Princeton baseball head coach Scott Bradley has released the 2014 schedule, it was announced Wednesday. The Tigers will face three teams that advanced to the NCAA tournament, along with hosting seven home dates at Clarke Field.
Princeton opens the year on the road, playing its first 14 games on the road on both coasts. The season commences at 2013 NCAA participant UC Santa Barbara from Feb. 28-Mar. 2, before remaining in the East Coast for the remainder of the regular season.
From Mar. 7-8, the Tigers are set to face Michigan in St. Lucie, Fla. at the Mets Spring Training facility. The road swing will then take the team to the mid-Atlantic region over spring break to face UNC-Greensboro (Mar. 15-17), NCAA participant North Carolina (Mar. 18) and Duke (Mar. 19). The trip concludes at Navy, as the Tigers tackle Maine on Mar. 20 and the Midshipmen on Mar. 22 and 23.
The Ivy League and home slate kicks off at home with doubleheaders on Mar. 29 versus Harvard and Mar. 30 versus Dartmouth.
The Tigers host Seton Hall in a midweek meeting on Apr. 2, before hitting the road for four games at Brown and Yale from Apr. 5-6.
Another non-conference midweek matchup, this time versus Monmouth (Apr. 9) is followed by five games in New York. The opening of Gehrig Division action begins at the reigning Ivy League champion Columbia from Apr. 12-13 and Princeton travels to St. John’s three days later.
Princeton returns home for a four-game homestand versus Penn from Apr. 19-20, before heading to local rival Rider (Apr. 23) and closing out the regular season with an away-home series versus Cornell on Apr. 25 and 27.
The Tigers are coming off a 14-28, 11-9 Ivy 2013 season. Princeton lost two players to the pros, while returning 24 letterwinners including unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection senior Alec Keller.