Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 24-4, 6-3 in SEC. (11-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
The Gators dropped a tightly contested series at Ole Miss, their first series loss of the season. The Rebels pounced on Hudson Randall (6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) for three runs in the first Friday, and just one Florida baserunner advanced past second base against Bobby Wahl. The Gators erased a 3-2 deficit with six runs in the eighth Saturday, highlighted by Vickash Ramjit’s three-run homer. Jonathon Crawford (1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER) continued to start in place of Karsten Whitson on Sunday, and the Rebels built an early 5-0 lead against him. Florida rallied back to tie the game, but Preston Tucker (playing in as part of a six-man infield) committed a throwing error in the ninth to allow the winning run to score. Whitson was originally slated to return from arm soreness this week, but the Gators opted to continue exercising caution, and he could be back in action next week.
March 27: vs. (6) Florida State @ Jacksonville, Fla.: W 4-1
March 30-April 1: @ (16) Mississippi: L 3-0, W 9-4, L 7-6
April 3: @ North Florida
April 5-7: (12) Louisiana State
2. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 24-4, 11-1 in ACC (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0.
Though the Seminoles fell to 0-2 in midweek games against rival Florida, they rebounded with a sweep of Virginia Tech to improve to 11-1 in the ACC, giving them a three-game lead over N.C. State in the Atlantic Division. Devon Travis and Jayce Boyd had three hits apiece in support of Brandon Liebrandt (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) on Friday. Fellow freshman Mike Compton (7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) improved to 6-0 in Saturday’s win, and Robert Benincasa worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save. Travis kickstarted FSU’s decisive two-run fourth-inning rally with a leadoff double in that one. Justin Gonzalez (2-for-5, 4 RBI) led a 14-hit attack in support of Peter Miller (5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) on Sunday, as the Seminoles scored six runs in the first and four more in the third to break the game wide open.
March 27: vs. (1) Florida @ Jacksonville: L 4-1
March 30-April 1: Virginia Tech: W 5-2, W 2-1, W 11-4
April 3-4: Florida Gulf Coast
3. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 22-6, 9-3 in ACC. (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0.
After starting the week with a win against rival N.C. State in the rubber game of that series, North Carolina won a tight series against Wake Forest to improve to 9-3 in the ACC, a game in front of Miami in the Coastal Division. The Tar Heels came from behind with five runs in the eighth inning to tie Friday’s game at 6-6, but the Demon Deacons won it on Mark Rhine’s sacrifice fly in the 12th against Michael Morin (4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Lefthanders Tim Cooney (7.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER) and Kent Emanuel (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) were solid in no-decisions for Wake and UNC, respectively. Michael Russell (2-for-2, 3 RBI) hit a two-run double to highlight UNC’s five-run first inning Saturday. Benton Moss (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) was strong in a no-decision Sunday, but Wake Forest tied the game with a run in the ninth against Morin, only to lose on Parks Jordan’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the frame. UNC shortstop Tommy Coyle committed an error in all three games to give him 13 on the year (for an .895 fielding percentage).
March 26: (20) North Carolina State: W 7-4
March 28: Coastal Carolina: W 7-6 (10 innings)
March 30-April 1: Wake Forest: L 7-6 (12 innings), W 7-3, W 4-3
April 4: Elon
April 6-8: @ (18) Miami
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 21-7, 7-2 in Pac-12. (6-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0.
The Wildcats swept Stanford for the first time since 1993 in front of 10,656 fans at Hi Corbett Field—Arizona’s largest three-game series attendance since 1992 (the last year Arizona hosted a regional). Stanford ace Mark Appel carried a 7-4 lead into the ninth inning Friday, but the Wildcats rallied for four runs in the ninth to win. Bobby Brown’s two-run single up the middle tied the game, but Jake Stewart overran the ball in center field, allowing Seth Mejias-Brean to race all the way around from first with the winning run. Mejias-Brean and Brown combined for seven hits and six RBIs for the Wildcats, who committed five errors behind Kurt Heyer (8 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 11 K). Konner Wade (9 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) and James Farris (9 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) followed with back-to-back complete games for Arizona. Robert Refsnyder’s three-run homer broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth Sunday, and Mejias-Brean had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 21 games.
