Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 14-2, 0-0 in SEC. (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
Florida swept its fourth straight weekend series to equal the best 16-game start in school history. Jr. OF Preston Tucker (6-for-11,3 R, 5 RBI, 2 2B, HR) and So. C Mike Zunino (5-for-11, 4 R, 4 RBI) led the offense in the three games against Rhode Island. And as usual, Florida got three strong starts from So. LHP/1B Brian Johnson (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K), So. RHP Hudson Randall (7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) and Fr. RHP Karsten Whitson (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K).
March 8: Georgia Southern: L 7-0
March 9: @ South Florida: W 8-1
March 11-13: Rhode Island: W 11-5, W 12-4, W 8-6
March 15: (6) Florida State
March 18-20: @ (8) Louisiana State
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 16-1, 0-0 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
The Commodores came from behind to win three of their five games on the week, including back—to-back victories in walk-off fashion in the final two games against UIC. Sr. C Curt Casali’s sixth-inning grand slam Friday helped Jr. RHP Sonny Gray (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K) improve to 4-0, 1.71 with a 36-9 K-BB mark in 26 innings. Closer Navery Moore, who has yet to give up an earned run this year in 10 innings over nine outings, got the win in each of the next two games, working a combined 2.2 scoreless. So. OF Mike Yastrzemski hit a walk-off RBI double in the 10th Saturday, while So. SS Anthony Gomez hit a walk-off RBI single in the ninth Sunday. Gomez has played the last six games at short since Jason Esposito moved back to third base last weekend.
March 8: Wofford: W 12-1
March 9: Kennesaw State: W 9-5
March 11-13: Illinois-Chicago: W 5-1, W 9-8 (10 innings), W 2-1
March 15: Purdue
March 18-20: Mississippi State
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 16-1, 0-0 in Big 12. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Oklahoma, which had been the nation’s last unbeaten team, stretched its winning streak to 16 games before dropping Sunday’s series finale to Arkansas-Little Rock. Jr. 1B Cameron Seitzer and Jr. C Tyler Ogle homered Friday in support of Sr. RHP Michael Rocha (7 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). Fr. LHP Dillon Overton (6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) pitched well Saturday in relief of Bobby Shore (1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER), who was lifted after an inning because he was inconsistent in the strike zone. Jr. OF Cody Reine drove in both of OU’s runs in that one, in the third and eighth innings. Jr. RHP Burch Smith (4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) took his first loss Sunday, as the Sooners were shut out on two hits by UALR’s Calvin Drinnen.
March 11-13: Arkansas-Little Rock: W 11-4, W 2-1, L 7-0
March 15-16: @ (9) Arizona State
March 18-20: (21) Texas A&M
4. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 11-2, 0-0 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
The Gamecocks had a solid week, winning the makeup rubber game of their series against Clemson and taking two of three from upstart Cal State Bakersfield. Jr. OF Jackie Bradley (3-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) led the offense Friday in support of Jr. LHP Michael Roth (8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K), who improved to 4-0, 0.99 with a 30-7 K-BB mark in 27 innings. Jr. LHP Steven Neff (5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) picked up the win Saturday in his second start of the year. So. LHP Tyler Webb (2.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) had his second straight short outing Sunday, and the offense was held in check by Bakersfield’s Tommy Hoenshell (8 IP, 3 ER), who also beat Arizona State a week earlier.
March 8: vs. (10) Clemson @ Greenville, S.C.: W 5-4
March 9: Davidson: PPD
March 11-13: Cal State Bakersfield: W 5-1, W 5-2, L 8-3
March 15: vs. Furman @ Greenville, S.C.
March 16: Wofford
March 18-20: Georgia
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 11-5, 0-0 in Big 12 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
The Longhorns have won all four of their weekend series but have yet to sweep one, losing single games each weekend to Maryland, Hawaii, Stanford and Brown. On Friday, Jr. RHP Taylor Jungmann (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K) improved to 4-0, 0.78 with a 31-3 K-BB mark in 35 innings. Fr. RHP Erich Weiss provided all of Texas’ offense in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader with a fifth-inning grand slam in support of So. LHP Hoby Milner (5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). Brown broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the seventh in the nightcap. Weiss (2-for-3, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI) and So. OF Cohl Walla (3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI) led the offense Sunday, and Sr. RHP Cole Green (7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) got back on track with a seven-inning complete game.
