1. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 6-0, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
After cruising to easy wins in the first two games of the series, the Tar Heels won a wild back-and-forth affair in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader to complete a sweep of Stony Brook and stay unbeaten. After rain pushed the series opener to Saturday, four Tar Heels recorded multiple hits as part of a balanced 12-hit attack in support of Kent Emanuel (7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). Benton Moss (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) was outstanding in the first game of Sunday’s twin bill. In the finale, the Tar Heels erased a 2-0 deficit with six runs in the sixth, and Stony Brook answered with its own six-spot in the eighth, but the Tar Heels responded again, winning on Mike Zolk’s walk-off RBI single in the ninth. Skye Bolt had two RBIs in the first game and three hits in the second game, including a one-out double to spark the ninth-inning rally. With Hobbs Johnson sidelined with a slight strain in his forearm, Chris Munnelly (4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) made the start and earned a no-decision in the series finale.
Feb. 18: Coastal Carolina: W 7-1
Feb. 22-24: Stony Brook: W 11-2, W 7-1, W 9-8
Feb. 26: St. John’s
March 1-3: @ Houston College Classic:
(13) Rice, California, Texas A&M
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 7-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Vandy outscored its opponents 48-8 during a perfect 5-0 week, including a dominating sweep of Monmouth. Kevin Ziomek (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 K) was dominant Friday, setting a career high for strikeouts before handing off to Carson Fulmer, who struck out three over two perfect innings of relief. Jack Lupo (3-for-4, 3 R, RBI, 2B) led Vandy’s 14-hit attack Saturday in support of Tyler Beede (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K), who improved to 2-0, 1.50. Kyle Smith (2-for-2, 2 R, 4 RBI, 3B) had a big game off the bench Sunday, and Philip Pfeifer (6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) earned his second win of the week. He also threw 6.2 innings of one-run ball Tuesday against Belmont, striking out 10.
Feb. 19: @ Belmont: W 9-3
Feb. 20: Central Arkansas: W 10-2
Feb. 22-24: Monmouth: W 5-1, W 11-1, W 13-1
Feb. 26: Arkansas State
Feb. 27: Evansville
March 1-3: Illinois-Chicago
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 7-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Razorbacks swept Evansville to stretch their winning streak to five games. Tyler Spoon, Jake Wise and Jordan Farris had three RBIs apiece to propel the Hogs to a 10-4 win Friday. Ryne Stanek (3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) struggled in a no-decision, exiting after throwing 76 pitches in three innings. Spoon broke a 1-1 tie with an eighth-inning grand slam over the seats in left field Saturday, and Barrett Astin (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) turned in another strong start for Arkansas. Leadoff man Matt Vinson (3-for-4, 3 R, SB) spearheaded a balanced 15-hit attack Sunday, and Trey Killian (4.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was solid.
Feb. 19-20: New Orleans: W 14-0, W 3-0
Feb. 22-24: Evansville: W 10-4, W 5-2, W 10-2
Feb. 28-March 3: @ Coca-Cola Classic, Surprise, Ariz.:
Arizona State, Gonzaga, Arizona State, Pacific
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in Big East. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Louisville allowed just one run in a dominating three-game sweep of Akron. Ty Young (3-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) led a 12-hit attack Friday in support of Chad Green (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K), who combined on a three-hitter with Kyle Funkhouser. Jeff Thompson (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K) cruised to his second win Saturday, as Young and Jeff Gardner had two hits apiece for the Cardinals. With the score tied 1-1 in the eighth Sunday, Adam Engel singled, stole second and third, and scored the winning run on Nick Ratajczak’s sacrifice fly. Jared Ruxer (5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) was strong in a no-decision Sunday, and Nick Burdi struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his first save. The Cardinals say Burdi hit 100 mph on his first three pitches and backed up his heater with a 93 mph slider.
