San Diego State coach Tony Gwynn wouldn’t promise anything, but he said he’ll consider scheduling a non-conference series with Nebraska.
Imagine: Gwynn, the Hall of Famer with long-lasting name recognition, standing in a dugout opposite Nebraska’s Darin Erstad, the 14-year pro whose sudden jump to college coaching mirrored that of the long-time San Diego Padre. Could make for an easy attention-grabber, a way for both programs to promote their well-known leaders.
“That would be cool,” Gwynn said. “Tell Darin I might be giving him a call.”
Gwynn was kind enough to spend nearly 25 minutes talking with me about the challenges he faced during his early years at SDSU. If you missed it, Gwynn’s story and how that may compare to Erstad’s rebuilding project is here.
This quote from Gwynn didn’t make the article: “I’m ecstatic for (Erstad), especially going back to his alma mater. This is exactly where he wants to be. You can tell there’s a tradition at Nebraska that he wants to implement.”
A few more Husker-related baseball notes are below (the season starts Friday) …
>> At some point this week, the Big Ten office will release the league’s preseason poll (top 6 teams, according to the coaches). Purdue has been tabbed as the conference favorite by Baseball America and CollegeBaseballInsider.com.
>> This is a leftover quote from Erstad, promising unpredictability regarding the lineup during the first few weeks of the season. “If you come to the game, bring your roster. Because we are going to fire up all kinds of combinations.”
>> Junior right-hander Chris Williams, from Omaha Westside, is no longer with the NU program. He appeared in two games last year.
>> Junior Kurt Farmer’s having no issues making the defensive transition from first to third. According to Erstad, Farmer has the “best hands” on the team and the “strongest arm” in the infield. No big deal for Farmer. “There’s just something about third base I love,” Farmer said. “I’ve played the left side pretty much my whole life, besides last year. It’s actually more comfortable for me still.”