March 8: Texas-San Antonio: W 8-5 (11 innings)
March 11-13: Brown: W 8-0, W 4-3 (7 innings), L 7-3, W 11-1 (7 innings)
March 15: Texas State
March 18-20: Kansas State
6. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 15-1, 3-0 in ACC (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
Florida State swept Boston College in its ACC-opening series. So. 2B Devon Travis’ two-run double highlighted FSU’s three-run fifth Friday, helping Jr. LHP Sean Gilmartin (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) improve to 4-0, 1.24 with a 35-3 K-BB mark in 29 innings. Five Seminoles recorded multiple hits Saturday, as FSU jumped out to an early lead with six runs in the second and cruised to the win. Florida State had just one hit through six innings Sunday before rallying with three in the seventh and another in the ninth on Sr. C Rafael Lopez’s pinch-hit, walk-off sacrifice fly.
March 8-9: Maine: W 10-2, W 9-3
March 11-13: Boston College: W 3-1, W 15-6, W 4-3
March 15: @ (1) Florida
March 18-20: @ (7) Virginia
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 16-1, 3-0 in ACC (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Virginia recorded its first-ever three-game sweep in Clemson and improved to 17-4 against the Tigers since 2004. Jr. LHP/DH Danny Hultzen (6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 14 K) posted yet another dominant outing Friday and also led the offense with two RBIs. On the season, he’s 4-0, 0.66 with 50 strikeouts and four walks in 27 innings, and he’s hitting .372/.453/.512 with 16 RBIs. Jr. RHP Tyler Wilson (5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, and the Cavs overcame a 7-4 deficit with three runs in the eighth and another in the ninth on an RBI single by Jr. C John Hicks. Jr. 3B Steven Proscia (4-for-5, HR, 3 RBI) powered the offense Sunday, and six relievers held the Tigers in check after Sr. RHP Cody Winiarski (1.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER) struggled.
March 8: Marshall: W 1-0
March 11-13: @ (10) Clemson: W 5-0, W 8-7, W 7-6
March 15: James Madison
March 18-20: (6) Florida State
8. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 15-1, 0-0 in SEC (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
LSU swept Cal State Fullerton in a three-game series that drew 27,194, the largest “actual attendance” for a series in Alex Box Stadium history. Fr. RHP Kurt McCune (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) was strong in a no-decision Friday, and Jr. IF Grant Dozar’s pinch-hit, two-run single highlighted LSU’s decisive four-run eighth-inning rally. Fr. RHP Kevin Gausman (7 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) was solid in another no-decision Saturday, when Fullerton came back from four runs down only to see LSU retake the lead for good on Jr. 3B Tyler Hanover’s bases-loaded walk in the eighth. Jr. DH Raph Rhymes (3-for-4, 3 R) and Jr. OF Mikie Mahtook (2-for-5, 4 RBI) led the LSU offense Sunday, as the Tigers jumped out to an 8-0 lead through three innings behind Sr. RHP Ben Alsup (6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K).
March 9: Sacred Heart: W 6-1
March 11-13: (6) Cal State Fullerton: W 7-6, W 7-6, W 10-2
March 16: @ Nicholls State
March 18-20: (1) Florida
9. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 11-3, 0-0 in Pac-10. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Sun Devils won a quality road series at Auburn but missed a chance to sweep by squandering a late lead Sunday. Jr. OF Johnny Ruettiger (2-for-5, 3 RBI) and So. C Austin Barnes (3-for-4, 3 R, 2 2B) led a 15-hit attack Friday, as ASU came from behind with two in the ninth to win it. So. DH Joey DeMichele (5-for-5, 4 R) and Sr. OF Matt Newman (3-for-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI) spearheaded a 17-hit assault Saturday, as the Sun Devils broke a 5-5 tie with two runs in the seventh, then tacked on two more in the ninth. Jr. 1B Zach Wilson homered and drove in four Sunday to help the Devils build an 8-6 lead through seven, but Auburn rallied with four in the eighth inning against Jr. LHP Mitchell Lambson (2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER).
March 11-13: @ Auburn: W 8-7, W 9-5, L 10-8
March 15-16: (3) Oklahoma
March 18-20: Oral Robert
10. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 10-5, 0-0 in MWC. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
Houston Baptist earned its first win of the season Saturday by handing So. LHP Matt Purke his first collegiate loss, but the Horned Frogs bounced back Sunday to win the series. So. 3B Jantzen Witte (2-for-4, 4 RBI) paced the offense Friday in support of Jr. RHP Kyle Winkler (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), who improved to 4-0, 0.00 through 28 innings this season. The Huskies chased Purke (3.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) in a three-run fourth inning Saturday, dropping the 2010 Freshman of the Year to 18-1 in his TCU career. Sr. RHP Steven Maxwell (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) earned his first win of the season Sunday. Houston Baptist is 1-15.
