College Top 25 Tracker: April 1

1. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 24-1, 8-1 in ACC. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0 (one series pending).
The Tar Heels won Saturday’s series opener against Clemson, but Sunday’s game was suspended by rain with UNC holding a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Play will resume at 2:45 p.m. Monday, followed by the ACC Game of the Week on ESPNU. Cody Stubbs (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) hit a two-run triple to highlight UNC’s four-run first Saturday, and Matt Roberts hit a three-run homer in the third, leading the offense behind Kent Emanuel (8 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K).
RESULTS
March 26: Virginia Commonwealth: W 3-2
March 27: Winthrop: W 6-2
March 30-31: Clemson: W 10-3, suspended
UPCOMING
April 1: Clemson (DH)
April 3: @ UNC Wilmington
April 5-7: Maryland

2. VANDERBILT
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 25-4, 8-1 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0.
Vanderbilt swept Tennessee to remain tied with LSU atop the SEC’s overall standings. Spencer Navin hit a walk-off RBI single in the 12th to lift Vanderbilt to a 4-3 win Friday. Kevin Ziomek (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) bounced back from his first loss of the season last week to pitch well in a no-decision, and Brian Miller (5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) shut down the Vols out of the ‘pen to earn the win. Miller is 4-0, 0.33 with 25 strikeouts and two walks in 28 innings this year, to go along with his eight saves. Vandy broke open a 3-2 game with five runs in the eighth Saturday, highlighted by Chris Harvey’s three-run triple. Tyler Beede (7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 9 K) improved to 7-0 in that one. Kyle Smith made his SEC debut Sunday a memorable one, hitting a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh to erase a 7-6 deficit. Mike Yastrzemski (4-for-5, 2 R, RBI, 3B) led Vandy’s 16-hit attack in that one.
RESULTS
March 26: Lipscomb: W 4-1
March 29-31: Tennessee: W 4-3, W 8-3, W 12-8
UPCOMING
April 2: Middle Tennessee State
April 5-7: @ (17) Mississippi

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Aaron Nola (Photo by Andrew Woolley)

3. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 26-2, 8-1 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
LSU swept its first SEC series against Missouri—the first matchup between the two teams since 1987—to run its winning streak to eight games. LSU is off to its best 28-game start since 1986, and it is off to an 8-1 start in SEC play for the first time since 1997. Mason Katz (2-for-4) hit his 11th home run of the year to break a scoreless tie in the fourth inning Friday, and Aaron Nola (7.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) out-dueled Rob Zastryzny (7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). Katz (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI) homered again Saturday, and Christian Ibarra (2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI) went deep twice in support of Ryan Eades (8 IP, 9 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K). Katz (3-for-5, HR, 4 RBI) hit a three-run shot to highlight LSU’s decisive five-run third Friday, and Brent Bonvillain (4.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K) picked up the win with stellar relief work.
RESULTS
March 26: @ Tulane: W 14-1
March 29-31: @ Missouri: W 2-0, W 8-0, W 6-5
UPCOMING
April 2: Alcorn State
April 3: vs. Southern Mississippi @ Metairie, La.
April 5-7: (7) Kentucky

4. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 24-4, 3-0 in Big West. (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.
Fullerton blasted Pacific in a three-game sweep; the Titans have won 13 of their last 14 games. J.D. Davis and Michael Lorenzen had three hits and three RBIs apiece Thursday in support of Thomas Eshelman (8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K). Jake Jefferies (4-for-5, 2 R, 7 RBI) hit for the cycle Saturday, beginning his day with a two-run single in the first, then hitting a two-run double in the third, an RBI triple in the fifth and a two-run homer in the sixth. Justin Garza (6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) earned the win in that one. Richy Pedroza (4-for-6, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2B, 3B) and Lorenzen (3-for-5, HR, 4 RBI) led Fullerton’s 25-hit onslaught Sunday behind Grahamm Wiest (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K), as the Titans shut out an opponent for the sixth time this season.
RESULTS
March 26: Loyola Marymount: L 3-2
March 28-30: Pacific: W 9-2, W 11-6, W 25-0
UPCOMING
April 2: @ (10) UCLA
April 5-7: @ UC Davis

