The Texas Longhorns will begin the season tomorrow in Round Rock TX against the San Diego Toreros. San Diego swept a series from Cal Poly to jump out to a 3-0 record in the early season. Guest Contributor Donald J. Boyles was nice enough to write a nine page preview on the Longhorns season which is linked below. I have also linked both schools game notes.
The Georgia Southern Eagles are in Hawaii this weekend to play 3 games against the Warriors of Hawaii. The Eagles will be opening the season with this three game series while Hawaii took two out of three games from Santa Clara. The entire series can be heard for free here.
The Winthrop Eagles are making the trip across the country to visit the UCLA Bruins. This is an interesting match-up since Winthrop has an attitude that they will play anyone anywhere. They have scheduled Rice in 2008 and USC in 2009 already. The Eagles finished second in the Big South Conference in 2006 with a 46-18 record. They received an at-large berth to the Chapel Hill Regional where they were eliminated. Winthrop returns one of the top pitchers in the country in Alex Wilson who compiled a record of 13-3 with a 3.78 ERA.
UCLA is coming off an NCAA appearance in the Malibu Regional in which they ended their season. The Bruins returning pitching is suspect as they start Tyson Brummett on Friday who went 6-7 with a 4.52 ERA. They follow that up with Paul Schmidt who had no record but a 2.25 ERA and they start freshman Gavin Brooks on Sunday.
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks are opening the season this weekend with the Red Raiders of Texas Tech. The Lumberjacks are entering the second season since they restarted the program. The program was dormant for 11 years but came back with 15 wins in the first season. Texas Tech is coming off a 31-26-1 season in 2006. They return a fab four of sophomores in Roger Kieschnick, Miles Morgan, Willie Rueda, and James Leverton. All four should be key players for the Red Raiders to improve on their season in 2007.
UPDATE: They have postponed Game 1 of the series until Saturday and Game 2 will take place on Sunday. Game 3 has been canceled. Full release here.
The Dons of San Francisco will be visiting Fresno State this weekend to open the season for both schools. San Francisco made the NCAA tournament where they lost to Miami, then knocked off the hosts Nebraska, then bowed out to Manhattan.
Fresno State also made the NCAA tournament last season but made the Regional Championship game at Cal State Fullerton. They were not able to get by the Titans but won 45 games which was the highest total since the 1988 season.
The pitching match ups this weekend will be very interesting. Friday night San Francisco will be starting Aaron Poreda while the Bulldogs will counter with Brandon Miller. Saturday’s starters will be Jason Dufloth for the Dons and Fresno is planning to start Brandon Burke. The Dons in the final game have lined up Matt Baugh to face an unannounced pitcher.
San Francisco notes
Fresno State notes
Alex Lebow of the Daily Trojan checks in with new USC Head Coach Chad Kreuter on his preparations for the season opener tonight against Cal Poly. The full article is available here.
Kyle Jahner also of the Daily Trojan checks in with another article on the USC Baseball Program. He discusses how much success other athletic programs have had with new head coaches and how he expects the same with the Trojans. Full article available here.
The USC Trojans under new head coach Chad Kreuter. The leader of the USC offense this season should be Matt Cusick who was admired greatly this summer by his fellow Cape Cod Leaguers who still talk about his hitting ability. Kreuter also has gotten a huge recruit in Robert Stock who left high school early to play for the Trojans this season. Stock was expected to be a first round pick in the upcoming draft but will not be eligible since he has already enrolled in college. Baseball America has rated the incoming freshman class as the third best behind South Carolina and Baylor by Baseball America. The Game notes are linked here for the Cal Poly game on Tuesday and the Long Beach State series over the weekend.
The Santa Clara Broncos are opening the season tonight against the Hawai’i Rainbows. Santa Clara is scheduled to start their ace on Friday night in lefty Matt Wickswat (9-2, 3.54 ERA in 2006) and Hawai’i is planning on countering with senior lefty Ian Harrington.