1. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 27-5, 14-1 in ACC (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-0.
Florida State’s fourth ACC sweep this season (and second sweep of Georgia Tech in Atlanta since 2007) made Mike Martin the third coach in Division I history to reach the 1,700-win plateau. Justin Gonzalez hit a tie-breaking RBI single in the 10th to win Friday’s game. FSU’s Brandon Liebrandt (7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) and Tech’s Buck Farmer (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) went head to head in a fine pitcher’s duel in that one. The Seminoles stormed back from an early 5-0 deficit to win Saturday. The Jackets chased Mike Compton with four runs in the third, but the ‘Noles knocked out Dusty Isaacs (4.2, 5 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 6 K) with nine runs in the fifth, highlighted by Jose Brizuela’s grand slam. Brizuela and Devon Travis had three hits and four RBIs apiece for FSU. Stephen McGee (4-for-4, 3 RBI, 2 2B) led a 15-hit attack in support of Peter Miller (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) in Sunday’s win, Martin’s 1,700th. “Honestly, it’s an honor for all of us to be a part of this,” Travis said of his coach’s milestone.
April 3-4: Florida Gulf Coast: L 5-1
April 6-8: @ Georgia Tech: W 2-1 (10 innings), W 12-7, W 8-4
April 10: (7) Florida
April 13-15: @ Boston College
2. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 26-6, 7-2 in Big 12 (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
The Aggies swept Oklahoma and have won 12 of their last 13 games. The Aggies manufactured the tying run in the eighth Thursday, then won it on Krey Bratsen’s walk-off sacrifice fly in the 12th. Michael Wacha (8 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) was solid in a no-decision, and Kyle Martin (4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) was brilliant in relief to earn the win. Ross Stripling (9 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) threw his seventh career complete game Friday. The Sooners took a 2-1 lead in the fifth, but Stripling did not allow another hit after that frame, and the Aggies scored twice in each of the seventh and eighth innings to win. Matt Juengel’s two-run double highlighted A&M’s three-run fifth Saturday in support of Rafael Pineda (5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER), who improved to 5-0. Martin worked two scoreless in that one to earn his first save of the year.
April 3: Texas-San Antonio: W 4-3 (7 innings)
April 5-7: Oklahoma: W 4-3 (12 innings), W 5-2, W 5-3
April 10: Texas-Arlington
April 13-15: @ Kansas
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 30-3, 9-3 in SEC (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0.
Kentucky won its fourth straight SEC series—its third against a ranked opponent and second against an opponent ranked in the top 10. The Wildcats have the best record in the SEC and lead the Eastern Division by two games over Florida. Luke Maile and Cameron Flynn hit back-to-back doubles in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie Friday. Kentucky won despite getting out-hit 13-7 and committing four errors, as Taylor Rogers (5 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) pitched out of trouble repeatedly, and UK got strong relief work from Alex Phillips (3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) and Trevor Gott (0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R). A.J. Reed (3-for-4, 2 RBI) went deep in defeat for the Wildcats on Saturday, but Ole Miss broke a scoreless tie with eight runs in the fifth against Jerad Grundy (4.2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) and the UK bullpen. Maile and Flynn each homered and combined for six RBIs Sunday, and the Wildcats erased a 2-1 deficit with five runs in the sixth, helping Corey Littrell (6 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) improve to 5-0.
April 4: Dayton: W 19-6
April 6-8: (10) Mississippi: W 3-2, L 9-3, W 8-3
April 10: Louisville
April 13-15: @ (11) Arkansas
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 23-9, 9-3 in Pac-12. (6-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-0.
