New USCB Sand Sharks baseball coach Ted Falkner released his team’s 2021 schedule Thursday, beginning with a neutral-site doubleheader against Milligan (Tenn.) on Jan. 30 in Columbia.
The Sand Sharks are scheduled to play 47 regular-season games, including 22 at Richard Gray Stadium in Hardeeville and a competitive Sun Conference slate.
After opening against the Buffaloes, USCB will travel to Mid-Atlantic Christian for a four-game set before hosting Columbia International for its home opener Feb. 9.
The Sand Sharks open Sun Conference play at Florida Memorial on Feb. 12-13 and host preseason NAIA No. 4 St. Thomas for their first home series of the conference slate on Feb. 19-20. Other home TSC series include visits from Warner on March 26-27, top-ranked Southeastern on April 9-10, and Ave Maria on April 16-17.
The Sun Conference Tournament will be held May 6-9 at FITTEAM Ballpark in West Palm Beach, Fla., spring training home of the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals.
USCB was ranked eighth in the preseason Sun Conference coaches poll after going 6-11 during an abbreviated 2020 season under coach Jeremy Christian.
Falkner took over in August after a four-year run at Madonna (Mich.), where he compiled a 103-54 record and led the Crusaders to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round in 2018 and 2019.