1. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 33-7, 19-2 in ACC (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-0.
Florida State swept rival Miami for the first time since 2002 and won its third straight series against the Hurricanes. Sherman Johnson and Justin Gonzalez combined for five hits, four runs and five RBIs Friday. Gonzalez homered twice in support of Brandon Leibrandt (5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K), as the ‘Noles broke the game open with five in the seventh. Freshman John Holland (3-for-4, 2 RBI) led the FSU offense in support of Mike Compton (5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) on Saturday. Miami knocked out Scott Sitz (3 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) in a seven-run fourth Sunday, but FSU came back to force extras and won it on Johnson’s walk-off RBI single in the 10th. Gage Smith (4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) and Robert Benincasa (2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) turned in strong relief work for the Seminoles, who have the best league record in the ACC by six games over N.C. State and North Carolina. One thing to watch for the Seminoles is Gonzalez left Sunday’s game with a strained hamstring.
April 18: North Georgia: W 6-0
April 20-22: (18) Miami: W 11-2, W 6-1, W 8-7 (10 innings)
April 27-29: Rhode Island
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 35-6, 13-5 in SEC (11-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-0.
The Wildcats remained unbeaten in weekend series by taking two of three from SEC West-leading LSU in front of a UK-record three-game crowd of 9,496. Austin Nola’s two-run double in the fifth off Taylor Rogers (6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) provided the eventual winning run for LSU on Friday. Austin Cousino and Luke Maile each homered and drove in three runs apiece Saturday, and Jerad Grundy (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) got back on track for the Wildcats. Cousino had three hits and Zac Zellers added a homer and a double Sunday, as UK took the lead for good with three runs in the sixth.
April 17: Cincinnati: W 7-0
April 20-22: (4) Louisiana State: L 5-4, W 8-1, W 7-6
April 24: @ Louisville
April 27-29: @ Vanderbilt
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 35-7, 18-0 in Big 12 (5-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
Baylor swept the Battle of the Brazos to extend its winning streak to 24 games and its conference winning streak to 18—both Big 12 records (Texas had won 17 straight Big 12 games in 2010). During the streak, 13 of Baylor’s wins have been decided by one or two runs, including 11 of the last 15. Closer Max Garner, who has seven saves over the last three weekends, became the first Baylor pitcher ever to save all three games of a Big 12 series. The Bears rallied from behind with three runs in the eighth Friday, capped by Logan Vick’s go-ahead two-run single up the middle. Baylor got a solid outing from Josh Turley (7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), and the Bears have won all 10 games he has started this year. The series shifted to Waco for the next two games, with Saturday’s game drawing a Baylor Ballpark-record crowd of 5,911. Trent Blank (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) turned in a masterful performance Saturday to improve to 9-0, 2.18. Max Muncy provided the game’s only run with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly. Josh Ludy fouled off 10 straight pitches before homering on the 14th pitch of his first at-bat Sunday, highlighting Baylor’s four-run first inning. The Aggies took the lead with three in the sixth, but Baylor bounced back to take the lead for good on Dan Evatt’s two-run single in the bottom of the frame. The Bears lead the Big 12 by 5.5 games over second-place Texas.
April 17-18: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: W 15-2 (7 innings), W 11-1 (7 innings)
April 20-22: @/vs./vs. (2) Texas A&M: W 5-3, W 1-0, W 7-5
April 24: @ Texas-San Antonio
April 25: Texas-Arlington
April 27-28: (25) New Mexico State
4. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 32-9, 12-6 in SEC. (8-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.
The Tigers dropped two of three at SEC-East leader Kentucky. Austin Nola (2-for-4, 3 RBI) led the LSU offense behind Kevin Gausman (7 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) on Friday. Nola’s two-run double in the fifth off provided the eventual winning run. Ryan Eades (3.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER) struggled in Saturday’s loss, and Aaron Nola (5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) got a no-decision Sunday, as the Wildcats took the lead for good with three runs in the sixth against the LSU bullpen.