The Wildcats won a hard-fought series at Utah to remain unbeaten in weekend series. Arizona sits in first place in the Pac-12, a game ahead of Oregon and UCLA heading into next weekend’s showdown against the Bruins. Johnny Field (4-for-5, 4 R) led Arizona’s 19-hit parade Thursday in support of Kurt Heyer (9 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K), who threw his second complete game of the season (fifth of his career). The Utes took advantage of two Arizona errors to score a pair of unearned runs in the eighth inning Friday, capped by Tyler Relf’s go-ahead RBI double. The Utes came back from a 5-2 deficit with three runs in the seventh against Konner Wade (6.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). The Wildcats built a 7-2 lead through three innings Saturday, but the Utes came back to tie it with five runs in the fifth against James Farris (4 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), only to see the Wildcats bounce back with four unanswered runs. Riley Moore (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) led Arizona’s balanced 14-hit attack.
April 4: @ Utah Valley: L 5-4
April 5-7: @ Utah: W 11-2, L 7-6, W 11-7
April 13-15: (17) UCLA
5. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 25-7, 8-4 in SEC. (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
The Tigers won a huge road series at Florida and have now won five of six games over the last two weekends against then-No. 3 Arkansas and at No. 1 Florida. Kurt McCune (5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER) earned the win Thursday, as JaCoby Jones (3-for-4, 2 RBI) and Alex Edward (2-for-4, 2 RBI) led the offense for LSU, which built a 6-2 lead by the fourth inning and held off Florida’s late rally. Kevin Gausman (6.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) took the loss Friday, as the Tigers mustered just four hits. The Tigers stormed back from an early five-run deficit to win Saturday’s rubber game. Arby Fields hit an RBI triple and scored in the seventh to tie the game at 7-7, and Ty Ross hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth to score Grant Dozar with the winning run. Brent Bonvillain (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) picked up the win with brilliant relief. The pitching matchup between LSU’s Ryan Eades (3 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 5 ER) and UF’s Karsten Whitson (1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) was a let-down.
April 3: Louisiana College: W 10-2
April 5-7: @ (1) Florida: W 7-6, L 7-0, W 8-7
April 10: Alcorn State
April 11: vs. Southern Mississippi @ Metairie, La.
April 13-15: Alabama
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 19-7, 4-5 in Pac-12. (8-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
The Cardinal won a hard-fought road series at Washington. The Cardinal snapped a three-game losing streak Thursday, as Eric Smith and Lonnie Kauppila had three hits apiece to lead Stanford’s 12-hit attack in support of Mark Appel (9 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K). The Huskies jumped on Brett Mooneyham (5.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) for a run in the first and never looked back Friday. Stanford failed to hold leads of 4-2 and 6-4 on Sunday, but Tyler Gaffney scored the go-ahead run on a catcher’s interference in the ninth, and Austin Wilson added an insurance run on a double steal. A.J. Vanegas (6 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER) returned to the weekend rotation and was solid in a no-decision for Stanford. Shortstop Lonnie Kauppila made his 12th error for the Cardinal and is fielding .907.
April 2: St. Mary’s: W 9-8 (12 innings)
April 5-7: @ Washington: W 5-2, L 6-4, W 8-6
April 9: @ California
April 10: Pacific
April 13-15: (16) Oregon
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 25-7, 7-5 in SEC. (12-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.
Florida dropped a home series to LSU, its second straight weekend series loss. The Gators have lost five of their last seven games. Brian Johnson (4 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) struggled Thursday, as the Gators lost in bizarre fashion. Florida had the tying run at third with one out in the ninth, and Preston Tucker hit a fly ball to just in front of the warning track in right, but Daniel Pigott apparently got too excited, thinking the ball was a home run, and neglected to tag up from third. Nick Goody escaped the jam unscathed. Vickash Ramjit (3-for-4) drove in a career-high four runs Thursday. Jonathon Crawford (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K) and three relievers combined on a four-hitter Friday, and Mike Zunino (3-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI) snapped out of his recent slump to lead the offense. Pigott (2-for-5, 2 R) also had a nice day atop the lineup. The Tigers stormed back from an early five-run deficit to win 8-7 in Saturday’s rubber game. UF’s Karsten Whitson (1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) returned to the weekend rotation and was yanked in the second inning, though Gators coach Kevin O’Sullivan said after the game that Whitson was not removed due to injury. Hudson Randall did not pitch in the series because of a tired arm.