March 30-April 1: (2) Stanford: W 8-7, W 4-2, W 6-2
April 4: @ Utah Valley
April 5-7: @ Utah
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 20-5, 7-2 in Pac-12. (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
The Bruins swept a three-game series at Utah and are tied with Arizona for first place in the Pac-12. Jeff Gelalich (3-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI) hit his sixth homer of the year to lead a 16-hit attack Friday in support of Adam Plutko (6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 6 K). Tyler Heineman (3-for-3, 3 R, 2 RBI) led the offense Saturday behind Nick Vander Tuig (5.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER). Beau Amaral homered and Trevor Brown hit a two-run single in UCLA’s three-run first inning Sunday, and Grant Watson (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) rebounded from a rocky start Monday to improve to 6-1 on the season. Heineman went 8-for-12 in UCLA’s four games on the week and has reached safely in each of his last 10 plate appearances. Closer Scott Griggs also had a strong week, working 3.1 scoreless innings over three appearances. Gelalich has reached safely in all 25 of UCLA’s games, helping the Bruins improve their team batting average by 66 points (to .312) from their average after 25 games a year ago.
March 26: Washington State: L 10-4
March 30-April 1: @ Utah: W 16-0, W 9-6, W 5-1
April 5-7: (22) Oregon
Last Week: 1-4. Overall: 16-6, 2-4 in Pac-12. (8-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
Stanford was swept by Arizona for the first time since 1993. Mark Appel (8 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) carried a 7-4 lead into the ninth inning Friday, but the Wildcats rallied for four runs in the ninth to win. Three Stanford errors resulted in three unearned runs against Brett Mooneyham (7.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) on Saturday, and the Wildcats out-hit the Cardinal 10-3. Stanford’s bats remained quiet Sunday, producing just six hits against James Farris, as John Hochstatter (4.2 IP, 10 H, 5 ER) fell to 3-3 on the season.
March 26: Southern California: L 8-4
March 27: @ UC Davis: PPD
March 28: St. Mary’s: W 10-4
March 30-April 1: @ (8) Arizona: L 8-7, L 4-2, L 6-2
April 2: St. Mary’s
April 5-7: @ Washington
7. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 22-6, 4-2 in Big 12 (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
The Aggies won a hard-fought series against Missouri. A&M broke a 6-6 tie Friday with two runs in the eighth on a balk and a bases-loaded walk. A week after throwing a two-hit shutout at Pepperdine, Michael Wacha (6.1 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was knocked around in a no-decision Friday. Ross Stripling (7.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) took his first loss of the year Saturday, as the Aggies rallied for three runs in the seventh but had the tying run thrown out at the plate on a failed squeeze attempt. Krey Bratsen and Tyler Naquin had three hits apiece Sunday in support of Rafael Pineda (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). The Tigers stormed back with five runs in the ninth against the A&M bullpen, but the Aggies answered in the bottom of the frame, as Bratsen delivered a walk-off RBI single.
March 27: Houston Baptist: W 7-2
March 30-April 1: Missouri: W 8-6, L 4-3, W 7-6
April 3: Texas-San Antonio
April 5-7: Oklahoma
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 27-2, 7-2 in SEC (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.
The Wildcats won their second straight road series, this time against a ranked Georgia team. Kentucky erased a 6-0 deficit with six runs in the seventh inning in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, but Georgia answered with a run in the bottom of the frame and held on to win. Michael Williams (3-for-5, 4 RBI) led Kentucky’s 14-hit attack in the back-and-forth second game. Austin Cousino and Thomas McCarthy had two hits and three RBIs apiece Sunday, leading a 16-hit barrage in support of Corey Littrell (7.2 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K).
May 27: Western Kentucky: W 7-4
March 31-April 1: @ (25) Georgia: L 7-6, W 9-8, W 11-2
April 4: Dayton
April 6-8: (10) Mississippi
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 21-9, 4-2 in C-USA. (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1-1.
