College Baseball Action: March 14th-16th

Corey GautreauxSenior Analyst IMarch 14, 2008

Take a look at the Top 25 action for the weekend of Friday, March 14, 2008 through Sunday, March 16, 2008.  All rankings are from the current Baseball America poll.

No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 20 Cal State Fullerton

No. 2 Arizona State vs. Troy

No. 3 North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech

No. 4 Missouri vs. Toledo

No. 5 Ole Miss @ Mississippi State

No. 6 Vanderbilt vs. No. 8 South Carolina

No. 7 Miami @ N.C. State

No. 9 Long Beach State vs. USC

No. 10 Baylor vs. No. 23 Oklahoma State

No. 11 UCLA @ Cal Poly

No. 12 California vs. Loyola Marymount

No. 13 UC Irvine vs. Hawaii

No. 14 Florida State vs. Georgia Tech

No. 15 Rice vs. Winthrop

No. 16 Virginia @ Duke

No. 17 Kentucky vs. Alabama

No. 18 Stanford IDLE

No. 19 Texas vs. Kansas

No. 21 San Diego State vs. BYU

No. 22 Oregon State @ Nevada

No. 24 Wichita State vs. TCU

No. 25 Michigan vs. Presbyterian (Centex Homes Invitational)



SEC Games


Alabama (9-5) @ No. 17 Kentucky (15-0)


Alabama has won six in a row, including a weekend sweep of Youngstown State and both of the team's midweek games.


On the other side, Kentucky hopes to remain undefeated, although Alabama will be the toughest test thus far.


Georgia (6-6) @ Arkansas (11-3)


Arkansas, a favorite to win the Western Division, hopes to get back on the winning track after dropping both weekday games to Arizona State.


Georgia has had a brutal schedule to start the season, but has victories over No. 1 Arizona, No. 22 Oregon State, and No. 14 Florida State.


Auburn (11-5) @ Florida (11-3)


Florida received some bad news this week: Sophomore LHP Kevin Chapman will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a ligament in his left elbow.


Meanwhile, four of Auburn’s five losses have come at the hands of Florida State; the other was this week against Appalachian State.


LSU (11-3) @ Tennessee (9-4)


The Volunteers hope to continue their current five-game win streak, while the Tigers look to bounce back after dropping their last two.


No. 5 Ole Miss (11-4) @ Mississippi State (7-7)

Ole Miss is hoping to bounce back after a rough weekend.

In the other dugout, Mississippi State continues to battle injuries. Junior closer Aaron Weatherford is likely out with soreness and sophomore second baseman Brandon Turner is out with a hamstring injury.


SEC Series of the Weekend

No. 8 South Carolina (10-3) @ No. 6 Vanderbilt (10-3)


Vanderbilt’s third baseman Pedro Alvarez broke a bone in his hand in his first at-bat of the season. But redshirt sophomore Andrew Giobbi has stepped up to the plate and filled in nicely.


The Commodores have won four in a row, and are looking to extend their streak. They already have battled No. 2 Arizona State in an 18-6 loss, and they beat No. 22 Oregon State.


South Carolina swept Duquesne last weekend, but split a midweek series against Yale. This will be the toughest test for the Gamecocks this year.