The Savannah State baseball team has officially been told how many games will be played and who the team will play against this season. Last season Savannah State played only 21 games in a Covid-shortened season and finished the season 14-7.
This year the tigers have more games and have a normal college schedule. The season will open on February 1, 2022 against a top 25 team in Georgia College and State at Tiger Field, while 46 games are scheduled to be played. This will be a big game for the Tigers and will give them a chance to make a statement in division 2.
Head coach Carlton Hardy said, “Challenging schedule with good competition will prepare team for post season.”
Savannah State will also play non-conference games against: South Carolina Beaufort, Salem, Edward Waters, Mid Atlantic Christian, Embry Riddle, and Vorhees. The Tigers will play Edward Waters five times this season. The rivalry will continue after SSU knocked Edward Waters out of the Black College World Series to end their season last year.
Another interesting matchup for Savannah State will be when they play host to Embry Riddle. Embry riddle did not play last season because of the impact of Covid-19. However, Embry Riddle has been a very good baseball program and is one of the best in division 2.
The conference part of the schedule is intriguing for Savannah State. The Tigers play host to a three-game set against SIAC East division foe Albany State on April 23-24. Those are the top two teams in the division and that matchup could have big SIAC Championship implications. The Tigers also play the SIAC West favorite Spring Hill in Mobile, Alabama on March 5-6. Paine, Kentucky State, LeMoyne Owen, Clark Atlanta, Morehouse, Lane, Miles, Tuskegee, and Benedict headline the other SIAC opponents Savannah State will play.
Savannah State is expected to be at the top of the SIAC this season. The team has very high expectations for this season.
Hardy said, “expectations are to be competitive in every game, play hard and play the game the right way.” Players are ready for the season to get here and get back out on the field.
Senior pitcher Rico Peele said, “The expectations, I think this year’s team can achieve is a run at the conference title. This is mature team who is ready to get a ring on their fingers.”
The Tigers have high expectations going into the 2022 season. It will be interesting to see how the season plays out for Savannah State starting on February 1, 2022.