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UConn Baseball Releases 2019 Schedule

The team looks to improve upon last year’s Regional appearance

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

UConn baseball had a strong season in 2018, finishing with a 37-22-1 record and as a finalist in the Conway Regional, losing to eventual College World Series participant Washington.

On Monday, the team found out its road to another NCAA Tournament appearance when the school released the 56-game schedule for 2019.

The headliner is on opening weekend as the Huskies face off against Louisville, who has made the NCAA Tournament each year since 2012, including a 2017 College World Series appearance. The teams will play Feb. 15-17 at the Detroit Tigers’ spring training facility in Lakeland, Florida.

The Cardinals are one of eight teams that reached the NCAA Tournament on the docket. Hartford (March 12), Indiana (March 2) and Northeastern (March 1 and April 10) each feature on the non-conference portion of the schedule, with Coastal Carolina (March 2), the host of the Regional where the Huskies played last year, also figuring in.

ECU (April 18-20), Houston (March 22-24) and USF (May 10-12) joined UConn in the NCAA Tournament from the American Athletic Conference last year.

“The American has clearly established itself as one of the top three or four baseball conferences in the country based on the RPI over the last few seasons,” head coach Jim Penders said of his tough schedule in a release. “So, the argument against scheduling so aggressively early in the year could be considered valid. It is true that we have one of the only programs in the Northeast whose RPI will benefit from conference play. However, philosophically, I still believe we need to prepare for the rigors of the AAC with quality opponents on the road in February, March, and beyond. In short, if we want to be the best, we have to beat the best.”

UConn will also play 38 games against RPI top-100 competition, just 10 of which will come at home.

As is typical, the Huskies will spend lots of time on the road and will play neutral site series in the early parts of the season against Michigan State in Greenville, South Carolina from March 15-17 at the home of the Single-A Greenville Drive.

Two weekends prior, the team will participate in the CCU Baseball Tournament with Northeastern, Indiana and Illinois, in addition to the hosts Coastal Carolina. This will mark the third trip to Springs Brooks Stadium for UConn in the last two years, after last year’s midweek battle in addition to the aforementioned NCAA Tournament.

In nonconference play, the Huskies will also travel to the College of Charleston (Feb. 22-24), Sam Houston State (April 26-28) and Texas State (March 8-10) for weekend series. Midweek battles include Bryant (April 9), Rhode Island (May 14), UMass (April 16) and Virginia (March 20).

Due to the timing of the season, UConn will only play 19 home games — 15 in Storrs as part of the final season of J.O. Christian Field and four more in Hartford at Dunkin’ Donuts Park.

The home opener is scheduled for March 12 against Hartford, with the first games downtown coming in the first two games of a series against Cincinnati on April 5 and 6. The series will finish up the following day on campus and the other pair will be May 3 and 4 against Wichita State, with a finale in Storrs on May 5.

The Huskies will also host Memphis (April 12-14) and USF (May 10-12) in conference play. Midweek, non-conference games at home will feature Boston College (March 26), CCSU (April 22), Fairfield (April 2), Rhode Island (April 24) and UMass Lowell (April 3).

