Top Five Storylines for Big 12 Baseball in Week 3

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After a fun second week, college baseball returns to action this weekend as 13 Big 12 teams are hitting the diamond. There are several big-time matchups ahead, so let’s take a look at the top five storylines heading into the weekend.

The Tournament of All Tournaments

If you are a college baseball fan, the Astros Foundation College Classic was something you circled on your calendar. This is, by far, the best regular-season tournament in college baseball this season, and it is LOADED with great teams. Two Big 12 teams are going to participate in this with #15 Texas and Houston. Those two will join #3 LSU, #9 Vanderbilt, Texas State, and Louisiana Lafayette as well. It’s not often you see a regular season tournament with three top-15 teams in it, but that is what is going to happen this weekend in Houston. And while Texas State and Louisiana Lafayette may not be ranked, both of those schools are probably going to be playing in June come postseason time. Grab a beer and a snack and get comfortable because this is a tournament that you won’t want to leave your couch for.

 

Can TCU Stay Undefeated?

After sweeping a top 25 UCLA team last weekend and beating Washington State as well as Arizona this week, the Horned Frogs are going to nearby Globe Life Field. There, TCU will face Arizona State and USC twice. And to be honest, neither team is very good, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Horned Frogs go 3-0 this weekend.

Viva Las Vegas

The Oklahoma Sooners are heading to Vegas. No, not to gamble but to play in the Las Vegas College Baseball Classic, where they will face Pitt, Cal, and Ohio State. While I expect them to beat Pitt and Ohio State with ease, that game against Cal on Saturday night is interesting. The Golden Bears have a TON of talent on their roster and will likely be a tournament team at the end of the season. Right now, they are 7-1 on the year and are looking to stay hot. This weekend should be a great test for the Sooners, and the guy to keep an eye on here is John Spikerman, who is having a great start to the 2024 season so far.

 

The War on I-4

For those who aren’t familiar with the War on I-4, it is the rivalry between UCF and USF. The Knights are currently 6-0 on the season and are led by Andrew Estrella and Andrew Sundean at the plate. So far, the hitting has been spectacular for UCF, and this will be by far the toughest test for their pitching staff. USF can hit as well, but they have had some huge question marks on the mound. I wouldn’t be surprised if this turned out to be a high-scoring series, and hopefully, UCF will take care of business at home. 

The Runs Will Flow in Lubbock

Last weekend against Texas Southern, the Red Raiders put up a whopping 68 runs in three games. While I am not sure if they will score that many runs, I expect them to put up at least 40 runs this weekend against Gardner-Webb. The Runnin’ Bulldogs are 2-6 on the young season and already have some ugly losses.

 

Meanwhile, Texas Tech has been hot at the plate lately, and they have five guys batting over .400 right now: Damian Bravo, Austin Green, TJ Pompey, Owen Washburn, and Kevin Bazzell. This is a series Texas Tech should sweep with ease and give the starting pitchers an opportunity to dominate.

Other Games

Kansas State vs UMass Lowell

Oklahoma State vs Central Michigan

BYU vs Gonzaga

Kansas vs Texas Southern

Cincinnati vs Northern Illinois

West Virginia at Western Kentucky

Baylor vs Oral Roberts