The 2011 North Greenville University Crusader Baseball Schedule will certainly make for another exciting season. The defending NCCAA National Champion Crusaders return 6 of 8 position player starters and the bulk of a pitching staff that celebrated a historic 2010 season posting a school-record 46 wins.
The 50 game schedule (new NCAA DII rules stipulate a maximum of 50 regular season games) includes 29 home games (22 dates) and 21 road games (16 dates). The Crusaders open the season Tuesday, February 8th hosting Emmanuel in a double-header followed by another home game Wednesday, February 9th as they host Mars Hill. The 2010 NCCAA National Champions will have some early opportunities to once again show their mettle against some familiar NCCAA opponents as they compete in the NCCAA Invitational at Southern Wesleyan on February 22 and 23 against South Region foes Emmanuel, Toccoa Falls, and Southern Wesleyan. The NCCAA portion of the schedule also includes a huge three game weekend series that features a rematch of the NCCAA World Series Championship Final as the Crusaders host Bluefield on February 25 and 26. The Crusaders also host Southeastern University in a double header on March 21. The Crusaders defeated Southeastern in the South Region Finals and in the World Series semi-finals last season. The 2011 schedule features strong competition from familiar powers such as Brevard, Anderson, Erskine, King, Limestone, Mars Hill, and West Virginia State. In addition, the Crusaders will face several new opponents including a home and home two-game series with South Atlantic Conference foes, Newberry, and Lenoir Rhyne and Peach Belt Conference foe, Lander. The 2011 schedule also features other new opponents Barton, Montreat, Toccoa Falls, and Young Harris. In addition to the competitive Division II schedule, the Crusaders travel to Division I foe, Gardner Webb of the Big South Conference for a double-header on Saturday, March 5th. Third year Head Coach, Travis Henson believes his team will be ready for another year of strong competition. “It’s definitely a competitive and challenging schedule to say the least. We are really looking forward to competing against so many strong programs with remarkable talent. It will be both an intense challenge and exciting opportunity.”