It's been a long eight months for fans of the K-State baseball program. After the greatest year in the team's long history, including a Big 12 regular season championship, selection as a regional host for the NCAA tournament, a win in that regional, and a thrilling -- albeit heartbreaking -- loss in the super-regionals, it's time to get started again.
The series: #18 (NCBWA) Kansas State (45-19 last year) visits the #29 Cal Poly-SLO Mustangs (40-19 last year). The teams have met once for a three-game series, last year in Manhattan. The Mustangs won the series two games to one.
The opponent: Cal Poly finished in second place in the Big West last year, which you may not think is a big deal but this is baseball we're talking about. That second place finish earned the Mustangs a trip to the UCLA regional, where losses to UCLA and San Diego ended their campaign. Keep an eye -- well, an ear, anyway -- on OFs Jordan Ellis and Nick Torres, and be aware that just like K-State, the Mustangs have a lights-out multi-inning closer in Reed Reilly.
First Pitches: Friday and Saturday at 8pm CT, Sunday at 3pm CT, at Baggett Stadium in San Luis Obispo, California.
Expected Starters: Friday: Levi MaVorhis (5-0, 4.77 last year) vs Matt Imhof (7-3, 2.74); Saturday: Jared Moore (4-0, 3.73) vs Slater Lee (freshman); Sunday: Jordan Witcig (0-0, 3.68) vs Casey Bloomquist (6-2, 5.02)
Television: let's not get carried away here.
Radio: 1350 KMAN, with Rob Voelker on play-by-play.
Note: as the season gets moving, we'll try and have some sort of daily recap of each game, but for the time being we'll only be offering series recaps.