Wichita State Shockers

Shocker baseball night games will start earlier

Start times for Wichita State baseball night games are 6:30 in 2011, a change coach Gene Stephenson says is more convenient for everybody.

The 2011 schedule features the usual array of regional opponents — Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Oral Roberts and Oklahoma State. A two-game visit by Arizona and trips to Tulane, Oregon and Hawaii highlight the pre-conference schedule.

WSU, like many schools, is moving up its start times to attract fans. An earlier start time means children can get home at a more appropriate time on a school night. In past seasons, WSU started night games at 7.

"I think it's easier on the visiting team, for example, that is traveling home that night," Stephenson said. "It's easier on the fans. We want whole families coming out."

WSU will play 17 games against 2010 NCAA Regional teams. The Shockers open the season against Niagara on Feb. 18-20 at Eck Stadium. Missouri Valley Conference play begins with a trip to Missouri State on April 8.

2011 WSU Schedule

All times p.m.

DateOpponentTime

Feb. 18Niagara3

Feb. 19Niagara2

Feb. 20NiagaraNoon

Feb. 22at Oral Roberts7

Feb. 25North Dakota3

Feb. 26North Dakota2

Feb. 27North Dakota1

March 3x-Texas-Arlington1:30

March 4x-New Orleans1:30

March 5at Dallas Baptist6:30

March 6at Texas-Arlington1

March 11at Tulane6:30

March 12at Tulane2

March 13at Tulane1

March 15Arizona6:30

March 16Arizona6:30

March 18Penn State6:30

March 19Penn State2

March 20Penn State1

March 22Air Force6:30

March 23Air Force6:30

March 25at Oregon8

March 26at Oregon (DH) 2

March 27at Oregon 3

March 30at Hawaii11:35

March 31at Hawaii11:35

April 1at Hawaii11:35

April 2at Hawaii5:05

April 5Alcorn State6:30

April 6Alcorn State6:30

April 8at Missouri State6:30

April 9at Missouri State2

April 10at Missouri State1

April 12Nebraska6:30

April 13at Kansas State6:30

April 15Evansville6:30

April 16Evansville2

April 17Evansville1

April 19at Oklahoma State6:30

April 22Illinois State6:30

April 23Illinois State2

April 24Illinois State1

April 26Oklahoma State6:30

April 29at Southern Illinois3

April 30at Southern Illinois2

May 1at Southern Illinois1

May 3at Kansas6

May 4Kansas6:30

May 6Creighton6:30

May 7Creighton2

May 8Creighton1

May 10Oral Roberts6:30

May 13Indiana State6:30

May 14Indiana State2

May 15Indiana State1

May 17Kansas State6:30

May 19at Bradley6

May 20at BradleyNoon

May 21at BradleyNoon

May 24-28MVC Tournament at Omaha

x-at Dallas

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