5. VIRGINIA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 25-3, 9-3 in ACC (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.
Virginia has opened conference play with four straight series wins, as it cruised to a pair of victories against Miami this weekend before dropping the series finale. The Cavaliers broke open a 6-4 game with nine runs in the eighth to win the series opener 15-4. Mike Papi (4-for-4, 3 R, 1 RBI, 3 2B) and Brandon Downes (2-for-4, 2 R, 5 RBI, HR) led UVa.’s 16-hit onslaught, and Austin Young (3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R) picked up the win in relief of Brandon Waddell (3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB). Reed Gragnani (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B) led a balanced 11-hit attack Saturday in support of Scott Silverstein (6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K), who improved to 5-0. Gragnani (2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2B) led the offense again Sunday, but Miami jumped on Nick Howard (4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) for four runs in the first and held on for the win.
RESULTS
March 27: Towson: W 7-1
March 29-31: Miami: W 15-4, W 8-1, L 4-3
UPCOMING
April 2: @ Liberty
April 3: Virginia Military Institute
April 5-7: @ Wake Forest

6. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 22-4, 5-1 in Pac-12 (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
Oregon State dropped its first series of the year, losing two of three on the road against hot-hitting San Diego. Kris Bryant (3-for-5, 3 RBI) hit his 13th home run of the year Thursday, leading the USD offense. Dan Child (3.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) started and struggled for OSU, which committed five errors, including two by Andy Peterson (who is filling in at shortstop for injured Tyler Smith). Danny Hayes and Jake Rodriguez had three hits apiece Friday to lead Oregon State’s 18-hit barrage in support of Matt Boyd (5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER), who improved to 6-0. The Beavers broke a 3-3 tie with seven runs in the fourth. Hayes (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and Michael Conforto (3-for-5) led the OSU offense in a losing cause Saturday, but two more OSU errors led to six unearned runs for USD.
RESULTS
March 28-30: @ San Diego: L 7-4, W 14-5, L 13-3
UPCOMING
May 2: Portland
May 5-7: @ (10) UCLA

7. KENTUCKY
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 21-6, 6-3 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
The Wildcats took two of three from Georgia. The Bulldogs forced extra innings Friday with a run in the ninth against closer Trevor Gott (1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER), but Max Kuhn’s bases-loaded walk in the 10th gave Kentucky a 3-2 win. Austin Cousino had two hits and two RBIs in support of A.J. Reed (8.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K), who was very strong in a no-decision. Reed (3-for-5, R) and J.T. Riddle (4-for-5, R, 2B) had nice days at the plate in a losing cause Saturday, as Jerad Grundy (5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 K) fell to 5-2. Cousino (3-for-4, 2 R, RBI, 2B, 3B) led the offense Sunday behind Corey Littrell (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 12 K), who set a career high for strikeouts and improved to 8-0, 1.68 in rubber games over the past two years.
RESULTS
March 27: Marshall: W 8-2
March 29-31: Georgia: W 3-2, L 7-6, W 5-0
UPCOMING
April 2: @ (9) Louisville
April 5-7: @ (3) Louisiana State

8. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 24-4, 8-4 in ACC (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
FSU went to Virginia Tech and dropped its first series of the year. The Seminoles out-hit the Hokies 11-6 Friday but hit into four double plays and managed just two runs against Brad Markey (9 IP, 11 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Sean Keselica hit an RBI double and scored in the Hokies’ critical two-run fourth against Brandon Leibrandt (4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K). Stephen McGee, Jose Brizuela and Giovanny Alfonzo combined for seven hits and seven RBIs in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, and Bryant Holtmann (2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief of Scott Sitz (3.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 1 ER). The Hokies broke a scoreless tie with four runs in the fourth in the finale against Peter Miller (3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER), who took his first loss of the season.
RESULTS
March 26: vs. Florida @ Jacksonville, Fla.: W 2-1
March 29-31: @ Virginia Tech: L 3-2, W 11-10, L 8-1
UPCOMING
April 2-3: Florida Gulf Coast
April 5-7: Miami

