March 2, 2012
Florida travels to Miami for
key weekend series
top-ranked Florida Gators will hit the road for the first time
this season as they head south for a three-game series at No. 8
Florida has not played since its three-game home
sweep on William and Mary Sunday. The Gators are 7-1, with the
lone blemish coming to No. 15 Cal State Fullerton in the finale
of their opening-weekend set. The Hurricanes, under head coach
Jim Morris (left), defeated Florida Atlantic 10-5 on Wednesday
to push their record to 8-0, with seven of those victories
coming at home.
Another huge in-state battle occurs in the
Palmetto State as third-ranked South Carolina tangles with No.
14 Clemson. The teams will meet in Charleston on Friday before
heading to Columbia on Saturday and finally Clemson on Sunday.
The Gamecocks edged Presbyterian 2-1 on Tuesday to improve to
7-0. The Tigers did not play during the week after taking two of
three from Maine this past weekend to sit at 4-2.
No. 7 North Carolina will host USC in a
three-game set. The Tar Heels topped St. John’s 8-4 on Tuesday
to raise their record to 6-1. The Trojans lost for the first
time on Tuesday at Pepperdine 7-2 to fall to 7-1. USC has been
one of the early-season surprises and will gauge their progress
Second-ranked Stanford will travel to Fresno
State for a three-game set. The Cardinal defeated UC Davis 5-1
on Tuesday to improve to 8-0. Stanford has been dominant so far,
with decisive sweeps over nationally-ranked Vanderbilt and
Texas. The Bulldogs were the preseason favorite in the WAC, but
have stumbled out of the gate at 4-5. Fresno State lost 7-1 to
UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday.
Another impressive field has been assembled for
the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Of the two
local schools, No. 4 Rice is 9-0 and Houston is 4-4. No. 6
Arkansas (9-1) and Tennessee (7-1) from the SEC join Texas Tech
(8-1) and No. 18 Texas (3-5) from the Big 12 in the six-team
Other intriguing series this weekend include
Pepperdine at No. 16 Louisville, Long Beach State at No. 20
Oregon, Rhode Island at Vanderbilt, Stony Brook at East Carolina
and Oklahoma State at TCU.
Two other tournaments to keep an eye on are at
Auburn and at Baylor. The Tigers entertain Purdue, Southern Miss
and Charleston Southern, while the Bears welcome UC Irvine and
League play begins in the Southern Conference as
Elon travels to College of Charleston in a key series. The SWAC
also starts its conference season with Alabama A&M at Alabama
State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Grambling State, Jackson State at
Mississippi Valley State and the marquee match-up of Southern at
Enjoy the games this weekend.
(photo courtesy of
Miami Media Relations Office)