Feb. 20: Eastern Kentucky: W 17-6
Akron 22-24: Akron: W 7-0, W 8-0, W 2-1
Feb. 26: Morehead State
March 1-3: Kent State
5. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 9-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Bulldogs got more stellar pitching to improve to 9-0. On the season, their pitching staff sports a 1.22 ERA with 81 strikeouts in 81 innings. Jacob Robson’s eighth-inning sacrifice fly broke a 2-2 tie Friday against Purdue. Jacob Lindgren (5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) was strong in a no-decision in that one, and Jonathan Holder (1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) earned the win in relief. Holder struck out 11 of the first 14 batters he has faced this season, and 12 of the first 20. MSU won two games Saturday, 8-2 victory over Samford and 7-6 against Purdue. Hunter Renfroe homered for the second straight day in the win against Samford, and Adam Frazier (3-for-4, 2 R, 3B) provided a spark. Ross Mitchell (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief of Evan Mitchell in that one. MSU trailed for just the second time this season when Purdue put up four runs in the fourth against Kendall Graveman (3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER), but the Bulldogs stormed back and took the lead for good with three in the sixth, highlighted by Renfroe’s two-run triple. Will Cox (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) cruised in Sunday’s win against Samford, retiring 17 batters in a row at one point. Frazier went 8-for-16 on the weekend with two triples, while Renfroe hit .429 on the week with a triple, two homers and six RBIs.
Feb. 19: Grambling State: W 2-0
Feb. 22-24: Diamond Classic, Starkville, Miss.:
Purdue: W 3-2
Samford: W 8-2
Purdue: W 7-6
Samford: W 8-1
Feb. 26-27: Rhode Island
March 1-3: St. Joseph’s
6. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 8-0, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Oregon State swept a four-game set at San Diego State to improve to 8-0, its best start since 1962. The Beavers allowed just two runs in the four games, and they sport a sparkling 1.12 staff ERA on the season. Dan Child (5.1 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) beat SDSU ace Michael Cederoth (6 IP, 2 H, 2 ER) on Thursday, as the Beavers broke open a 2-1 game with five in the seventh. Matt Boyd (8.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K) out-dueled Philip Walby (7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) on Friday, as the Beavers broke a scoreless tie with two in the eighth, highlighted by Danny Hayes’ go-ahead, two-out RBI single. Through two weeks, Boyd’s conversion into a starter looks like a rousing success: He improved to 2-0, 1.17 with 13 strikeouts and two walks in 15 innings. Tyler Smith, Hayes and Dylan Davis had two hits apiece Saturday in support of freshman Andrew Moore (8.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K), who combined with Tony Bryant on a three-hitter. Davis had three more hits Sunday to lead a 14-hit attack, and the Beavers got stellar relief from Brandon Jackson (4.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R) and Scott Schultz (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R).
Feb. 16: vs. UC Riverside @ Palm Springs Tournament: W 5-4
Feb. 21-24: @ San Diego State: W 8-1, W 2-0, W 5-0, W 7-1
March 1-3: Bryant
7. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 5-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
South Carolina swept Albany in a series highlighted by a combined no-hitter in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader. L.B. Dantzler (4-for-5, HR, 5 RBI) powered the South Carolina offense Saturday in support of Jordan Montgomery (5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K), as the Gamecocks jumped out to an early lead and cruised to an 8-3 win. Colby Holmes (6 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER) combined with Forrest Koumas and Josh Knab on South Carolina’s first no-hitter since 1975 in the first game of Sunday’s twin bill. Dantzler homered again in that one and drove in four, while Chase Vergason (3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI) also went deep to lead off South Carolina’s nine-run fifth. Dantzler (3-for-4, 2 R, RBI, 2 2B) capped his big weekend with another big game in the second game of the doubleheader in support of Nolan Belcher (6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K). Through six games this season, Dantzler is hitting .545 with three homers and 13 RBIs.