9. LOUISVILLE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 22-5, 4-2 in Big East. (3-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
After losing a series to Rutgers and a midweek contest at Indiana, the Cardinals bounced back to sweep Notre Dame in a matchup between Big East Conference favorites. Ty Young (3-for-5, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2 3B) led the Louisville attack Thursday in support of Chad Green (5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER). Notre Dame’s Adam Norton (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) and Louisville’s Jeff Thompson (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) each earned no-decisions in a fine duel Friday, and the Cardinals broke a 1-1 tie on Zak Wasserman’s walk-off sacrifice fly in the ninth against Dan Slania. Coco Johnson returned from injury and went 3-for-4 to lead the Louisville offense, and Nick Burdi (1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) picked up the win with overpowering relief. Johnson had three RBIs Saturday, and Cole Sturgeon, Jeff Gardner and Shane Crain chipped in two RBIs apiece in support of Anthony Kidston (5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 6 K), who replaced Jared Ruxer in the rotation and earned the victory.
RESULTS
March 27: @ (19) Indiana: L 6-2
March 28-30: (16) Notre Dame: W 10-5, W 2-1, W 10-5
UPCOMING
April 2: (7) Kentucky
April 5-7: @ Cincinnati

10. UCLA
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 18-6, 6-3 in Pac-12 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
UCLA went to Arizona State and dropped its first series of the year. Adam Plutko (8 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) allowed just four hits in a complete game Thursday but still took the loss, as the Bruins left 10 runners on base to ASU’s 4. Kasey Coffman homered twice and drove in five to lead the ASU offense Friday. The Sun Devils jumped on Nick Vander Tuig (5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) for four runs in the second, and UCLA fought back to tie the score in the sixth, but ASU answered with three in the bottom of the frame, capped by Coffman’s two-run homer. Kevin Williams (2-for-3, 3 R, 3 RBI) hit a game-winning two-run single in the 10th Saturday, and David Berg (4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) earned the win in relief. Grant Watson (2.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER) had an uncharacteristic rough outing in that slugfest.
RESULTS
March 28-30: @ Arizona State: L 4-1, L 7-4, W 12-10 (10 innings)
UPCOMING
April 2: (4) Cal State Fullerton
April 5-7: (6) Oregon State

11. OREGON
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 22-6, 8-1 in Pac-12 (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
Oregon allowed just three runs during a three-game sweep of Washington, running its winning streak to seven games and taking sole possession of first place in the Pac-12. Ryon Healy (3-for-5, 3 RBI) hit a walk-off, two-run home run in the 10th Thursday, and Jake Reed (8 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision. Tommy Thorpe (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K) and Jimmie Sherfy (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) combined on a three-hit shutout Friday, and J.J. Altobelli’s squeeze bunt in the second provided all of Oregon’s scoring. Healy (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI) powered the Oregon offense again Saturday in support of Cole Irvine (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K), who threw his first collegiate complete game and set a career high for strikeouts.
RESULTS
March 26: Portland: W 5-1
March 28-30: Washington: W 5-3, W 1-0, W 6-0
UPCOMING
April 5-7: @ (24) Arizona State

12. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 21-6, 8-4 in ACC. (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
The Yellow Jackets bounced back from their first series loss of the year at Florida State by taking two of three at home against Wake Forest. Daniel Palka (4-for-5, 2 R, RBI, HR) led Georgia Tech’s 12-hit attack in support of Buck Farmer (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K), as the Yellow Jackets won the series opener, 5-1. Earlier Friday, Georgia Tech announced that senior outfielder Brandon Thomas is out indefinitely with mononucleosis. His loss is a significant blow, as he was leading the team in hitting (.441) through 23 games. Kyle Wren (4-for-5, 4 R, RBI, HR) led the offense behind Dusty Isaacs (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K) in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Palka and A.J. Murray each belted three-run homers in the finale, but the Demon Deacons broke a 6-6 tie with two runs in the ninth, as an error and a passed ball contributed to Tech’s undoing.
RESULTS
March 26: @ The Citadel: W 5-4
March 29-31: Wake Forest: W 5-1, W 8-1, L 8-6
UPCOMING
April 2: @ Mercer
April 3: Kennesaw State
April 5-7: @ Duke

