UAM coach releases 2010 baseball schedule

Arkansas-Monticello head baseball coach Carlos James recently released the 2010 schedule, which features 26 home games.

The Weevils open the season playing 11 of their first 13 games at home, including consecutive home weekends during the first two weeks of the season.

Opening day is Saturday, February 6, with a three-game series against LeMoyne-Owen (Tenn.) stretching into the following Sunday. The Weevils then play host to Missouri S&T the following weekend for a four-game series beginning Friday, February 12.

Other non-conference home opponents include Missouri-St. Louis (February 19-21), Alabama-Huntsville (March 6-7) and Tougaloo College, Miss. (April 7).

UAM has also been invited to play in the Alcorn State University Tournament, where it will likely line up against three Division I teams, starting February 26.

James and his staff are looking forward to the challenges of the tournament. "It will be a good thing for my kids to see a different brand of baseball," James said. "The speed of those Division I teams and the crowds down there will be good for us."

In James' first full season at the helm, the 2009 team was heavily tested. "I wanted to see what was out there and what it would take to get UAM to the point that it can compete at the highest level," James said. "Last season was good for our team and we took steps towards building a winning program."

The Weevils won nine games last year in a season where UAM's schedule was the second toughest in NCAA Division II, according to Ping! Baseball.

The GSC figures to provide plenty of tests for UAM as five of the best teams in the region return for another crack at advancing into the NCAA Tournament. Conference play opens for the Weevils on March 3 when the team travels to Memphis, Tenn., to face Christian Brothers.

"Overall, this is a more balanced and manageable schedule," James said. "If we play to our capabilities, we can have a good year."

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