1. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 14-0, 3-0 in ACC. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Tar Heels cruised to a road sweep of Wake Forest in their ACC-opening series, keeping them among the nation’s last four unbeaten teams (Florida State, Oregon State and 3-0 Dartmouth are the others). Kent Emanuel (9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K) threw his second complete-game shutout of the season Friday, and Skye Bolt hit his first career homer, helping UNC win despite mustering just four hits. The Tar Heels entered Saturday with just three home runs in 12 games, but they smacked eight long balls in Saturday’s laugher, including six over the first two innings to jump out to an 11-0 lead in support of Benton Moss (6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K). Colin Moran and Brian Holberton had two homers apiece and combined to drive in 11 runs. Bolt also homered in that one, and he hit his third long ball in three days Sunday. Chris McCue (3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R) earned the win with strong work in relief of Hobbs Johnson (4 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K).
March 6: Davidson: W 10-2
March 8-10: @ Wake Forest: W 4-0, W 20-6, W 6-2
March 12: Gardner-Webb
March 13: High Point
March 15-17: Miami
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 15-2, 0-0 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
The Commodores won the first two games of a big road series at Oregon to extend their winning streak to 13 games, but they imploded in the late innings Sunday to miss out on a sweep. Kevin Ziomek (9 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 13 K) threw his second consecutive complete game Friday, retiring 16 of 17 to open the game, with the only blemish coming on Ryon Healy’s solo home run leading off the fourth. Ziomek has allowed just one run on three hits with 28 strikeouts over his last two starts. Tony Kemp and Jack Lupo had two RBIs apiece for the Commodores in that one. Kemp (3-for-4, R, RBI) led the Vandy offense again Saturday in support of Tyler Beede (6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 7 K). Oregon overcame a 5-2 deficit Sunday with five runs—on just one hit—in the eighth inning against five Vandy pitchers. The Ducks took advantage of three walks, two hit batsmen, a fielder’s choice, an error and a wild pitch to tie the game, setting up Scott Heineman’s tie-breaking two-run single. Kemp had two more hits in a losing cause.
March 5: Eastern Illinois: W 8-3
March 8-10: @ (15) Oregon: W 4-1, W 4-1, L 7-5
March 13: Buffalo
March 15-17: @ Auburn
3. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 15-0, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Beavers remained unbeaten with a sweep of Texas State; they have won 15 straight for the first time since 1986. Tyler Smith (3-for-4, 3 R, 3 RBI) led a 16-hit barrage Friday in support of Matt Boyd (5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K), as the Beavers scored nine runs on 10 hits against Bobcats ace Kyle Finnegan. Jake Rodriguez (3-for-4, 2 RBI) led the OSU offense Saturday behind Andrew Moore (5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), and Brandon Jackson (3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) followed with stellar relief. Smith (2-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI) hit his fist homer of the year Sunday, a three-run shot that broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning. Scott Schultz (2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) picked up the win with strong relief.
March 5: @ Portland: PPD
March 8-10: Texas State: W 16-4, W 6-3, W 6-4
March 12-13: San Francisco
March 15-17: @ (20) Arizona
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 12-2, 0-0 in Big East. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Louisville earned a pair of walk-off, extra-inning victories sandwiched around a shutout victory in a three-game sweep of Alabama. The Cardinals tied Friday’s game at 3-3 with a run in the fifth, and the two teams traded zeroes until the 14th, when Cole Sturgeon’s bases-loaded walk gave Louisville a 4-3 win. The Cards got stellar pitching from Chad Green (7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K), Anthony Kidston (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) and Nick Burdi (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K). The Cardinals broke a scoreless tie Saturday with six runs in the seventh in support Jeff Thompson (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K), who improved to 4-0, 0.73. Adam Engel and Alex Chittenden had two RBIs apiece in the six-run rally, and Dace Kime threw two perfect innings of relief to complete the two-hit shutout. Louisville used a season-high eight pitchers in Sunday’s back-and-forth affair, and Ty Young (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI) delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 10th.
