The Youngstown State baseball team will play road games at Georgia Tech and Ohio State and host 21 home games at Eastwood Field in 2017, first-year head coach Dan Bertolini announced.
The Penguins will open the 2017 season on Feb. 17 at a tournament at Austin Peay, and they will proceed to play their first 19 games of the season on the road. The final of those 19 games will be at Ohio State on March 21, and the home opener is slated for March 24 against Oakland.
After the opening tournament at Austin Peay, YSU will play three-game series at Georgia Tech and Eastern Kentucky the next two weekends. The Penguins will play midweek contests at Morehead State on March 7-8 before playing a three-game series at Richmond on March 10-12.
Horizon League play for the Penguins will start at UIC on March 17-19, and YSU is scheduled to play 30 conference games in a nine-week span between March 17 and May 14. March's schedule will conclude with a game at Bowling Green the 28th, and a road league series at Northern Kentucky that will stretch into April will begin on March 31.
The bulk of YSU's home schedule will be in April with 13 games at Eastwood Field on the docket. YSU will host Wright State April 7-9 and Ohio on April 11 before hitting the road for a three-game series at Milwaukee April 13-15. YSU will then begin a season-long six-game home stand on April 18 against Kent State, and it will also include a contest against Bowling Green (April 19) and doubleheaders versus UIC (April 21) and Milwaukee (April 22). The Penguins will play at Canisius on April 25 before welcoming Valparaiso to Eastwood Field April 28-30 to conclude the month.
YSU's first six games of May will be on the road with doubleheaders at Valparaiso (May 5) and Wright State (May 6) and midweek games at Toledo (May 9) and Pittsburgh (May 10). The final conference home game will be part of a doubleheader against Northern Kentucky on May 13, and YSU's Horizon League schedule will conclude the following day with a doubleheader at Oakland. YSU's final road game of the regular season will be at Kent State on May 16, and the regular season will conclude with a three-game series against Rider May 18-20.
The Horizon League Tournament is scheduled for May 24-27 at the home of the regular-season champion.