College baseball is back for the fall and a first glimpse at the 2023 rosters. Teams such as UNC, Georgia, Vanderbilt and more will be in exhibition action.
It’s that time of year again, the leaves are changing and football season is upon us. However, for the college baseball enthusiast, this is the return of college baseball for a short month. This fall will be extremely unique as it will be the first time the rule changes for the 2023 season will be in action for the first time.
A couple of years ago the NCAA approved for schools to play two opponents during the fall and it has provided some very intriguing matchups. As a matter of fact, it is not a bad proposal the NCAA basketball committee should consider. Fans in the fall get to see high-level baseball, and it would be a great way for other sports to make revenue.
The fall is another way for coaches to evaluate their teams and give a measuring stick of where they are at headed into the season. Another tool these scrimmages provide is the younger players to see outside competition and to see different strategies on how teams will pitch to them or shift them. It is just a terrific rule change that has benefited everyone involved.
This year, marquee matchups continue with the state of North Carolina is on full display. Duke will make the eight-mile journey down US 15-501 to play UNC in Chapel Hill. Along with that, the Demon Deacons travel to Knoxville to take on Tennessee in a matchup that will probably have the deepest pitching depth of any game this fall. There are a ton of rivalry games taking place down south in the SEC such as the baseball version of the Iron Bowl on October 28th. Below is a list of marquee matchups that are on the slate for this fall.
College baseball fall exhibition schedule
- Wake Forest at Tennessee, Sunday, Oct. 9
- Duke at UNC, Friday, Oct. 14
- Mississippi State at Alabama, Friday, Oct. 21
- Virginia Tech at Liberty, Friday, Oct. 21
- ECU at Clemson, Saturday, Oct. 22
- Maryland at UVA, Saturday, Oct. 22
- Florida vs Georgia, Friday, Oct. 28
- Alabama at Auburn, Friday, Oct. 28
- Vanderbilt vs Arizona State Sunday, Oct. 30 (Las Vegas)
Some of the best programs in the country will be putting their talents on display this fall for fans to get glimpses of what the season could hold and, in turn, teams can get a little bit of a look at where they might need work to fix deficiencies. All in all, though, it makes for a nice little autumn appetizer for the 2023 season.