The Nebraska baseball team released its 2019 schedule Wednesday, Oct. 3, which features games against three 2018 College World Series participants.
Nebraska opens its season against UC Riverside on Feb. 15-17 before facing the Oregon State Beavers in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge. The Huskers faced the Beavers last season and lost both games to the eventual national champions.
Following the four-game series against Oregon State, Nebraska’s difficult non-conference slate continues with the Frisco College Baseball Classic.
Nebraska will play games against Texas Tech, Sam Houston State and Mississippi State on March 1-3 in Frisco, Texas. Both Texas Tech and Mississippi State qualified for last season’s College World Series, while Sam Houston State missed the NCAA tournament for the first time in three seasons.
The Huskers round out their non-conference schedule with series against Baylor, New Mexico State and Air Force before beginning Big Ten play against Michigan State on March 22.
Nebraska’s conference schedule includes games against Minnesota, Purdue, Penn State, Iowa, Illinois, Northwestern and Michigan. Six of the eight conference teams made last season’s Big Ten Tournament, which Nebraska failed to qualify for.
Prior to Nebraska’s final regular season series against Michigan, the Huskers will square off against national powerhouse Arizona State. Although the Sun Devils have not made the College World Series since 2010, they are one of the most decorated programs in college baseball history with five national championships.
The schedule also includes three games against instate rival Creighton on March 26, April 9 and April 23 and two games against the University of Nebraska-Omaha on March 5 and April 17. Nebraska went 0-4 against Creighton and UNO last season, with three of those losses being against Creighton.
The Huskers kick off their season on Feb. 15 but first have a preseason exhibition scheduled against Kansas on Saturday, Oct. 6.