What To Watch For On College Baseball's Opening Weekend
Top 25 Schedule
|Rk.||Team||Opponents (Fri, Sat, Sun)||TV||Notes|
|1||Vanderbilt||Virginia, Fullerton, TCU||MLB Network (Friday vs. Virginia)||MLB4 Tournament in Scottsdale, Az.|
|2||LSU||UL-Monroe, Army, Air Force||SEC Network+||Military Appreciation Weekend Tournament|
|4||Florida||Long Beach State||SEC Network+|
|5||North Carolina||Xavier||ACC Network Extra|
|6||Florida State||Maine||ACC Network Extra|
|7||Stanford||Ball State, Wichita State, Pepperdine||None||Angels Classic in Tempe, Az.|
|8||Texas Tech||Oregon||Texas Tech TV (Fri-Sat, Mon), Fox Sports Southwest + (Sun.)|
|9||Mississippi State||Youngstown State||SEC Network+|
|10||Oregon State||New Mexico, Gonzaga, No. 24 Minnesota||None||Sanderson Ford College Classic|
|11||Louisville||UConn||None||In Lakeland, Fla.|
|12||East Carolina||Radford||Pirates All-Access|
|13||Ole Miss||Wright State||SEC Network+|
|14||Clemson||South Alabama||ACC Network Extra|
|17||Auburn||Georgia Southern||SEC Network+|
|18||Arkansas||Eastern Illinois||SEC Network+|
|19||Texas||@UL-Lafayette||Cox Sports TV (Fri.) and Ragin' Cajuns Digital Network (Sat-Sun.)|
|20||Michigan||Binghamton||None||In Port St. Lucie, Fla.|
|22||Duke||Lehigh||ACC Network Extra|
|23||Coastal Carolina||VCU, Maryland, Campbell||Chanticleer Sports Network (Friday)||Brittain Sports Invitational in Conway, SC.|
|24||Minnesota||New Mexico, Gonzaga, No. 10 Oregon State||None||Sanderson Ford College Classic|
2019 College Baseball Watch Lists
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Under the Radar Series To Watch
Louisiana Tech at Southeastern Louisiana
This series has everything you want in a non-conference series between two teams outside of the traditional power conferences. Most importantly, both teams have legitimate postseason aspirations. Beyond that, the atmosphere should be about as good as you can get on opening weekend. Southeastern Louisiana already draws well at their home park, and bringing in a quality in-state foe should only add to that. Even with Louisiana Tech lefthander David Leal out with injury, the pitching matchups should be fun. The Bulldogs will roll with righthander Matt Miller and lefthanders Logan Robbins and Logan Bailey, all of whom were big parts of La. Tech’s staff in 2018. The Lions, meanwhile, will counter with a rotation led by accomplished seniors Corey Gaconi and Carlisle Koestler.
Kent State at Dallas Baptist
If you were to make a shortlist of the most successful mid-major programs in modern college baseball, these two programs make the cut. Neither show signs of slowing down in 2019. Kent State is once again the favorite in the Mid-American Conference. While it’s too big an ask for one pitcher to replace a pitcher the caliber of former ace Joey Murray, veteran lefty Connor Wollersheim looks to take a big step forward at the front of the rotation. Dallas Baptist has a clear centerpiece in the lineup in shortstop Jimmy Glowenke, but there are some pieces to replace around him. The addition of junior college transfer Herbert Iser and grad transfer Augie Isaacson will help mitigate those losses.
San Francisco at San Diego State
San Diego State is once again the favorite in the Mountain West Conference, but it will be interesting to see how their rotation performs. On Friday, righthander Logan Boyer is relatively unproven, but now healthy after missing time in 2018, he has high-end potential. Righthander Harrison Pyatt is a steady hand on Saturday after serving as a starter last season. On Sunday, the Aztecs will turn to righthander Brad Wegman, a grad transfer. He never quite put it all together at Southern California, but the talent is clearly there. USF, meanwhile, couldn’t be much more certain about at least two-thirds of the rotation, with the return of righthanders Riley Ornido and Landen Bourassa—both proven pitchers with electric stuff. Stereotypical West Coast baseball is often low-scoring, and this series could very well live up to that perception.