April 3: @ North Florida: L 10-5
April 5-7: (12) Louisiana State: L 7-6, W 7-0, L 8-7
April 10: @ (1) Florida State
April 13-15: @ Tennessee
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 25-7, 12-0 in Big 12 (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
Baylor has opened Big 12 play with four straight weekend series sweeps, running its winning streak to 14 games. Baylor’s 12-0 start is the best in Big 12 history by five games (Texas started 7-0 in 1999). Jake Miller’s two-run double highlighted Baylor’s three-run sixth Thursday in support of Josh Turley (8.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). Trent Blank (6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) improved to 8-0, 1.67 in Saturday’s win, and Josh Ludy led a balanced offensive attack with two RBIs. Baylor broke a 6-6 tie Saturday with four runs in the seventh, sparked by Dan Evatt’s leadoff homer. Adam Toth (4-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) led the Baylor offense, and Dillon Newman (3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) earned the win in relief.
April 3: Texas State: CCD
April 5-7: @ Missouri: W 3-1, W 5-3, W 12-7 (8 innings)
April 10-11: Louisiana-Monroe
April 13-15: @ Kansas State
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 23-11, 6-3 in C-USA. (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1-1.
For the third straight weekend, Rice won two of three against a C-USA opponent. The Owls jumped out to a 5-1 lead by the fourth inning Thursday, and Matthew Reckling (3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) was chased in Tulane’s three-run fourth, but Taylor Wall and J.T. Chargois combined for 5.1 innings of three-hit, shutout relief. The Green Wave built a 3-0 lead through two innings Saturday against Andrew Benak (4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K), and it never looked back. Austin Kubitza (6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 2 K) returned to the Rice weekend rotation and picked up the win Saturday. Kubitza and Wall combined on a one-hit shutout, and Jeremy Rathjen (3-for-5, R, 2 RBI) led Rice’s 13-hit attack. “Kubitza was back, his stuff was good,” Rice coach Wayne Graham said afterward.
April 3: Sam Houston State: L 2-1
April 5-7: @ Tulane: W 5-4, L 7-2, W 5-0
April 10: Texas State
April 13-15: @ Marshall
10. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 23-9, 5-7 in SEC. (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.
South Carolina won its second consecutive series against a division foe, taking two of three from the Volunteers. Tennessee overcame a one-run deficit Friday with a run in the eighth to tie it and another in the ninth to pull off the upset. Zach Osborne singled against Matt Price (2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) leading off the ninth, and scored later in the inning on Price’s throwing error. Michael Roth (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) was solid in a no-decision for South Carolina. The Gamecocks broke a 1-1 tie in the ninth Saturday, as Connor Bright singled leading off the inning and went on to score the winning run on L.B. Dantzler’s RBI single. Freshman lefty Jordan Montgomery (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) retired 12 in a row at one point during his first career SEC start. South Carolina broke a scoreless tie with four runs in the fifth Sunday in support of Colby Holmes (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), and Evan Beal threw two hitless innings of relief to pick up his fifth save.
April 4: @ College of Charleston: W 7-0
April 6-8: Tennessee: L 5-4, W 2-1, W 6-1
April 10: The Citadel
April 11: @ Francis Marion (S.C.)
April 13-15: Mississippi State
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 24-7, 7-5 in SEC. (1-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
The Razorbacks rebounded from a sweep at the hands of LSU by taking two of three from Georgia. Alex Wood (9 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 11 K) turned in a gem for the Bulldogs on Friday, and Georgia erased a 2-1 deficit with three runs in the fifth against Ryne Stanek (6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). Jimmy Bosco’s grand slam highlighted the Hogs’ five-run third Saturday. Barrett Astin (4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) moved from the closer role into the rotation and earned a no-decision for Arkansas, as Brandon Moore (3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) picked up the win in relief. D.J. Baxendale (8 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) returned to form Sunday, and Dominic Ficociello (2-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) led the Arkansas offense. Baxendale threw 109 pitches, and 84 of them were strikes.
