PORTSMOUTH - Shawnee State Baseball and Head Coach Ted Tom have announced their 2014 schedule. The schedule is highlighted by trips to Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina in addition to a 27 game Mid-South Conference schedule and a mid-week date with NCAA Division I Morehead State University.
Baseball opens the 2014 campaign on Friday, January 31 in Georgia against Georgia Gwinnett College for a three-game series. The following weekend (Feb. 7-8), the Bears will travel to Dayton, Tenn. to compete in the Bryan College Invitational against Bryan College and Madonna. The third weekend of February (15-16) sees the Bears travel to North Carolina for a three-game series versus St. Andrews.
From there, the Bear will enjoy their home opening weekend (Feb. 22-23) with three games versus Concordia University and a single game against NCAA Division III Baldwin Wallace College and Bear Alum, Brian Harrison.
"Our February schedule will be one that prepares our club for conference play. I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead for our guys and believe they will prepare themselves accordingly," noted skipper Ted Tom.
The conference slate begins on February 28th against longtime rival Rio Grande at Branch Rickey Park. Home Conference weekends include Georgetown (March 14-15), Bluefield (April 11-12) and Pikeville (April 18-19). Road conference weekends include a second trip to Tennessee to play Cumberland University (March 7-8), along with trips to University of the Cumberlands (March 21-22), Campbellsville (March 28-29), Lindsey Wilson (April 4-5), and St. Catharine (April 24-25).
Midweek dates include games against Indiana Southeast, 2012 NAIA World Series participant Point Park, Ohio Christian, Berea, and home-and-home dates with West Virginia Tech.
"All in all, the schedule we have put together will be demanding especially with the quality of teams in our conference. Each weekend is such a grind for our players and coaches but the competitiveness is what makes our conference great", says Coach Tom.
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