March 8: Texas-Arlington: W 7-3
March 11-13: Houston Baptist: W 7-1, L 7-4, W 6-1
March 15: @ Texas-Arlington
March 18-20: @ Nevada-Las Vegas
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 13-3, 0-0 in Pac-10 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
The Wildcats posted their second straight 4-1 week by sweeping their second straight weekend series against a Division I independent team. So. OF Joey Rickard (3-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI) paced a 16-hit attack Friday in support of So. RHP Kurt Heyer (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K). Rickard had four more hits and three more RBIs Saturday as part of a 20-hit barrage in support of Jr. RHP Kyle Simon (9 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K). So. 3B Seth Mejias-Brean had four hits in that one and four more Sunday, as So. RHP Tyler Hale (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) and two relievers held the Bears hitless over the final eight innings.
March 8-9: @ Nevada-Las Vegas: W 12-1, L 9-7
March 11-13: Northern Colorado: W 11-1, W 12-4, W 2-1
March 15-16: @ Wichita State
March 19-21: San Francisco
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 6-5, 0-0 in Pac-10 (5-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-2.
The Cardinal took the week off for exams.
No games (exams).
March 18-19: Michigan
13. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 0-3. Overall: 8-6, 0-0 in Big West. (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
The Titans were swept in a three-game series for the first time since March of 2008 against Stanford. The Tigers erased a one-run deficit with four runs in the eighth Friday to chase Jr. RHP Noe Ramirez (7 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 9 K). The Titans erased a 6-2 deficit Saturday only to see LSU win it with a run in the eighth against So. RHP Dylan Floro. The Titans had as many errors (four) as hits Sunday, and Jr. RHP Colin O’Connell (1.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K) took his first loss of the year. The lone bright spot was the return of Sr. RHP Ryan Ackland, who gave up just one hit in two scoreless innings in his first appearance since May of 2009, before he was sidelined by arm surgery.
March 11-13: @ (16) Louisiana State: L 7-6, L 7-6, L 10-2
March 15: @ (21) Texas A&M
March 18-20: Washington
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 11-5, 0-0 in Big 12 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Baylor won its sixth straight regular-season weekend series and posted its first 5-0 week since May of 2006. Sr. OF Chris Slater (12-for-20, 2 2B, 3B, 7 R, 7 RBI) led the offense on the week. Slater had three hits and three RBIs Thursday in support of Jr. RHP Tyler Bremer (5.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 ER). Jr. RHP Logan Verrett (9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 14 K) tied a Baylor Ballpark record for most strikeouts in a game Friday, and he threw Baylor’s first one-hitter since 2002. Since losing his first start, Verrett is 3-0, 1.25 over his last three starts. Baylor erased a 7-6 deficit with six runs in the sixth inning Saturday, keyed by Jr. C Josh Ludy’s two-run single. Ludy’s three-run homer highlighted Baylor’s six-run third inning Sunday behind So. LHP Josh Turley (7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K).
March 8: @ Texas State: W 6-4
March 10-13: Louisiana Tech: W 8-4, W 7-0, W 12-8, W 6-2
March 15: Florida International
March 18-20: Texas Tech
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 10-4, 0-0 in Pac-10 (1-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Cal rebounded from a rough weekend in San Diego by sweeping through the AT&T Tournament in nearby San Francisco. Jr. SS Marcus Semien (3-for-4, 2 RBI) led a 12-hit attack Friday, helping Jr. RHP Erik Johnson (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) pick up the win against Louisiana-Lafayette. So. 1B Devin Rodriguez (5-for-5, 3 R, 3 2B) and So. 3B Mitch Delfino (4-for-5, 4 RBI, 2B) led Cal’s 21-hit attack against Rice on Saturday, as the Golden Bears overcame a five-run deficit to force extra innings, then won it on Fr. 3B Derek Campbell’s squeeze in the 15th. Sr. RHP Kevin Miller (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) and Fr. LHP Kyle Porter (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) kept the Owls off the scoreboard for the final 10 frames. Jr. RHP Dixon Anderson (5.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R) improved to 2-1 Sunday against Long Beach State.
