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Tracking College Baseball Postponements, Cancellations Due To Covid-19



College baseball is back, and that’s great news after an interminably long offseason that not only cost fans the 2020 season but also at times cast doubt on the format and viability of the 2021 campaign. So before going any further, it’s important to note that just getting to this point is a triumph for college baseball and a great thing for a sport that has taken a beating over the last 11 months.

The reality of the 2021 season, however, is that it’s going to be one that includes plenty of muddling through. Covid-19 hasn’t gone away, which means that testing and contact tracing haven’t gone away, which means schedule cancellations and alterations will be an issue, just as they have been for other college sports playing during the coronavirus pandemic.

This weekend saw the first major conference series canceled due to the pandemic. Wake Forest was forced to cancel its games for a week due to Covid protocols, meaning its series against No. 18 Boston College will not be played. Other conferences, including the Mountain West, Patriot League and SWAC, have also already seen conference series lost.

We will track all of this season's notable postponements and cancellations in this space.

Upcoming notable postponements or cancellations

  • March 5-7: Xavier at Auburn
  • March 5-7: Tennessee Tech at Mississippi State
  • March 5-7: Boston College at Wake Forest
  • March 5-7: Kent State at West Virginia
  • March 5-7: Bryant at UNC Greensboro
  • March 5-7: Western Michigan at Saint Louis
  • March 5-7: Alabama A&M at Arkansas-Pine Bluff
  • March 5-8: Kansas at Lipscomb
  • March 6-7: Nevada at San Jose State
  • March 6-7: Massachusetts at Navy
  • March 6-7: Holy Cross at Central Connecticut State
  • March 9: Marshall at West Virginia
  • March 9: Wake Forest at Elon
  • March 10: Holy Cross at Boston College
  • March 10: Belmont vs. Lipscomb
  • March 13-14: Air Force at San Jose State
  • March 13-14: Lehigh at Holy Cross
  • March 20-21: San Jose State at Nevada-Las Vegas

Teams in limbo

  • Georgetown—The Hoyas have not been cleared to return to action by university and Washington protocols. According to The Washington Post, the team has been told to expect a decision Feb. 22. However, the Feb. 22 date has since passed and the team still does not have clarification.
  • Ivy League—Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton and Yale. The Ivy League on Feb. 18 announced it would not hold a conference season for spring sports. The league left open the possibility for some local, non-conference competition and will allow teams to continue practicing. "If public health conditions substantially improve and if permitted by an institution, local non-conference competition may be allowed to occur this spring," the league said in a statement. But the Ivy League will have no tournament or automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament.

Teams not competing in 2021

  • Bethune-Cookman
  • Maryland-Eastern Shore
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Previous notable postponements or cancellations

  • Feb. 19-21: Kentucky at North Carolina
  • Feb. 19-21: Nebraska-Omaha at Oregon
  • Feb. 19-21: Fresno State at UC Irvine
  • Feb. 19-21: New Mexico State at Nevada-Las Vegas
  • Feb. 19-21: Notre Dame vs. Air Force, Louisiana State, Louisiana Tech
  • Feb. 19-21: Virginia Military Institute at North Carolina State
  • Feb. 20-21: Lamar at Texas-Rio Grande Valley
  • Feb. 20: Fordham at Villanova
  • Feb. 23-28: Sacred Heart at Fordham
  • Feb. 25-28: Pacific at Sacramento State
  • Feb. 26-28: Ball State at Charleston Southern
  • Feb. 26-28: Central Michigan at Bellarmine
  • Feb. 26-28: Utah Valley at Cal State Bakersfield
  • Feb. 27-28: San Jose State at Fresno State
  • Feb. 27-28: Massachusetts at Stony Brook
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