WSU releases 2019 baseball schedule

WICHITA, Kan. (WSU) – Twenty-eight home games and 20 games against 2018 NCAA tournament teams highlight the 56-game 2019 Wichita State University baseball schedule released on Friday, Dec. 7, by sixth season head coach Todd Butler.

"Our program and Shocker fans should be excited about the 2019 schedule and season," Butler said. "We added a tough non-conference schedule that features Stanford, Texas Tech, Creighton, Missouri State, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, in addition to a challenging American Athletic Conference slate that includes home series with reigning conference regular season champion Houston and tournament champion ECU. We will see some of the best student-athletes in college baseball right here at Eck Stadium."

The Shockers open the season with four games in the Angels College Classic in Phoenix and Tempe, Ariz. WSU plays at Grand Canyon in Phoenix in the regular season opener Feb. 15 before taking on GCU again Feb. 16 in Tempe. The Shockers will also play 2018 NCAA tournament team Stanford in Tempe Feb. 16. Wichita State is slated to close out play in the Angels College Classic with a contest against Pepperdine Feb. 17 in Tempe.

Three of WSU's four games in the Angels College Classic will be played at Tempe Diablo Stadium, the spring training stadium for the Los Angeles Angels.

WSU travels to Arlington, Texas, Feb. 22-24 for four games in the UT Arlington Classic. Wichita State will play Stephen F. Austin Feb. 22 before facing UT Arlington and Stephen F. Austin Feb. 23, and UT Arlington Feb. 24.

The Shockers welcome the Creighton Bluejays to Eck Stadium for their 2018 home-opening series March 1-3 prior to traveling to Stillwater, Okla., for a showdown against Oklahoma State March 5.

Wichita State heads back to Texas for a three-game series at 2018 College World Series qualifier Texas Tech March 8-10 in Lubbock in advance of a home game vs. 2018 NCAA tournament participant Oral Roberts March 12.

The contest against ORU marks the start of a season-long 13-game homestand at Eck Stadium for the Shockers.

Rhode Island comes to town for a trio of games March 15-17 before Wichita State entertains the Kansas Jayhawks March 20.

WSU welcomes Memphis to Eck Stadium March 22-24 for a three-game slate to open American Athletic Conference action ahead of midweek showdowns against Omaha March 26 and Kansas State March 27.

The Shockers close out their homestand with a three-game series against Bethune Cookman March 29-31.

After a trip to Lawrence to face Kansas April 2, Wichita State travels south to New Orleans, La., for a three-game conference series at Tulane April 5-7 prior to beginning an eight-game homestand April 10 vs. Oklahoma State.

American Athletic Conference foe and 2018 NCAA tournament qualifier Houston drops by Eck Stadium for a three-game series April 12-14 before UCF ventures to Wichita for a conference series April 18-20.
Oklahoma, an NCAA tournament team in 2018, ventures to Eck Stadium for a midweek contest April 23, wrapping up the homestand for the Shockers.

Wichita State closes out the month of April with a conference series at Cincinnati April 26-28, and a home game against 2018 NCAA tournament participant and former Missouri Valley Conference foe Missouri State April 30.

The Shockers end the regular season with 12 of their final 15 games away from Eck Stadium, beginning with a road game at Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., May 1.

WSU travels to 2018 NCAA tournament qualifier UConn for a conference series May 3-5 prior to heading to Springfield, Mo., for a tilt against Missouri State May 7.

The Shockers return home to Eck Stadium for their final home series of the regular season – a three-game showdown against 2018 NCAA tournament team and conference tournament champion ECU – May 10-12.

A midweek contest at 2018 Summit League champion Oral Roberts May 14 in Tulsa, Okla., and a three-game conference series at 2018 NCAA tournament participant USF May 16-18 in Tampa, Fla., conclude the regular season schedule for Wichita State.

The 2019 American Athletic Conference tournament is slated for May 21-26 in Clearwater, Fla. The top eight teams in the final conference standings will advance to the tournament.