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FULL 2015 SCHEDULE
DETROIT â First-year head coach Ryan Kottke made it official Friday (Oct. 17), announcing Marygrove baseball’s inaugural schedule just six months after arriving at the school. The announcement comes in the middle of the program’s first Green & Gold World Series â a series the Gold team currently leads 2-0 after Friday afternoon’s thrilling 3-2 victory. In all, nearly 30 student-athletes will represent Marygrove on the diamond during the inaugural spring campaign as Kottke begins year one of what promises to be a successful tenure at the northwest Detroit institution.
The inaugural slate opens up with a three-day set beginning February 13 with a road trip to Kentucky â the home of two Mustangs on Kottke’s roster â when the Mustangs take on Campbellsville University. Opening day will feature a single nine-inning contest, while the following two days will mix in a double-header and another single nine-frame game. From there, the schedule heats up quickly as the Mustangs make their trek south for the program’s first spring trip.
Showcasing the program’s willingness to compete against the best, Kottke’s Mustangs will begin the inaugural spring trip with a two-day, double-header showdown with Cumberland University (Tenn.) â the defending NAIA National Champions. The four-game set takes place February 27-28, marking the beginning of the team’s expedition to Florida as Kottke and the Mustangs aim to have a little fun in the sun against southern competition.
While in Florida, the Mustangs will visit West Palm Beach to take on the Seahawks of Northwood University before making their way down to Miami for games against Ave Maria University, Florida Memorial University and Saint Thomas University. Beginning in Tennessee in late February, the Mustangs will complete spring trip play in the Sunshine State, March 5, before making their way back to Marygrove.
The team will host the first homestand in program history March 18 when conference counterpart Concordia-Ann Arbor comes to town for a double-header beginning at 2 p.m. The home-opening doubleheader is also the conference-opener for both the visiting Cardinals and the Mustangs in the highly-regarded Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC). Single nine-inning games against Northwood (Mich.) and Saginaw Valley in late April are the only other non-conference tilts left on the schedule after the home opener, as the Mustangs put their focus on the hunt for a WHAC title in year one.
“The boys have worked hard so far this fall, very hard,” said Kottke. “We have a great staff and a great group of guys that really gel well together. From the outside looking in, you wouldn’t know the guys just met each other six weeks ago. I can say our recruiting class is a TEAM, a FAMILY, and that will take us very far this season.
As proven in our scheduling, we are ready to gauge where we are at as a program early and often. I can speak for the rest of the team when I say we are ready to continue putting in the work necessary to make a statement on the diamond this spring.”
In all, the Mustangs exciting first-year schedule features a full slate of 56 games, including 16 home tilts. A home field for the first year will be officially announced in the near future.
All home games will feature a live video (with audio commentary) broadcast and live stats feed on the Mustang Sports Network with Jeremy Otto on the call. Select road games will feature a live audio stream.
FULL 2015 SCHEDULE
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