BUFFALO, NY - The 2011 Buffalo Bulls baseball schedule was released today, with a slate that sees the young Bulls squad traveling for the first 22 games of the season and three new opponents featured on the roster. It also includes eight games against Big Four rivals.
The season will kick off out west February 26 and 27 with the Bulls playing back-to-back doubleheaders at New Mexico State. The Aggies will give Buffalo plenty of fight, as the team finished last season 36-23-1 and hit 104 home runs as a team. Buffalo will head back east after the four games to face the Delaware State Hornets for a three-game weekend series March 4-6.
Buffalo will then begin a nine-game swing through the mid-atlantic region, starting in Virginia against the Lancers of Longwood University March 12 and 13. There will be doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. The Bulls will then make a week-long trip to the Carolinas, starting with a Tuesday afternoon game against North Carolina State of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Wolfpack will pose one of the biggest challenges Buffalo will face all season, as it went 38-24 and batted .326 as a team.
The next day, Buffalo will take on East Carolina for the first time ever March 16. The Pirates won 32 last season, with 24 wins coming at home. The Bulls will close the week out with a weekend series against North Carolina Central University March 18-20. The Eagles are transitioning to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and went 3-44 last season.
After the team returns home, the Bulls will make the day trip down to St. Bonaventure for a Tuesday afternoon doubleheader. Game one of the series will mark the 70th meeting between the local rivals. The following weekend of March 25-27 will mark the opening of the Mid American Conference season with three games against the Eastern Michigan Eagles.
After a mid-week game against Canisius, the Bulls will finally play in the friendly confines of Amherst Audubon Field, welcoming in Northern Illinois for a three-game weekend series April 1-3. This will mark a stretch of 11 home games in 20 days for Buffalo, with Canisius (April 6), St. Bonaventure (April 12), Ball State (April 15-17) and Niagara (April 20) all coming to face the Bulls. In fact, Buffalo will only hit the road twice in April, traveling to face MAC rivals Toledo (April 8-10) and Kent State (April 22-24).
In the final month of the season, Buffalo will face Big Four rival Niagara May 3 for the final non-conference game of the season. The team will then face Ohio at home May 6-8 and then traveling to Miami (OH) for the final road trip of the season. The regular season will then draw to a close with a three-game weekend series against Bowling Green May 19-21
Be sure to check out the times and locations of all the games on the team's schedule page.