How to Stream the Top 25 College Baseball Games, What to Watch & More (2/25/22)
Top 25 Calendar
|Rank||Team||Opponents (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)||TV||Remarks|
|2||our Lady||against Marist (Friday), Monmouth (Saturday), Marist (Sunday)||YouTube.com/GreenvilleDrive||Greenville, South Carolina|
|3||Oklahoma State||State of Wright (Saturday-Sunday)||ESPN+|
|4||Virginia||Cornell||Additional ACC network|
|5||Stanford||vs. Louisiana (Friday), (9) Arkansas (Saturday), Indiana (Sunday)||FloSports||
Karbach Round Rock Classic, Round Rock, Texas
|6||Long Beach State||Sacramento State||ESPN+ (Friday, Sunday)|
|8||Mississippi State||Northern Kentucky||SEC+ network|
|9||Arkansas||vs. Indiana (Friday), (5) Stanford (Saturday), Louisiana (Sunday)||FloSports||
Karbach Round Rock Classic, Round Rock, Texas
|ten||Mississippi||Virginia Commonwealth||SEC+ network|
|11||state of louisiana||Towson (Friday, Sunday), South (Saturday, Sunday)||SEC+ network|
|12||Oregon State||vs. Xavier (Thurs-Sat)||FloSports||Surprise, Arizona.|
|13||state of florida||Samford||Additional ACC network|
|14||Arizona||Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Thursday-Sunday)||Pac-12 Plus Network|
|16||North Carolina State||Quinnipiac||Additional ACC network|
|19||Florida||state of georgia||SEC+ network|
|20||Georgia Technology||Gardner Webb||Additional ACC network|
|21||UCLA||UC Riverside||Pac-12 Plus Network|
|22||Bryant||at Davidson||ESPN+ (Friday)|
|24||Miami||Harvard||Additional ACC network|
|25||East Carolina||at/vs. North Carolina||ACC Network Extra (Fri-Sat), ESPN+ (Sun)|
What to watch
Round rock classic from Karbach
(9) Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, (5) Stanford
This weekend’s top tournament brings a strong four-team field to Dell Diamond, home of Double-A Round Rock, and will feature the weekend’s only Top 25 game when Arkansas takes on Stanford on Saturday. The Razorbacks (2-1) are coming off a series win over Illinois State, though they’re still looking to unlock their powerful offense. Arkansas got solid efforts on the mound all weekend, especially from rookie Hagen Smith, who pitched six scoreless innings in his debut. Stanford (3-1) last weekend won a series against Cal State Fullerton, but is also looking to start its offense. Freshman Braden Montgomery stood out both at home plate and on the mound, as he is 4 for 8 with two home runs and four runs as a batter and has four strikeouts in two perfect innings on the mound , winning a stoppage. Louisiana (3-1) got off to a good start last weekend with a series win over defending Big West champion UC Irvine. The Ragin’ Cajuns’ aggressive offense will be tough on opponents this weekend – they’ve already stolen 10 bases – but locking themselves on the mound will be critical given the offenses they’ll face. Indiana (0-3) was swept at Clemson and outscored 33-8 on the weekend, though that scoreline was skewed somewhat by a particularly poor 19-4 loss on Saturday. Not much went right last weekend for the Hoosiers, but they’ll have to clean things up on the mound after allowing 29 hits and 36 walks against the Tigers. Indiana has the talent to turn things around quickly, but given the level of competition this weekend, they will need to improve on all fronts.
Virginia Commonwealth to (10) Mississippi
Last season, VCU wrapped up its season in the Starkville Regional after winning the Atlantic 10 conference tournament and is now back in Magnolia State this weekend. The Rams (2-2) will face Ole Miss (4-0), who is having an exceptional start to the season. The Rebels outscored their opponents 47-11, showing what might be the best offense in the nation. They got through the first week of the season on a team effort at home plate. Perhaps the best news came on the mound for Ole Miss, where starters Derek Diamond, Josh Gaddis, Drew McDaniel and Jack Washburn were all solid. The level of competition, however, did not challenge the rebels. This weekend, with A-10 favorites in town led by All-American slugger Tyler Locklear (.333/.444/.933, 3 HR), Ole Miss should face a tougher test, though his biggest challenges are still at the bottom of the leaderboard. line.
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(25) East Carolina at/vs. North Carolina
Last weekend’s season got off to a rough start for ECU (1-3), who were swept at home by Bryant. It was the first time since 2018 that the Pirates had been swept at Clark-LeClair Stadium. After beating Campbell on Tuesday, ECU now faces a weekend series against North Carolina (4-0). The Tar Heels are fresh off winning Seton Hall on opening weekend and have beaten their opponents 45-4 so far this season. Freshman Vance Honeycutt (.462/.588/1.231, 3 HR, 3 SB) and sophomore Johnny Castagnozzi (.600/.647/1.000, 3 2B) were at the heart of the offensive explosion of the Tar Heels and are representative of their young formation. Just as things started for UNC, ECU will represent a significant step up in the competition. The Pirates will once again be without preseason left-hander All-American Carson Whisenhunt, who is suspended for a violation of team rules. But with Jake Kuchmaner and Garrett Saylor still in the rotation, ECU has solid pitch to fall back on. The series is split between Chapel Hill and Greenville, with UNC hosting the first two games before the series ends Sunday at ECU.
Tulane at Louisiana Tech
These two enemies of the state meet in Ruston, Louisiana for what should be a close and competitive series. Tulane (4-0) comes to town after sweeping Massachusetts-Lowell last weekend and beating Nicholls State on Wednesday and will now be challenged by LaTech (4-0). The Bulldogs opened the season with a Wichita State sweep and beat No. 11 Louisiana State on Wednesday. Led by Trevor Minder (.429/.500/.786) and Bennett Lee (.313/.389/.438), the Green Wave offense got off to a good start but will now face a tough pitching staff on the road. The Bulldogs are led on the mound by ace Jonathan Fincher and closer Kyle Crigger, who has nine strikeouts in five no-hitter innings this season.
Nevada at UC Santa Barbara
Nevada and UCSB made regionals last season and have that kind of potential again in 2022. The Wolfpack (2-2) is coming off a series win at the Grand Canyon on opening weekend, while that the Gauchos (3-1) last weekend won a series in San Francisco. Nevada has a powerful offense and second baseman Joshua Zamora got off to a sensational start at the plate. He’s 9 for 16 with two doubles, three homers and six runs in four games. Slow him down and the rest of the Wolfpack batters will fall on the shoulders of the talented Gaucho pitchers. Sophomore right-hander Cory Lewis struck out 10 in 4.2 innings against USF on Opening Day and is the best arm to watch for UCSB.