April 18: Lamar: W 5-4
April 20-22: @ (3) Kentucky: W 5-4, L 8-1, L 7-6
April 25: Southeastern Louisiana
April 27-29: Georgia
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 31-9, 11-7 in SEC. (13-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Gators won their second straight series—and their sixth consecutive series win against Georgia—to remain two games behind Kentucky in the SEC East. Florida won a 16-inning marathon Friday, as Nolan Fontana struck out swinging with two outs and a man on third in the 16th, but he reached first on a throwing error by the catcher, allowing Vickash Ramjit to score the winning run from third. Austin Maddox (5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) and Greg Larson (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) turned in stellar relief for the Gators. Preston Tucker hit his 10th homer of the year behind Brian Johnson (7 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) in Saturday’s loss. Daniel Pigott’s three-run homer broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning Sunday, and Mike Zunino (2-for-4, 2 R, RBI) hit his 11th homer in that one, and Hudson Randall (3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) returned to the rotation. Karsten Whitson worked two-thirds of an inning to pick up the win in relief.
April 17: Georgia Southern: W 8-2
April 20-22: Georgia: W 3-2 (16 innings), L 5-3, W 6-3
April 24: South Florida
April 25: Bethune-Cookman
April 27-29: (21) Arkansas
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 30-12, 11-4 in C-USA. (3-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1-1.
Rice ran its winning streak to eight games before dropping Sunday’s series finale against East Carolina. The Owls’ 30-12 start is its best record through 42 games since 2009. Matthew Reckling (9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K) allowed just one hit—a Jay Cannon single in the fifth inning—and improved to 7-0, 1.44 with his second shutout of the year on Friday. Craig Manuel hit a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning Saturday. Austin Kubitza (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) turned in his third straight strong outing for Rice, and J.T. Chargois (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) earned the win with strong relief work. Chargois also went 6-for-14 on the week as a hitter and recorded three scoreless innings in total on the mound. Christian Stringer went 4-for-5 in Sunday’s loss to boost his team-leading average to .364. The Pirates took control of Sunday’s game with three runs in the fourth against Andrew Benak (4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER). Tyler Duffey worked 1.2 scoreless innings over two relief appearances on the weekend, pitching with a heavy heart after his mother Shanna lost her battle with breast cancer on Friday morning.
April 17: @ (2) Texas A&M: W 5-4
April 20-22: East Carolina: W 2-0, W 6-2 (10 innings), L 4-3
7. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 30-11, 11-7 in SEC. (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
Don’t look now, but the Gamecocks have gotten hot. They swept Auburn to win their fourth straight weekend series and run their SEC winning streak to eight games. Grayson Greiner and Connor Bright combined for six hits, four runs and five RBIs in support of Michael Roth (6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) in Friday’s win. Christian Walker’s two-run triple highlighted South Carolina’s four-run sixth Saturday in support of Jordan Montgomery (5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER), who improved to 4-0 with his third straight strong start since moving into the weekend rotation. Erik Payne’s three-run homer in the first got the Gamecocks off and running Sunday, and South Carolina got big days from L.B. Dantzler (3-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, HR) and Tanner English (4-for-5, R, RBI) to help Colby Holmes (5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) improve to 6-0.
April 17: College of Charleston: L 4-3
April 20-22: @ Auburn: W 12-5, W 5-3, W 11-7
April 26-28: Alabama
8. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 26-13, 9-3 in Big West (6-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1.
The Titans won their ninth straight weekend series to remain tied with Long Beach State atop the Big West standings. Fullerton broke open a 2-0 game with four runs in the sixth behind Dylan Floro (8 IP, 10 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) on Friday. Cal Poly scored all of its runs Saturday on three two-out homers, and Reed Reilly (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) earned the win with lights-out relief work. MIchael Lorenzen and Ivory Thomas combined for four hits and five RBIs in defeat for the Titans. Graham Wiest (8 IP, 8 H, 2 ER) was solid in a no-decision Sunday, and Carlos Lopez (3-for-5, 2 RBI) delivered a walk-off RBI double in the 10th.
