WASHINGTON, D.C. - With the start of the season now less than one month away, Catholic University baseball head coach Ross Natoli has announced the team's 2019 schedule.
After a team record 31 wins in 2018, the Cardinals begin their season at home with a doubleheader versus Cabrini on Saturday, February 16. The team follows with February matchups against St. Mary Md., (2/20), SUNY New Paltz (2/23-24) and Hood (2/26).
"Our team is looking forward to the challenges in front of them this spring," Natoli said. "With the graduation of some major contributors from our 2018 Landmark championship team, our guys are currently working hard and preparing to continue their success in 2019."
Catholic hits the road in March, beginning with a doubleheader at McDaniel on March 2 and a road game versus Christopher Newport on March 9, before heading to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for their annual spring break trip.
The Cardinals kick off their South Carolina venture with a game against Penn College on Monday, March 11. They continue the week with two more games at the Ripken Experience against Dean College (3/12) and Lancaster Bible (3/13).
Catholic begins its Landmark championship title defense upon returning home with a three-game series on the road against Elizabethtown on Saturday, March 16-17. After a midweek game versus York, the Cardinals host Susquehanna for another three-game set at Robert J. Talbot Field (3/23-24) before hosting Johns Hopkins, who received votes in the d3baseball.com Top 25 preseason poll, on March 26.
"I feel confident that the returning upperclassmen and freshmen on our 2019 squad will step up and compete to the fullest against our strong schedule of non-conference teams and our traditionally strong Landmark opponents," Natoli added.
Conference play gets into full swing for the Cardinals in April, including three-game sets against Juniata (4/6-7), Moravian (4/13-14), and Drew (4/27-28). Catholic's final regular season game is on the road against Marymount on May 1.
The Landmark Conference Championship Tournament is slated for Friday, May 10 through Sunday, May 12 at Scranton.