STORRS, Conn. – Coming off a fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last seven seasons, UConn baseball head coach Jim Penders announced the Huskies’ full 56-game 2017 slate on Monday afternoon. Connecticut will play a challenging 24-game American Athletic Conference schedule and host 22 games at J.O. Christian Field.
The Huskies, who earned an automatic berth into the 2016 NCAA Tournament after securing the American Athletic Conference tournament title, will play 14 teams that qualified for the national tournament a season ago.
Connecticut opens its schedule with four games in three days against New England foe UMass-Lowell on a neutral field in Port St. Lucie, Fla. On Feb. 17-19. The Huskies picked up a 4-2 weekday win against the River Hawks a season ago at LeLacheur Park. Next up, the Huskies head to Austin, Texas to battle the Longhorns in a three-game series on Feb. 24-26. Connecticut owns a 1-2 all-time mark against Texas in a series dating back to 1957.
The month of March begins with the team’s lone in-season tournament at Stetson on March 3-5 and will feature the Huskies, St. Joseph’s, Western Michigan and Stetson. A complete tournament schedule will be announced at a future date. Following tournament action, the Huskies begin a West Coast swing with a three-game set at UC Davis on March 10-12 before challenging Santa Clara in midweek action on March 14. Connecticut will meet BYU for the first time in program history in Provo, Utah on March 16-18 before returning to the Nutmeg State for regional battles against Yale (March 21) and Central Connecticut (March 22).
The Huskies make their 2017 home debut with a three-game series against former Big East foe Seton Hall on March 24-26. In 2016, Connecticut won 14 of its 19 games played at J.O. Christian Field, including seven of eight contests against non-conference competition.
After a pair of midweek contests against 2016 NCAA Tournament participants Boston College (March 28) and Fairfield (March 29), the Huskies open their league schedule with three games at East Carolina on March 31-April 2. Connecticut then returns home for a five-game homestand beginning with tilts vs. Northeastern (April 4) and Hartford (April 5) before the team welcomes Memphis to Storrs on April 7-9.
The 20-game April schedule continues with a midweek contest at Bryant (April 11) before the Huskies head to New Orleans to take on Tulane in a conference match-up on April 13-15. The following weekend, Connecticut makes its way to Orlando to challenge UCF on April 21-23. Last season, the Huskies swept the Knights in a three-game clash in Storrs.
Two more regional match-ups with Holy Cross (April 25) and URI (April 26) lead the Huskies in to their final April series against Cincinnati (April 28-30) and close a five-game homestand.
May begins with a rematch of the American Athletic Conference Tournament Championship game as the Huskies head to the Lone Star State to battle with Houston on May 5-7. Connecticut closes the regular season with seven of its final eight games at home, including league series against USF (May 12-14) and East Carolina (18-20).
The 2017 American Tournament is set to return to Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. And will be played on May 23-28.