College Top 25 Tracker: Feb. 20

1. Florida

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1. Top 25 Record: 2-1.

Week in review: Won two of three vs. (25) Cal State Fullerton at home. On Friday, Jr. LHP Steven Rodriguez (2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) picked up the win with stellar relief of Hudson Randall (5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER). On Saturday, Preseason All-Americans Karsten Whitson (5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) and Austin Maddox (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) shut down Fullerton’s offense, and Fr. DH Taylor Gushue put the Gators ahead for good with a two-run triple in the fourth. On Sunday, Gators starter Brian Johnson (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) pitched well but was on a 75-pitch limit. Carlos Lopez and J.D. Davis had three hits and three RBIs apiece in the middle of Fullerton’s lineup.

2. Stanford

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0. Top 25 Record: 3-0.

Week in review: Outscored (10) Vanderbilt 35-13 in three-game home sweep. On Friday, So. 1B Brian Ragira (3-for-4, 2 RBI) led Stanford’s 14-hit barrage in support of Jr. RHP Mark Appel (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). On Saturday, Brian Ragira (3-for-3, 2 R, RBI) posted his second consecutive three-hit game to lead No. 2 Stanford’s red-hot offense to a 9-5 win against No. 10 Vanderbilt, clinching the series for the Cardinal. Jr. LHP Brett Mooneyham (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) picked up the win for Stanford in his first appearance since 2010. Lonnie Kaupilla played shortstop for Stanford and Kenny Diekroeger (2-for-4, 2 R, RBI) played second base—a switch from Friday. On Sunday, the Cardinal continued to swing red-hot bats, bludgeoning Vanderbilt 18-5 to complete a three-game sweep, during which Stanford outscored Vandy 35-13. The Commodores jumped on A.J. Vanegas (1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) for four runs in the second on Sunday, but the Cardinal responded with eight runs in the bottom of the frame against Sam Selman (5 IP, 8 H, 12 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K), highlighted by Stephen Piscotty’s three-run double. Piscotty added a grand slam during Stanford’s seven-run sixth inning, and Christian Griffiths went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Fr. LHP John Hochstatter (6.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R) provided sterling relief of Vanegas.

3. South Carolina

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0. Top 25 Record: 0-0.

Week in review: Allowed just four runs in three-game home sweep of VMI. On Friday, Sr. LHP Michael Roth (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) pitched well in a no-decision, and Jr. 3B L.B. Dantzler delivered an RBI single in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie, starting the Gamecocks’ quest for a three-peat with a victory. On Saturday, the Gamecocks swept a doubleheader against VMI to complete a three-game series sweep. In the opener, Matt Price (5 IP, 0 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) was strong in his first start since 2009, and Ethan Carter (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) was dominant in relief. Jr. C Dante Rosenberg led the offense in that one with two doubles, including a go-ahead RBI double in the sixth. L.B. Dantzler’s three-run homer highlighted South Carolina’s seven-run fourth in the nightcap, as the Gamecocks pounded out 16 hits in support of Colby Holmes (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K).

4. Arkansas

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0. Top 25 Record: 0-0.

Week in review: Outscored Villanova 41-7 in three-game home sweep. On Saturday, Sam Bates (3-for-4, HR, 5 RBI) led a 13-hit barrage as Arkansas pounded Villanova, 13-1, to clinch the series. So. RHP Ryne Stanek (4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K), on a pitch limit, earned the win. Arkansas finished off the sweep with a 17-1 laugher. Dominic Ficociello, Matt Reynolds and Jacob Mahan had three hits apiece and combined for seven RBIs to pace the Arkansas offense, which pounded out 17 hits in support of a dominant Barrett Astin (5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K).

5. Rice

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0. Top 25 Record: 0-0.

Week in review: Swept Sun Belt Conference favorite FIU in three-game home series. On Friday, So. 3B Sean Hoelscher (2-for-3, HR, 4 RBI) powered the Owls offense, and So. RHP Austin Kubitza (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) pitched well to pick up the win in a battle between conference favorites. On Saturday, Matthew Reckling (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) was strong in a no-decision and Jeremy Rathjen (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) delivered a walk-off homer in the 12th to lead the Owls to a 5-4 win. On Sunday, Craig Manuel’s three-run double keyed Rice’s five-run first inning, and the Owls cruised to an 8-1 win and a series sweep. So. RHP John Simms (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief of Fr. RHP Jordan Stephens (4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K), who was solid in his debut. The Owls start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2006.