Rice won a tightly contested home series against Southern Miss. Eight Owls recorded hits Friday in a balanced 12-hit attack in support of Matthew Reckling (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). Jordan Stephens allowed three walks and a double in an inning-plus Saturday, and the Rice offense mustered just a run on nine hits, though John Simms (4.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) provided sterling relief in defeat. USM built a 6-0 lead against Andrew Benak (3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) and Taylor Wall on Sunday, but the Owls stormed back to win, led by Michael Fuda (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR).
March 27: @ Lamar: W 17-2
March 30-April 1: Southern Mississippi: W 6-3, L 2-1, W 8-6
April 3: Sam Houston State
April 5-7: @ Tulane
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 20-8, 5-4 in SEC. (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1-1.
The Rebels drew 27,991 fans (a Swayze Field record for a regular-season series) over three games against Florida, and they did not disappoint the Ole Miss faithful, handing the Gators their first series loss of the year. Bobby Wahl (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K) allowed just one Gator to advance past first base in the longest outing of his career Friday, and Matt Snyder’s two-run homer highlighted Mississippi’s three-run first. R.J. Hively (5.1 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, but the Gators erased a 3-2 deficit with six runs in the eighth against the Ole Miss bullpen. Alex Yarbrough (4-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI) led Mississippi’s 14-hit attack Sunday, as Florida rallied from an early 5-0 hole to tie the game, but the Rebels won on a throwing error in the ninth.
March 27: Jackson State: W 12-0
March 30-April 1: (1) Florida: W 3-0, L 9-4, W 7-6
April 3: vs. Southern Mississippi @ Pearl, Miss.
April 6-8: @ (8) Kentucky
11. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 20-8, 3-6 in SEC. (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
The Gamecocks rebounded from back-to-back series losses by winning two of three at Vanderbilt. Christian Walker (2-for-3, 3 R, 3 RBI) homered twice behind Michael Roth (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) on Friday, and Matt Price struck out five over three hitless innings of relief. Eleven Commodores recorded hits in support of Tyler Beede (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) on Saturday, as Evan Beal (3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) moved into the South Carolina rotation and took the loss. The man he replaced, Forrest Koumas, allowed three runs without getting an out in relief, as Vandy broke open a scoreless game withs even in the fourth. Walker (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) homered again Sunday, a game-winning two-run shot in the 13th. Price (6 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) allowed the tying run in the sixth but followed with five stellar innings of relief before handing off to Jordan Montgomery (2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K).
March 27: @ The Citadel: W 7-3
March 30-April 1: @ Vanderbilt: W 8-3, L 12-4, W 6-4 (13 innings)
April 4: @ College of Charleston
April 6-8: Tennessee
12. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 22-6, 6-3 in SEC. (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
LSU swept a three-game series against Arkansas, with the last two wins coming in walk-off fashion. JaCoby Jones (4-for-5, 2B, R, RBI) and Raph Rhymes (2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI) led a 17-hit attack Friday in support of Kevin Gausman (6.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 12 K), who set a career high for strikeouts in a game. Rhymes, Ty Ross and Tyler Hanover each hit their first homers of the year, giving LSU its first three-homer game since May 21, 2010. Ross delivered a walk-off RBI single in the ninth Saturday. Arkansas’ Ryne Stanek (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) and LSU’s Ryan Eades (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) earned no-decisions in that fine pitcher’s duel. Aaron Nola (6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) turned in another strong start Sunday, and relievers Nick Goody, Chris Cotton and Joey Bourgeois combined for 5.1 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief. Jared Foster’s RBI infield single scored Rhymes (2-for-4, RBI) with the winning run in the 11th. Rhymes finished the weekend with three multi-hit games and is hitting .491 through 28 games this season.