Feb. 23-24: Albany: W 8-3, W 14-1, W 6-4
Feb. 26: Furman
March 1-3: @/vs./vs. Clemson
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 7-0, 0-0 in SEC (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Along with Mississippi State, the Rebels are one of the last two unbeaten teams in the Southeastern Conference following a sweep of Rhode Island, and they are off to their best start since opening 2008 with a 9-0 mark. Ole Miss allowed just four runs in the three games against URI, and its staff ERA sits at 1.43 on the season. Bobby Wahl (5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 4 K) didn’t have his best control Friday, but he kept the Rams in check, and Josh Laxer and Jeremy Massie delivered a combined four innings of two-hit, shutout relief. Will Jamison (2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI) led Mississippi’s 12-hit attack. Pinch-hitter Austin Knight’s walk-off RBI single in the ninth propelled the Rebels to a 1-0 win Saturday. Mike Mayers (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K) was strong in a no-decision for Ole Miss. Will Allen capped a 6-for-14 week (.429) with two hits and two RBIs Sunday, and Aaron Greenwood (3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) picked up the win in relief of Sam Smith (3.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER). Smith filled in for Chris Ellis, who aggravated an abdominal injury he suffered in the preseason. Catcher Stuart Turner threw out 5-of-6 basestealers on the week and has gunned down seven of eight on the season.
Feb. 20: Tennessee-Martin: W 15-2
Feb. 22-24: Rhode Island: W 8-1, W 1-0, W 5-3
Feb. 26: Memphis
Feb. 27: Arkansas-Pine Bluff
March 1-3: @ Florida International
9. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
LSU sustained its first loss of the season Saturday but finished with a winning weekend at its tournament in Baton Rouge. Mark Laird had four hits and Raph Rhymes delivered a walk-off RBI single Thursday against Brigham Young, capping LSU’s two-run ninth. Aaron Nola (6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) got a no-decision in that one. After Friday’s game against Southeastern Louisiana was suspended until Sunday by rain, the Tigers took their first loss Saturday. BYU broke a 1-1 tie with five runs in the sixth against reliever Nate Fury. Brent Bonvillain (4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) set down the first 12 batters of the game for LSU before hitting the wall in the fifth, when BYU loaded the bases twice but managed just one run. When the game against Southeastern resumed Sunday, the Tigers pounded out 19 hits, led by Laird (3-for-4, 4 R, 2B), Rhymes (4-for-5, 3 R, 5 RBI, 2 2B) and Mason Katz (3-for-4, 2B, HR, 6 RBI). That barrage helped Ryan Eades (6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) pick up his first win.
Feb. 19: Lamar: W 8-1
Feb. 21-24: LSU Tournament, Baton Rouge:
Brigham Young: W 6-5, L 9-4
Southeastern Louisiana: W 13-1
Feb. 26: @ Louisiana-Lafayette
March 1-3: LSU Tournament 2, Baton Rouge:
Brown, Brown, Nicholls State
10. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 5-1, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.
The Wolfpack annihilated overmatched Northern competition in a tournament in Raleigh. Jake Fincher (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B) led a balanced 14-hit attack Thursday against Villanova, and Brad Stone (5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) turned in a solid start to pick up the win. Carlos Rodon struck out a career-high 14 while issuing just one walk over seven hitless innings Saturday against La Salle, and freshman Karl Keglovits worked two perfect innings to complete the combined no-hitter. Rodon struck out the last six batters he faced, and nine of his last 11. It was N.C. State’s first no-hitter since Gib Hobson threw one in 2005. The ‘Pack blasted Wagner in a doubleheader sweep Sunday, as Brett Williams had pair of monstrous games, going a combined 7-for-9 with three homers, three doubles, five runs and 10 RBIs. Sam Morgan (7-for-10, 6 R, 6 RBI, 2 HR, 3 2B) also went bonkers in both games. Overall, N.C. State hit nine home runs in the two games. The Wolfpack got a good start from Logan Jernigan (5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) in the first game.
