In this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy preview the second weekend of college baseball action.
The headlines on this week’s slate come primarily from the opening set of conference games in the ACC. Boston College travels to face No. 11 Duke, No. 2, Virginia, and hits the road to play North Carolina, and in the only series between two ranked teams, No. 21 Georgia Tech travels to Raleigh to play No. 15 North Carolina State.
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The series between the Yellow Jackets and Wolfpack is a match with two potent offenses and two pitching staffs who still have a lot to prove this season. The team that ends up finding the right combination on the mound in the three matches will probably come out as the winner.
The Round Rock Classic is also taking place, a tournament between Auburn, Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas A&M which now has a little extra speed after the Bears, Sooners and Aggies all had bumpy rides through the first week of the season. While at least one team comes out of the weekend and feels much better about themselves, at least one team will also come out of the weekend with a significant early season hole to dig out of.
Nr. 14 UCLA are also looking for a bouncy weekend after losing a series against San Francisco, but it will not be easy against UC Irvine, who comes out of a series celebration of Washington. Anteater’s licensee Trenton Denholm is probably the name you know in the UCI rotation, but against the Huskies the team got off to a better start by Nick Pinto and Peter Van Loon. If UCLA does not click out of it this weekend, it could be upset again.
And don’t forget the rivalry between Clemson and No. 16 South Carolina. With a resounding league win for the Gamecocks, this could be a nationally coming game for a very talented team, but the Tigers always seem to be playing well in this league, and a league win for them is also very much on the table.
The hosts pack up by talking about a few more under the radar series, including Illinois State going to Oklahoma State, Southeast Louisiana traveling to Arizona, No. 24 East Carolina, hitting the road to take on Georgia Southern and Oregon State who stays around Arizona to play the Grand Canyon. When Lopes wins three out of four against Missouri, Lopes is driving high right now and has what it takes to get another rebellion.