April 17: Pepperdine: W 8-6
April 20-22: Cal Poly: W 6-1, L 8-6, W 5-4 (10 innings)
April 24: Loyola Marymount
9. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 28-12, 9-6 in Big 12 (1-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Aggies were swept by Baylor to fall 7.5 games out of first place. Michael Wacha (5.2 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) was solid but not overpowering Friday, and the Bears rallied from behind with three runs in the eighth. Max Muncy provided Saturday’s only run with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly against Ross Stripling (7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K), as the Aggies were shut out on five hits. Tyler Naquin (4-for-5, 3 R, RBI) helped A&M dig out of an early 4-0 hole to take a 5-4 lead in the sixth inning Sunday, but Baylor answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth and went on to win.
April 17: (7) Rice: L 5-4
April 20-22: vs./@/@ (6) Baylor: L 5-3, L 1-0, L 7-5
April 24: @ Texas Christian
April 27-29: vs./@/@ (20) Texas
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 27-12, 11-7 in Pac-12 (10-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
Oregon’s 3-2 week included a no-hitter from Jordan Spencer on Wednesday against Portland, but a home series loss to Wazzu. The Ducks have lost just two weekend series this year—both to teams from the Evergreen State. Kyle Garlick (2-for-3, 3 RBI) led the Oregon offense behind Alex Keudell (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) in Friday’s win. The Cougars erased a 3-2 deficit with six runs in the eighth Saturday. Jake Reed (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision for the Ducks, but Adam Nelubowich put the Cougars ahead for good with a two-run single against Jimmie Sherfy (0.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 2 ER). Jeff Gold (4.2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER) moved into the rotation Sunday and took the loss, as Taylor Ard homered twice to lead the WSU offense. Oregon is now tied with UCLA for second place in the Pac-12, a game behind Arizona.
April 16: Arkansas-Pine Bluff: W 3-2
April 18: vs. Portland @ Salem, Ore.: W 3-0
April 20-22: Washington State: W 6-2, L 8-3, L 10-6
April 24: Oregon State
April 27-29: California
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 26-13, 12-6 in Pac-12. (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1.
The Wildcats took sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 with a road series win at Washington. Joey Rickard and Alex Mejia had three hits apiece to lead the offense Friday in support of Kurt Heyer (9 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K), who threw his third straight complete game. Heyer has gone eight or more innings six times in 10 weekend starts. After getting whacked around by UCLA in his first loss of the season last week, Konner Wade (9 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) bounced back with a complete game Saturday. James Farris (7.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) also bounced back with a solid start Sunday, but the Huskies rallied from behind with two runs in the eighth, then got to Stephen Manthei (4.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) for the winning run in the 12th.
April 17: @ (20) Arizona State: L 12-8
April 20-22: @ Washington: W 10-2, W 4-1, L 6-5 (12 innings)
April 27-29: East Tennessee State
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 26-10, 11-7 in Pac-12. (11-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
UCLA dropped two of three at Oregon State to fall into a tie with Oregon for second place in the Pac-12, a game behind Arizona. Adam Plutko (7.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K) and David Berg (1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R) combined on a two-hit shutout Friday, and Cody Keefer led the offense with two hits and two RBIs. Lefthander Jace Fry (9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) threw a complete-game shutout against the lefty-leaning Bruins on Saturday, as Ryan Dunn (3-for-3, 2 RBI) led the OSU attack against Nick Vander Tuig (5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Beau Amaral had his 21-game hitting streak snapped in Sunday’s loss, when the Bruins got three hits apiece from Jeff Gelalich and Cody Regis. Zack Weiss (3.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 0 ER) committed three errors, helping lead to four unearned runs.