March 28: Louisiana-Lafayette: W 5-0
March 30-April 1: (3) Arkansas: W 10-6, W 2-1, W 3-2 (11 innings)
April 3: Louisiana College
April 5-7: @ (1) Florida
Last Week: 0-3. Overall: 22-6, 5-4 in SEC. (1-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
Arkansas sustained its first series loss of the year, getting swept at LSU. D.J. Baxendale (2.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) struggled Friday, and the Tigers broke open a 6-5 game with four runs in the fifth against Cade Lynch. Arkansas’ Ryne Stanek (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) and LSU’s Ryan Eades (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) earned no-decisions in a fine pitcher’s duel Saturday, but the Tigers got to closer Barrett Astin for a run in the ninth. LSU won in walk-off fashion again Sunday, beating Astin again on Jared Foster’s RBI infield single in the 11th. Nolan Sanburn (3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K) moved into the Sunday starter spot in that one, and Brandon Moore (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) provided strong relief.
March 30-April 1: @ (15) Louisiana State: L 10-6, L 2-1, L 3-2 (11 innings)
April 6-8: Georgia
14. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 17-10, 2-1 in Big West (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
After splitting a two-game road series at Arizona State, the Titans opened Big West play with a series win against Northridge. Richy Pedroza and Carlos Lopez had three hits apiece in support of Dylan Floro (9 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) on Friday. Anthony Trajano, who reassumed the starting shortstop job before the Arizona State trip, went 4-for-4 with three runs to lead Fullerton’s 14-hit attack Saturday, and Dimitri DeLaFuente (3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) picked up his first win of the year in relief. Michael Lorenzen worked a scoreless ninth for his 10th save in that one. CSUN’s Jerry Keel (9 IP, 9 H, 1 ER) bested Grahamm Wiest (9 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) on Sunday, as the Matadors took control of the game with four runs in the third.
March 27-28: @ (14) Arizona State: L 1-0, W 9-5
March 30-April 1: Cal State Northridge: W 7-2, W 8-6, L 5-1
April 3: @ San Diego State
April 5-7: UC Davis
15. CENTRAL FLORIDA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 23-6, 5-1 in C-USA (0-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0.
UCF swept a road series at Houston, outscoring the Cougars 20-5 in three games. Six Knights posted multi-hit games in support of Brian Adkins (5.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER) on Friday. D.J. Hicks (2-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI) hit his eighth homer Saturday, a three-run shot during UCF’s six-run fifth inning in support of Chris Matulis (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 3 K). Ray Hanson (5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) was solid in a no-decision Sunday, and Joe Rogers (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) earned the win in relief, as Hicks and Chris Taladay (3-for-5) delivered RBI singles in the 10th.
March 27: @ Florida Atlantic: W 11-3
March 30-April 1: @ Houston: W 8-3, W 9-1, W 3-1 (10 innings)
April 4: @ (18) Miami
April 6-8: Alabama-Birmingham
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 22-7, 9-0 in Big 12 (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
The Bears swept their third straight Big 12 series to run their winning streak to 11 games. Baylor broke a 4-4 tie Friday with three runs in the eighth (two of them on bases-loaded walks), helping Brad Kuntz (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) pick up the win in relief of Josh Turley (6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER). The Bears erased a 4-1 deficit against red-hot OSU ace Andrew Heaney by scoring three runs in the sixth in that one. Trent Blank (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) improved to 7-0 in Saturday’s win, as the Bears got solo homers from Dan Evatt and Cal Towey. Towey’s three-run homer in the seventh tied Sunday’s game, and Baylor answered OSU’s run in the top of the 13th with two in the bottom of the frame, capped by Turley’s walk-off RBI single. Joey Hainsfurther (4.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R) provided sterling relief work in that one.
March 27: @ Houston: W 14-5
March 30-April 1: Oklahoma State: W 7-4, W 3-2, W 5-4 (13 innings)
April 3: Texas State
April 5-7: @ Missouri
17. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 19-7, 8-4 in ACC (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
After losing Monday’s rubber game at North Carolina, the Wolfpack bounced back with a midweek win against ECU and a series win over Virginia. Ethan Ogburn (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) stifled the UVa. offense Friday, as freshmen Brett Austin and Logan Ratledge drove in two runs apiece for the Wolfpack. Branden Kline (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2, BB, 10 K) and Carlos Rodon (6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 12 K) were strong in no-decisions Saturday, and Virginia overcame a 2-0 deficit with five runs in the final three frames. Ratledge homered Sunday and delivered a game-tying RBI single in the ninth, when the ‘Pack scored the winning run on third baseman Nick Howard’s errant throw to the plate.
