VINCENNES, Ind. - Vincennes University announces its 2020 baseball schedule, which includes 15 games against NJCAA Division I opponents and features a 32-game Mid-West Athletic Conference schedule, including 17 against teams that are expected to be nationally ranked.
The 2020 Trailblazer slate features 17 games vs. teams expected to be nationally ranked.
- Opening weekend is Feb 8-9 with a three-game series against Cleveland State in Cleveland, Tennessee.
- First home games (4) vs. Ancilla College and Milwaukee Area Tech Feb. 21-23.
- 32-game Mid-West Athletic Conference schedule includes a four-game home stand April 18-19 vs. Lincoln Land Community College, which played in the 2019 NJCAA Division II Baseball World Series.
- Mid-week home games with Olney Central on March 18, Sinclair College on March 24, Lincoln Trail on April 13, Volunteer State on April 15 and Wabash Valley on April 28.
Opening weekend and the second weekend include a pair of three-game series Feb. 8-9 at Cleveland State in Cleveland, Tennessee and Feb. 14-15 at Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma, Tennessee.
The Trailblazers open the season at home Feb. 21-23 with a four-game series against Ancilla College (two games) and Milwaukee Area Tech (two games). That series will start a 13 out of 14 game home stand. The next weekend includes another four-game series Feb. 28-March 1 with South Suburban College (two games) from South Holland, Illinois and Cleary College (two games) from Michigan. The fifth weekend includes another four-game series March 6-7 a three-game series with Edison State Community College out of Ohio and Parkland College comes to town March 8 for a single nine-inning game.
After that early part of the season, VU will start the 32-game Mid-West Athletic Conference schedule on March 14-15 against Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois. The conference home opener is March 21-22 against John Wood Community College at Jerry Blemker Field. The Trailblazers face nationally ranked Sinclair College in a mid-week home game on March 24 before going back on the road against Spoon River (March 28-29) in Canton, Illinois for four-game conference weekend.
The next conference weekend is April 4-5 against Danville Area College with the first two games on April 4 being played in Vincennes at Jerry Blemker Field. On April 5, VU will begin a six-game road trip playing a doubleheader in Danville, Illinois. On April 7, the Trailblazers travel to Sinclair in Dayton, Ohio to play a single nine-inning game. The Blazers travel to Fort Wayne, Indiana April 9-10 to play Ivy Tech Community College in a three-game series.
Then it's back to the friendly confines of Jerry Blemker Field for 13 of 14 games. VU plays two single nine-inning games against Lincoln Trail (April 13) and Volunteer State (April 15). The weekend of April 18-19 Lincoln Land Community College comes to town for a four-game MWAC series. VU hosts Illinois Central College April 25-26 for a four-game MWAC series. The Blazers host Wabash Valley on April 28 for a nine-inning game and Parkland on May 2 for a MWAC doubleheader.
VU plays the last six games of the regular season on the road. The Trailblazers play a doubleheader against Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois on May 3. They take on Heartland Community College in Bloomington, Illinois May 8-9 in a four-game MWAC series.
Postseason play begins March 13-17 with the NJCAA Mid-West Athletic Conference Tournament in Bloomington, Illinois. The top eight teams in MWAC regular season qualify with the winner moving on to the NJCAA Division II Baseball World Series May 23-30 in Enid, Oklahoma.
The Blazers sent 11 student athletes off to play at four-year schools from the 2019 team and two more are finishing four-year degrees at VU, but still returns a strong nucleus of veterans going into 2020. That nucleus includes a trio of pitchers: RHP Kacey Cheek (57.2 IP with a 2.34 ERA and 66 K), RHP Nate Toone (4 wins in 12 APP and started 4 games in 30 IP) along with LHP/1B/RF Ryan Robison (13 APP, 9 GS, 49 IP, 50 K / .316 BA 5 HR and 32 RBI). Six position players who contributed last season return to the lineup, including Ryan Robison, C/MINF/CF Sean Becker (.290 in 44 G, 12 RBI, 12 SB), MINF/OF Trent Weiss (.313 in 37 G, 3 HR and 17 RBI), 3B/DH Max Flock (.247 in 35 G 1 HR, 12 RBI) and C/DH Luke Stock (24 G with 6 RBI). VU welcomes 22 freshmen from the 2020 recruiting class.
2020 Vincennes University Baseball Schedule
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