The University of Minnesota has released their 2008 baseball schedule. (No, I did not copy and paste that line from the OSU schedule post and change Ohio State to Minnesota. I actually typed the whole thing over again.) The Gophers begin the new season in Oxford, Mississippi with a three game series against Ole Miss. The opening weekend is February 22 - 24.
After the Rebels, Minnesota will host the Dairy Queen Classic at the Metrodome. On Friday, February 29 the Gophers will take on TCU. The next day Coach Anderson's nine will face Tulane. Pepperdine will be the last opponent for Minnesota on March 2. The weekend after the DQ concludes, the Gophers will host another tournament at the Metrodome.
New Mexico, California and Northern Iowa will face Minnesota on consecutive days beginning March 7 in the new, and aptly named, Metrodome Tournament. Once that series wraps up, Minnesota will head west to take on Pacific in a three game series opening on March 14.
The California trip is brief, as it's right back to indoor ball as the Gophers will play seven straight non-conference games at the dome starting March 18. North Dakota State (2 games), South Dakota State (3 games) and Missouri (2 games) all come calling. The protracted home stand will finish with a four game visit from Indiana to open conference action.
Illinois, Michigan and Penn State will all be on the home schedule for the Gophers in '08. Road trips include Ohio State, Northwestern, Purdue and Iowa.
Yes, I've left out a handful of non-conference games. I will note that ND State, SD State and Northern Iowa all pop back up on the Gophers schedule after their earlier visits.