March 8: Santa Clara: W 20-5
March 11-13: @ AT&T Tournament, San Francisco:
Louisiana-Lafayette: W 7-6
(18) Rice: W 7-6
Long Beach State: W 6-1
March 16: San Francisco
March 18-20: Ohio State
Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 7-6, 0-3 in ACC. (1-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-2.
Clemson’s miserable week started with a loss to rival South Carolina in a heated midweek rubber game, and ended with a sweep at the hands of Virginia, which is now 17-4 against Clemson since 2004. Jr. RHP Scott Weismann (6.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER) took the loss Friday, as the Tigers were shut out on five hits. Clemson made four errors Saturday, helping Virginia come back from a three-run deficit in the final two innings. Jr. RHP David Haselden (2.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER) started in place of injured Kevin Brady on Sunday and took the loss.
March 8: vs. (4) South Carolina @ Greenville, S.C.: L 5-4
March 9: @ Western Carolina: PPD
March 11-13: (11) Virginia: L 5-0, L 8-7, L 7-6
March 16: vs. Presbyterian @ Greenville, S.C.
March 18-20: Duke
17. FRESNO STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 11-2, 0-0 in WAC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Bulldogs won a road series for the second straight week, taking two out of three from Nebraska. Jr. RHP Derek Benny (1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) had a short outing Friday, but Fresno surged ahead for good in a four-run fourth inning, highlighted by Jr. OF Brennan Gowens’ two-run double. Sr. RHP Greg Gonzalez (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K) was brilliant in Saturday’s pitcher’s duel, during which both teams managed just three hits apiece. Nebraska did all its damage in a five-run third Sunday against Jr. LHP Tom Harlan.
March 8: Cal State Bakersfield: W 9-2
March 11-13: @ Nebraska: W 8-5, W 1-0, L 5-4
March 17-20: Washington State
18. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 14-3, 1-2 in ACC (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
UNC ran its winning streak to eight games before dropping the final two of its series at Wake Forest, which carried a 4-8 record into the weekend. The Tar Heels scored six runs in the fourth inning Friday to help Sr. RHP Patrick Johnson (5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K) improve to 3-0. So. RHP Chris Munnelly failed to record an out in Wake’s three-run first inning Saturday, and the Demon Deacons piled on against UNC’s bullpen. So. RHP Michael Morin (5.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER) was solid in a no-decision Sunday, but the Tar Heels left 10 men on base compared to Wake’s three, and the Deacs broke a 4-4 tie with a run in the eighth against Fr. LHP Kent Emanuel.
March 8: Elon: W 16-0
March 9: St. John’s: W 8-1
March 11-13: @ Wake Forest: W 7-1, L 10-2, L 5-4
March 15: Princeton
March 18-20: @ Virginia Tech
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 7-6, 0-0 in Big East. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
The Huskies won a series at San Diego to go 5-2 on their West Coast road trip. Sr. 1B Mike Nemeth posted five straight multi-hit games to lead the offense on the week. Sr. RHP Bob Van Woert (6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) picked up his first win of the season Thursday. Sr. LHP Elliot Glynn (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) was solid Friday but fell to 0-3. Jr. RHP Matt Barnes (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K) threw his second career complete game Saturday to win his second straight start.
March 7: @ San Diego: W 17-0
March 8: @ UC Irvine: L 5-4
March 10-12: @ San Diego: W 6-4, L 3-2, W 4-0
March 15: @ Sacred Heart
March 18-20: @ Cougar Invitational, Charleston, S.C.:
Rhode Island, (20) College of Charleston, Southern Mississippi
20. COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 14-3, 2-1 in SoCon (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Cougars opened Southern Conference play with a road series win against Davidson. Jr. C Rob Kral had three hits Friday in support of Jr. RHP David Peterson (6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K). Sr. RHP Josh Salay (3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) took his first loss Saturday. Jr. 3B Matt Leeds (4-for-5, 3 R, 4 RBI) and Fr. OF Daniel Aldrich each hit their sixth homers of the season in Sunday’s blowout, and Jr. LHP Josh Renfro (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) improved to 3-1.
