PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania baseball team has released its 2017 schedule, featuring a 10-day trip to Florida to begin the year and 18 home games at Meiklejohn Stadium. First pitch for Penn is on March 3, 2017, beginning a three-game series at North Florida.
The Quakers will remain in the Sunshine State after battling the Ospreys, traveling down the coast to Port St. Lucie for two games against Valparaiso (March 7-8) and three games against Fairfield (March 10-12).
The Red and Blue open up their home slate on March 15 with a midweek matchup against local-rival Villanova. That weekend, the Quakers welcome in Marist for a four-game series, before hosting Lehigh on March 22.
Penn will trade home contests with Lafayette, first traveling to Easton for a doubleheader before returning to Philadelphia for another two games against the Leopards. The Quakers will then battle Lafayette in the opening game of the Liberty Bell Championship on March 28.
Ivy League action begins the first weekend of April, as both Dartmouth and Harvard come to town for doubleheaders. The Quakers take a short break from Ancient Eight play to battle either Villanova or St. Joseph's in the final game of the Liberty Bell Championship.
The first league road trip is to Brown on April 8, before squaring off against Yale for a doubleheader a day later. The Quakers will continue their road swing, facing Delaware in a midweek tilt on April 12.
Penn returns home to play Princeton in a contest of Lou Gehrig Division squads on April 15-16, hosting the Princeton Tigers for a four-game set. The final non-conference tilt of the year for Penn will take place on April 18 at La Salle.
The final road trips of the year for the Quakers begin April 22-23 as Penn heads north to face Cornell in a four-game series before heading to the Big Apple for a doubleheader against Columbia on April 29. A day later, the Lions will return the favor for Penn's final regular season home bout.
Penn is coming off of a 19-22 finish to the 2016 season, including a 10-10 mark in conference play. The Quakers return the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year in Tim Graul, as well as the Rookie of the Year in Matt O'Neill.