LA GRANDE – (Information provided by EOU Athletics) It’s 2022, which means baseball season is nearly here! Eastern Oregon University is excited to announce its full 2022 schedule, which will feature four home series and a full slate of non-conference action.
The Mountaineers 2022 schedule has 51 total games on tap with a total of 12 series ready to go. Fans will be able to catch Eastern at home four times this year as they will have a quartet of series, all of which will be against Cascade Collegiate Conference foes. Of the 51 games listed, 27 will be non-conference bouts.
Eastern will look to contend in the team’s second season since reinstatement. The team battled all through the spring season last year, despite obstacles from the global COVID-19 pandemic. EOU posted a 5-31 overall record and went 5-27 in CCC play. Returning to lead the Mountaineers in year two is Head Coach Mike McInerney. He formed the newly assembled EOU squad ahead of the 2021 campaign and will look to have his team contending in one of the toughest NAIA conferences in the country in 2022.
EOU’s first set of games will be at the prestigious Coach Calderone Invitational hosted by Arizona Christian University and Benedictine University Mesa Jan. 27-29. EOU will face four different opponents over three days in No. 22 MidAmerica Nazarene, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.), Oklahoma Panhandle State, and No. 23 Benedictine Mesa.
In early February, EOU will then play a three-game series at NCAA Division III Linfield University. The series will be a single game each day from Feb. 4-6. A week later, Eastern will play a four-game, two-day doubleheader series at Pacific University (Ore.), Feb. 12-13. The Mountaineers will remain on the road the following weekend with another four-game two-day doubleheader series. They will take on NCAA Division II for Western Oregon University Feb. 19-20 in Monmouth.
The Mountaineer’s final three non-conference series will all be against opponents from the CCC. They begin with No. 4 Lewis-Clark State College Feb. 26-27 in Lewiston, Idaho. Each day will be a doubleheader match-up. In March, EOU begins the month facing College of Idaho in a four-game series that will span over two days. The Mountaineers and Yotes will face off March 6-7 in what will be EOU’s home opener at Optimist Field at Pioneer Park in La Grande.
The final non-conference series for EOU will take place March 12-13 on the road at Corban University. EOU begins CCC play March 19-20 with a four-game series at Oregon Tech. The Mountaineers then return home the following weekend to close out the month of March. They will play host to Bushnell University, March 26-27, in what will be the inaugural series between the two squads.
Eastern will begin the month of April traveling north of the border to Canada to face the University of British Columbia. The four-game series between EOU and UBC is scheduled for April 2-3. The next weekend, EOU is back home to host reigning conference champion LC State on April 8-10. Day one and three will feature a single game, respectively, while day two will be a doubleheader.
In late April, EOU will head down the road to Caldwell, Idaho to face the College of Idaho Yotes for a second time. The series is set for April 23-24 and will be the final road series of the regular season for Eastern. The Mountaineers close out the regular season at home when they face Corban April 30-May 1 and it will be Senior Weekend. The 2022 CCC Baseball Tournament will take place May 8-9 and will be hosted by the regular-season title winner.
All home games for the 2022 season will be played at Optimist Field at Pioneer Park in La Grande. Fans can see the full schedule of games and times by clicking the link above. All times listed are in Pacific Time Zone. All game dates, times, and locations are tentative and subject to change at any time.