SKYHAWK BASEBALL RELEASES 2018 SCHEDULE
January 16, 2018
2018 UT Martin Baseball Schedule
MARTIN, Tenn. – Just one month away from first pitch, University of Tennessee at Martin interim head baseball coach Ryan Jenkins has announced the program’s 2018 schedule.
The Skyhawks’ nonconference schedule includes perennial contenders Troy (who toppled No. 5 Auburn last season), Cincinnati (who bested No. 1 Louisville and No. 25 Tennessee in 2017), Memphis (who swept nationally ranked Ole Miss last season and took a game from No. 11 Houston last year) and Southeastern Conference foe Tennessee.
“We are very excited about our 2018 schedule,” Jenkins said. “It presents some very good opponents early in the season. This challenge will be a great opportunity to prepare for conference play and an opportunity for the newcomers to get their feet wet with some challenging games right out of the gate. We hope to see all of the Skyhawk faithful as we take on the 2018 season.”
UT Martin will begin the 2018 campaign with its first eight games on the road, kicking off the season with a four-game set at Troy on Feb. 16-18. Next, the Skyhawks travel to Arkansas-Pine Bluff to take on the Golden Lions on Feb. 23-25. The last leg of the opening road swing pits UT Martin against in-state rival Lipscomb on Feb. 28, the first of two matchups against the Bison for the season.
The Skyhawks make their home debut against the Cincinnati Bearcats on March 2-4 with a doubleheader slated for that Saturday. UT Martin ramps up the Ohio Valley Conference schedule with a trip to reigning conference champion Tennessee Tech on March 9-11. The Skyhawks make a trip to regional foe Union University for a mid-week matchup in nearby Jackson, Tenn. on March 13.
UT Martin hosts the Southeast Missouri Redhawks for the first OVC home games of the year on March 16-18. The Skyhawks head to the Hoosier State for a matchup against the Evansville Purple Aces on March 20 before getting back to OVC action with a trip to Belmont on March 23-25.
UT Martin returns to Skyhawk Field for a four-game homestand against conference opponent Eastern Kentucky (March 29-31) and Lipscomb (April 3) before hitting the road for an eight-game road swing against OVC foe Morehead State (April 6-8), in-state rival Tennessee (April 10-11) and Central Arkansas (April 13-15).
The Skyhawks return home for a season-long five-game homestand against Union University on April 17, OVC opponent SIUE on April 20-22 and in-state foe Christian Brothers on April 24. UT Martin hits the road for a quick three-game road trip to Austin Peay on April 27-29 before returning home to take on Eastern Illinois (May 4-6) and Evansville (May 8).
The Skyhawks head to Jacksonville State on May 11-13 for the final OVC road trip of the season. With one last mid-week tune up against Memphis on May 15, the Skyhawks close out the 2018 regular season by hosting Murray State on May 17-19.
The OVC Baseball Championship is scheduled for May 23-26 and will be held at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, Ala. for the second straight year.