April 6-8: Georgia: L 4-2, W 8-3, W 8-0
April 10: @ Oklahoma
April 13-15: (3) Kentucky
12. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 21-10, 5-1 in Big West (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
The Titans swept UC Davis and have won seven straight weekend series since dropping two of three at Florida to open the season. The Titans answered Davis’ two-run eighth with three runs in the bottom of the frame Thursday. Freshman Clay Williamson delivered a game-winning, pinch-hit, two-run single up the middle to help Dylan Floro (8 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) improve to 5-2. The Titans came from behind with three runs in the ninth Friday, getting four of their six hits in the final frame, capped by Anthony Hutting’s walk-off RBI single. Kenny Mathews (8 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) was solid in a no-decision for Fullerton. The Titans used a balanced 13-hit attack in support of Grahamm Wiest (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R) Saturday. Michael Lorenzen and Anthony Hutting had two hits and two RBIs apiece.
April 3: @ San Diego State: W 7-1
April 5-7: UC Davis: W 5-4, W 5-4, W 11-0
April 10: @ (17) UCLA
April 13-15: @ UC Irvine
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 24-8, 11-4 in ACC (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.
The Hurricanes rebounded from a series loss at Clemson and a midweek loss to UCF by sweeping UNC—their first sweep of a team ranked in the top three since 2001. Eric Erickson (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) and two relievers combined on a six-hit shutout Friday. Chantz Mack (3-for-5, 3 RBI) and Jarred Mederos (3-for-4, 2 2B) led Miami’s 14-hit attack, and Peter O’Brien (1-for-4, 3 R, 4 RBI) added at three-run homer in the eighth. Esteban Tresgallo hit a towering walk-off home run just fair down the left-field line, and just over the outstretched glove of leaping Jordan Parks, to give Miami a dramatic 14-inning win Saturday. E.J. Encinosa was sublime in relief for Miami, recording six strikeouts over six perfect innings to pick up the win, and Eric Whaley (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) was solid in a no-decision. Steven Ewing (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 7 BB, 9 K) and three relievers combined on a five-hit shutout Sunday, in a sloppy game that featured five errors and 22 men left on base (14 by UNC).
April 4: (15) Central Florida: L 4-1
April 6-8: (3) North Carolina: W 8-0, W 4-3 (14 innings), W 4-0
April 11: Florida Gulf Coast
April 13-15: @ Virginia Tech
14. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 23-9, 9-6 in ACC. (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
After winning its first two series at home with Colin Moran sidelined, the Tar Heels went on the road without their All-American and got swept by Miami. Eric Erickson (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) and two relievers combined on a six-hit shutout Friday, as Kent Emanuel (6 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER) took the loss. Closer Michael Morin allowed just three hits (and five walks) over seven scoreless innings of relief Saturday before allowing Esteban Tresgallo’s walk-off homer to lead off the 14th. Chris Munnelly (5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) was solid in a no-decision in that one, and Benton Moss (6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) was strong in defeat Sunday, as the Tar Heels were shut out on five hits. They drew eight walks, but left 14 men on base.
April 4: Elon: W 11-3 (7 innings)
April 6-8: @ (18) Miami: L 8-0, L 4-3 (14 innings), L 4-0
April 11: UNC Asheville
April 13-15: @ Virginia
15. CENTRAL FLORIDA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 26-7, 7-2 in C-USA (1-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-0.
