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Kentucky Baseball: 2017 Schedule Released

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The 2017 schedule is out and the Wildcats are stepping up their non-conference games.

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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
North Carolina 3 34—21 19
Liberty 1 31—28 109
Saint Joe's 1 31—23 135
Old Dominion 1 32—24 80
Delaware 1 31—22 149
EKU 1 24—31 215
WKU 2 24—30 132
UC Santa Barbara 3 43—20—1 18 NCAAT
Wright State 1 46—17 42 NCAAT
Cincinnati 2 26—30—1 120
Miami (OH) 3 27—29 164
Murray St 1 25—28 197
Louisville 2 50—14 2 NCAAT
UT Martin 1 18—34 263
Xavier 1 32—30 72 NCAAT
Indiana 1 32—24 104
NKU 1 20—34 247

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.