CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team will once again take on tough schedule in 2018, playing six games against ACC and SEC opponents and four against 2017 NCAA Tournament teams. The schedule, announced by head coach Elton Pollock on Monday, features 24 games at the PC Baseball Complex and 13 others in the Palmetto State.
“This year’s schedule promises to be our toughest challenge since our move to Division 1,” said Pollock. “Our goal is to win the Big South Conference Championship and earn an opportunity to represent Presbyterian College and the Clinton/Laurens community in a regional. I am extremely proud of the hard work of my players and coaches this fall. Our foundation is firm and we are prepared for the challenges ahead.”
PC will open 2018 at home for the first time since 2015, hosting La Salle in a four-game series from February 16-18. The Blue Hose then go on the road to face Vanderbilt, led by former PC head coach Tim Corbin, for a pair of midweek games Feb. 20-21 to open the road portion of the slate. Corbin led the Blue Hose program for six seasons, beginning when it was reinstated in 1988, and coached now head coach Pollock for two seasons as player in 1992-93.
Presbyterian faces Pittburgh, 2017 NCAA Tournament participant Xavier and Wofford on the second weekend of the year (Feb. 23-25) in Spartanburg, before traveling to Fluor Field in Greenville on the third weekend of the season (Mar. 2-4) to take on Illinois, Michigan State and Furman. In between the two, PC will play one of its four midweek home games, hosting USC Upstate on Feb. 27.
PC’s only other non-conference home series comes from Mar. 9-11, as Harvard comes to Clinton for a four-game series. Remaining non-conference games at the PC Baseball Complex will put PC against NC Central (Mar. 7), North Carolina A&T (Apr. 4) and Wofford (Apr. 11).
The remaining non-conference road games on the 2018 slate features four games against ACC and SEC foes, starting with Duke on Mar. 27, followed by South Carolina on Apr. 17, 2017 NCAA Tournament participant Clemson on Apr. 25 and Georgia on May 15. PC will also play non-conference road games at North Carolina A&T (Mar. 14), USC Upstate (Mar. 20), NC Central (Apr. 3) and Davidson (May 9).
Big South action for the league’s runner-up from a year ago begins Mar. 16-18 at Winthrop, as the league schedule features against all nine opponents for the first time. PC then hosts Charleston Southern from Mar. 23-25 in the first home conference series of the year.
The Blue Hose will welcome Liberty to Clinton, S.C. from Mar. 29-31 (Thu-Sat) in one of the three remaining home conference series. PC is also slated to host Campbell (Apr. 13-15) and Longwood (May 11-13) at the PC Baseball Complex. PC has won six of its eight home conference series over the last two seasons.
The remaining road conference series are at UNC Asheville (Apr. 6-8), Gardner-Webb (Apr. 20-22), 2017 Big South Champion Radford (Apr. 27-28) and High Point (May 17-19).
PC will look to make another run in the Big South Tournament this season, after advancing to the title game for the first time last season. The tournament will be held May 22-27 at the Liberty Baseball Stadium in Lynchburg, Va., on the campus of Liberty University.