NEW YORK -- Columbia Baseball will start the 2008 season at Duke and Pepperdine, and will have 14 home games, including six doubleheaders, head baseball coach Brett Boretti announced today.
The Lions begin the season on March 1 with back-to-back doubleheaders at Atlantic Coast Conference member Duke, before traveling to Pepperdine for four games, starting March 7.
"Opening up at Duke will be a great experience for our team," Boretti said. "Duke is in one of the best leagues in the country, and is a team that is on the rise. It will be a challenging weekend for us and I know we are all looking forward to Opening Day.
"Heading out to Pepperdine for a four-game series is an opportunity for our west coast alumni to support us 3,000 miles away from Morningside Heights," Boretti continued. "Pepperdine is a top-20 program that plays a tough schedule and will be a great measuring stick to see where we are early in the season."
Columbia then travels to Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia for its traditional 10-game spring trip. The Lions will face Georgia Southern for four games, Davidson for a two-game series and Liberty for four contests to conclude the trip on March 22.
"The early part of the schedule is always challenging," Boretti said. "I think this year we have stepped it up another level by playing some strong opponents from some of the best conferences in the country."
The Lions then return north to play at St. John's on March 25, before opening the home slate against Brown on Saturday, March 29. Other home opponents include Yale, Army, Rutgers, Princeton, Fordham and Penn. In the Ivy League, Columbia travels to Harvard, Dartmouth, Cornell and Penn. The team also faces Manhattan on the road.
The first home game of the season against Brown will also serve as the opener for the new FieldTurf playing surface at Andy Coakley Field, which is scheduled to be completed this fall.
Columbia concludes its regular season with a home-and-home doubleheader series with Penn on April 26 and 27.
"Our goal is to playing for a championship on the last weekend of the season," Boretti said. "I am excited that we are able to finish the season out with an Ivy League weekend from now on."
MARCH 1, at Duke (2), noon; 2, at Duke (2), noon; 7, at Pepperdine, 5 p.m.; 8, at Pepperdine (2), 2 p.m.; 9, at Pepperdine, 4 p.m.; 14, at Georgia Southern, 7 p.m.; 15, at Georgia Southern, 1:30 p.m.; 16, at Georgia Southern, 1:30 p.m.; 17, at Georgia Southern, 4 p.m.; 18, at Davidson, TBA; 19, at Davidson; TBA; 20, at Liberty, 3 p.m.; 21, at Liberty, 3 p.m.; 22, at Liberty (2), 11.a.m.; 25, at St. John's, 3 p.m.; 29, BROWN (2), noon; 30, YALE (2), noon.
APRIL 1, ARMY, 3 p.m.; 5, at Harvard (2), noon; 6, at Dartmouth (2), noon; 8, RUTGERS, 3 p.m.; 12, PRINCETON (2), noon; 13, PRINCETON (2), noon; 16, FORDHAM (2), 2 p.m.; 19, at Cornell (2), noon,; 20, at Cornell (2), noon; 22, at Manhattan (2), 2 p.m.; 26, PENN (2), noon; 27, at Penn (2), noon.