March 26: @ (4) North Carolina: L 7-4
March 28: East Carolina: W 4-3 (11 innings)
March 30-April 1: Virginia: W 5-1, L 5-2, W 7-6
April 4: @ Old Dominion
April 6-8: @ Maryland
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 21-7, 8-4 in ACC (1-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
Miami dropped a road series at Clemson but salvaged a win in Sunday’s finale. The Tigers broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the sixth against Eric Erickson (6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) on Friday, and Matt Campbell (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) and Scott Firth (1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) came out of the bullpen to shut down the Miami offense. Richie Shaffer’s two-run double down the right-field line broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh Saturday, as Dominic Leone (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) out-dueled Erich Whaley (6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER). Nine Hurricanes recorded hits in a balanced attack Sunday, and Dale Carey’s two-run single highlighted Miami’s decisive three-run seventh. Steven Ewing (5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) was solid in a no-decision, and Eric Nedeljkovic (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief.
March 28: St. Thomas (Fla.): W 11-4
March 30-April 1: @ Clemson: L 3-1, L 3-1, W 4-2
April 4: (15) Central Florida
April 6-8: (3) North Carolina
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 20-5, 4-2 in Big Ten (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0-1.
The Boilermakers capped a four-win week with a series win against Penn State. Eric Charles (2-for-3, 3 RBI) led a balanced 11-hit attack in support of Joe Haase (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) on Friday. Lance Breedlove (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) and Penn State starter Joe Kurrasch (7.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) each carried no-hitters into the seventh inning Saturday, and Kevin Plawecki’s leadoff single sparked Purdue’s two-run rally in the seventh, helping coach Doug Schreiber pick up his 400th career win. It was Breedlove’s second straight complete game. Calvin Gunter (1.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 3 ER) was knocked around Sunday, and the bullpen provided little relief, as the Nittany Lions pounded out 19 hits.
March 27: Louisville: W 2-1 (10 innings)
March 28: IPFW: W 6-1
March 30-April 1: Penn State: W 9-3, W 2-0, L 16-6
April 4: vs. Anderson (Ind.) @ Indianapolis
April 6-8: @ Northwestern
20. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 17-8, 6-3 in Pac-12. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
After splitting Saturday’s doubleheader, the Beavers won Sunday’s rubber game against Washington to remain tied with Oregon for second place in the Pac-12, a game behind UCLA and Arizona. Ben Wetzler (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) was outstanding in a no-decision in the opener, but the Huskies broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the top of the 10th. Nine Beavers recorded hits in support of Dan Child (8 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K) in the second game. Jace Fry (7 IP, 2 H, R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) gave the Beavers a third strong start Sunday, overcoming three OSU errors to pick up his second win. Michael Conforto hit his sixth homer of the year in that one, and Tyler Smith added two hits and two RBIs. Smith leads the team with a .463 average.
March 27: @ Portland: PPD
March 31-April 1: Washington: L 3-2, W 9-0, W 5-3
April 3: Portland
April 5-7: @ (24) Arizona State
21. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 23-7, 5-1 in WCC (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
The Toreros won a road series at defending WCC champ San Francisco. Calvin Drummond (9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) upstaged USF first-rounder-to-be Kyle Zimmer (7.1 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) on Friday, as the Toreros broke open a close game in the final three innings to win 6-1. Dillon Haupt (3-for-5, 2 RBI) homered in support of Drummond, who improved to 6-1 on the season. All nine starters recorded hits Saturday as part of a 15-hit attack in support of Paul Sewald (6.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K). Dylan Covey (7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) was a tough-luck loser Sunday.
