Five Top 25 teams wrapped up weekend series on Monday. Here's a quick roundup:
• No. 5 North Carolina won the rubber game of its series against No. 20 North Carolina State, 7-4. Tommy Coyle hit a grand slam in the second inning against Logan Jernigan (2.1 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 4 ER) to put UNC up 5-1. The Wolfpack chipped away at UNC's lead, getting back within a run in the seventh inning, but Jacob Stallings gave the Tar Heels some breathing room with a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh. UNC got strong relief work from R.C. Orlan (3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) and Michael Morin (2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K).
• Three other ranked teams were going for sweeps Monday, but only No. 24 San Diego completed it, beating Santa Clara 12-4. Kris Bryant homered and drove in two in support of Dylan Covey (5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), and James Pazos (4 IP, 3 H, 0 R) was strong in relief. The Toreros improved to 21-6.
• Southern California avoided a sweep at No. 2 Stanford with an 8-4 win. Garrett Stubbs' two-run triple highlighted USC's five-run first against John Hochstatter (1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 0 ER), and Stephen Tarpley (6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 ER) kept Stanford's offense in check. The Cardinal's explosive offense has produced just 11 runs over its past four games.
• Washington State blitzed Grant Watson (1.2 IP, 8 H, 8 ER) for nine runs over the first two innings in a 10-4 win, as the Cougars salvaged the series finale at No. 6 UCLA. Ty Jackson's three-run homer and Adam Nelubowich's two-run shot highlighted the Wazzu rallies, and Kyle Swannack (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) earned the win. Scott Simon (4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) was strong in relief for the Cougars, while the Bruins got good bullpen work from Eric Jaffe (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R). UCLA's Eric Filia-Snyder started in left field in place of Cody Keefer, who sprained his wrist sliding for a ball Saturday (X-rays were negative, and Keefer is considered day to day).
Washington State followed with another win later Monday at Long Beach State, 11-1. Nelubowich went 2-for-4 with four runs in support of Tanner Chleborad (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K).
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