SMITHFIELD, RI – Highlighted by a season opener in East Carolina and 16 games against NCAA tournament teams, the Bryant University baseball team announced its 2022 schedule on Monday.

The Bulldogs are set to play 53 games this spring, starting Feb. 18 at East Carolina, a 2021 Super Regional team. Bryant just won his ninth straight Northeast Conference regular season title last spring.

Used to life on the road, the Black and Gold will spend the first month of the season traversing the I-95 corridor from Rhode Island to North Carolina and Virginia. Bryant’s season opener with the Pirates will be the schools’ first meeting since the 2016 Charlottesville Regional opener. ECU won 44 games a season ago, falling to Vanderbilt in the Super Regionals.

Bryant will return to The Tar Heel State the following weekend for a series with Davidson, a schedule that won 27 games a season ago.

The Black and Gold will then spend the next two weekends in the state of Virginia. A three-game game at Old Dominion, a 2021 NCAA regional host, is the first to appear. This will be the first time the two programs have met since the 2015 season. Bryant then ended his four-week stint with a series at Big South member Longwood.

Bryant will then begin the northern portion of his schedule, starting with a midweek game against 2021 NCAA participant Northeastern and a road game in Hartford.

After a series of weekends in rival Rhode Island, Bryant will face UConn (NCAA 2021 team) in the first of two meetings between the schools. Bryant will then make his home debut on March 25 with a three-game streak against NEC nemesis Long Island.

The Bulldogs, however, will play seven of their next eight on the road, with trips to Brown and the defending NEC Central Connecticut tournament champion scheduled. Bryant will then host URI before traveling to New Jersey for three games at FDU.

Bryant will then play nine straight games at Conaty Park, starting with a visit to Holy Cross on April 12. The Bulldogs will also face Merrimack, UMass Lowell, Northeastern and Sacred Heart during the stretch.

An eight-game road swing ensues as the Bulldogs wrap up April with trips to Mount St. Mary’s, Boston College and LIU.

Bryant ends his regular season with CCSU, UConn and Wagner at home.

The 2022 NEC Championships are scheduled for May 26-29.