DAHLONEGA, GA – North Georgia baseball head coach Tom Cantrell has announced the 2011 schedule has been altered and Florida State University has been added as a road contest next spring.
The Saints will change a pair of games with Valdosta State, cancelling the April 6, meeting with the Blazers and moving the previous March 23, road contest to a home meeting with VSU.
The schedule change opens up April 5, 2011, for the Saints to travel to Tallahassee, Florida, to battle the Seminoles in a Tuesday evening affair at Dick Howser Stadium.
One of the finest collegiate baseball venues in the country will play host to the first-ever meeting between North Georgia and Florida State with first pitch slated for 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
The meeting with the Seminoles is the first Division I regular season opponent for the Saints baseball squad who entered the NCAA Division II ranks in 2006. In five years at the NCAA level in the Peach Belt Conference, North Georgia has posted a record of 175-113, including a PBC Tournament Championship in 2008 and an automatic bid to the NCAA National Tournament.
The Saints open the regular season the first week of February, playing host to Mars Hill College, Stillman College, and Millersville University for the first nine games of the year.
North Georgia's clash with Florida State on April 5, sits between two of the biggest conference weekend series all year as the Saints will welcome Columbus State to town before heading to Tallahassee and will return to find Francis Marion waiting at Bob Stein Stadium, both National Tournament contenders from a year ago.
After graduating 10 seniors from last season's 34-17 squad, the Saints will look to new crop of players to step in and create a new identity as baseball enters its 12th season at North Georgia. Head coach Tom Cantrell has accumulated 441 wins in those 12 years as he looks to guide a young team back to another postseason.
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