6. Texas A&M

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0. Top 25 Record: 0-0.

Week in review: Outscored Illinois-Chicago 26-2 in three-game home sweep. On Saturday, Texas A&M finished off Friday’s suspended game with a 10-0 win against Illinois-Chicago, then secured the series victory with a 9-2 win in Game Two. Dynamic duo Michael Wacha (5.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K) and Ross Stripling (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) gave the Aggies a pair of sterling starts, and Sr. 1B Jacob House went 5-for-9 with two homers and six RBIs in the two games. Preseason All-American Tyler Naquin is also off to a strong start, going 5-for-7 with a double and three steals in the two games. So. RHP Rafael Pineda (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his first career start, leading the Aggies to a 7-0 win and a series sweep. Pineda, who did not pitch during his first two years in College Station, finally gave up a double to Jon Ryan leading off the eighth. Matt Juengel (2-for-3, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2B) led the offense for the Aggies. The Flames mustered just 11 hits in three games.

7. Louisiana State

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0. Top 25 Record: 0-0.

Week in review: Went 2-0 vs. Air Force, 1-0 vs. Alcorn State at home tournament. On Saturday, LSU rapped out a balanced 14-hit attack behind Ryan Eades (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K), as the Tigers hammered Alcorn State, 19-0. LSU outscored Air Force and Alcorn 29-2 in its first two games of its tournament in Baton Rouge. On Sunday, Kurt McCune (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K), Aaron Nola and Nick Rumbelow combined on a four-hit shutout, as LSU shut down Air Force 4-0. Tyler Moore’s two-run single highlighted LSU’s three-run fourth inning.

8. Arizona

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1. Top 25 Record: 0-0.

Week in review: Won two of three at home vs. North Dakota State. After an Arizona win on Friday, North Dakota State broke a 2-2 tie with six runs in the eighth inning against Arizona’s bullpen, on Saturday earning an 8-2 upset—the Bison’s first win ever on the road against a ranked Division I foe. Arizona So. RHP Konner Wade (7.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 13 K) was stellar in a no-decision, but the Wildcats mustered just four hits. On Sunday, the Wildcats got their third consecutive strong start on the mound, as So. RHP James Farris (9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) threw a complete-game shutout in his first career start, leading Arizona to an 8-0 win in the rubber game. Robert Refsnyder (4-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 2B) led the UofA offense. The three-game series at Arizona’s new home—Hi Corbett Field—drew 8,870 fans, nearly 25 percent of Arizona’s entire 33-game home attendance mark of 36,412 a year ago.

9. Georgia

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0. Top 25 Record: 0-0.

Week in review: Swept Presbyterian in three-game series at home. On Friday, the Bulldogs rapped out 13 hits in support of So. LHP Alex Wood (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K). It was rougher on Saturday, as Georgia needed a two-out, two-run double in the ninth from pinch-hitter Brett DeLoach to give No. 11 Georgia a 5-4 walk-off win. Blake Dieterich (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) earned the win with strong relief work. Starter Michael Palazzone gave up three runs in four innings. On Sunday, R-Fr. RHP Taylor Hicks (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R) and four relievers combined on a four-hit shutout, as the Bulldogs pummeled Presbyterian, 11-0, completing a three-game sweep. Levi Hyams (3-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2B) led Georgia’s 12-hit attack.

10. North Carolina

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1. Top 25 Record: 0-0.

Week in review: Allowed 22 runs but took two out of three at home vs. Xavier. The Tar Heels split a doubleheader on Friday. In the second game, the Musketeers chased Fr. LHP Chris O’Brien (4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) in the fifth inning, then broke open a 5-4 game with five runs over the final two innings. The Tar Heels won the opener, 10-2, as they jumped out to a 6-0 lead through two innings behind So. LHP Kent Emanuel (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER). On Saturday, won a back-and-forth slugfest against Xavier, 16-10, to win the series two games to one. After UNC jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first, the Musketeers chased Fr. RHP Benton Moss (1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER) in an eight-run second inning, but all nine Tar Heels recorded hits, and Fr. 2B Mike Zolk led the offense with four RBIs.

11. Georgia Tech

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 3-1. Top 25 Record: 0-0.

