The battle for positioning in the CUSA baseball postseason race is gaining clarity. Here’s how the standings look with three weekends remaining.
Notable weekend results
1. Rice sweeps Louisiana Tech (more)
Louisiana Tech entered the weekend with a firm claim to a CUSA Tournament spot while Rice was on the fringes. The narrow games made for drama-filled days, but Rice walked away with their second consecutive CUSA sweep, propelling themselves from outside-looking-in two weeks ago to being a legitimate contender for a top-three seed.
2. UAB takes two of three from Marshall
Marshall had the opportunity to position themselves with the CUSA leaders during their three-game trip to Birmingham. Instead, they dropped two games to UAB, which had only won four CUSA games entering the weekend. With series remaining against UTSA, ODU and Rice they’ll have to work for their Tournament spot.
3. Old Dominion takes two of three from FAU
As the rest of the conference tries to get into the field, FAU is searching for the top-seed in the CUSA Tournament. After leading the league for the majority of the regular season, a Southern Miss sweep of MTSU combined with a bad weekend for the Owls against Old Dominion puts that dream in jeopardy.
Upcoming series of note
1. FAU at Southern Miss
After losing the top spot over the weekend, FAU will have the chance to take back with a head-to-head battle of CUSA’s top two squads.
2. UTSA at Marshall
It’s going to be tough any teams near the .500 mark when the postseason cut arrives. UTSA and Marshall are straddling that line with few opportunities left to make a move. A sweep from either side could push either team’s season to the brink
3. Louisiana Tech at Old Dominion
Lousiana Tech doesn’t have time for an extended skid. The Rice pitching is top-notch, but more offensive struggles against Old Dominion could be reason for fans of the Bulldogs to be concerned.