March 6: @ Eastern Kentucky: PPD
March 8-10: Alabama: W 4-3 (14 innings), W 6-0, W 8-7 (10 innings)
March 13: Purdue
March 15-17: Xavier
5. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 13-2, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
Even with ace Jordan Montgomery sidelined with an injury, the Gamecocks threw three shutouts during a 5-0 week. Joey Pankake hit four homers on the week, giving him twice as many long balls in his last five games as he hit in 66 games last year. Replacing Montgomery in the rotation, Evan Beal (6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) and three relievers combined on a one-hit shutout Friday. Eight Gamecocks recorded hits as part of a balanced 13-hit attack Saturday, and Adam Westmoreland (3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) provided stellar relief after Colby Holmes (4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) scuffled. Nolan Belcher (7 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) extended his scoreless streak to 18 innings in Sunday’s win, and Tyler Webb worked two scoreless frames to earn his fifth save. Pankake’s solo homer in the fourth provided South Carolina’s only run, as the Gamecocks won despite being out-hit 11-5.
March 5-6: Ball State: W 10-0, W 14-4
March 8-10: Rider: W 2-0, W 9-5, W 1-0
March 12: South Carolina-Upstate
March 13: Davidson
March 15-17: @ Missouri
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 16-1, 0-0 in SEC (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
Ole Miss has opened its season with four consecutive weekend series sweeps for the first time since 2004. Stuart Turner (9-for-15, 5 R, 10 RBI, 3 2B) powered the offense during a 5-0 week. Andrew Mistone (3-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI) led a 14-hit attack Friday in support of Bobby Wahl (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K). Auston Bousfield (1-for-3, 3 R, 2 RBI) hit his first homer of the year Saturday behind Mike Mayers (6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K), making Mike Bianco the winningest coach in Ole Miss history, breaking Jake Gibbs’ record of 485. Turner’s two-run single sparked Mississippi’s five-run seventh Sunday, and Will Allen capped the rally with a go-ahead RBI single, giving the Rebels a come-from-behind win.
March 5-6: Southeastern Louisiana: W 2-0, W 6-2
March 8-10: Lipscomb: W 10-1, W 8-5, W 9-8
March 12-13: @ Louisiana-Monroe
March 15-17: @ (15) Arkansas
7. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 15-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
LSU swept Washington to run its winning streak to 10 games. Aaron Nola (6.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) carried a perfect game into the seventh inning Friday before running out of gas in LSU’s 9-4 win. Alex Bregman and Raph Rhymes had three hits apiece to lead the offense. Mason Katz (2-for-3, 2 HR, 5 RBI) powered the LSU offense Saturday in support of Ryan Eades (6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K). Mark Laird (4-for-5, R, RBI), Bregman (2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI) and Katz (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) carried the offense Sunday behind Cody Glenn (5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K), who continued to provided solid work in the No. 3 starter role.
March 5: Stephen F. Austin State: W 9-2
March 6: Sacred Heart: W 10-2
March 8-10: Washington: W 9-4, W 8-4, W 7-5
March 13: Nicholls State
March 15-17: @ (13) Mississippi State
8. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 13-3, 0-0 in Big West. (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Fullerton took two of three at home against Texas A&M, improving it to 5-1 this season against typical Lone Star State powers TCU and A&M. The Aggies handed Thomas Eshelman (8 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) his first loss of the season Friday, breaking open a 2-1 game with four runs in the ninth. Justin Garza (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) improved to 4-0, 0.95 on the season in Saturday’s win. The Titans scratched out runs in the fifth and sixth to beat Daniel Mengden. Leadoff man Richy Pedroza (3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 2B) led the offense Sunday behind Grahamm Wiest (5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), and Michael Lorenzen picked up his second save in as many days by getting the Aggies to strand the bases loaded in the ninth, after they had gotten to him for a pair of runs in the frame to make Fullerton sweat.
March 5: @ San Diego: L 7-3
March 6: @ Southern California: W 11-4
March 8-10: Texas A&M: L 6-1, W 2-0, W 7-6
March 15-17: @ Oral Roberts
9. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 14-2, 2-1 in ACC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
Georgia Tech went on the road and won the first two games of its ACC-opening series against Virginia Tech. The Yellow Jackets ran their winning streak to nine games—and incredibly, they scored in double figures in each of those nine wins—before their bats finally cooled off in Sunday’s loss. Daniel Palka and Zane Evans each homered and drove in four Friday behind Buck Farmer (6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K). Palka hit his first career grand slam in the sixth to break open a 3-0 game, and Farmer carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before allowing his first earned run of the season, snapping a marathon streak of 26.2 innings without allowing one. All nine Georgia Tech starters recorded hits Saturday, and seven of them posted multi-hit games, led by Brandon Thomas and Matt Gonzalez with three hits apiece. The Hokies broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the sixth Sunday to beat Cole Pitts (5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER).
