It's Always Baseball Weather!

By Glenn Tanner - February 02, 2007

Round Rock, TX -- This is the last year for this. The northern schools have kicked, screamed, held their breath, and have finally gotten their way. The Uniform Start Date takes effect next season, meaning that no team will be allowed to practice before the first of February or play before February's final weekend.

You see, it’s just not fair that teams like the University of San Diego and the University of Texas get to play this early. After all, it’s not fair that while the northern schools are freezing to death, UT and USD are playing in balmy, sun-soaked… wait a minute… HOLY MOLY, IT’S COLD HERE! IT’S 39 DEGREES! FREAKIN’ ARCTIC COLD FRONT!

These two teams opened the Longhorns' season last year, too, with the Toreros pulling off a stunning series sweep and riding that momentum to an NCAA postseason berth. USD returns plenty of talent, especially on the hill. Ace Josh Butler left as a second-round draft pick, but numbers two, three, and four in innings pitched return for the Toreros, including today's starter, Brian Matusz. Matusz pitched four innings in last year's opener to pick up a save, and ended up making several Freshman All-America teams. He's off to a great start this season -- he opened USD's season last week against Cal Poly, pitching six shutout innings and striking out 13. Texas has talent all over the diamond, especially in the outfield. The Horns will send senior Randy Boone to the mound. Boone has pitched everywhere for UT -- weekend starter, midweek starter, long relief, and closer -- but with injuries to Kenn Kasparek (gone for the year) and Adrian Alaniz (just starting to throw again) -- Boone will be the Horns' ace for now.

First pitch at 3pm central.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 03:30 PM on February 02, 2007

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