So the World Series ended with the San Francisco Giants holding up the trophy, but apparently there’s still baseball on the brain around UNC Charlotte. That’s because the Charlotte 49ers baseball team released its 2013 schedule, which kicks off on February 15 against Delaware State (that day will be here before you know it). Here’s just a few games/series on the schedule that we’ve got our eye on as the Niners look to shake off a disappointing 2012 season.
Kent State, March 8-10
The Golden Flashes, a perennial MAC power, participated in the College World Series earlier this year and looks to be one of the upcoming programs in America. In June, they lost to Arkansas before dropping Florida in an elimination game, but couldn’t overcome eventual runner-up and two-time defending champ South Carolina in the end. This is quite a home series and looks to be one of the better-attended ones of the year.
NC State, April 16
Another national power, the Wolfpack advanced to the Super Regionals last year, where they were swept by Florida in the best-of-three series. Even though it’s a Tuesday night game, we wouldn’t be surprised to see quite a turnout, especially from Wolfpack fans that live in the area.
@ North Carolina, April 24
Niner Nation would love to see nothing more than the Green and While top their in-state foes (which they did, 4-2, back in 2011). Something tells us that the bad feelings from that loss in the College Cup in soccer will not have dissipated at all, and let’s be honest, isn’t it great to beat the Heels in something regardless?
@ Coastal Carolina, April 30
Coastal always seems to be in the mix baseball-wise. They’re coming off an appearance in the regionals where they went 1-2, and there’s no reason to believe that they won’t be back in the tournament again in 2013. A tough road game for the Niners and a good measuring stick.
VCU, March 29-31; Butler, May 3-5
We include VCU and Butler in the list not because of their baseball prowess, but because the new kids on the A-10 block will be stopping at the Hayes this year. Neither team has done too well in previous years, and it will be interesting to see how they handle the transition to the Atlantic 10.