College Top 25 Tracker: Feb. 22

1. VIRGINIA

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in ACC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Cavaliers won a hard-fought road series in a tough environment at East Carolina. So. 3B Steven Proscia (2-for-3, HR, 4 RBI) and So. LHP/DH Danny Hultzen (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER; 2-for-4, 2 R) led the Cavs to a win in Friday’s opener. The Cavs mustered just five hits Saturday, and Jr. RHP Robert Morey (4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB) struggled. Every UVa. starter recorded at least one hit Sunday, as the Cavs rapped out 19 hits and held off a late East Carolina rally. Virginia ascends to the top of the rankings for the first time ever.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-21: @ (18) East Carolina: W 6-2, L 6-1, W 14-11

UPCOMING

Feb. 24: George Washington

Feb. 26-28: Rhode Island

2. LOUISIANA STATE

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Tigers won their season-opening series for the 11th straight year with a sweep over Centenary. So. RHP Anthony Ranaudo (5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) was strong in a no-decision Friday, and So. SS Austin Nola drove in two runs, including the game-winner on a sacrifice fly in the eighth. The opener drew an Alex Box Stadium record 9,914 fans. Sr. 1B Blake Dean (4-for-5, 6 RBI) and Sr. DH Matt Gaudet (3-for-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI) led a 23-hit attack Saturday in support of Jr. RHP Austin Ross (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K). So. RHP Joey Bourgeois (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) was brilliant in his LSU debut Sunday. Gaudet finished the weekend 6-for-10 with six RBIs.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-21: Centenary: W 5-4, W 25-8, W 4-0

UPCOMING

Feb. 24: McNeese State

Feb. 26-28: William & Mary

3. TEXAS

Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 1-2, 0-0 in Big 12. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.

The Longhorns won their season opener behind So. RHP Taylor Jungmann (7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) but were stunned the next two days to drop a home series against New Mexico. Jr. RHP Brandon Workman (6 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) turned in a solid start Saturday, but Jr. RHP Chance Ruffin—newly reinstalled as closer—allowed two runs in the ninth as New Mexico completed a comeback from an early 5-2 deficit. In Sunday’s rubber game, So. RHP Austin Dicharry (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) lost a pitcher’s duel to New Mexico Jr. LHP Mike Lachapelle (6 IP, 1 ER), a junior-college transfer making his first D-I appearance. The Longhorns’ offense did produce 29 hits in three games, but left 27 runners on base.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-21: New Mexico: W 6-2, L 6-5, L 3-1

UPCOMING

Feb. 23: Dallas Baptist

Feb. 26-28: (18) Stanford

4. GEORGIA TECH

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Yellow Jackets outscored Missouri State 37-3 in a dominating three-game sweep. Sr. 1B Tony Plagman led the offense in the first two games, going a combined 6-for-8 with three homers and six RBIs. Jr. RHP Deck McGuire (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K) was stellar Friday, but that wasn’t Tech’s best pitching performance of the weekend. So. LHP Jed Bradley needed just 72 pitches to rack up a career-high 12 strikeouts over six shutout innings Sunday, allowing just four hits and one walk. The Jackets backed him up with four homers, a day after pounding out 19 hits. Jr. OF Chase Burnette (8-for-11, 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 R, 6 RBI) had a huge weekend for Georgia Tech. Yellow Jackets coach Danny Hall earned his 900th career victory Saturday.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-21: Missouri State: W 4-0, W 20-3, W 13-0

UPCOMING

Feb. 23-24: @ Georgia Southern

Feb. 26-28: Xavier

5. FLORIDA

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

Florida opened its season with a three-game sweep for the third straight year; for the second year in a row, the victim was a quality Big East opponent (Louisville last year, South Florida this year). The Gators got stellar starting pitching, as So. RHP Tommy Toledo, Fr. LHP Brian Johnson and So. RHP Anthony DeSclafani allowed no earned runs in a combined 13.1 innings of work. Sr. OF Matt den Dekker collected two hits each day out of the leadoff spot, none bigger than a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth Sunday to help Florida earn a come-from-behind, 10-inning win. Johnson (5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) wasn’t the only member of Florida’s top-ranked recruiting class to contribute; Fr. DH Austin Maddox blasted a two-run homer in the first swing of his collegiate career Friday, and Fr. C Mike Zunino delivered a walk-off single down the right-field line in the 10th Sunday.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-21: South Florida: W 6-2, W 9-1, W 7-6 (10 innings)

