2016 Schedule | Schedule PDF
STORRS, Conn. – On Monday, UConn baseball head coach Jim Penders announced the squad’s schedule for the 2016 season. The Huskies will play a 56-game regular season slate that includes 24 American Athletic Conference tilts and 20 home contests at J.O. Christian Field in Storrs.
Additionally, the squad will play 23 games against eight teams that qualified for the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
Connecticut kicks off its season with a three-game set against Texas-San Antonio on Feb. 19-21, marking the first time the two programs will meet on the diamond. The following weekend (Feb. 26-28), the team will participate in the Austin Peay Tournament in Clarksville, Tenn. A complete tournament field will be announced at a later date.
UConn will open the month of March with a three-game series at Liberty on March 4-6 before starting midweek action against 2015 NEC Tournament champion Sacred Heart on March 9. The Huskies and Flames haven’t met since 1991, while UConn has won 15 of its 18 all-time meetings against the Pioneers.
Next up, UConn will embark on its annual spring break road trip that will feature nine games in the state of California beginning with a pair of neutral tilts against William & Mary (March 11, 12) and CSUN (March 11, 13) at Matador Field on the campus of Cal State Northridge. After a two-day layoff, the team heads to Los Angeles to take on national power USC (March 16). for the third-time in program history, before rounding out the trip with a three-game set at UC Santa Barbara (March 18-20).
Connecticut returns to Storrs, where it won nine of 16 games in 2014, to host its 2015 home opener on March 22 when it welcomes Yale to J.O. Christian Field. After another midweek contest at home against Central Connecticut State University (March 22), the Huskies will play Columbia three times in two days split between New York and Connecticut. Connecticut finishes up its March schedule with a non-conference matchup at Boston College on March 29. Last season, the Huskies topped the Eagles, 8-7, to secure Penders’ 400th career victory at the helm of the program.
The month of April also brings the beginning of conference play as UConn will welcome 2015 NCAA Tournament participant Tulane to Storrs for three games on April 1-3. After midweeks against Northeastern (April 5) and in-state rival Hartford (April 6), the Huskies travel to Schott Stadium for a league series against Cincinnati. The Huskies swept the Bearcats in a crucial three-game showdown a season ago and are 15-8 all-time against the program in a series that dates back to 2006.
After two more regional home midweek tilts against Fairfield (March 12) and Bryant (March 13), UConn will host 2015 American Athletic Conference regular season champion Houston at J.O. Christian from April 15-18. The following weekend, the team will play the first of six contests against league tournament champion ECU when it heads to Greenville, N.C. on April 22-24.
Connecticut’s penultimate midweek contest comes against Holy Cross on April 26 in the 64th all-time meeting, setting the stage for a pair of three-game weekend series at Memphis (April 29-May1) and at home against ECU (May 7-8). The Huskies welcome UCF to Storrs on May 13-15 before closing midweek play against Rhode Island on May 17. The team will round out the regular season against South Florida on May 19-21.
The American Championship returns to Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater, Fla. from May 24-29. UConn made noise at the league tournament in 2015, winning an 11-inning thriller against UCF and fighting back with a five-run eighth inning to secure a win over Tulane before bowing out to champion ECU in a Saturday elimination game.