13. OKLAHOMA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 25-5, 5-1 in Big 12 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
The Sooners allowed just three runs total during its first three games of the week before losing a 10-8 slugfest in Saturday’s series finale against Kansas. Craig Aikin, Kolbey Carpenter and Matt Oberste had three RBIs apiece Thursday in support of Jonathan Gray (9 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 12 K). Oberste extended his hitting streak to a school-record 28 games with a three-run homer in the first, and Gray took a no-hitter into the seventh. Oberste (1-for-4) delivered a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th inning Friday, and Dillon Overton (6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) was strong in a no-decision for the Sooners, who extended their winning streak to 13 games and got off to their first 5-0 start in conference play since 1993. The streak ended Saturday, as KU jumped on Corey Copping (0.1 IP, 2 H, 4 ER) and Ethan Carnes (0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER) for seven runs in the first, then saw the Sooners take the lead with seven runs in the fifth, only to rally back in the late innings. Max White and Hunter Haley had two hits and three RBIs apiece in that one, and Oberste extended his hitting streak to 30 games.
RESULTS
March 26: @ Oral Roberts: W 3-1
March 28-30: Kansas: W 12-1, W 2-1, L 10-8
UPCOMING
April 2: Oklahoma State
April 5-7: @ Texas

14. ARKANSAS
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 21-8, 6-3 in SEC. (6-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
Pitching carried the Hogs to a series win against Mississippi State, as Arkansas allowed just one run in each of its two wins against MSU. The Hogs erased a 3-2 deficit on Matt Vinson’s go-ahead three-run triple in the seventh Friday, and Barrett Astin (5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) was solid in a no-decision for the Razorbacks, who won their sixth straight game. Ryne Stanek (4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) fell to 2-2 on Saturday, and Kendall Graveman (9 iP, 5 H, 1 ER) stymied the Arkansas bats. Tyler Spoon’s RBI double highlighted Arknansas’ three-run first Sunday, and Randall Fant (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) and the bullpen made the lead stand up.
RESULTS
March 26-27: Mississippi Valley State: W 6-0, W 2-1
March 29-31: (25) Mississippi State: W 5-4, L 4-1, W 3-1
UPCOMING
April 4-6: @ Alabama

15. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 22-6, 5-4 in SEC. (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
The Gamecocks rebounded from getting swept by Arkansas with a sweep of Texas A&M. Three South Carolina pitchers combined to strike out 17 batters Thursday, as Adam Westmoreland and Tyler Webb combined to work 5.2 scoreless innings of relief of Evan Beal (3.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K), and L.B. Dantzler led the South Carolina offense with two hits and two RBIs. The Gamecocks scored five runs in the first against Kyle Martin (0.1 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 3 BB) and cruised to a 6-4 win Friday. Tanner English (3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2B) led South Carolina’s 11-hit attack in support of Nolan Belcher (8.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K). Dantzler (2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI) powered the offense Saturday, and Westmoreland (4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) picked up the win in relief.
RESULTS
March 26: @ College of Charleston: W 3-1
March 28-30: Texas A&M: W 3-2, W 6-4, W 6-3
UPCOMING
April 2: Charleston Southern
April 3: @ Furman
April 5-7: @ Tennessee

16. INDIANA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 22-3, 3-0 in Big Ten (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0-1.
Indiana followed its second win this season against Louisville with a sweep at Iowa, extending its winning streak to 15 games, tying the school record set in 1996 (a streak that included three wins against Division II competition). Weather has caused the Hoosiers to play nine consecutive games on altered schedules, but that hasn’t slowed them down. Kyle Schwarber (4-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 3B), Sam Travis (2-for-5, HR, 5 RBI) and Scott Donley (3-for-5, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI) led a 23-hit barrage in Saturday’s opener. Travis and Donley combined for four hits and five RBIs in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, and Scott Effross (4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) earned the win in relief of Kyle Hart (4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). Schwarber (3-for-5, 3 R, HR, RBI) spearheaded a 13-hit attack in the finale behind Aaron Slegers (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K).
RESULTS
March 26: (10) Louisville: W 6-2
March 29-31: @ Iowa: W 16-5, W 9-6, W 6-4
UPCOMING
April 3: @ Xavier
April 5-7: Illinois