April 17: Cal State Northridge: W 12-4
April 20-22: @ Oregon State: W 4-0, L 3-0, L 7-6
April 24: UC Irvine
April 27-29: (13) Stanford
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 25-10, 8-7 in Pac-12. (12-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
Stanford’s bats finally busted out in a weekend series for the first time since the first month of the season. The Cardinal hit .381 as a team in a three-game sweep of Arizona State, led by Fr. 3B Alex Blandino (who bumped Stephen Piscotty to left field as part of a series of defensive shifts when shortstop Lonnie Kauppila hurt his knee). The Great Blandino went 9-for-16 with eight runs, four homers and 11 RBIs in four games last week. Blandino (3-for-4, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR) and Piscotty (3-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, 3B) spearheaded Stanford’s 18-hit barrage Friday in support of Mark Appel (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K). Blandino delivered a two-out, walk-off RBI single in the ninth Saturday. Brett Mooneyham (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) took a no-decision in that one, and A.J. Vanegas (2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) moved back to the bullpen after two strong weekends in the rotation and earned the win. Vanegas worked two more scoreless innings Sunday, striking out four and walking none to earn his first save.
April 17: San Jose State: L 3-2
April 20-22: (20) Arizona State: W 17-5, W 8-7, W 9-5
April 24: Brigham Young
April 27-29: @ (12) UCLA
14. CENTRAL FLORIDA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 34-8, 12-3 in C-USA (1-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-0.
The Knights have won back-to-back road series against Southern Miss and Tulane, sweeping the Green Wave this weekend to take sole possession of first place in Conference USA, a game ahead of Rice. UCF tied its school record for C-USA wins (12) with nine league games left on the schedule. The Knights swept their fifth series of the year and improved to 12-2 on the road. UCF played a 1-0 game for the second straight Friday, but this time it came out on top, as Ben Lively (6.1 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K) and two relievers combined on a 10-hit shutout. After coughing up a 7-2 lead in the eighth and ninth innings Saturday, the Knights bounced back to win on Alex Friedrich’s RBI double in the 12th. Chris Matulis (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) turned in a strong start for UCF, and Friedrich led the offense with four hits and two RBIs. Chris Taladay (3-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, 3 2B) led the offense Sunday behind Ray Hanson (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER).
April 17: Florida Atlantic: W 12-3
April 20-22: @ Tulane: W 1-0, W 8-7 (12 innings), W 8-6
April 27-29: Memphis
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 31-6, 12-3 in Big Ten (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0-1.
The Boilermakers won a big road series at Nebraska to strengthen their hold on the Big Ten, which they lead by 3.5 games over second-place Michigan State and Minnesota. Cameron Perkins (2-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI) powered the Boilermakers to their 10th straight win Friday, as Blake Mascarello (4.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) earned the victory in relief. Richard Stock went 4-for-4 to lead the Nebraska attack Saturday against Lance Breedlove (5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER). David Miller’s three-run homer in the fourth helped Purdue take control of Sunday’s game, and Nick Wittgren (3.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) turned in stellar relief to earn his eighth save. Connor Podkul (5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) turned in a solid start for the third straight week.
April 17: @ Illinois-Chicago: W 12-2
April 20-22: @ Nebraska: W 8-5, L 8-3, W 8-3
April 24: @ Illinois State
April 25: Ball State
April 27-29: Michigan State
16. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 29-12, 13-8 in ACC. (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Tar Heels dropped two of three at home against Georgia Tech but still took sole possession of first place in the ACC’s Coastal Division, as Miami was swept. Thomas Smith (2-for-4, 4 RBI) led a 13-hit attack in support of Buck Farmer (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) on Friday, as the Yellow Jackets beat Kent Emanuel (5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 9 K). The Tar Heels have lost four of Emanuel’s last five starts. Brian Holberton (3-for-4, HR, 2B, 4 RBI) and Jacob Stallings (2-for-3, 3 R, 3 RBI, HR, 2B) led UNC’s 14-hit attack behind Benton Moss (5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) in UNC’s win in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Tech overcame a 2-0 deficit with two in the seventh and two more in the eighth against Michael Morin (2.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) to win the finale 4-2.