March 5: Mercer: W 16-9
March 8-10: @ (24) Virginia Tech: W 11-1, W 14-9, L 6-2
March 15-17: Boston College
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 13-2, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Wildcats took two of three from Michigan State. A.J. Reed (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision Friday, and Max Kuhn hit a tie-breaking solo homer in the eighth to lift Kentucky to a 2-1 win. David Garner (8.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) stymied Kentucky’s potent offense Saturday, and Jerad Grundy (5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) was solid in defeat for UK. Corey Littrell (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) set a career high for strikeouts for the second straight Sunday, and Trevor Gott worked a scoreless ninth for his 15th career save, tying the school record owned by Lorhn Frazier (1990-93).
March 5: Cincinnati: PPD
March 6: Xavier: W 6-3
March 8-10: Michigan State: W 2-1, L 6-1, W 3-1
March 12: Ohio
March 13: Cincinnati
March 15-17: @ Florida
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 11-3, 0-0 in Pac-12 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Bruins had a solid 2-1 weekend at the Dodgertown Classic, beating one ranked team but losing to another. Kevin Kramer singled to lead off the 10th on Friday against Notre Dame, and Eric Filia singled him home with two outs. Adam Plutko (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) and Sean Fitzgerald (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) went toe-to-toe in a fine pitchers’ duel, but UCLA won the battle of the bullpens, as Zack Weiss and David Berg combined for three innings of two-hit relief, striking out six without issuing a walk. Oklahoma’s Jonathan Gray (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K) dominated the Bruins with a 94-100 mph fastball and two quality secondary pitches Saturday, and the Sooners broke a scoreless tie on Matt Oberste’s three-run homer in the fourth against Nick Vander Tuig (6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). Kramer’s three-run double put the Bruins ahead for good in the sixth inning Sunday against USC, helping Grant Watson (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) improve to 3-0.
March 5: @ Long Beach State: W 3-2
March 8-10: Dodgertown Classic, Los Angeles:
(22) Notre Dame: W 2-1
(17) Oklahoma: L 4-0
Southern California: W 6-1
March 12: @ Cal State Northridge
March 15-17: Washington
12. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 15-0, 3-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
Florida State swept Boston College to improve to 15-0, its best start since it began the 2007 season 23-0. Of course, the Seminoles have yet to leave Tallahassee, and their four weekend opponents have an aggregate record of 15-38 (.283). Brandon Leibrandt (8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K) surrendered BC’s only hit of Friday’s game with one out in the eighth. FSU scored runs in each of the first three innings, and Leibrandt made the early lead stand up. The Seminoles took control of Saturday’s game with seven runs in the second inning behind Scott Sitz (5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). Josh Delph, D.J. Stewart and Marcus Davis had two RBIs apiece for FSU, and Jose Brizuela had three hits. Brizuela (3-for-4, R, 4 RBI, 3B) led the offense again Sunday, and Peter Miller (5.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) improved to 3-0.
March 5-6: Presbyterian: W 9-2, W 10-4
March 8-10: Boston College: W 4-0, W 9-4, W 9-1
March 12: @ Florida
March 15-17: @ Maryland
13. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 17-2, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
The Bulldogs stretched their season-opening win streak to 17 before dropping the final two games of their home series against upstart Central Arkansas. Jacob Lindgren exited after taking a line drive off the side of his left knee in the first inning Friday, but Myles Gentry (4.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) and the MSU bullpen held UCA to four hits in a 4-2 win. Lindgren’s X-ray was negative, but he is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday, according to multiple reports. Hunter Renfroe (2-for-3, 3B, RBI) led the MSU offense Friday and had two more hits Saturday, but UCA scored a pair of runs in the 10th to hand MSU its first loss. Ten Mississippi State pitchers combined to issue nine walks and hit five batters in that one. Renfroe doubled and hit his fourth homer of the year Sunday behind Kendall Graveman (5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), who took his first loss of the season.
March 5: Mississippi Valley State: W 14-2
March 8-10: Central Arkansas: W 4-2, L 7-5 (10 innings), L 7-3
March 12: vs. Southern Mississippi @ Pearl, Miss.
March 15-17: (4) Louisiana State
14. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 10-2-1, 0-0 in Pac-12 (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Sun Devils allowed just two runs in a dominating three-game sweep of Long Beach State. ASU threw back-to-back shutouts in Saturday’s doubleheader sweep. Trevor Williams (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) threw his second consecutive complete game and third career shutout in the opener. Ryan Kellogg (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) improved to 3-0 in the nightcap, and two relievers combined with him on a two-hitter. The bullpen came up big Sunday, as three relievers turned in a combined 4.2 hitless innings of relief of Adam McCreery (4.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER). The Sun Devils broke a scoreless tie with nine runs in the fourth.
