Cavaliers and Pirates battle to
start the season
There are two series, one on each coast, that are
the most intriguing match-ups of this opening weekend.
teams ranked in our CBI Preseason Composite Poll take the field
in Greenville, N.C., as No. 3 Virginia visits No. 17 East
Carolina. The Cavaliers made their first trip to the College
World Series a season ago and look for a return trip. The
Pirates won the Greenville Regional in 2009, but lost at North
Carolina in the Super Regional. ECU also has its sights set on
On the left coast, No. 5 Rice plays a three-game
set at Stanford. The Owls fell short of another trip to the
College World Series in 2009, dropping two at LSU in the Super
Regional. The Cardinal is looking to return to the national
spotlight, and a series win over Rice would be a great first
No. 16 Oregon State is the only other team ranked
in our Composite Poll to play a road series to open the 2010
campaign. The Beavers will play a four-game series at Hawaii.
Ball State, the favorite in the Mid-American
Conference, has a three-game series at No. 19 Arkansas.
The Caravelle Resort Tournament in Conway, S.C.,
has an interesting field. No. 15 Coastal Carolina will host West
Virginia of the Big East, Kentucky of the SEC and Virginia Tech
of the ACC.
George Horton makes a return trip to No. 4 Cal
State Fullerton with his Oregon Ducks on Friday. Horton coached
the Titans for 11 seasons, posting a record of 490-212-1 (.698)
with seven Big West titles, seven regional crowns, six super
regional titles and the 2004 national championship.
USC will play a three-game set at Cal Poly. The
Mustangs made their first trip to the NCAA Tournament a year ago
and hope to build on that success. The Trojans continue to work
their back onto the national scene.
Rhode Island just missed an at-large bid a year
ago. The Rams have another challenging non-conference slate,
starting with a three-game series at Mississippi State.
Kent State, one of the favorites in the MAC,
visits Western Kentucky, one of the favorites in the Sun Belt.
Wake Forest has an intriguing gathering in
Winston Salem. The Demon Deacons welcome Army, the pick to win
the Patriot League, and Dayton, the favorite in the Atlantic 10.
If you hear “Fear the Turtle” in Miami this
weekend, you’ll have to ask “Which one?” The Maryland Terrapins
visit head coach Turtle Thomas and FIU.
Enjoy the games!
(photo by Jimmy Jones)