A look at the midweek games in WAC baseball

San Jose State head across the Bay this evening to take on the University of San Francisco, then return home on Wednesday to host NAIA member Fresno Pacific. Inside Sparta previews those game, and the other mid-week WAC contests.

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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