FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
San Marcos, Texas – The Texas State baseball team released its 2011 schedule on Monday that features 55 games, 31 of which will be played in San Marcos at the Bobcat Baseball Stadium. The Bobcats will be on the road for 24 games, including trips to the University of Texas, TCU, Arkansas and Texas A&M.
Texas State has compiled a highly competitive non-conference schedule that brings several top-tier programs to play in San Marcos. Among those teams coming to play at the Bobcat Baseball Stadium are Rice, Houston, Baylor, Missouri and Texas Tech.
“This schedule identifies that our team will be taking on great challenges this season,” said Texas State head coach Ty Harrington. “It reflects the caliber of teams that our coaches, fans, students and alumni expect our program to play.”
Bobcat fans will have plenty of opportunities to see the team play at home early in the season as 14 of Texas State’s first 19 games will be played at the Bobcat Baseball Stadium. The Bobcats welcome Nebraska to San Marcos to begin the season on February 18 at 3 p.m. as part of a four-team tournament that also includes Missouri State and Air Force. The Bobcats then play games against Missouri State on February 19 and Air Force on February 20.
The Bobcats will be tested early as Rice travels to the Bobcat Baseball Stadium on February 23 for a single game. Then, Akron comes to San Marcos for a three-game series on February 25-27.
The first road game for Texas State comes in the beginning of March as the Bobcats make the trip to Waco for a single game against Baylor on March 1 before the team heads to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on March 4-6 for a three-game set. That series marks the first three contests on the team’s 33-game Southland Conference schedule.
Following the trip to Corpus Christi, Texas State returns home for one game against Baylor on March 8 before taking on Houston for three games in three days on March 11-13.
March 15 marks the first of two meetings between Texas State and Texas as the Bobcats travel up the road to Austin for a 6:05 p.m. game against the Longhorns.
After a three-game home series against Sam Houston State (March 18-20), the Bobcats hit the road for four games. Texas State plays at TCU on March 22 before visiting Lamar for three games (March 25-27).
Texas State wraps up the month of March with a home game against Missouri on March 30, and the Bobcats then continue the SLC-heavy portion if its schedule with a three-game home stand versus Stephen F. Austin (April 1-3). Trips to Arkansas (April 6) and Central Arkansas (April 8-10) precede the team’s next five games at home – one against Houston Baptist (April 12), three against Southeastern Louisiana (April 15-17) and one against Texas Tech (April 18).
The Bobcats play three in a row against Northwestern State on April 21-23 before they get their second look at Texas in Austin on April 26 at 6:05 p.m.
Eight of the team’s next 11 games will be played at the Bobcat Baseball Stadium as the Bobcats play Prairie View A&M (April 27), McNeese State (April 29-May1) and UTSA (May 6) at home before the teams goes to San Antonio for a pair at UTSA on May 7-8. The Bobcats then pay a visit to College Station for a matchup with Texas A&M on May 10. The Bobcats’ home Southland Conference Schedule then wraps up as Nicholls comes to San Marcos for a three-game set.
Texas State gets its second look at Rice on May 17 before the Bobcats play at UT Arlington three times (May 19-21) to finish the regular season.
The Bobcats will host the 2011 Southland Conference Tournament at the Bobcat Baseball Stadium, which begins on May 25.
“This is an exciting of a home schedule as we have had,” Harrington said. “It is certainly attractive for our fans and season ticket holders.”