Baseball announces its 2017 schedule

Baseball announces its 2017 schedule

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia University baseball head coach Pat Horvath has announced the Rams' 2017 schedule, which features 25 home games and a new Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) format, Wednesday.

For the second straight season, the Rams will open the season with the Dinwiddie Challenge in Dinwiddie, Va. on the weekend of Feb. 24-26. A tough weekend awaits Philadelphia as the Rams face three 2016 NCAA Tournaments teams over the three-day event.

In the season opener, Philadelphia squares off with St. Thomas Aquinas, the East Coast Conference runner-up and third-place finisher in the NCAA East Region Tournament on the 24th. The Rams have a pair of games lined up against East Stroudsburg, the fourth-place team in the NCAA Atlantic Regional Tournament, one day later. The weekend wraps up against Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion and NCAA Atlantic Region Tournament qualifier West Chester.

The following weekend has the Rams slated for a three-game series at Georgia College on March 3-4. Philadelphia and Georgia College will play a single game on the third and a doubleheader on the fourth.

Alumni Field sees its first action on March 8 when Le Moyne makes the trip to Philadelphia for a non-conference twinbill.

Non-conference play continues with a three-game weekend series against Queens (N.Y.) on March 11-12. The Rams and Knights will play a doubleheader at Queens on the 11th and a single game in Philadelphia on the 12th.

On March 21, Philadelphia and West Chester will square off for the second time this season in the semifinal round of the annual Bill Giles Invitational on Alumni Field.

The non-conference schedule concludes with a four-game weekend series against Lincoln (Pa.) University on April 14-15. The Friday doubleheader will be played at Lincoln University and the series shifts to Alumni Field on Saturday.

With the addition of Goldey-Beacom College, the CACC will move to divisional play in 2017 and increase the conference slate from 20 to 32 games.

Philadelphia will play in the southern division and have home-and-home doubleheaders against the other five teams in the division: Felician, Wilmington, Chestnut Hill, the University of the Sciences, and Goldey-Beacom. The doubleheaders consist of one 9-inning game and one 7-inning game. Doubleheaders against the northern division (Post, Caldwell, Bloomfield, Dominican, Concordia, and Nyack) are a pair of 9-inning games.

The Rams—the CACC Tournament runner-up—open conference play on March 17 at Wilmington University.

Against the north, Philadelphia plays host to Concordia (March 18), Post (April 8), and Dominican (April 22) and visit Caldwell (March 25), Bloomfield (April 1), and Nyack (April 28).

Last season, Philadelphia went 23-28 overall and reached the final game of the CACC Championship Tournament.