In this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy cover the fourth weekend of action around college baseball. In ACC and Big Ten was the weekend with several conference games. For the rest of the major conferences, it provided an opportunity to tune in further before the conference game begins in earnest.
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Among the major topics discussed in this episode are:
- The huge series’ victory for Texas over South Carolina, which included two outstanding pitching performances during the first two days of the weekend. On Friday, licensee Ty madden close Gamecocks. Saturday was the duo’s turn Tristan stevens in a starting role and Palmer wenzel out of the bullpen. Texas often looks like a completely different team now than what we saw so powerfully struggling right out of the gate at the tournament in Arlington.
- Vanderbilt’s impressive series victory on the road over Oklahoma State. The Commodores received excellent pitching from themselves Kumar Rocker and Jack leads at both ends of a Saturday double head. For the season, the pair have thrown a total of 43 rounds. In these rounds, they have given up only one race of 15 hits.
- The slightly disappointing nature of the Big 12 so far this season. Texas is playing well now and Texas Tech has also recovered well from a tough weekend to start the campaign, but Texas Christian has slowly come out of the gate, as has Oklahoma. And while Oklahoma State has been good, the upcoming series on its way to Texas Tech will go a long way toward proving that it’s a true Big 12 title contender and not just a very good team that will hang around the top of the table.
- The lack of a clear best team in Pac-12. Depending on how you define “best”, cases can be filed for UCLA, Arizona and Oregon at this time, and such as Arizona State, Stanford and Oregon State have all also made early statements.
- Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Oregon go into the rankings. It is the first time on the rankings for Oregon since 2017 and the first time for Notre Dame and Pitt since 2013.
- Michigan and Indiana may differ from the rest of the Big Ten in the conference’s pick order after impressive weekends.