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March 21st, 2019
Weekend Six Preview
The start of Week Six means more big time conference match ups to look forward to. When it comes to what games to watch this weekend, we have you covered!
ACC Race Heats Up
After two weekends of conference play in the ACC, we're starting to see some separation at the top of the conference. Tied for first, #6 NC State (20-1, 5-1) will take its first ACC road trip of the season as they travel to Miami (15-6, 3-3). Also atop the ACC standings, #7 Louisville (17-4, 5-1) hosts Georgia Tech (14-7, 3-3). The Cardinals are looking to maintain the momentum they gained from their road sweep of Duke (12-9, 2-4) last weekend.
Mid-Majors to Watch
American play starts this weekend, and with it we get the compelling match up of Central Florida (15-6) at #19 East Carolina (15-6). East Carolina is coming off a sweep of Maryland (12-8), where they outscored the Terrapins, 14-1 over the series. In the Pirates' most recent game, starter, Jake Kuchmaner, through the first perfect game in program history.
Elsewhere, we get the non-conference series of Dallas Baptist (15-5) at Air Force (9-7, 2-2), and the NorCal versus SoCal battle of San Francisco (12-8, 2-1) at San Diego (15-6, 1-2).
SEC Ranked Match Ups
The SEC has three ranked match ups this weekend. With all of the higher-ranked teams hosting, the three road underdogs will be looking to avoid the sweep and possibly steal an away series. #10 LSU (16-5, 3-0) at #8 Georgia (19-2, 3-0) is a battle of unbeatens in SEC play. LSU is coming off a nice sweep of Kentucky (14-7, 0-3), while Georgia went on the road last weekend and swept #31 South Carolina (15-6, 0-3).
The #12 Auburn Tigers (19-2, 3-0) will look to claim a signature win when they visit #2 Mississippi State (20-2, 2-1). A series win for Auburn would likely propel them into the top ten, and a series win for Mississippi State might be enough to earn them the number one spot!
#14 Florida (16-7, 1-2) and #5 Vanderbilt (16-5, 1-2) are two SEC teams in need of a conference series win. Florida continues to struggle early in the season as they dropped a home series against Mississippi State last weekend, while Vanderbilt went on the road and fell to #18 Texas A&M (18-5, 2-1). One of these two teams will right the ship this weekend in a three-game series that starts Thursday night.
Lone Star Showdowns
There's no break for the #11 Texas Longhorns -8, 2-1) as they travel to Forth Worth to take on #23 TCU (13-6, 0-0). The Longhorns have already played #3 Stanford (12-3), #9 Arkansas, #10 LSU, and #16 Texas Tech all in the month of March! In the best non-conference series of the weekend, #24 Michigan (14-4) heads to #16 Texas Tech (12-5, 1-2) for a three-game series starting on Thursday. Michigan is looking to score a marquee, road series win, while Texas Tech is hoping for a bounce back weekend after falling to Texas in Austin last weekend.
Pac-12 and Perfection
In the Pac-12, both California (10-8, 1-2) and #4 Oregon State (14-3-1, 1-2) are off to 1-2 starts in conference play, and one team will earn their first conference series win this weekend. Cal lost to rival USC (8-11, 2-1) over the weekend, while Oregon State fell to #1 UCLA (14-4, 2-1) on the road. The whole country will have their eyes on #15 Arizona State (20-0, 3-0) at Oregon (11-7, 1-2) as the Sun Devils look to stay perfect on the season. They are the last remaining undefeated team but will be tested against a good Oregon team on the road.
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All Notable Match Ups:
Georgia Tech (14-7, 3-3) at #7 Louisville (17-4, 5-1)
#6 NC State (20-1, 5-1) at Miami (15-6, 3-3)
Central Florida (15-6) at #19 East Carolina (15-6)
Dallas Baptist (15-5) at Air Force (9-7, 2-2)
San Francisco (12-8, 2-1) at San Diego (15-6, 1-2)
#10 LSU (16-5, 3-0) at #8 Georgia (19-2, 3-0)
#12 Auburn (19-2, 3-0) at #2 Mississippi State (20-2, 2-1)
#14 Florida (16-7, 1-2) at #5 Vanderbilt (16-5, 1-2)
#11 Texas (16-8, 2-1) at #23 TCU (13-6, 0-0)
#24 Michigan (14-4) at #16 Texas Tech (12-5, 1-2)
#15 Arizona State (20-0, 3-0) at Oregon (11-7, 1-2)
California (10-8, 1-2) at #4 Oregon State (14-3-1, 1-2)
March 15th, 2019
Weekend Five Preview
The fifth weekend of college baseball is upon us, and we have all the big stories covered for you!
