Coming off arguably its best season at the Division I level, the Cal Poly baseball team announced its 2010 schedule Tuesday.
The Mustangs will host 12-time national champion USC on Feb. 19-21 to start the season. The teams split a pair of games last season, each winning at home.
Cal Poly, which advanced to the Division I postseason for the first time last season and finished with a 37-21 record, will play a total of 11 games against Pac-10 competition.
“Our 2010 schedule will be very challenging with 11 games against the likes of the best the Pac-10 has to offer and strong midweek games versus Pepperdine, Fresno State and Loyola Marymount,” Mustangs head coach Larry Lee said in a news release.
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Lee is entering his eighth year as Cal Poly head coach and has compiled a 223-175-2 record since coming over from Cuesta College.
Cal Poly’s 37 wins last season were one shy of the team’s Division I record set in 2004.
The Mustangs finished third in the Big West Conference last season and were ranked as high as No. 12 by Baseball America and the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Houston and Cal will also play weekend series at Baggett Stadium in 2010.
Fletcher loses in playoff
Cal Poly senior Maddy Fletcher fell to Cal State Northridge’s Ashlee Nagamine in a playoff at the Lady Aztec Fall Classic hosted by San Diego State.
On the strength of a school-record round of 70 on Monday, Fletcher held a four-stroke lead entering the final round.
Nagamine was able to force a playoff after shooting an even-par 72 during the final round. She won the playoff on the first hole with a birdie.
Both finished with a 4-over 146.
The Mustangs’ team score of 610 gave them a second-place tie with UC Riverside. Both teams finished 15 strokes behind Cal State Northridge.
Senior Julia Heath finished in a fifth-place tie, five strokes off the pace.
Cuesta College’s scheduled Western State Conference opener at home against Santa Barbara was postponed because of inclement weather.
No make-up date was announced.