Illinois State University baseball announced it's 2020 schedule earlier this week. The Redbirds take on nine teams from last season's NCAA Tournament.
"We are really looking forward to the slate of teams we're facing this year," ISU head coach Steve Holm said."We have multiple weekends against teams that have the ability to go deep into the postseason."
Holm sees the tough schedule as beneficial.
"Last year's schedule allowed us to receive an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament and we hope our 2020 schedule will allow us to do the same."
ISU starts their season on the road with non-conference games taking on Little Rock (Feb. 14-16), Oklahoma (Feb. 21-23) and Louisiana-Monroe (Feb. 28-March 1) before heading to Arkansas (March 3) for a mid week showing
The Redbirds hit their longest stretch over spring break playing eight games in 10 days. That series opens in Jacksonville, Florida, midweek games with Florida A&M (March 10) and Florida State (March 11) before wrapping the trip with a three game series with North Florida (March 13-15).
The 'Birds return home for a Tuesday game at University of Illinois Chicago (March 17), then wrap the week up in a NCAA Tournament rematch against Indiana (March 20-22).
ISU then opens its slate of home games welcoming Butler (March 27-29) for a three game set. A trip to St. Louis University (March 31).
Missouri Valley Conference play opens with Missouri State (April 3-5) before a showdown with Big10 rival Illinois (April 7). Valparaiso (April 10-12) then comes into town for a weekend showcase.
ISU then makes the trek to Champaign for a mid week game with the Fighting Illini (April 14) followed by a trip to Eastern Illinois (April 15) the next day. The Redbirds head home for MVC games against Dallas Baptist (April 17-19), Bradley (May 1-3) and Southern Illinois (May 14-16.
The Redbirds also hit the road for match-ups with Northern Illinois (April 21), Indiana State