17. MISSISSIPPI
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 23-6, 4-5 in SEC (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
Mississippi’s bats went quiet in Gainesville, as the Rebels were shut out Saturday and Sunday to drop their second straight series. Will Allen (2-for-5) doubled to lead off the 11th Friday, and Ole Miss scored the game-winning run on an error later in the frame. Bobby Wahl (7.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER) was solid in a no-decision for the Rebels, and Aaron Greenwood picked up the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Ole Miss mustered just two hits Saturday against Jonathon Crawford (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K), and Mike Mayers (5.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 4 ER) fell to 2-3. Danny Young and Johnny Magliozzi shut out the Rebels on four hits Sunday, and Chris Ellis (2.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB) took the loss in his return to the weekend rotation.
RESULTS
March 27: Arkansas State: W 10-4
March 29-31: @ Florida: W 4-3, L 7-0, L 4-0
UPCOMING
April 2: @ Memphis
April 5-7: (2) Vanderbilt

18. RICE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 20-10, 4-2 in C-USA (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.
The Owls won two of three against Tulane and have yet to lose a weekend series this year. Keenan Cook (3-for-3, R, SB) led Rice’s 10-hit attack Thursday behind Austin Kubitza (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 K). Michael Aquino and Skyler Ewing had three hits and one RBI apiece Friday in support of Jordan Stephens (6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K), and Zech Lemond (2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R) picked up his eighth save. The Green Wave jumped on an erratic John Simms (1 IP, 1 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 HBP) early Saturday and held off Rice’s late rally.
RESULTS
March 26: @ Sam Houston State: L 9-3
March 28-30: Tulane: W 4-2, W 6-3, L 7-6
UPCOMING
April 1: Texas State
April 5-7: @ East Carolina

19. HOUSTON
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 23-6, 5-1 in C-USA (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
Houston won a tight, well-pitched series at Memphis. Daniel Poncedeleon (9 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) out-dueled Sam Moll (6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) in Friday’s win. Houston manufactured three runs on just four hits in the game, and that was enough for Poncedeleon, who threw his first complete game and won his fourth straight start. Kyle Survance’s tie-breaking RBI single keyed Houston’s two-run seventh in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, helping Austin Pruitt (6 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K) improve to 6-1. The Tigers scored a run in the third against Jake Lemoine (2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB) in the finale and held on for the win.
RESULTS
March 26: @ Lamar: L 6-3
March 29-31: @ Memphis: W 3-1, W 2-0 (7 innings), L 1-0 (7 innings)
UPCOMING
April 2: Sam Houston State
April 5-7: @ Marshall

20. NOTRE DAME
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 15-9, 2-4 in Big East (1-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
In a matchup between the Big East’s two favorites, the Fighting Irish were swept at Louisville, taking their first series loss of the season. The Cardinals knocked around Sean Fitzgerald (3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) on Thursday, and Eric Jagielo (3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) had a nice game in a losing cause for the Irish. Notre Dame’s Adam Norton (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) and Louisville’s Jeff Thompson (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) each earned no-decisions in a fine duel Friday, and the Cardinals broke a 1-1 tie on Zak Wasserman’s walk-off sacrifice fly in the ninth against Dan Slania. Two-sport star Pat Connaughton (3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K), who worked two scoreless innings Tuesday against Kent State after Notre Dame’s basketball season ended, made the start Sunday and took the loss. Phil Mosey’s pinch-hit grand slam in the eighth provided Notre Dame’s lone offensive highlight, but it was too little, too late.
RESULTS
March 25-26: Kent State: CCD, W 8-1
March 28-30: @ (10) Louisville: L 10-5, L 2-1, L 10-5
UPCOMING
April 2: Illinois-Chicago
April 3: Valparaiso
April 5-7: Villanova

