ATLANTA -- The fifth annual Atlanta Challenge, home-and-home series with Georgia and Georgia Tech, and eleven games against NCAA Regional teams highlight Georgia State's 2019 baseball schedule, announced Tuesday by head coach Greg Frady.

"I'm excited about our 2019 schedule," said Frady as he enters his 13th season at the helm and his 15th year at Georgia State. "It's a mix of all different types of teams from different conferences and different part of the country. All of that makes for a great challenge, and we are working daily to prepare for it.

Frady's squad returns 19 letterwinners, led by one of the top starting pitchers in the Sun Belt Conference and the nation in junior right-hander and Friday starter Hunter Gaddis. Other top returnees include starting pitcher Jake Rogers, two-way standout Brandon Bell, first baseman Ryan Glass and outfielder Luke Leonard. The Panthers have added 18 newcomers, of which 10 are freshmen.

Notes on the 2019 Georgia State Baseball Schedule, which opens on Friday, Feb. 15:

> The 56-game slate includes 32 home dates at the GSU Baseball Complex.

> The Panthers face 2018 NCAA Regional foes Georgia (2), Samford (3), Coastal Carolina (3) and Troy (3).

> For the fifth consecutive year, Georgia State will open the season by hosting the Atlanta Challenge, in conjunction with metro Atlanta neighbors Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State. West Virginia, Richmond and Illinois-Chicago visit for this year's event, playing one game at each of the Atlanta schools from Feb. 15-17.

> The pre-conference schedule also features home series vs. 2018 NCAA Regional team Samford and ETSU and a road series at Charleston Southern.

> The Panthers will play every Division I team in the state of Georgia, including home-and-home with Georgia, Georgia Tech, Mercer and Kennesaw State, a home series vs. Georgia Southern and a single home game vs. Savannah State.

> Georgia State opens Sun Belt Conference play March 15 at Appalachian State. The Panthers also travel for road series at Little Rock, South Alabama, Texas State and Louisiana while hosting weekend series vs. 2018 NCAA Regional participants Coastal Carolina and Troy as well as UT Arlington, ULM and Georgia Southern.

> The Sun Belt Conference Championship is scheduled for May 21-26 at Coastal Carolina.