Upstate Releases 2024 Baseball Schedule
Courtesy USC Upstate Athletics
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – With the transition from fall to winter nearing and the 2024 season coming soon, USC Upstate baseball and head coach Mike McGuire looks to build upon the winningest season, winningest two-season, and winningest three-season stretch in program history as the program announces its 2024 schedule.
Following up on a historic 38-win season, the Spartans’ slate features 15 games against 2023 NCAA Regional teams, 15 games against teams ranked in the top 100 of last season’s RPI, nine games against 2023 conference champions, and four games against teams ranked in the top 20 of last season’s RPI. Upstate’s 56-game schedule also features 30 home games with two additional games played at Fluor Field, home of the Greenville Drive, in Greenville, S.C.
“It is a very challenging schedule, probably the most challenging in the history of the program, but it’s a challenge we are excited about. We can’t reach the goals and expectations we have as a program without playing a demanding schedule,” said head coach Mike McGuire. “We have nine games against teams that hosted an NCAA Regional last year: Kentucky, Clemson, Coastal Carolina, and South Carolina, and all of those opponents had an RPI inside the top 20.
“We host a non-conference series versus Penn who won Ivy League and played in the finals of the Auburn Regional last year as well as Rider who won the MAAC and upset Coastal in the Coastal Regional last year. Road Series at Southern Conference contenders UNCG and The Citadel. Single games with Elon, James Madison, and Georgia State—all top 100 RPI’s last year. This schedule was put together to build a good RPI and prepare us for NCAA postseason play.”
The Spartans open the season at home for the 21st straight season, welcoming a Power-Five opponent to Cleveland S. Harley Park to open a new campaign for the first time since the 2019 season, welcoming Kentucky for a three-game series on Feb. 16-18. The series kicks off a stretch of seven consecutive home games to open the season and marks the first home three-game series against a Power-Five foe since March 2019.
The season’s first midweek contest sees Western Carolina come to Harley Park for the first of two meetings between the Spartans and Catamounts on Feb. 21. The following weekend, Upstate hosts the OneSpartanburg, Inc. Baseball Classic for the third consecutive year, facing off against Quinnipiac (Feb. 23), Canisius (Feb. 24), and Saint Joseph’s (Feb. 25).
Hitting the road for the first time and closing out the month of February, the Spartans travel to Clemson for the first of two trips to Clemson, S.C., and the first of three meetings with the Tigers on the season.
Continuing the team’s string of 10 of 11 games played at Harley Park in the season’s first three weeks, Upstate sees 2023 Ivy League Champion Penn comet to Spartanburg for a three-game series on March 1-3. The Spartans also host another league champion, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s Rider, the following weekend with a three-game series from March 8-10.
The two series bookend Upstate’s first multi-game road trip as the Spartans head to the Grand Strand for a two-game series at Coastal Carolina on March 5-6. Facing Clemson, Penn, Coastal Carolina, and Rider, Upstate sees a nine-game stretch against 2023 College World Series participants.
Seeing the team’s nine-game homestand continue, the Spartans host their first multi-game midweek series, hosting Tennessee Tech on March 12-13 for a two-game set. Upstate begins Big South Conference play the following weekend as Gardner-Webb comes to Harley Park from March 15-17. Closing the team’s homestand, the Spartans host at Fluor Field for the first time, entertaining South Carolina on March 19.
The Spartans hit the road in conference play for the first time on March 22-24, heading to Radford for a three-game set. Following the series, Upstate begins a stretch of five straight home games, hosting Elon on March 26, UNC Asheville on March 28-30, and Clemson—at Fluor Field—on April 2.
Coming off the team’s final game at Fluor Field, Upstate embarks on its longest road swing of the season with seven straight road contests beginning with a three-game league series at Winthrop from April 5-7. The Spartans then travel to Clemson to close the season series with the Tigers on April 9 before heading to The Citadel for the first of two non-conference “bye week” series from April 12-14.
Upstate returns home from the road trip, hosting Queens on April 17 in a midweek bout before hosting Charleston Southern in a three-game Big South series from April 19-21. The following weekend, the Spartans head to Presbyterian (April 26-28) before heading to Western Carolina on May 1 to open the season’s final month.
The final three-game series at Harley Park culminates May 3-5 with Upstate hosting High Point in the penultimate Big South series. The final conference series for the Spartans takes place the following weekend (May 10-12) at Longwood with a stopover at James Madison on May 8.
The Spartans close the season at home on May 14 as Georgia State comes to Spartanburg for the season’s final midweek contest. Upstate closes the season on the road with a three-game series at UNC Greensboro on May 16-18.
The 2024 Big South Baseball Championship returns to Truist Point—home of the Atlantic League’s High Point Rockers—in High Point, N.C. for the third straight season. The four-team tournament takes place May 23-25.