The Eastern Kentucky University baseball team will face off against a 2019 College World Series team and play a total of seven contests against teams that qualified for last year's NCAA Tournament during the 2020 season.
The team released its schedule earlier this week.
The Colonels will hit the road to take on Louisville on March 17. The Cardinals fell to eventual-champion Vanderbilt in the semifinals of the CWS last season.
The team opens the season on Feb. 14 with a trip to Clinton, S.C., for a series against Presbyterian College. EKU's first game at Earle Combs Stadium is on Feb. 18 against Kentucky State.
The Colonels will go back on the road to Louisiana State Feb. 21 through 23. The Tigers advanced to a Super Regional last season. A stretch of four straight against Southeastern Conference teams will be capped off with a battle against Kentucky on Feb. 26.
EKU then plays a 12-game homestand featuring series against Siena College and Norfolk State. The stretch will conclude on March 10 with a mid-week matchup against Berea College.
A day later, EKU heads north to Highland Heights to face Northern Kentucky.
Ohio Valley Conference play opens at home with a series against Morehead State (March 13 through 15). The Colonels go back on the road against Louisville before a series with UT-Martin (March 20 through 22).
EKU concludes March with stand-alone road games against Dayton and Northern Kentucky, split by a home series at home with Southern Illinois Edwardsville (March 27 through 29).
April begins with conference play on the road against Austin Peay (April 3 through 5). The Colonels return home for a game against Marshall (April 7), followed by a series against Eastern Illinois (April 9 through 11) and a game against Dayton (April 14).
EKU goes back on the road to battle defending conference champion, and NCAA Tournament participant, Jacksonville State (April 17 through 19) and for a mid-week contest at Miami (Ohio).
The OVC Tournament will be held in Marion, Ill., from May 19 through 23, with the NCAA Tournament scheduled to begin on May 27.