Some Big Series This Weekend in the Sun Belt
Whether it's trying to get the #2 or #3 seed, fighting to stay on top, or just make the conference tournament, every weekend has become critical in the Sun Belt. Here are the series we're keeping an eye on.
SOUTH ALABAMA (16-2, 31-11) at GEORGIA STATE (7-11, 19-21)--It's questionable whether anyone can catch the Jaguars, who have a four game lead in the league race. But there are still a dozen games left and USA would do well to take care of their business this weekend against a Georgia State team fighting for survival. Greg Frady's club is in the tournament as of today, but their margin for error is small. Getting swept at home isn't a good idea.
TROY (9-9, 23-18) at TEXAS STATE (10-8, 22-20)--Neither team is going to finish atop the standings, but they do have their sites on second and third, which would keep them out of the champions' bracket. Both of these teams have good starting pitching and both can struggle to score at times. Six of Texas State's eight losses in league play have come in San Marcos.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN (10-11, 25-17) at UL MONROE (6-12, 15-26)--The Warhawks looked like they were about to make a move after a solid series in Arlington...then went on the road and lost three to Arkansas State. Now Bruce Peddie's club is on the outside looking in and their schedule does not get any easier. Georgia Southern has three good starters and the Warhawks, who are near the bottom of the league in hitting, will have to play sound baseball this weekend. This is almost a must win series for the Warhawks, especially in their home park.
ARKANSAS STATE (8-13, 19-21) at APPALACHIAN STATE (6-15, 11-30)--The Red Wolves were reeling on a seven game losing streak, but now have won five straight, including a sweep last weekend of ULM. Now they're in the mix to make it to San Marcos. But they'd better not stumble in Boone this weekend. App is playing better baseball and they aren't out of it yet. The loser of this series is in trouble. The winner has a shot.
LOUISIANA (12-6, 27-15) at UT ARLINGTON (22-20, 8-10)--The Cajuns are really struggling offensively and the Mavs' 1-2 punch of Kadon Simmons and Joel Kuhnel won't make things any easier. UTA has some guys who can swing it, but that Cajuns' rotation is pretty stingy as well. Don't look for a ton of runs in this series.
LITTLE ROCK (13-8, 20-18) hosts Tennessee Tech in non conference action.