Feb. 19: Charlotte: W 5-0
Feb. 22-24: N.C. State Tournament, Raleigh:
Villanova: W 14-3
La Salle: CCD, W 5-0
Wagner: W 18-0, W 25-4
Feb. 26-27: New Mexico State
March 1-3: @ Caravelle Resort Tournament, Myrtle Beach, S.C.:
Maryland-Baltimore County, Florida Atlantic, @ Coastal Carolina
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 5-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
Kentucky dropped Thursday’s game against Kansas State but bounced back with wins against Elon and Coastal Carolina. A.J. Reed (2-for-3, 3 RBI, HR) led the UK offense against Kansas State, but he also took his first loss on the mound after allowing four runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings. The Wildcats broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the fourth inning against Elon, and Jerad Grundy (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) improved to 2-0. Kentucky broke a 2-2 tie with six runs in the ninth against Coastal, highlighted by Lucas Witt’s three-run double. Trevor Gott (1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief of Corey Littrell (6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 K).
Feb. 18: @ South Carolina-Upstate: W 11-10
Feb. 22-24: @ Caravelle Resort Baseball at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, S.C.:
Kansas State: L 7-5
Elon: W 6-1
Coastal Carolina: W 8-2
Feb. 26: Murray State
Feb. 27: Eastern Kentucky
March 1-3: Akron
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 4-2, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Bruins took two of three from Baylor for the second straight year, this time in Waco. Baylor stranded the bases loaded in the ninth Friday against freshman closer James Kaprielian, as UCLA escaped with a 4-3 win. Brian Carroll (3-for-4, RBI) led the UCLA offense in support of Adam Plutko (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER), who picked up his first victory. Nick Vander Tuig (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) was solid in defeat Saturday, but Baylor opened up a more comfortable cushion with three runs in the eighth against Cody Poteet. With the score tied 4-4 Sunday, Carroll walked to start the ninth and eventually scored the winning run on a passed ball, as Kaprielian struck out the side in the bottom of the frame to earn the win. Grant Watson (6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER) turned in a solid start.
Feb. 19: @ UC Santa Barbara: PPD
Feb. 22-24: @ Baylor: W 4-3, L 5-0, W 5-4
Feb. 26: @ UC Santa Barbara
March 1-3: Wright State
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 5-2, 0-0 in C-USA (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Owls won the first three games of a four-game set at Hawaii, with the series finale slated for Monday. Ford Stainback’s RBI single broke a scoreless tie in the 17th Friday. Austin Kubitza (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 13 K) now has 25 strikeouts through two games, and Rice got stellar relief work from Zech Lemond (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K), Evan Rutter (3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K) and John Simms (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K). Jordan Stephens (9 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) set a career high for strikeouts in his first career complete game Saturday, and the Owls scored twice in the eighth to win 3-1. Shane Hoelscher’s leadoff double kickstarted the eighth-inning rally. Hoelscher and Christian Stringer (3-for-4, 4 RBI) had three hits apiece Sunday, and the Owls came from behind with three runs in the ninth to win 7-5. Kevin McCanna (1.2 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 0 K) made his season debut and struggled in that one, but Chase McDowell (6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K) provided strong relief to pick up the win.
Feb. 19: Dallas Baptist: L 6-4
Feb. 22-25: @ Hawaii: W 2-0 (17 innings), W 3-1, W 7-5
March 1-3: Houston College Classic:
(1) North Carolina, Texas A&M, Baylor
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Oregon dropped Friday’s opener but rebounded with a pair of 6-1 wins to take the series from Loyola Marymount. LMU starter Colin Welmon (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K) wriggled out of a pair of bases-loaded jams in the first two innings Friday, and the Lions got to Jake Reed (5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) in the middle innings to pull off a 7-2 win. Tommy Thorpe (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) turned in his second straight strong start Saturday, and the Ducks capitalized on six hit batsmen by LMU starter Trevor Megill. Tyler Baumgartner’s three-run double highlighted Oregon’s four-run sixth Sunday, and Cole Irvin (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) turned in an excellent start to improve to 2-0.
