Games with SEC foes Florida, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Alabama and Auburn highlight the Samford baseball team's 2021 schedule, released Friday afternoon.
The schedule includes three-game series with the No. 1 (Florida) and No. 26 (Texas A&M) ranked teams in Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll. It also includes midweek games with the No. 9 (Mississippi State), No. 27 (Alabama) and No. 37 (Auburn) teams in the poll.
The schedule will start with a three-game home series with UT Martin, Feb. 19-21. The non-conference schedule also includes Alabama State (home Feb. 23, away Mar. 10), at Florida (Feb. 26-28), UAB (home Mar. 2, away Mar. 23), Toledo (Mar. 5-7), Troy (away Mar. 9, home Apr. 6), at Texas A&M (Mar. 12-14), at Mississippi State (Mar. 16), Jacksonville State (away Mar. 30, home Apr. 27), Alabama (away Apr. 13, Hoover Met May 4) and Auburn (away Apr. 20, Hoover Met May 11).
The Southern Conference also released a 30-game league schedule with the eight teams divided into two divisions and competing in 10 three-game series beginning the weekend of March 19-21. The regular season ends the weekend of May 21, before the 2021 SoCon Baseball Championship presented by Holston Gases takes place at Fluor Field in Greenville, South Carolina, from May 27-29.
The decision to revise the conference schedule from seven to 10 weeks allows for each team to compete in a total of 30 conference games and ensure games would still be played if nonconference games are canceled due to COVID-19 protocols. The league's directors of athletics voted to approve the change.
The conference's eight teams are divided into two divisions for scheduling purposes with an eye toward competitive balance. The Red Division includes The Citadel, Mercer, Western Carolina and Wofford, while the Blue Division is composed of ESTU, UNCG, Samford and VMI. Each squad will play a pair of three-game series against every other team in its division and a single series against the teams from the other division. After opening weekend, during which teams can play three games over three days, schools will host three games over two days for the remainder of the season. The decision is left up to the hosting team whether to play a single game and doubleheader on either Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday.
Ticket and spectator information for Samford home games will be released at a later date.
To see the full schedule, go to the link below: