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College Baseball Weekend Roundup (Feb. 27 - Mar. 1)

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The calendar flipped months during week three and with that, hopefully mother nature flips off with the nasty weather. We also had our first no-hitters of the season!

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I'm getting that itch for warmer weather as I'm sure most of us are now that Spring is within striking distance on the calendar. Also within striking distance for college baseball fans is the beginning of conference play. Along with the commencement of conference showdowns will be the eventual release of RPI's and team and individual stat leaderboards once a meaningful amount of games have been played. Just hold on tight. We'll be there in a couple weeks. Here are the highlights from week three...

(ACC Highlights)

They weren't really challenged by the competition on hand for the Virginia Tournament in Myrtle Beach, but No. 1 Virginia won all three games this weekend and will hold on to their top ranking.

Sweeper of the Week: Georgia Tech - The Yellow Jackets outscored Indiana State 22-3 in their weekend sweep. Senior 1B A.J. Murray went 3-for-5 with a double and a HR in Saturday's game.

Stock Up: Notre Dame - Don't spill your coffee, but the Irish improved to 10-1 over the weekend with three wins at the Mercer tournament and could start garnering some poll votes.

Hitter Spotlight: Cavan Biggio - 2B - Notre Dame - Yes, that's Craig's kid, and boy are the Irish glad he made it to campus. He cranked out two bombs in Saturday's 8-2 win over Mercer and is hitting .525/.630/.950 through the first 11 games of the season.

Seniors Matter Too: They're not filing for AARP just yet, so don't forget about Senior prospects. RHP Benton Moss is considered by some one of the top Senior hurlers in this draft class and he had a heluva outing (7 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) for No. 14 North Carolina versus Rhode Island.

For draft prospect lovers, here's an ACC follow list recently released by Baseball Draft Report.

(Big 12 Highlights)

Inclement weather played bully on the Big 12 all weekend with numerous postponements and cancellations taking place.

Early conference favorite No. 9 Texas Tech only got one game in this weekend with Sacramento State.

Stock Down: No. 8 Texas didn't get in a game until Sunday and the Longhorns were handed a doubleheader sweep by San Diego yesterday.

Stock Also Down: No. 28 Baylor got their first road test at Cal State Fullerton and came up empty handed after a three game sweep.

(Big West Highlights)

Rebound of the Week: UC Irvine picked up a much needed series win over Tennessee after entering the series with a 1-6 record.

Sweeper of the Week: Cal State Fullerton - The Titans ate their wheaties this weekend in response to getting the axe from the poll and swept a solid No. 28 Baylor team in convincing fashion.

Prospect Note: Dillon Tate - RHP - UC Santa Barbara - Did anyone have a better month of February than Tate? He continued to light up radar guns and hold his mid-90's velocity deep into his Friday outing. Kiley McDaniel now considers him the number two draft prospect behind prep SS Brendan Rodgers, a quantum leap from three weeks ago.

No-No Alert: Long Beach State swept Wichita State over the weekend and in Sunday's game, freshman RHP Chris Mathewson (7 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) and Darren McCaughan (2 IP, 3 K) combined for a no-hitter.

(Mid-Major Highlights)

No-No Alert Part Deux: Alex Robinett - RHP - Army - Considered one of the top pitching prospects in the Patriot League, this Senior righty made national headlines Saturday when he tossed a no-hitter (9 IP, 0 ER, 4 BB, 10 K) versus Longwood.

Back With A Vengeance: Kevin Duchene - LHP - No. 27 Illinois - The junior lefty had a heluva season debut (7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) versus Ball State after returning from a two week suspension.

Stepping Up: Taylor Clarke - RHP - College of Charleston - Clarke struck out 11 versus Indiana and has done a superb job stepping into the Friday night role after Bailey Ober went down with TJ surgery.

Upset of the Weekend: Let's hear it for the Ivy League. Reigning champions Columbia traveled to No. 6  Houston this weekend for their first series of the year and fell one run short of a series win. Instead, they split the 4 game set. Impressive.

No. 21 UCF picked up a huge out-of-conference series win over No. 23 Ole Miss.

Sleeper Alert: Kent State - The Golden Flashes made a statement at the Chanticleer Classic this weekend, sweeping their three games versus West Virginia, Coastal Carolina, and No. 27 Illinois.

