FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas baseball team’s 2014 schedule will include 28 games against teams that reached the 2013 NCAA Tournament, including conference home games against South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Texas A&M.
The 56-game schedule was unveiled Monday morning. The Razorbacks begin the season with a three-game series against Appalachian State from Feb. 14-16 in Baum Stadium. The weekend series kicks off a 10-game homestand that also includes games against Eastern Illinois (Feb. 21-23), South Alabama (Feb. 28-March 2) and Indiana University-Purdue University Ft. Wayne (March 3).
The homestand will be followed by Arkansas’ road trip to Berkeley, Calif., where the Razorbacks will play San Francisco, Tulane and two games against California in a tournament hosted by the Golden Bears.
"This year’s schedule is going to be a good challenge," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said in a news release. "The way I feel about the schedule is we need to be challenged early and often so we can get ready for conference play."
Arkansas will open Southeastern Conference play with a three-game series at Florida from March 14-16. The Razorbacks also have road SEC series at Mississippi State (March 28-30), LSU (April 11-13), Ole Miss (May 2-4) and Missouri (May 15-17). Mississippi State and LSU reached the 2013 College World Series.
Arkansas will play its first SEC home series against Alabama from March 21-23 in Baum Stadium. The Razorbacks also play South Carolina (April 4-6), Vanderbilt (April 18-20), Auburn (April 25-27) and Texas A&M (May 9-11) at home.
Other schedule highlights include a two-game midweek series against Nebraska (April 1-2) in Baum Stadium. The Razorbacks also make in appearance in North Little Rock for the fifth straight season, playing Mississippi Valley State in Dickey-Stephens Park on March 26. The teams play in Baum Stadium on March 25.
"This is the fifth year in a row we’ll be in Central Arkansas and we’re already scheduling again for next year and down the road," Van Horn said in the news release. "It’s fun for us to go and play in that part of the state. The crowds have been tremendous. Hopefully we can keep that rolling."