|Connor Harding||Kevin Haag|
The University of Scranton baseball team and head coach Mike Bartoletti unveiled the program's 2020 schedule on Wednesday.
Scranton will play three teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament a season ago: defending Landmark Conference champion Susquehanna, Ithaca and Misericordia.
The Royals went 17-22 (9-9 Landmark) a season ago and earned the No. 4 seed in the Landmark Conference tournament.
The 2020 season kicks off on Sunday, February 23 when the Royals host Vassar at Volpe Field at 1 p.m. In fact, Scranton will open the season with seven consecutive home games as they will host Arcadia (Feb. 29), DeSales (March 1), Haverford (March 4), Albright (March 7 – doubleheader), Brockport (March 8) and New Paltz (March 11).
Scranton will embark on the team's annual trip to Florida later that week and will kick things off in the Sunshine State with a Landmark Conference doubleheader against Susquehanna on March 15 in Port Charlotte. The rest of the team's games in Florida will be unveiled at a later date.
Upon returning from Florida, the Royals will hit the road to battle Juniata in a three-game set on March 21 and 22. The usual slate of 18 Landmark Conference games will include home series against Catholic (March 28-29), Moravian (April 18-19) and a single home game against Susquehanna, while the team will play road series against Juniata, Drew (April 4-5) and Elizabethtown (April 25-26).
The remainder of the non-conference slate includes home games against Misericordia (April 31), Muhlenberg (April 8), St. Joseph's Brooklyn (April 13) and Ithaca (April 28).
The 2020 Landmark Conference Baseball Tournament will once again be held at Volpe Field from Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10.
Highlighting Scranton's returnees for the 2020 campaign are junior outfielder Connor Harding (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) and senior first baseman Kevin Haag (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining). Harding is the reigning Landmark Conference Player of the Year and earned D3baseball.com All-American Third Team honors after hitting .464 in 39 games, while setting program records in hits (70) and triples (9). Haag also started all 39 games for the Royals and hit .339 to go along with a team-leading seven home runs and 41 RBI.
Click here to view the full 2020 University of Scranton baseball schedule.