The Knights overcame a nightmarish Friday loss to win the series against UAB. The Knights committed five of their six errors in the fourth inning Friday, leading to nine unearned runs against Brian Adkins (3.2 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K). UCF played errorless ball Saturday, and Jeremy Matos broke open a 4-2 game with a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the seventh. Ben Lively (2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief of Chris Matulis (4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K). Ray Hanson (2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) struggled in a no-decision, but the Knights overcame an early 4-0 deficit with six in the third, then won a back-and-forth affair on JoMarcus Woods’ walk-off RBI single in the ninth.
April 4: @ (18) Miami: W 4-1
April 6-8: Alabama-Birmingham: L 11-4, W 7-3, W 8-7
April 10: Florida A&M
April 11: Bethune-Cookman
April 13-15: @ Southern Mississippi
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 20-9, 8-4 in Pac-12 (8-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
Oregon followed up its sweep of Arizona State by winning two of three at UCLA. The Ducks are tied with the Bruins for second place in the Pac-12 heading into next weekend’s showdown at Stanford. Aaron Jones (2-for-5, 3 RBI) homered twice in support of Alex Keudell (7 IP, 8 H, 0 R) in Thursday’s win. Jake Reed (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) and Joey Housey (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) kept UCLA’s potent offense in check Friday, as Ryon Healey (2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) and Brett Thomas (3-for-4, R, RBI) led the Oregon offense. The Ducks built a three-run lead with five runs in the second inning Sunday, but UCLA rallied back against Brando Tessar (4 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) and the Oregon bullpen.
April 5-7: @ (5) UCLA: W 6-2, W 8-3, L 8-6
April 9-10: San Francisco
April 13-15: @ (6) Stanford
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 21-7, 8-4 in Pac-12. (8-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.
UCLA lost its first series since opening weekend but salvaged Saturday’s finale against Oregon. The Bruins are tied with the Ducks for second place in the Pac-12, a game behind Arizona, heading into next weekend’s series in Tucson. Adam Plutko (4.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER) fell to 4-2 in Thursday’s loss. The Ducks knocked around Nick Vander Tuig (5.1 IP, 10 H, 8 ER) on Friday, though David Berg (3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) was a bright spot in relief. The Bruins erased an early 5-2 deficit to win 8-6 Saturday. Eric Filia-Snyder delivered a pinch-hit RBI single to tie the game in the seventh, then scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch later in the frame. UCLA got strong relief work from Zack Weiss (4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K), Berg (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) and Scott Griggs (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R).
April 5-7: (22) Oregon: L 6-2, L 8-3, W 8-6
April 10: (13) Cal State Fullerton
April 13-15: @ (4) Arizona
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 21-10, 6-6 in SEC. (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2-1.
The Rebels lost two of three on the road against Kentucky. The Wildcats broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth Friday, and Ole Miss ace Bobby Wahl (4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) was working without his best velocity or command. Coach Mike Bianco said after that Wahl’s arm felt “kind of tired, kind of dead.” Matt Snyder (2-for-3, 2 HR, 5 RBI) hit a grand slam to highlight Mississippi’s eight-run fifth inning in support of Mike Mayers (7.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER) on Saturday. R.J. Hively (5 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) pitched well until Kentucky’s five-run sixth inning Sunday. Tanner Mathis and Andrew Mistone had three hits apiece in a losing cause.
April 3: vs. Southern Mississippi @ Pearl, Miss.: PPD
April 6-8: @ (8) Kentucky: L 3-2, W 9-3, L 8-3
April 10: Central Arkansas
April 12-14: @ Georgia
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 24-5, 7-2 in Big Ten (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0-1.
The Boilermakers swept a road series at Northwestern and lead the Big Ten by two games over Nebraska, Ohio State and Indiana State. Joe Haase (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) delivered the second two-hit shutout by a Purdue starter in two weeks on Friday. Cameron Perkins and Kevin Plawecki had three hits apiece for the Boilermakers, and Angelo Cianfrocco drove in three. Stephen Talbott had three hits Saturday to lead the offense in support of Lance Breedlove (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER). Perkins (3-for-4, 3 RBI) posted his fourth straight multi-hit game Sunday, and freshman Connor Podkul (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) earned his first career win in his first Big Ten start.
