February Baseball Schedule Planner

ACC-SEC matchup years in the making highlights slate



 
 

Jan. 29, 2007

By Douglas Kroll

CSTV.com

 



DOUG KROLL

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With the first games of the 2007 season in the books, it's time to look at the best games on the schedule for the month of February.  With a lot of meaty series to choose from, here's the best matchup(s) each weekend, plus what to look out for during the week.

 

Feb. 2-4

 

No. 18 Tennessee at No. 13 Florida State

The Seminoles have scheduled a rare tough non-conference series early on in 2007, and could make it hard for the `Noles to start the year 26-2 like a season ago. It's always fun when the ACC and SEC butt heads, and this is one of a couple of early series that pits these two conferences, with Miami traveling to Florida a couple of weeks down the road. The last time Mike Martin's team met the Vols was nearly nine years to the day from when they will meet to open this year's campaign. Tennessee won that battle in Orlando, 5-3. 

 

Midweek Special - Feb. 6

 

No. 30 Long Beach State at No. 19 Pepperdine

There's no mistaking this West Coast rivalry that has blossomed into one of the nation's best. Pepperdine has taken the last four from the Dirtbags, including a 6-3 win at the Long Beach Regional back in 2005.  With both teams expecting big things in '07, there isn't a better way to get a season underway. This will be the first of two midweek meetings between the teams, except if they meet for a third time in the postseason like in '03 and '05.

 

Feb. 9-11

 

Oregon State at No. 22 Georgia

The defending champs got off to quite the start opening weekend in Hawai'i, including a no-hitter in its first game played since walking off the field as national champions. Hopefully for their sake, the Beavers don't think the Vulcans of Hawai'i-Hilo will take the field in Athens. Oregon State will continue to rack up the frequent-flyer miles early on this season, traveling to face an SEC team. Not the usual schedule one is used to seeing from the defending national champion, right? With both squads making it to Omaha in 2006, the Bulldogs' dream was crushed by the Beavers on their way to the title, with a 5-3 loss that sent them packing back home. Do you think they will need any inspiration before this one?

 

Houston College Classic

What happens when you put No. 1 Rice, No. 8 Vanderbilt, No. 14 Arizona State, No. 21 Baylor, No. 33 Houston, and Texas A&M all in the same place at the same time? One heck of a tournament, plus a lot of scouts. Minute Maid Park will be abuzz with the ping of the bats when two Top 10 teams open things up with quite the pitching matchup. Expect to see Cole St. Clair on the mound for the Owls against David Price for the Commodores when action begins at high noon in Houston. Too bad the two Houston clubs won't play in the big park, but they meet later in April for a cross-town series.

 

Feb. 16-18

 

No. 23 Stanford at No. 7 Texas

How can you not love to see two perennial baseball powers meet in the early season?  This is good stuff.  In what has become an annual early season series, it's the Longhorns turn to host, and don't think they won't be looking for some revenge.  The Cardinal took two-of-three at home in '06, plus their meeting on June 3rd in the Austin Regional which would lead to Stanford celebrating its moving on in the postseason on Texas' home field after a win against N.C. State.  I bet Augie wasn't too pleased.  

 

Midweek Special- Feb. 21

 

No. 13 Florida State at Florida

Nothing better than an in-state rivalry on a Wednesday night.  The Seminoles travel south to Gainesville in the first of two regular season games against the Gators.  It was only back in 2005 when FSU took two out of three regular season games against Florida, only to lose back-to-back games in the Super Regionals to its biggest non-conference rival.  They have met 202 times on the diamond, with the `Noles winning 111 of them and Florida 90, and of course, that one pesky tie.  Even in a down year in 2006, Pat McMahon's team found a way to win in the series. 

 

Feb. 23-25

 

No. 16 Tulane at No. 25 USC

USC has to be better than they were a year ago, and Tulane will definitely be better than an uncharacteristic '06 season (for Katrina reasons). These two storied squads have only met five times (USC leads 3-2), with the last time coming in 2004 when the Trojans traveled to Turchin Stadium for two midweek games (not a bad way to spend Spring Break, in New Orleans) which they split. It will be the biggest test for freshman phenom Robert Stock before the Trojans travel to Georgia the next weekend.

 

Midweek Special - Feb. 28

 

No. 37 Winthrop at No. 2 Clemson

You've got to love the mindset of Winthrop. They'll play anyone, anywhere, anytime. After heading west to face UCLA opening weekend, the Eagles will face Georgia in Athens Feb. 27, before heading two hours up the road to Clemson on the 28th. And it shouldn't come as a surprise when they do pull an upset. They have faced the Tigers on the road in each of the last six seasons, and guess what? They are 3-3 against them, including winning the last two, 8-1 and 6-3.   

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