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What’s Coming To FloBaseball In February? A List Of Top Games To Watch

Do you prefer the crack of the bat to the squeak of the hardwood? Can’t wait until after March to catch a glimpse of the basepaths?

Luckily for college baseball junkies, the sport returns in full force to FloBaseball this month.

There will be a stacked lineup of epic battles outside of the conference, high-profile events with prestige and the names to prove it, and tons of major league prospects showing off their skills in hopes of getting the call of a professional organization in a few months to obtain.

Since baseball has been off the sports calendar for a while, FloBaseball offers this refresher so you know what to expect. This way you can plan ahead and don’t miss out on any of the best matchups.

Here’s a look at some of the top games to try on FloBaseball this month, as the college game is finally – finally! – starts moving again.

NOTE: All first pitch times are listed in Eastern Time and are subject to change.

South Atlantic Conference

Game(s) to watch: Wingate Vs. Charleston (West Virginia), February 10, 11 and 12 at 4 p.m., 2 p.m. and 1 p.m

Division II kicks off celebrations at the FloBaseball Diamond in 2023, and one of the nation’s best programs has a major preseason test ahead of it as it pushes for another national championship.

2023 Charleston (WV) vs. Wingate

Wingate, the SAC’s unanimous preseason favorite and winner of the 2021 national title, narrowly missed his second straight trip to the Division II College World Series last season despite winning a program record by playing 48 games.

The Bulldogs will be barking like crazy to return to the mountaintop, however, and with another loaded roster that has five players on preseason’s first All-SAC team, Wingate will almost certainly be among the Division II favorites to do it all to win again.

Still, the University of Charleston (not to be confused with Division I College of Charleston) is a great program in its own right, having won 40 games in two of the last three seasons.

Hosting the Golden Eagles in this series will give the Bulldogs a good barometer of where they are going into the season.

Colonial Sports Conference

Game(s) to watch: Virginia Tech vs. Charleston, February 17, 18 and 19 at 4pm, 2pm and 1pm

Cougars fans, how’s that for a season opener?

Charleston, the reigning and defending CAA regular season champion, is immediately thrown into the fire as his first series of the season comes up against a national powerhouse at Virginia Tech.

2023 Virginia Tech vs. Charleston

The Hokies, winners of 45 games and eventually the No. 4 national pick overall in the NCAA tournament, were absolute dynamite on the diamond in 2022, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season crown and capturing a regional league for the first time in school history.

Almost no pitcher has been able to slow down the wildly powerful tech lineup, which was hitting 126 homers a year ago, but maybe it will meet its creator against Charleston.

Junior reliever William Privette is the reigning national ERA king (.91) and an all-American closer who arguably puts games to bed better than anyone in college baseball.

It’s the classic matchup of the unstoppable force against the immovable object, so enjoy the opening weekend show for both teams.

Snowbird Baseball NCAA Classic

Game(s) to watch: UConn Vs. Ohio State, Feb. 17, 18, 19, and 20 at 7 p.m., 4 p.m., 4 p.m. and noon

UConn had an unforgettable season in 2022 and the Huskies are looking to transfer all of that positive momentum to the Buckeyes to kickstart the new year.

Coach Jim Penders’ program secured the back end of consecutive BIG EAST regular-season championships and also scooped only its second NCAA Regional Cup since 1979 by shocking host Maryland in the College Park Regional Finals.

A magic run to the CWS was narrowly denied – the Huskies helped No. 2 Stanford win two playoffs in the Super Regional – but there’s plenty of swagger and silverware to back that up in the UConn dugout at the moment.

Ohio State, on the other hand, has missed the NCAA tournament in each of the last two seasons, but new coach Bill Mosiello — a former minor league manager and one of the primary architects of four CWS appearances as TCU’s assistant head coach from 2014-2022 — will bring a fresh perspective to OSU, which hopes to win one (or a select few) from a regional winner beginning in 2023.

College Baseball Showdown

Game to watch: Vanderbilt vs. Texas, Feb. 19 at 11:30 am

Few programs have been as synonymous with college baseball success over the past decade as Vanderbilt and Texas, with each school having participated in the College World Series five times since 2011 and the Commodores two national titles (2014 and 2019) going back to Nashville caught up in that span.

2023 College Baseball Showdown

They’ll be competing at a place where many of those players could one day play professionally — at Globe Life Field in Texas, home of MLB’s Texas Rangers — and with elite expectations for both teams again this season.

The Longhorns are looking to make three straight CWS trips for the first time since their legendary four-year run to Omaha from 2002-2005, which resulted in two national championships, while Vandy tries to recover from a poor year by his high standards, in year 2022.

Vanderbilt missed out on five regional titles — although a victory over another blue-blooded baseball in front of what was sure to be a heavily pro-UT crowd would boost the team’s confidence almost immediately.

Sanderson Ford College Classic

Game to watch: Oregon State vs. UC Santa Barbara, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m

The finale in a four-day series of duels in the Arizona desert is worth the wait.

2023 Sanderson Ford College Classic

Three-time national champion Oregon State returned to the NCAA tournament Super Regional round a year ago as a national No. 3 seed, a hurdle cleared after a four-year drought.

The narrow loss to Auburn on their own field has prompted the Beavers to get better again and work toward a fourth NCAA tournament title — a feat matched by only seven other programs in college baseball history.

But the gauchos, best known for their epic run (along with Cinderella champion Coastal Carolina) to CWS 2016, are no slouches.

In fact, the 44-win campaign last season marked their third straight year of 40 or more wins (non-aborted seasons), with Big West’s regular-season title holder looking to pick up a win against a national title contender early in the season to really start the year with a bang.

Kleberg Bank College Classic

Game to watch: Utah vs. Houston, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m

Houston went from 19 wins to 37 in one of the biggest turnarounds in a season in college baseball a year ago and had a stellar season in the American Athletic Conference as one of the league’s top contenders against eventual No. 8 national seed East Carolina .

2023 Kleberg Bank College Classic

How can the Cougars work this off and take it a step further in 2023?

Well, taking care of business in Corpus Christi, Texas — where the Kleberg Bank College Classic will be held — can be one of the key building blocks for a return to the regional round five years later.

Utah will likely be the toughest test there, as the Utes had their moments last season in the loaded Pac-12 conference, winning streaks over Arizona and USC, among other solid individual wins.

With Houston anticipating promotion to the Big 12 ball in the near future, what better way for the Cougars to celebrate the occasion than by defeating a current power conference roster?

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