The Panthers will play 34 home games out of 54 regular season games and of the 54 regular season games only 16 are outside Florida.
FIU opens the 2014 season with 11 straight home games. Opening night, Feb. 14, brings Rutgers to the FIU ballpark for a three-game weekend series. Weekend home games are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Fridays, 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays.
Stetson, Stony Brook, Florida Memorial and Dartmouth, who played FIU in the 2010 Coral Gables Regional, round out the 11 home games to start the season. Sandwiched in between the 11-game homestand is a Feb. 27 exhibition game against the Miami Marlins at their spring training complex in Jupiter.
FIU begins inaugural Conference USA play on the road at Charlotte, March 7 -- the first time FIU leaves Florida this season. The Panthers' first Conference USA home game is against perennial power Rice for a three-game series, March 14-16.
FIU hosts Florida Atlantic, April 18-20 and plays a single game in Boca Raton, May 13. The home series against the Owls counts toward the C-USA standings but the game in Boca Raton does not. C-USA does not schedule home-and-home series between rivals like the Sun Belt.
The Panthers conclude the regular season in New Orleans at Tulane and then head to the C-USA tournament in Hattiesburg, Mississippi after that series.