KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island baseball head coach Raphael Cerrato has released the team's 2019 schedule, which includes seven games against teams that played in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The Rams will also play 18 of their first 19 games on the road.
"We've put together another challenging schedule for our guys, but it is one we believe will pay dividends later on in the season," head coach Raphael Cerrato said. "With a younger group like we have this year, getting the players out on the road early on will give us a great opportunity to really establish our identity as a team. In addition to that, traveling to play against teams from the nation's top conferences, in electric atmospheres with thousands of fans, provides our guys with invaluable experiences that will benefit us late in the season when we are in the thick of conference play."
Rhode Island will open the 2019 campaign with a three-game set at Rice University (Feb. 15-17), followed by a trip to Ft. Myers, Fla. to take on Missouri on Feb. 22, 23 and 24. All three games against the Tigers will be played at City of Palms Park, the former Spring Training venue for the Boston Red Sox.
The Rams will head back to Texas to open the month of March with four games at UT Rio Grande Valley (March 1-3) before closing out their season-opening road swing at Wichita State, March 15-17.
URI's home opener will take place on March 20, when Sacred Heart visits Bill Beck Field for the final game before the start of conference play.
The Rams head to George Washington for their first weekend of A-10 action (March 22-24). Other road series in conference play include Davidson (April 12-14), Saint Louis (May 3-5) and La Salle (May 16-18).
Rhode Island will host conference rivals Fordham (March 29-31), Richmond (April 5-7), George Mason (April 26-28) and Massachusetts (May 10-12).
"Conference play is always a battle and this year will be no different," said Cerrato, whose squad will face five of the seven teams that played in last year's Atlantic 10 tournament, including finalists Saint Louis and George Mason.
Additional non-conference home games for the Rams include Bryant (April 3), Holy Cross (April 10), Sacred Heart (April 20), Boston College (April 30), and Connecticut (May 14). URI also will travel for midweek games at Quinnipiac (March 26), Northeastern (March 27), UMass Lowell (April 2), Boston College (April 9), Bryant (April 16), Hartford (April 17), Sacred Heart (April 19) and Connecticut (April 24).
"We have high expectations for this season," Cerrato said. "If we can stay healthy as a team, there's no reason why we shouldn't be competing for a conference championship come late May."
The 2019 Atlantic 10 Tournament – which features the top seven teams in the conference – will be held in Bronx, N.Y., at Fordham's Houlihan Park, May 22-25.