The full slate of games for the 2014 APSU baseball season was released on Wednesday, Oct. 23, featuring 31 games at the Bat Govs’ home ballpark of Raymond C. Hand Park.
Offseason preparation are in full swing for APSU, with the annual Red-White World Series in the books. The White team swept the Red squad in three games by scores of 7-5, 3-0, and 3-1.
The first pitch of the regular season will be thrown on Feb. 14 against Iowa in a three-game set, which is the second consecutive year the Big Ten member has traveled to Clarksville for a series. After hosting Southern Illinois on the 18th, the Govs will make a rare trip to Texas to take on the Baylor Bears on the 21-23.
After a two-game series at home against Eastern Michigan, APSU will hold its annual Riverview Inn Classic at Raymond C. Park. As always, it will feature four teams including the Govs. This season, Bradley, Dayton, and Xavier will take part in the classic, which runs from Feb. 28 to March 2.
Following the weekend, the Govs will play eight-straight games at home against Evansville, Akron, Lipscomb, and the first Ohio Valley Conference series of the season against Eastern Illinois on March 14-16.
The stand out game non-conference contest on the schedule is a road game at Tennessee on March 18. The Govs and Vols last played on April 24, 2012, with APSU winning 8-4. The first road OVC will be on March 21-23 at Jacksonville State, and after a mid-week game at Evansville, the Govs will host rival Murray State on March 28-30.
A stretch of five-straight road match-ups awaits the Govs to begin the month of April, with games at Western Kentucky and Indiana State before traveling to Tennessee Tech to face the 2013 OVC Champion Eagles on April 4-6.
Games vs. Western Kentucky, at Memphis, at Southern Illinois, vs. MTSU, at MTSU, and at Lipscomb round out the non-conference schedule.
Within OVC play, the Govs will play the following: vs. Southeast Missouri (April 11-13), at Belmont (April 17-19), vs. Eastern Kentucky (April 25-27), at Morehead State (May 2-4), vs. UT Martin (May 9-11), and at SIU Edwardsville (May 15-17).
The 2014 OVC Baseball Tournament, which takes place from The Ballpark in Jackson, Tenn., will begin on May 21.
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