MOBILE, Ala. – Twenty-nine home games along with road contests at Auburn and Alabama highlight the 2022 University of South Alabama baseball schedule, as announced Wednesday by head coach Mark Calvi.
South Alabama will host a round-robin tournament with Radford, Oral Roberts and Tennessee Tech (Feb. 18-20) to open the season. The Jags will then face a home-and-home with Southern Miss (Feb. 22-23), hosting the Golden Eagles on Feb. 22 at Stanky Field before returning the trip on Feb. 23 for a contest in Hattiesburg, Miss.
USA will then kick off a seven-game home stand with Rhode Island (Feb. 25-27), Alabama State (March 1) and Middle Tennessee (March 4-6).
The Jags follow their home stand with a five-game road swing at Southern Miss (March 8), followed by a three-game series at Jacksonville State and a midweek matchup at New Orleans (March 15).
South Alabama will host UT Arlington (March 18-20) to open Sun Belt Conference play before heading to Montgomery, Ala., to face Auburn (March 22) at Riverwalk Stadium, where the Jaguars captured the 2021 SBC Tournament championship.
USA will then travel to Louisiana (March 25-27) for a three-game conference series, followed by a midweek contest at Alabama (March 29) and a three-game SBC series at Georgia State (April 1-3) to cap an eight-game road swing.
The Jaguars host Southeastern Louisiana (April 5) in a midweek matchup before hosting Appalachian State (April 8-10) in a three-game conference series at Stanky Field.
A midweek contest at Alabama State (April 12) kicks off a five-game road swing that also includes a three-game SBC series at Troy (April 14-16) and midweek at Southeastern Louisiana (April 19).
USA hosts Georgia Southern (April 22-24) in a three-game conference series then will host Tulane (April 26) in midweek action. The Jags then travel to Texas State (April 29-May 1) for a three-game SBC series before hosting Arkansas State (May 6-8) in a league series at Stanky Field.
South Alabama will close its midweek schedule with a contest at Tulane (May 10) followed by a matchup with New Orleans (May 11) at Stanky Field. The Jags will host ULM (May 13-15) to close their home schedule before a three-game series at Coastal Carolina (May 19-21) to end the regular season.
The Sun Belt Conference Championship will be held May 24-29 at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery, Ala.
“I like our schedule. We’re home three out of the first four weekends, which is good,” Calvi said. “Opening up with the excitement of a tournament – Radford is an up-and-coming team with a new head coach, Oral Roberts has traditionally been very good and Tennessee Tech was in a Super Regional a couple of years ago. There aren’t any of those highlighter weekends on the road – SEC, Big 12, ACC – that we have sometimes done, but I think we have a really good non-conference weekend schedule that is balanced with our midweeks. All of the games are challenging; we have Southern Miss three times, Tulane twice and Alabama, Auburn and Southeastern Louisiana all in very tough midweek games.
“It’s a balanced schedule. Sometimes (in the past) we have been on the road three of the first four weeks, and I think it put us at a disadvantage at times. But being able to play at home, as well as being on the road before (Sun Belt) conference (play begins) – I would probably would have liked two of those first four weekends to be on the road, just to get into the swing of being on the road. But our home winning percentage is always higher than our road winning percentage, so it does make sense. Part of the formula for getting into the (NCAA) postseason is wins too, so it’s not just RPI. I like our schedule. I think it challenging and gets us ready for conference. You can’t let your guard down midweek. Every game is hard and every team on our schedule is good.”
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