Cal baseball will face 2014 College World Series participant Texas Tech at home, and will travel to Texas and Northwestern in 2016

Cal will face several big tests early in the season as the Bears travel to face Texas Tech and will host Texas at Evans Diamond.

California head coach David Esquer is known for scheduling tough out-of-conference slates for the Golden Bears, and 2016 will be no exception. 

As of now, Cal is slated to appear a minimum of 17 times on television, including 16 times on the Pac-12 Networks. The Bears' April 23 game against Arizona will be carried on ESPNU.

Cal opens the 2016 season on the road in Durham, N.C., as they face off in a three-game return set from last year's three-game opener against Duke, beginning on Friday, Feb. 19.

The Bears then return to the Bay for a midweek matchup against the San Francisco Dons at newly-renovated Benedetti Diamond, before opening the home slate with a three-game series against Purdue, beginning on Friday, Feb. 26.

After making the NCAA Tournament in 2012 as the Big 10 champs, the Boilermakers went 17-34 in 2013, 13-37 in 2014 and 20-34 in 2015.

Cal then welcomes another Big 10 opponent, with the following Michigan on Monday night before heading back out on the road for a four-game series in early March against Texas. It is the third time in the past five years that the Bears and Longhorns have hooked up, with Cal winning a three-game series at Blue Bell Park in 2012, before splitting four at Evans Diamond in 2014. Texas went 46-21 last season. The Bears then return home to host 2014 College World Series participant Texas Tech in a four-game set.

“We are excited about this year’s schedule," Esquer said on Wednesday. “There is a good mix of conferences represented with weekend series against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 10 and Big 12. We also have midweek games against quality opponents from the West Coast Conference and Big West. This is a schedule that will challenge and test us for our Pac-12 schedule, and help prepare us for the postseason.”

Cal opens Pac-12 play in Los Angeles starting on Thursday, March 17, with a three game series at USC, the first two of which will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks. Oregon State then travels to Berkeley the following weekend to open an eight-game homestand, featuring visits from the Beavers (March 24-26), San Francisco (March 29), UCLA (April 1-3) and a non-conference game with Stanford (April 5). The games against the Dons and the Cardinal will each be broadcast live on Pac-12 Bay Area. 

A seven-game road trip then begins in Eugene, as the Bears head to PK Park to face the Oregon Ducks (April 8-10), then down to central California for a midweek contest at Cal Poly (April 12), and then to Tempe for a three-game tilt with the Arizona State Sun Devils (April 15-17). The first two games of the Arizona State series will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks.

California returns home for a second eight-game homestand beginning with another non-conference tilt against Stanford (April 19), which will be televised on Pac-12 Bay Area. Arizona then comes up to Berkeley (April 22-24), as do the Mustangs (April 26), and then, the Bears will host the Washington Huskies (April 29-May 1). The Saturday, April 23rd game with the Wildcats will be broadcast on ESPNU.

The Bears and Stanford renew the Big Series in conference play at Sunken Diamond (May 5-7), all of which will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Bay Area, before traveling to Evanston, Ill., for a four-game set at Northwestern at the newly-renovated Rocky and Bernice Miller Park.

Cal returns home for the final home series of the season when they host Utah (May 21-23), all of which are on Pac-12 Networks. The regular season concludes with a trip to Pullman, Washington to take on the Washington State Cougars (May 27-29), also all on Pac-12 Networks.

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