RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- With the regular season schedule released for California Baptist University baseball, the real question is what will come next for a team that has won two-straight PacWest titles?
CBU comes off four-straight 40-win seasons and consecutive PacWest titles since joining the conference. Last year, the Lancers won 12 of their final 13 games to finish the 2013 campaign at 43-18. They displayed plenty of late-game heroics en route to winning the PacWest and NCCAA West Region championships.
The Lancers will look to continue their winning ways when season begins Feb. 1 in a home doubleheader against Cal State L.A. The doubleheader kicks off a three-game series and the Lancers’ 43-game season, including 26 PacWest conference games.
PacWest play takes off Feb. 27 when CBU hosts Dixie State for a three-game series. The Lancers will play 11 of their conference games at home. Their longest stretch on the road comes in the form of eight games in five days, as they face Hawaii Pacific (March 10-11) and Hawaii Hilo (March 14-15), each in a pair of doubleheaders.
Seventeen nonconference games will also be used to help prepare the Lancers, who have appeared in three baseball championship tournaments in the past four years, for the postseason. The 2014 campaign marks the first season CBU is eligible for postseason NCAA action after serving two years in a probationary period as they transitioned from NAIA play.
In addition to Cal State L.A., CBU will face non-conference opponents in Cal State San Bernardino (Feb. 6-8), Saint Martins (Feb. 12-15), Colorado State Pueblo (Feb. 20-22), Cal Poly Pomona (March 22), UC San Diego (April 9) and La Sierra (April 10).
When the regular season ends, CBU hopes to find itself in the hunt for NCAA West Regionals (May 15-18) at host sites and move on to the NCAA Division II World Series (May 24-31) in Cary, N.C.