Baseball will be returning soon for the 2023 HBCU collegiate season and there will be plenty of small school HBCU action. The HBCU baseball small school division season begins January 27th with Dillard University facing Louisiana Christian University. The following day, Dillard will play its second doubleheader versus Louisiana Christian. Xavier University of Louisiana faces Oakwood University in a doubleheader on January 29th, Morehouse College visits Shorter University on February 1st and Lane College faces Lynn University the following day.
While there are a handful of games just prior, the bulk of the HBCU baseball small school division season begins the weekend of February 3-4th. A multitude of non-conference and conference matchups begin the weekend slate. On the line is a chance to compete for a HBCU national title in the Black College World Series scheduled for May 9-14, 2023, in Montgomery, Alabama.
Three baseball programs, Philander Smith College, Dillard University, and Oakwood University, added baseball as a varsity sport and they will kick off their scheduled 2023 season soon. A fourth new baseball program, Wilberforce University, won’t begin until early March.
HBCU Baseball is back in a big way, with multiple matchups that first weekend. Which series should you be paying attention to on opening weekend?
HBCU Opening weekend (February 3-5, 2023) matchups to be excited about:
*Games that are played with Doubleheader (DH) are three-game series*
Little Rock, AR (Non-Conference) *Champion Christian College DH (Feb. 3)
Talladega College host Thomas University three-game series Talladega, AL (Non-Conference) *
Paine College home opener against Trinity Baptist Augusta, GA (Non-Conference) *
Stillman College host Florida Memorial University Tuscaloosa, Ala. (HBCU Matchup) *
Morris College host Virginia State University Sumter, SC (HBCU Matchup)
Dillard University at Dallas Christian College Dallas, TX (Feb. 4) (Non-Conference) *
Savannah State University plays Virginia State University Savannah, GA (Feb. 4) DH (HBCU Matchup) (Non-Conference) *
Bluefield State University at Anderson University (SC) (DH) Anderson, SC (Non-Conference) *
Morehouse at Clark Atlanta University College Park, GA (SIAC Action) (HBCU Matchup) *
Lane College at Lynn University Boca Raton, FL (Feb. 2) (Non-Conference)
Lane College at Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL (Feb. 3) (Non-Conference)
Lane College at Barry University Miami Shores, FL (Feb. 4) (Non-Conference)
Lane College at Palm Beach University West Palm Beach, FL (Feb. 5) (Non-Conference)
Tougaloo College visits Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans, La. Wesley Barrow Stadium Game 1 DH (HBCU Matchup) *
Rust College at Tuskegee University Tuskegee, AL (Feb. 3) DH (HBCU Matchup) (Non-Conference)