April 17: High Point: W 10-5
April 18: Liberty: L 5-3
April 20-21: Georgia Tech: L 11-4, W 12-6, L 4-2
April 24: UNC Greensboro
April 25: East Carolina
17. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 31-9, 9-3 in WCC (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
San Diego won a home series against St. Mary’s to remain atop the WCC standings. Calvin Drummond (3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) was lackluster in Friday’s loss, and Gaels ace Martin Agosta (7 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) kept the USD offense in check. Andrew Daniel (2-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR) led USD’s 20-hit barrage Saturday in support of Dylan Covey (6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 7 K), as eight Toreros recorded multiple hits. Kris Bryant (3-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2B, HR) paced a 16-hit assault Sunday behind Paul Sewald (6 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). Bryant is hitting .378/.492/.696 with 10 homers and 44 RBIs.
April 20-22: St. Mary’s: L 7-1, W 12-4, W 7-3
April 24: UC Riverside
April 27-29: @ Portland
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 27-13, 9-9 in SEC. (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3-1.
After losing back-to-back road series, the Rebels returned home and won a
big series against Arkansas to move into a tie with the Razorbacks for second place in the SEC West. Friday’s game was suspended by rain with Ole Miss leading 6-1 in the fourth inning, and the Rebels went on to win
when play resumed Saturday, as Alex Yarbrough (4-for-5, R, 3 RBI, 3 2B)
led Mississippi’s 14-hit attack. Yarbrough’s RBI single off Ryne Stanek
(6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) provided all the offense Ole Miss needed in the second game, as Mike Mayers (6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K) and R.J. Hively (2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) combined on a two-hit shutout. Sam Smith (1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) made the start Sunday and got jumped, as Arkansas built a 7-0 lead through two innings and never looked back.
April 17: vs. Mississippi State @ Pearl, Miss.: W 6-3
April 20-22: (17) Arkansas: W 8-2, W 1-0, L 11-3
April 24: @ Memphis
April 27-29: @ Mississippi State
19. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 26-12, 13-8 in ACC (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
The Wolfpack was out-slugged in Friday’s series opener but bounced back to sweep Saturday’s doubleheader and take the series. The Wolfpack took a 7-6 lead with four runs in the seventh Friday, but BC stormed back with five runs in the eighth to win, highlighted by Matt McGovern’s three-run double. Trea Turner had two hits and stole his 40th base for the Wolfpack. Carlos Rodon (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) was characteristically dominating in the first game of Saturday’s twin bill. Turner (5-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI) spearheaded N.C. State’s 19-hit barrage in the nightcap, and Anthony Tzamtzis (4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) earned the win in relief of Logan Jernigan (5 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K).
April 17: @ Campbell: L 8-6
April 20-21: Boston College: L 11-10, W 9-0, W 16-9
April 25: Charlotte
April 27-29: Duke
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 23-14, 11-4 in Big 12 (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2-1.
Texas won its fifth straight Big 12 series to take sole possession of second place in the Big 12—5.5 games behind Baylor. Frank Duncan (9 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K) shut down the Longhorns on Friday, as Nathan Thornhill (4 IP, 8 H, 3 ER) took the loss. Erich Weiss (3-for-4, 2 RBI) led an 11-hit attack behind Parker French (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K) on Saturday. Weiss had two more RBIs Sunday to lead the offense again, and the Longhorns got eight combined innings of scoreless, two-hit relief from John Curtiss (3.1 IP), Hoby Milner (2.1 IP) and Corey Knebel (2.1 IP).
April 17: Texas State: W 2-0
April 20-22: Kansas: L 7-2, W 3-0, W 7-2
April 24: Central Arkansas
April 27-29: @/vs./vs. (9) Texas A&M
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 28-12, 9-9 in SEC. (3-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.
