EMU 2012 Baseball Schedule Released

Baseball practice begins next week, which means Opening Day is just around the corner.

Eastern Mennonite University released its 2012 schedule today, with the season opening with a doubleheader at North Carolina Wesleyan on February 11. The Royals then return to Harrisonburg three days later for a home opener against Mary Washington on February 14.

There are 16 home contests on the 40-game slate, including four doubleheaders. Home highlights include ODAC regular season champ Bridgewater on April 3 and Shenandoah on February 22. The Hornets were ranked No. 1 in the nation for a few weeks last spring and finished No. 8 in the final poll. SU will host a game on April 9 in Winchester.

EMU will play three games against Southern Vermont over February 25-26. The Royals also have a six-game homestand from March 10-17, including a pair of conference twinbills. Washington & Lee comes to town on April 18 for the final home game.

Randolph-Macon, winners of the ODAC Tournament, hosts the men on March 3. Virginia Wesleyan hosts a doubleheader on April 21 to wrap up the regular season.

All ODAC games will be nine-inning affairs. The conference tournament is April 26-29 in Lynchburg.

The team will also make a trip to Florida over Spring Break, playing five games at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational in Winter Haven from March 5-7.

Eastern Mennonite returns 17 players from an 11-25 season, including All-ODAC performers Dylan Smith (Sterling, VA/Park View) and Beau Banglesdorf (Stafford, VA/Mountain View). The Royals upset then-unbeaten and No. 1 Shenandoah during the season, but finished 4-14 in the ODAC and missed the six-team conference tourney.

Jason Stuhlmiller, an assistant last spring, is the interim head coach this year.

Full schedule:

Write-up courtesy of EMU Sports Information Department.

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