March 11, 2011
Clemson-Virginia kicks off ACC
are some great match-ups as we get ready for the fourth weekend
of the 2011 campaign, including several West Coast squads
The ACC starts conference play as a pair of Top
10 teams tangle. No. 7 Virginia visits No. 6 Clemson in a
tremendous early-season series. Both teams were picked to win
their divisions in the preseason coaches’ poll. The Cavaliers
are 13-1, with the lone loss coming to East Carolina. UVa won
three at Auburn’s tournament to open the season and then enjoyed
11 straight games at home. The Tigers are 7-3, with one defeat
at the hands of Eastern Michigan and a pair to No. 4 South
Carolina. It will be a great battle between the Virginia
pitching staff and the offense of Clemson. The Cavaliers own a
team ERA of 1.50 and opponents are hitting .197. They have 146
strikeouts and 23 walks in 126 innings. The Tigers are hitting
.343 and averaging 8.9 runs per game.
No. 10 Cal State Fullerton heads east for a
three-game set at No. 12 LSU. The Titans are 8-3 after sweeping
USC this past weekend. Fullerton also owns a series win at No. 8
TCU. The Tigers are 12-1 and have yet to leave Baton Rouge. LSU
suffered its first loss this past Sunday to Princeton.
No. 9 Arizona State travels to Auburn for a
three-game series. The Sun Devils (9-2) will play their first
games outside the Grand Canyon State. ASU was 3-1 this past
weekend at the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, with the lone loss
coming to Cal State Bakersfield. The Tigers (10-3) went
undefeated this past weekend at the College of Charleston
Classic, with a 7-4 win over the host Cougars on Saturday.
Cal State Bakersfield, the current CBI National
Team of the Week, visits No. 4 South Carolina. The Roadrunners
(11-3) had won 10 straight before a loss at Fresno State on
Tuesday. The Gamecocks (9-1) took two of three from Clemson
Other intriguing series include FIU at No. 17
Texas A&M, Wichita State at Tulane, Louisville at Pepperdine and
Bethune-Cookman at Oral Roberts.
As some conferences start league play, we’ll keep
an eye on FGCU at Mercer in the Atlantic Sun, Elon at
Appalachian State in the Southern Conference, Southeastern
Louisiana at UTSA in the Southland and Jackson State at Alcorn
State in the SWAC.
The Dodgertown Classic will be held in Los
Angeles, with No. 13 UCLA, USC, Georgia and Saint Mary’s.
Sunday’s games will be played at Dodger Stadium.
The Cal Baseball Classic will be played at AT&T
Park in San Francisco. Along with the host Bears will be No. 19
Rice, Long Beach State, San Francisco, UC Santa Barbara and
The Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C.,
has a solid field. Liberty, Monmouth and Rutgers join host East
Enjoy the games this weekend!
(photo courtesy of Virginia Media