Feb. 20, 2009
Day, Let's Play!
Opening Day has arrived.
The wait for the start of the 2009 college
baseball season is over. Schools begin play all across the
country today. And there are several key matchups on the opening
There is a pair of series against teams ranked in
the CBI Composite Poll. No. 13 Louisville, the favorite in the
Big East, plays a three-game set at No. 25 Florida. The Gators
are picked second behind Georgia in the SEC Eastern Division.
No. 32 TCU, the favorite in the Mountain West, has a three-game
series at No. 9 Cal State Fullerton, the team expected to win
the Big West.
Some other meetings to keep an eye on include
Atlantic-10 favorite Charlotte at No. 24 Clemson, Elon of the
Southern Conference at Auburn, No. 35 Oregon State at Tennessee,
Illinois-Chicago of the Horizon League at No. 6 Texas, Long
Beach State against No. 30 USC, and Vanderbilt playing two at
No. 8 Stanford and a pair at Cal.
NC State is hosting the Summit Hospitality
Invitational with an interesting field. Santa Clara is picked
third in the West Coast Conference and could be in the picture
for an NCAA at-large bid if it can finish in the top three.
Xavier and Rhode Island are picked second and third,
respectively, in the A-10 behind Charlotte.
No. 3 Rice and No. 10 Ole Miss are the only Top
10 teams to travel this weekend. The Owls will play three at Cal
Poly, while the Rebels face Liberty, Mercer and host South
Alabama in the Coca-Cola Classic in Mobile.
The first Big East-Big Ten Challenge will take
place in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area in Florida. The northern
teams will be happy to get outside in warm weather.
Kudos again to Major League Baseball for
sponsoring the MLB Urban Youth Academy Tournament in Compton,
Calif. Bethune-Cookman of the MEAC and Southern of the SWAC will
head west for the round-robin affair with San Diego State and
No. 15 San Diego. Saturday’s games will be broadcast live on MLB
Network with USD facing Bethune-Cookman at 2 pm PT and San Diego
State meeting Southern at 6 pm.
Enjoy the games this weekend.