What a weekend it was in the top 25. Several teams played crucial series that went extra innings and featured dramatic come from behind victories. The top 10 stayed pretty much in tact. Auburn was the only casualty falling from 5 to 14. Mississippi State jumped all the way to seven. Texas was swept by TCU and was the only team to fall out of the top 25. Old Dominion at 32-14 climbed into the top 25 for the first time this season. We have only two weeks left in the regular season for most conferences. The next two weeks will set up seedings for each conference tournament.
NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE ACC
Louisville has now won 12 straight. A Tuesday night win over Vanderbilt has now moved the Cardinals to 43 wins on the season, tops in Division one. The Cardinals sit atop the Atlantic division at 20-4, four games ahead of second place Clemson. Florida State may finally be heating up. The Seminoles have a five game winning streak that has moved them to 32-18 on the season. They still sit under .500 in the ACC at 11-12, but with a solid RPI are in no danger of missing out on the field of 64. North Carolina ran their winning streak to seven. They lead the coastal by five games over second place Virginia. This weekends big series will see Louisville heading to Clemson. Clemson has struggled of late but come into the series ranked #8. Another series to keep an eye on this weekend will be in Charlottesville where Virginia will host Miami.
NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE BIG 10
It seems as though each and every week, we have a new team at the top of the standings. This week is no different, as Nebraska has moved into the top spot. The Cornhuskers swept Rutgers over the weekend and now have a half game lead over the second place Gophers. Seven teams still have a great shot at claiming the BIG 10 conference title. The next two weeks of regular season play could see a daily change at the top. I’ll be watching two series closely this weekend. Michigan State will travel to Nebraska looking to play spoiler. In a fantastic non-conference battle, #10 Long Beach State travels to Minnesota for three games. This is a huge series for both clubs, as they look to boost their RPI scores.
NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE BIG 12
Both TCU and Texas Tech continued to dominate the BIG 12. The Horned Frogs swept Texas, while the Red Raiders took two of three in Morgantown. Don’t look now, but here come the Jayhawks. Kansas scored 41 runs in a series sweep over Texas Southern. The series sweep was the first since 2014. The Jayhawks have now won six in a row and have seen their RPI climb to 62, which puts them squarely on the bubble for the field of 64. All eyes will be on Oklahoma this weekend, as they welcome TCU to Norman. The Sooners at 10-8 in the conference will be looking to make a statement.
NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE PAC 12
The Arizona Wildcats snapped a six game conference losing streak, by sweeping Washington over the weekend. The Wildcats used a two-run homer from Cal Stevenson in the bottom of the ninth on Friday night to earn a 5-4 victory. Then followed that up with a five run rally in the ninth on Sunday. The losses by the Huskies might well have dropped them out of the field of 64. Stanford continued their hot play taking three of four last week. The Cardinal did see their 11 game winning streak snapped in the middle game against Arizona State. Nothing changed at the top, as Oregon State swept California. The Beavers can clinch the PAC 12 title this weekend. At this point I only see four teams from the PAC 12 earning a trip to the field of 64. I believe that both Oregon and Washington are on the outside looking in at this point. Both will need to close the season strong. Remember the PAC 12 does not play a tournament at the conclusion of the regular season, like most other conferences do.
NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE SEC
I’m getting excited about heading to Hoover, Alabama in a couple of weeks for the SEC tournament. The SEC will have exciting finishes in both the East and the West over the next two weeks. Twelve of the 14 teams will make the SEC tournament. Seeding for this event is critical as teams will want to set up their pitching rotations. The collapse of Auburn over the weekend, has me scratching my head. The Tide rolled into Auburn and swept the Tigers. Alabama fans were seen, shouting “Roll Tide” in Toomers Corner on Sunday. The losses by the Tigers saw their RPI fall all the way to 37. Georgia also played spoiler over the weekend taking two of three at Kentucky. The Wildcats may have lost a chance to host a super regional. The Wildcats did bounce back with a nice win over Indiana on Tuesday night. Florida swept Ole Miss to take a one game lead over Kentucky in the East. The Gators then suffered a 15-10 loss to South Florida on Tuesday night. The West division is anyone’s to win. Five teams have a legitimate shot over the next two weeks. Mississippi State has a one game lead over LSU. Arkansas, Texas A & M and Auburn all sit within two games from the top. I like the Bulldogs to maintain their lead and win the West.