UPCOMING

Feb. 24: Central Florida

Feb. 25: Siena

Feb. 26-28: La Salle

6. UC IRVINE

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in Big West (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Anteaters opened their season with three straight wins for the third consecutive season, extending their regular-season weekend series winning streak to 18, dating back to April of 2008. Sr. LHP Daniel Bibona (7 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K) struck out the first four batters he faced en route to a dominating performance Friday. Jr. OF Sean Madigan had three hits Saturday in his first game since last year’s season-ending ACL injury. Jr. OF Ryan Fisher recorded a career-high five RBIs Sunday in support of Sr. RHP Eric Pettis (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), who was strong in his first start since the 2007 College World Series.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-21: vs./@/vs. Loyola Marymount: W 5-1, W 9-6, W 19-9

UPCOMING

Feb. 25: @ (12) Coastal Carolina

Feb. 26-28: @ Baseball at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, S.C.: North Carolina State, (12) Coastal Carolina, James Madison

7. FLORIDA STATE

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Seminoles swept a three-game set against Georgia State, improving to 20-0 all-time against the Panthers and winning their season-opening series for the 29th consecutive year. Sr. SS Stephen Cardullo (4-for-6, 6 R, 7 RBI, HR, 7 BB) and So. OF James Ramsey (4-for-8, 5 R, 6 RBI, 2 3B, 6 BB) led a characteristically patient FSU offense that drew 25 walks in three games. So. LHP Sean Gilmartin (7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) was strong Friday, and Jr. LHP John Gast (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) had the longest outing of his career Sunday.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-21: Georgia State: W 11-3, W 14-7, W 12-2

UPCOMING

Feb. 24: North Florida

Feb. 26-28: Hofstra

8. CAL STATE FULLERTON

Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 1-2, 0-0 in Big West. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.

The Titans dropped their first two games at home for the first time since 1987 before rallying to salvage a win Sunday in a nonconference game against rival Long Beach State. Fullerton’s offense was anemic in the first two games, hitting just .175. The Titans were shut out Saturday for the first time since 2007. Making matters worse, coach Dave Serrano was ejected for the first time in his Fullerton tenure Saturday, and he made contact with the umpire during the argument, resulting in an automatic three-game suspension. He missed Sunday’s game and will sit out the first two games of next weekend’s TCU series. On the bright side, So. RHP Tyler Pill (7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) sparkled in Sunday’s win, and Jr. OF Gary Brown (6-for-14, 2B, 2 RBI, 4 SB on the weekend) was a sparkplug atop the lineup.

RESULTS

Feb. 19: Oregon: L 7-3

Feb. 20: Pepperdine: L 6-0

Feb. 21: Long Beach State: W 8-1

UPCOMING

Feb. 26-28: (11) Texas Christian

9. RICE

Last Week: 0-3. Overall: 0-3, 0-0 in CUSA. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.

Rice was swept in a three-game series for the first time since 2005—on another trip to the West Coast (San Jose State). The Owls hadn’t lost their first three games of the season since 2000. Rice had leads in all three games but couldn’t finish the job. Fr. 2B Michael Ratterree went 2-for-5 and homered in his first collegiate at-bat Friday. He homered again in a losing effort in Game Two, as Stanford overcame a 4-2 deficit with 11 runs in the seventh. The series finale was moved up to Saturday evening due to impending weather. The Owls carried a one-run lead into the bottom of the ninth in that one, but Jr. LHP Abel Gonzalez allowed a walk-off two-run single to Fr. 3B Kenny Diekroeger. Rice So. 3B Anthony Rendon—recovered from the ankle injury he suffered in super regionals—went 3-for-8 with a homer, a double and five walks on the weekend.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-20: @ Stanford: L 6-4, L 14-5, L 7-6

UPCOMING

Feb. 23: Texas State

Feb. 24: Lamar

Feb. 26-28: Rice Invitational, Houston: Elon, Nebraska, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

10. SOUTH CAROLINA

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

South Carolina cruised to a sweep of Duquesne, even without sidelined stars Jackie Bradley Jr. (hand) and Nick Ebert (academics) in the starting lineup, though Bradley did appear as a defensive replacement in the outfield Friday and Sunday. Fr. 3B Christian Walker (8-for-14, 2 HR, 2B, 5 R, 7 RBI) picked up much of the slack, as did Sr. 1B Jeffery Jones (3 HR, 7 RBI). The Gamecocks also got solid starting pitching from Sr. RHP Blake Cooper (5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K), Jr. RHP Sam Dyson (3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K in his return from offseason surgery) and Fr. LHP Tyler Webb (4.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K). Jr. OF Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 17 games Sunday.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-21: Duquesne: W 5-3, W 13-3, W 10-3

