On Dec. 12, the South Florida baseball team announced its schedule for the 2017 season and after a glance, it appears that Bulls have an early opportunity to take control of their season.
Only two of the Bulls’ first 24 games are played on the road this season, with the two away games being played a month apart and still in the state of Florida. For a team that finished 2016 with a 17-18 record at home, the ability to establish a home field advantage early in the season is appetizing.
The Bulls will start their season against multiple teams from the North, where the teams don’t benefit from warmer winters, translating into less time on the field in the preseason. The lone away games in that span are against Florida State (Feb. 21) and Florida Gulf Coast (March. 22).
The Bulls will be playing against six different teams that made appearances in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, including a trip to Gainesville to play against a Florida Gator team that made the trip to Omaha, Neb. to play in the College World Series bracket. Other teams that made a tournament appearance include: Florida State (who lost to the Gators in the Super Regionals) and Stetson; and American Athletic Conference rivals Tulane, Connecticut and East Carolina.
The Bulls’ 2017 season will start on Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m. when USF hosts the Iowa Hawkeyes for a three game opening series.