Fresno State will open its baseball season with a Feb. 14 series at former Big West Conference rival UC Irvine, coach Mike Batesole announced in releasing the team's 2014 schedule Tuesday.
The Bulldogs' home opener is Feb. 18 against new Western Athletic Conference school Grand Canyon, the first of 30 dates at Beiden Field on the 55-game regular-season schedule.
Including nonconference and the Mountain West season, Fresno State will host five teams that advanced to NCAA Regional play last season: Cal State Fullerton, New Mexico, San Diego State, Texas A&M and UC Santa Barbara.
The Bulldogs will face four teams ranked in Collegiate Baseball's preseason Top 40 -- Cal State Fullerton (No. 1), Texas A&M (No. 25), New Mexico (No. 37) and UC Santa Barbara (No. 39). Eight others received votes in Cal State Bakersfield, Brigham Young, Cal, Creighton, Sacramento State, San Diego State, UC Irvine and UNLV.
Fresno State also received votes in the Collegiate Baseball rankings.
The Bulldogs are coming off a season in which they went 23-33 overall to tie the school record for losses in a year and 14-16 in their inaugural Mountain West Conference season, snapping a streak of seven consecutive years with a regular-season or conference tournament title.
Mountain West games begin Feb. 21 with a home series against Nevada. UNLV hosts the conference championship tournament May 21-25.
Among other home games is a two-game midweek series with Penn State.
"Looking ahead to 2014, we are excited to play our second season in the Mountain West," said Batesole. "We expect our pre-Mountain West schedule to prepare us for the challenge. Our nonconference schedule is highlighted by an opening weekend series at UC Irvine, and a home series versus Texas A&M of the SEC.
"We have also been invited to make a special trip to Omaha for a weekend series with Creighton at TD Ameritrade Park, the new home of the College World Series," Batesole added.
The Mountain West schedule, with the addition of San Jose State, will feature four three-game home and away series - Air Force, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State -- and one three-game series each with UNLV and San Jose State.
2014 Fresno State Baseball Schedule
All times Pacific
2/8/14 Alumni Game 2:05 p.m.
2/14/14 at UC Irvine Irvine 6:30 p.m.
2/15/14 at UC Irvine Irvine 1 p.m.
2/16/14 at UC Irvine Irvine. 1 p.m.
2/18/14 vs. Grand Canyon 6:35 p.m.
2/19/14 vs. Sacramento State 6:35 p.m.
2/21/14 vs. Nevada* 6:35 p.m.
2/22/14 vs. Nevada* 2:05 p.m.
2/23/14 vs. Nevada* 1:05 p.m.
2/26/14 vs. Cal State Bakersfield; 6:35 p.m.
2/28/14 vs. Texas A&M 6:35 p.m.
3/1/14 vs. Texas A&M; 2:05 p.m.
3/2/14 vs. Texas A&M 12:05 p.m.
3/5/14 at Sacramento State 6:35 p.m.
3/7/14 at Air Force* in Colorado Springs, Colo. 2 p.m.
3/8/14 at Air Force* in Colorado Springs, Colo. noon
3/9/14 at Air Force* in Colorado Springs, Colo. 11 a.m.
3/11/14 vs. Penn State 6:35 p.m.
3/12/14 vs. Penn State 6:35 p.m.
3/14/14 vs. New Mexico* 6:35 p.m.
3/15/14 vs. New Mexico* 2:05 p.m.
3/16/14 vs. New Mexico* 1:05 p.m.
3/18/14 vs. Cal 6:35 p.m.
3/19/14 vs. Brigham Young 6:35 p.m.
3/21/14 at Creighton in Omaha, Neb. 4:30 p.m.
3/22/14 at Creighton in Omaha, Neb. noon
3/23/14 at Creighton in Omaha, Neb. 11 a.m.
3/25/14 vs. UC Santa Barbara 6:35 p.m.
3/28/14 at San Diego State • 6 p.m.
3/29/14 at San Diego State* 2 p.m.
3/30/14 at San Diego State* 1 p.m.
4/1/14 vs. Pacific 6:35 p.m.
4/4/14 vs. UNLV* 6:35 p.m.
4/5/14 vs. UNLV* 6:35 p.m.
4/6/14 vs. UNLV* 1:05 p.m.
4/8/14 vs. Cal State Northridge 6:35 p.m.
4/11/14 at New Mexico* in Albuquerque, N.M. 5 p.m.
4/12/14 at New Mexico* in Albuquerque, N.M. 1 p.m.
4/13/14 at New Mexico* in Albuquerque, N.M. 11 a.m.
4/15/14 at Pacific in Stockton 6:00 p.m.
4/17/14 at Nevada* in Reno, Nev. 6 p.m.
4/18/14 at Nevada* in Reno, Nev. 6 p.m.
4/19/14 at Nevada* in Reno, Nev. 1 p.m.
4/22/14 vs. Cal 6:35 p.m.
4/23/14 vs. Cal State Fullerton 6:35 p.m.
4/25/14 vs. Air Force* 6:35 p.m.
4/26/14 vs. Air Force* 6:35 p.m.
4/27/14 vs. Air Force* 1:05 p.m.
4/30/14 at Cal State Fullerton 6 p.m.
5/2/14 at San Jose State* 6 p.m.
5/3/14 at San Jose State* 1 p.m.
5/4/14 at San Jose State* 1 p.m.
5/7/14 at Cal State Bakersfield 6 p.m.
5/15/14 vs. San Diego State* 6:35 p.m.
5/16/14 vs. San Diego State* 6:35 p.m.
5/17/14 vs. San Diego State* 6:35 p.m.
*-- Mountain West Conference game
Mountain West Championship tournament
5/21-25 at Las Vegas