There might not be Major League Baseball games for a while, but this year’s college baseball season got underway Friday. Here are a few notes from my tracking of college games on Opening Day.
My season began with the Oklahoma/Auburn game. Most of the names were new, for me. Peyton Graham, referenced as a third baseman, led off at short. Graham fanned against a lefty tossing mid-80s as a maximum. Graham fanned against a reliever the next time. His fourth trip resulted in a home run that wasn't especially smashed.
After a few games that crumbled like paper in a rainstorm, Long Beach State (pitcher: Luis Ramirez) against Mississippi State (pitcher: Landon Sims) was an elite pitching matchup. Sims fanned his tenth in the fifth, and wasn't allowing solid contact. Sims carried 91 (from 94) into the seventh. Ramirez was adding a bit, and taking a bit off with three different offerings. He tossed six hitless frames. Sims was touched for a solo blast in the seventh.
Kaden Moeller gives Long Beach State the lead with a home run and the celebration at home plate is electric! pic.twitter.com/JUwPqIDYdZ— Farm To Fame (@FarmToFame_) February 18, 2022
Logan Tanner (a likely top-20 pick) had a nice assist on an attempted steal. The National Champs managed one hit in a 3-0 opening day loss.
I made it to the middle innings of the Tennessee game, and the Volunteers hit two two-run homers. Freshman Tennessee pitcher Chase Burns hit 96 on the radar gun.
Chase DeLauter against Parker Messick was a mid-evening jewel. Messick fanned DeLauter in the first, and again in the third, and again in the sixth.
Outside of one FB left up, @FSUBaseball LHP Parker Messick has been quite good tonight. 6Ks, 1BB, 1HR allowed through 3 IP.— Carlos Collazo (@CarlosACollazo) February 18, 2022
FB: 90-93, T94
Here's his second strikeout of Chase DeLauter. #MLBDraft pic.twitter.com/yC45UQVGul
Meanwhile, Dylan Lesko pitched on Friday.
Lesko with the 80 MPH breaker to get a whiff and retire the side pic.twitter.com/iXcQHhUNAt— Will Hoefer (@whoeferbaseball) February 18, 2022
The top Big Ten draft prospect starts in a hurry.
Michigan led 4-0 and 5-1, before leading 6-5 to the bottom of 9. Texas Tech won 7-6 on a sacrifice fly and a single in the ninth.
Other news and notes.
Illinois State dumps Arkansas 3-2.