March 8: South Carolina-Upstate: W 4-0
March 9: Ball State: W 12-1
March 11-13: @ Davidson: W 4-2, L 8-3, W 13-2
March 16: Jacksonville
March 18-20: Cougar Invitational, Charleston:
Southern Mississippi, (19) Connecticut, Rhode Island
21. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 12-4, 0-0 in Big 12. (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Aggies won a hard-fought series against Florida International, with two of the games going extra innings. Jr. RHP John Stilson (6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K) got a no-decision Friday, and the Aggies won it on Sr. SS Kenny Jackson’s walk-off RBI single in the 10th. So. RHP Michael Wacha (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) was strong in a no-decision Saturday, and the Aggies forced extra innings with a run in the eighth, but FIU got to closer Ross Stripling for a run in the 10th to win it. A&M trailed 5-2 heading into the seventh inning Sunday before rallying for six runs over the next two frames, capped by Jackson’s two-run homer in the eighth.
March 8: Centenary: W 21-3
March 11-13: Florida International: W 6-5 (10 innings), L 2-1 (10 innings), W 8-5
March 15: (13) Cal State Fullerton
March 18-20: @ (3) Oklahoma
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 11-4, 0-0 in CUSA (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
Even without injured RHPs Randy LeBlanc and Robby Broach, Tulane’s pitching carried it to its fourth straight series win. Sr. RHP Conrad Flynn (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) earned his first victory of the season Friday, and the bullpen held off Wichita’s late rally. Both teams mustered just three hits apiece in Saturday’s pitching duel, and So. RHP Kyle McKenzie (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K) came out on the wrong side of it, as Wichita’s Tim Kelley (9 IP, 0 R) made a first-inning run stand up. Sr. RHP Drew Zizinia (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) was very strong in his first career start Sunday, and the Green Wave won it on So. OF Blake Crohan’s walk-off homer in the 11th.
March 8: @ Louisiana-Monroe: CCD
March 11-13: Wichita State: W 6-5, L 1-0, W 3-2 (11 innings)
March 15: Southeastern Louisiana
March 16: Alcorn State
March 18-20: New Orleans
23. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 12-4, 3-0 in ACC (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
Georgia Tech ran its winning streak to seven games by opening conference play with a sweep of Maryland. Jr. RHP Mark Pope (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) threw his second straight complete-game shutout Friday to extend his scoreless streak to 25.1 innings; he’s now 4-0, 0.29 on the season. Fr. OF Kyle Wren (5-for-5, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI) paced a 15-hit attack Saturday in support of Jr. LHP Jed Bradley (7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K). So. RHP Buck Farmer (8 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) gave the Jackets a third straight dominant start Sunday.
March 8: Kennesaw State: W 7-4
March 11-13: Maryland: W 1-0, W 9-3, W 6-2
March 15-16: Georgia Southern
March 18-20: North Carolina State
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 8-6, 0-0 in Pac-10. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-2.
Scoring runs continues to be a major challenge for the Bruins, who are hitting just .245 as a team and have posted losing records in three straight weekends, though their team ERA is 1.80. Jr. RHP Gerrit Cole (7 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 12 K) carried a perfect game into the seventh inning Friday before the Bulldogs got to him for four runs, highlighted by Kyle Farmer’s three-run homer. Jr. 1B Dean Espy’s first-inning grand slam propelled the Bruins to a rout Saturday behind Jr. RHP Trevor Bauer (7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 13 K). Fr. RHP Adam Plutko (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) was strong in defeat Sunday against USC at Dodger Stadium, but the Bruins were shut out on four hits by Logan Odom and the USC bullpen.
March 11-13: Dodgertown Classic, Los Angeles:
Georgia: L 6-2
St. Mary’s: W 10-2
vs. Southern California @ Dodger Stadium: L 2-0
March 19-21: @ Cal Poly
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 10-8, 0-0 in CUSA. (3-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
For the fifth straight year, Rice posted a losing weekend in California in pre-conference play (they had lost series at Stanford, Cal Poly, Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton over the last four seasons). Fr. RHP Austin Kubitza (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) pitched well in defeat Friday, as Long Beach State ace Andrew Gagnon (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) shut down the Owls. Rice made five errors Saturday, as the bullpen coughed up a 6-2 lead after six innings and California’s ‘pen held the Owls scoreless for the final 10 innings, until the Bears pushed across a run in the 15th. So. RHP Chase McDowell (9 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) went the distance against UC Santa Barbara on Sunday, as the Owls came from behind to tie the game in the eighth and win it in the ninth.
March 8: Sam Houston State: L 7-0
March 9: Florida International: W 10-2
March 11-13: @ AT&T Tournament, San Francisco:
Long Beach State: L 2-1
(20) California: L 7-6 (15 innings)
UC Santa Barbara: W 2-1
March 16: Dallas Baptist
March 18-20: Louisiana Tech