Pound the pavement, pound the keypad on the phone and you end up with the typical Nebraska baseball schedule of ranked teams, NCAA Tournament teams and teams almost in the tournament.
"We have always believed in the 'anywhere, anytime,' philosophy to get the schedule we want to give us a chance to host an NCAA regional, if we win enough," Husker coach Darin Erstad said Tuesday when the 2015 NU schedule was released.
The 27-game home slate includes national powers Texas, Cal State Fullerton, Ohio State and Michigan. The 29-game road schedule boasts games against LSU, Texas A&M, Hawaii, UNLV, and new Big Ten newcomer Maryland.
"We use all our connections, go over everything we have done in the past to get this kind of schedule," said Erstad.
His teams ended a three-year drought in postseason play in 2012, reached the Big Ten finals the past two years and made the NCAA regional in Stillwater, Oklahoma, last spring.
"We talk to our players that there is an urgency in January and early February to get the most they can out of practice because we have to be ready for the best right out of the gate," Erstad said.
NU opens at UNLV on Feb. 13-15, then travels to Peoria, Arizona, for a four-game series with BYU at the spring training home of the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres. The extended road trips for the early part of the season go to Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles for three game, then to Houston for the Houston College Classic with games against Texas A&M (coached by former NU assistant Rob Childress), Hawaii and perennial power LSU.
NU opens the home season March 10-11 against Northern Colorado, then faces three games with Florida Golf Coast and two with Indiana State before beginning Big Ten play against Michigan, then faces Cal State Fullerton and Texas at Haymarket Park.
"We see Loyola Marymount as a sleeper to reach the NCAA Tournament and Florida Golf Coast as a team with 39 wins last year and a bunch of good, young talent," Erstad said. "Indiana State is a strong team and the rest, you know."
The schedule includes three games with Creighton, one in Lincoln and two at TD Ameritrade Park, and a game with Nebraska-Omaha at Werner Park in Papillion.
Nebraska hosts Ohio State for the third time in a row and travels to Iowa for a third consecutive meeting. The Huskers do not have Indiana on the schedule again.
"I guess with an odd number (of) teams that the Big Ten does the best it can," Erstad said. "We have nothing to do with the conference schedule, but it is plenty tough."
The Huskers conclude fall baseball practices with the Red-White intrasquad series Oct. 19 at 6:05 p.m., Oct. 20 at 6:05 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 12:05 p.m.
This year's Big Ten Tournament moves back to Minneapolis and Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins.
Lincoln - The Nebraska baseball is set to conclude fall practice next week when it hosts its annual Red-White Series, starting on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. The series continues on Monday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. and concludes on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Noon. Admission is free all three days and concession stands will be open with a limited selection.
Gates will open two hours prior to first pitch for Sunday's game, while the gates will open 90 minutes prior to first pitch on Monday and Tuesday. Season tickets for the 2015 season will be available for purchase all three days. The Huskers 2015 schedule can be viewed - here.
Each day a special event will be planned at Hawks Field, including:
Sunday: Baseball Team Meet and Greet
4 p.m. - Gates open at Haymarket Park
4:30 p.m. - 2015 Nebraska Baseball Team Introductions
4:40 p.m. - Autograph session begins
5:30 p.m. - 2015 Nebraska Baseball Team takes the field for batting practice
6 p.m. - First Pitch of Game 1 Red/White Fall Series
Monday: $1 Hotdogs and $1 Pepsi
The first 1,000 fans will be able to purchase $1 hotdogs (limit 2) and Pepsi products will be served in the concession stand for $1 during the entire game.
Tuesday: Costume Contest
Players will play the game in Halloween costumes. The player with the best costume will win an award, voted on by fans.