March 9-10: Long Beach State: W 4-0, W 6-0, W 11-2
March 13: New Mexico
March 15-17: Washington State
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 11-5, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Hogs bounced back from an 0-4 showing in Arizona with a 4-0 weekend at home against San Diego State. Arkansas scratched out a pair of runs in the third inning Thursday against SDSU ace Michael Cederoth, while Colin Poche, Brandon Moore and Barrett Astin combined on a six-hit shutout. Joe Serrano broke a 3-3 tie Friday with a walk-off solo homer with two outs in the ninth. Ryne Stanek (4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) was not sharp for the Hogs, but Trent Daniel and Jalen Beeks combined to work 4.2 innings of two-hit, shutout relief. Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn earned his 1,000th career victory in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, as the Arkansas bats woke up to produce 12 hits in support of a dominant Trey Killian (7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K). Randall Fant (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) was strong in a no-decision in the second game, and Arkansas broke a scoreless tie with four runs in the seventh.
March 7-10: San Diego State: W 2-0, W 4-3, W 8-2, W 4-1
March 12-13: Alabama A&M
March 15-17: (6) Mississippi
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 11-5, 0-0 in Pac-12 (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-2.
The Ducks dropped their second straight weekend series against another marquee opponent, but once again they salvaged a win Sunday. Vandy ace Kevin Ziomek held the Ducks two two hits in a complete game Friday, as Jake Reed (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) took third loss. Tommy Thorpe (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) was solid in defeat Saturday for the Ducks, who managed just five hits in that one. Oregon overcame a 5-2 deficit Sunday with five runs—on just one hit—in the eighth inning, capped by Scott Heineman’s tie-breaking two-run single. The Ducks took advantage of three walks, two hit batsmen, a fielder’s choice, an error and a wild pitch to tie the game, setting up Heineman’s heroics.
March 4-5: Cal State Northridge: W 12-4, W 4-1
March 8-10: (2) Vanderbilt: L 4-1, L 4-2, W 7-5
March 12-13: Texas State
March 15-17: @ Southern California
17. NOTRE DAME
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 10-3, 0-0 in Big East (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Notre Dame played three one-run games (including two extra-inning affairs) at the Dodgertown Classic, going 2-1 on the weekend. Sean Fitzgerald (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) was solid in a no-decision Friday, but UCLA won the battle of the bullpens, though Nick McCarty (3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) pitched well in relief for Notre Dame before allowing the winning run in the 10th. Trey Mancini’s tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning Saturday against USC helped Adam Norton (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) improve to 4-0, and Dan Slania (2 IP, 2 H, 0 R) earned his third save. Slania (3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) bounced back very strong Sunday to pick up the win, as the Fighting Irish forced extra innings with a run in the ninth, then won it on Kevin DeFilippis’ pinch-hit, walk-off RBI single in the 11th.
March 8-10: @ Dodgertown Classic, Los Angeles:
@ (12) UCLA: L 2-1 (10 innings)
@ Southern California: W 2-1
vs. (17) Oklahoma: W 6-5 (11 innings)
March 12: @ UC Santa Barbara
March 14-16: @ Cal Poly
18. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 12-4, 1-2 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-2.
N.C. State had a rough weekend, but it salvaged a win Sunday to avoid getting swept at home by Clemson. Preseason All-America shortstop Trea Turner stepped awkwardly on first base trying to beat out an infield single in the final play of Friday’s game and is expected to miss four to six weeks with a sprained ankle. Turner is hitting .464/.522/.893 with five homers, 18 RBIs and eight steals in eight tries. The Tigers erased a 4-0 deficit Friday with eight runs over the fourth and fifth innings against Carlos Rodon (4.1 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 8 K), who fell to 1-2, 5.18 with 46 strikeouts, eight walks and a .172 opponents’ average in 24 innings—a line befitting of his rollercoaster first month. The ‘Pack continued its stretch of horrific starting pitching Saturday, as Ethan Ogburn (1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB) became the fourth N.C. State starter in a seven-game stretch who failed to make it through the second inning. The Wolfpack bullpen has been strong, at least, and three relievers combined to work 4.2 scoreless innings of relief in Sunday’s win. Jake Fincher (4-for-4, 3 R, 3B) sparked the offense in that one, and Ryan Wilkins (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) picked up his second save.
