Feb. 18, 2009
The following is the fifth part in a five-part series previewing the 2009 Mizzou Baseball season. Today, we take a look at the Tigers' 2009 schedule.
Mizzou once again has a schedule full of some of the nation's best teams and, as usual, the Big 12 Conference will arguably be the best conference in the nation. Five teams out of the Big 12 are ranked in the top-15 of Baseball America's preseason rankings, including four in the top-10. MU is 10th in that poll.
2009 Schedule Notes
The Tigers will open the 2009 season with a 10-day trip to Arizona. The Grand Canyon Classic starts on Feb. 20 in Phoenix, Ariz. and will kickoff the season as MU faces Nevada on opening day. Missouri will take on Nevada and Gonzaga twice as part of the Grand Canyon Classic, Feb. 20-22.
Following the opening weekend, Missouri will visit Arizona State on Feb. 24, before taking part in a tournament hosted by ASU, Feb. 26-March 1. Oregon State and Northern Illinois will also be in the tournament field at the ASU DeMarini Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
The home opener is slated for March 4 when Western Illinois visits Taylor Stadium. That game will be the first of a scheduled six-game homestand that includes a four-game series with Ball State (March 6-8) and a second game against Western Illinois (March 10).
Big 12 Conference play opens on March 13 as the Tigers travel to Austin, Texas for a three-game series with the Longhorns. Other road conference series include Oklahoma State (March 27-29), Baylor (April 10-12), Kansas State (April 17-19) and Nebraska (May 1-3).
Defending Big 12 Champion Texas A&M will visit Columbia March 20-22 to begin the home portion of the league schedule. Also making the trip to Taylor Stadium in 2009 will be Oklahoma (April 3-5), Texas Tech (April 24-26) and Kansas (May 8-10).
The Tigers have games scheduled in each of the two Major League Baseball stadiums in Missouri. On April 1, Mizzou will take on Saint Louis University at Busch Stadium, the home of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Three weeks later, on April 22, Missouri and Kansas will once again face off in a non-conference game at Kauffman Stadium, the Kansas City Royals' home field.
In addition, Mizzou will take on Eastern Illinois at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O'Fallon, Mo. on April 28.
Also on the Tigers' non-conference schedule is a game against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (March 18) along with two-game midweek home series with Illinois-Chicago (March 24-25), Minnesota (April 7-8) and Indiana State (April 14-15).
Mizzou also has a home-and-home set with Missouri State, as it will travel to Springfield, Mo. on April 29, before MSU returns to Taylor Stadium on May 5.
The final weekend of the regular season has Cal State-Bakersfield in Columbia for a three-game series, May 15-17. This season marks the first for the CSUB program.
The Big 12 Championship will once again take place at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Okla., May 20-24.
Selections for the NCAA Tournament will be announced on Memorial Day with Regionals getting underway on May 29.The College World Series in Omaha will take place June 13-22.
2009 MUTigers.com Season Preview
Saturday, Feb. 14 -- PART I- 2008 Season in Review
Sunday, Feb. 15 -- PART II- The 2009 Pitching Staff
Monday, Feb. 16 -- PART III- The 2009 Infielders and Catchers
Tuesday, Feb. 17 -- PART IV- The 2009 Outfielders
Wednesday, Feb. 18 -- PART V- The 2009 Schedule