GREENSBORO - The North Carolina A&T baseball team has released its 2013 schedule that includes 51 total games and 29 home games, including the first nine, at the historic War Memorial Stadium.
"We don't play on the road until our first conference series actually, so hopefully we get our guys playing consistent, and use being at home to get us off to a good start," he said.
The Aggies start the season against Buffalo (Feb. 15-17) before playing Elon on Feb. 19, and then welcoming Marshall to town Feb. 22-23. A&T will wrap up the month of February with home games against Duke and Gardner-Webb.
The Aggies will also host non-conference opponents Binghamton (March 8-9), Lehigh (March 13), Appalachian State (March 19), Campbell (April 2), Radford (April 3) and Winthrop (May 8).
"All of our mid-week games are against mid-major teams that are always competing toward the top of their respective conferences," Sanchez said. "It'll be another challenging non-conference schedule. We play a majority of the DI schools in the state."
The Aggies will also face a tough slate in the MEAC Southern Division, with two series apiece against defending champions Bethune-Cookman, archrival N.C. Central, Savannah State and Florida A&M. The Aggies open up conference competition in Durham from March 2-3 against the Eagles.
The Aggies, who finished 20-36 overall and 12-12 for third place in the division last season, look to make a return appearance in the MEAC tournament this spring. To earn a berth, the Aggies must finish fourth or higher of five teams in the division. The last time the Aggies won the MEAC Tournament was in 2005.
"We can't take anybody lightly, that's for sure, because the Southern Division is pretty competitive," Sanchez said. "I'd like to better our positioning for the conference tournament this year. We've got to go out and win every conference series we can."
The 2013 MEAC Championship Baseball Tournament will be held in Norfolk, Va. from May 15-19.