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App State has announced its baseball schedule for the 2023 season.
Fans will get their first look at the Mountaineers February 17-19 when they play a three-game weekend series against Queens at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory.
Head coach Kermit Smith’s Mountaineers will play 28 home games this season at Beaver Field at Jim and Betty Smith Stadium, beginning February 25 when they take on North Carolina A&T.
“We are excited about our 2023 schedule,” Smith said. “We look forward to playing in front of our amazing fans in Boone, as well as in Hickory, Shelby and across the region. Playing quality opponents throughout the year is essential to preparing our team for the Sun Belt Conference and postseason play.”
The non-conference home schedule is highlighted by weekend series against Gardner-Webb (March 3-5) and Campbell (March 10-12).
Prior to the contest on Saturday, March 11, the Mountaineers will host their annual baseball brunch, in which they will honor the 50th anniversary of the 1973 conference championship squad. Registration information will be released at a later time.
App State will also host Big 12 foe West Virginia in a midweek two-game set March 14-15 and square off with the College of Charleston on March 21. The Black and Gold will also tangle with Wake Forest on April 11 and renew their rivalry with ETSU on May 2 at Smith Stadium.
Playing in one of the premier baseball conferences in the country, App State will host five weekend series in Sun Belt play this season, taking on Georgia State (March 24-26) and ULM (April 6-8) before battling newcomers Old Dominion (April 21-23) and James Madison (April 28-30). The Mountaineers with wrap up conference play with Arkansas State (May 12-14).
The Mountaineers’ road slate is highlighted by a meeting with Duke in non-conference play on March 7 in Durham. App State will also take on regional foes High Point, North Carolina A&T, UNC Asheville and Queens. The Mountaineers will also take on Wake Forest in Shelby, N.C. on April 26.
In Sun Belt play, the Black and Gold will travel to take on Marshall (March 17-19), Louisiana (March 31-April 2), Georgia Southern (April 14-16), Coastal Carolina (May 5-7) and Troy (May 18-19).
Five 2023 opponents made the NCAA tournament last year, including Sun Belt members Georgia Southern, Coastal Carolina and Louisiana, as well as Campbell and Wake Forest.