Diamond Hawks release 2017 baseball schedule

Diamond Hawks release 2017 baseball schedule

WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Highlighted by a home-and-home series with reigning national champion Coastal Carolina, a trip to Ole Miss and 32 home games, UNCW Head Coach Mark Scalf has announced his team's schedule for the 2017 season. 

"Putting together a challenging schedule is a priority for our program," said Scalf, who enters his 26th season as head coach at UNCW. "Every weekend series and mid-week game is one that will help us get better for the following week."

The non-conference schedule continues to be a strong one the Seahawks, who host their annual Hughes Bros. Challenge (Feb. 17-19) with George Mason, VMI and Appalachian State rounding out the season-opening round robin at Brooks Field.

The Seahawks head to Oxford, Miss., for three games (Feb. 24-26) with Ole Miss. UNCW will play 13 games against teams that played in the 2015 NCAA regionals. Home-and-home series with NC State, East Carolina and Coastal Carolina account for six of those games.

"We have a great fan base, one that is passionate about their Seahawks and college baseball. I feel this will be another exciting schedule for them to come out a support us."

Other home-and-home series include longtime rival Campbell and High Point, both from the Big South Conference. Maryland will visit Brooks Field for a pair of mid-week tilts (Mar. 21-22).

Other non-conference home weekend series include Florida Gulf Coast, Longwood and VCU. The Seahawks will play North Carolina Central in a conference-bye weekend with the Seahawks hosting on Friday and then heading to Durham for the final two games. UNCW and North Carolina will only play once this season and that game will be in Chapel Hill.

Colonial Athletic Association play opens on Mar. 24-26 with UNCW hosting defending champion William & Mary. Other home series include James Madison (Apr. 14-16), Delaware (Apr. 26-28) and Northeastern (May 5-7).

The Seahawks visit College of Charleston (Mar. 31-Apr. 2), Hofstra (Apr. 21-23), Elon (May 12-14) and Towson (May 18-20).

Brooks Field and UNCW will host the CAA Championship Tournament on May 25-28.

Notes: Both East Carolina and Coastal Carolina reached the super regionals last season ... When UNCW hosts Coastal Carolina, it will be the first time its hosted a defending national champion ... Longwood and Florida Gulf Coast are first-time opponents ... UNCW visited Ole Miss for three games in 2012 ... George Mason and VCU are former CAA members ... UNCW won its last series against Maryland in the 2015 season ... Brooks Field will host its 13th conference championship tournament ... UNCW plays 14 home games and just two road games in March ... In May, it's three home games and eight on the road to close out the schedule.