(WICHITA, Kan.) — You would be hard pressed to find a bigger day for the Shockers than Feb. 18 as two of the schools most storied programs play on big stages today.
The nation's 23rd-ranked baseball team opens its 2011 season at Tyler Field at Eck Stadium against the University of Niagra.
The Shockers return 10 starters from last season's team that went 15-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference and finished tied for first place.
Tim Kelly got the start for Wichita State in the opening game.
Friday's game, and the rest of the season, will be played with heavy hearts as the Shockers will play without pitcher/outfielder Mitch Caster. Caster died in a car accident before the season.
Hard to go inside with the warm weather outside, but in the Roundhouse tonight, the Shockers will face Virginia Commonwealth in ESPN's Bracketbuster game. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.