Radford University head baseball coach Karl Kuhn announced the Highlanders’ 2021 baseball schedule Monday afternoon.
It features 29 home games at Williams Field at Sherman Carter Memorial Stadium.
“In this time of uncertainty with the pandemic, we are excited to begin our season at home on our new field while putting together a competitive non-conference and conference schedule,” Kuhn said. “We’re also looking forward to having our players’ families and friends out at the ballpark this season as permitted.”
The Highlanders will play 40 Big South games this season, rather than the traditional 27. Radford has six games against USC Upstate, High Point and Presbyterian (home-and-home series), five games against Gardner-Webb and Longwood (home-and-home midweek, one three-game series (both away)), and three games against UNC Asheville, Winthrop, Campbell and Charleston Southern (AVL away; WU, CAM and CSU home).
The Highlanders will play at home on opening weekend for just the third time in program history, and the first time since 1993, when they welcome Ohio for a three-game series beginning February 19. That series marks the earliest home game in program history.
Radford then heads to nearby Virginia Tech for its first road game of the season, a February 23 midweek game before welcoming Bucknell for a three-game series at home to close out the month of February.
After the games of March and April, Radford closes the season with seven of its last 11 games at home.
The Big South Championship will once again return to SEGRA Stadium in Fayetteville, N.C., with the top four teams competing from May 27-29 for the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Attendance at all home games will be restricted due to COVID-19. In accordance with the Commonwealth of Virginia, local health officials and university guidelines regarding in-person gatherings, only family members of Radford student-athletes and coaches will be permitted to attend, and they will be required to be on a pass list submitted in advance of each game.
RADFORD UNIVERSITY 2021 BASEBALL SCHEDULE
Feb. 19 — Ohio at home; Feb. 20 — Ohio at home; Feb. 21 Ohio at home; Feb. 23 — at Virginia Tech; Feb. 26 — Bucknell at home; Feb. 27 — Bucknell at home; Feb. 28 — Bucknell at home; March 2 — at Liberty; March 5 — at USC Upstate; March 6 — at USC Upstate (2); March 9 — at East Tennessee State University; March 12 — at High Point; March 13 — at High Point (2); March 16 — Gardner-Webb at home; March 19 — Presbyterian at home; March 20 — Presbyterian at home (2); March 23 — Longwood at home; March 26 — at UNC Asheville; March 27 — at UNC Asheville (2); April 1 — USC Upstate at home; April 2 — USC Upstate at home (2); April 6 — VMI at home; April 9 — at Presbyterian; April 10 — at Presbyterian (2); April 13 — East Tennessee State University at home; April 16 — Winthrop at home; April 17 — Winthrop at home (2); April 20 — at Longwood; April 23 — High Point at home; April 24 — High Point at home (2) April 30 — at Longwood; May 1 — at Longwood (2); May 7 — Campbell at home; May 8 — Campbell at home (2).