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Big 12 Baseball: Shriners Children’s College Classic Preview

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College Baseball is back in full swing as we have just finished with the second full week of action. After a wild weekend last week, we are back again for another jam-packed weekend with plenty on the line. This upcoming weekend we have a few series to keep an eye on and a HUGE tournament down in Houston.

Shriners Children’s College Classic

The tournament off all tournaments is back! Well, of course, I am talking about the non-conference tournaments, but you catch my drift. It’s always a fun three days down in Houston because there are always plenty of Big 12 teams taking on SEC teams and this year we get a Pac-12 team in the mix as well. Three Big 12 teams (Texas, Oklahoma, and Baylor) will be squaring off against LSU, Tennessee, and UCLA.

 

While Texas may be the only Big 12 team that is ranked in the tournament, LSU is a top ten team while Tennessee is a top fifteen team. Obviously, this should be a great measuring stick for the Longhorns, but it is also going to be crucial for Oklahoma and Baylor as well. The Bears had a big bounce-back weekend last week against a top 25 Duke team after getting swept by Maryland on opening weekend. The Bears need to stack up more of those key wins to build up their resume. As for the Sooners, they are in a similar spot as Baylor.

LSU and Tennessee have some offensive firepower so these Big 12 pitchers will be tested this weekend. Texas has a strong starting rotation with Tanner Witt, Pete Hanson, and Tristan Stevens while the Sooners have a good one in Chazz Martinez who was the pitcher of the week in the conference. It should provide some fun matchups ahead. And please, leave the trash can banging jokes at home.

Notable Games

Friday

Oklahoma vs UCLA

Baylor vs #17 Tennessee

#1 Texas vs #7 LSU

Saturday

Oklahoma vs UCLA

Baylor vs #17 Tennessee

#1 Texas vs #7 LSU

Sunday

Oklahoma vs #17 Tennessee

Texas vs UCLA

Baylor vs #7 LSU

 

#16 TCU at Kentucky

The Horned Frogs are headed to the heart of Bourbon country and I for one am simply jealous of that. But instead of enjoying the finer things that the bluegrass state has to offer, TCU will be in a heated battle on the baseball diamond taking on the Kentucky Wildcats. Kentucky has had some pitching issues this season but don’t let their record fool you, because they really haven’t played anybody yet. TCU has been hot at the plate as of late with Tommy Sacco, Brayden Taylor, and David Bishop leading the way. If those guys keep playing the way they have been along with some solid pitching from Brett Walker and Austin Krobb, they should take the series with ease.

#3 Oklahoma State vs Gonzaga

Gonzaga may be known as a basketball school but for those who don’t know, they can play some baseball too. The Zags made it to a regional last year and still have a good team this season. They have played a tough schedule so far and the only team they struggled against was Oregon State who is a top fifteen team. Gonzaga just got done sweeping Cal State Fullerton so the Cowboys will have their hands full this weekend. I have enjoyed what I have seen so far from players such as Caeden Trenkle, Nolan McLean, Marcus Brown, Griffin Doersching, and a few others. It should be a very intriguing matchup in Stillwater this weekend.

 

Other Games

#19 Texas Tech vs Merrimack

While the Red Raiders have a big test next week against Mississippi State during the week, this should be more of a warmup series for them. Merrimack isn’t a good baseball team and Tech should have no issues at all this weekend. What I want to see from Texas Tech is better pitching and of course those home runs. Ty Coleman had a big week last week so can he follow it up with another big series? Also, Jace Jung hit his first home run last week, but I am sure he will get a couple more after these next few games.

Kansas State vs Loyola Marymount

Kansas State is finally coming home to Manhattan after spending some time on the road. The Good news is that after a rough 1-6 start, the Wildcats should have a much easier time ahead with a bad Loyola Marymount team. I will be completely honest; I have been disappointed with this baseball team because I thought they would be much better than they have been so far. Pitching has been an issue along with errors and at times scoring runs doesn’t come easy for them either. They have yet to put together a game that really impressed me, but this should be the boost they desperately need.

Cambria College Classic

That’s right folks there is another tournament this weekend and it’s in Minneapolis at US Bank Stadium. The tournament will feature six teams with Kansas, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan State. The good news for Kansas and West Virginia is that Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan State are very beatable. The bad news is that Notre Dame is the best team in the tournament however neither Big 12 team will play them. The Fighting Irish are extremely balanced in all areas and are a veteran group who will be in the postseason when the season ends. Kansas has already beaten Illinois in a series, and I do believe they will challenge Minnesota and Michigan State. However, the team to watch here is West Virginia. They are my surprise team so far this year in the Big 12. Unfortunately, they won’t get a crack at Notre Dame in this tourney, but I wish they did.

Friday

Kansas vs Michigan State

West Virginia vs Minnesota

Saturday

West Virginia vs Illinois

Kansas vs Minnesota

Sunday

West Virginia vs Michigan State

Kansas vs Illinois

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