Feb. 27, 2009
Houston College Classic
Highlights Second Weekend
eyes will be on Texas on this second weekend of the season as
five nationally-ranked teams will compete in the Houston College
Classic at Minute Maid Park. No. 8 UC Irvine and No. 19 UCLA
head east to join No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 7 Rice, No. 12 Baylor and
Houston in a great three days of competition. This will have the
feel of an NCAA Regional.
Three series involve pairs of ranked opponents.
No. 13 Stanford will play three at No. 10 Cal State Fullerton.
No. 17 Miami (Fla.) heads to Gainesville for a three-game set at
No. 14 Florida. No. 25 TCU continues to tackle a strong schedule
with a three-game series at No. 20 Ole Miss.
Other intriguing series include No. 5 Georgia at
Arizona, No. 23 Fresno State at Oregon, No. 9 Florida State
against Auburn and Illinois-Chicago at Alabama.
Two other tournaments have strong fields. The
Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C., includes No. 15
Oklahoma State, College of Charleston, St. John’s and host East
Carolina. The DeMarini Classic in Tempe, Ariz., includes
Missouri, Oregon State, Northern Illinois and host No. 6 Arizona
Two teams take the field after learning their
sport will be cut at the end of this academic year. Vermont
begins its final season with a three-game series at Vanderbilt.
Northern Iowa heads south for a four-game set at Centenary.
Four conferences begin league play this weekend.
Campbell plays at Kennesaw State in the Atlantic Sun. Elon
travels to Appalachian State in the Southern Conference. Texas
State goes to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the Southland. The
SWAC has four conference series: Alabama A&M at Mississippi
Valley State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Texas Southern, Jackson
State at Alcorn State, and Southern at Prairie View A&M.
Want to start the weekend early? VCU has an 11
a.m. doubleheader Friday morning with Long Island.
Enjoy the games this weekend.