NORFOLK, Va. --Chris Finwood and the Old Dominion baseball program released the schedule for the 2017 season on Wednesday.
"We are all very excited about our 2017 schedule," said Finwood. "With 36 home games and 19 of our first 20 at home, our fans will get used to seeing us at The Bud."
The season opens with a home series against LIU Brooklyn (Feb. 17-19), before the Monarchs welcome Kentucky, Saint Joseph's and Delaware to The Bud for the annual ODU Baseball Tournament (Feb. 24-26).
Headlining the remainder of the non-conference slate are home series against Power 5 foes Rutgers (March 3-5) and West Virginia (March 10-12), along with a road trip to Virginia (April 4) and the annual Harbor Park game with this year's opponent being Virginia Tech (May 16).
The non-conference schedule also features a Virginia flavor with home series against VMI (March 14-15) and James Madison (March 7-8) and home-and-homes with VCU (Feb. 28, May 10) and William & Mary (March 29, April 11).
"With non conference games against teams from the SEC (Kentucky), ACC (Virginia and Virginia Tech), Big Ten (Rutgers) and Big 12 (West Virginia), we are challenging ourselves against some great competition," continued Finwood. "We are also adding Virginia Tech to our Harbor Park schedule this year which should be exciting for all the Hokie fans here in Tidewater."
Conference USA play opens in late March for the Monarchs with a home series against Rice (March 17-19). Finwood’s squad also welcomes Charlotte (March 31-April 2), LA Tech (April 14-16), Marshall (April 28-30) and FIU (May 12-14) to The Bud.
The Monarchs will make C-USA road trips to UTSA (March 24-26), Middle Tennessee (April 7-9), tournament champion Southern Miss (April 21-23), UAB (May 5-7) and regular season champion Florida Atlantic (May 19-21).
Rice, Florida Atlantic, Southern Miss and LA Tech all qualified for NCAA Regionals a year ago. In total, the Monarchs face seven opponents who advanced to the tournament last year, as Virginia, William & Mary and Princeton were also qualifiers.