Our long winter’s journey through towards baseball season has concluded!
(Okay, it’s still winter, but you get the idea)
The 2019 college baseball season is now in full swing. Today, just about everyone in Division 1 will be taking part in Opening Day. That does not exclude the SEC, as all 14 teams are going to be in action.
Four games will be going down at 4 p.m. ET. Arkansas will be in action against Eastern Illinois. The Razorbacks boast four players on the coaches’ Preseason All-SEC team, including Casey Martin, Heston Kjerstad and Dominic Fletcher along with reliever Matt Cronin. Elsewhere, Alabama is set to battle Presbyterian, while Noah Campbell and South Carolina tackle Liberty. In addition to all that, T.J. Collett, Zack Thompson and Kentucky will be hitting the road to begin a series against Austin Peay in Clarksville.
At 4:30, Tennessee will be playing Appalachian State. The 5 p.m. window will then put three teams in view. 13th-ranked Georgia, led by Aaron Schunk along with Mason Meadows and LJ Talley will be facing Dayton. Ole Miss, led by first baseman Cole Zabowski along with Chase Cockrell, Tyler Keenan and Parker Caracci will play Wright State. Lastly, Jake Mangum and Mississippi State are fixing to get things off right against Youngstown State.
One hour later at 6:05 ET, the Missouri Tigers will be facing the North Florida Ospreys. At 6:30, Tyler Dyson and the 3rd-ranked Florida Gators play Zak Baayoun and Long Beach State. At 7 p.m., two games will be going down. One game will pit Will Holland, Tanner Burns and the Auburn Tigers against Georgia Southern. The other will pit the SEC’s preseason favorites, the Vanderbilt Commodores against Tanner Morris and the Virginia Cavaliers. Vandy is of course led by backstop Philip Clarke as well as outfielders JJ Bleday and Pat DeMarco.
At 7:30 ET, Braden Shewmake and the Texas A&M Aggies will take the field to face the Fordham Rams. And finally, the LSU Tigers, the top-ranked team in the nation, will play UL Monroe at 8 p.m. ET. LSU of course boasts the likes of Josh Smith, Zach Watson, Daniel Cabrera, Antonie Duplantis and Landon Marceaux, who is Baseball America’s pick for SEC Freshman of the Year.