Normal, Ala. - The Alabama A&M baseball team released its schedule for the upcoming 2013 season.
The Maroon & White will host the second annual Bulldog Classic at Joe Davis Stadium to kick off 2013. Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Indiana State University and Morehead State will visit Huntsville to participate in the kick-off tournament.
A&M will face Morehead State University on February 15th, at 4:00 p.m. to open tournament play.
“Were looking to start competing with SEC and quality mid-majors teams including Ohio Valley and Southern Conference schools. That’s what we are looking forward to,” said Head Coach Michael Tompkins regarding the non-conference schedule lined up for the Bulldogs.
After the classic, the team will embark on a seven game road trip spanning four cities across three states. The February road trip will include games versus Samford University, Georgia State, Savannah State, and Lipscomb University.
Upon their return home, the team will kick off SWAC completion in the month of March.
A&M will host Jackson State to open conference play. After facing the Tigers, the Maroon and White will host Samford University for their second meeting of the year.
After the four game home stand, the team will hit the road again for their second extended road trip. Up first, the team will head to Montgomery to take on in-state rival Alabama State University. Following their second league match-up of the year, the Bulldogs will head to the University of Arkansas and New Mexico State University, to close out a nine-game trip.
“One thing I am looking forward to is challenging our guys, academically, in baseball and with their character. I call it the ABC challenge. I plan to challenge them on and off the field, and a competitive and tough non-conference schedule like we have will do that,” adds Coach Tompkins.
The final games in the month of March, will include both conference and non-conference contest. A non-conference match at home will see Tennessee Tech University. In SWAC competition, the Bulldogs will take on the Delta Devils of Mississippi Valley State in Itta Bena, MS, and the Braves of Alcorn State University at home. But before the Braves enter “The Hill” the University of North Alabama will visit for a non-conference nine inning meeting.
After playing the final games in March, and before entering the second cycle of SWAC play, A&M will take a break from their schedule by playing a scrimmage match with the Huntsville Stars. The scrimmage with the minor league team who is a double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, will be played on April 2nd, at Joe Davis Stadium. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
“This is exposure to baseball after college, and what those guys go through. I know a lot of college athletes, not just in baseball, dream and goal is to get past college,” Tompkins commented.
“Playing those guys gives our players a realistic view of where they are. This game will also help with recruiting. It’s going to be an awesome opportunity to compete against a Milwaukee double-A affiliate here in town, to build a relationship with the Brewers, and try to get city support at the same time,” smiles Coach Tompkins.
In the final 18 games of the year, A&M will close non-conference play on the road and participate in the second round of league play. The team will travel to Troy University, Murray State, and then wrap up the non-conference schedule at Tennessee Tech.
Twelve of the last 18 games will be in conference play. The Bulldogs will take on each of their Eastern division foes for the second time in the 2013 season.
The Maroon & White will close regular season play on the road at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Ms.
“The Bulldog baseball program seeks to create, not only good baseball players, but good people as well with the ABC challenge and the tough schedule,” said Tompkins.
“I believe that the players who participate in the Maroon and White program will leave the program with character built to be able to deal with adversity, and compete in everything they do in life.”
Courtesy Alabama A&M Media Relations