RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The boys of summer are getting started in winter, as division I college baseball teams open their respective schedules Friday. Among them, many teams from across the state.
VCU opens its season in tournament action at Wake Forest and begin with Georgetown. The Rams have high expectations this year, as they are picked to finish second in the Atlantic 10. VCU lost four position players due to graduation, but still have a deep core of players in the field and throughout the line-up. The Rams also return four starting pitchers.
Richmond heads to UNC-Wilmington for the Battle at the Beach, and will open play with the Seahawks on Friday afternoon. The Spiders have seven senior pitchers and seven junior starting position players. They are projected to finish fourth in the Atlantic 10.
Both teams will begin their league schedules in mid-March, but in a strange scheduling twist, won't play each other this season. Due to the rotating conference opponents, teams will miss several league foes each season, so VCU and Richmond are scheduled to miss each other about once every three years. Both administrations are reportedly looking at a way to have the teams play during those off-years, even if it doesn't count towards the conference record.
Among other teams opening this weekend, UVA travels to East Carolina, William & Mary heads to Mississippi, and Virginia Tech will travel to Mercer.
Click on the above video to hear from the Rams and Spiders.