BALTIMORE – The UMBC baseball team will undertake a 48-game schedule for the 2014 season, third-year head coach Bob Mumma announced on Wednesday afternoon. The slate includes 20 games on campus at Alumni Field where the Retrievers went 11-12 last season, as well as non-conference trips to Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Greenville, N.C.
The 2014 Retrievers will open the season on the road with a three-game set at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. (Feb 28-March 2) before heading to the Palmetto State for the Myrtle Beach Hyundai Classic to take on UNC-Greensboro once and Elon twice (March 7-9) at TicketReturn.com Field, home of the Class-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
“I think we’ve put together another competitive schedule when you look at both the out-of-conference games and the America East slate,” Mumma said. “We’re going to be challenged early with our trips to William and Mary and then again at Coastal (Myrtle Beach Hyundai Classic) and those games will prepare us for the America East season which starts the very next weekend.”
UMBC then returns to Maryland to clash with in-state rival UMES on the Eastern Shore on March 12 and then kicks off its home slate by hosting Navy the very next afternoon at Alumni Field. The Retrievers head into their 27-game conference schedule that weekend as Albany comes calling for a three-game series. America East play controls weekend play the rest of the season with the only exceptions coming on March 28-30 when the Black and Gold will travel to take on East Carolina and a bye weekend on Apr. 19-20.
“I expect the America East to be as strong as ever this season,” said Mumma. “It’s a very underrated league and this year should be exciting with every team competing for a playoff spot.
“The addition of UMass Lowell brings fresh competition to the league but also gives us the opportunity for a weekend series out of conference and we look forward to facing a nationally-known program like ECU.”
In addition to the trips down south, UMBC will face its familiar local opponents – Coppin State (A-Apr. 16, H-Apr. 23), George Washington (A-March 25, H-Apr. 15), Georgetown (A-March 18, H-May 13), and Towson (A-May 6, H-May 14) – as well as its traditional rivals such in Navy and Maryland. The Retrievers will host the Midshipmen at Alumni Field on March 13 and travel to Annapolis on March 26 while making the short trip down I-95 to face the Terps in College Park on March 19.
“The team is excited to have our Maryland-area and local rivalries on the schedule once again,” Mumma said. “We’re especially pleased to have Navy and Maryland back on the schedule and we look forward to continuing both of those series in the coming years as well.”
The Retrievers will also play a home-and-home set with Delaware State (A-Apr. 1, H-Apr. 9).
UMBC will close out its 2014 home schedule with a five-game stretch in mid-May at Alumni Field which features a weekend series against 2012 College World Series participant Stony Brook followed by single non-conference games against Georgetown and Towson. Then, the Retrievers will finish off the regular season for the second year in a row with three games at 2013 America East regular season champion Maine.
- 2014 will mark the first time that UMBC will face Elon and UMass Lowell on the baseball diamond in school history.
- The 2014 schedule includes four teams which played in the 2013 NCAA Tournament (Binghamton, Elon, Towson, and William and Mary).
- This is the fourth time in school history that UMBC will open its season at William and Mary. The Retrievers and Tribe also met in 2003, 2006, and 2007 to start the year.
- UMBC last took on in-state rival Maryland in baseball in 2010.
- The only meeting between UMBC and East Carolina came in the 2001 NCAA Tournament with the Pirates shutting out the Retrievers, 7-0.