Here’s the final stat line for George Horton and Pat Casey, two coaches who changed the face of college baseball in the Pacific Northwest: 1,765 combined Division I victories, 28 NCAA Tournament appearances, 12 trips to the College World Series, four CWS championships.

Here’s the comparison for their two replacements: 87 collegiate wins, one NCAA appearance.

Feels like the scoreboard is back to 0-0, doesn’t it?

Oregon and Oregon State introduced new baseball coaches Friday, 45 miles and 3½ hours apart. In Corvallis, 34-year-old Mitch Canham returned to his alma mater after coaching in the Mariners organization since 2016. At Oregon, 48-year-old Mark Wasikowski paid homage to his predecessor and former boss while making reference to Horton’s great white whale, the College World Series.

“Now it’s time to fulfill the dream,” he said.

These are two young guys — really young, in Canham’s case — trying to replace a pair of old pros. You heard them reference the coaches who came before, walking a line between deference to the past and excitement for the future.

If you’re a fan of either school, there’s no doubt some fresh energy and intrigue surrounding the new hires. There’s also some trepidation, knowing the Civil War is in the hands of two guys who could sneak into uniform and pass for college cleanup hitters.

Depending on how these hires play out, Friday could go down as one of the more consequential days in the history of this series. It could be the beginning of a long and heated rivalry. It could be the day these programs veered in sharply different directions, or the start of a rough transition for both.

The common theme is the unknown, and the willingness of both schools to bet on upside over experience.

“They obviously love (Canham) to give him the opportunity like they’re giving me this opportunity here,” Wasikowski said. “It’ll be great to see if we can do battle with the Beavers and see if we can beat them.”

I don’t think anyone is surprised to see both schools reaching into the past for coaches who can link the new era to the old one. But when names started circulating for these jobs, Canham and Wasikowski weren’t at the top of the list.

Oregon State seemed more likely to promote either Nate Yeskie or Pat Bailey. The Ducks seemed more likely to put the fullcourt press on Andrew Checketts, another former UO assistant currently at UC Santa Barbara.

Based on what I’ve heard about the search, Wasikowski’s passion and enthusiasm separated him from the other candidates. The same seems true of Canham. Both athletic directors, Rob Mullens and Scott Barnes, are betting these coaches will overcome their inexperience through sheer desire.

“He’s probably one of the few people who can keep up with Mario Cristobal,” Mullens said of Wasikowski. “He’s very serious and very passionate about his work, and that comes across.”

Neither coach seemed to shy away from the standards that have been set, both realized and unrealized.

Canham was part of two national championship teams as a catcher for the Beavers, so he knows how much Omaha matters to Oregon State.

Wasikowski was an assistant on the Oregon team that came within one out of winning a Super Regional. He shared Horton’s drive for the College World Series and seemed as mystified as anyone by the Ducks’ failure to get there.

“We were one play away from being in Omaha, Nebraska, and stretching on that grass,” Wasikowski said. “It was a vision and a dream almost to be fulfilled at that point, but it wasn’t. For what reason, we’ll never know.”

It’s a risky thing for an Oregon baseball coach to come in talking about Omaha. The Ducks talked about it a lot earlier in Horton’s tenure, but eventually the promises started to ring hollow.

Wasikowski avoided guarantees, just as he avoided firing any shots across the bow at Oregon State. At this point, neither coach has earned the right to antagonize the other. They might grow into rivals eventually, but for right now they’re two newcomers stepping into massive shoes.

The face of this series just got a whole lot younger.