Cal Poly on Monday announced its schedule for the upcoming baseball season that includes five games against Pac-12 schools.
The Mustangs’ season opens with an 11-game home stand and features 13 opponents that qualified for the NCAA regional in 2015 including Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara, Pepperdine and Cal.
“With the amount of new incoming players, our schedule will be a challenge for our team,” head coach Larry Lee said in a news release. “We are able to open up at home for the first three weeks and then go on the road for the next three.”
The Mustangs begin the 2016 season with a four-game series against Big West Conference rival Pacific. The next three games will be played against UCLA followed by a single game against Pepperdine and a three-game set against San Francisco.
The next 10 games are on the road against Pepperdine, Grand Canyon, Sacramento and Wichita State. The final pre-Big West series is at home against San Jose State April 1-3. The Mustangs, who were 17-11 at home last season, will play 30 games at home in 2016, the most since 2010.
Lee, who is entering his 13th season as manager, led the team to a 27-27 record (14-10, Big West) and a fourth place conference finish last season.
The Mustangs open conference play April 7 against Cal State Fullerton. The last games of the regular season will be played during a home series against UC Davis on Memorial Day weekend (May 26-28).
Last season the Mustangs started with a 1-6 record.
Cal Poly has finished fourth or higher in the Big West 12 times in the past 14 seasons and has won at least 30 games in a season 10 times since 2000.
Other notable home games:
March 29: CSU Bakersfield April 12: Cal April 19: Fresno State May 3: Santa Clara
Other notable Big West road games:
April 15-17: Hawaii April 29-May 1: Long Beach State May 6-8: CSUN May 20-22: UC Riverside