North Carolina Central Baseball Reveals 2020 Schedule

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DURHAM, N.C. – The North Carolina Central University baseball program has announced its schedule for the 2020 season, featuring 53 scheduled games and 32 home dates.

The Eagles posted another winning season at home in 2019, and head coach Jim Koerner is looking forward to the challenges that this schedule presents.

“This year’s schedule is a lot different than what we’ve done in the past,” Koerner said.  “With the realignment of the conference, we now have six non-conference weekends before we play a single conference game. This is going to really allow us to see what we have, and the combinations we need to use before our league schedule begins.

“The overall strength of schedule is one of the tougher ones we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Koerner continued. “There are a lot of 30- and 40-win programs that we will face, including a Duke team that was one win away from the College World Series. There are also five teams that made a regional last year. Our talent and depth will be tested early in the season, which we believe will allow us to be well prepared for the grind of the conference schedule, and help us reach our goal of winning a MEAC Championship.”

Seventeen of the Eagles’ first 21 games will be played at home at the Durham Athletic Park.  The season kicks off with a three-game home series with Radford that will begin on Friday, Feb. 14 at 4:00 p.m. The early-season home stand also includes games against High Point, Niagara, Long Island, Presbyterian, and a first-time meeting with St. Joseph’s for a three-game series beginning on Feb. 28.

Two more first-time opponents will travel to Durham for three-game series to close out the run, with Youngstown State coming to the Bull City on March 6, and Bryant on March 13.  The lengthy streak of home games is broken up by road trips to Davidson, High Point, UNC Wilmington, and Longwood.

The Eagles will spend some time on the road during March as they’ll head west on a five-game trek that will start at Appalachian State, before the maroon and gray head to Morehead State for a three-game set in what will be the first meeting between the two squads since 2016.  NCCU will return to North Carolina to visit Appalachian State before starting Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play at home against Bethune-Cookman for a series starting on March 27.

NCCU will play a different MEAC schedule in 2020 as the league has eliminated divisions, and now each team will play one series with each league member for a total of 21 games.  The Eagles will host BCU, Maryland Eastern Shore (April 9-11), Norfolk State (April 24-26), and North Carolina A&T will finish the 2020 slate in a series that starts on Friday, May 7 at the Durham Athletic Park.

NCCU will travel to MEAC opponents Coppin State, Delaware State, and Florida A&M.  With the shift of league scheduling, the Eagles will head to Coppin State for the first time since 2014, and to Delaware State for the first time since 2011.

The Eagles will face Duke twice this season as they’ve done over the past few seasons; however, this year both meetings will be hosted by the Blue Devils on April 1 and 21. NCCU will also play host to Appalachian State on April 14 and UNC Wilmington on April 28 for a pair of midweek contests, and will travel to Raleigh to visit NC State on May 5 for the final nonconference tilt of the season.

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