The 2012 NECBA schedule was recently announced and holding true to the rumors, there is indeed conference realignment. For the first time the Terriers will share a division with colleges other than Harvard, Tufts, and Emmanuel. Babson and Merrimack bring their always competitive program into the Central Division, hoping to take down the Terriers who have won at least eight games each of the past four seasons.
Babson has produced some memorable contests with the Terriers, most notably last season where after a 4-3 Terrier victory, the Babson faithful gave a mouthful to coach Jeff Border, “We have had some really competitive games with Babson in the past and it should be fun to continue this newfound rivalry every year now that they’ve joined the conference…When you are atop the standings as often as we are, it brings a new intensity to the regular season.” The Terriers will battle with Babson later on in the season as the weather prevented their first first doubleheader.
Merrimack is an up-and-coming program in the New England Club Baseball Association, and have increased their win total each year since they entered the league in 2009. This weekend the Terriers will play kickoff weekend at Merrimack for their first doubleheader of the season.
BU will kick off the season on Saturday at Moakley Field, with a season opening battle against their pals, Tufts. The Terriers will again battle against Tufts in the Showcase one week from today, Friday September 21, at 7:30pm.
Two days later BU will spend a Sunday battling out of conference foe Fairfield who has won the South Division each of the past three years. BU has had Fairfield’s number each of the past two seasons, beating them in the playoffs in both 2010 and in their championship victory last fall, a 10-5 win.
On the 30th of September, the Terriers will travel across the river to take on rival Harvard who will for the first time in what seems like decades will start an ace other than Stefan Botarelli. Harvard was the weak link in the chain last year for BU last year as they were the only team to defeat the Terriers between both the NECBA and ACBA.
The Terriers will finish their season with a doubleheader against conference foe Emmanuel. The New England weather is always changing to stay updated with the schedule here on the official BU Baseball website and on our twitter page @TerrierBaseball.