WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – William and Mary head baseball coach Brian Murphy announced the 2015 baseball schedule on Monday morning. This year’s competitive slate is highlighted by a pair of teams that played in the College World Series, four teams that played in the Super Regionals, seven teams that made the 2014 NCAA Tournament, and 29 home games.
“It is a great schedule that we have put together for the upcoming season,” Murphy said. “The success of the last couple of years’ teams have made it realistic to create a schedule that allows us to gain an RPI to potentially warrant an at-large bid. I think this schedule certainly does that. Off the bat, we are playing two teams that went to Omaha last year. We open up at Ole Miss, and get to play Virginia. Aside from that we play several other teams that played in Super Regionals, including College of Charleston and Kennesaw State, add in a handful of NCAA Tournament teams, and it’s a really competitive schedule.”
W&M opens the season at 2014 College World Series participant Ole Miss on Friday, Feb. 13. The three-game series continues on Saturday, Feb. 14, before concluding on Sunday, Feb. 15.
The Tribe returns home to Williamsburg for a season-long 15-game home stand, which is more than half of the Green and Gold’s home games in 2015. The home stand opens with a mid-week game against VMI on Feb. 17. W&M plays three-game weekend series with 2014 NCAA Tournament team Binghamton (Feb. 20-22), Fairfield (Feb. 27-March 1), and UMass-Lowell (March 6-8) during the 15-game home stand. The mid-week games during the remainder of the home stand include: Longwood (Feb. 24), 2014 NCAA Tournament team Campbell (March 3 & 4), and ACC rival Virginia Tech (March 10 & 11).
W&M will play non-conference road weekends at NCAA Super Regional qualifier Kennesaw State (March 20-22). The College concludes the schedule at Atlantic 10 rival George Washington (May 14 and 15).
Following the 15-game home stand, the Tribe will continue non-conference play with a pair of home mid-week games. W&M welcomes Connecticut on Wednesday, March 18, before hosting 2014 NCAA Tournament team Old Dominion on Tuesday, April 14.
The Tribe plays six non-conference road midweek contests in 2015. The Green and Gold will travel to Richmond (March 24), Radford (March 31), Old Dominion (April 1), Longwood (April 7), 2014 national runner-up Virginia (April 15), and VMI (April 24).
Colonial Athletic Association play is back to nine teams, and the Tribe opens the league play on the road at Hofstra. The three-game series will take place on March 13-15. The Tribe’s other road weekend’s include: Towson (April 3-5), UNCW (April 10-12), and Delaware (April 24-26).
The home portion of the CAA slate includes four home weekends. W&M welcomes CAA newcomer Elon to Plumeri Park on March 27-29. The Tribe will also host James Madison (April 17-19), 2014 Super Regional participant and CAA defending champion College of Charleston (May 1-3), and Northeastern (May 8-10).
Charleston will play host to this year’s CAA Baseball Championship. The top six teams qualify for the event, which takes place from May 20-23.
W&M returns 21 players from last year’s squad, while welcoming six freshman into the mix. Under first-year head coach Brian Murphy the Tribe won 32 games, while winning the CAA regular season title for the first-time in school history, and advanced to the CAA championship game for the second straight year.