BROOKLYN, N.Y. — First-year head coach Peter Blumenauer and the St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) baseball team open their 2018 season on the first weekend in March and will look to improve upon a 2017 campaign in which they finished 14-19. Despite their .500 Skyline record (9-9) and in a tie for sixth place, their playoff hopes were burst sitting on the wrong side of the bubble.
The Bears' opening day is set for Saturday, March 3 as they host Cairn for a doubleheader at their new home field, Calvert Vaux Park with first pitch set for noon. A day later, they welcome Albertus Magnus to Calvert Vaux for yet another twin bill. From there the blue and gray head to MCU Park on Tuesday (Mar. 6) to take on NYU in Coney Island.
After five games locally, St. Joseph's takes their talents down to Virginia for six games in three days, playing Mary Washington on Friday (Mar. 9) and Sunday (Mar. 11), sandwiched around an additional doubleheader against Marymount (Va.) on Saturday (Mar. 10), their first-ever meeting against both Old Dominion state foes. A week later, the Bears take on another brand new opponent traveling to Cabrini on Saturday (Mar. 17) for a two-game set.
SJC returns home for three straight playing two against CCNY (Mar. 18) and New Jersey City (Mar. 21) for a midweek matinee. Skyline play begins soon after with a Saturday trip to Merchant Marine (Mar. 24), followed by the league home opener the next day in against Farmingdale State (Mar. 25). Then, the Bears revert back to non-conference play for six-straight outings, beginning with their first-ever matchup with New Paltz (Mar. 28) in a standalone road game. They're back at Calvert Vaux on March 31 for a twin bill with SUNY Poly and then again that Wednesday (Apr. 4) hosting Drew for an afternoon game home game. The Bears wrap up non-league play heading to the Bronx to face Lehman (Apr. 5) before diving into Skyline play for the remainder of the month.
All conference battles come as doubleheaders, and St. Joseph's hosts a four-game weekend homestand against sibling rivals SJC Long Island (Apr. 7) and Purchase (Apr. 8). The following Saturday (Apr. 14), the team travels to Maritime for a showdown with the league's defending champion. Twenty-four hours later, the Bears are back at Calvert Vaux for their final conference home game playing Old Westbury. To wrap up the regular season and Skyline slate SJC plays six-straight away dates first at Yeshiva (Apr. 20), then Mount Saint Mary (Apr. 21), and lastly Mount Saint Vincent (Apr. 28).
The top six teams qualify for the Skyline Conference Championships, with first round action beginning on Wednesday, May 2 and the double-elimination round running from Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6.