William and Mary Releases 2009 Baseball Schedule

The 2009 William and Mary seniors will guide the Tribe baseball team through 56 games this spring leading up to the CAA and NCAA Championships.
The 2009 William and Mary seniors will guide the Tribe baseball team through 56 games this spring leading up to the CAA and NCAA Championships.

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

WILLIAMSBURG – William and Mary baseball coach Frank Leoni announced the Tribe’s 2009 competition schedule today, which features 56 games to prepare W&M for the Colonial Athletic Association and NCAA Tournaments. 35 games are scheduled to be played at Plumeri Park, 33 featuring the Tribe and two which will feature teams in a neutral-site match-up. In total, W&M will have seven games against three teams that made the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

“We are very much looking forward to this challenging schedule in 2009,” Leoni said. “With a newly restructured CAA schedule [no longer a round-robin], it allows our team an opportunity to play some much needed non-conference games early in the season.”

The season begins the weekend of February 20-22, as the Tribe hosts Buffalo and Iona Universities in a six-game round-robin event. W&M will play two games against each school, facing Buffalo on Friday and Saturday at 4 p.m. both days, and taking on Iona Saturday and Sunday at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. Buffalo and Iona will also play two games against each other, Friday at 12 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. at Plumeri Park.

W&M’s first mid-week game will be a trip up to Charlottesville, Virginia, to take on UVA at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24. The season-long road swing of five games continues the following weekend, February 27-March 1, at Winston-Salem, North Carolina for the Wake Forest Invitational. The Tribe will play two games on February 27, at 11 a.m. against Miami (Ohio) and at 2:30 p.m. against Fairleigh Dickinson. Saturday, W&M and FDU will play again at 11 a.m., and the Tribe will close the tournament against the host Demon Deacons Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

After a pair of mid-week games March 3-4, at home against Richmond on Tuesday at 3 p.m. and on the road at VMI on Wednesday at 4 p.m., W&M hosts Princeton for a four-game weekend series March 6-8. A 4 p.m. Friday game will start the action, with the teams playing a double-header on Saturday (12 p.m. and 3 p.m.) and the capper on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both mid-week games the following week, March 10-11, are on the road with the Tribe traveling to George Washington Tuesday at 3 p.m. and Liberty Wednesday also at 3 p.m.

W&M’s longest homestand of the season begins March 13-15 with three games against Wagner, 4 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Tribe hosts Rhode Island Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17-18, for a mid-week series, playing at 5 p.m. both days, and opens the CAA season with Georgia State March 20-22. The Panthers and the Tribe will play at 4 p.m. on Friday before marking the 10th anniversary of Plumeri Park on Saturday at 2 p.m. The series finale is Sunday at 1 p.m. The nine-game run at Plumeri Park ends Wednesday, March 25, as the College hosts Norfolk State at 5 p.m.

The next day, Thursday, March 26, finds the Tribe on the road to Longwood for a 6 p.m. first-pitch. After that brief journey across the state, W&M returns to Williamsburg to host George Mason in a three-game CAA series March 27-29. The series opens Friday at 7 p.m., and continues Saturday at 4 p.m. before the rubber match on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Tribe and the Spiders of Richmond play for the second time on April 1 in Richmond at 3:30 p.m., before W&M boards a plane to Boston to face Northeastern April 3-5. Friday’s game against the Huskies is at 2 p.m., while Saturday is at 12 p.m. and Sunday will be played at 1 p.m.

After a short stop at home to face Liberty at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, the Tribe goes back on the road, this time heading south to face UNC Wilmington April 10-12. The Friday game will be played at 7 p.m., with Saturday’s game starting at 4 p.m. and Sunday’s finale at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 brings Maryland-Eastern Shore to Plumeri Park at 7 p.m., and the following weekend, April 17-19, finds the Tribe hosting Towson for three games. Friday’s first-pitch is at 7 p.m., with Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

W&M heads to Blacksburg on Tuesday, April 21 to face Virginia Tech at 5:30 p.m., before traveling down I-64 East April 24-26 to take on arch-rival Old Dominion in Norfolk. Game-times are set for 7 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The home schedule closes with seven games in the following two weeks, starting Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28-29, with second meetings with VMI and George Washington, respectively. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m., as is the series opener against James Madison on Friday, May 1. The Dukes will also play against the Tribe Sturday, May 2 at 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 3, at 1 p.m. May 10 is the final day of baseball at Plumeri Park in 2009, and showcases the Tribe in a double-header against Longwood starting at 1 p.m.

The regular-season concludes Friday and Saturday, May 15-16, at Hofstra University. Friday’s game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., while Saturday is a double-header scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. The CAA Championship returns to Brooks Field in Wilmington, North Carolina, for the ninth time and sixth year in a row May 20-23, and will feature the top six teams in the conference in a double-elimination format.

If invited, the Tribe will play in the NCAA Regional round at a campus site May 29-31, with the possibility of advancing to the Super Regional round June 5-7. The College World Series will be held June 13-24 at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska. 64 total teams start the tournament in 16 Regionals, with the winner of each four-team double-elimination bracket advancing to one of eight Super Regional match-ups. The Super Regionals are a best of three format, with the winning team advancing to the College World Series, where two double-elimination brackets of four teams will produce two teams for a best-three championship series.

2009 Schedule-William & Mary