PERU – As the opening series is set to take place this weekend, Peru State is announcing its 2019 baseball schedule.
With the recent release of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) preseason rankings, Peru State finds themselves in a tie for third with Grand View (Iowa), trailing Central Methodist (Mo.) (CMU) and Clarke (Iowa) at first and second respectively. Those three foes, along with the stout remaining Heart competition, and some solid non-conference matchups, creates a challenging schedule for the ‘Cats.
The Bobcats’ first games will be on Feb. 2 (1 & 3 p.m.) and Feb. 3 (1 & 3 p.m.) against former Heart member, Avila, in Kansas City, Mo.
The ‘Cats then head to Columbia, Mo., the next weekend for a three-game series with Columbia College playing twice on Saturday and once on Sunday. The following weekend, the Bobcats will be heading to Plainview, Texas, to play four against Wayland Baptist. One more four-game set against Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Okla., sets up conference play and the home opening series.
The home and conference opener is March 2 & 3, when the Bobcats host Graceland (Iowa) for a Saturday double-header starting at 1 p.m., followed by a nine-inning game on Sunday at 1 p.m. Peru State will play the other teams in the North Division on a home-and-away, three-game basis and then play two-game sets with six teams in the South Division for a total of 30 conference games.
On March 10 the Bobcats will host #21 CMU for a tough Heart South Division double-header starting at 1 p.m. Last season the Eagles won the regular season Heart title.
Big road series in the Heart North Division take place first on March 16 & 17 when the ‘Cats play Grand View (Iowa), who went 5-1 against Peru State last spring. Then on April 13 & 14 Peru State travels to Dubuque, Iowa, for a matchup with Clarke, who received votes in the NAIA preseason rankings.
Senior Day is planned for Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m. when Evangel (Mo.) visits the Centennial Complex.
The Heart post-season tournament will feature the top teams from the each division and will begin on May 2 with the bottom four seeds playing in the first round. The top eight teams will play in a double elimination tournament at US Baseball Park in Ozark, Mo.