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JU: Home Games Highlight 2020 Baseball Slate

JACKSONVILLE – Jacksonville University baseball announced its 2020 schedule.

The slate features 34 home games, the most played at John Sessions Stadium since the 2006 season.

Other highlights of the schedule include matchups with six NCAA Regional participants from a year ago, two preseason ranked teams, opponents from eight different conferences, including five of the top six RPI conferences from last year, and a conference lineup that includes crosstown rival North Florida at home.

“We look forward to the challenges that the 2020 schedule presents. We will be tested early and often against the best teams in the country,” said Head Coach Chris Hayes. “Our non-conference schedule will get us ready for conference play with nine games against Power 5 conference teams and 16 games against 2019 NCAA tourney teams.”

The season starts with four straight home games, beginning with a weekend series against West Virginia, a rematch of the 2017 season-opening series and featuring an opponent who was a Top-16 national seed in the NCAA Tournament last year.

That is followed by hosting Florida (preseason #14 – Collegiate Baseball), before heading on the road to battle them again in Gainesville the next day.

JU also hosts Florida State (preseason #15 – Collegiate Baseball) and Austin Peay in the season’s opening month, welcomes NCAA Regional Participant Illinois State, 2019 Ivy League runner-up Yale, VCU, UNCG and in-state foe UCF to John Sessions in March, and sees Alabama State, FAMU and Bethune-Cookman round out the home non-conference portion of the schedule in April.

Along with the Ospreys, who head across town for the first time since 2018 for a three-game set April 17-19, the Dolphins host NJIT, Kennesaw State and FGCU in ASUN play.

JU plays a weekend road series at Southeastern Louisiana in February, and tangles with North Alabama, Liberty, Stetson and Lipscomb in the road in conference play. JU is also scheduled to hit its regular in-state mid-week affairs, traveling for one-off games at Florida and Florida State twice, Bethune-Cookman, FAMU and UCF.

“With 21 games against teams from Florida and 22 road games, we will be prepared and ready for the postseason come late May and June,” said Hayes.

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