21. CAL POLY
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 20-6, 3-0 in Big West (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
The Mustangs started Big West Conference play by sweeping UC Davis. Joey Wagman (6 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) improved to 6-1 in Thursday’s win. Jordan Ellis (2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, 3B, RBI) led the offense Thursday, then had a big game Friday (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI, 2B) to help lead a 14-hit attack behind Matt Imhof (9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). Jimmy Allen (3-for-6, 2 RBI) led the offense Saturday, and the Aggies forced extra innings with a run in the ninth against Reed Reilly (5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER), but they didn’t touch him again thereafter, setting the stage for Chris Hoo’s walk-off single in the 13th.
RESULTS
March 26: Pepperdine: L 8-6
March 28-30: UC Davis: W 5-4, W 7-1, W 6-5 (13 innings)
UPCOMING
April 5-7: @ UC Santa Barbara

22. VIRGINIA TECH
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 20-9, 7-5 in ACC (3-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-2.
The Hokies handed Florida State its first weekend series loss of the season. Virginia Tech is over .500 in the ACC after 12 games for the first time ever, and it reached the 20-win mark before April 1 for just the third time in program history, and the first time since 1992. The Seminoles out-hit the Hokies 11-6 Friday but hit into four double plays and managed just two runs against Brad Markey (9 IP, 11 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Sean Keselica hit an RBI double and scored in the Hokies’ critical two-run fourth. Mark Zagunis (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3B) led a 14-hit attack in a losing cause in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. In the finale, Andrew Rash and Chad Pinder each doubled twice and had three hits apiece in support of Joe Mantiply (6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K).
RESULTS
March 26: Virginia Military Institute: L 8-0
March 29-31: (6) Florida State: W 3-2, L 11-10, W 8-1
UPCOMING
April 2: Virginia Commonwealth
April 5-7: @ North Carolina State

23. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 18-10, 4-2 in WCC (3-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.
The Toreros handed Oregon State its first series loss of the season. Kris Bryant (3-for-5, 3 RBI) hit his 13th home run of the year Thursday, leading the USD offense behind Michael Wagner (5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). The Beavers broke a 3-3 tie with seven runs in the fourth Friday to chase Dylan Covey (3.1 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 1 K). Dillon Haupt (2-for-4, 2 R, 5 RBI, HR) powered the offense Saturday, and Max McNabb and Max Homick combined to work five innings of one-run relief.
RESULTS
March 25: Nevada-Las Vegas: W 6-3
March 26: @ Cal State Northridge: L 8-4
March 28-39: (2) Oregon State: W 7-4, L 14-5, W 13-3
UPCOMING
April 5-7: @ Loyola Marymount

24. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 15-8-1, 4-5 in Pac-12 (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
The Sun Devils bounced back from consecutive losing weekends by taking two out of three from UCLA. Trevor Williams (7.2 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) got back on track Thursday after a two-game skid, leading the Sun Devils to a 4-1 win. Adam Plutko (8 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) allowed just four hits in a complete game but still took the loss, as the Bruins left 10 runners on base to ASU’s 4. Kasey Coffman homered twice and drove in five to lead ASU to a series-clinching 7-4 win Friday. Ryan Kellogg (8 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) followed up his no-hitter with a solid start to improve to 5-0, 1.37. The Sun Devils jumped on Nick Vander Tuig (5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) for four runs in the second, and UCLA fought back to tie the score in the sixth, but ASU answered with three in the bottom of the frame, capped by Coffman’s two-run homer. Coffman (3-for-6, 2 R, 2 2B) was one of eight Sun Devils to record multiple hits in Saturday’s slugfest, but the Bruins scored twice in the 10th to win it.
RESULTS
March 28-30: (7) UCLA: W 4-1, W 7-4, L 12-10 (10 innings)
UPCOMING
April 2-3: @ Wichita State
April 5-7: (11) Oregon