Week in review: Went 2-0 vs. Winthrop, 1-1 vs. Kent State in tournament at Winthrop. Georgia Tech opened its season by going 1-1 on Friday. The Jackets were shut out by Kent State 5-0 but beating Winthrop by the same score. Sr. LHP David Starn (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K) tossed a gem for Kent State in the first game, as Buck Farmer (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) pitched well in defeat for Tech. So. RHP Matt Grimes (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) was lights-out for the Yellow Jackets in the win against Winthrop. Georgia Tech picked up two wins on Saturday against the same opponents. Daniel Palka (3-for-4, 4 R, RBI) led a 10-hit attack in support of Dusy Isaacs (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER) in Tech’s 6-2 win over Kent State. So. C Mitch Earnest (3-for-3, 2 RBI, 2B) led another 10-hit assault in the nightcap, as Cole Pitts (4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) picked up the win in relief of DeAndre Smelter (4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER).

11. Texas

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1. Top 25 Record: 0-0.

Week in review: Swept Saturday doubleheader, lost Sunday at home vs. Duke. On Saturday, Texas swept a doubleheader against Duke, 4-0 and 5-3. In the makeup of Friday’s postponed game, Fr. 2B Brooks Marlow (2-for-3, 3 RBI) homered twice for Texas against first-team preseason All-American Marcus Stroman (5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 3 K), who was uncharacteristically wild. Nathan Thornhill (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R) earned the start and the victory in that one. Hoby Milner (5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) picked up the win in the nightcap, as Mark Payton (3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI) paced the Longhorns’ offense out of the leadoff spot. On Sunday, the Longhorns were upset. The Blue Devils took a 3-0 lead through three innings against Fr. RHP John Curtiss (3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), and Duke So. RHP Robert Huber (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K) kept the Longhorns in check. One bright spot for Texas: Fr. RHP Ricky Jacquez (5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K) delivered strong relief.

13. Arizona State

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0. Top 25 Record: 0-0.

Week in review: Outscored Western Michigan 40-2 in three-game sweep at home. On Friday, Arizona State topped Western Michigan, 10-0. Sr. 1B Abe Ruiz (3-for-4, 3 R, 6 RBI, 2 HR) had a huge day in support of Jr. RHP Brady Rodgers (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K). On Saturday, the last two hitters in Arizona State’s lineup—Beau Maggi and Michael Benjamin—combined for five hits and six RBIs behind Fr. LHP Adam McCreery (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K), as the Sun Devils cruised to a series-clinching 13-0 rout of Western Michigan. On Sunday, Arizona State capped off the sweep with a 17-2 massacre. James McDonald and Nathaniel Causey had four RBIs apiece for ASU, and Max Rossiter added four hits. Last year’s closer, Trevor Williams (4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER), made his first career start and picked up the win.

14. Miami

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0. Top 25 Record: 0-0.

Week in review: Swept three-game series at home vs. Rutgers. On Friday, Miami beat Rutgers, 6-2 as Sr. LHP Eric Erickson (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) shined in his long-awaited return from his second Tommy John surgery. On Saturday, Rony Rodriguez broke a 1-1 tie with a walk-off, three-run homer in the 12th, giving Miami a 4-1 win. Eric Whaley (6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) was strong in a no-decision for the Hurricanes, who also got five combined hitless innings of relief from Steven Ewing and E.J. Encinosa. On Sunday, Peter O’Brien (4-for-5, 3 R, 3 RBI) had his coming-out party as a Hurricane, homering twice and falling a triple shy of the cycle in Miami’s 9-7 win. Bryan Radziewski (3.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) struggled in his first start of the year for Miami.

15. Texas Christian

Last Week: 1-1. Overall: 1-1. Top 25 Record: 1-1.

Week in review: Split rain-shortened two-game series at home vs. (22) Ole Miss. On Friday, Alex Yarbrough (2-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) paced the Rebels’ offense, and Bobby Wahl (5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) bested Andrew Mitchell (6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER) in the battle of hard-throwing sophomore righties. After a rainout on Saturday, freshmen Michael Resnick and Preston Morrison led TCU to a 5-3 win and a split of the weather-shortened series. Resnick delivered a tie-breaking two-run double in the fifth, making a winner out of RHP Morrison (3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K), who retired all 10 batters he faced in relief. Tough-luck loser Mike Mayers (4 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) otherwise gave Ole Miss strong relief after taking over for starter R.J. Hively (4 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K).

16. Clemson

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1. Top 25 Record: 0-0.

