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LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- A home-heavy schedule awaits the 2018 edition of the Covenant baseball team as head coach Doug Simons recently released the team's schedule.
The Scots will play 24 games at home in 2018, beginning with the season-opener on Friday, Feb. 2 against Oglethorpe. The schedule is mixed with tough region foes, a full conference slate, and three new opponents.
Covenant plays 10 home games in the month of February alone. The Scots have series openers at home against Oglethorpe (Feb. 2) and Emory (Feb. 9) before traveling the following days to complete the respective three-game sets. The first complete home series is set for Feb. 16-17 against Emory & Henry.
Elmira, a member of the Empire 8 Conference, will make the trek down from New York to play the Scots on Feb. 19 on Lookout Mountain. Brevard (Feb. 6-7) and Pfeiffer (April 20-21) round out the three opponents Covenant will face for the first time this season.
USA South play opens on Feb. 23-24 at home with a three-game series against defending conference champion LaGrange. The Scots will also have home USA South series against Piedmont (March 8-10) and Averett (March 16-17). Conference members Brevard and Pfeiffer will also come to Lookout Mountain, but the contests will not count towards league standings.
Covenant rounds out the non-conference portion of the schedule with mid-week home games against Berry (Feb. 27), Sewanee (April 3) and Birmingham Southern (April 17).
The USA South Tournament will begin on April 12 in LaGrange, Ga., as part of the conference's Spring Festival.
- Carson-Newman is the lone non-Division III opponent in the schedule. The Eagles and Scots will meet in Jefferson City, Tenn., for a second straight year.
- Feb. 2 is tied for the earliest start date in the modern era of the program's history. Covenant also began the 2008 season on Feb. 2, a 7-6 extra-inning loss to Tennessee Temple.
- Although both institutions were in the same conference for a time in the mid-2000s, Covenant and Brevard never faced each other on the diamond. Covenant's revitalized program began in 2007, after Brevard had left the NAIA and the Appalachian Athletic Conference for NCAA Division II.
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