Press Release Written by Sports Information Graduate Intern Mary Kate Rumbaugh
NEWARK, Del. – Looking to repeat for the third straight year as Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Champions, the Wilmington University baseball team's Head Coach Brian August announces the upcoming 2020 schedule.
For the second time in program history, the men look to go for three straight CACC titles, clinching the crown in 2018 and 2019. They also look to go for their third straight appearance in the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament. The 2020 campaign will consist of 13 home dates, along with their two annual trips down south. The schedule also consists of games against eight teams (11 games) that appeared in their respective NCAA Regional Tournament last season.
To begin the season, the men will travel down to Myrtle Beach for a weekend tournament from February 21-23. There, they will take on East Region foe's Stonehill and Molloy, along with East Region Champion and NCAA Division II National Tournament participant, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Preseason No. 10 New York Tech. The Bears also ended the Wildcats season in the Regional Tournament in 2019.
To begin March, the Wildcats will travel down to the Sunshine State to play in eight contests throughout the week of March 1-7. To begin the week, they will take on No. 25 Seton Hill, Tiffin, Gannon, and St. Anselm, before having to play No. 27 St. Cloud St. They will end the week with a doubleheader against Gannon on Friday, March 6, before finishing up on Saturday, March 7 against No. 18 Minnesota St. Mankato for a single game. Tiffin (Midwest), Gannon (Atlantic), St. Cloud State (Central), and Minnesota State (Central) all made their Regional Tournaments last year.
When they return to Delaware, the men will head to Shippensburg on Friday, March 11 for a 3:00 p.m. contest. Wilmington will have their first home game of the season when LeMoyne and Bridgeport come to Wilson Field for the Wildcat Baseball Invite starting on Friday, March 13.
WilmU will open up CACC play at home on Tuesday, March 17 when Chestnut Hill travels to New Castle for a doubleheader, before competing against Kutztown on March 18. The men will finish up the month of March on the road where they will take on cross-town rival Goldey-Beacom, Concordia, and USciences.
USciences will come to Wilson Field on the 3rd to begin April, which will open one of six home dates during the month. They travel to defending CACC Regular Season Champs and East Regional participant Felician on April 4 before returning home for a stretch of three home games, including on April 8 against Caldwell, April 14 against Jefferson, and April 15 against West Chester. The Wildcats will have their final regular season home game on Saturday, April 25, and end the regular season on the road at No. 19 Millersville on April 28. Both West Chester and Millersville made the Atlantic Regional last year.
The CACC Play-in Game will be held on Saturday, May 2 at the higher seed, before the double-elimination portion of the Tournament will be held the following weekend, from May 7-9 at Post University.