SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San José State University baseball schedule was revealed Friday, as announced by head coach Dave Nakama. The 2015 slate features a challenging road docket that sees the Spartans playing 32-of-55 games away from Municipal Stadium, including 10 consecutive road contests beginning in mid-April.
Seven of San José State’s opponents – Cal Poly, Stanford, New Mexico, UC Irvine, UNLV, Oregon State and San Diego State – received regional berths last season. Cal Poly and Oregon State each hosted a regional, Stanford won the Bloomington Regional before falling to eventual national champion Vanderbilt in the Nashville Super Regional, and UC Irvine advanced to the College World Series by winning the Corvallis Regional and Stillwater Super Regional.
“I think our schedule will test what kind of team we are and what kind of players we have,” said Nakama. “If you’re going to be good, you have to beat good teams.
“If we really want to have the type of team that we all want to have, we have to be able to be competitive with those programs. That’s why we schedule those power programs, and our conference is really tough, so if you play those people you get used to playing good teams and you’re not surprised when you walk in and play someone good on the road.”
The Spartans kick off the season with a three-game set at Loyola Marymount on Feb. 13-15, marking their first showdown with the Lions since 2007.
San José State opens the slate of 23 games at Municipal Stadium when the San Francisco Dons visit on Feb. 17, followed by a weekend set against Northern Colorado on Feb. 20-22 and a midweek game against defending Big West champion Cal Poly on Feb. 24.
From Feb. 27-March 1, the Spartans will travel south for the first of two three-game series with San Diego State. The 2014 Mountain West Tournament champions will visit Municipal Stadium on May 1-4.
Following a home set with Air Force and midweek tilt with Saint Mary’s on March 10, San José State hits the road for weekend series against UC Irvine (March 13-15) and Fresno State (March 20-22). The Spartans will then wrap up the road trip when they head to Oregon State to take on the defending Pac-12 champions in a pair of games on March 24-25. The two-game midweek series will mark the first time the Spartans and Beavers have met since the 1999 season.
For a second straight season, San José State will travel north to Pullman, Wash., for a four-game midseason series with Washington State when they take on the Cougars April 27-30. The set with WSU comes in the midst of a 10-game road trip that spans from April 14-28 and also features stops at Saint Mary’s, UC Davis, Nevada and Stanford.
“It’s always tough taking a young group on the road, but the one think I think it will do is it will teach us how to play on the road,” Nakama said. “If you’re going to be good, you have to be able to win on the road. That’s why we do it.”
The Spartans will close out the regular season portion of the 2015 campaign when they host UNLV, last year’s regular season co-conference champion, on May 14-16.
The 2015 Mountain West Championships will be held at Nevada’s Peccole Park from May 20-24 in Reno, Nev. All seven Mountain West teams receive a bid to the double-elimination tournament, with the No. 6 and 7 seeds pitted against each other in a play-in game.