MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – With winter right around the corner, the No. 21 Georgia College baseball team and head coach Tom Carty released the 2012 Bobcat Baseball schedule Wednesday.
The schedule features six nationally-ranked opponents, as of the final 2011 Collegiate Baseball Magazine Rankings released after the World Series. Bobcat fans will also be treated to 24 home contests.
The campaign begins with a seven-game homestand from Feb. 4-14. King College comes to Milledgeville for a three-game set Saturday, Feb. 4 with a 1 p.m. doubleheader and a single game the following day also at 1 p.m. No. 22 University of Tampa invades John Kurtz Field Friday, Feb. 10 for a 2 p.m. doubleheader with a single game at 1 p.m. Saturday. The stretch wraps up with Clark Atlanta University on Valentine’s Day at 3 p.m.
The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) slate starts at USC Aiken, the typical three-game set starting with a doubleheader Saturday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. and finishing Sunday at 1 p.m. The first conference home weekend is Friday, March 2 against Lander University under the lights at 6 p.m. with a doubleheader the next day.
The month of March poses a particular challenge, with seven total games against three different ranked opponents. GC hosts No. 12 UNC Pembroke Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, and travels to No. 9 Francis Marion University a week later, March 17-18. That weekend series marks the first time GC has returned to Florence, S.C. since winning the 2010 NCAA Southeast Regional Tournament. Tuesday, March 27 presents a unique doubleheader, as GC visits Florida Tech for a 2 p.m. game, followed by a contest with No. 10 Barry University on Florida Tech’s campus.
The regular season ends with ranked battles in consecutive weekends. The Bobcats host No. 18 Columbus State University Friday, April 20 at 6 p.m. with a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m., then a week later host No. 23 Armstrong Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader Saturday at 2 p.m. The 2012 PBC Tournament will follow, running May 6-10.
The Bobcat baseball team went 35-17 in 2011, a season that saw them hold down the No. 1 spot in the country for two weeks. The Bobcats finished second in the PBC West, honoring three all-region players and a pair of All-Americans in Tanner Funk (Kearney, Mo.) and outfielder Shawn Ward (2010-11).
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