April 4: vs. Anderson (Ind.) @ Indianapolis: W 6-1
April 6-8: @ Northwestern: W 7-0, W 3-1, W 8-4
April 11: @ Ball State
April 13-15: Illinois
20. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 25-8, 7-2 in WCC (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
San Diego won a big WCC showdown series against Gonzaga. Tyler Olson turned in a gutty complete game to lead the Zags to the win Thursday, and Maxx Garrett gave Gonzaga the lead for good with a two-run single in the fourth against Calvin Drummond (6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K). Paul Sewald (5 IP, 6 G, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) improved to 5-1 in Friday’s win, and USD got two innings of one-hit, shutout relief from both Drew Jacobs and Michael Wagner. Andrew Daniel and Louie Lechich each provided RBI singles in USD’s three-run second, and the Toreros never looked back. USD broke a 2-2 tie Saturday with three runs in the eighth, highlighted by Kris Bryant’s two-run triple. Dylan Covey (8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) improved to 4-2 for San Diego, and Wagner picked up his 14th save.
April 5-7: Gonzaga: L 6-2, W 5-2, W 5-3
April 9: @ San Diego State
April 13-15: La Salle
21. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 19-12, 6-6 in Pac-12. (5-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
A week after getting swept at Oregon, the Sun Devils swept Oregon State. Over the last two years, Arizona State is 6-0 against the two Oregon teams in Arizona, but 0-6 against the Oregon teams in Oregon. Brady Rodgers (8 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) improved to 5-1 and lowered his ERA to a minute 1.12 in Thursday’s win, and Abe Ruiz (3-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, HR) went deep for the eighth time this year, leading a group of five Sun Devils with multiple hits. The Sun Devils scored all three runs with two outs Friday after scoring seven of their eight runs with two outs Thursday. Deven Marrero’s two-run triple highlighted ASU’s decisive three-run fifth Friday, as Trevor Williams (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) improved to 6-2. The Sun Devils overcame a 1-0 deficit Saturday with five runs in the eighth Saturday, capped by Max Rossiter’s three-run homer. Four ASU relievers combined for six innings of one-hit, scoreless relief.
April 5-7: (20) Oregon State: W 8-2, W 3-2, W 5-1
April 9-10: @ New Mexico
April 13-15: Southern California
22. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 21-9, 9-5 in ACC (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.
The Wolfpack dropped two of three at Maryland and has lost its only two road series this year. Maryland’s Jimmy Reed (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K) shut down N.C. State in his first career start Friday, and Tim Kiene delivered a three-run homer in the sixth against Ethan Ogburn (7 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) to lead the Terrapin offense. Trea Turner (4-for-4, 2 R) and Danny Canela (1-for-3, 3 RBI) led the Wolfpack offense Saturday in support of Carlos Rodon (9 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K), who notched his first career complete game to improve to 5-0, 1.41 with 67 strikeouts and 15 walks in 57 innings. Logan Jernigan (2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) continued to scuffle Sunday, and the ‘Pack scored three times in the ninth to force extras, only to lose on a sacrifice fly in the 11th.
April 4: @ Old Dominion: W 16-6 (7 innings)
April 6-8: @ Maryland: L 4-0, W 3-2, L 7-7 (11 innings)
April 11: Elon
April 13-15: @ Clemson
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 17-12, 7-2 in Big 12 (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2-1.
Texas has won each of its first three conference series despite all three coming on the road. Brooks Marlow’s two-run single highlighted Texas’ four-run sixth Thursday in support of Nathan Thornhill (6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K), who improved to 4-2. The Longhorns broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the top of the 14th Friday, but the Red Raiders answered with three in the bottom of the frame, winning on Bryant Burleson’s walk-off two-run single. Corey Knebel (6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) took the loss, throwing 109 pitches a day after throwing 34 pitches. Erich Weiss (4-for-6, 3 R, 2 RBI) was one of seven ‘Horns to record multiple hits Saturday in support of Ricky Jacquez (5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K).
