Usually, the day before the official start of the college baseball season is an excruciatingly difficult day. The season is so close that you can taste it, and you have to wait another whole day to get there.
But thanks to rain in southern California, our proverbial Christmas has come a day early, and college baseball’s regular season begins today!
And it’s not as if the season is going to get off to a limping start, either.
It all began when word trickled out that Stanford’s visit to Cal State Fullerton was going to be moved up a day in order to avoid the predicted rain.
Even with Stanford’s potential Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year Tristan Beck out, this still promises to be a weekend series filled with great pitching performances. The Cardinal will feature a veteran rotation of Kris Bubic, Brett Hanewich, and Chris Castellanos. Hanewich, in particular, with his plus arm that can run his fastball into the mid-90s, is one to watch.
The Titans, meanwhile, are in the conversation for the best starting rotation in the country, what with the threesome of Connor Seabold, Colton Eastman, and John Gavin.
Later, we found out that Vanderbilt and San Diego would be doing the same. This, too, will be a fun series to watch. Vanderbilt, led by Kyle Wright and Jeren Kendall, feature high-end talent to rival that of anyone in the nation, while the Toreros, led by catcher Riley Adams, are working to get back to the form that saw them as regulars in regionals just a few seasons ago.
The most recent domino to fall as of this writing is UC-Santa Barbara and Loyola Marymount following suit and starting their series on Thursday, giving us three interesting west coast-based series to feast on a day earlier than anticipated.
Simply put, it’s the perfect appetizer before the avalanche of games set to begin as scheduled on Friday.