The Vincennes University Baseball Team’s 2015 schedule includes dates against nationally-ranked teams throughout the campaign, a return to Panama City, FL, for a series of games and more than 30 dates at the Trailblazers’ home site, Jerry Blemker Field.
VU, which was ranked eighth in the recent NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association’s Preseason Poll and then appeared at No. 18 on Tuesday in the season's first NJCAA Div. II Baseball Poll (http://www.njcaa.org/sports_polls.cfm?category=Polls&sid=8&divid=2&slid=3), begins action with a Feb. 7 doubleheader at West Georgia in Douglasville, GA. The Trailblazers will follow up that opening twinbill with a third game at West Georgia on Feb. 8. VU will do an identical format the next weekend, back on the road, when the team travels to Cleveland State in Cleveland, TN, for a Feb. 14 doubleheader and a Feb. 15 nine-inning contest.
The season’s home opener will be a two-day visit from Ancilla on Feb. 21 and 22. The Trailblazers will face off with the Chargers in a 1 p.m. doubleheader the first day and then have a nine-inning matchup with Ancilla at 11 a.m. on Feb. 22 (Jerry Blemker Field is located at 1562 Old Terre Haute Road in Vincennes).
A Feb. 24 game at Wabash Valley in Mt. Carmel, IL, will be the Trailblazers’ first game vs. a preseason Top 20 club. The Warriors are ranked 13th in NJCAA Div. I Baseball as VU nears the 3 p.m. (“Vincennes time”) first pitch with Wabash Valley.
After a few days off, the schedule calls for VU to host Kaskasia, Henry Ford and Triton for a series of games on Feb. 27 and 28. The Trailblazers will also have home dates on March 1, 3 and 6 before the Panama City, FL, trip.
In Florida, VU will get things rolling on March 8 vs. Kankakee (4 p.m. first pitch). On March 9, the Trailblazers take on College of Lake County at 10 a.m., while 12th ranked Chipola will be the March 10 opponent at 8:30 p.m. VU will wrap up the Sunshine State games on March 11 against host Gulf Coast. That game’s first pitch is set for 4 p.m.
Upon the Trailblazers’ return from Florida, they will begin a long homestand that stretches from March 13-April 1. Details of the homestand’s dates, times and opponents can be found on this site by clicking the Baseball tab and then clicking the Schedule tab, but the home dates include two visits by Wabash Valley and a March 31 game vs. NJCAA Div. II 12th-ranked Sinclair.
The remainder of the schedule calls for VU to make its second trip to Wabash Valley on April 13, welcome Olney Central to Jerry Blemker Field on April 21, head to Sinclair on April 22, face Lincoln Trail for a twinbill at Jerry Blemker Field on April 27, visit Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute, IN, on April 30 and close out the regular season with three games over a two-day period (May 1 and 2) at Illinois Central in East Peoria, IL.
The post-season begins for the Trailblazers with the May 8-10 NJCAA Sub-Regional in Dayton or Toledo, OH. Success there leads to the NJCAA Region 12 Tournament May 13-17 at Battle Creek, MI. VU is looking to claim that region tournament to earn the program’s third and second consecutive trip to the NJCAA Div. II World Series in Enid, OK.