Opening Day finally arrives!
much of the country had to deal with extreme cold and snow this
winter, it’s time to think warm thoughts as the college baseball
What to watch for this weekend:
Will Garrett Wittels make history?
The FIU junior shortstop (pictured right) brings
a 56-game hit streak into the 2011 campaign, two away from Robin
Ventura’s record of 58 set in 1987. Southeastern Louisiana
provides the opposition, a 40-win team from a year ago that was
snubbed by the NCAA selection committee.
Will new bats drive hitting coaches batty?
We will watch to see if offense and home runs are
down significantly with the new bat regulations. A season ago,
teams combined for an average of nearly 13 runs per game on
Will the clock rules speed up games?
It worked during the SEC Tournament a season ago,
knocking off between 20 and 25 minutes per contest.
Will No. 13 Stanford win at No. 18 Rice?
In the only matchup this weekend of teams in the
preseason CBI Composite Poll, Stanford travels to Houston to
tangle with Rice. This is a series which will help both teams
when they start conference play.
Will Hawaii have success with No. 10 Oregon?
The Rainbows won the WAC tournament a year ago
but will look to help their RPI early with a four-game set with
the Ducks. Oregon is in its third season of competition since
the reinstatement of the program.
Which tournament will produce the most
The Big East-Big Ten Challenge?
Auburn’s, with No. 15 Virginia, Arkansas State
USC’s, with North Carolina,
Cal Poly and Missouri?
Coastal Carolina’s, with Virginia Tech, Boston
College, Indiana and Tennessee Tech?
Texas State’s, with Nebraska, Missouri State,
Washington and Air Force?
Which person will we be most happy to see back
Wake Forest head coach Tom Walter at LSU, minus
San Diego State head coach Tony Gwynn and Alabama
senior outfielder David Kindred, both minus cancer?
Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon, healthy and
UCLA second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla, with no
You can also watch some games on TV:
2/18 USF at Florida 7 pm Sun Sports
2/18 Kansas at TCU 7:30 pm Mountain West Sports
2/18 Wake Forest at LSU 8 pm Cox Sports TV
2/20 Kansas at TCU 2 pm Mountain West Sports
2/20 Southeastern Louisiana at FIU 7:30 pm ESPNU
Enjoy the games this weekend.
(photo courtesy of FIU Media