“We are excited to release our 2017 schedule,” Butler said. “We really feel like this year’s schedule is a great one for our program, players, and community. We open Feb. 17 at home against Utah Valley who is coming off of a 2016 regional and we have an exciting home schedule that includes our Shocker Alumni weekend against Texas Tech, a 2016 College World Series participant. Our road schedule has us returning a trip to Cal Poly and we are starting a home and home series with Louisiana Tech, another 2016 regional participant. One very exciting road trip this year is having LSU on the schedule. Any time the Shockers and the Tigers meet up in a weekend series, it is great for college baseball.”
The Shockers begin the 2017 season at Eck Stadium with seven-straight home games. WSU opens with a three-game series against 2016 NCAA Tournament team Utah Valley, Feb. 17-19. The Shockers then face Grand Canyon for a three-game series, Feb. 24-26, before wrapping up the home stand against Omaha on March 1.
WSU then plays 11 of the next 13 games on the road. The road trip begins in Ruston, La., March 3-5, for a three-game series at Louisiana Tech, another 2016 NCAA Tournament team. The Shockers follow that up with a game at Oklahoma (March 7) and then head back to Louisiana to face 2016 Super Regional participant and national power LSU in Baton Rouge, March 10-12. The two teams have not met since the 1996 College World Series.
The Shockers return home for a two-game series with Northern Colorado (March 14-15) before heading back on the road to face Cal Poly for a three-game series March 17-19 in San Luis Obispo, Calif. WSU finishes the road trip at 2016 NCAA Tourney participant Oral Roberts on March 21. The Golden Eagles return the trip to Wichita on May 9.
WSU plays 11 of the next 12 at Eck Stadium including two 2016 College World Series participants. The Shockers face Texas Tech for a three-game series at Eck March 24-26, which will also be Alumni Weekend. WSU hosts Oklahoma State on April 4. The Shockers also travel to Stillwater, Okla., to face the Cowboys on March 28.
The Shockers open Missouri Valley Conference play at home against Southern Illinois, April 7-9, and will travel to former Valley-rival Creighton on April 25.
The final 2016 NCAA Tournament team on the schedule is Dallas Baptist. The Shockers travel to Dallas, May 5-7 for a three-game MVC series.
Other teams that will visit Eck Stadium in 2016 include Sacramento State (March 22), Valparaiso (March 31-April 2), Kansas (April 18), Illinois State (April 28-30), Evansville (May 12-14) and Kansas State (May 16).
Wichita State will travel to Springfield, Mo., for the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament (May 24-28) hosted by Missouri State.