Indiana State baseball head coach Mitch Hannahs released his club’s 2021 schedule Tuesday, Feb. 9. The schedule features a 48-game slate that will lead up to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament hosted by Southern Illinois May 26-29.
For 2021, the Missouri Valley Conference has instituted several changes for the season. Teams will play four-game conference series, rather than the traditional three-game series used in past seasons. MVC teams will play four games in three days, with the middle day of the series serving as the doubleheader day. The first game of the doubleheaders will be a seven-inning game. If that first seven-inning game goes into nine or more innings, the second game of the doubleheader will automatically become a seven-inning game.
Additionally, the conference tournament has been shortened to four days and will feature the top-six teams, rather than all eight teams. For regular season MVC games, the conference will use the NCAA recommendation to place a runner on second base in extra-innings. This option will be pre-determined by head coaches for non-conference games.
Indiana State opens the season with 24-straight games on the road with the first series coming against Pittsburgh (Feb. 19-21) in Port Charlotte, Fla. as part of the Snowbird Baseball Classic.
The Sycamores will follow an ACC opponent with a four-game series with SEC foe Tennessee in Knoxville (Feb. 26-28).
Indiana State returns to the state of Florida a week later for a seven-game stretch beginning with a weekend series against Florida International (Mar. 5-7), a midweek contest with Florida Gulf Coast (Mar. 9) before wrapping up with a weekend series at Florida Atlantic (Mar. 11-13).
ISU will take to the road once again with a three-game set at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Mar. 19-21) before returning to the Midwest to take on the Billikens in Saint Louis (Apr. 1-3).
Missouri Valley Conference action begins in mid-April as the Sycamores travel to Normal to take on Illinois State (Apr. 9-11). Along with the Redbirds, Indiana State will travel to Dallas Baptist (Apr. 23-25), Missouri State (May 7-9), and Evansville (May 20-22).
April 16 will mark the first home games for the Sycamores, as the team will welcome conference foe Valparaiso to Bob Warn Field. The team will also play host to Bradley (Apr. 30-May 2), and Southern Illinois (May 14-16).
Indiana State's attendance policies and television package will be announced at a later date.