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Baseball Releases 2000 Schedule

Dec. 8, 1999

A challenging pre-conference schedule and several strong BIG EAST Conference late-season series at Frank Eck Stadium highlight the University of Notre Dame baseball team’s schedule for the 2000 spring season, as announced today by sixth-year Irish head coach Paul Mainieri.

“We are very excited about our schedule for the 2000 season because it will pose consistent challenges to us early in the year while providing an exciting stretch of home games to c lose the BIG EAST regular season,” says Mainieri, whose 1999 team fashioned a 43-18 record and advanced to the NCAA tournament. “We also will have the chance to measure ourselves versus some of the top teams in the Midwest region, with games versus seven different Big Ten schools in addition to several other teams that are capable of advancing to the NCAAs.”

Notre Dame’s three season-opening tournaments will include 15 games versus several NCAA Tournament-caliber opponents, with the first two weekends seeing the Irish play at the Service Academies Classic in Millington, Tenn., and the Hormel Foods Classic at the Minneapolis Metrodome. Notre Dame then will spend spring break in Jacksonville, Fla., at the sixth annual Kennel Club Classic, a unique three-week, 20-team event that features groups of revolving teams playing at the University of North Florida’s Harmon Stadium and minor-league facility Wolfson Park.

Notre Dame’s 2000 home highlights at Frank Eck Stadium will include the home opener versus the University of Detroit on March 22 and a second half of the schedule that features 23 of 32 games at home. The Irish will close the season with three challenging home BIG EAST series, versus St. John’s (April 29-30), Pittsburgh (May 6-7) and Rutgers (May 13-14), which has battled Notre Dame for the BIG EAST regular-season title during each of the past two seasons (Rutgers finished first in 1998 while the Irish went 20-5 to claim first place in ’99).

Other road highlights include challenging BIG EAST series at Connecticut (April 1-2) and West Virginia (April 15-16), a BIG EAST doubleheader at Seton Hall (April 20) and a fourth straight matchup with Michigan at Old Kent Park in Grand Rapids, Mich.


  • The Irish will be making their fourth appearance in the Service Academies Classic (also in 1992, ’96 and ’97), with a season-opening game versus Air Force on Feb. 24 followed the next day by a much-anticipated matchup versus Ohio State (the Irish and Buckeyes were the Midwest’s only NCAA Championship regional hosts in 1999). Notre Dame then will play Memphis on Feb. 26 before facing a service academy team on the 27th (matchups will be based on records after the first three games).
  • The Metrodome will welcome a talented four-team field, with the Irish facing Wake Forest and Minnesota (both were NCAA tournament teams in 1999) before tangling with an up-and-coming Georgia squad on the final day of the Hormel Foods Classic, which will run from March 3-5.
  • Notre Dame’s extended stay in Jacksonville opens with a pair of games on March 11 versus Duquesne and Central Michigan, at Wolfson Park?home of the Detroit Tigers AA affiliate, the Jacksonville Suns. The Irish then will play at UNF’s Harmon Stadium, highlighted by a pair of games versus one of the Midwest’s top teams , the University of Illinois (March 12 and 18), plus single games with North Florida, Butler, Iowa and Akron (March 13, 15-17).
  • Notre Dame’s other home games include an early-April conference series with Boston College and matchups with Ball State, Valparaiso, IUPUI, Purdue, Bowling Green, Toledo, Chicago State, Cleveland State, Northwestern and Oakland. The team’s only non-conference road game during April?in addition to the neutral-site matchup vs. Michigan? will be an April 25 night game at Western Michigan.
  • In addition to the above BIG EAST road trips, the Irish also will play at Villanova (March 25-26) and Georgetown (April 22). Due to the loss of Providence from the BIG EAST baseball alignment, several BIG EAST series will be at the same sites in 2000 as they were in 1999, including Irish trips to Villanova, West Virginia and Georgetown and Irish home series with Boston College and Pittsburgh.
  • The BIG EAST Championship is slated to move to Somerset Ballpark in Bridgewater, N.J., a state-of-the-art facility that serves as the home facility for the independent Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. The six-team event will be held May 17-20.
  • The NCAA Championship regional round is slated for May 26-28, with the super regionals held June 2-4 and the College World Series on June 9-17.


