Baltimore, Md.—Fifth year head coach Bob Mumma announced the team's 2016 schedule this week. The Retrievers will play 25 games at Alumni Field, including seven of the last 12 games. UMBC finished second in the America East last season, falling to Stony Brook 16-11 in the championship with a 34-20, 14-10 record.
UMBC opens the season with back to back weekend trips down south at Wake Forest (Feb. 19-21) and Georgia Tech (Feb. 26-28). Down in Winston-Salem, the Retrievers will play a twin-bill against VMI, followed by single games against the host Demon Deacons and Georgetown.
"These opening weekend trips to Wake Forest and Georgia Tech will be a great test coming off the success we had last year," Head Coach Bob Mumma said about the opening weekends. "The guys are definitely excited to travel down there and play against some great competition."
The month of March will see the Dawgs travel to Georgetown (March 2), and Towson (March 8) with a weekend series at James Madison on March 4-6. The Retrievers will open the home portion of the schedule with a mid-week matchup against Coppin State on Wednesday, March 9. UMBC and Army West Point will tangle in a weekend set with a double header on the 12th and single game on the 13th. Other March games include mid-week games at Richmond (March 16) and George Washington (March 29), and a home meeting with Navy (March 23).
The America East schedule kicks off on March 19-20 against defending champion Stony Brook at Alumni Field. The Retrievers will also host UMass Lowell on March 26-27.
"We get a chance to see where we are in the conference coming out of the gate against Stony Brook," Mumma stated on the conference opener.
The second half of the season starts with a home and home series with Maryland rival Mount St. Mary's on April 2-3. The Retrievers and Mountaineers will play two in Baltimore on the 2nd, before a single game on the 3rd in Emmitsburg. UMBC will face George Washington (April 5), Towson (April 13) and Coppin State (April 27) in mid-week home games, and travel to Annapolis on Apr. 19 to take on the Midshipmen.
Three of four conference weekends will take place on the road in April, as the Retrievers travel to Albany (April 9-10), Maine (April 16-17) and Stony Brook (April 30-May 1). UMBC will host Binghamton on April 23-24.
Seven of the 12 games in May will be played at Alumni Field. UMBC will be on the road in the beginning of the month, traveling to George Mason (May 3) and UMass Lowell (May 7-8). Four mid-week games against Georgetown (May 10), UMES (May 11), Delaware State (May 13) and James Madison (May 17) set up the final weekend of the year against Hartford on May 20-21.
"Our goal is to be the last team standing at the end of the year. Every game this year will help prepare us for the America East Tournament," Mumma said.
The Hartford series will be the final tune up before the Retrievers look to win the America East Championship, which will be held at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass. again this year. The four team, double elimination tournament will take place on May 25-28.
Final Thoughts on the schedule:
"Having some of these bigger schools call us and ask to play really shows how much success we had last year. The opportunity to play the teams we do will help prepare us for the postseason."
Last year the team finished 34-20 with a 14-10 conference mark. The Retrievers placed ten players on all-conference teams, including three on the all-rookie team while claiming the Rookie of the Year (Matt Chanin (Olney, Md./Sherwood)), Pitcher of the Year (Conrad Wozniak (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods/Frank Phillip)) and Coach of the Year (Bob Mumma). Chanin and Jamie Switalski (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) were named Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans.