Thursday, February 17, 2011

ESPN's College Baseball Coverage Beefed Up

This season Eric Sorenson of College Baseball Today will pulling double duty as he will also be writing for ESPN. The world wide leader in sports is looking to beef up its college baseball coverage for the 2011 season. In addition to on-line columns by Sorenson ESPN will be televising 17 college baseball games this season, starting with coverage of the Southeastern Louisiana/Florida International series this weekend down in the MIA (Friday & Saturday on and Saturday on ESPNU).

Here is a look at ESPN is saying about Southeastern:

When will FIU's Garrett Wittels' hit streak end?

He's got 56. The venerable Robin Ventura had 58. Southeastern Louisiana will be the opponent. ESPN will be manning the cameras. This should be fun. If FIU clears Wittels to play -- the shortstop was charged with rape in the Bahamas in December -- two big obstacles lie in his way. One, the new bats, which won't help. And two, the highly underrated pitching staff of SLU.

We can't be everywhere, but if we could, here's our top 10 for the weekend:

1. Southeastern Louisiana at Florida International

History could be made as Garrett Wittels takes his 56-game hit streak from last year and goes for the NCAA consecutive-games record, which Robin Ventura currently holds at 58 games. Beyond that, both teams are legit BracketBusters, being two of the better mid-majors in the country.

Key matchup: The Panthers were 16th in the country with a .337 team average. But the Lions have all three weekend starters back from the 27th best pitching staff in the country (4.29 ERA).

TV info: Friday at 7 p.m. ET on; Saturday at 1 p.m. on; Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU/


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