May 21, 2024

College baseball in review: Charlie Condon continues to dominate, Georgia strengthens its resume

Charlie Condon steals the headlines — and deservedly so — however Georgia is way from a one-man present.

The Bulldogs swept Vanderbilt over the weekend in Athens to enhance to 35-12 general and 13-11 in the SEC. And with an RPI that has climbed to No. 5, Georgia is in place to host a Regional for the primary time since 2019 and presumably be one of many eight nationwide seeds.

Condon, after all, is a gigantic a part of the success. The junior, who’s having fun with one of many finest offensive seasons in faculty baseball historical past, went 5-for-10 with three dwelling runs and 6 RBIs towards Vanderbilt. He has hit a house run in seven consecutive video games and leads the nation in batting common (.459) and homers (33).

Vanderbilt, in the meantime, is 11-13 in the league and has misplaced 5 consecutive SEC video games for less than the fourth time in Tim Corbin’s 21 years as the pinnacle coach. The Commodores’ streak of 17 consecutive Regional appearances — the longest in the nation — might be in jeopardy. Vanderbilt closes the season with a house sequence towards Tennessee adopted by a visit to Kentucky.

Around the horn

Tennessee continues to put strain on Kentucky in the SEC East race. The Vols remained one recreation behind the Wildcats — who gained a essential sequence at dwelling over Arkansas — by taking two of three from Florida in Gainesville. The groups cut up a doubleheader on Friday, with Tennessee profitable the opener 6-2 and Florida bouncing again for a 4-3 win in the nightcap. On Saturday, the Vols broke open an in depth recreation by scoring 11 runs in the sixth and three in the seventh to run-rule the Gators 16-3.

Florida’s two-way star Jac Caglianone suffered his first lack of the season on the mound, giving up six hits and 4 earned runs in 5 innings in Game 3. The Gators have now misplaced 5 straight SEC sequence for the primary time since 2006, after they misplaced eight straight en route to a 10-20 league file.

Tennessee, in the meantime, has gained seven consecutive sequence since opening up SEC play by shedding two of three at Alabama. The Vols are 17-7 in the league.

NC State cut up a pair with Florida State in Tallahassee and is now 26-18 general and 13-10 in the ACC. The Wolfpack nonetheless have work to do to enter the internet hosting dialogue, however with an RPI of 19 and sequence remaining towards Virginia (street) and Wake Forest (dwelling), they’ll have ample alternative to enhance their resume.

One factor is definite: NC State may be very comfy in an in depth recreation. The Pack are 8-3 in one-run video games in the ACC.

Texas’ late-season surge continued with an enormous sequence win over Oklahoma State in Austin. The Longhorns gained the primary two video games, 7-5 on Friday and 6-3 on Saturday, thanks in massive half to the play of outfielder Max Belyeu. The sophomore went a mixed 5-for-7 with a house run and 5 RBIs in the 2 wins.

Oklahoma State gained the third recreation 7-2 to create a three-way tie for second place in the Big 12. Oklahoma continues to cleared the path with an 18-6 file, with Texas, West Virginia and Oklahoma State three video games again at 15-9.

The Sooners shut the common season with Baylor at dwelling (9-15 in the Big 12) and a go to to Cincinnati (13-11).

LSU took one other step ahead, however was it sufficient? The defending nationwide champs, who have been 3-12 in the league a couple of month in the past, gained their third consecutive SEC sequence, taking two of three from then-No. 1 Texas A&M in Baton Rouge, to enhance to 31-18 general and 9-15 in the SEC.

The Tigers’ RPI is up to No. 34 — undoubtedly in vary to earn an at-large invitation — however their league file is problematic. Nothing is assured, however LSU would put itself in first rate form by going 4-2 down the stretch, with sequence at Alabama and at dwelling towards Ole Miss nonetheless on the schedule.

Indiana State swept Belmont in Terre Haute to enhance to 34-10 general and 17-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Sycamores, with an RPI of 10, are in nice place to host a Regional for the second consecutive season.

Indiana State has gained 17 straight sequence in the MVC relationship again to the top of the 2022 season.

