College baseball has moved into the meat of its conference schedule as teams start to figure out where they stand in the conference hierarchy. There are plenty of exciting matchups heading into the weekend so let’s take a look at the upcoming schedule.
#8 Oklahoma State at #10 Texas
If you can only catch one series this weekend then this is the one to watch. The key matchup in this one is going to be the pitching of Oklahoma State against the bats of Ivan Melendez, Murphy Stehly, Skyler Messinger, and Silas Ardoin for Texas. Of course, I could add Trey Faltine and Douglas Hodo III in there as well because they are both batting over the .290 mark. Texas has a ton of solid hitters and Oklahoma State has been shaky at the mound at times outside of Justin Campbell. This is going to be a great series down in Austin between two really good teams.
West Virginia at Kansas
After dropping back-to-back series, there is no better team to play in the Big 12 than Kansas. The Jayhawks by far have the worst pitching staff in the conference as they have a team ERA of 7.59. While West Virginia may not be the strongest team at the plate they do have a few capable hitters in Austin Davis, JJ Wetherholt, and Victor Scott II. The Mountaineers should be poised for a big weekend scoring a bunch of runs and some of these pitchers should also get back on track as well. West Virginia needs a bounce-back weekend and they will likely get one in Lawrence.
#9 Texas Tech at Baylor
This series should be a mismatch like the West Virginia/Kansas series. Baylor doesn’t have the pitching outside of Tyler Thomas to keep up with the bats of the Red Raiders. Jace Jung, Ty Coleman, Kurt Wilson, Owen Washburn, Cole Stilwell, and Parker Kelly have been lethal at the plate this year and I have a tough time seeing Baylor keep up with that. Baylor doesn’t exactly have a good offense to back up their lackluster pitching staff so this is a series Texas Tech should win with ease.
Kansas State at Oklahoma
While this matchup may not seem like much on paper, it is essentially a playoff series for the Sooners. Oklahoma has a 7-5 conference record and will need to continue to win to keep their Big 12 title hopes alive not to mention their postseason hopes as well. Kansas State’s pitching has fallen off a bit in recent weeks and they will face a gritty Oklahoma team who has started to swing the bat well as of late. The trio of Peyton Graham, Blake Robertson, and Tanner Tredaway have been fun to watch offensively as they look to continue their hot streak at the plate. Meanwhile, Kansas State has its own group of good hitters with Dominic Johnson, Nick Goodwin, Dylan Phillips, and Cole Johnson. This should be an interesting matchup in Norman this weekend.
#20 TCU at Florida State
The Horned Frogs will take a break from Big 12 play, but they have a tough matchup ahead as they travel to Tallahassee to take on Florida State. The Seminoles have two good pitchers in Parker Messick and Bryce Hubbart and TCU will need their key hitters (Tommy Sacco, David Bishop, and Brayden Taylor) to keep it rolling. The good news for TCU is that Florida State has struggled to put runs up as their lineup has been a tad inconsistent this season. Also, no matter what happens, it won’t hurt their chances of winning a Big 12 title due to the fact that this is an out-of-conference matchup.