NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Seven games against three participants of the 2008 NCAA Baseball Tournament highlights the 2009 schedule for the Belmont baseball team, which was announced on Friday.
The Bruins open the season on Feb. 20 against Illinois State at Greer Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. starting at 3 p.m. Belmont will play its first eight contests at home before the first road game on Mar. 3 against Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Ky. beginning at 3 p.m. The Hilltoppers made the NCAA Tournament last season.
Belmont’s first Atlantic Sun game will be at USC Upstate in Spartanberg, S.C. on Mar. 6. The Bruins first home A-Sun game pits them against East Tennessee State on Mar. 13 at Greer Stadium. Belmont will play in 30 games against A-Sun opponents. The Bruins will host series against Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State and Mercer this season and travel to North Florida, Campbell, Stetson and Lipscomb, who made the NCAA Tournament last season.
Belmont will visit Lipscomb for three contests starting on May 1 on a contest that starts at 6 p.m. The two teams then face each other two more times, on May 2 at 6 p.m. again and on May 3, beginning at 1 p.m.
The Bruins will play three contests against SEC teams this year. Belmont will host 2008 NCAA Tournament participant Vanderbilt on Mar. 18 at Greer Stadium starting at 6 p.m. and visit the Commodores on Apr. 1 in Nashville, Tenn. beginning at 6 p.m. as well. They will also face Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. on Apr. 14 beginning at 6 p.m.
Belmont’s final road game will be on May 5 at Tennessee State in Cookeville, Tenn. starting at 6 p.m. and the final home game will be against Mercer on May 16, beginning at 1 p.m.
The Bruins will play five contests this season at Shelby Park, including the May 16 contest against Mercer.
The Bruins will play home and home series against Western Kentucky, Samford, Austin Peay, Vanderbilt, Tennessee-Martin and Murray State.
Belmont will conclude its regular season at the Atlantic Sun Tournament in DeLand, Fla. starting at May 20.