2019 UConn Baseball Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time/Result TV/Record
Date Opponent Location Time/Result TV/Record
February 15 No. 8 Louisville Lakeland, FL W 3-2 1-0
February 16 No. 8 Louisville Lakeland, FL L 12-2 1-1
February 17 No. 8 Louisville Lakeland, FL W 8-3 2-1
February 22 College of Charleston Charleston, SC W 7-4 3-1
February 23 College of Charleston Charleston, SC L 7-2 3-2
February 24 College of Charleston Charleston, SC L 7-6 3-3
CCU Baseball Tournament
March 1 Northeastern Conway, SC W 7-4 4-3
March 2 Indiana Conway, SC L 9-6 4-4
March 2 No. 23 Coastal Carolina Conway, SC L 10-7 4-5
March 3 Illinois Conway, SC W 7-4 5-5
March 8 Texas State San Marcos, TX W 8-4 6-5
March 9 Texas State San Marcos, TX W 4-1 7-5
March 10 Texas State San Marcos, TX L 5-3 7-6
March 12 Hartford J.O. Christian Field Postponed (Weather) Make-up March 26
March 15 Michigan State Greenville, SC W 10-6 8-6
March 16 Michigan State Greenville, SC W 17-4 9-6
March 16 Michigan State Greenville, SC W 9-3 10-6
March 17 Michigan State Greenville, SC W 6-1 11-6
March 20 Virginia Charlottesville, VA L 6-3 11-7
March 22 Houston* Houston, TX W 2-1 12-7 (1-0)
March 23 Houston* Houston, TX L 5-4 12-8 (1-1)
March 24 Houston* Houston, TX W 9-3 13-8 (2-1)
March 26 Boston College J.O. Christian Field Postponed Make-up March 27
March 26 Hartford J.O. Christian Field W 12-4 14-8 (2-1)
March 27 Boston College J.O. Christian Field W 3-1 15-8 (2-1)
March 29 UCF* Orlando, FL L 2-1 15-9 (2-2)
March 30 UCF* Orlando, FL W 3-1 16-9 (3-2)
March 31 UCF* Orlando, FL W 10-0 17-9 (4-2)
April 2 Fairfield J.O. Christian Field L 10-3 17-10 (4-2)
April 3 UMass Lowell J.O. Christian Field W 9-4 18-10 (4-2)
April 5 Cincinnati* J.O. Christian Field L 5-4 18-11 (4-3)
April 6 Cincinnati* Dunkin' Donuts Park W 5-1 19-11 (5-3)
April 7 Cincinnati* Dunkin' Donuts Park L 10-4 19-12 (5-4)
April 9 Bryant Smithfield, RI W 11-6 20-12 (5-4)
April 10 Northeastern J.O. Christian Field W 6-2 21-12 (5-4)
April 12 Memphis* J.O. Christian Field W 3-1 22-12 (6-4)
April 13 Memphis* J.O. Christian Field L 7-1 22-13 (6-5)
April 14 Memphis* J.O. Christian Field W 4-2 23-13 (7-5)
April 16 UMass Amherst, MA W 10-7 24-13 (7-5)
April 18 No. 15 ECU* Greenville, NC L 5-1 24-14 (7-6)
April 19 No. 15 ECU* Greenville, NC L 5-2 24-15 (7-7)
April 20 No. 15 ECU* Greenville, NC L 9-7 24-16 (7-8)
April 22 CCSU J.O. Christian Field Postponed (Weather) Make-up April 30
April 24 Rhode Island J.O. Christian Field W 2-1 25-16 (7-8)
April 26 Sam Houston State Huntsville, TX L 8-5 25-17 (7-8)
April 27 Sam Houston State Huntsville, TX W 9-4 26-17 (7-8)
April 28 Sam Houston State Huntsville, TX L 6-5 26-18 (7-8)
April 30 CCSU J.O. Christian Field W 9-1 27-18 (7-8)
May 3 Wichita State* Dunkin' Donuts Park W 4-0 28-18 (8-8)
May 4 Wichita State* Dunkin' Donuts Park W 2-1 29-18 (9-8)
May 4 Wichita State* Dunkin' Donuts Park L 12-5 29-19 (9-9)
May 10 USF* J.O. Christian Field W 4-2 30-19 (10-9)
May 12 USF* J.O. Christian Field L 2-3 30-20 (10-10)
May 12 USF* J.O. Christian Field L 3-1 30-21 (10-11)
May 14 Rhode Island Kingston, RI W 5-4 31-21 (10-11)
May 16 Tulane* New Orleans, LA W 8-5 32-21 (11-11)
May 17 Tulane* New Orleans, LA W 10-6 33-21 (12-11)
May 18 Tulane* New Orleans, LA L 8-6 33-22 (12-12)
American Athletic Conference Tournament
May 21 No. 5 Houston Clearwater, FL W 4-3 34-22 (12-12)
May 23 No. 8 Wichita State Clearwater, FL W 9-7 35-22 (12-12)
May 25 No. 8 Wichita State Clearwater, FL W 8-3 36-22 (12-12)
May 26 No. 2 Cincinnati Clearwater, FL L 22-5 36-23 (12-12)
NCAA Tournament
Oklahoma City Regional
May 31 Nebraska Oklahoma City, OK L 8-5 36-24 (12-12)
June 1 Harvard Oklahoma City, OK W 10-2 37-24 (12-12)
June 2 Nebraska Oklahoma City, OK W 16-1 38-24 (12-12)
June 2 No. 9 Oklahoma State Oklahoma City, OK W 5-2 39-24 (12-12)
June 3 No. 9 Oklahoma State Oklahoma City, OK L 3-1 39-25 (12-12)
* - American Athletic Conference game
Rankings via Coaches' Poll