College Baseball Weekend Preview Podcast: Shriners, Georgia/Georgia Tech
On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy preview the third weekend of the college baseball season, which offers a blockbuster slate of games.
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The biggest item on the schedule is the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic in Houston, which is celebrating its 20th year of existence with a fantastic group of teams from the Big 12 and SEC. Baylor, No. 16 Oklahoma and Texas represent the former, with No. 9 Arkansas, No. 14 Louisiana State and Missouri from the latter.
Oklahoma and Texas come into the event as teams that could make a statement with a winning weekend, while Arkansas stands out as a team that could continue its dominant ways and sweep through the field, firmly establishing the Razorbacks as national title contenders.
Also taking place is the rivalry series between No. 10 Georgia and No. 19 Georgia Tech, which will include a Friday night game in Athens, a Saturday game in Atlanta and a Sunday game at a neutral site in Gwinnett County. Typically, these two teams have played in a series of midweek games throughout the year, with this being the first time they have played in a traditional series in 61 years.
In Tallahassee, No. 12 Florida State is hosting a makeshift tournament that also includes No. 2 Texas Tech and Florida Atlantic. The Red Raiders are coming off of a 2-1 weekend with wins against Stanford and Houston, but it still feels like they have something to prove. The same is true of FSU, which has quietly gone about its business after dropping a game to Niagara on opening day. Don’t sleep on FAU, either. John McCormack’s Owls always punch above their weight.
In another intriguing series, Mississippi State will go all the way out to the West Coast to take on a surging Long Beach State team. The Dirtbags will look to add another big series win, while MSU is looking to bounce back from an uneven week so far, which includes a Tuesday loss to Texas Southern.
To wrap, Teddy and Joe recount some of their favorite memories from the tournament in Houston. They go back to 2004 with Joe’s memory of defending national champion Rice taking on Texas on Saturday night in a packed Minute Maid Park and then circle back on recent memories like Teddy’s re-telling of the walk-off home run for Baylor’s Tucker Cascadden in 2017.