The IU baseball team released its regular season schedule for the 2020 campaign Tuesday. Bart Kaufman Field will welcome in opponents 29 of the 53 total games for the Hoosiers in the quest to repeat as Big Ten regular season champions.
Once again, the schedule will force the Hoosiers to be challenged from opening day to the final game. IU will face nine teams that earned berths to the NCAA Tournament last year over a span of 19 games.
That list includes Louisiana State University, who the Hoosiers will kick off their season against in a three game series on Feb. 14 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. LSU joins the University of Louisville, University of Mississippi and Indiana State University as the four teams IU will face that ended in the RPI Top 25 last year.
Despite the challenges ahead, Indiana head coach Jeff Mercer said he is optimistic for the future and the special moments that it could bring.
"We're excited for the opportunities this schedule provides," Mercer said in an IU Athletics press release. "We'll challenge ourselves against some of the best programs in the country on the road, while still playing a significant amount of home games in front of our terrific fan base. We look forward to a successful 2020 season with a great group of young men."
In conference play, IU will face eight Big Ten opponents in a span of 24 games. The Hoosiers will take on Michigan and Nebraska toward the latter part of their schedule, two schools that finished 2nd and 4th, respectively, in the conference last year.
Last year, IU went 0-2 in the Big Ten tournament and 1-2 in the NCAA tournament as they failed to advance past the Louisville regional. With a fresh slate, the Hoosiers will look to grow even more starting in February.
Here's the complete schedule on the IU Athletics website: https://iuhoosiers.com/schedule.aspx?path=baseball