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March 20, 2009

SCS.comSeeding is a big topic this time of the year. From flowers in the garden to seeding the front lawn or discussing their hardwood brackets, people are talking about seeding. College Baseball is no different than wanting flowers to blume in June. It is time to start planting seeds right now. This week's preview takes us to Charlottesville, Virginia, where the series between the Hurricanes and the Cavaliers has potential seeding implications down the road. Let's take a look at the matchup and give our predictions!

WEEKEND'S TOP SERIES - MIAMI, FL (16-3 Overall, 5-1 ACC coastal) AT VIRGINIA (18-0 Overall, 4-0 ACC Coastal)

Jim Morris' Hurricanes have started off the season much like other Miami teams in the past. The Hurricanes have won 10 of their last 11 games and have rang up five wins in ACC play thus far. They will take the road this week to play another team that is red hot in the Virginia Cavaliers. Coach Brian O'Connor's Cavaliers have outscored their ACC opponents 62-15 in 4 games this season. There should be lots of fireworks in Charlottesville this weekend.

The Canes are hitting .313 as at team with 23 HR, 34 doubles, and 4 triples. They are led by junior Scott Lawson'S .382 average and four other starters are hitting over .300. Yasmani Grandal has the team lead in homeruns with four. The pitching staff is posting a 2.86 ERA and limiting opposing hitters to a .208 average. The ace of the staff is obviously clear as David Gutierrez is picthing lights out. Gutierrez, the Saturday starter (really?), has posted a 2-1 record with a 0.75 ERA (yes, that is not a typo). Lefty Chris Hernandez will take the hill tonight with is 2-0 record and 3.91 ERA, with sophomore Iden Nazario (2-0, 6.27 ERA) going on Sunday.

The Cavaliers have just been dominating opponents. The team is hitting .388 with 19 HR, 51 doubles, and 8 triples. Sophomore Dan Grovatt leads the attack with his paltry .472 batting average with 3 HR and 19 RBI. Three players are also hitting over .400 with the remaining parts of the lineup hitting over .300. Needless to say, there is not an easy out when facing the Cavaliers. The pitching staff is not too shabby either. The team ERA is 1.94 with opponents only batting .193 against them. Friday's starter will be freshman Danny Hultzen (4-0, 1.04 ERA) while senior Andrew Carraway (3-0, 1.27) and freshman Will Roberts (2-0, 2.81) will take the hill the remainder of the weekend. This should be an outstanding series with the Wahoos taking two of three.


Rice (12-5, 0-0 CUSA) at Southern Mississippi (12-6, 0-0 CUSA)

This series should be pretty evenly matched as the teams have similar records. Although, Rice has had Southern Miss' number lately. Look for Pete Taylor to be packed this weekend but only to see the Eagles get one victory.

Clemson (13-4, 4-2 ACC Atlantic) at Florida State (9-7, 1-3 ACC Atlantic)

The Tigers are showing signs of returning to their prowess that was lacking last year in Clemson. On the flip side, Florida State fans are wondering, what is going on in Tallahassee? Maybe Neil Diamond himself needs to show up and sing "Sweet Caroline" after every inning because Clemson takes two of three.

Alabama (14-5, 2-1 SEC West) at Mississippi (13-4, 2-1 SEC West)

These teams went out and took series from Georgia and Vanderbilt last weekend. This week they do battle in Oxford. Kent Matthes for Alabama went out and had a huge weekend against the Dogs in route to National Player of the Week honors. He will continue to lead them and the Tide picks up two in Oxford.

Arizona (11-7, 0-0 Pac 10) at Arizona State (14-3, 0-0 Pac 10)

Talk about seeding, this series could really give a huge boost to the winner. The Wildcats have won three in a row coming in to Tempe, but the Sun Devils are not looking to be gracious hosts. Arizona State sweeps their instate rival.

Coastal Carolina (17-2, 2-0 Big South) at Winthrop (12-6, 3-0 Big South)

Seeding...seeding? Both of these teams should see the post-season; however, this is big series potentially for the post-season. Coastal had their 14 game winning streak snapped on Wednesday, but look for them to start another one by sweeping Winthrop.

Keep your eye on the ball:

Mississippi State at Georgia, LSU at South Carolina, Central Florida at East Carolina, Texas Tech at Baylor, Duke at North Carolina, oklahoma State at Nebraska

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