face No. 20 Valdosta State University April 14 at 4 p.m. The team will then face University of Montevallo for the first time as a PBC rival April 17-18 with two games on Saturday starting 1 p.m. Georgia College returns home for one game to face the Blazers of Valdosta State at 4 p.m. April 21. The squad then heads back to South Carolina to play North Greenville University for three games from April 23-24 with the doubleheader Saturday starting at noon.
The Bobcats return home to play the Flying Fleet of Erskine at 6 p.m. April 28. The season wraps up on the road against PBC rival No. 25 Armstrong Atlantic State University April 30-May 1. Two games will be played May 1 starting at 1 p.m.
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