FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
CINCINNATI – A trip to Florida for the BIG EAST/Big Ten Baseball Challenge and 28 home games highlight the 2011 University of Cincinnati baseball schedule. After falling one win short of a 30-win season, the Bearcats aim to surpass that mark this season and compete for the 2011 BIG EAST Conference Championship.
“We’re excited about our schedule, especially the challenges early,” said head coach Brian Cleary. “We look forward to 29 home games, including the Joe Nuxhall Classic and what promises to be an exciting conclusion to the BIG EAST season with consecutive home series’ to end the regular season.”
UC begins the season with a trip to Florida for the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge in the St.Petersburg/Clearwater area Feb. 18-20 where the Bearcats face Ohio State, before taking on Illinois and Michigan State to complete the trip.
Following the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge, the Bearcats make a trip to the Clemson/Greenville, S.C. area for the First Pitch Invitational. Cincinnati will open the event against Clemson before taking on Charleston Southern and Furman.
After returning from two season-opening road trips, UC kicks off its 28-game home schedule with three straight three-game series’ versus Youngstown State (Mar. 4-6), Cleveland State (March 11-13) and Western Michigan (March 18-20). The Bearcats also host non-conference contests against Toledo (March 23), Dayton, (March 30), Xavier (April 27), Miami (OH) (May 10), and Butler (May 17). Additionally, Cincinnati will also host Miami (OH), Wright State, and Xavier at Marge Schott Stadium for the Joe Nuxhall Classic April 12-13.
The Bearcats hit the road for non-conference games at Kentucky (March 22), Morehead State (April 6), Ohio (April 19), Xavier (April 26), Wright State (May 4) and Miami (OH) (May 11).
UC plays four of its nine conference series’ at home this season, but its 2011 conference schedule kick off in Jamaica, N.Y. March 25-27 when it takes on St. John’s. The Bearcats will also hit the road next season for conference matchups against Georgetown (April 1-3), Rutgers (April 15-17), Pittsburgh (April 30-May 1) and West Virginia (May 7-8).
The Bearcats will take on BIG EAST opponents at home when they host Louisville (April 8-10), Villanova (April 21-23), Seton Hall (May 14-15) and Connecticut (May 19-21) in BIG EAST action at Marge Schott Stadium.