SEC Play Starts
Conference play is kicking into full gear, and there are several marquee match ups in the SEC. #5 Mississippi State (16-1) at #7 Florida (14-5) headlines conference play over the weekend. Mississippi State's lone loss this season was a 1-0 pitchers' duel with Southern Miss (8-6), and Florida is coming off a dominating, 20-7 win over #6 Florida State (13-2, 2-1). #1 Vanderbilt (14-3) will get one of its toughest tests of the season as they head to College Station to take on the #22 Texas A&M Aggies (15-4). The Aggies have one of the best one-two punches on Friday and Saturday night, but Vanderbilt has scored in the double digits eight times this season already. You can't go wrong with any series you turn on in the SEC this weekend.
ACC Play Continues
The whole country will be keeping an eye on #6 Florida State (13-2, 2-1) and #16 North Carolina State (17-0, 3-0), as the Wolfpack try to extend their perfect season. NC State has had eight one-run games already this season, and there won't be much room for error this weekend against the Seminoles. Another highlight in the ACC is #10 Louisville's (13-4, 2-1) trip to #28 Duke (12-5, 2-1). Duke scored a nice midweek win over #19 East Carolina (12-6) and looks to bring the momentum from that game into the weekend.
All-Texas Showdown in the Big XII
The eyes of Texas and the rest of the country will be on Austin this weekend as #15 Texas (13-6) plays host to #8 Texas Tech (11-3). Texas is coming off a weekend trip to Palo Alto where they lost three out of four to #4 Stanford (12-3). The Longhorns went up against tough pitching and suffered from defensive miscues. They'll have to be sharp if they want to win the series against Texas Tech, who is currently riding a five-game winning streak. The Red Raiders have been led by their offense recently, scoring 11.8 runs/game during their win streak. This series will set the tone for the Big XII race.
The Wild West
The match up with the highest ranked teams is #2 Oregon State (13-1-1) at #3 UCLA (12-3). The two teams will battle for the early lead in the Pac-12, with both teams looking to take the title from defending champion Stanford. Elsewhere out west, a Pepperdine team (6-6), that is much better than its record, takes a trip to #29 San Diego (13-4). The Toreros of San Diego are off to a great start with wins over #17 Coastal Carolina (13-4-1) and #25 TCU (9-6) and will hope to start West Coast Conference play off with a series win at home. Just down the road from San Diego, upstart California Baptist (13-4) matches up with #31 UC Santa Barbara (12-2) in a non-conference series. In Mountain West play, New Mexico (10-5, 2-1) heads to Nevada (8-7, 1-2). The Mountain West is one of the most even teams from top to bottom, so every conference series will be good this season!
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All Notable Match Ups:
#5 Mississippi State (16-1) at #7 Florida (14-5)
#1 Vanderbilt (14-3) at #22 Texas A&M (15-4)
#24 Tennessee (17-1) at #18 Auburn (15-2)
#13 Georgia (15-2) at #23 South Carolina (14-3)
#6 Florida State (13-2, 2-1) at #16 North Carolina State (17-0, 3-0)
#10 Louisville (13-4, 2-1) at #28 Duke (12-5, 2-1)
#8 Texas Tech (11-3) at #15 Texas (13-6)
#2 Oregon State (13-1-1) at #3 UCLA (12-3)
Pepperdine (6-6) at #29 San Diego (13-4)
California Baptist (13-4) at #31 UC Santa Barbara (12-2)
New Mexico (10-5, 2-1) at Nevada (8-7, 1-2)
March 8th, 2019
Weekend Four Preview
The fourth weekend in college baseball starts tonight, and we're filling you in on which series you need to watch.
