Navy Announces 2008 Baseball Schedule
Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos
Sept. 26, 2007
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy baseball head coach Paul Kostacopoulos and the coaching staff has announced its 54-game schedule for the 2008 campaign, 34 of which come in the friendly confines of Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium.
"We are excited about having a facility that allows us to play a 54-game schedule this season," stated Kostacopoulos, who enters his third year at the helm with Navy. "We are very fortunate to have the ability to play 19 of our first-24 games in Annapolis this year. We have several games against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year. All of this really gives us great preparation heading into the start of Patriot League play."
Last year's squad set school records for victories (35) and games played (55), while advancing to the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2003. Navy welcomes back 18 letterwinners from a season ago, including all four weekend starting pitchers.
The Midshipmen will commence the 2008 season with the Service Academy Spring Classic at USA Stadium in Millington, Tenn., on Feb. 22-24. Navy will take on service academy rival Air Force on Feb. 22-23, before squaring off with Arkansas State in the final day of the event.
Navy will fly back to Annapolis to host 10-straight home games over a 13-day stretch between Feb. 27-March 10, playing host to Georgetown, Dartmouth, UMBC, Central Connecticut State, Rhode Island and Iona.
The Mids will then head on the road on March 12 to take on Virginia, who finished the 2007 season with a 45-16 record and earned a No. 1 seed in its own Charlottesville, Va., regional in the NCAA Tournament. One day later, Navy will travel to Princess Anne, Md., to meet Maryland-Eastern Shore.
Following the brief road stint, the Midshipmen return home to host nine-consecutive games between March 14-26. Navy will welcome Duquesne, Monmouth, Belmont Abbey, Princeton and Towson to Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium during the 13-day period.
After playing 24 non-league games within their first-34 days of the season, the Midshipmen will be faced with an immediate challenge to open Patriot League play. Navy will drive up to Easton, Pa., to play defending league-champion Lafayette for a four-game set on March 29-30. Lafayette advanced to the Charlottesville, Va., regional in the NCAA Tournament one season ago with a 33-20 mark, 17-3 in the Patriot League.
Two days later, the Mids will remain in the Old Line State to take on Maryland on April 1 at Shipley Field in College Park. Navy will then host Delaware State in the first of two meetings of the year on April 3.
The Midshipmen will host their first league games of the year when Lehigh comes into town for an April 5 doubleheader. The following day, April 6, the two teams will conclude the series with a doubleheader in Bethlehem, Pa., as the final-two games of last year's series were played in Annapolis due to heavy rains that fell in the Lehigh Valley. Despite the split sites in 2007, Navy registered a four-game sweep of the Mountain Hawks.
One week later, Navy will host arch-rival Army in a four-game, Patriot League set on April 12-13. The Midshipmen own a 100-84 advantage in the all-time series, including a 51-35 cushion in Annapolis. Despite a late-inning rally, Navy was eliminated from the Patriot League Tournament by Army one year ago.
Navy will play its final regular season, Patriot League series on the road on April 19-20, when it heads up to Lewisburg, Pa., to take on Bucknell. The Mids took two of four games from the Bison in Annapolis last season to earn a spot in the Patriot League Tournament.
The Midshipmen will play on their home field to wrap up the league regular season, hosting Holy Cross on April 26-27. For the second-straight year in 2007, the Mids swept the season series from the Crusaders, this time at Fitton Field in Worcester, Mass.
Navy has three more non-league games following the four-game set against Holy Cross, as it will travel to Delaware State on April 29 and host a two-game series against New York Tech on May 3-4.
For the first time in Patriot League history, four teams will advance to the postseason tournament, with the top-two seeds hosting the lower-two seeds in a best-of-three series on May 10-11. The higher of the two seeds that advance from the semifinal round will compete in a best-of-three series on May 17-18 for the Patriot League Championship and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The NCAA Tournament begins on May 30-June 2 with double-elimination, regional action at one of 16 sites. The winners of the 16 regionals will be paired into eight super regionals on June 6-8 for a best-of-three series. Those that advance from the super regional round will head to Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb., to compete in the College World Series on June 14-25.