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Weekend Primer: 10 Things We’re Watching


Another massive weekend of college baseball action is finally here, and it’s going to be a wild one over the next few days.

ACC play begins this weekend and we take a quick look at what to expect in each series, while we also take an in-depth look at 10 things we’re watching for this weekend.

Let’s get to the analysis:

1. Arkansas looks to bounce back

We haven’t lost faith in the Hogs, and they’ll be fine. But the reality is the Hogs have lost four-straight games entering this weekend’s series against a solid South Alabama club. USA is sitting at .500 overall, but this is still a dangerous club with Drake Nightengale, Ethan Wilson and others leading the way. USA is coming off a quality home series win over Gonzaga. For the Hogs, the two things to watch include the starting rotation with Connor Noland and Patrick Wicklander leading the way. Wicklander had a rough start in Houston last weekend, and he needs to get right before SEC play begins next weekend. Meanwhile, can Casey Martin carry over his midweek success? Martin looked lost in Houston last weekend but responded with a multi-hit performance in midweek action against Illinois State.

2. New Mexico State’s Nick Gonzales against Asa Lacy and A&M

The talented junior shortstop has had an amazing career with NMSU and certainly is a proven commodity after his terrific summer at the Cape Cod League. But plenty of scouts will be on hand this weekend when Gonzales faces his toughest test of the season — potential No. 1 overall pick and LHP Asa Lacy and Texas A&M. The showdown between Gonzales and Lacy on Friday night should be outstanding. As for Gonzales, his numbers so far this spring are incredible. He finished all of last season with 16 home runs, and already has 12 this spring. He’s also hitting .500 with 36 RBIs, and with an incredible 1.354 slugging percentage and 2.006 OPS. Can he keep it up against Lacy and the Aggies? We’ll find out soon.


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