UPCOMING

Feb. 26-28: @ (22) East Carolina

11. TEXAS CHRISTIAN

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in MWC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

TCU swept Sam Houston State to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2005. Jr. RHP Steven Maxwell (4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 6 K) and two relievers combined to hold the Bearkats scoreless on six hits Friday. Fr. OF Josh Elander paced TCU’s red-hot offense the next two days, going 8-for-10 with six RBIs and finishing the weekend with six consecutive hits. Fr. LHP Matt Purke (5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) picked up the win in his much-anticipated debut Saturday.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-21: Sam Houston State: W 4-0, W 12-7, W 15-2 (7 innings)

UPCOMING

Feb. 24: @ Baylor

Feb. 26-28: @ (8) Cal State Fullerton

12. COASTAL CAROLINA

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in Big South (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.

Coastal won its first two games before falling Sunday against Kentucky. Jr. LHP Cody Wheeler (6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) stifled West Virginia’s offense in Friday’s win. Virginia Tech jumped out to an early 5-0 lead Saturday against So. RHP Anthony Meo (2.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 ER), but Coastal responded with 13 unanswered; the big blow was Sr. OF Chance Gilmore’s tie-breaking grand slam in the fifth. Kentucky broke a 2-2 tie Sunday with an unearned run in the ninth.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-21: Caravelle Resort Tournament, Conway, S.C.:

West Virginia: W 4-2

Virginia Tech: W 13-5

Kentucky: L 3-2

UPCOMING

Feb. 23: @ Wake Forest

Feb. 25: (6) UC Irvine

Feb. 26-28: Baseball at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, S.C.: James Madison, (6) UC Irvine, North Carolina State

13. LOUISVILLE

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in Big East. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Cardinals used a balanced 16-hit attack and strong pitching from Jr. RHP Thomas Royse (5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) and two relievers to win their opener. Impending weather forced a doubleheader Saturday, and Louisville swept it in dramatic fashion. The Cardinals broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the eighth in the first game Saturday. The Falcons ambushed So. RHP Tony Zych (0 IP, 6 H, 7 ER) in the finale, taking a 7-0 lead in the first, but Louisville fought back and won it in the 10th on So. SS Ryan Wright’s walk-off double. Wright had the go-ahead hit in all three games of the series. Jr. RHP Neil Holland (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) dazzled in relief of Zych on Sunday, and Jr. LHP Bob Revesz (3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R) was strong as well.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-20: Bowling Green State: W 13-1, W 5-2, W 8-7 (10 innings)

UPCOMING

Feb. 23: Morehead State

Feb. 26-28: @ Big East/Big Ten Challenge, Dunedin/Clearwater/St. Petersburg, Fla.: Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota

14. ARIZONA STATE

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in Pac-10 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Sun Devils blasted Northern Illinois in three games over two days before Sunday’s game was scrapped by field conditions caused by rain—the first time weather has forced a cancellation in Tempe since 2006. Sun Devils ace Josh Spence sat out the weekend with arm soreness, and Jr. RHP Seth Blair (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) delivered a strong start Friday in his place. Jr. RHP Merrill Kelly (5 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER) won his ASU debut in the first game Saturday, and ASU exploded with 25 hits in the nightcap, led by four apiece from So. 2B Zack MacPhee, So. 3B Riccio Torrez and So. C Austin Barnes. Arizona State tied a 47-year-old school record with six triples in that game, two of them courtesy of MacPhee, who hit four triples on the weekend.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-21: Northern Illinois: W 8-0, W 10-5, W 26-1 (7 innings), CCD

UPCOMING

Feb. 26-28: Towson

15. CLEMSON

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.

Clemson went 3-0 in round-robin play against a pair of cold-weather Midwest teams and a Palmetto State neighbor. Jr. LHP Casey Harman (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R) and three relievers shut out Miami (Ohio) on two hits Friday. So. 1B/LHP Will Lamb went 4-for-4 with a homer, a double and three RBIs in that one, then delivered 2.1 innings of one-hit, shutout relief Saturday after taking over for So. RHP Scott Weismann (4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). Clemson used balanced 10-hit attacks in each of the last two games, and Sunday it also benefited from six Furman errors.

