FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
A home-and-home series with Kentucky and Western Kentucky, along with a road game at Ole Miss, highlight the 2010 Murray State baseball schedule that was announced by head coach Rob McDonald Thursday.
“Our 2010 schedule will be very competitive,” said McDonald. “The tough non-conference schedule will prepare us to make another run at the Ohio Valley Conference championship. I am excited to have home-and-home series with local rivals Western Kentucky, Evansville, Arkansas State and Belmont, as well as a trip to Ole Miss.”
The ‘Breds open the season on the road for just the third time in the seven-year career of McDonald when they travel for a three-game series against Lipscomb (Feb. 19-21). MSU continues its four-game road swing with a 4 p.m. game against Kentucky Feb. 24.
MSU opens its 26-game home schedule with a three game series against South Dakota State (Feb. 26-28) and a midweek contest against Belmont (March 2).
After a three-game series at Northwestern State (March 5-7), the ‘Breds begin a season-long nine-game homestand with a midweek contest with Arkansas State (March 9). A weekend series with Saint Louis is followed by a midweek game with Southern Illinois and a weekend series with Mid-Continent before wrapping up with a game against Western Kentucky March 24. The contest with the Hilltoppers will be the first since WKU visited Reagan Field March 24, 2004, a 13-11 ‘Breds victory.
The ‘Breds open Ohio Valley Conference action against Austin Peay March 27-28 in Clarksville, Tenn. The first home OVC series takes place the following week against UT Martin.
MSU travels to face Western Kentucky (April 6) before a key OVC series at Jacksonville State (April 10-11). The ‘Breds step out of conference play for a three-game series at SIU Edwardsville (April 17-18) before returning to Reagan Field to face defending regular-season champion Eastern Illinois April 24-25. MSU closes out the month of April with a trip to Ole Miss April 27.
The month of May begins with a road conference series at Southeast Missouri before returning home for conference series against Eastern Kentucky (May 8-9) and Morehead State (May 15-16).
The final week of the regular season begins with the “Battle at Brooks” as Kentucky comes to Brooks Stadium for a 6 p.m. showdown may 18. The ‘Breds close out the regular season against defending OVC Tournament champion Tennessee Tech May 21-22.
“We are excited to be playing Kentucky again at Brooks Stadium,” said McDonald. “The game has been sold out the last two times and it has made for a very competitive atmosphere.”
The 2010 OVC Tournament will take place May 26-30 at Pringles Park in Jackson, Tenn., home of the Seattle Mariners Double A affiliate West Tenn Diamond Jaxx.