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College Podcast: Recapping NCAA Baseball Week 11

On this episode of the Baseball America College Podcast, presented by Rapsodo, Teddy Cahill and Joe Healy recap week 11 around the country.

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The series discussed at length this week are:

  • Florida upsetting Vanderbilt in Gainesville. The Gators followed the prescribed path to winning a series against Vanderbilt by splitting the two games started by Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter, then winning the Sunday game when it had a pitching advantage with Hunter Barco on the mound. With the series win, Florida has opened a path to hosting for itself, and while this series loss is disappointing for Vanderbilt, it doesn't materially change the Commodores' postseason resume.
  • Clemson sweeping Louisville at home, which marks the first time the Cardinals have been swept as members of the ACC and the first time they have been swept at all since 2011. That puts Louisville's hosting hopes in jeopardy and also catapults Clemson to a fairly secure place on the right side of the NCAA Tournament bubble.
  • Texas Tech winning a series in Austin against Texas. This ended up being the trap series for the Longhorns that it looked like it could be. The series loss puts UT in the position of absolutely having to win the series this weekend against Texas Christian in Fort Worth to have any shot of winning the Big 12 regular-season title.
  • Old Dominion winning its home series with Charlotte, which means that those two teams split the eight games against each other over the past two weekends. With that result, both teams are very much in the conversation to host, and how the committee views all of the quality Conference USA teams this season will be fascinating.
  • A busy weekend in the Big Ten that included Indiana winning a home series against Iowa to kick off the Hoosiers' tough season-closing schedule, and more shockingly, Rutgers sweeping Nebraska in Lincoln. At this stage of the season, it still looks safe to assume that the Big Ten will get three to five postseason bids, and lately, it's looking more like they'll get a number on the higher end of that scale.
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