RESULTS

Feb. 19: Miami (Ohio): W 11-0

Feb. 20: vs. Michigan State @ Greenville, S.C.: W 10-2

Feb. 21: Furman: W 8-5

UPCOMING

Feb. 26-28: Wright State

16. MIAMI

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

Miami’s offense carried it to a three-game sweep of Rutgers. Jr. OF Chris Pelaez (8-for-11, HR, 4 R, 4 RBI) swung a hot bat in his first weekend as a Hurricane. Miami also got two-homer games from So. 3B Harold Martinez (Friday) and So. C David Villasuso (Sunday). Miami’s team speed also loomed large: The ‘Canes were 10-for-10 in stolen base attempts on the weekend. Jr. LHP Eric Erickson (5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) cruised in his return from Tommy John surgery Friday. Miami overcame a two-run deficit Sunday with four in the bottom of the ninth, capped by Fr. OF Zeke DeVoss’ walk-off three-run homer.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-21: Rutgers: W 12-1, W 10-8, W 9-7

UPCOMING

Feb. 24: Florida Gulf Coast

Feb. 26-28: Manhattan

17. ARKANSAS

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

Arkansas won a quality series against a good Ball State team, but the Razorbacks lost So. 2B Bo Bigham for at least a month with a shoulder injury on Friday. Sr. RHPs Mike Bolsinger (5 IP, 4 H, I ER, 1 BB, 6 K) and T.J. Forrest (4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) stifled the Cardinals in Friday’s win, and the Hogs produced a balanced 13-hit attack. Ball State preseason All-American Kolbrin Vitek had four hits Saturday and the Cardinals capitalized on four Arkansas errors to pull off the upset. Jr. DH Monk Kreder (3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) led another balanced Arkansas attack Sunday in support of Jr. RHP Brett Eibner (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K), and So. LHP Drew Smyly (4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was strong in relief.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-21: Ball State: W 10-2, L 5-2, W 9-3

UPCOMING

Feb. 26-28: Troy

18. STANFORD

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in Pac-10 (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

Stanford swept a three-game series against Rice, with the final game moved up a day due to impending weather. So. RHP Jordan Pries (7.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) recovered from a rocky start to pick up the win Friday, and Fr. OF/1B Stephen Piscotty led the offense with three hits. The Cardinal got another sold start in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader from So. LHP Scott Snodgress (6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER), but the offense did the heavy lifting, erasing a 4-2 deficit with 11 runs in the seventh inning. Stanford trailed by a run heading into the bottom of the ninth in the finale, but Fr. 3B Kenny Diekroeger delivered a walk-off two-run single.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-20: (5) Rice: W 6-4, W 14-5, W 7-6

UPCOMING

Feb. 23: Pacific

Feb. 26-28: @ (3) Texas


19. SAN DIEGO

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 3-1, 0-0 in WCC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Toreros took three of four from Indiana. Sr. 2B Chris Engell (4-for-5, 3B, 3 RBI) and So. SS Bryan Haar (2-for-4, HR, 5 RBI) led the offense Friday in support of Sr. RHP A.J. Griffin (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K). Haar went 4-for-4 in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, and Jr. RHP Kyle Blair (4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) was solid. Sr. OF James Meador, who sat out Friday’s game for disciplinary reasons, went 7-for-9 with a homer and five RBIs in the twin bill. Jr. LHP Sammy Solis (5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) was sharp in his return from injury in the nightcap. Jr. RHP Darrin Campbell cruised through three innings Sunday before a 20-minute rain delay disrupted his rhythm, and the Hoosiers took advantage with four runs in the fourth en route to the upset.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-21: Indiana: W 16-10, W 9-2, W 9-4, L 7-5

UPCOMING

Feb. 23: Cal State Northridge

Feb. 25-28: @/vs./@/vs. San Diego State


20. NORTH CAROLINA

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

UNC had to work hard to sweep George Washington. Sr. OF Mike Cavasinni’s two-out single in the ninth Friday sparked a game-tying rally, and he delivered a game-tying RBI single in the 10th before the Tar Heels scored the winning run on a wild pitch. Jr. RHP Patrick Johnson (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) was strong Saturday, and Cavasinni delivered a two-run single to key a four-run seventh. UNC jumped out to a 4-0 lead through three innings Sunday, and Jr. RHP Colin Bates (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) made it stand up in the longest outing of his career.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-21: George Washington: W 6-5 (10 innings), W 4-2, W 6-3

UPCOMING

Feb. 23: UNC Greensboro

Feb. 26-28: Maine

21. SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in CUSA (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Golden Eagles started the season 2-0 for the seventh straight year before dropping Sunday’s series finale. They hit .358 on the weekend, while the pitching staff recorded 20 strikeouts and held the Demons to a .188 average. Sr. 3B Joey Archer (8-for-13, 2 2B, 4 R, 5 RBI) paced the offense on the weekend. Ace Jr. RHP Todd McInnis (6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K) and Jr. RHP Seth Hester (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K) combined to shut down NSU on Friday. Sr. RHP Scott Copeland (6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) and Fr. RHP Geoffrey Thomas (5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) followed with solid outings the next two days.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-21: Northwestern State: W 11-0, W 7-3, L 7-5

UPCOMING

Feb. 24: Mississippi Valley State

Feb. 26-28: Le Moyne

22. EAST CAROLINA

Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 1-2, 0-0 in CUSA. (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.

