By: Adam Purvis ~Staff Writer~
The Xavier baseball schedule was released on Nov. 5 with marquee matchups against tough Big East opponents.
The baseball team finished 30-29 last season, and won the Big East Championship in its first year in the conference to reach the NCAA tournament for the second time in school history.
The men played an exemplary season last year and hope to continue its success this year.
The Musketeers are scheduled to play a total of 55 games and start off the season on Feb. 13 against Army in South Carolina.
This is part of a four-game weekend including games with Boston College and Wofford College.
Xavier will return to South Carolina the following weekend to play in the First Pitch Invitational against Presbyterian College, Indiana University and host Furman University.
The Muskies will continue play against Louisville away from home for three games early in the season and will face crosstown rival University of Cincinnati on March 3 at Cincinnati before they head to Auburn for three more games.
The home opener will be part of a home-and-away series with the Wright State Raiders on March 11.
The Musketeers will head to Nashville, Tenn., to play ball against Lipscomb University for their last big road trip in March.
They will continue play against the Ohio University Bobcats, Northern Kentucky University Norse and the Dayton University Flyers before their first conference game of the season.
Xavier will open conference play against Seton Hall who dominated the Big East last year and will be an early test for the Musketeers as they enter the pivotal stretch of the season.
Xavier plays Creighton in Omaha for three games in a rematch of the 2014 Big East Championship in which the Musketeers came out on top 5-0.
Creighton was 32-17-1 last season and won two of the three games against the Musketeers before playing them in the championship.
Heading into the conference tournament, Xavier has a stretch of six games where they look to gain momentum in conference play to make a run at a second consecutive title.
The 2015 Big East Championships will be held from May 21 to 24 at Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., where all eyes will be on the defending champions to see how they perform