Baseball releases 2019 schedule of games

Parker Shaffer stands ready to field a ball in a baseball game. Logo: Lynchburg baseball.

Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's athletic department and head baseball coach Lucas Jones are pleased to announce the Hornets' 2019 game schedule.

Lynchburg's slate features 14 home dates and a new format for Old Dominion Athletic Conference play which includes more midweek league contests.

The season will begin on the road, Feb. 16-17 with a three-game series at Maryville. The club will continue its early-season roadtrip with a ballgame at Averett, Wednesday, Feb. 20, followed by three at Methodist's prestigious Armstrong/Diamond Invitational, set for Feb. 23-24. The Hornets will square off with Penn State-Behrend, Rutgers-Camden, and the host Monarchs at the tournament.

Lynchburg's home debut will come Saturday, March 2 with a doubleheader against Penn State-Harrisburg, followed by the third game in that series the following day.

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Other highlights include the ODAC opener, a Saturday, March 9 twinbill at Washington and Lee, followed a week later by the conference home-opener versus Eastern Mennonite.

Hampden-Sydney will visit Fox Field Wednesday, March 20 for a midweek league bout, and Ferrum will come Saturday, March 23 for the Panthers' first-ever league series at Lynchburg after joining the ODAC over the summer.

Wednesday, April 3 brings Randolph-Macon to town for another midweek game; the Yellow Jackets became the first team to represent the ODAC at the NCAA Division III World Series last season.

Lynchburg will head to defending league champ Shenandoah Saturday, April 6 for a doubleheader.
Other home conference dates in April include Virginia Wesleyan, Guilford, and Bridgewater, followed by the league finale -- a doubleheader at Roanoke Saturday, April 27.

The ODAC tournament will have a new home this season at Salem Memorial Ballpark, moving from Lynchburg's City Stadium due to scheduling conflicts at its former home. The league will use its eight-team tournament format for the second-straight season, playing best-of-three series at home sites in the first round (May 3-5) with the four series winners advancing to the double-elimination final weekend (May 10-12) in Salem.

Lynchburg enters 2019 off a 16-24 season in Jones' first year at the helm. The Hornets finished 8-12 in conference play and took the No. 6 seed into the league tournament, reaching the field for the first time since 2014.

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