The Kentucky Batcats released their 2017 schedule this week, highlighted by a season opening road trip to North Carolina and a home series against UC Santa Barbara. Those six games are in addition to their annual home-and-home with Louisville and the typical SEC gauntlet.
In all, UK will play 26 games against 17 non-conference opponents. Four of these teams - Louisville, UC Santa Barbara, Xavier, and Wright State - made the College World Series last year while UNC was one of the last teams out of the field.
Here is the list of UK’s non-conference opponents along with their 2016 Record and RPI.
|Opponent||Games||2016 W-L||2016 RPI||Postseason|
|UC Santa Barbara||3||43—20—1||18||NCAAT|
The SEC schedule is tough as always. UK has their usual set of games against fellow Eastern division teams as well as Texas A&M, Mississippi, and Mississippi St. from the West. The road trip to Starkville is particularly notable, as it is a homecoming for Mingione and reunion with former UK head coach Gary Henderson.
All in all, it’s a good schedule. Kudos to Nick Mingione for improving the non-conference schedule and starting his inaugural season with a challenging road series.