Rice and Stanford aren't the only college baseball teams starting their season this weekend. However, the series between at Reckling Park in Houston brings a surplus of baseball's history and its future to the field this weekend.
The two schools have made a combined 21 trips to the College World Series in Omaha. Stanford has won the title twice and Rice has claimed one championship. Rice enters this season ranked #18 by Baseball America, while Stanford is #9.
Both clubs have sent a large number of players to the next level. 10 players from Rice and eight from Stanford were in the major leagues in 2012. This number includes Philip Humber(Rice) and Jason Castro(Stanford) who are currently in camp with the Astros. Further, each university has six former players listed in Baseball America's 2013 Prospect Handbook.
Numerous players who take part in this weekend's series figure to hear their named called during a June draft at some point in the future. Five Cardinal are listed in Baseball America's list of the 100 top college draft prospects: Mark Appel, RHP, Austin Wilson, OF, A.J. Vanegas, RHP, Brian Ragira, 1B, and Lonnie Kauppila, SS. Rice's Austin Kubitza, RHP and John Simms, RHP are also on this list.
The series takes place Friday-4:30(Minute Maid Park Time), Saturday-2:00, and Sunday-1:00