BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State coach Kermit Smith on Thursday announced the 2019 baseball schedule, which includes six Sun Belt Conference home series and 28 total games at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium in Boone.
Starting on Feb. 15 with a three-game series at Tennessee, the schedule also is highlighted by trips to South Carolina, Miami, Wake Forest, BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte and Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. In all, 40 of the 56 regular-season games are scheduled to be played in the Carolinas.
Instead of playing five Sun Belt series at home and five on the road, because App State moved a series to Georgia Southern last year for weather-related reasons, the Mountaineers will have six Sun Belt home series in 2019. In addition to league foes Georgia State, Texas State, Georgia Southern, ULM, UTA and South Alabama, App State will also have home series against nonconference opponents Manhattan and Gardner-Webb. The Bulldogs will travel to Boone for two games after playing the Mountaineers at Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark in a Friday night game on March 1.
From March 29 to April 7, there’s even a seven-game homestand featuring a visit from Wake Forest for the Mountaineers, who return seven position players who started more than 40 games from a team that went 8-7 over its last 15 league games in the nation’s seventh-ranked conference. The top three hitters were freshmen, and the returning pitchers collectively posted a .500 record.
“With this year’s schedule, we wanted to continue to give our alumni across the Carolinas chances to watch our team play, and we also wanted to give people lots of opportunities to see us play in Boone, in Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium,” Smith said. “Starting with an early home series against Manhattan and another one against Gardner-Webb, and having an extra Sun Belt home series this year, we’re excited to be able to compete in front of our home fans so frequently and so early in the season. Facing strong programs like Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Miami, South Carolina and Wake Forest on the road, as well as playing three games in Greenville, S.C., will also be great tests before we enter conference play.”
Season tickets for App State’s 28-game home schedule are available at a cost of just $85 for adults, $75 for App State staff/faculty (limit of two) or senior citizens (limit of two) and $45 for youth (ages 3-12). Additionally, there will be a Family Four Pack plan that includes two adult season tickets and two youth season tickets for $235 ($25 off the regular price for all four).
Season tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE for the App State Ticket Central site, by calling the Appalachian State athletics ticket office at (828) 262-2079 or by going to the ticket office, located at the Holmes Center, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Season tickets will also be available for purchase Saturday at a designated window in the Kidd Brewer Stadium ticket plaza before the home football game against Georgia State at 2:30 p.m. App State alum and Texas Rangers pitcher Jeffrey Springs is also scheduled to sign autographs from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. near that location.
With 15 newcomers joining the 20 returners, Appalachian will make its 2019 debut at Tennessee with a series from Feb. 15-17. After playing at North Carolina Central on Feb. 20, the Mountaineers will open their home schedule with a series against Manhattan from Feb. 22-24.
A trip to face South Carolina in Columbia on Feb. 29 precedes the annual appearance at BB&T Ballpark for a series-opening game against Gardner-Webb, which will then be in Boone to complete the series on March 2-3.
From there, the Mountaineers head south to Florida, where they will play at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, Fla., on March 5 and against host Miami at Alex Rodriguez Park in Coral Gables, Fla., on March 6. Appalachian then returns to the Carolinas for three games at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. The schedule pits App State against Western Carolina on March 9, followed by a Sunday doubleheader against Furman (9 a.m.) and Michigan State (1 p.m.).
Two days later, on a Tuesday, the Mountaineers play at Wake Forest.
The conference schedule begins with a home series against Georgia State from March 15-17, followed by a midweek visit from North Carolina Central on March 19. After playing at Louisiana from March 22-24 and at Radford on March 26, the seven-game homestand starts with a Texas State visit from March 29-31. Wake Forest appears in Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium for a Tuesday game at 5 p.m. on April 2.
After hosting App State for two straight years based on the weather-related schedule change in 2018, Georgia Southern appears in Boone for a series that runs from April 5-7. The following week includes midweek road games at Western Carolina (April 9) and UNC Asheville (April 10) before a home weekend series against ULM from April 12-14.
A midweek game at East Tennessee State on April 16 is followed by a series at Troy from April 18-20, and App State welcomes Radford to Boone on April 23 before playing a home weekend series against UTA from April 26-28.
Western Carolina returns to Boone on April 30, and the final month of the regular season begins with a road series at Arkansas State from May 3-5. South Alabama visits Boone for the final Sun Belt home series from May 10-12, and the home finale is scheduled for May 14 against UNC Asheville. The regular season concludes at Coastal Carolina from May 16-18, and Coastal will host the Sun Belt Championships from May 21-26.