“It is another blockbuster home schedule for our season ticket holders and fans,” WSU Director of Athletics Jim Schaus said. “There is a strong non-conference blend of traditional Big 12 schools and local favorites, plus national teams like Arizona State and TCU to go along with a strong MVC slate this year. We return a very strong squad from last year's NCAA Super Regional team--I can't wait for the season to start.”
The Shockers begin the 2008 season at Eck Stadium with Fordham for a three-game series, Feb. 22-24. WSU leads the overall series 5-0 and the two teams last met in 2006 in Wichita.
WSU hits the road for the first time on Feb. 29-March 2 with a three-game series at 2007 NCAA Tournament participant Long Beach State. The 49ers lost to UCLA in regional play and finished the season ranked 26th by Collegiate Baseball and 27th by the NCBWA. The Shockers won two out of three against the Dirtbags in Wichita a year ago.
The Shockers then return home for an eight-game home stand beginning with 2007 NCAA Tournament participant Le Moyne on March 4. WSU then hosts Harvard for a three-game series March 7-9. It will be the first-ever meeting with Le Moyne and Harvard. Pac 10 foe Washington State comes to Eck Stadium on March 12 followed by a three-game series with 2007 NCAA Tourney team TCU, March 14-16. The Horned Frogs lost to Rice in regional play a year ago and finished the season ranked 25th by Baseball America and 28th by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA.
On March 18, WSU travels to 2007 NCAA Tournament participant Oral Roberts. The Shockers eliminated the Golden Eagles in 2007 regional play in Wichita. The teams will meet two more times in 2008 on April 2 and May 13, both in Wichita.
WSU travels to Creighton for a three-game conference series April 11-13. The Bluejays won the MVC tournament title a year ago and played in the Fayetteville Regional where they were eliminated by Arkansas. The Bluejays finished the season ranked 30th by the NCBWA. All three games will be played at Rosenblatt Stadium, home of the College World Series.
The Shockers will stay in the state of Nebraska to face the Huskers on April 15. NU was eliminated from regional play by Arizona State in the Tempe Regional.
The final two 2007 NCAA Tournament participants on WSU’s schedule are Oklahoma State and Arizona State. The Shockers travel to Stillwater, Okla., on April 23 for a match up with the Cowboys. OSU won the Fayetteville Regional and lost to Louisville in Super Regional play. OSU finished the season ranked 18th by the NCBWA, 19th by USA Today/ESPN, 21st by Collegiate Baseball and 23rd by Baseball America. Arizona State visits Eck Stadium on May 7. The Sun Devils won the Tempe Regional and Super Regional and advanced to the College World Series before being eliminated by eventual national champion Oregon State. ASU finished the season ranked fourth by the NCBWA and fifth by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, and USA Today/ESPN.
Other teams that will visit Eck Stadium in 2008 include Binghamton (March 25-26), North Dakota State (March 28-30), Missouri State (April 4-6), Oklahoma (April 9), Southern Illinois (April 18-20), Kansas (April 22), Kansas State (April 29), Northern Iowa (May 2-4), Central Arkansas (May 6), and Bradley (May 15-17).
Wichita State will also play host to the 2008 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament for the 18th time, May 21-24.
“Regionally, we are playing the best teams that we can and we want to allow our fans to see high-quality opponents at home,” Stephenson said. “The Valley schedule will be very difficult because every team is competitive and from a pitching standpoint is getting better every year.”