Start of ACC Play
This weekend beckons in the start of conference play for the ACC. To kick things off, #4 North Carolina (12-1) travels to #25 Clemson (9-3) for what promises to be one of the best matchups of the weekend. Clemson is coming off a series loss to rival, #23 South Carolina (10-3), and is looking to make a statement at home to begin conference play. North Carolina has yet to be tested by a ranked team, so Clemson will be an important measuring stick for the Tar Heels.
Trip Out West
#9 Texas (9-3) and #5 Stanford (12-3) are duking it out in a 4-game series in Palo Alto. The Longhorns took Game One in what was a pitchers’ duel, tied 0-0 heading into the ninth. Texas put up a crooked number in the top of the inning and earned a 4-0 win. The Cardinal will seek revenge over the weekend as they try to defend their home turf. Don't miss our featured Longhorn merchandise.
Trip Down South
UC Santa Barbara (8-2) travels to Tulane (10-3) in what promises to be one of the best mid-major matchups of the week. Both teams have their eyes on a Regional, and both will hope to compete for a conference championship. This 3-game set will help determine which conference ends up on top in the Conference Power Rankings, as the Big West and American are currently neck-and-neck for 5th and 6th.
This weekend has two big-time tournaments. The Seattle Baseball Showcase is highlighted by the Sunday matchup of #17 Coastal Carolina (12-2) and #2 Oregon State (10-1). Coastal Carolina’s offense has been prolific which will match up against the Beaver’s strong pitching staff. The Dodger Stadium College Basic Classic features two top 25 teams, #3 UCLA (9-2) and #19 Michigan (8-2), along with Oklahoma State (7-4) and Southern California (4-7). All of these teams are looking to sharpen up and earn some RPI-building wins before conference play.
California (6-4) heads to Baton Rouge for a weekend series with #10 LSU (9-3). Down nine spots after they suffered a 3-game sweep at Texas, the Tigers are in desperate need of a bounce back weekend. Cal offers a formidable opponent and is bringing in the best player in the country, Andrew Vaughn.
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March 1st, 2019
Weekend Three Preview
Week Two is in the books, and we've got everything to catch you up and help you look ahead to Week Three.
The marquee match-up last weekend was an all-Mississippi affair. Southern Miss (4-3) traveled to Starkville to take on #12 Mississippi State (8-1) in a three-game series. Game One went the way of Southern Miss. In the ultimate pitchers’ duel, the game entered the 10th inning tied 0-0 before Southern Miss scored a run in the top of the inning and ultimately earned a 1-0 victory. Mississippi State took the series with an 8-1 victory on Saturday and a walk-off, 4-3, win on Sunday.
A few teams went on the road and earned crucial away series wins. #3 UCLA (7-1) took two out of three against Georgia Tech (5-3) in Atlanta, and #16 Arkansas (6-1) also won two out of three on the road at Southern California (3-4). T-#4 North Carolina (8-1) hosted a hot South Florida (3-4) team and earned the sweep over the Bulls at home. T-#4 Texas Tech (6-1) also scored a home sweep, taking down Kentucky (5-3). The series finale was a 19-4 dominating victory for the Red Raiders, capping an emphatic weekend.
Florida versus Directional Florida Schools
#7 Florida’s midweek woes continued against directional Florida schools. So far on the season, Florida is 0-3 combined against North, South, and Central Florida. The Gators salvaged last week by winning two out of three against rival, Miami (6-2). Gator fans will be happy to hear that they don’t play another directional Florida school until May.
Entering into play on Friday, there are 13 team perfect teams left in college baseball. North Carolina left the ranks of the undefeated with a midweek slip-up against VCU (5-3) but will look to bounce back against UMASS Lowell (0-7) this weekend. The #1 LSU Tigers (8-0) will put their streak on the line at #22 Texas (7-3) in one of the highlight series of the weekend.
Best in the West
The #8 Stanford Cardinal (7-1) travels down the coast to the T-#25 Cal State Fullerton Titans (4-2) in what promises to be one of the best early season match-ups. The Titans have eliminated the Cardinal in back-to-back Regionals at Stanford, so Stanford will be seeking revenge. Don’t be surprised to see these two going at it in another regional this year.
