Hawai'i (24-13) – Arizona State (28-8)
Here's a match up I'd pay to see. The Rainbows travel to Tempe to take on the Sun Devils in a non-conference game that will be a test for both teams. I feel that this game is a little more important to the WAC than it is to the Pac-10 or ASU. ASU is ranked No. 2, No. 3, or No. 4 nationally depending on your choice of polls, and Hawai'i is making a showing in a few polls as well. They are certainly the best team that Hawai'i will face this year. Let's pull for the WAC in this one.
Nevada (18-19) – University of the Pacific (15-19)
UOP travels to Reno to take on the Wolfpack. San Jose has played four games with the Tigers and has yet to play Nevada this year. I don't know what to say about this match up. These are two teams just wanting to keep sharp before big weekend conference match ups, I guess. The two teams are fairly evenly matched, and Pacific plays in the tough Big West Conference, which now has the top-rated team in the country in UC Irvine.
Louisiana Tech (18-16) – Texas Wesleyan University (33-16)
The Rams (bet you didn't know that) travel to Rustin to take on the Bulldogs in a doubleheader. I Couldn't find much information on TWU and, I must admit, I didn't look that hard. This is a pretty big jump up in quality of opponent for the NAIA Rams, who are a member of the Red River Athletic Conference. I've seen the Red River and it is a red river. All that red dirt in certain areas of Oklahoma and Texas erodes into the river and makes it, well, red. It's actually a pretty nice area. Oh, yeah, baseball. Time to empty the bench. Hey coach, give those freshmen starting pitchers of yours some extra time.
San Jose State (26-11)- University of San Francisco (19-21)
Tuesday's game is in San Francisco. This is a rematch of an earlier game at Municipal Stadium in which the Dons bested the Spartans and ended the season-starting unbeaten streak for the boys in blue. In a game that doesn't mean much I believe the Spartans are looking for some measure of revenge. Will Coach Sam Piraro pitch a different pitcher each inning as he has been in these midweek games? Well, he's got another tomorrow so they might get two or three innings each.
San Jose State – Fresno Pacific (29-14)
The Sunbirds of the NAIA Golden State Athletic Conference pay a visit to San Jose State. I checked the Sunbirds' schedule and as far as I could see, the Spartans are the only D1 opponent. Their winning ways could hide a very good team. Remember what I've said in the past, one good pitcher on any level of team can make for a good game in an otherwise unequal match up.
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