With the season just two months away, second-year head coach Billy Mohl and the USF baseball team officially released the 2019 schedule on Friday.
️ IT'S HERE!!! We'll be tested early and often in 2019, with a total of 55 games, 22 against teams that appeared in a regional last year.— USF Baseball (@USFBaseball) December 14, 2018
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The Bulls will open the new year at home with a three-game series against Samford February 15-17. The Bulldogs went 37-26 last season, won their conference tournament (SOCON) and defeated No. 7 seed Florida State to begin the Tallahassee regional.
Following the opening series, the Bulls will welcome in Florida for the first time since 2015 for a midweek contest on Tuesday, February 19.
USF will hit the road for the first time February 22-24 for a rare non-conference series at North Carolina. The Bulls and Tar Heels met last February in Tampa, where USF won the opener but dropped the final two games.
The road doesn’t get any easier when the Bulls return home as Mike Martin and the Florida State Seminoles come to town for just the third time since 1999 on February 26.
From a GoUSFBulls.com release,
“We are all looking forward to this schedule,” said coach Mohl. “This schedule is going to challenge us right out of the gate featuring a couple series and two midweek games against regional teams from last year.”
USF will host Western Michigan for the first time since 1996 on March 1-3 before heading to Port Charlotte on March 5 to face the Tampa Bay Rays (yes, you read that correctly) as part of the Rays spring training. The game will count as a regular season contest for USF.
The Bulls return home for a three-game series versus a tough Liberty squad on March 8-10 before their first true in-state road tilt at Jacksonville, an NCAA Tournament team from 2018, on March 12.
Following the Jacksonville game, USF will travel to Daytona Beach to face Bethune-Cookman the very next day and then open a three-game set against Dartmouth at home on Friday, March 15.
Also from the release,
“I believe this schedule will prepare us for the grind of American Athletic Conference play,” said coach Mohl. “Continuing to improve and get deeper, the conference as a whole ranked fourth in RPI last year.”
The Bulls will begin American Athletic Conference play March 22-24 when they host Cincinnati. Defending league champion East Carolina comes to town March 29-31.
After a midweek non-conference game with FGCU on April 2, USF will head to Oviedo for the War on I-4 on April 5-7.
Following a trip to New Orleans for three games at Tulane April 12-14, the Bulls return home for a lengthy stretch that includes UNF on April 16, the final non-conference series versus The Citadel April 18-20 and a crucial series against Houston April 26-28.
The final month of the regular season begins with road trips to Memphis May 3-5, Gainesville for a midweek match-up with the Gators on May 7 and UConn on May 10-12.
For the first time since 2016, USF will close the season at home with a contest against Jacksonville on May 14 and host Wichita State for the first time ever on May 16-18.
The AAC Championship will again be in Clearwater at Spectrum Field May 21-16.
You can check out the full schedule here.