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February 1st, 2019
#13 East carolina pirates
With decades of success behind them, East Carolina looks to hurdle the final hump of making it to the College World Series this year. Coming off an American Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and NCAA Regional appearance in 2018, East Carolina has high hopes in 2019. Earning the #13 spot in our Composite Preseason Top 25, the Pirates will challenge themselves with a difficult non-conference schedule including UCLA (#3), North Carolina (#7), and Mississippi State (#14). The American, which sent four teams to the NCAA Tournament last year, will likely be a battle this year, but the Pirates are equipped to win it again.
January 29th, 2019
Minnesota Golden GOPHERS
Minnesota has a long baseball history and saw the return of their historic success in 2018, claiming the Big Ten Regular Season and Tournament Championship. They went on to earn the #14 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Super Regional. Coming off one of their best seasons in recent history, the bar is raised for the Golden Gophers in 2019. This year, they challenge themselves with non-conference games against the defending champ, Oregon State (#6), as well as 2018 CWS participant, Washington, both out of the Pac 12. Minnesota checks in at #24 in Baseball America's Top 25 and #33 in our Composite Preseason Top 25. Looking to be one of the top pitching staffs in the country, the Gophers hope to ride their arms to another top 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
February 13th, 2019
San Jose State Spartans
Competing in the Mountain West Conference, the San Jose State Spartans enter into 2019 hoping to make it to their sixth NCAA Tournament. Conference match-ups against San Diego State and UNLV will help determine whether the Spartans can compete for a conference championship. Outside of the Mountain West, San Jose State challenges themselves against local rivals Stanford (#8) and Cal. The Spartans also take a trip to the Midwest where they have a marquee match-up against Michigan (#23). Can the Spartans reignite the magic from their 2000 College World Series run? Spartan fans sure hope so.
February 12th, 2019
South Florida Bulls
Having earned back-to-back bids to the NCAA Tournament in 2017 and 2018, the South Florida Bulls have built momentum as a program. Under second year head coach, Billy Mohl, the Bulls hope to push that streak to three and add a conference championship to the trophy case. The Bulls' non-conference schedule includes several regional rivals including Florida (#5) and Florida State (#10). The American (ranked fifth in the preseason conference power rankings) is deeper than ever this year, and USF will battle against the likes of Houston, UCONN, and UCF in conference play. A program on the rise, USF looks to stay in the national spotlight in 2019.
February 14th, 2019
#20 Texas Longhorns
Riding last year's College World Series appearance, the Texas Longhorns aim to make a return trip to Omaha in 2019. As one of the most storied programs in college baseball history, no one is surprise to see the Longhorns once again in the national conversation. Entering 2019 at #20, Texas hopes to exceed expectations and earn a Regional host site. The non-conference schedule is highlighted by Stanford (#8), Arkansas (#16), and old rival Texas A&M. The top of the Big XII is extremely talented this year, so conference play against Texas Tech (#4), Baylor (#15), TCU (#19), and Oklahoma State (#21) will be tough. The Longhorns kick off their season Friday, February 15th on the road against Louisiana.
January 27th, 2019
#4 Texas Tech red Raiders
One of the hottest teams in the country over the last five years, the Red Raiders come into 2019 having made the College World Series three times since 2014, including last year. Tim Tadlock, the D1Baseball 2018 Coach of the Year, will look to bring his squad back to Omaha. To do so, Texas Tech will have to get through the always tough Big XII and a non-conference schedule that includes the Big Ten's Michigan (#23) and the SEC's Mississippi State (#14). Expectations are high as Texas Tech checks in at #4 in Baseball U: Stats and Trends' Composite Preseason Top 25. The bar has been raised for this program on the rise.
February 12th, 2019
Wichita State Shockers
Coming off a 35 win season, the Wichita State Shockers hope to once again compete at the top of the American Conference. With non-conference matchups against Texas Tech (#4), Stanford (#8), East Carolina (#13), and Oklahoma State (#21), the Shockers have a loaded schedule. In the American, Wichita State will be up against Houston, UCONN, and several other teams that will be vying for a conference championship. Having last made the NCAA Tournament six years ago, the Shockers hope to return to postseason play in 2019.