CHARLESTON, S.C. – A season-opening series with the Big 12's West Virginia and a weekend series at South Carolina highlight Charleston Southern's 2016 baseball schedule, CSU head coach Stuart Lake announced on Tuesday.
The Buccaneers will open the season on Feb. 19-21 with a three-game series against Mountaineers at CSU Ballpark. CSU has 30 home games scheduled, 16 of which are in the first month of the season.
"We're excited to have West Virginia coming here for the opening weekend," CSU head coach Stuart Lake said Tuesday. "It closes out our home-and-home series with them. Coach (Randy) Mazey coached here and he wanted to start the season in Charleston. It's good for our program to get a series at CSU Ballpark with a power five conference team."
CSU's first five road games will be played in SEC parks as the Bucs travel to Athens, Ga. to face the Georgia Bulldogs for a two-game series (March 1-2) before a three-game series at South Carolina (March 11-13) in Columbia, S.C. The Bucs also play at Clemson on May 17.
"It's a challenging schedule, maybe too much," Lake added. "The opening weekend (WVU) and the series at South Carolina will be big tests for us early in the season to see where we are against some of the nation's top programs."
Butler (Feb. 26-28), UMass (March 4-6), and George Washington (March 18-20) visit CSU Ballpark for weekend series in non-conference play.
CSU opens Big South Conference play March 24-26 against Campbell at CSU Ballpark. Longwood, UNC Asheville, and Coastal Carolina all come to Charleston for conference series, while the Bucs make trips to Liberty, Gardner-Webb, Winthrop, and Presbyterian in league play.
CSU will also play its traditional, Charleston-area rivals, playing a home-and-home series with both College of Charleston and The Citadel. The Bucs will also play Savannah State, USC Upstate, North Carolina Central, and Jacksonville all twice in midweek action.
Lake begins his eighth season with the Bucs this fall. The Bucs were 23-30 last season.
|2016 Charleston Southern Baseball Schedule|
|2/19||West Virginia||CSU Ballpark||4 p.m.|
|2/20||West Virginia||CSU Ballpark||2 p.m.|
|2/21||West Virginia||CSU Ballpark||1 p.m.|
|2/23||College of Charleston||CSU Ballpark||6 p.m.|
|2/24||Jacksonville||CSU Ballpark||6 p.m.|
|2/26||Butler||CSU Ballpark||6 p.m.|
|2/27||Butler||CSU Ballpark||4 p.m.|
|2/28||Butler||CSU Ballpark||2 p.m.|
|3/1||Georgia||Athens, Ga.||5 p.m.|
|3/2||Georgia||Athens, Ga.||5 p.m.|
|3/4||UMASS||CSU Ballpark||6 p.m.|
|3/5||UMASS||CSU Ballpark||4 p.m.|
|3/6||UMASS||CSU Ballpark||2 p.m.|
|3/8||North Carolina Central||CSU Ballpark||6 p.m.|
|3/9||USC Upstate||CSU Ballpark||6 p.m.|
|3/11||South Carolina||Columbia, S.C.||7 p.m.|
|3/12||South Carolina||Columbia, S.C.||4 p.m.|
|3/13||South Carolina||Columbia, S.C.||1:30 p.m.|
|3/16||College of Charleston||Mount Pleasant, S.C.||6 p.m.|
|3/18||George Washington||CSU Ballpark||6 p.m.|
|3/19||George Washington||CSU Ballpark||4 p.m.|
|3/20||George Washington||CSU Ballpark||2 p.m.|
|3/22||Jacksonville||Jacksonville, Fla.||6 p.m.|
|3/24||Campbell||CSU Ballpark||6 p.m.|
|3/25||Campbell||CSU Ballpark||4 p.m.|
|3/26||Campbell||CSU Ballpark||2 p.m.|
|3/29||The Citadel||Charleston, S.C.||6 p.m.|
|4/1||Longwood||CSU Ballpark||6 p.m.|
|4/2||Longwood||CSU Ballpark||4 p.m.|
|4/3||Longwood||CSU Ballpark||2 p.m.|
|4/5||The Citadel||CSU Ballpark||6 p.m.|
|4/8||Liberty||Lynchburg, Va.||7 p.m.|
|4/9||Liberty||Lynchburg, Va.||3 p.m.|
|4/10||Liberty||Lynchburg, Va.||2 p.m.|
|4/12||Savannah St.||CSU Ballpark||6 p.m.|
|4/13||Savannah St.||Savannah, Ga.||5 p.m.|
|4/15||UNC Asheville||CSU Ballpark||6 p.m.|
|4/16||UNC Asheville||CSU Ballpark||4 p.m.|
|4/17||UNC Asheville||CSU Ballpark||2 p.m.|
|4/20||USC Upstate||Spartanburg, S.C.||6 p.m.|
|4/22||Gardner-Webb*||Boiling Springs, N.C.||6 p.m.|
|4/23||Gardner-Webb*||Boiling Springs, N.C.||2 p.m.|
|4/24||Gardner-Webb*||Boiling Springs, N.C.||2 p.m.|
|5/6||Winthrop*||Rock Hill, S.C.||6 p.m.|
|5/7||Winthrop*||Rock Hill, S.C.||6 p.m.|
|5/8||Winthrop*||Rock Hill, S.C.||2 p.m.|
|5/11||North Carolina Central||Durham, N.C.||6 p.m.|
|5/13||Coastal Carolina*||CSU Ballpark||6 p.m.|
|5/14||Coastal Carolina*||CSU Ballpark||4 p.m.|
|5/15||Coastal Carolina*||CSU Ballpark||2 p.m.|
|5/17||Clemson||Clemson, S.C.||6 p.m.|
|5/19||Presbyterian*||Clinton, S.C.||3 p.m.|
|5/20||Presbyterian*||Clinton, S.C.||3 p.m.|
|5/21||Presbyterian*||Clinton, S.C.||1 p.m.|
|Home game in BOLD|
|*Denotes Big South Conference Game|