Two of this weekend’s highlights are the Frisco Baseball Classic and the Shriners College Classic both taking place in the Lone Star State. The Frisco Baseball Classic features two top 15 teams, including T-#4 Texas Tech (6-1) and #12 Mississippi State, as well as Sam Houston State (5-2) and Nebraska (3-5). The Shriners College Classic is an all Texas affair. The field is headlined by #14 Baylor (8-0), #20 TCU (5-2), and #30 Texas A&M (8-2), while Houston (4-3), Texas State (5-3), and Rice (3-6) fill out the rest of the lineup.
February 22nd, 2019
Weekend Two Preview
With one weekend of college baseball in the books, we're catching you up with what you might have missed, and we're taking a look ahead at what to watch for in the second weekend of college baseball.
What You Missed in Week One
There weren’t many shake-ups in Week One of the college baseball season, with almost all of the favorites winning their series. Starting at the top, #1 LSU (4-0) swept their three games over the weekend. Although they did have a tight 6-5 win over Army (3-2) on Saturday, the Tigers impressed at their home tournament. #2 Vanderbilt (3-1) came out of the MLB4 Collegiate Baseball Tournament with a 2-1 record. They notched a 15-9 win over Virginia (1-3) and a 14-9 win over #24 Cal State Fullerton (2-1) before falling to #17 TCU (3-1) 10-2 on Sunday. Despite the loss, the weekend showed how dangerous Vanderbilt’s bats can be, and Rocker, the freshman starting pitcher who got knocked around versus TCU, will likely settle down as the season progresses. Moving down the top 5, #3 UCLA (4-0) showed why they are the Pac-12 front runner in the eyes of many, as their starting pitching did not give up an earned run in their first four games. The Bruins swept a St. John’s (0-3) team that will likely make the NCAA Tournament while scoring 23 runs over the weekend.
Not quite as impressive, #4 Texas Tech (2-1) and #5 Florida (3-2) struggled in the first week of the season. Texas Tech looked shell-shocked for the first ten innings of their series with Oregon (1-2) as the Ducks won game one, 9-4, and scored 8 runs in the top of the first in the second game of the series. However, the Red Raiders rallied to win game two, 12-11, and won the rubber game to end the weekend with a series win. Florida looked strong against Long Beach State (0-4) over the weekend but was tripped up in their midweek games. The Gators’ bats were silenced as they fell to South Florida (3-1) 6-1 on Tuesday and 7-1 to North Florida (3-1) on Wednesday. Both Texas Tech and Florida hope that early season jitters are behind them.
In the rest of the top 25, #10 Louisville (2-2) lost two out of three to Connecticut (2-1). This series loss was enough to drop the Cardinals from #9 to #10, but it’s too early to press the panic button for this team. Connecticut hasn’t cracked the top 25 yet, but they are knocking on the door. Meanwhile, TCU impressed in Scottsdale, not only knocking off Vanderbilt but also earning a 9-4 win over Virginia. After a down year in 2018, the Horned Frogs made an opening weekend statement.
What to Watch in Weekend Two
Looking ahead to this weekend, we will see if South Florida can back up their big win over Florida as they travel to #7 North Carolina (4-0). All three games of the series are being broadcasted on ACC Network Extra. Southern Mississippi (3-0) travels to #14 Mississippi State (4-0) for a battle of the unbeatens in what should be one of the most competitive series of the weekend. A series win for either team would be a valuable resume builder. You can catch these games on the SEC+ Network.
Texas Tech plays host to Kentucky (3-0) and will hope to carry the momentum from the end of the Oregon series into their battle with the Wildcats. Florida, another team looking for a bounce back weekend, hosts Miami (4-0) in a three-game set on SEC+. The Hurricanes are averaging 11.5 runs per game in the young season, and it may be tough for the Gators to keep up with Miami offensively. Down the road at the University of Central Florida (4-0), #21 Auburn (4-1) comes to town for three games. The Tigers needed extra innings to win the series at home against Georgia Southern (1-2), and a trip to UCF will likely be an even tougher test. Auburn will need to play better against a UCF team that has only given up 1.5 runs per game so far this year. You can catch these games on UCF’s streaming service.
On the West Coast, Southern California (2-2) plays host to #16 Arkansas (4-0) in a three-game series. Game one was last night (Thursday), which Arkansas took by a score of 6-3. Catch games two and three on Pac-12+.
Weekend Two in college baseball is geared up to be a good one as the contenders start to separate themselves from the pack.