Aharon Modlin and Pepperdine went 3-0. (Shotgun Spratling)


Desert Dispatches: Winners/Losers of Opening Weekend

At The Ballpark

PHOENIX — The Arizona desert was the place to be on opening weekend of the college baseball season.

Three tournaments were taking place, including the MLB4 invitational featuring a rematch of last year’s national championship, while ranked Arizona State and Oklahoma State squads played series. The Sun Devils also added an extra tilt against Michigan.

The Big 10 was well represented with Minnesota and Northwestern also playing in the Phoenix area. The Pac-12 had not only its Arizona teams, but also the Oregon schools as both Oregon and Oregon State unveiled new head coaches.

Along with compelling matchups, there were plenty of draft prospects competing. Multiple pitchers flashed Heat Sheet-worthy velocity and the preseason Player of the Year favorite, Spencer Torkelson, showcased his prodigious power.

Here’s a look at the winners and losers from the more than 30 games that took place in the desert this weekend:


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