The defending MACJC state baseball champs, Itawamba Community College, released its schedule for the upcoming 2010 campaign. Head coach Rick Collier and his nationally-ranked program opens on Feb. 6th against Southwest Tennessee at Crubaugh Field.

"We're looking forward to begin defense of our state title," said Collier, who is starting his eighth at the helm of the Indians. "We understand there will be an even bigger bullseye on our backs this year."

Last year, Collier's club finished 43-13 and for the second straight season was among the nation's top five (4th) in the NJCAA final poll of the year.

"We lost some key personnel from that team," added Collier, who is the only head coach in the history of ICC's baseball program to have won two state crowns. "But we had a nice fall and I liked the way our pitching developed. We need to get a couple of our freshmen hitters to step up and we'll be o.k."

The Indians, who have won six of the last seven north division titles under Collier, will begin their slate inside the league on March 16, at home, against Mississippi Delta.

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