Baltimore, Md.—UMBC baseball head coach Bob Mumma released the 2015 slate on Friday. The schedule features 25 home contests, as well as three games at the Coastal Carolina Tournament against a pair of Big Ten schools.
The Retrievers will open up the season with a trio of games at North Carolina A&T on February 20-22. UMBC will then head to cross-town rival Towson a few days later for the first of two matchups with the Tigers. The month of February will come to a close with the home opener against Lafayette on the 28 and March 1.
March will feature games against top tier competition, as well as a pair of conference matchups. The Retrievers will play a stretch of six games in seven days to open up the month. UMBC heads to Georgetown (March 3) and Coppin State (March 4) before making the trek down south to South Carolina. UMBC will face Michigan (March 6), Michigan State (March 7) , and Toledo (March 8) as part of the three day Coastal Carolina Tournament. UMBC will close out the stretch with a home game against Richmond on March 10.
The rest of the month will see UMBC travel to Navy as well as a three game series with the Citadel before closing out the month at George Washington and Mount St. Mary's. The Retrievers will play host to conference foes Hartford (March 14-15) and Binghamton (March 28-29) on the road to the conference championships.
"We are excited about the schedule we have this year," Mumma said. "We have some really good games to open up the season before we gear up with the conference schedule."
The second half of the season will feature 14 home matchups, highlighted by a double dip with St. Peter's to open up the month of April. George Washington comes to town just days later, before the Retrievers head out to Stony Brook and UMass Lowell. UMBC will get Maine at home this year for a
The month of May comes with six of the last nine games coming at home. Towson, Maryland- Eastern Shore, and Georgetown round out the non-conference schedule, all at home. Albany comes to Baltimore on April 9-10 as the final America East weekend of the year. The Retrievers will close out the regular season at Hartford on May 15-16 to end the year.
The 2015 America East Championships will be held May 20-23 at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Massachusetts. Binghamton took the 2014 crown after defeating regular season champion Stony Brook, 8-7 in 12 innings at LeLacheur Park. Binghamton dropped their opening game, before rattling off four straight wins to take the championship.
"The America East is historically a strong conference. Every team is well coached and has a chance to win on any given day." Coach Mumma said about the conference slate. "Stony Brook, Binghamton and Maine are always near the top, but every team in the conference is a threat to take it all. Every weekend will be a battle."