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Arizona baseball: Wildcats release 2015 schedule

Some improvements to the nonconference schedule for Arizona baseball this year

Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

The Arizona Wildcats have put out their 2015 baseball schedule, and it's definitely a slight improvement on the last few years.

Arizona will leave Hi Corbett twice before Pac-12 play starts, and those two trips are likely going to be tough. February 27th through March 1st, the Wildcats travel to Starkville to take on Mississippi State at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs made a trip to Tucson last year, where they went 1-3 during the four-game tournament.

Then a week and a half later, the Wildcats head to Cal State Fullerton to take on the Titans for a midweek series on March 10th and 11th.

The season starts on February 13th when Eastern Michigan comes to the Old Pueblo. The second weekend will be interesting when Rice visits Tucson February 20th-22nd.

The first time Arizona sees Arizona State's new digs at Phoenix Municipal Stadium will be April 10th-12th. ASU comes south on April 22nd and 28th.

Unfortunately, the Wildcats draw the final Pac-12 bye week, and will host Abilene Christian to close the season for the second-consecutive year. Last year, those games were quite possibly the least meaningful in the history of Arizona Baseball, and it showed on the field with poor play. It's also a bad scenario if Arizona is on the bubble for the postseason, because they won't get one last chance to prove themselves against good competition. They do get Washington and UCLA the two weeks before that, so that's where the Cats will have to leave their mark if they are in that situation.

The Pac-12 series at home this year are: Utah (March 13th-15th), Oregon (March 27th-29th), USC (April 2nd-4th), Cal (April 24th-26th) and Washington (May 8th-10th).

Here's to a much better baseball season in 2015 than what we saw in 2014.