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Opening Day for Baylor Baseball!

It's opening day, and the Bears are ready to start their season. Here's a look at their weekend series against UC Irvine.

Baseball is pretty.
Baseball is pretty.
Christian Petersen

Baylor at UC Irvine
Feb. 15-17, 2013 | Irvine, Calif. | Anteater Ballpark
GAME NOTES Get Acrobat Reader
FRI. | 8:30 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Ryan Smith
2012: 3-1, 3.14 ERA, 28.2 IP, 15 K
UCI - RHP Andrew Thurman

2012: 8-3, 2.66 ERA, 98.0 IP, 69 K
SAT. | 3:00 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Max Garner
2012: 3-3, 4.89 ERA, 46.0 IP, 43 K
UCI - LHP Matt Whitehouse

2012: 0-2, 4.15 ERA, 13.0 IP, 17 K
SUN. | 1:30 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Dillon Newman
2012: 4-4, 2.40 ERA, 45.0 IP, 44 K
UCI - RHP Evan Brock

2012: 2-1, 2.12 ERA, 34.0 IP, 25 K

Opening day is here at last! Baylor plays a three game set this weekend against UC Irvine in sunny Southern California. My previous post was written Wednesday night, before Baylor had released its preview for the series. Now that they've released it, I can say that calling Ryan Smith a "dark horse" for the rotation was a terrible understatement.

Smith is the Bears' opening day starter, followed by Max Garner on Saturday and Dillon Newman on Sunday. Seeing Garner and Newman in the rotation isn't surprising in the least, but I must say that I'm a bit shocked to see Smith on opening day as a sophomore. I don't doubt his talent, but I expected the Bears to go with more experience.

Here is the official preview from

Last year, Baylor played UCI twice in the QTI Baylor Classic. Those games ended well for the Bears as they defeated UCI by the scores of 4-2 and 6-1. Be sure to follow @BaylorBaseball for Twitter updates during all three games. Feed the Beaver!