Nearing the mid-way point of the college baseball season, the SEC continues its dominant ways. In the latest Baseball America polls the top 4 teams all come out of the SEC. LSU leads the charge with a 21-3 overall record, Vanderbilt (19-5), Texas A&M (24-1) and Florida (20-5) are not too far behind.
Is it safe to say that one of these 4 teams will win the College World Series? No, it is baseball and anything can happen. Now that we are in the thick of the conference season, these dominant forces will no doubt beat up on each other leaving room for other teams to jump inside the top 5.
My pick to click, the Arkansas Razorbacks have underwhelmed thus far. I thought they would come out strong and leap into the top 25 with ease. They started off hot winning the majority of their non-conference games, but once conference started and a couple mid-week losses, their 11-12 record is uninspiring. Hopefully they can turn it around, otherwise they’ll find themselves in the bottom of the SEC and out of the regional.
Outside of the SEC there are a couple of teams that I am keeping my eye on. The University of Central Florida Knights are red hot. Their offense has been set on fire posting 38 team HR and 219 RBI. That’s almost double their opponent’s total. Tommy Williams and Dylan Moore have led the charge for the Knights. Also the Knights have a 4-2 record against the SEC this season, not a bad start against the best conference in the country.
The UCLA Bruins are another team I am watching. Their pitching staff has posted a doughty 2.40 ERA, with their opponents at 6.44. Their defense is more than sufficient, posting a stout .981 fielding percentage. And in this former player and coach’s opinion, UCLA would be a team I would love to pitch or coach for.
Lastly I wanted to focus on the Arizona State Sun Devils. With the departure of Tim Esmay and the addition of Tracy Smith from the University of Indiana, the Sun Devils have much to prove. The history of the program is rich and has been looking to get back to the CWS since 2010. They’ve started off pretty good, sitting at number 11 in the current polls. I like either them or UCLA to come out on top of the ever powerful PAC-12.
I hope you are following along with this great sport. College baseball is a spectacle and should be appreciated for its beauty. Professional baseball is only one way this great sport can reach people. If you are a fan of the game I ask you: please stop, take a look at these great athletes. If you’ve never been to a game I urge you to take one in. Perhaps make a trip to Omaha, it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.