For the second time in program history, Campbell has received votes in the Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll, released today by the publication.
Ten of the Camels’ 2019 opponents, including two other Big South programs, also make appearances in the poll: North Carolina (No. 8), Coastal Carolina (No. 12), Duke (No. 20), N.C. State (No. 22) and East Carolina (No. 25). Also receiving votes were High Point, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington, VCU and Winthrop.
Campbell first received preseason votes in the 2014 poll after the Camels racked up 49 wins in 2013.
All 53 games on Campbell’s 2019 slate will be played within a three-state radius – North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, including 25 games at Jim Perry Stadium. The schedule also features nine games against 2018 NCAA Tournament teams – Coastal Carolina, ECU, N.C. State, Duke, North Carolina and UNCW.
Opening Day for the 2019 season is set for Feb. 15 in Conway, S.C. The Camels will open the Brittain Resorts Baseball at the Beach tournament against Maryland at 11 a.m. before taking on VCU (Feb. 16), and former Big South foe Coastal Carolina (Feb. 17).
The reigning Big South Coach of the Year, head coach Justin Haire, enters his fifth season at the helm of the Fighting Camel baseball program. With a 118-110 (.518) record, Haire is one of four head coaches in program history to reach triple-digit wins, joined by Greg Goff (2008-14, 224 wins), Chip Smith (1996-2006, 267 wins) and Cal Koonce (1980-86, 174 wins).
Campbell baseball is coming off its third appearance in the NCAA Tournament as the Camels swept the Big South regular season and tournament titles for the first time in program history. The Camels had eight all-conference honorees, the most since 2013, and racked up 21 wins, a program record in conference play.