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.
â€œSince they dropped down to Division-II, I donâ€™t think there will be much of a rivalry,â€ Abernathy said. â€œNot in comparison to a team like CU.â€
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 donâ€™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.
â€œWe really havenâ€™t played them much lately,â€ Fox said. â€œWeâ€™re just trying to get some games in here, and they were kind enough to come down and play us.â€
The Rams are currently the No. 1 ranked team in the NCBA, so the difference in skill level may be noticeable. Abernathy thinks Wyomingâ€™s mindset will be the biggest threat.
â€œWell I think they will come with some excitement to play the No. 1 team,â€ Abernathy said. â€œThey will probably throw out their best pitchers, but we donâ€™t really know a whole lot about them.â€
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.
â€œIf we donâ€™t win both of these games, it would be a disappointment,â€ Moller said. â€œI think if we show up and play our game, we shouldnâ€™t have any problems.â€
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.
â€œWeâ€™re used to playing four games in a weekend, a doubleheader on Saturday and one on Sunday,â€ Fox said. â€œWeâ€™re used to the grind, plus they are night games, so we have time to recover during the day.â€
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.