Most anyone who knows me knows that I’m a big fan of college baseball. OK, so I’m a fan of baseball at every level, but there’s nothing like the college game. It’s hard to match the enthusiasm of the players and fans at a college baseball game.
This weekend was the opening of NCAA baseball season. I’m proud to say that my Georgia Bulldogs trounced Dayton by a combined score of 28-9 over a three-game series. Most prognosticators predict that the Dawgs will have a good season, and if this weekend is any indication, that could be the case. I can’t wait to see some games this year.
But as exciting as three lopsided victories can be, the Bulldogs didn’t hold a candle to what took place in Las Cruces, NM on Saturday. The New Mexico State Aggies scored a whopping 62 runs in a doubleheader against defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champs, the Texas Southern Tigers.
Lest you think this is an overwhelming drubbing of a cupcake team (you know, kind of like the team the Georgia Bulldogs faced this weekend), Texas Southern didn’t allow 20 runs in a single game in 2018 and captured a conference crown. Nevertheless, a combined score of 62-14 sounds more like a lopsided football game than a day at the diamond.
In the first three innings of Game 1 on Saturday, New Mexico State commanded an astounding 15-0 lead, and Texas Southern could never get fewer than 13 runs behind. The second game of the day started out much more even, and Texas Southern stayed competitive until the fifth inning, when New Mexico State broke wide open. Texas Southern didn’t help themselves with 11 errors in that second game, either.
The Aggies finished the day with 62 runs off 48 hits. The Tigers didn’t do too shabby themselves – other than those 11 errors – with 14 runs off 22 hits. I’m not even a fan of New Mexico State, but I can’t imagine how exciting those games were. It just goes to show that you never know what’s going to happen in a college baseball game.
Let me encourage you to check out an NCAA baseball game. Even if your alma mater or favorite school doesn’t have any games near you, find a game close by. It’s a terrific afternoon of fun that won’t set you back much money – and who knows? You just might see some electrifying play.