We'll recap all of Sunday's Top 25 action in tomorrow's Top 25 Tracker. Here's a rundown of some highlights outside the Top 25:
• Wake Forest junior lefthander Brian Holmes threw a no-hitter in the Demon Deacons' 5-1 win against Marshall. He struck out 10 while hitting three batters and walking one in Wake's first no-hitter since Ben Clayton against UNC Greensboro in 2000.
"He sat 86-88 all game, stayed out of the middle of the plate, kept hitters off balance with a good changeup and slider mix—battled all game," said an area scout on hand.
The Demon Deacons also beat Eastern Michigan earlier Sunday to finish off a 4-0 weekend and run their winning streak to eight games.
• We started to suspect in the first two weeks that the ACC might be deeper than usual this year, and fellow ACC upstart Maryland continued to roll, sweeping a four-game set against Manhattan to improve to 9-1. Brett Harman (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) turned in his third straight strong outing in a 9-0 win Sunday. Meanwhile, Boston College lost its finale at Florida Gulf Coast, 8-5, but still won the road series and and is off to a strong 6-3 start. And Virginia Tech is off to an 11-2 start after finishing a four-game sweep of Yale with two wins Sunday. The Hokies lack marquee victories, but they did beat Coastal Carolina last weekend.
• Texas State is on an incredible roll. The Bobcats notched their school-record fifth consecutive shutout in a 5-0 win against Notre Dame on Sunday behind a dominant start from So. RHP Kyle Finnegan (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 12 K). A Notre Dame press release said Finnegan sat in the 93-95 mph range and topped out at 96 repeatedly, including in the seventh inning. The Bobcats have now recorded 50 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings and have not allowed an earned run in 54 1/3 innings. The NCAA record for consecutive scoreless innings is 64 by Arizona State in 1978. Texas State's first two shutouts came on the road against Houston and TCU.
• East Carolina won its third straight low-scoring, one-run game against Stony Brook, 4-3 behind Jharel Cotton (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). First-team preseason All-American Travis Jankowski had three hits for the Seawolves, who did nothing to dispel the notion that they are one of the best teams in the North this year, despite getting swept.
• Vanderbilt had a nice rebound weeking, completing a three-game sweep of Rhode Island with a 12-8 win behind a big game from catcher Spencer Navin (3-for-6, 3 R, 4 RBI, HR). Tyler Beede (1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER) came out of the bullpen and got hit a bit, and Sam Selman (5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) got the start and earned a no-decision.
• Mississippi State completed a 4-0 weekend with a 16-6 bludgeoning of Lipscomb. The Bulldogs, who have been knocking on the door to the Top 25 since the preseason, are 10-2.
• Purdue wrapped up an unbeaten weekend at the Auburn Tournament with a 5-2 win against Charleston Southern. The Boilermakers are 8-1 and are also making a case for a ranking, along with Maryland, Texas State, Gonzaga and others.
• Speaking of Gonzaga, the Bulldogs completed a 3-0 weekend at the UTSA Classic with a 7-2 win against Kansas, improving them to 10-0 on the season. Steven Halcomb (4-for-5, 4 R, 2 RBI) led a 14-hit attack in support of Andy Hunter (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K).
• Nick Schneeberer's seventh-inning grand slam broke open a 2-2 game, propelling Tulane to a 7-2 win in a big rubber game against Alabama. The Green Wave is 9-2.
• Princeton upset Florida Atlantic, 8-5, to split the four-game series, likely keeping the Owls out of the Top 25 for now. FAU also lost a midweek game to Miami to post a 2-3 week.
• Wichita State avoided a four-game sweep with a 4-2 win in the series finale at Hawaii, snapping the Rainbows' eight-game winning streak.
• Conference play started in the SoCon, as Elon visited College of Charleston. The Cougars won the series opener, but the Phoenix rose from the ashes with a doubleheader sweep Sunday, 4-2 and 3-2.
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