March 26: Santa Clara: W 12-4
March 30-April: @ San Francisco: W 6-1, W 11-5, L 1-0
April 5-7: Gonzaga
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 18-8, 6-3 in Pac-12 (6-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
The Ducks swept a three-game series against Arizona State for the first time ever. Oregon allowed just one run in Saturday’s doubleheader sweep. Alex Keudell (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R) pitched the first complete-game shutout of his career to out-duel Brady Rodgers (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) in the opener, as Aaron Jones hit a game-winning solo homer in the sixth inning. Jake Reed (7.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) bested Trevor Williams (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) in the nightcap, as Kyle Garlick homered twice for Oregon. Jones (2-for-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI) led the offense again Sunday, as Brando Tessar (6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 6 BB, 5 K) improved to 4-0 despite some wildness. Jimmie Sherfy struck out Nathaniel Causey with the bases loaded in the ninth to end it.
March 27-28: @ Texas State: L 11-3, L 7-6
March 31-April 1: (14) Arizona State: W 1-0, W 3-1, W 4-3
April 5-7: @ (5) UCLA
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 17-11, 6-3 in SEC (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
Auburn has atoned for three straight losing weekends to start the season by winning three straight series against SEC West powers Ole Miss (on the road), LSU and Mississippi State. Derek Varnadore (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) and Slade Smith (3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER) were solid in defeat Friday, but the Tigers made three errors behind them, leading to three unearned runs. The Tigers jumped out to a 6-0 lead through three innings Saturday behind Will Kendall (6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K), and Blake Austin’s three-run homer highlighted Auburn’s four-run seventh, providing some crucial insurance. Justin Bryant (3-for-5, R, 2 RBI, 2B) led a 12-hit attack Sunday in support of Daniel Koger (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K), and Smith (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) sparkled in relief to earn his third save.
March 27: @ Samford: L 8-5
March 30-April 1: Mississippi State: L 5-3, W 10-6, W 8-2
April 3: Jacksonville State
April 6-8: @ Alabama
24. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 1-4. Overall: 16-12, 3-6 in Pac-12. (2-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
After splitting a pair of midweek games against Fullerton, the Sun Devils went to Oregon and were swept by the Ducks for the first time ever. Alex Keudell (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R) out-dueled Brady Rodgers (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Jake Reed (7.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) bested Trevor Williams (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) in another good duel in the nightcap. ASU trailed 4-1 heading into the ninth Sunday, then rallied for two runs, but Nathaniel Causey struck out with the bases loaded to end it.
March 27-28: (13) Cal State Fullerton: W 1-0, L 9-5
March 31-April 1: @ (23) Oregon: L 1-0, L 3-1, L 4-3
April 5-7: (20) Oregon State
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 15-11, 5-1 in Big 12 (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2-1.
The Longhorns dropped two of three against Cal in Round Rock. Six Longhorns posted multiple hits in a balanced 15-hit attack Friday behind Nathan Thornhill (7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K), as Texas pounded Justin Jones (2.2 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 6 ER). Cal’s Chadd Krist (3-for-5, 3 R, 5 RBI, 2B, HR) led Cal’s 17-hit attack behind Matt Flemer (8 IP, 8 H, 2 ER), as Parker French (4.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 3 ER) took his first collegiate loss. Christian Summers got the start at shortstop in that one but was yanked after committing two errors. Corey Knebel (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) provided strong relief in defeat Sunday.
March 28: Texas-Pan American: W 9-5
March 30-April 1: vs. California @ Round Rock, Texas: W 13-3, L 12-2, L 6-5
April 5-7: @ Texas Tech
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 18-11, 4-5 in SEC (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-3.
The Bulldogs won the series opener against Kentucky before losing the next two to sustain their third series loss in the last four weekends. Georgia led 6-0 until Kentucky rallied for six runs in the seventh against Alex Wood (6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) and Bryan Benzor in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, but the Bulldogs answered with a run in the bottom of the frame on Brett DeLoach’s RBI double. DeLoach and Conor Welton had three hits and two RBIs apiece in a back-and-forth affair in the second game. Michael Palazzone (5 IP, 11 H, 8 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was knocked around in Sunday’s blowout loss.
March 27: Clemson: L 10-5
March 31-April 1: (10) Kentucky: W 7-6, L 9-8, L 11-2
April 3: Western Carolina
April 6-8: @ (13) Arkansas