April 5-7: @ Texas Tech: W 7-4, L 7-6 (14 innings), W 14-3
April 10: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
April 13-15: Oklahoma State
24. SAM HOUSTON STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 23-9, 13-2 in Southland (4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
The Bearkats swept Northwestern State to run their winning streak to 12 games—a stretch that started with a sweep of Texas State and includes wins against Dallas Baptist and at Rice. SHSU, which is ranked for the first time ever, also owns a series win against San Diego in Week One. Anthony Azar’s two-run single highlighted SHSU’s five-run second Thursday, and Brandon Bergen (4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) picked up the win in relief of Cody Dickson (3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER). Azar (3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI) led the offense again Friday, and he singled during the Bearkats’ 11th-inning rally, which was capped by Ryan O’Hearn’s walk-off RBI single. Allen Scott and Jordan Bunch combined for 5.1 innings of scoreless relief in that one. Azar capped his big weekend with two more hits Saturday in support of Justin Jackson (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K). Azar leads the team in the three slash stats: .434/.462/.632.
April 3: @ (9) Rice: W 2-1
April 5-7: Northwestern State: W 5-4, W 4-3 (11 innings), W 5-3
April 13-15: @ Lamar
25. NEW MEXICO STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 25-9, 2-1 in WAC (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0-1.
The Aggies have won 15 of their last 16 games (including two wins at Arizona, one at Texas Tech and two against New Mexico) to break into the BA Top 25 for the first time ever. New Mexico State also owns a quality series win against Wake Forest, taking three of four from the Deacons during opening weekend. The Wolf Pack snapped NMSU’s winning streak at 14 games Thursday, beating Ryan Beck (6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 7 K). Bryan Karraker (2-for-6, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 2B) led New Mexico State’s balanced 11-hit attack Friday. The Aggies stormed back from a 6-1 deficit in the final three innings Saturday, taking advantage of two errors and a balk to score three runs in the ninth.
April 3: New Mexico: W 7-5
April 5-7: Nevada: L 10-5, W 13-6, W 7-6
April 13-16: @ Sacramento State
OREGON STATE (20)
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 18-11, 6-6 in Pac-12. (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.
The Beavers were swept at Arizona State, falling to 1-5 against the two teams from the Grand Canyon State over the last three weeks. Dan Child (6 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) took the loss Friday, as ASU ace Brady Rodgers kept the Beavers’ offense in check. ASU took control Friday in a three-run fifth inning against Ben Wetzler (5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K). The Sun Devils overcame a 1-0 deficit with five runs in the eighth Saturday, as Jace Fry (7.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) pitched well for the Beavers until the eighth.
April 3: Portland: W 8-2
April 5-7: @ (24) Arizona State: L 8-2, L 3-2, L 5-1
April 9-10: @ Nevada
April 13-15: Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Last Week: 0-3. Overall: 17-14, 6-6 in SEC (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-3.
The Tigers were swept by rival Alabama (which entered the weekend just 1-8 in the SEC) for the first time since 2002. Taylor Dugas (2-for-4, 3 RBI) and Kenny Roberts (2-for-3, 2 R, 4 RBI) led the Crimson Tide offense Friday against Derek Varnadore (5 IP, 7 H, 7 ER). Auburn out-hit the Tide 16-8 in that one but left 10 runners on base. The Crimson Tide trailed 3-2 heading into the ninth Saturday, but Dugas hit a walk-off, two-run homer against Slade Smith (4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER). Auburn stranded 10 more baserunners Sunday, as Daniel Koger (5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER) fell to 2-2.
April 3: Jacksonville State: CCD
April 6-8: @ Alabama: L 10-6, L 4-3, L 6-2
April 10: Samford
April 13-15: @ Vanderbilt