Apr 082010
 
Authors: Chris Tiller

The Border War is here again, only this time it will be fought on a diamond as the CSU and Wyoming baseball teams face each other in a doubleheader this afternoon.

This is the first and only time the two rival schools will play each other, so bragging rights and pride are on the line.

CSU (20-6), the two-time defending national champions, are once again playing good baseball and look to be heavy favorites in addition to playing with home-field advantage.

Wyoming on the other hand, is an NCBA Division-II team and is not expected to present much of a challenge, if any, to the powerhouse CSU has become.

Rams head coach Mike Abernathy does not look at Wyoming as much of a rival since their departure from Division-I.

“Since they dropped down to Division-II, I don’t think there will be much of a rivalry,” Abernathy said. “Not in comparison to a team like CU.”

The rivalry between the baseball teams has never really been there because even when the Cowboys were in the same division, they were handled by CSU on a regular basis.

Even the players don’t considered Wyoming as a team they love to play or enjoy beating.

Senior Jake Fox said the lack of games among the two has only helped to deflate any feelings of a rivalry.

“We really haven’t played them much lately,” Fox said. “We’re just trying to get some games in here, and they were kind enough to come down and play us.”

The Rams are currently the No. 1 ranked team in the NCBA, so the difference in skill level may be noticeable. Abernathy thinks Wyoming’s mindset will be the biggest threat.

“Well I think they will come with some excitement to play the No. 1 team,” Abernathy said. “They will probably throw out their best pitchers, but we don’t really know a whole lot about them.”

One reason the Rams should feel comfortable with their chances of winning is because the first game is scheduled to be pitched by senior ace Bobby Moller. Moller is 6-1 this season with an ERA of 1.23.

“If we don’t win both of these games, it would be a disappointment,” Moller said. “I think if we show up and play our game, we shouldn’t have any problems.”

CSU is just coming off a road trip to Nebraska, but fatigue is not expected to be an issue because doubleheaders are nothing new for the squad.

“We’re used to playing four games in a weekend, a doubleheader on Saturday and one on Sunday,” Fox said. “We’re used to the grind, plus they are night games, so we have time to recover during the day.”

The first game of the doubleheader is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and the second at 8 p.m. Both games will be played on the South Field at City Park.

Club Sports Beat Reporter Cris Tiller can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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