The Pirates dropped a tough home series against Virginia. Jr. RHP Seth Maness (5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) cruised early but ran into trouble in the middle innings in Friday’s loss. So. LHP Kevin Brandt (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) shut down Virginia’s potent lineup Saturday, and Fr. 1B John Wooten (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) had a strong debut to pace ECU’s offense. Jr. RHP Brad Mincey (1.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) was pounded Sunday as the Pirates fell behind 13-4 through seven innings, but they rallied with seven runs in the eighth to make things interesting. The Pirates drew 5,000-plus fans Friday and Saturday, the first time they have done so in back-to-back games.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-21: (2) Virginia: L 6-2, W 6-1, L 14-11

UPCOMING

Feb. 23: Old Dominion

Feb. 26-28: (10) South Carolina

23. UCLA

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in Pac-10 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.

The Bruins outscored three opponents 30-8 in three games. So. RHP Gerrit Cole (6 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) was overpowering Friday against Southern, but So. RHP Trevor Bauer (8 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 13 K) might have out-done him Saturday, striking out the side in the seventh and eighth innings en route to a career high in strikeouts. That game was televised nationally on MLB Network. So. C Steve Rodriguez hit three homers on the weekend to surpass his 2009 total (two). Jr. LHP Rob Rasmussen (3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) was shaky Sunday, but the Bruins erased a 4-1 deficit with three runs in the fourth en route to a comfortable win. Fr. OF Beau Amaral went 4-for-5 with three RBIs in that one.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-21: MLB Urban Invitational, Los Angeles/Compton, Calif:

Southern: W 16-2

Bethune-Cookman: W 10-3

Cal State Northridge: W 14-5

UPCOMING

Feb. 23: @ Long Beach State

Feb. 26-28: Dodgertown Classic, Los Angeles: Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State, Southern California

24. MISSISSIPPI

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Rebels dropped their opener but dominated the next two days to win a series against ULM. Jr. LHP Drew Pomeranz (4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) labored Friday, throwing 99 pitches, and the Warhawks put up four runs in the fifth on reliever Rory McKean. Sr. RHP Aaron Barrett (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) picked up his first Division I win Saturday, tying a career high in strikeouts set on Opening Day last year. Jr. RHP Trent Rothlin (6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) followed with a solid outing Sunday. Sr. OF David Phillips (6-for-9, 7 H, 3 HR, 6 RBI) paced an Ole Miss offense that hit .349 with seven homers on the weekend.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-21: Louisiana-Monroe: L 6-5, W 14-0, W 13-2

UPCOMING

Feb. 23: Arkansas State

Feb. 26-28: Oakland

25. OREGON STATE

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in Pac-10 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.

The Beavers won two of the first three in their four-game series at Hawaii, which will conclude Monday. Oregon State broke a 6-6 tie with four runs over the final two innings Friday, capped by Jr. 3B Stefan Romero’s two-run homer. Jr. LHP Tanner Robles (5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) picked up the win Saturday behind a balanced 10-hit OSU attack. Jr. RHP Greg Peavey (5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER) was decent in a no-decision Sunday, but the Rainbows scored two in the ninth off Jr. RHP Kevin Rhoderick to earn a comeback victory.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-21: @ Hawaii: W 10-6, W 7-3, L 5-4

UPCOMING

Feb. 22: @ Hawaii

Feb. 26-28: Tennessee

DROPPED OUT

GEORGIA (22)

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 2-2, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.

The Bulldogs split two games apiece with Baylor and Duke. So. OF Zach Cone (11-for-16) had a monstrous weekend, highlighted by his performance in Saturday’s loss to Duke, when he hit for the cycle. So. OF Johnathan Taylor drove in four runs Friday in support of Justin Grimm (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K). After the Dawgs dropped the first game of their doubleheader Saturday, So. 3B Colby May (3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) led a 13-hit attack in the nightcap in support of So. RHP Michael Palazzone (6 IP, 6 H, 5 ER). Cone delivered four more hits in a losing effort Sunday.

RESULTS

Feb. 19-21: @ QTI Apparel Opening Weekend Classic, Waco, Texas:

Baylor: W 7-5

Duke: L 9-5, W 10-5

Baylor: L 5-2

UPCOMING

Feb. 24: Presbyterian

Feb. 26-28: Stetson

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