UTB/TSC Baseball Begins

POSTED: Monday, October 12, 2009 - 9:51pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:34am

Scorpions Announce 46-Game Baseball Schedule with New Opponents
Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 10:00 AM - [Baseball]

UTB/TSC will play begin its 46-game 2010 baseball campaign on January 22, a date that is likely to be earliest collegiate baseball to be played in the United States, with 22 games scheduled at Scorpion Field.

Included in the schedule are road games against new NCAA Division I opponents Prairie View A&M University and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and defending NAIA National Champion Lubbock Christian University.

The Scorpions will be entering their fourth season playing NAIA baseball and have improved their records each year. Last year's 28-31 mark was the best in the NAIA era. UTB/TSC finished third in the Red River Athletic Conference Tournament for the second straight year.

"I'm looking forward to our schedule and we can hardly wait until we can start playing," Scorpion head coach Bryan Aughney said. "We have a lot of work to do and I know we are all excited to take care of our unfinished business this year."

Wayland Baptist University visits Scorpion Field for a four-game series to start the season Jan. 22-23, before home-and-home four-game series with The University of Houston-Victoria. Both WBU and UHV qualified for the NAIA National Championship Opening Round in 2009.

The Scorpions then visit the defending NAIA champion Chaparrals in Lubbock for a four-game series Feb. 19-20 in their longest road trip of the season. Lubbock Christian started its 2009 season at Scorpion Field.

"It will be a great measuring stick for our team," Aughney said. "They will be tough but we are excited for the challenge."

UTB/TSC then participates in The University of Texas-Pan American Al Ogletree Classic for the first time Feb. 26-28. The Scorpions play NCAA Division I members UTPA and Prairie View A&M twice each.

"We're super excited about the opportunity to play in the Ogletree Classic at UTPA," Aughney said. "It's great for the Valley and for our guys. It will be great competition and a great venue, and should be exciting baseball."

UTB/TSC then visits Concordia University-Austin, an NCAA Division III member, March 3 before taking on Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for the first time ever on the road March 9.

Fisher College (Mass.) and Valley City State University (N.D.) will visiting Scorpion Field for numerous games during Spring Break for the third consecutive year, and Concordia University (Neb.) will be visiting South Texas for the first time that week.

On March 26, the Scorpions begin a 12-game Red River Athletic Conference schedule to determine who advances to the conference tournament in Fort Worth in May.

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