Feb. 24, 2012
Stanford, Fullerton host key
series in Weekend 2
one can accuse Stanford of loading up on cupcakes in its
non-conference schedule. After dominating nationally-ranked
Vanderbilt in the opening weekend, the No. 3 Cardinal welcome
ninth-ranked Texas to Sunken Diamond. The Longhorns are looking
to snap an early two-game losing streak, having lost to Duke in
the series finale last Sunday before falling to UT Arlington on
No. 20 Cal State Fullerton hopes to build on its
victory at top-ranked Florida Sunday when it hosts No. 14 TCU.
The Horned Frogs split a rain-shortened two-game set at home
with Ole Miss before falling at Baylor on Tuesday.
Speaking of Baylor, the Bears also head west to
play a three-game set at UCLA. Other interesting match-ups out
west include Auburn at No. 15 Arizona, Cal at Long Beach State
and BYU at Saint Mary’s in the first conference series of the
season, this in the West Coast Conference.
The state of Florida, as it often does, will have
some intriguing pairings this weekend. FIU, one of the favorites
in the Sun Belt, plays a three-game set at No. 11 Florida State.
After an impressive 3-0 opening weekend, Boston College visits
UCF. And Bethune-Cookman, the favorite to win the MEAC, tries to
bounce back from a close loss at No. 1 Florida on Tuesday with a
series at USF. The Bulls went 3-0 in the Big Ten/Big East
Challenge last weekend before falling to UNF on Wednesday.
Other match-ups in the southeast have Elon of the
Southern Conference visiting No. 2 South Carolina, Horizon
League favorite Wright State at No. 7 North Carolina (with all
three games on ESPN3), America East stalwart Maine at No. 16
Clemson, Oregon at No. 19 Vanderbilt and NEC favorite Monmouth
In Gulf region states, super regional participant
Dallas Baptist travels to No. 6 Rice, Texas State of the
Southland visits Houston, UNC Wilmington of the CAA plays at Ole
Miss and Sun Belt co-favorite Troy goes to Southern Miss.
The Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C.,
will have some extremely interesting match-ups this weekend with
Maryland, Purdue, Western Carolina and host East Carolina all
facing each other.
Enjoy the weekend!
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