March 5: @ Elon: L 24-12
March 6: Campbell: W 5-2
March 8-10: Clemson: L 10-5, L 7-4, W 4-1
March 12: Quinnipiac
March 13: Old Dominion
March 15-17: @ Wake Forest
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 9-7, 0-0 in C-USA (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Owls went on the road and took two of three from FIU. Austin Kubitza (6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 11 K) used strikeouts to escape trouble early Friday and posted his third double-digit strikeout game in four outings. John Simms (2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) returned to the Rice bullpen and picked up his first save of the season. Ford Stainback and Michael Aquino combined to drive in five runs. After FIU forced extra innings with two runs in the ninth Saturday, Rice answered with three in the top of the 10th, then held off another FIU rally in the bottom of the frame to win 6-5. Jordan Stephens (8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision for Rice, but Zech Lemond (2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) struggled in relief, though he earned the win. Chase McDowell (1.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) followed up his complete-game shutout Monday against Cal with a dud Sunday, and Stainback went 5-for-5 in a losing cause.
March 4: California: W 1-0
March 6: Sam Houston State: L 3-0
March 8-10: @ Florida International: W 7-2, W 6-5, L 11-7
March 12-13: Louisiana Tech
March 15-17: Harvard
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 13-5, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
Arizona won a hard-fought series against Columbia, though the Lions did earn their first win of the year in the middle game of the series. Zach Gibbons tripled to lead off the ninth Friday and scored on Johnny Field’s walk-off single. Konner Wade (8 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER) was solid in a no-decision for Arizona, which got four hits out of Kevin Newman. The Lions overcame a 4-3 deficit with five runs in the seventh to chase James Farris (6.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) en route to an 8-4 upset Saturday. Gibbons and Field had three hits apiece to lead Arizona’s 13-hit attack Sunday, and Tyger Talley and Mathew Troupe each threw three scoreless innings of relief, combining to allow just one hit and one walk while striking out nine.
March 5-6: Texas Tech: W 6-2, L 5-2
March 8-10: Columbia: W 4-3, L 8-4, W 7-5
March 12-13: Butler
March 15-17: (3) Oregon State
21. NEVADA-LAS VEGAS
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 13-3, 0-0 in MWC (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Rebels allowed just five runs in a three-game road series sweep at Stanford to run their winning streak to nine games, their longest since 2000. UNLV earns a spot in the BA rankings for the first time since the end of the 2003 season. Mark Appel (7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 15 K) set a career high for strikeouts and posted his third straight double-digit strikeout game, but UNLV took advantage of three errors in the second inning to score two unearned runs and tacked on a critical insurance run in the fifth. Erick Fedde (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) and Brady Zuniga (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) kept the Stanford offense in check in that one. Erik VanMeetren (3-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2B) led UNLV’s 15-hit attack Saturday in support of Buddy Borden (6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). John Richy (9 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) dominated the Cardinal on Sunday, and UNLV took advantage of more Stanford errors, leading to four unearned runs in the seventh.
March 4: Hawaii: W 14-1
March 8-10: @ (13) Stanford: W 3-2, W 12-2, W 5-1
March 12: @ Cal State Bakersfield
March 15-17: New Mexico
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 14-1, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Virginia swept a doubleheader Saturday to clinch its ACC-opening series against Maryland, but UVa.’s season-opening 14-game winning streak came to a halt Sunday. Brandon Waddell (6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) earned a no-decision in the opener, and Derek Fisher (4-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 2B, 3B) capped a huge game with a walk-off RBI double in the ninth. Scott Silverstein (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K) and two relievers shut out the Terrapins in Saturday’s nightcap. Virginia made two errors Sunday behind Nick Howard (6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) and another behind Kyle Crockett (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R), who pitched well in defeat.
March 6: Virginia Military Institute: PPD
March 9-10: Maryland: W 7-6, W 5-0, L 4-2
March 13: Liberty
March 15-17: @ Clemson
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 12-4, 0-0 in Big 12 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Sooners went 1-2 at the Dodgertown Classic and have lost four of their last six since starting the season 10-0. USC knocked around Dillon Overton (8 IP, 13 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) on a drizzly Friday night at Dedeaux Field, though he still battled through a complete game. Jonathan Gray (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K) dominated UCLA on Saturday with a 94-100 mph fastball and two quality secondary pitches. Matt Oberste broke a scoreless tie with an opposite-field, three-run homer in the fourth to put the Sooners in control. Kolbey Carpenter and Hector Lorenzana combined to go 5-for-8 in a losing cause Sunday against Notre Dame, which forced extra innings with a run in the ninth against closer Billy Waltrip (3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K), then won it in the 11th.
