It’s been nearly a year since we’ve last watched a college baseball game. Last season was abruptly stopped in the middle of March due to the pandemic, and we were left without college baseball, and even sports, and didn’t know when, or if, they were going to resume any season.
Here we are ten months later and college baseball is back and better than ever. This sport and this level is a novelty of sorts. Any team can win any game at any time. Just ask UCLA, who dropped two of three games to San Francisco at home. Or ask Texas Tech who is currently sitting at 0-2 on the season, albeit playing two of the best teams the SEC has to offer, they were one of the highest ranked teams and usually are projected to be seen in Omaha this summer.
College baseball is crazy, but you know what’s even crazier? Hitting two grand slams, in your first two collegiate at-bats, IN ONE INNING. Caleb Pendleton, freshman at FAU, did just that.
Florida and Miami squared off against one another for the second straight year and it looked like Florida was going to sweep the Hurricanes once again after their Friday night win. Little did we know that the Saturday game would be extended to 13 innings, until Miami decided that they wanted to win more than the Gators. Miami ended up taking the rubber match against the number one team in the nation.
Vanderbilt, still the defending national champions from 2019, played their first two games on Monday due to the winter storm that froze over the southern portion of the United States. Turns out Vandy is still pretty good at this whole baseball thing. This season is going to be wildly interesting already due to the corona virus, and if you add in a few winter storms into the mix, who knows how long it will take to get consistent weekend series.
The State Farm College Baseball Showdown in Arlington was fairly lopsided. The three SEC schools, Arkansas, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss, went an overall 8-1 against the three Big 12 teams, Texas, TCU, and Texas Tech. TCU snuck out the conference’s only win against Mississippi State on Saturday. State was only one swing away from making it an undefeated weekend for the SEC, as in the bottom of the ninth with one out, the bases were loaded, but they grounded into a double play to lose 3-2. Regardless, the SEC showed up and blew out the competition. Texas and Texas Tech are going home winless in some matchups that would help their résumé when it comes down to tournament selecting time.
Ole Miss looked like the strongest team over the weekend, but Arkansas is also going home undefeated. Either team could and should be the number one team in the nation after their showing in Arlington. Whoever is not number one should most definitely be number two, and Mississippi State with two top ten wins, belongs in the top five as well.
Needless to say, the first weekend of college baseball was chaotically beautiful.
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