by Ed Beach, Drury
The Drury Panthers are scheduled to open their 2021 baseball season on March 6 against Maryville in a non-conference game at U.S. Baseball Park in Ozark and, on April 6, will face Missouri State in a regular season contest at Hammons Field.
The 2021 baseball schedule has been modified due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The maximum number of regular season games has changed from 50 to 40 games, and 36 of Drury’s games will be within the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Among Drury’s non-conference games will be an April 6 match-up with Missouri State at Hammons Field. The two programs have met in the Battle For Bell, a fall exhibition game, on four separate occasions. The two teams will now face one another for the first time ever in the regular season with a game featuring a 6:30 pm first pitch at Hammons Field.
The Panthers open their league schedule at the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a four-game series from March 12-14. Drury’s Senior Day will be May 2, when they conclude a four-game series against Quincy.
The GLVC will play an unbalanced schedule that features nine different opponents in a four-game series. Each game will be a nine-inning contest, and each series will start with a single game on Fridays, followed by a doubleheader on Saturdays, and conclude with a single game on each Sunday.
The GLVC tournament is May 13-16 at the Lou Brock Sports Complex on the Lindenwood University campus in St. Charles, Missouri. The NCAA-II regional and super regional rounds will be held on campus sites and precede an eight-team national championship tournament at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
Drury’s home games will once again be played at U.S. Baseball Park in Ozark. The 4,000 seat stadium was renovated in 2016-17 and features an all-turf field. It has served as the Panthers primary home field since the 2017 season.
Head coach Scott Nasby will enter his ninth year leading Drury’s program and has guided the Panthers to the NCAA-II tournament five times in eight years. The Panthers were 13-7 last year when the season was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.