Remember how the end of the 2009 spring trip was highlighted by the 5-0 win over nationally ranked host Miami? 2010 will see the Bucks play a game at the complete opposite end of the spectrum.
On March 25th the reigning Big Ten champs, and a team with Omaha aspirations will face a Webber Warriors team that went 25-31 in 2009 and 10-14 in the Sun Conference.
From the Lake Wales News
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Ohio State visit highlights Webber baseball schedule
The Webber Warriors announced their 2010 spring baseball schedule this week, and it features a visit by the Ohio State Buckeyes in late March.
The Scarlet and Gray are scheduled to play at Heart of Florida Field in Babson Park on March 25. Game time has not been announced.
The Warriors finished the 2009 campaign with a 25-31 overall record and a 10-14 mark in The Sun Conference.
The 2010 Warrior schedule will include 27 Sun Conference games, six games against NCAA-II opponents, and one NCAA-I opponent, Ohio State University, as well as, 21 games versus other NAIA competition. This season Webber International will be playing on 39 of their 55 games at The Heart of Florida Field.
“I feel that we have put together a good mix of returners and newcomers for this upcoming season and look forward to improving from our 2009 season performance,” stated head coach Brad Niethammer.
“We also look to compete against 17 opponents who have received pre-season ranking in the NAIA.”
Ohio State will be in Winter Haven for the second annual RussMatt baseball tournament which last year attracted some 200 college teams playing in the area during a two-month period. Warner University will also host some of the tournament games.
Webber’s schedule opens with a double header at home against Crooked Lake rival Warner University on Jan. 30 at noon. Ohio State visit highlights Webber baseball schedule
I'm not sure why this game was scheduled. Surely there had to be other schools willing to face the Bucks. Schools that would help the Bucks drive to Omaha and allow the Bucks to "measure up" with the rest of the DI world.
To be honest, the Buckeyes should be favored in all 56 games, and at the very least 54 excluding the 2 home dates with Louisville. But as we know baseball is played on the field and things happen that are unexpected. The Buckeyes are facing a schedule that honestly allows very little margin of error.
With the poor quality of opponents this is a team that could go 40-15 and be at home early June with an RPI in the 80s. This game will not hurt the RPI as it is a non-DI opponent, but it is a chance squandered to boost the resume with a top-25, top-50, heck even a top-100 team.
For the strides we're making on the field, occurrences like these are why people across the country are hesitant to give the Bucks any credit, the 37-6 Florida State shelling can also be attributed to that. When Collegiate Baseball ranks the Bucks 14th in their preseason poll, which they have, people laugh and discredit the poll. I know image is a very minute worry and on-field results matter, but if you're fighting for a Regional host, a #1 seed, or a last bubble team, it is a beauty pageant.