March 5: @ Texas-Arlington: L 6-1
March 8-10: @ Dodgertown Classic, Los Angeles:
@ Southern California: L 5-3
@ (12) UCLA: W 4-0
vs. (22) Notre Dame: L 6-5 (11 innings)
March 12-13: New Mexico State
March 15-17: Northwestern State
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 8-3, 0-0 in Big Ten (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0-1.
The Hoosiers took two of three at Florida to join the BA rankings for the first time ever. Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis combined for seven hits Friday in support of Joey DeNato (7.1 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). Schwarber had two more hits in a losing cause Saturday. Schwarber (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR, 2B) capped his big weekend with a huge Sunday to lead IU’s 14-hit barrage in support of Kyle Hart (7.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 ER). Indiana has scored in the first inning in six consecutive games.
March 6: @ Indiana State: PPD
March 8-10: @ Florida: W 4-1, L 6-4, W 7-4
March 12-16: @ RussMatt Invitational, Winter Haven, Fla.:
Army, Fairfield, Navy, Bucknell, Alabama-Birmingham
25. FLORIDA GULF COAST
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 13-3, 0-0 in A-Sun (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Eagles posted a five-win week to rejoin the rankings after a one-week absence. Brandon Bednar (2-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI) led the offense Friday in support of Ricky Knapp (8 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K). Bednar (4-for-7, 2 R) singled in the 14th Saturday and scored the winning run on Sean Dwyer’s walk-off single. Michael Murray (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) was strong in a no-decision in that one. Nick Rivera had three hits Sunday, while Andrew Valencia and Tyler Selesky had three RBIs apiece in support of Zack Tillery (7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K).
March 4: Michigan: W 11-6
March 6: Bowling Green State: W 7-0
March 8-10: Western Michigan: W 5-2, W 3-2 (14 innings), W 10-3
March 17: Ave Maria, Fla.
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 10-5, 0-0 in Pac-12. (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-2.
The Cardinal will have a two-week exam break to mull over getting swept at home by UNLV, and scoring just five runs in three games. Before this weekend, Stanford hadn’t lost a nonconference series at home since 2009. Mark Appel (7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 15 K) set a career high for strikeouts and posted his third straight double-digit strikeout game Friday, but he still fell to 2-2 on the season as UNLV pulled off the 3-2 upset. Stanford committed three errors in the second inning, leading to a pair of unearned runs even though Appel struck out three in the frame. John Hochstatter (2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) had a short outing Saturday, and Daniel Starwalt (2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER) provided little relief. The Cardinal made three more errors Sunday behind Bobby Zarubin (6.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), helping UNLV break a 1-1 tie with four runs in the seventh. John Richy held the Cardinal to just two hits over nine innings.
March 5: @ Santa Clara: W 6-4
March 8-10: Nevada-Las Vegas: L 3-2, L 12-2, L 5-1
March 22-24: Utah
UC IRVINE (21)
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 12-4, 0-0 in Big West. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
Irvine lost its first weekend series but avoided a sweep by salvaging Saturday’s series finale at BYU. The Cougars broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the seventh Friday against Andrew Thurman (6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER) and the UCI bullpen. BYU did all of its damage in a three-run sixth Saturday against Matt Whitehouse (8 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), who took his first loss of the year. Connor Spencer (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) led the UCI offense Sunday in support of Andrew Morales (6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER).
March 5: Cal State Bakersfield: W 6-1
March 7-9: @ Brigham Young: L 6-3, L 3-1, W 8-3
March 12: San Diego State
March 15-17: Nebraska
VIRGINIA TECH (24)
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 12-4, 1-2 in ACC (1-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.
Virginia Tech dropped its first ACC series at home against Georgia Tech, though it salvaged Sunday’s series finale. Daniel Palka hit his first career grand slam in the sixth Friday to break open a 3-0 game and chase Eddie Campbell (4 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 3 K). The Jackets knocked around Brad Markey (6 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 6 ER) on Saturday, as Georgia Tech erased a 9-7 deficit with six runs in the seventh. Brendon Hayden (2-for-4, 3 RBI) homered for the second straight day on Sunday in support of Devin Burke (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER). Ace Joe Mantiply returned from a two-week injury absence to work a scoreless ninth.
March 6: William & Mary: CCD
March 8-10: (14) Georgia Tech: L 11-1, L 14-9, W 6-2
March 12: @ Charlotte
March 15-17: @ Duke