Athletics

Southern Conference Announces Baseball Schedule

VMI is scheduled to open conference play March 19-21 at Eastern Tennessee State University. Conference play will divide the league’s eight teams into two divisions. Each squad will play a pair of three-game series against every other team in its division and a single series against the teams from the other division.—Sports Photo Guy photo courtesy VMI Keydets.

The Southern Conference announced the 2021 baseball conference schedule in January 2021, with the league’s eight teams divided into two divisions and competing in 10 three-game series beginning the weekend of March 19-21. The regular season ends the weekend of May 21, before the 2021 SoCon Baseball Championship presented by Holston Gases takes place at Fluor Field in Greenville, South Carolina, from May 27-29.

VMI is scheduled to open conference play on the weekend of March 19-21 at Eastern Tennessee State University. The first SoCon home series will feature the University of North Carolina at Greensboro traveling to Lexington for three games March 26-27 in Gray-Minor Stadium. The Keydets will also host Mercer (April 16-17), Wofford (April 23-24), Samford (May 7-8), and ETSU (May 14-15).

The decision to revise the conference schedule from seven to 10 weeks allows for each team to compete in a total of 30 conference games and ensure games would still be played if nonconference games are canceled due to COVID-19 protocols. The league’s directors of athletics voted to approve the change.

The conference’s eight teams are divided into two divisions for scheduling purposes with an eye toward competitive balance. The Red Division includes The Citadel, Mercer, Western Carolina, and Wofford, while the Blue Division is composed of ESTU, UNCG, Samford, and VMI. Each squad will play a pair of three-game series against every other team in its division and a single series against the teams from the other division.

For league series, schools will host three games over two days. The decision is left up to the hosting team whether to play a single game and doubleheader on either Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday.

The Keydet non-conference schedule will be released at a future date.

View the complete SoCon baseball schedule here.

Editor’s Note: This article was first published at vmikeydets.com.