Week in review: Lost Friday but swept Saturday doubleheader at home vs. UAB. On Friday, Sr. RHP Dillon Napoleon (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) stymied the Tigers, and UAB broke a 1-1 tie with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Jr. RHP Kevin Brady (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) was solid in a no-decision for Clemson. Clemson bounced back from the Friday loss to sweep a doubleheader on Saturday. Brad Felder had two hits and three RBIs in support of Dominic Leone (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R) in the first game, a 6-1 win for the Tigers. Clemson broke a 2-2 tie with five runs in the eighth in the nightcap, highlighted by Phil Pohl’s two-run single, and the Tigers held on for a 7-4 win. Kevin Pohle (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R) earned the victory in relief of David Haselden (4 IP, 7 H, 2 ER).

17. Vanderbilt

Last Week: 0-3. Overall: 0-3. Top 25 Record: 0-3.

Week in review: Was swept at (2) Stanford, getting outscored 35-13. On Friday, So. 1B Brian Ragira (3-for-4, 2 RBI) led Stanford’s 14-hit barrage in support of Jr. RHP Mark Appel (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K), as the Cardinal hit So. LHP Kevin Ziomek (3.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) hard in an 8-3 Stanford win. On Saturday, Brian Ragira (3-for-3, 2 R, RBI) posted his second consecutive three-hit game to lead Stanford’s red-hot offense to a 9-5 win. The Commodores made four errors behind Fr. RHP Tyler Beede (4.1 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 5 ER), wasting a two-homer day by Connor Harrell (2-for-4, 4 RBI). On Sunday, the Cardinal continued to swing red-hot bats, bludgeoning Vanderbilt 18-5 to complete a three-game sweep. The Commodores jumped on A.J. Vanegas (1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) for four runs in the second on Sunday, but the Cardinal responded with eight runs in the bottom of the frame against Sam Selman (5 IP, 8 H, 12 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K).

18. Florida State

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0. Top 25 Record: 0-0.

Week in review: Swept three-game series vs. Hofstra at home. After an easy win on Friday, Florida State outslugged Hofstra, 10-8 on Saturday. Hunter Scantling (5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) picked up the win in relief of Peter Miller (1.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 ER). The Seminoles rallied back from an early 4-0 deficit and held off Hofstra’s three-run ninth-inning rally. Freshmen led the way in FSU’s 13-6 win Sunday, as Fr. OF Jose Brizuela (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI) and Fr. DH John Nogowski (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR) led a 13-hit attack in support of Fr. RHP Mike Compton (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER).

19. Central Florida

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0. Top 25 Record: 0-0.

Week in review: Outscored LIU-Brooklyn 31-9 in three-game home sweep. Central Florida won a pair of 9-1 decisions on Saturday to wrap up a three-game series sweep. D.J. Hicks powered the UCF offense, going 5-for-8 with two homers, a double and six RBIs in the doubleheader. Travis Shreve contributed four hits and five RBIs for the Knights, who got strong starts from Ben Lively (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) and Chris Matulis (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K).

20. Mississippi

Last Week: 1-1. Overall: 1-1. Top 25 Record: 1-1.

Week in review: Split rain-shortened two-game series at (15) TCU. On Friday, Alex Yarbrough (2-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) paced the Rebels’ offense, and Bobby Wahl (5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) bested Andrew Mitchell (6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER) in the battle of hard-throwing sophomore righties. After a rainout on Saturday, freshmen Michael Resnick and Preston Morrison led TCU to a 5-3 win and a split of the weather-shortened series. Resnick delivered a tie-breaking two-run double in the fifth, making a winner out of RHP Morrison (3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K), who retired all 10 batters he faced in relief. Tough-luck loser Mike Mayers (4 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) otherwise gave Ole Miss strong relief after taking over for starter R.J. Hively (4 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K).

21. Oregon State

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 3-1. Top 25 Record: 0-0.

Week in review: Won three of four at UC Santa Barbara. Oregon State clinched its series at UC Santa Barbara (coached by former Beaver Andrew Checketts) with a 3-2 win in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. The predetermined seven-inning game was tied 2-2 after seven, but Tyler Smith delivered a game-winning RBI single in the eighth, and the OSU bullpen delivered four innings of scoreless, three-hit relief. The wild finale was suspended by darkness with the score tied 12-12 in the 10th. The Beavers battled back from an early 8-2 deficit in that one. In the continuation of Saturday’s suspended game, the Gauchos broke a 12-12 tie with a run in the 13th on Brett Vertigan’s walk-off hit on Sunday. In the finale, Fr. OF Michael Conforto’s three-run homer highlighted Oregon State’s five-run sixth, and the Beavers held on for an 8-6 win.

