March 12, 2010
Titantic tussle in Tallahassee
top series of the weekend will be in the ACC as No. 3 Virginia
travels to No. 2 Florida State to kick off conference play.
The Cavaliers are 10-2, while the Seminoles are a
perfect 12-0. Virginia won both meetings a season ago. The Cavs
won 15-2 in Charlottesville, as the other two games of the
series were washed out. Virginia scored three in the ninth to
knock off FSU 6-3 in the ACC Championship Game. The Cavs have
not won at Dick Howser Stadium since May 1, 2005, dropping four
straight in Tallahassee.
There are two other intriguing series in the ACC.
There should be plenty of offense as NC State (11-1) travels to
Clemson (10-1). Boston College (5-6) heads down the East Coast
to play at Miami (8-3). North Carolina (11-2) makes the short
trip to Durham to face Duke (9-3).
There should be a post-season atmosphere in
Oxford, Miss., as No. 10 Louisville (12-0) visits No. 18 Ole
There is a strong field in the Whataburger
College Classic, as host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (7-4) welcomes
No. 12 UCLA (10-0), No. 20 Oklahoma (13-1) and Mississippi State
(9-3). Tennessee (7-6) hosts Ohio State (8-2), Connecticut (6-2)
and Marshall (5-5) in its tournament. Bethune-Cookman (5-9)
brings in Wagner (0-6) and VCU (9-3) for its Invitational.
Two teams from the Southeast have traveled west.
Auburn (9-2) heads to No. 4 Arizona State (12-0) for a
three-game series. No. 17 East Carolina (7-5) looks to rebound
from a pair of losses with two more at Pepperdine (5-8). The
Waves defeated the Pirates 5-3 on Thursday.
Several conferences begin league play this
weekend. Undefeated Appalachian State (10-0) heads to Georgia
Southern (6-7), one of the preseason favorites in the Southern
Conference. Middle Tennessee (8-4) entertains ULM (6-5) in Sun
Belt action. Atlantic Sun favorite FGCU (7-4) visits USC Upstate
The Southland opened a week ago with preseason
pick Texas State (5-6) taking two of three from Texas A&M-Corpus
Christi. This weekend, UTSA (7-4) visits Southeastern Louisiana
Other interesting series include Kansas (9-3) at
No. 1 LSU (12-0), Texas Tech (8-6) at No. 8 TCU (9-2) and
Washington State (9-1) at Texas A&M (11-2). California (8-3) won
8-6 Thursday at No. 19 Rice (8-6) in the opener of their
Enjoy the games!
(photo by Jimmy Jones)