Feb. 18: @ Hawaii: W 4-2
Feb. 22-24: Loyola Marymount: L 7-2, W 6-1, W 6-1
Feb. 26: Portland
March 1-3: @ (17) Cal State Fullerton
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 5-2, 0-0 in Pac-12. (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
Stanford bounced back from its opening-weekend series loss at Rice by sweeping Fresno State. The Cardinal broke a 1-1 tie Friday with two runs in the eighth on a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch, and Mark Appel (9 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) needed just 105 pitches to go the distance. Brett Michael Doran delivered a walk-off, three-run homer in the 10th Saturday. Brian Ragira (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR) also had a nice day for the Cardinal, and John Hochstatter (6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) was solid in a no-decision. Bobby Zarubin (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) picked up the win with brilliant relief of Logan James (2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER) on Sunday, as Stanford broke a 4-4 tie with three runs in the eighth, capped by Danny Diekroeger’s two-run homer.
Feb. 20: California: W 5-0
Feb. 22-24: Fresno State: W 3-1, W 7-4, W 7-4
Feb. 26: @ St. Mary’s
March 1-3: Texas
16. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
After Friday’s opener was postponed, Tech split Saturday’s doubleheader with St. John’s and then cruised to a blowout win Sunday to take the series. Buck Farmer (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) dominated again in the opener, improving to 1-0, 0.00 with 21 strikeouts and no walks in 15 innings. The Johnnies tied it up with a pair of runs in the eighth against Jonathan King, but Dylan Dore delivered a walk-off RBI single in the ninth for Tech. Sean Hagan (7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER) bested Dusty Isaacs (6.1 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) in Saturday’s nightcap, though Tech made things interesting with four runs in the ninth before leaving the bases loaded to end the game. Matt Gonzalez (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B) paced Tech’s 11-hit attack Sunday behind Cole Pitts (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K).
Feb. 19: Georgia State: W 16-5
Feb. 22-24: St. John’s: W 3-2, L 9-7, W 10-1
Feb. 26-27: @ Georgia Southern
March 1-3: Rutgers
17. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 8-0, 0-0 in Big West. (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
The Titans never trailed in a three-game sweep at TCU, and their 8-0 start is their best since 2003. Thomas Eshelman (5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K) turned in another outstanding start Friday, and Fullerton got to Brandon Finnegan for a pair of runs in the fifth inning to take a 3-0 lead that it would not relinquish. Carlos Lopez and Michael Lorenzen had two RBIs apiece for the Titans. Justin Garza (7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) turned in his second stellar outing in as many weeks Saturday, and another freshman, Jake Jefferies, gave the Titans some crucial insurance with an eighth-inning grand slam. Freshmen Eshelman and Garza are a combined 4-0, 0.36 with 25 strikeouts and one walk through 25 innings. Grahamm Wiest (7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) stymied the Frogs on Sunday, and Matt Chapman (3-for-4, 2 RBI) led the Fullerton offense.
Feb. 20: @ Pepperdine: W 6-3
Feb. 22-24: @ (22) Texas Christian: W 7-2, W 6-2, W 7-0
March 1-3: (14) Oregon
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 9-0, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Oklahoma went 3-0 at the Kleberg Bank College Classic in Corpus Christi to improve to 9-0 on the season, its best start since it began 2011 with a 16-0 mark. Dillon Overton (8 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K) was strong Friday against Iowa, and the Sooners pushed across crucial insurance runs in the eighth and ninth innings to secure the victory. Matt Oberste had two RBIs to lead the OU offense behind Jonathan Gray (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) on Saturday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Oklahoma coughed up an early 5-1 lead Sunday but rallied back from an 8-5 deficit to win on Jack Mayfield’s three-run homer in the eighth. Oberste (3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) had another strong day in that one and is hitting .441 with three long balls and 17 RBIs through nine games.
Feb. 19-20: Arkansas-Pine Bluff: W 4-2, W 11-1
Feb. 22-24: @ Kleberg Bank College Classic, Corpus Christi, Texas:
Iowa: W 3-1
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: W 4-2
New Mexico: W 10-8
March 1-3: Pepperdine
19. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 7-0, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
After rain postponed Friday’s opener, the Seminoles won in a blowout Saturday and swept a doubleheader Sunday to remain unbeaten. Marcus Davis (4-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR, 2B) spearheaded FSU’s 14-hit attack Saturday, in a game that was shortened to eight innings by rain. Brandon Leibrandt (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) picked up his second win of the season in that one. Davis hit a two-run single to highlight FSU’s four-run first inning in the opener of Sunday’s twin bill, giving Scott Sitz (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) more than enough support. Davis hit his fourth homer of the year in the finale, and D.J. Stewart (3-for-4, 3 RBI, 2B) led the offense behind Peter Miller (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K). Davis is hitting .455/.571/1.136 with nine RBIs through seven games.
