2017 Schedule – HTML - PDF
KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Feb. 27, 2017) – On Monday, USMMA baseball head coach Michael Notebaert announced the schedule for the upcoming 2017 schedule in this his ninth season as skipper of the Mariners. Merchant Marine has a total of 37 regular season games scheduled throughout March and April before postseason play begins in early May.
The Mariners will play 18 games against Skyline Conference opponents with weekend doubleheaders against all nine other teams in the league. The squad plays a total of 19 games at home at Lower Roosevelt Field and 18 away from Kings Point, including seven at the season-opening Gene Cusic Classic down in Fort Myers, Fla. March 5-11.
The season begins this Sunday, March 5, with a doubleheader against arch-rival Coast Guard. The double-dip is part of a three-game series that concludes on Monday, March 6. The winner of the series earns a point in the overall standings of the 2016-17 Superintendents' Trophy. Action continues in the Sunshine State on Wednesday with a single game against Thiel, followed by a Friday matchup against Anna Maria. The Mariners will take on Hiram College in a doubleheader on their final day down south, Saturday, March 11.
When USMMA returns home from its Florida trip, the team will host non-conference New Jersey City University on Tuesday, March 14. The other home non-Skyline games include clashes with Castleton (March 18), Oneonta State (March 19 doubleheader), John Jay (March 28), Lehman (April 13), Centenary (April 18) and City College of New York (a Senior Day doubleheader on April 29).
The Mariners will play three non-conference road games at Baruch (March 21), Staten Island (April 5) and Drew (April 26).
The Skyline Conference portion of the schedule includes a good number of road doubleheaders early on, followed by five of the final six doubleheaders at the friendly confines of Lower Roosevelt Field throughout April.
The Mariners are at Farmingdale State and Purchase on back-to-back days, March 25-26, to open league play. April opens with a trip to Old Westbury to take on the Panthers on April 1 before SUNY Maritime visits Kings Point on Sunday, April 2.
The final road Skyline doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday, April 8, at St. Joseph's of Brooklyn. The last four conference doubleheaders are all at home against Mount St. Vincent (April 9), reigning Skyline Champions St. Joseph's of Long Island (April 15), Mount St. Mary (April 22) and Yeshiva (April 23).
The top six teams at the end of the Skyline regular season will qualify for the conference tournament. The #3 seed will host the #6 seed and the #4 seed will host the #5 seed in a single elimination game in the opening round on Wednesday, May 3. The winners of those games will join the top two seeds for a four-team, double-elimination tournament to be played on May 5-7. The 2017 Skyline Champions will earn a berth to the NCAA Regional Championships later in May with a chance to advance to the DIII National Championships at the end of May.
Last week, the Skyline Conference announced the 2017 Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll and the Mariners were picked to finish in sixth place with 41 points. Old Westbury was the favorite to win the league with 73 points, Farmingdale State (70), SUNY Maritime (67), St. Joseph's-L.I. (65) and St. Joseph's-Brooklyn (42) were all picked to make the Skyline Tournament along with Merchant Marine. Mount St. Mary (32), Purchase (29), Mount St. Vincent (22) and Yeshiva (9) rounded out the poll.
To view the complete Preseason Poll release from the Skyline Conference, click here.
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