Milestone Alert: Tony Robichaux picked up his 1000th career win over the weekend as coach of Louisiana-Lafayette. Even better, the Cajuns - a top five team in the country last year - picked up a huge road series win at No. 25 Alabama.

Prospect Note: Perfect Game profiles No. 18 Maryland and ace RHP Mike Shawaryn in this article. Shawaryn struck out 12 and sat 90-93 MPH with his fastball on Friday vs Appalachian State. Remember that name for the 2016 draft.

Injury Update: According to this tweet, Cal Poly Pomona righty and possible 1st rounder Cody Ponce will miss the next few weeks with "shoulder fatigue".

(Pac-12 Highlights)

Road Warriors: No. 12 Oregon picked up a big road series win over upstart No. 26 UC Santa Barbara, besting Dillon Tate in game one by a 5-1 score. The Ducks broke out the bat in game two's 11-3 win.

Hitter Spotlight: Brandon "Kid" Cuddy - 1B - This 6'2, 215 pound junior batted 2-for-5 with a HR and 7 RBI in game two for the Ducks.

Offensive Revivalists: The No. 7 UCLA Bruins have been uncharacteristically wreaking havoc with the bats, sporting a .323 team average after sweeping Michigan State over the weekend. Junior outfielder Ty Moore, the No. 17 prospect in the Pac-12, leads the team with a .548/.615/.643 slash line.

Possible Poll Material: Southern California has raced out to a 12-0 start, albeit against shaky weekend competition. None-the-less, the Trojans could head to an intriguing matchup with Santa Barbara next weekend as a ranked team.

(SEC Highlights)

The Palmetto State Showdown: If you're aware I'm Gamecocks diehard (now you are), then you knew this wasn't seriously going to be ignored from this week's column...

N0. 10 South Carolina has won each series dating back to 2010, but Clemson made a statement at home Friday night at home with an 11-4 win, featuring a 3-run bomb from 2016 draft prospect, catcher Chris Okey.

The Gamecocks evened the series with a 4-1 win behind LHP Jack Wynkoop's strong outing (6 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 K).

We were deprived of a rubber match here in Columbia on Sunday thanks to cold and depressing rainfall. We'll find out the series winner on today.

Hot Streakin: No. 19 Texas A&M is 12-0 following their sweep of Dartmouth, their best start since 1993.

Making A Statement: No. 15 Mississippi State - The Bulldogs are also undefeated and the first team to 13 wins in the country. They picked up two big wins over Arizona along with two wins over Samford this weekend.

Pitcher Spotlight: Carson Fulmer - RHP - Vanderbilt - The likely 1st rounder set a career high with 11 strikeouts this weekend versus Illinois State.


(Photo By: Andrew Woolley)

Hitter Of The Week: Alex Bregman - SS - LSU

If you follow college baseball, you're familiar with this stud. He only won national freshman of the year in 2013. He's also considered a potential top 15 pick in the 2015 draft. Bregman smoked the ball this weekend against Princeton, batting 4-for-10 with a triple, HR, and 4 RBI's.

Bregman stands in at 6'0", 190 pounds and some scouts feel he may be more suited to play second base in pro ball. There's no doubt he can hit and brings a patient approach to the plate that should translate well to pro ball. He has modest power upside with a swing geared more towards consistent contact. He also has drawn rave reviews for his work ethic off the field and leadership on it. He had been off to a relatively slow start prior to this weekend, but if he continues to rake, there's no doubt he'll hear his name called early on draft day.

Kyle Friedrichs

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Pitcher Of The Week: Kyle Friedrichs - RHP - Long Beach State

What this redshirt senior has done thus far on the season was too good for me to ignore which led me to name him pitcher of the week. I say that with all due respect to Alex Robinett, who's no-no performance would normally land him here.

What has Friedrichs done you ask? He's the only pitcher in the country to win his first three starts AND post double digit strikeout totals in all three of them. Over the weekend, Friedrichs dominated (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K) Wichita State during the Dirtbags 7-0 win. On the season, he has struck out 34 batters in 20 innings, allowing just 12 hits and 4 earned runs.

The latest rankings via College Baseball Writers

That's it for this week and this regular season. Stay classy, not crassy, everyone.