Feb. 19: Jacksonville: W 9-7
Feb. 22-24: South Florida: W 14-3 (8 innings), W 8-0, W 5-2
March 1-3: Villanova
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 7-1, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
After splitting a pair of midweek games at Long Beach State, the Wildcats swept San Jose State. Konner Wade (7.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) struggled Friday, but Arizona rallied from behind with three runs in the ninth to win 8-7. Brandon Dixon delivered a walk-off three-run triple to right-center in that one. Dixon and Ryan Koziol had two RBIs apiece in Arizona’s seven-run second Saturday, helping James Farris (7.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) improve to 2-0. The Wildcats overcame a 3-0 deficit Sunday with five runs in the seventh and four more in the eighth, making a winner of Stephen Manthei (7.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER).
Feb. 19-20: @ Long Beach State: L 5-4, W 3-1
Feb. 22-24: San Jose State: W 8-7, W 15-4, W 9-4
Feb. 26-27: Utah Valley
March 1-3: San Francisco
21. UC IRVINE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in Big West. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Irvine won three of four against Cal, its second straight series win against a power-conference foe (following a sweep of Baylor). The Anteaters broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the seventh Friday. Andrew Thurman (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) was strong in a no-decision, and five Anteaters tallied multiple hits, led by Ronnie Shaeffer (3-for-5), who delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh. The two teams split Saturday’s doubleheader. Cal broke a 4-4 tie with four runs in the ninth in the first game, highlighted by two-run doubles by Chris Paul and Jacob Wark. Shaeffer went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs for Irvine in the opener, then went 2-for-5 with the game-tying RBI single in the 10th inning of Game Two. He scored the winning run on Scott Gottschling’s bases-loaded walk. Kyle Hooper (6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) was solid in a no-decision. Taylor Sparks (4-for-5, 3 RBI) hit a two-run triple to kickstart UCI’s seven-run first Sunday behind Andrew Morales (6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER).
Feb. 22-24: California: W 5-3, L 8-6, W 4-3, W 9-1
Feb. 26: @ Loyola Marymount
March 1-3: Portland
22. NOTRE DAME
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 5-1, 0-0 in Big East (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
The Irish allowed just five runs in a three-game sweep at Tulane. Eric Jagielo’s two-run homer in the sixth powered Notre Dame Friday, helping Sean Fitzgerald (6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) pick up his first win. The Green Wave loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against closer Dan Slania, but he wriggled out of the jam unscathed with a strikeout and a flyout. The Irish scored twice in the first Saturday against Alex Byo and never looked back, as Adam Norton (5 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) turned in a solid start to earn the win. Ryan Bull (4-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, HR) led Notre Dame’s 14-hit attack Sunday, and Nick McCarty (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R) earned the win with shutdown relief.
Feb. 22-24: @ Tulane: W 2-1, W 3-1, W 8-3
March 1-3: @ Irish Baseball Classic, Cary, N.C.:
Tennessee, Massachusetts, (25) Virginia Tech, Rhode Island
23. FLORIDA GULF COAST
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 5-1, 0-0 in A-Sun (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
The Eagles had beaten Florida just once in program history before going to Gainesville this weekend and sweeping the Gators. Ricky Knapp (9 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) needed just 92 pitches to go the distance Friday, and the Eagles erased a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the sixth, highlighted by Brooks Beisner’s three-run homer. The Eagles put the game out of reach with five in the eighth. Michael Suchy (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) led the Florida Gulf Coast offense Saturday in support of Brandon Bixler (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K), and R.J. Brown (4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) was strong in relief to earn the save. Harrison Cooney (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K) wriggled out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam unscathed in the 10th Sunday, setting the stage for Sean Dwyer (4-for-6, 2 R, 3 RBI) to hit a game-winning three-run homer in the 11th.