East Carolina continues to roll in the American Athletic Conference. The Pirates took two of three from South Florida in Greenville, their sixth consecutive sequence win, and at the moment are 37-9 general and 16-5 in the AAC.

Here are some numbers to present simply how dominant ECU has been relative to the remainder of the league. In AAC video games solely:

  • They are hitting .328 as a crew, 22 proportion factors higher than No. 2 UTSA.
  • They lead the league in slugging (.510), on-base proportion (.406) and runs scored (165).
  • Their league-leading ERA of three.38 is greater than a full run decrease than the next-best crew, UAB at 4.64.
  • Their batting common towards is barely .229, 27 proportion factors decrease than every other crew in the league.

ECU hosts Duke on Tuesday in an enormous nonconference recreation. The Pirates took two of three from North Carolina early in the season and are 2-0 towards NC State in midweek video games. Another win over an upper-echelon ACC crew would add to an already robust postseason resume.

It ought to be a really fascinating ultimate two weeks in the Big Ten. Check out this mess:

  • Illinois, 13-5
  • Nebraska, 12-6
  • Purdue, 12-6
  • Indiana, 12-6
  • Iowa 13-8

There are two large sequence subsequent weekend: Nebraska hosts Indiana and Illinois hosts Iowa. The Cornhuskers, with an RPI of 21, are the one postseason lock in the league. Illinois, Indiana and Purdue are in the 60s.

We had some severe Sun Belt drama on Sunday afternoon. Troy gained the primary two video games of the sequence towards Louisiana and wanted to full the sweep to tie the Ragin’ Cajuns atop the league standings.

Didn’t occur.

The Trojans scored 5 runs in the underside of the ninth inning to tie the rating at 12-12 however misplaced 14-13 in 10 innings and at the moment are two video games behind Louisiana with two sequence remaining

Southern Miss, which swept Coastal Carolina in Hattiesburg, is three video games again at 15-9. Coastal, which has been ranked for a lot of the season, is 11-13 in the Sun Belt.

Clemson has had some epic comebacks this season, most notably towards Florida State in late March when it rallied from seven runs down in the underside of the ninth inning in Game 2 of the sequence and from down 9 in the underside of the sixth to full the sweep in Game 3.

Well, the Tigers have been on the opposite finish of a comeback on Saturday when Georgia Tech scored 11 runs in the final three innings en route to a 14-12 win at Clemson.

The Tigers nonetheless gained the sequence and proceed to set the tempo in the ACC Atlantic Division, with a 2.5-game lead over Florida State.

And lastly

• Oklahoma State left fielder Nolan Schubart went 5-for-5 with 4 dwelling runs and a double in a 21-6 win over Wichita State on Tuesday. That capped a four-game stretch in which Schubart went 14-for-20 with seven dwelling runs and 17 RBIs.

• Nebraska junior Jackson Brockett, making his first begin of the season, threw a no-hitter on Wednesday because the Huskers topped Kansas State 8-0. It was the sixth particular person no-hitter in program historical past and the primary nine-inning no-hitter since 1954.

• Notre Dame heart fielder TJ Williams entered the dialogue for catch of the yr in the Fighting Irish’s 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Friday

• Maryland-Eastern Shore dropped to 0-41 with a 10-9 loss at Le Moyne on Sunday. Mississippi Valley State went 0-14 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. St. Peter’s, which went 0-38 in 2017, is the final crew to go winless over a full season.

• Mississippi State has all however locked up a spot in the postseason — after lacking the event previous two years — and is in nice place to be one of many 16 Regional hosts. The Bulldogs took two of three from Alabama over the weekend to enhance to 32-16 general and 14-10 in the SEC.

• Travis Bazzana hit three dwelling runs in Oregon State’s 10-5 win at Washington State on Sunday. The Beavers gained two of three in Pullman.

• Arizona swept Stanford in Tucson and has a two-game lead in the Pac-12. The Wildcats are 17-7 in league play, two video games up on Utah, which misplaced two of three at Oregon.

(Photo of Charlie Condon Courtesy of Georgia Athletics)