Day Date Time Opponent Site
Thursday February 24 4:00 p.m. ^Air Force Millington, TN
Friday February 25 3:00 p.m. ^Ohio State Millington, TN
Saturday February 26 6:00 p.m. ^Memphis Millington, TN
Sunday February 27 TBD ^ Opponent TBD Millington, TN
Friday March 3 12:15 p.m +Wake Forest Minneapolis (MN) Metrodome
Saturday March 4 1:30 p.m. +Minnesota Minneapolis (MN) Metrodome
Sunday March 5 5:00 p.m. +Georgia Minneapolis (MN) Metrodome
Saturday March 11 Noon #Duquesne Jacksonville, FL (Harmon Stadium)
Saturday March 11 3:00 p.m. #Central Michigan Jacksonville, FL (Harmon Stadium)
Sunday March 12 7:00 p.m Illinois Jacksonville, FL (at UNF)
Monday March 13 7:00 p.m. #at North Florida Jacksonville, FL (at UNF)
Wednesday March 15 11:00 a.m. #Butler Jacksonville, FL (at UNF)
Thursday March 16 3:00 p.m. #Iowa Jacksonville, FL (at UNF)
Friday March 17 2:00 p.m #Akron Jacksonville, FL (at UNF)
Saturday March 18 10:00 a.m. #Illinois Jacksonville, FL (at UNF)
Wednesday March 22 4:05 p.m. Detroit Frank Eck Stadium
Saturday March 25 Noon *Villanova (2) Philadelphia, PA
Sunday March 26 Noon *Villanova Philadelphia, PA
Tuesday March 28 5:05 p.m. Central Michigan Frank Eck Stadium
Wednesday March 29 5:05 p.m. Wisconsin-Milwaukee Frank Eck Stadium
Saturday April 1 Noon *Connecticut (2) Storrs, CT
Sunday April 2 Noon *Connecticut Storrs, CT
Tuesday April 4 5:05 p.m. Ball State Frank Eck Stadium
Wednesday April 5 5:05 p.m. Valparaiso Frank Eck Stadium
Thursday April 6 5:05 p.m. IUPUI Frank Eck Stadium
Saturday April 8 12:05 p.m. *Boston College (2) Frank Eck Stadium
Sunday April 9 12:05 p.m. *Boston College Frank Eck Stadium
Tuesday April 11 6:05 p.m. Purdue Frank Eck Stadium
Wednesday April 12 5:05 p.m. Bowling Green Frank Eck Stadium
Thursday April 13 5:05 p.m. Toledo Frank Eck Stadium
Saturday April 15 4:00 p.m *West Virginia (2) Morgantown, WV
Sunday April 16 1:00 p.m. *West Virginia Morgantown, WV
Tuesday April 18 5:05 p.m. Chicago State (2) Frank Eck Stadium
Thursday April 20 Noon *Seton Hall (2) South Orange, NJ
Saturday April 22 Noon *Georgetown (2) Washington D.C.
Tuesday April 25 7:30 p.m. Western Michigan Kalamazoo, MI
Wednesday April 26 7:30 p.m. Michigan Comstock Park, MI
Thursday April 27 5:05 p.m. Cleveland State Frank Eck Stadium
Saturday April 29 12:05 p.m. *St. John’s (2) Frank Eck Stadium
Sunday April 30 12:05 p.m *St. John’s Frank Eck Stadium
Tuesday May 2 6:05 p.m. Northwestern Frank Eck Stadium
Wednesday May 3 4:05 p.m. Oakland (MI) Frank Eck Stadium
Saturday May 6 12:05 p.m. *Pittsburgh (2) Frank Eck Stadium
Sunday May 7 12:05 p.m. *Pittsburgh Frank Eck Stadium
Saturday May 13 12:05 p.m. *Rutgers (2) Frank Eck Stadium
Sunday May 14 12:05 p.m. *Rutgers Frank Eck Stadium
Wed-Sat May 17-20 TBA ~BIG EAST Tournament Bridgewater, NJ
Thur-Sat May 26-28 TBA NCAA Regionals TBA
Fri-Sat June 2-4 TBA NCAA Super Regionals TBA
Fri-Sat June 9-17 TBA College World Series Omaha, NE

All listings indicate local starting times
^Service Academies Classic
#Kennel Club Classic
+Hormel Foods Baseball Classic
*BIG EAST Conference Game
~ at Somerset Ballpark