The Hogs dropped two of three at Ole Miss, their third series loss in the last four weeks. Brandon Moore (2.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) got the start Friday for Arkansas and was knocked around. Ryne Stanek (6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) was the tough-luck loser Saturday, as the Hogs were shut out on two hits. The Arkansas bats finally came alive Sunday, as Dominic Ficociello (3-for-4, 4 RBI, 2 2B) led an 18-hit attack, and Cade Lynch (3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief of D.J. Baxendale (3.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K).
April 17: Stephen F. Austin: W 8-3, W 4-3
April 20-22: @ (22) MIssissippi: L 8-2, L 1-0, W 11-3
April 24: Oral Roberts
April 27-29: @ (5) Florida
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 26-14, 12-9 in ACC (4-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-4.
Miami was swept by rival Florida State for the first time since 2002. The Hurricanes, playing without slugger Peter O’Brien (hairline fracture in his wrist), posted their second straight 1-3 week and are 7-10 since starting the season 19-4. The ‘Noles chased Eric Erickson (5 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) after a three-run fifth Friday and broke the game open with five runs in the seventh. Miami got a wild start Saturday from Eric Whaley (4 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 3 K). The Hurricanes erased a 4-0 deficit with seven in the fourth Sunday, but Florida State came back against Steven Ewing (6.1 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) to force extra innings and won it against E.J. Encinosa in the 10th.
April 18: Stetson: W 3-2
April 20-22: @ (1) Florida State: L 11-2, L 6-1, L 8-7 (10 innings)
April 24: Florida Atlantic
April 28-30: Virginia
23. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 24-16, 9-9 in Pac-12. (6-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.
Arizona State was swept in a conference road series for the second time in four weeks—though it swept a pair of home series in between. Brady Rodgers (5.1 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 6 ER) saw his ERA jump from 1.12 to 1.75 in Friday’s loss, and Trevor Williams (6 IP, 11 H, 7 ER) watched his ERA shoot from 1.41 to 2.20 on Saturday, as ASU lost in walk-off fashion in the ninth. James McDonald (3-for-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI) led a 10-hit attack in defeat Sunday.
April 17: (13) Arizona: W 12-8
April 20-22: @ (14) Stanford: L 17-5, L 8-7, L 9-5
April 27-29: @ Washington State
24. SAM HOUSTON STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 28-11, 17-4 in Southland (4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1.
The Bearkats won a road series at McNeese State to maintain their four-game lead in the Southland. After Friday’s opener was postponed, SHSU swept a doubleheader Saturday. Jessie Plumlee (3-for-3, 2 RBI) led the offense in support of Caleb Smith (8 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) in the opener. Justin Jackson (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) was two outs shy of a no-hitter in the nightcap but settled for a two-hit shutout. The Bearkats mustered just three hits against Michael Clemens (9 IP, 1 ER) on Sunday.
April 17: Houston: W 5-4
April 21-22: @ McNeese State: W 5-2, W 4-0, L 5-1
April 24: Houston Baptist
April 27-29: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
25. NEW MEXICO STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 30-11, 7-2 in WAC (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0-1.
New Mexico State swept Louisiana Tech and lead the WAC by 1.5 games over Hawaii and San Jose State. Ryan Beck (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) was solid in Thursday’s series opener, and Parker Hipp delivered a walk-off RBI single in the ninth, capping a two-run rally. The Aggies came from behind again Friday, erasing a 3-0 deficit in the final three innings and winning on Bryan Karraker’s walk-off two-run homer in the ninth. The Aggies drew nine walks in Sunday’s run-rule-shortened affair and used a balanced nine-hit attack in support of Michael Ormseth (5 IP, 4 H, 0 R), who improved to 7-0.
April 16: @ Sacramento State: L 8-7
April 19-21: Louisiana Tech: W 3-2, W 4-3, W 10-0 (7 innings)
April 27-28: @ (3) Baylor