Baseball: Air Force announces 2010 schedule

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Air Force baseball is slated to play 56 games, 20 at home, for its 2010 schedule, announced Sept. 25 by head coach Mike Hutcheon. 

The road schedule includes three trips to California, two to Georgia and a spring break series in Hawaii. 

"Our schedule this year is very interesting in that it consists of not only new opponents but very interesting venues," Hutcheon said. "One of our goals each year is to travel to as many places that our guys are originally from. It will help showcase Air Force Academy Baseball to recruits and allows an opportunity for parents to come and watch near their hometown." 

Air Force opens the season with February road trips to Cal State Bakersfield (Feb. 19-21) and a neutral-site series with Navy (Feb. 26-28) in Savannah, Ga. The Falcons play their first home game March 2, hosting Colorado Christian, then face South Dakota State in a four-game series, March 5-7, at Falcon Field. 

"One of the new wrinkles we have added to the schedule is with Navy where we are scheduled to play in a three-game series in Savannah," Hutcheon said. "I think both programs really like the idea of playing at a neutral site in a three-game series." 

The Falcons head to Santa Clara, Calif., March 11-14, taking on UC Davis (March 11), San Jose State (March 12 and 14) and Santa Clara (March 13). After a mid-week home game vs. Colorado School of Mines, March 16, Air Force heads to Honululu to play Hawaii in a four-game series March 19-22. 

"Playing in Hawaii is something we try to schedule every three years," Hutcheon said. "We always know the weather is never going to be a problem, and it's a chance to face a tradition-rich program on the road." 

Air Force opens Mountain West Conference play hosting Texas Christian University March 26-28. After a midweek home game with Colorado Christian March 30, the Falcons play a three-game set at Utah April 1-3. 

Air Force returns home for four games, hosting Northern Colorado (April 6) and a three-game set with San Diego State, April 9-11. The Falcons' next five games take them on the road at Northern Colorado (April 13) and a four-game set at Georgia State, April 16-18. 

The next four games are at home as AFA hosts Northern Colorado (April 20) and a three-game set with New Mexico, April 23-25. The Falcons then play its next 12 games on the road starting with a doubleheader April 27, at Creighton. Air Force then heads to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas April 30-May 2, San Diego State, May 7-9, Northern Colorado, May 11 and TCU, May 14-16. 

The Falcons wrap up the regular season May 20-22, hosting BYU. Air Force will try to qualify for the MWC championships, held May 25-29 in San Diego.