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What To Watch For This Weekend In College Baseball (3/18)



Top 25 Schedule

RankTeamOpponents (Fri., Sat., Sun.)TV
1Notre Dameat LouisvilleACC Network (Fri.), ACC Network Extra (Sat., Sun.)
2Mississippiat Auburn (Thurs.-Sat.)SEC Network+ (Fri., Sat.)
3Oregon StateArizona StatePac-12 Network Plus
4TexasIncarnate WordLonghorn Network
5VirginiaBoston CollegeACC Network Extra
6VanderbiltMissouriSEC Network+
7ArkansasKentuckySEC Network+
8Florida StateNorth Carolina StateACC Network Extra
9TennesseeSouth CarolinaSEC Network+ (Fri., Sun.), SEC Network (Sat.)
10Stanfordat (17) Arizona (Sat.-Mon.)Pac-12 Network
11Oklahoma StateSeton Hall (Thurs.-Sun.)ESPN+ (Sat.-Sun.)
12Libertyat North FloridaNone
13Floridaat AlabamaSEC Network+
14Georgia TechWake ForestACC Network Extra
15ClemsonMiamiACC Network Extra
16Louisiana StateTexas A&MSEC Network+ (Fri.-Sat.), SEC Network (Sun.)
17Arizona(10) Stanford (Sat.-Mon.)Pac-12 Network
18GeorgiaMississippi StateSEC Network (Fri., Sun.), SEC Network+ (Sat.)
19North Carolinaat DukeACC Network Extra (Fri., Sun.), ACC Network (Sat.)
20Gonzagaat PacificStadium
21MarylandSiena (Sat.-Sun.)Big Ten Network+
22Texas Stateat Arkansas StateNone
23Texas Techat Iowa (Sat.-Sun.)Big Ten Network+
24Old Dominionat Middle Tennessee StateCUSA.TV
25Southern CaliforniaCaliforniaPac-12 Network Plus

What To Watch

(1) Notre Dame at Louisville
Watch on ACC Network on Friday, stream on ACC Network Extra on Saturday and Sunday.

Notre Dame (12-1, 2-0) this week rose to No. 1 in the Top 25 for the first time since 2001 and now faces a tricky trip to Louisville (13-4). The Fighting Irish have been elite at run prevention so far this season and rank second in the nation in ERA (1.66) and first in fielding percentage (.992). That defense will be looking to contain Louisville’s powerful offense. The Cardinals rank fourth in the nation in batting (.334) and third in scoring (10.3), but this weekend will be their first foray into ACC play. Their overall schedule has been solid but taking on the top-ranked team in the country and the reigning conference champions will be a new challenge.

South Carolina at (9) Tennessee
Stream on SEC Network+ on Friday and Sunday, watch on SEC Network on Saturday.

SEC play begins this weekend, and this series is one of the best on the slate. Tennessee (16-1) has raced out of the gates again this year, with its only loss of the season coming against then-No. 1 Texas in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic in Houston. South Carolina (10-6) got off to a much slower start and was swept by archrival Clemson, but last week bounced back in a big way with a series win against Texas. Now, both teams are looking to make a mark in the first conference series of the year. Tennessee is leading the nation in scoring (12 runs per game) and slowing that attack down will be the top priority for the Gamecocks and top starter Will Sanders (3-0, 2.52).

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(10) Stanford at (17) Arizona
Watch on Pac-12 Network.

The Pac-12 supplies the weekend’s lone Top 25 showdown, as the Cardinal (9-5, 1-2) head to Tucson to take on Arizona (13-4, 2-1). Both teams can score runs in bunches and this figures to be an offensive series. Stanford is coming off a home series loss to Oregon to open Pac-12 play and would love to get back on track this weekend. But the Wildcats are a tough matchup, particularly at home. Arizona slugger Tanner O’Tremba (.464/.558/.725) has been outstanding this season, as has Preseason All-American catcher Daniel Susac (.407/.438/.679). Stanford features Preseason All-American outfielder Brock Jones (.250/.438/.333), though he is still looking to break through this spring. Perhaps a marquee matchup will be the catalyst.

Mississippi State at (18) Georgia
Watch on SEC Network on Friday and Sunday, stream on SEC Network+ on Saturday.

Another highlight of this weekend’s SEC slate is Mississippi State (11-7) traveling to Georgia (14-3) in a matchup of Bulldogs. Mississippi State is adjusting to life without righthanders Landon Sims and Stone Simmons, who both this week had Tommy John surgery. A series at Georgia, which stands out for its pitching and defense, is a good test for the new-look Mississippi State staff. This is also a big spot for Georgia ace Jonathan Cannon (3-1, 2.39, 28 K, 1 BB), who will be asked to set the tone for the series.

Florida Atlantic at Southern Mississippi
Stream on ESPN+.

Conference USA opens conference play this weekend. C-USA last year put four teams in the NCAA Tournament, an excellent season for the conference, and is looking to build on that momentum this year. FAU (13-5) and Southern Miss (11-6) have been two of the conference’s most consistent regional teams over the last several years and both are off to solid starts in 2022. FAU is succeeding thanks to its powerful offense, which is averaging 9.06 runs per game, led by Nolan Schanuel (.403/.528/.687). Southern Miss, meanwhile, ranks 10th in the country with a 2.59 team ERA, led by righthander Hunter Riggins (3-1, 0.69). That contrast in styles makes for a very intriguing series this weekend in Hattiesburg.

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