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Hoos’ Ready for Omaha: Quick Takes On Opening Week Of College Baseball

Published by on February 24, 2010

I'm a bit disappointed with myself for not writing this article a week ago, since I have always assured myself that Virginia (2-1 v. No. 18 ECU) is the true No. 1 team in college baseball, over the likes of Texas (1-2 v. New Mexico) and LSU (3-0 v. Centenary).

Although it's apparent that Texas has the best pitching staff in the nation, and the likes of LSU and Cal State Fullerton the championship pedigree and a strong core of returning players, Virginia demonstrates the most top-quality balance out of the elite college baseball teams—Virginia returns their entire top-ranking offense, and returns a quality pitching staff minus the loss of Andrew Carraway to the draft.

Texas's offense minus Brandon Belt, Preston Clark, Michael Torres, and Travis Tucker wasn't great against New Mexico (although I fully recognize that the relief pitching in game 2 lost them the series), while LSU lacks a Sunday starter and will miss DJ LeMahieu's impact despite having a talented offense.

Other teams such as Cal State Fullerton (lost key players on offense), UC Irvine (lack of a superstar on offense, which the loss of Orloff doesn't help fix), Florida State and Rice (bullpen q...

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