Sailfish Baseball Announces Spring 2011 Season Schedule
August 30, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Although baseball season is still months away, the Palm Beach Atlantic University program will be geared up for what they hope to be another solid step in establishing a top-notch program in the NCAA South Region. Led by second-year head coach and Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Gary Carter, the team has announced a competitive and challenging 50-game schedule for 2011.
After scheduling only 20 home contests a season ago, the Fish will welcome in a total of 28 home games during the 2011 season while playing 22 games around the state of Florida at other institutional sites.
The Sailfish will welcome in Palm Beach County rival Lynn University for the season opener on Tuesday, February 1st at 6 p.m. as the two teams will square off at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida, which is the Spring Training home of the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins. The two squads planned a similar type season opener at Roger Dean Stadium in 2010 only to have heavy rains wash out the debut.
Not only do the Fish feature a home-heavy slate but they also will take on eight of the nine members of the Sunshine State Conference for a total of 29 contests. PBA will match up multiple times against traditional South Florida rivals such as Nova Southeastern, Barry University, Florida Tech, and Lynn University throughout the campaign.
Those fans wanting to catch a glimpse of the new-look Sailfish will have plenty of opportunities early on during the season as 16 of the team’s first 23 games will be played at home in Palm Beach County.
Other NCAA Division II opponents from out-of-state also find themselves on the 2011 Palm Beach Atlantic schedule as well with new opponents such as Limestone University, Wilmington University, Nyack College, and the University of New Haven among others all taking on the Fish during early season or Spring Break trips.
Weekend road series for PBA include a two-day mini-tournament at Flagler College on February 18th-19th, a three-game series at Warner University (April 8-9), a three-game series at Florida Southern College (April 15-16), and a three-game series at the University of Tampa (April 29-30).
After culminating their regular season slate of action in late April, the Sailfish will then look toward possible postseason glory either by participating in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) postseason tournaments or if possibly selected to appear at a NCAA Regional Tournament.