After a 2016 season which saw a conference tournament title and an NCAA Tournament appearance, the UConn baseball team will begin 2017 in Florida.
The Huskies will start with a four-game series in Port St. Lucie, Florida against UMass-Lowell. UConn typically plays the Riverhawks in a midweek matchup and took last year’s game in Lowell by a score of 4-2. Lowell had a record of 20-32 last year, 5-19 in America East play.
UConn will then head to Austin to play against the University of Texas from February 24-26. The Longhorns had an off year last year with a record of 25-32, failing to make the NCAA Tournament for only the fifth time since 1979.
The annual spring break road trip will be bookended by weekend series against UC Davis and BYU.
The second weekend of Spring Break, from March 16-18, will be spent in Provo, Utah for a matchup with BYU. The Cougars finished 37-17 last year but went winless in the West Coast Conference tournament.
Midweek play starts on March 21 with an away game against Yale. UConn took the win in its home opener last year, 8-2.
The Huskies play Central Connecticut the following day in New Britain. The Blue Devils beat the Huskies at J.O. Christian Field last year by a score of 8-4.
In the final weekend of non-conference play, UConn will play Seton Hall at home from March 24-26. Seton Hall finished with a record of 38-20 before going winless in the Big East Tournament.
The Huskies then welcomes Boston College to Storrs on March 28 in the final week before conference play. UConn beat the Eagles last year, 9-4. The non-conference schedule closes out on March 29 when UConn will play Fairfield University in an away tilt.
The Huskies will hit the road to open conference play as East Carolina will welcome UConn into Greenville, North Carolina. UConn had a rough go of it against ECU last year, with the Huskies winning just one game out of the six they played. ECU made an NCAA Tournament super regional in 2016, losing in three games to Texas Tech.
The second weekend of conference play will see the Huskies welcome the Memphis Tigers into town. UConn played six games with Memphis last year with a 4-2 record, including three games in the AAC Tournament.
UConn took their opening round matchup before they met again in the semifinals. Memphis won the first semifinal but the Huskies won the second on the way to their AAC Tournament title. Memphis finished 22-39 last season.
The weekend of April 13-15 will see UConn head to New Orleans to play Tulane. The Huskies and Green Wave split last year’s two-game series that was shortened due to weather. The Green Wave finished at 41-21 last year, coming in second in the Oxford Regional.
After some midweek action, the Huskies will next head to Florida to do battle with UCF from April 20-22. UConn swept the Knights last year, taking Friday’s game 4-3, Saturday’s matchup, 15-8, and the Sunday finale 3-0. The Knights had a record of 25-34 last season.
UConn has two midweek games the following week, playing on April 25 and 26. Holy Cross and Rhode Island will both be coming into Storrs. UConn beat both of those teams last year, taking the game with Holy Cross by a scoreline of 5-1 and Rhode Island 14-4.
In their final series before final exam week, the Huskies will welcome Cincinnati to town on April 28-30. The Bearcats took two of three from UConn last season, winning Friday and Saturday’s games before UConn was victorious on Sunday. The Bearcats had a record of 26-30-1 last season and they went winless in the AAC Tournament.
After finals, the Huskies will take a trip to Houston to play the Cougars from May 5-7. UConn went 4-0 against Houston last year, culminating in a victory in the AAC Championship game. UConn also swept Houston in their weekend series. Anthony Kay had a perfect game into the sixth on Friday and the Huskies completed the sweep with wins on Saturday and Sunday.
Houston had a record of 36-23 last year. They made the AAC title game but did not make the NCAA Tournament.
The Huskies finish with seven of their final eight games at J.O. Christian Field. Their final midweek home game comes against Sacred Heart on May 9.
The Huskies will then welcome South Florida for a weekend series from May 12-14. UConn swept USF in Tampa last year and also beat the Bulls in the second round of the AAC Tournament. In the regular season, they won 11-2, 7-3 and 3-2 for the sweep.
UConn’s final midweek game will be a neutral site affair. The Huskies will take on Rhode Island for the second time at Cardines Field in Newport, Rhode Island on May 16.
Their final weekend series of the year will come at home against East Carolina, for the second time this season, from May 18-20.
|February 17-19||Port St. Lucie, FL||UMass-Lowell (Four games)|
|February 24-26||Austin, TX||Texas|
|March 3-5||DeLand, FL||St. Joseph's/Western Michigan/Stetson|
|March 10-12||Davis, CA||UC Davis|
|March 14||Santa Clara, CA||Santa Clara|
|March 16-18||Provo, UT||Brigham Young|
|March 21||West Haven, CT||Yale|
|March 22||New Britain, CT||Central Connecticut State|
|March 24-26||J.O. Christian Field||Seton Hall|
|March 28||J.O. Christian Field||Boston College|
|March 29||Fairfield, CT||Fairfield|
|March 31-April 2||Greenville, NC||East Carolina|
|April 4||J.O. Christian Field||Northeastern|
|April 5||J.O. Christian Field||Hartford|
|April 7-9||J.O. Christian Field||Memphis|
|April 11||North Smithfield, RI||Bryant|
|April 13-15||New Orleans, LA||Tulane|
|April 18||J.O. Christian Field||UMass|
|April 21-23||Orlando, FL||Central Florida|
|April 25||J.O. Christian Field||Holy Cross|
|April 26||J.O. Christian Field||Rhode Island|
|April 28-30||J.O. Christian Field||Cincinnati|
|May 5-7||Houston, TX||Houston|
|May 9||J.O. Christian Field||Sacred Heart|
|May 12-14||J.O. Christian Field||South Florida|
|May 16||Newport, RI||Rhode Island|
|May 18-20||J.O. Christian Field||East Carolina|