North Florida releases 2010 Schedule

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

rp_primary_08BBvsUPST_Rhodes JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The University of North Florida baseball team announced its 2010 schedule. The 56-game schedule features 30 home games, including seven home games against teams that competed in the 2009 NCAA Regionals.

The Ospreys boast a solid nonconference schedule to compliment its Atlantic Sun Conference slate. Outside of conference, North Florida plays schools from perennial powers, such as the ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big East and Conference USA. Four schools on the schedule finished the 2009 season ranked or receiving votes in one of the final baseball polls.

UNF opens the 2010 season at home with a tournament (Feb. 19-21) that features Ohio State, Richmond and Florida A&M. The Buckeyes made an appearance in the 2009 NCAA Regionals and finished last season ranked No. 25 according to Collegiate Baseball.

North Florida heads to Tallahassee for a game against Florida State on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The Seminoles finished the 2009 season in the NCAA Regionals and with a top ranking of No. 10 according to Baseball America.

The Ospreys will compete on Feb. 26-28 in Mobile, Ala., at the Coca-Cola Classic hosted by South Alabama. Aside from the tournament host, UNF will play NCAA Regional participant Wichita State, as well as Eastern Michigan.

On Tuesday, March 2, North Florida returns home for a single game with Georgia Southern. The Eagles finished the 2009 season in the NCAA Regionals and were receiving votes in the final rankings.

Following the game with GSU, the Ospreys head to Orlando for a single game with UCF on Wednesday, March 3.

North Florida hosts back-to-back tournaments (March 5-7 and March 11-13) that feature James Madison, Alcorn State and Illinois State.

March 16-17, the Ospreys travel to Troy, Ala., for a midweek nonconference tilt with Sun Belt Conference power Troy before returning home to start A-Sun play against crosstown rival and NCAA Regional participant Jacksonville (March 19-21). The three-game series with JU is hosted by UNF with the middle game of the series being held at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

On March 23, North Florida will play at USF before taking on NCAA Regional team Bethune-Cookman on March 24.

The Ospreys return home for three games with Campbell on March 26-27. The two teams will meet up for a single game on Friday, March 26, before squaring off in a doubleheader on Saturday, March 27.

North Florida will play three road games before returning to Jacksonville to take on Florida State in a game to be played at the Baseball Grounds on Tuesday, April 6, at 6 p.m. The two teams will play on Wednesday, April 7, as well, but in Tallahassee.

On April 10-11, UNF will host USC Upstate in three Atlantic Sun Conference games before hosting Bethune-Cookman in a midweek contest on April 13.

Eight of the next nine games for the Ospreys will be on the road. North Florida plays at Kennesaw State (April 17-18) in a three-game series, hosts UCF (April 20) in a single game, before playing at Belmont (May 1-2) and at UNC-Greensboro (May 4-5).

The Ospreys will play seven straight games at Harmon Stadium between May 7 and May 16. UNF takes on Lipscomb (May 7-8) in a three-game A-Sun series before playing USF (May 12) in a midweek game. North Florida concludes the homestand with a three-game series against Stetson (May 15-16).

On Tuesday, May 18, UNF takes on Florida in Gainesville, Fla. The Gators finished the 2009 season in the NCAA Super Regionals and a top ranking of No. 12 according to Baseball America.

North Florida concludes the regular season with a three-game series at Florida Gulf Coast (May 20-21) before the start of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament (May 26-29) in Nashville, Tenn. Lipscomb is the host school for the 2010 Atlantic Sun Tournament and the top six teams in the conference will advance to the tournament.

Last season, the Ospreys finished its final reclassification season in a tie for sixth-place in the Atlantic Sun Conference. UNF was 23-31 overall with a 15-15 A-Sun record.

FULL 2010 SCHEDULE