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College Top 25: March 26

Less than a week after dismissing top freshmen Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Fuller, South Carolina won a road series against Mississippi State and ascended to the top spot in the Baseball America Top 25 rankings. Next up for the Gamecocks in the Southeastern Conference is a three-game set with Vanderbilt, which fell from No. 1 to No. 3 following a series loss to Arkansas.

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Ain’t Life Grand?

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Wednesday was a wild day in college baseball, featuring the fall of the nation’s last unbeaten team, a near-record for hit batsmen in a game, and not one but two […]

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Keydets On The Warpath

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In its first game since the Lonnie Chisenhall/Nick Fuller bombshell became public, South Carolina rolled over UNC Asheville 9-2 last night. Gamecocks coach Ray Tanner’s news conference earlier in the […]

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Three Strikes: March 19

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Three Strikes reflects on the opening weekend of league play in the bruising Southeastern Conference, as well as assessing Virginia's series victory at then-No. 1 North Carolina and Oregon State's boffo start to defending its national championship.

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College Top 25: March 19

Vanderbilt ascended to the No. 1 spot in Baseball America's Top 25 rankings for the first time ever after winning its Southeastern Conference-opening series against No. 23 Mississippi.

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Mainieri Event

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Before we get to this week's mailbag question about Louisiana State, let's update some injury situations elsewhere in the SEC. Tennessee appears on the verge of getting both of its banged-up All-Americans back in the lineup, but Arkansas might have lost one of its weekend starters.

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Three Strikes: March 12

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Three Strikes checks in on struggling Miami, which fell out of the Top 25 rankings, as well as Cal State Fullerton's lost weekend at East Carolina and the crowded group of qualified teams sitting just outside the Top 25.

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College Top 25: March 12

The top three teams remain the same in Baseball America's Top 25 rankings, as both No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Vanderbilt went 4-0 last week, and No. 3 South Carolina swept its weekend series.

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Sogard Goes So-Yard

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TEMPE, Ariz--How does a baseball junkie kill time on a Friday night in Phoenix? Simple, go check out some college baseball. My trip to Arizona fortuitously collided with an Arizona State-Long Beach State matchup, so at trip to Tempe was in order.I was not the only one with a jonesing for some Friday night lights as Long Beach State alums Troy Tulowitzki and Cesar Ramos jetted over from Rockies and Padres camp to check out the action.

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Pirates Do It Again

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Greenville is starting to become the place to be on Friday nights in the Carolinas. Last Friday, East Carolina faced off with Pepperdine and Barry Enright, one of the top college righthanders in this year’s draft class. The Pirates fell behind 4-1 early then before coming back against Enright to win 5-4. This week ECU hosted another of the nation’s top righties, Cal State Fullerton’s Wes Roemer, and the result was similar. Roemer, known for his impeccable command, left a few pitches over the heart of the plate and paid for it, as ECU scored three runs on a pair of homers in the fifth inning en route to a 6-1 win. Roemer’s fastball lacked explosivity, sitting in the 86-88 mph range and topping out at 90 in the first inning, though he did flash some very good changeups and threw plenty of fringe-average sliders. The Pirates certainly weren’t intimidated, hanging six runs on him over six innings of work. Meanwhile, ECU righthander T.J. Hose was tough again, unleashing a steady diet of 78-79 mph sliders and mid-80s fastballs with good movement. He allowed just one run on three hits while striking out six over seven innings of work. The Titans looked a little sluggish, perhaps still recovering from a red-eye flight early Thursday morning, though I’m sure Coach George Horton will not use that as an excuse. The next two games here should be very interesting; it’s clear this ECU club is gaining confidence every week.

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