ATHENS — Although winter is just now setting in, the Concord University baseball team is looking forward to the new year as the program and head coach Kevin Garrett unveiled their 2020 schedule recently.
The spring slate is comprised of 32 Mountain East Conference games and 17 non-conference contests starting with a doubleheader at Wingate on Feb. 1 that is part of a three-game set to open the season.
In fact, this will be the start of an 11 game road trip to start off the season. CU plays eight straight games at neutral sites with six coming at Glenville State in the MEC-PSAC Mixer (February 21-23 and February 28-March 1). Of the six games at the MEC-PSAC Mixer, Concord faces Mansfield twice and Mercyhurst twice. The other two contests will be against Clarion and Lock Haven. CU is a combined 7-0 all-time against Clarion and Mercyhurst. Last season, the Mountain Lions defeated Clarion, 11-7. In between those six games is a doubleheader versus Pitt-Johnstown at Epling Stadium in Beckley on Feb. 24.
The home opener for Concord is also the first MEC games of the season, a doubleheader against Wheeling March 14. All MEC doubleheaders will begin at 1 p.m. this season.
CU will face Ohio Valley University on the road April 7 before a home date April 21. In 2019, Concord had nine wins by two runs or less including two over OVU to start the season. The Mountain Lions were 17-4 at home last season and are 34-15 in the last two years Anderson Field—a win percentage of .693. The longest home-stand for CU in 2020 will be a nine-game stretch starting April 18 against Davis & Elkins.
Other highlights on the schedule is a home-and-away midweek against former conference member UVa.-Wise. CU hosts the Cavaliers 2:00 p.m. March 17 before a return trip to Wise, Virginia April 14 at 4:00 p.m. In a series that featured three games decided by three runs or less, Concord hosts Charleston April 25-26 at Anderson Field.
The regular season concludes with a home-and-away doubleheader against Glenville State. The Mountain Lions visit Glenville, West Virginia May 1 before welcoming the Pioneers to Athens May 3.