UAB head coach Brian Shoop is in his first season with the Blazers and will guide his team against some of the toughest competition in America in 2007.
Jan. 22, 2007
UAB is yet again braced to play one of the toughest schedules in the country in 2007. The Blazers will open the season at home against Central Michigan, Feb. 16-18, before traveling to play its first-ever Pac-10 opponent in Arizona State, Feb. 23-25.
The Blazers open Conference USA play when UCF comes to Birmingham for a three-game series, March 30-April 1. A late-season series with Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's preseason No. 1 Rice is sure to be a big draw at Young Memorial Field, April 27-29, while other C-USA opponents coming to Birmingham include Memphis (April 13-15) and East Carolina (May 17-19).
For the fourth straight season the Blazers are looking to qualify for the Conference USA Tournament, which will be held at Tulane in New Orleans, La., May 23-27. In all, UAB will play three teams (No. 1-Rice, No. 14 Arizona State, No. 16 Tulane) ranked in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's Preseason Top 25 poll, in addition to playing three others (No. 32 Mississippi State, No. 33 Houston, No. 35 Troy) on the extended list.
"We are committed to playing a challenging and exciting schedule every year and this year's schedule proves that commitment," Shoop said. "We play in some great baseball environments, in some fabulous cities and against some of college baseball's best. Our home schedule will allow Birmingham baseball fans to see us play some of the best college baseball teams in America."
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's Preseason Top 25
3. South Carolina
5. North Carolina
11. Georgia Tech
12. Cal State Fullerton
13. Florida State
14. Arizona State
17. Wichita State
24. Oklahoma State