25. FLORIDA ATLANTIC
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 19-9, 7-2 in Sun Belt (3-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
The Owls swept South Alabama and are tied with Western Kentucky atop the Sun Belt standings. Nathan Pittman (3-for-4, R, RBI) led FAU’s balanced 12-hit attack Friday, and Austin Gomber (7 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) picked up the win. Levi Meyer and Robert Buckley had two hits and two RBIs apiece Saturday, and Kyle Miller (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R) picked up the win with strong relief work. Jeremy Strawn (9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K) shut out the Jaguars on Sunday.
RESULTS
March 27: @ Miami: W 6-1
March 29-31: (24) South Alabama: W 6-3, W 7-6, W 3-0
UPCOMING
April 2: Lynn (Fla.)
April 5-7: @ Louisiana-Monroe

DROPPED OUT

GONZAGA (21)
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 16-10, 5-4 in WCC (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
The Zags dropped two of three at Loyola Marymount. In one of the weekend’s best pitching matchups, neither Colin Welmon (5.2 IP, 9 H, 4 ER) nor Marco Gonzales (6 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) shined Thursday, but LMU broke a 4-4 tie with three runs in the seventh to beat Gonzales, 7-4. The Lions hammered Tyler Olson (3 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) on Friday, taking control of the game with a seven-run second. Caleb Wood’s two-run triple in the seventh provided all of Gonzaga’s scoring Saturday, and that was enough support for Arturo Reyes (9 IP, 9 H, 1 ER).
RESULTS
March 26: Brown: L 6-3, W 6-5
March 28-30: @ Loyola Marymount: L 7-4, L 9-2, W 2-1
UPCOMING
April 2: @ Washington State
April 5-7: @ Portland

GEORGIA SOUTHERN (22)
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 19-8, 9-3 in SoCon (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1-1.
Georgia Southern dropped its first series of the year, losing two of three at UNC Greensboro. Chase Griffin (2-for-5, R, 2 RBI) led GSU’s balanced nine-hit attack Thursday in support of Sam Howard (6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K). Cambric Moye (3-for-5) led UNCG’s 13-hit attack Friday and delivered a game-winning RBI single with the bases loaded in the ninth. Tyler Avera (2-for-4, 2 RBI) led the offense for Georgia Southern. T.D. Davis and Garren Palmer combined for six hits and five RBIs in a losing cause Saturday, as three GSU pitchers allowed 14 hits.
RESULTS
March 26: Jacksonville: W 11-4
March 28-39: @ UNC Greensboro: W 8-4, L 5-4, L 10-6
UPCOMING
April 2: @ Jacksonville
April 5-7: @ Appalachian State

SOUTH ALABAMA (24)
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 22-7, 5-4 in Sun Belt (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
In their first series as a Top 25 team in nearly a decade, the Jaguars were swept at Florida Atlantic. Nathan Pittman (3-for-4, R, RBI) led FAU’s balanced 12-hit attack against Brandon Boyle (5 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 4 ER) and the Jaguars on Friday. Jordan Patterson (3-for-4, R, RBI, 2B) led South Alabama’s 15-hit attack Saturday, but the Owls erased a 6-2 deficit with three runs in the fifth and single runs in the seventh and eighth. The Jaguars were shut out on six hits Sunday by Jeremy Strawn.
RESULTS
March 26: @ Southern Mississippi: W 3-1
March 29-31: @ Florida Atlantic: L 6-3, L 7-6, L 3-0
UPCOMING
April 2: Mississippi State
April 3: Southeastern Louisiana
April 5-7: Florida International

MISSISSIPPI STATE (25)
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 23-8, 3-6 in SEC. (3-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-4.
Mississippi State dropped its fourth consecutive weekend series. Hunter Renfroe was 4-for-4 in Friday’s loss, and Luis Pollorena (6.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 8 BB, 5 K) made the start in place of Jacob Lindgren, who felt some tightness in his elbow this week. Kendall Graveman (9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) turned in a gem Saturday, and Renfroe (2-for-4, R) led the MSU offense again. For the second straight series finale, Mississippi State’s starter failed to record an out in the first inning, as Ben Bracewell (0.0 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB) struggled. Ross Mitchell (6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R) was strong in relief, but the damage was done in the first inning.
RESULTS
March 26: Austin Peay State: W 13-5
March 29-31: @ (15) Arkansas: L 5-4, W 4-1, L 3-1
UPCOMING
April 2: @ South Alabama
April 5-7: Florida

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