2009 Bates baseball captain
LEWISTON, Maine — First year head coach Edwin Thompson has announced the 36-game schedule for the 2009 Bates College baseball team. The Bobcats will play against 10 teams from conferences outside of the NESCAC, and a total of eight games against four teams that made it to the NCAA or NAIA regionals, including defending NCAA champion Trinity College. Six teams on this year's schedule recorded 20 or more wins a season ago.
The Bobcats hit the road for their first 13 contests of the season, opening up in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in the Cal Ripken Experience tournament. Bates has two games against Alma College of Michigan and another game against Richard Stockton out of New Jersey.
The Bobcats then travel to play a doubleheader against defending Sunrise Conference champion and NAIA Super Regional participant Fisher College for a doubleheader on March 7 in Boston.
Thompson then takes his ball club to Atlanta March 19-22 to play Division II power University of West Georgia for a three-game series, followed by a doubleheader vs. Oglethorpe University.
"Being able to travel and play games against five different teams in three different states will allow us to see what type of team we are going to be before we open up for conference play," said Thompson. "Once we get into conference play, it is a battle every game. I want our players to compete against the best teams in the nation and to give our fans an exciting brand of baseball to watch.
"This is a challenging and exciting schedule for us," Thompson added. "We play 12 home games this year, including games against two teams that are in the Division III preseason Top 25 (No. 5 Southern Maine and No. 7 Trinity)."
NESCAC rivals Colby and Bowdoin, along with a three-game series vs. NESCAC West foe Wesleyan, will also travel to Leahey Field for games. In-state rivals Husson and UMaine-Farmington round out the home schedule. "Being in New England, you know you will play quality teams virtually every game, and that makes for a strong non-schedule and provides a great chance to improve and excel," said Thompson.
The NESCAC Championships are May 7-10, followed by the NCAA Regionals May 13-16 at Eastern Connecticut State University. The College World Series will be held in Fox Cities, Wis., May 22-26.
The Bobcats are coming off a 14-21 record, their most wins since 1992, and return 20 letter winners. The Bobcats’ home opener is March 31 against Husson at 3 p.m. at Leahey Field.