ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The long-awaited 2021 St. Bonaventure baseball schedule has been released with the Bonnies set to return to action March 13.
Rather than trekking to Florida as in years past, the Bonnies will open with a doubleheader at UMBC in Baltimore. It will be 366 days since the 2020 schedule was abruptly cancelled due to COVID-19.
The following weekend will see a three-game series at Youngstown State with a single game March 19 before a twinbill March 20. Bona will also host Eastern Michigan in a Saturday, May 1 non-conference doubleheader.
One of many quirks of the 2021 schedule will be two non-conference series against Atlantic 10 opponents. The home opener is set for a three-game series March 26-28 vs. La Salle at Fred Handler Park followed by a trip the next weekend to George Mason for three more games that will not count toward conference standings.
Due a regionally-based schedule put in place by conference officials in response to the pandemic, the A-10 has placed teams into two divisions with the Bonnies battling Fordham, Saint Joseph's, La Salle, Rhode Island and UMass for conference playoff spots. Two teams from each division will advance to the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The other division will include Davidson, Dayton, George Mason, George Washington, Saint Louis and VCU and the Bonnies will not play those teams in games counting toward conference standings this spring.
The new 24-game conference alignment will see the first Bona A-10 games come the weekend of April 9-11 at Fordham with a trip to the Bronx. This season, conference series will be four-game weekend sets with Saturdays featuring seven-inning doubleheader contests while the Friday and Sunday games remain nine innings.
The first A-10 home games of the year feature a visit from Saint Joseph's April 16-18 with the Bonnies also welcoming Rhode Island May 7-9 and closing the season May 20-22 vs. Fordham as part of an unbalanced schedule. The team will travel to La Salle (April 23-25) and UMass (May 14-16) for conference series. The A-10 Tournament is scheduled to be held May 27-29 on campus of an Atlantic 10 member institution.
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