Feb. 22-24: @ (17) Florida: W 8-2, W 8-3, W 7-4
Feb. 26: @ Florida Atlantic
March 1-3: Manhattan
24. SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 5-2, 0-0 in C-USA (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
The Golden Eagles won two of three at their tournament in Hattiesburg. USM scored four in the second Friday behind Andrew Pierce (7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K), who improved to 2-0, 0.63 with 14 strikeouts and one walk in 14 innings. Southern Miss was stopped Saturday by last year’s national ERA champion, Nick Petree (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K), as Jake Drehoff (4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) took the loss for USM. Mason Robbins had four hits and two RBIs to lead the offense Sunday, and he earned his first win on the mound with six innings of one-run ball, scattering six hits and a walk while walking five.
Feb. 15-17: Missouri: W 5-2, W 5-3, W 6-1
Feb. 19: @ Alabama: L 10-8
Feb. 22-24: Southern Miss Invitational, Hattiesburg:
Eastern Illinois: W 6-3
Missouri State: L 5-1
Alcorn State: W 7-2
25. VIRGINIA TECH
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
Virginia Tech took its first loss of the season Saturday against Temple but bounced back with wins against Holy Cross and Delaware. Derek Peterson (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI) led Temple’s 11-hit attack, and his RBI single broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth, spurring the Owls’ three-run rally. Eddie Campbell (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) was solid in a no-decision for the Hokies in that one. Virginia Tech erased a 5-4 deficit with three in the fifth against Holy Cross, and relievers Brendon Hayden (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R) and Clark Labitan (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) made it stand up. Chad Pinder and Sean Keselica had three hits and three RBIs apiece in support of Brad Markey (6 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) in the win against Delaware.
Feb. 22-24: Virginia Tech Tournament, Blacksburg, Va.:
Temple: L 7-3
Holy Cross: W 7-5
Delaware: W 13-4
Feb. 25: Delaware
Feb. 26: Radford
March 1-3: @ Irish Baseball Classic, Cary, N.C.:
Rhode Island, Ohio, (22) Notre Dame, Tennessee
Last Week: 1-4. Overall: 3-5, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
The Gators were swept at home for the first time since 2009. The Eagles erased a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the sixth Friday to chase Jonathon Crawford (5.1 IP, 0 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K), who hit a batter and issued a walk to start the frame. Daniel Gibson took over and surrendered a three-run homer to Brooks Beisner, and the Eagles put the game out of reach with five in the eighth. Tucker Simpson (4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) took the loss Saturday, and the Florida bullpen provided little relief. The Gators had the bases loaded with no outs in the 10th Sunday but failed to score, and Sean Dwyer delivered a game-winning three-run homer off Justin Shafer in the 11th.
Feb. 19: @ Central Florida: W 5-3
Feb. 20: Georgia Southern: L 8-7
Feb. 22-24: Florida Gulf Coast: L 8-2, L 8-3, L 7-4
Feb. 26: North Florida
March 1-3: Miami
TEXAS CHRISTIAN (22)
Last Week: 0-3. Overall: 0-6, 0-0 in Big 12. (0-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-2.
TCU is off to a nightmarish start after getting swept in dominating fashion at home by Cal State Fullerton. Fullerton got to Brandon Finnegan (4.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) for a pair of runs in the fifth inning Friday to take a 3-0 lead that it would not relinquish. Preston Morrison (7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) was solid in defeat Saturday, but Riley Ferrell served up an eighth-inning grand slam to Jake Jefferies, turning a two-run deficit into a six-run hole. Alex Young (3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) made his first career start Sunday and took the loss, though Nick Frey (4.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R) provided strong relief in a losing cause. TCU has scored just eight runs in six games and is hitting .183 as a team.
Feb. 22-24: (20) Cal State Fullerton: L 7-2, L 6-2, L 7-0
Feb. 26: @ Dallas Baptist
March 1-3: @ Jacksonville