HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College baseball program has released its schedule for the 2019 season, which will be the first for new head coach Grant Bellak.
The Panthers' 2019 slate currently features 39 games, with 17 coming at K. T. Young Ballpark. Sixteen games will come on the road, while the remaining six are neutral site contests.
Hanover opens the campaign with the six neutral site games down in Winter Haven, Fla. at the RussMatt Invitational. The Blue and Red will face Cabrini (Pa.) in the season opener on Monday, Feb. 25, and will face the Cavaliers again during the final game of the excursion on Saturday, March 2. Hanover will also face Milwaukee School of Engineering (Wis.) and Northern Vermont-Lyndon twice down south. The three Florida opponents combined for a 65-58 (.528) overall record last spring.
An additional seven non-conference institutions appear on HC's schedule, highlighted by Wabash (Ind.) and Thomas More (Ky.). Wabash won the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament, while Thomas More captured the Presidents Athletic Conference tournament title, as both teams qualified for the NCAA Division III National Tournament. The Little Giants are ranked No. 25 in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's preseason national poll for 2019, while the Saints are receiving votes.
Hanover's home opener will come against Spalding (Ky.) on Tuesday, March 5, and will open a five-game homestand. The homestand also features a three-game weekend series against Calvin (Mich.) and a single contest versus Eureka (Ill.).
The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference slate opens with a doubleheader at Manchester on Saturday, March 30. Highlighting the conference campaign are home doubleheaders against Franklin and Anderson, who finished in the top two spots in last season's regular season standings.
The games against the Grizzlies, who won both the HCAC regular season and tournament titles en route to a national tournament appearance and a top-15 ranking, will take place on Tuesday, April 2. Franklin is also ranked 22nd in the Collegiate Baseball preseason poll. Centre (Ky.), Earlham and Anderson will also trek to Hanover during the April homestand.
The Panthers welcome Defiance for their home finale on April 27, before closing the regular season on the road at Rose-Hulman and Mt. St. Joseph the first week of May.
To view the full schedule, visit the link above.
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