On this edition of the College Baseball Central Podcast, we’re previewing the upcoming weekend of action around the country.
This weekend’s slate of games is not littered with blockbuster series from coast to coast as some previous weekends have, but that can play out a couple of ways. It could lead to a weekend of favorites blowing past their competition with much of the chalk holding as we head into a new Top 25 on Monday, or it could mean that we’re set for a weekend full of upsets. With the way that this season has gone so far, I wouldn’t rule the latter scenario out.
Here are the series that we discussed this week:
- Clemson at Louisville in a series between two teams looking for a rebound series win. Clemson is coming off of losing two of three to Duke, while Louisville lost two of three to Florida State last weekend.
- Maryland at Minnesota in a three-game set that didn’t seem like it would be that interesting a few weeks ago. Since then, though the Gophers seem to have established themselves as credible Big Ten contenders and Maryland is showing signs of waking up from their early-season slumber.
- Stanford at Arizona in a series between two surprise regional contenders out of the Pac-12. Stanford is led by their standout pitching staff, whereas Arizona leans on a physical offense.
- Texas A&M at Mississippi State in the marquee series of the weekend. Both teams are coming off of big series wins- Texas A&M emphatically swept Georgia and Mississippi won two of three from Florida on the road.
- McNeese State at Lamar, which is the series that I will be attending. The Cardinals have been scalding hot of late, winners of 15 of 16, with that loss coming on Tuesday night on the road at Baylor. If they continue at this pace, they will be at-large contenders come late-May.