22. UCLA

Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 1-2. Top 25 Record: 0-0.

Week in review: Lost two out of three at home vs. Maryland. So. RHP Adam Plutko (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) was strong in a no-decision for the Bruins, but Maryland scratched together a pair of runs without the benefit of the hit in the ninth against Jr. RHP Scott Griggs to pull off the upset on Friday. UCLA evened the series on Saturday with a 6-5 win. Cody Keefer had three hits in support of Nick Vander Tuig (5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER), and closer Scott Griggs rebounded from Friday’s blown save with a perfect ninth, needing just nine pitches (seven for strikes). On Sunday, Sr. RHP Brett Harman (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K), who missed all of last season after having Tommy John surgery, was lights-out in his return to action, leading Maryland to a series-clinching 5-1 upset win (a travel curfew shortened the game to eight innings). The Bruins committed three errors behind starter Zack Weiss (5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 ER), leading to unearned runs in each of the first three innings. Tim Kiene (2-for-4, 2 R, RBI) homered for the Terps for the second straight day.

23. Oklahoma

Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 1-2. Top 25 Record: 0-0.

Week in review: Lost two of three at Pepperdine. Jordan John and Damien Magnifico combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief as Oklahoma held on for a 4-3 win on Friday. On Saturday, Pepperdine drubbed Oklahoma, 10-0. Joe Sever and Aaron Brown combined for six hits and five RBIs, leading Pepperdine’s 14-hit assault in support of Scott Frazier (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K). OU’s Jonathan Gray (2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 4 K) struggled with his command in his first start for the Sooners. In another eight-inning, travel curfew-shortened affair, Pepperdine erased an early three-run deficit and held on for a 7-6 win on Sunday, clinching the series. For the third straight day, the Sooners got a shaky outing from their starting pitcher, this time LHP Steven Okert (3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 2 K). Pepperdine starter Alex Najera struggled even more, walking the bases loaded in the first before exiting without recording an out (all three runners would score). Joe Sever hit a tie-breaking RBI single in the seventh inning to put Pepperdine ahead for good.

24. Louisville

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1. Top 25 Record: 0-0.

Week in review: Lost to Minnesota, beat Illinois, Michigan State at Big Ten/Big East Challenge. Louisville bounced back from a Friday defeat where Minnesota routed them 7-1 by beating Illinois, 4-3 on Saturday. Cardinals starter Jeff Thompson (6 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) carried a shutout into the seventh inning, when the Illini made things interesting with three runs to chase him. Adam Engel had three hits out of the leadoff spot to pace the Louisville offense. On Sunday, the Cardinals answered Michigan State’s four-run third with three runs in the bottom of the frame, then went on to a 7-6 win, completing a 2-1 weekend at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge. The Cardinals won despite committing four errors, as they used a balanced 10-hit attack on offense and got strong relief from Chad Green (3 IP, 3 H, 0 R), Jared Ruxer (2 IP, 1 ER) and Derek Self (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R).

25.  Baylor

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0. Top 25 Record: 0-0.

Week in review: Swept Oral Roberts at home. On Friday, Trent Blank threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for the win in a 3-2 win. On Sunday, Baylor swept a doubleheader, 3-2 and 8-1, to complete a three-game sweep. During Sunday’s twin bill, the Bears got 9.2 innings of scoreless, four-hit bullpen work from five relievers.

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25. Cal State Fullerton

Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 1-2. Top 25 Record: 1-2

Week in review: Lost first two games but salvaged Sunday finale at (1) Florida. On Friday, Cal State Fullerton fell 7-3 as the Gators chased Fullerton ace Dylan Floro (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) with four runs in the seventh, breaking a 3-3 tie. On Saturday, Grahamm Wiest (5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) was decent in a 5-2 defeat in his first collegiate start for the Titans. On Sunday, the Titans avoided the sweep with a come-from-behind 8-5 win. Florida chased Fr. LHP Kenny Mathews with three runs in the second, but Fr. RHP Koby Gauna (5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) gave the Titans strong relief work, and Fullerton erupted for four runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth against the UF bullpen. Gators starter Brian Johnson (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) pitched well but was on a 75-pitch limit. Carlos Lopez and J.D. Davis had three hits and three RBIs apiece in the middle of Fullerton’s lineup.

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