FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
Third-year Head Coach Jason Gill released his 2011 baseball schedule this week after sitting down to preview the fall season and talk a bit about the 2011 campaign a few weeks ago. The schedule consists of 55 games, including 28 at home in Page Stadium.
The 2011 schedule features 13 games against 2010 NCAA Regional qualifiers, including three games against Super Regional participant Cal State Fullerton. All 55 games of the Lions’ 2011 schedule will have a live audio broadcast streamed in conjunction with Stretch Internet at LMULions.com. The games can also be viewed on Gametracker by accessing the links from the online schedule.
As they did last year, the Lions will play a number of weekend series in a home-away fashion. The season begins with such a four-game set, as the Lions open play at home versus UC Riverside on February 18 before playing a doubleheader at UCR on Saturday. The two teams will then return to Page Stadium to conclude the set with the fourth game on Sunday.
After a midweek contest against Long Beach State, the Lions will welcome Nevada to campus for a three-game series that weekend. A midweek contest against perennial-powerhouse Cal State Fullerton on March 1 precedes a four-game series against Hawai’i at LMU from March 3-6.
The last four-game series of the year follows from March 11-13 as the Lions travel to San Luis Obispo, Calif. for a set with Cal Poly. San Diego State will be in town on March 15 for a midweek game before the Lions begin a three-game series at UC Irvine on March 18. The two teams will finish that three-game set at LMU with games two and three slated for 1 p.m. starts.
Following the second and final game against Long Beach State on March 22 at home, the Lions will play two of three games against Cal State Northridge on the road, with the second game of that series at home on March 26. UC Santa Barbara heads to Page Stadium on March 30 to close that month before the Lions make a short trip to USC on April 5 at 3 p.m.
Conference play begins on April 8 when the Lions make the first of three scheduled trips to the Bay Area, starting with a three-game series against Santa Clara. The Lions then return home for their longest homestand of the year, a stretch of five straight games. Cal State Fullerton starts that string on April 12 before Gonzaga enters town for a WCC-series on April 15. USC completes the five-game swing with a midweek scheduled for April 19 at 3 p.m.
After loading up on home cooking, LMU will hit the road for its longest road trip of the year, a span of seven games. The Lions kick-off the string of road games with a three-game set at cross-town rival Pepperdine starting on April 21. The team then heads back to the Bay Area for three games against conference-foe San Francisco on April 29. The road trip ends with the start of a three-game series against Cal State Bakersfield on May 7. The two teams will then travel back to LMU to conclude the series on May 8 and 9 at Page Stadium.
Four more road games hit the Lions from there, starting with the final trip to the Bay Area and a three-game series at Saint Mary’s on May 13. The Lions and Titans will square-off for the final time at Fullerton on May 18 before LMU hosts Portland in a three-game WCC series starting on May 20.
The Lions will hit the road for the final time on May 24, heading to Santa Barbara for a midweek game against the Gauchos at 3 p.m. The regular-season closes with a three-game series against last year’s WCC Champion, San Diego, from May 27-29.