NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Head coach Dave Jarvis and Belmont baseball are excited to announce a 2019 slate that boasts top competition Tuesday afternoon. The Bruins' schedule is highlighted by opponents from seven different conferences.
Among the scheduled 55 games, Belmont will host 34 at E.S. Rose Park and will be on the road for the remaining 21 matchups. The Bruins will have a home-heavy start to the season with 15 of their first 16 games being at their home field.
BU will kickoff the 2019 campaign with a three-game home series against Illinois State (Feb. 15-17) followed by a midweek matchup with Southern Illinois (February 19). The Bruins will then host their annual Mule Mix Tournament (Feb. 21-24) where they will play host to Western Michigan, Bradley, Northern Illinois and Toledo over the four-day event. Belmont will then close out its 11-game homestand as it hosts Bowling Green for a three-game series the next weekend.
Belmont will face its first road test of the season when it makes the short trip to MTSU (March 5) for a midweek game before starting the conference slate. Belmont opens its OVC schedule with a home series against Morehead State (March 8-10).
Later in March, Belmont will play a couple of in-city rivals in Lipscomb (March 12) and Vanderbilt (March 19). Vanderbilt will arguably be the Bruins' toughest competitor as the Commodores are coming off a NCAA tournament run a season ago. The game will be held at First Tennessee Park, home of the Nashville Sounds.
For the remainder of March, Belmont will host one conference series against SIUE (March 22-24) before traveling to Southern Illinois (March 26) and rounding out the month for a series at Austin Peay (March 29-31).
April will be a road-heavy month with BU playing nine of its 16 games away from E.S. Rose Park. The Month will start with a clash at Tennessee (April 2) and will boast four non-conference matchups and 12 conference games, including a series at reigning OVC Champion Tennessee Tech (April 26-28).
The final month of the season will start with a midweek game at Evansville before the Bruins return home for its final eight-game homestand. Belmont will host SEMO (May 3-5) for the final OVC series at E.S. Rose Park before hosting North Alabama, Mercer and Evansville in non-conference games. The final series of the season will be against Eastern Kentucky in Richmond (May 16-18).
The OVC tournament is scheduled for May 21-16 in Oxford, Ala.