Top 25 Calendar
|Rank||Team||Opponents (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)||TV|
|1||Mississippi||(7) Tennessee||SEC Network+ (Friday, Sunday), SEC Network (Saturday)|
|2||Oregon State||in California||Pac-12 Plus Network|
|3||Texas||at (23) Texas Tech||ESPN+|
|4||Virginia||at Wake Forest||Additional ACC network|
|5||Vanderbilt||in South Carolina (Thursday-Sat.)||SEC+ network (Friday, Sat.)|
|6||Arkansas||in missouri||SEC Network+ (Friday, Sunday), SEC Network (Saturday)|
|7||Tennessee||to (1) Mississippi||SEC Network+ (Friday, Sunday), SEC Network (Saturday)|
|8||state of florida||duke||ACC network (Friday), additional ACC network (Saturday, Sunday)|
|9||Florida||state of louisiana||SEC Network (Friday), SEC Network+ (Saturday, Sunday)|
|ten||Oklahoma State||Kansas||ESPN+ (Friday), OkState.com (Saturday, Sunday)|
|11||our Lady||Virginia Tech||ACC Network Extra (Friday, Saturday), ACC Network (Sunday)|
|14||North Carolina||at (24) Miami||Additional ACC network|
|15||Louisville||at Boston College||Additional ACC network|
|16||Georgia Technology||in the state of North Carolina||ACC Network Extra (Friday, Sunday), ACC Network (Sat.)|
|17||Georgia||in Kentucky||SEC Network+ (Friday, Saturday), SEC Network (Sunday)|
|18||Stanford||washington state||Pac-12+ network|
|19||Gonzaga||At Brigham Young||BYUtv|
|20||Clemson||in Pittsburgh||Additional ACC network|
|21||Maryland||at Dallas Baptist||PatriotBroadcastingNetwork.com|
|22||state of texas||Coastal Carolina||ESPN+|
|24||Miami||(14) North Carolina||Additional ACC network|
What to watch
(7)Tennessee to (1)Mississippi
Stream on SEC Network+ Friday and Sunday, watch on SEC Network Saturday.
This is the first series of the season to pit the top 10 teams against each other. Tennessee (20-1, 3-0) enters the weekend on a 12-game winning streak, the second-longest in the nation. Ole Miss (16-4, 2-1) climbed this week to No. 1 for the first time this season and only the second time in program history. This weekend features two of the best attacks in the country. The Volunteers lead the nation in home runs (59) and rank second in runs (11.4 ppg), while the Rebels rank eighth in runs (9.8 ppg) and 20th for circuits (32). Third baseman Trey Lipscomb (.390/.451/.870, 9 HR) has paced Tennessee’s offense this season, while shortstop Jacob Gonzalez (.323/.523/.694, 5 HR) turned red for Ole Miss. Tennessee’s power grabbed the headlines, but the Vols’ pitching staff were also excellent, with new rotation right-handers Chase Burns (4-0, 0.67), Chase Dollander (3-0, 3, 38) and Drew Beam. (4-0, 1.09) leads the way. This weekend will be a big test for this trio – which is made up of two freshmen and a sophomore – as not only will they face the best offense they’ve seen so far this season, but he will also face an SEC road series for the first time. Ole Miss hasn’t been as strong on the mound and last weekend gave up 27 points to Auburn. This series depends on which team’s pitching team is best able to contain the opponent’s powerful attack.
(2) Texas to (23) Texas Tech
Stream on ESPN+.
After a soft opening with just one conference series on last weekend’s slate, Big 12 conference play gets underway in earnest this weekend and serves up a blockbuster. Texas (18-5) and Texas Tech (18-4) have combined to win the last five Big 12 titles and this weekend’s winner will have an early advantage in this race. This series promises an exciting game between the Texas Tech offense, which is averaging 9.5 points per game and is led by All-American second baseman Jace Jung (.388/.538/.650, 4 HR) , and the Texas pitching staff, which ranks seventh in the nation with a 2.63 team ERA and boasts impressive starter depth at the bullpen. It’s still only the end of March, but there’s a lot at stake in Lubbock this weekend.
Depth shines for Virginia in decisive series win over Wake Forest
In an 8-0 win that featured a one-hit performance from her pitching team, Virginia showed the kind of depth that puts her on the short list of national title contenders.
(4) Virginia at Wake Forest
Stream on ACC Network Extra.
Two of the best offenses in the nation will converge this weekend in Winston-Salem, NC Virginia (20-1, 5-1) is off to the best start in program history thanks in part to its powerhouse roster, which leads the nation in to score (12 points per game). First baseman Jake Gelof (.472/.548/.1.194, 13 HR) leads the nation in home runs and was one of the biggest stars of the season. Wake Forest (17-4, 3-3) is back to its Rake Forest identity, as it ranks fifth in the nation in points (10.5 points per game). However, these teams are not just big players. Friday night’s pitching game between Cavaliers left-hander Nate Savino (3-0, 1.88) and Demon Deacons right-hander Rhett Lowder (5-0, 2.22) could well spoil the offensive fireworks.
(14) North Carolina to (24) Miami
Stream on ACC Network Extra.
It’s an ACC Coastal Division matchup, as the Tar Heels (18-3, 5-1) head south to take on the Hurricanes (14-6, 4-2). UNC has had an impressive start to the season thanks in large part to its pitching staff, which ranks second nationally in team ERA (2.07). While the Tar Heels starters have been solid, their bullpen work really stands out, led by closer Caden O’Brien (1-0, 0.00, 4 SV). Miami is coming off a series win at Clemson, but it faces a tough test at home this weekend. The Hurricanes will be looking for another strong weekend in their rotation, led by left-hander Carson Palmquist (4-1, 3.91).
(21) Maryland at Dallas Baptist
Stream on PatriotBroadcastingNetwork.com.
While most teams are done with non-conference series, this weekend produces a premium matchup as Maryland (17-3) goes to DBU (13-7). The Terrapins have become Big Ten favorites, while the Patriots are again Missouri Valley Conference favorites and enter the weekend ranked first in RPI. It’s early days, but if both teams deliver on their early-season promise, this series could have a big impact on the host race. For now, though, it should be a good game on the mound. The Terrapins (3.68) and Patriots (3.69) rank No. 38 and No. 39 nationally in the ERA. A Friday night showdown between Maryland right-hander Nick Dean (2-0, 3.09) and DBU right-hander Jacob Meador (4-0, 1.35) looks great.