I know in recent years there’s been some promising non-conf stretches with brutal in league seasons. One year we won one league game after a decent out-of-conference stretch. USD looks good again, but Pepp is still sorting out the pieces with a new coach taking over for a long timer? I could have that wrong, speaking from memory.
Utah is 0-10 but like you mentioned, has been better even in the recent past as is a Pac-12 team (it’s the Pac-11 in baseball, so to speak, Colorado has no baseball team). We’ll get the annual here and there mid-week series with Stanford, one game at Cal, as well as a late full series @Washington State in April. That’s a full 9 games against the Pac-12.
Wake is in the tough ACC… for those who love obscure college sports trivia, Wake Forest won the college world series in 1955. I’ve several family members go to WFU- the smallest power conference school by enrollment.
I think the 2 here 2 there series with Sac State will be a good barometer. They’re typically decent at baseball, and thus a good local barometer. They’ve dropped off since Rhys Hoskins graduated, however.
I’m hopeful for the year and will be watching more closely than usual- which is easier now, given they have a stream with a commentator, which wasn’t true even 3 or 4 years back. It will come down to league wins of course. SCU baseball has a rich history, with more NCAA appearances all time (12) than basketball (11). The bane of our existence of course, is that the non-NCAA appearance streak in baseball is only slightly shorter than basketball (1997 compared to 1996).
I’ve been impressed with Filter, whose speciality is pitching (coaching both Appel and Strasburg). I have no problem borrowing a guy from The Farm, in fact I quite like it- they quietly run a great baseball program up there. Refreshing in any sport to have the best league record in any sport after a few weeks of play.