One unique thing about NASCAR is that the racing circuit begins its season with its Super Bowl, the Daytona 500. This year the folks at NASCAR will have some company as they implement their calendar. Rice and Stanford are beginning the 2013 baseball season with what may be the top pitching match-up of the season.
This afternoon, the Owls and Cardinal are each sending a top draft prospect to the mound in their season opener at 4:30 pm(Minute Maid Park time) at Rice's Reckling Park. Stanford's Mark Appel begins his senior season as a possible #1 over-all pick in the June draft. He was drafted eighth by Pittsburgh in the 2012 draft. However, he didn't sign with the Pirates. Rice's opening day starter will be junior Austin Kubitza. Kubitza was also selected by Pittsburgh. The Pirates picked him out of high school in the seventh round of the 2010 draft. However, Kubitza decided to go to Rice.
Rice and Stanford are also scheduled to face off Saturday and Sunday afternoon in Houston.