2023 Kleberg Bank College Classic

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

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

This month on FloBaseball, there will be a lineup of epic nonconference battles, high-scale events with prestige and countless major-league prospects.

Feb 2, 2023 by Briar Napier
What's Coming To FloBaseball In February? A List Of Top Games To Watch

Prefer the crack of the bat to the squeak of the hardwood? Can't wait until after March to get a sight 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 nonconference battles, high-scale events with prestige and the names to prove it and countless major-league prospects strutting their stuff in hopes of getting the call from a professional organization a few months from now.

With it being some time since baseball has been part of the sports calendar, FloBaseball is offering this refresher, so you'll know what's on tap. That way, you can plan ahead, and you won't miss any of the best matchups.

Here's a look at some of the top games to check out this month on FloBaseball, as the college game finally - finally! - gets back underway.

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), Feb. 10, 11 and 12 at 4, 2 and 1 p.m.

Division II kicks off the festivities on the diamond across FloBaseball in 2023, and one of the country's best programs has a big early-season test ahead of it, as it pushes for another national championship. 

Wingate, the SAC's unanimous preseason favorite and winner of the 2021 national title, narrowly missed out on its second straight trip to the Division II College World Series last season, despite winning a program-record 48 games. 

The Bulldogs will be barking mad to get back to the mountaintop, however, and with another loaded squad that's got five players on the preseason All-SAC first team, Wingate almost surely will be among the Division II favorites to win it all once again. 

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

Hosting the Golden Eagles in this series will give the Bulldogs a good barometer for where they stand in the season's early goings.

Colonial Athletic Conference

Game(s) To Watch: Virginia Tech Vs. Charleston, Feb. 17, 18 and 19 at 4, 2 and 1 p.m.

Cougars fans, how's this for a season opener? 

Charleston, the reigning and defending CAA regular-season champ, gets thrown into the fire immediately, with its first series of the season coming against a national powerhouse in Virginia Tech. 

Winners of 45 games and the eventual No. 4 overall national seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Hokies were absolute dynamite on the diamond in 2022, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season crown and capturing a regional for the first time in school history. 

Almost no pitcher was able to slow down the ferociously powerful Tech lineup that smashed 126 home runs a year ago, but perhaps it may meet its maker against Charleston.

Junior reliever William Privette is the reigning national ERA king (0.91) and an All-American closer who puts games to bed arguably better than anyone in college baseball. 

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

Snowbird Baseball NCAA Classic

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

UConn had a season to remember in 2022, and the Huskies are trying to unleash all of that positive momentum on the Buckeyes to kickstart the new year. 

Coach Jim Penders' program clinched the back end of back-to-back BIG EAST regular-season championships and also nabbed just its second NCAA Regional trophy since 1979 by shocking host Maryland in the College Park Regional final. 

A magical run to the CWS was just barely denied - the Huskies made No. 2 Stanford win two elimination games in the Super Regional - but there is a lot of swagger and silverware to back it up in the UConn dugout at the moment. 

Ohio State, on the other hand, has missed out on the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons, but new coach Bill Mosiello - a former minor league manager and one of the main architects of four CWS appearances as the associate head coach of TCU from 2014-2022 - will bring fresh perspective to OSU, which is hoping to get one (or a few) off of a regional winner to begin 2023.

College Baseball Showdown

Game To Watch: Vanderbilt Vs. Texas, Feb. 19 at 11:30 a.m. 

Few programs are as synonymous with success in college baseball over the past decade-plus as Vanderbilt and Texas, with each school having made five College World Series appearances since 2011, with the Commodores taking two national titles (in 2014 and 2019) back to Nashville in that span. 

They'll be duking it out in a place where many of those players may be playing professionally someday - at Globe Life Field in Texas, home of MLB's Texas Rangers - and with elite expectations for both teams once again this season. 

The Longhorns are looking to make it three straight CWS trips for the first time since their legendary four-year run to Omaha from 2002-2005 that resulted in two national championships, while Vandy is aiming to recover from a down year, by its lofty standards, in 2022.

Vanderbilt missed out on a five-peat of regional titles - though a win over another baseball blue-blood in front of what's 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 set of duels in the Arizona desert is well worth the wait. 

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

Narrowly losing to Auburn on their own field has the Beavers looking to build back up to being even better and push forth toward a fourth NCAA tourney title - a feat only seven other programs in college baseball history have achieved. 

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

In fact, the 44-win campaign last season was their third straight year with 40 or more wins (non-canceled seasons), with the defending Big West regular-season champ looking to pluck a win early in the season against a national-title contender to really begin the year with a bang.

Kleberg Bank College Classic

Game To Watch: Utah Vs. Houston, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. 

Houston turned 19 wins into 37 in one of the biggest one-season turnarounds in college baseball a year ago, having an excellent season in the American Athletic Conference as one of the league's top challengers to eventual No. 8 national seed East Carolina. 

So, how can the Cougars work off that and go a step further in 2023? 

Well, taking care of business in Corpus Christi, Texas - where the Kleberg Bank College Classic will be held - can act as one of the main building blocks to a return to the regional round after five years away. 

Utah likely will be the toughest test there, as the Utes had their moments last season in the loaded Pac-12 Conference, winning series over Arizona and USC, among other solid singular victories. 

With Houston anticipating a move up to Big 12 ball in the near future, what better way for the Cougars to mark the occasion than by taking down a current power-conference squad?