Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 19-1, 3-0 in SEC. (7-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
The Gators swept Vanderbilt for the first time since 2008 to run their school-record winning streak to 17 games. Florida trailed 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth Friday, then scored 10 unanswered runs. Daniel Pigott and Preston Tucker combined for five hits and four RBIs in support of Hudson Randall (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K). Preston Tucker’s two-run homer highlighted Florida’s four-run fifth Saturday behind Brian Johnson (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K), who tied his career high for strikeouts in a game. Tucker homered again Sunday—his eighth of the year—in support of Jonathon Crawford (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K), who pitched well again in lieu of Karsten Whitson (out for the third straight week).
March 13: (7) Florida State: W 9-2
March 16-18: Vanderbilt: W 10-2, W 5-1, W 8-2
March 20: Samford
March 22-24: @ (8) South Carolina
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 13-2, 0-0 in Pac-12. (8-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
The Cardinal was off for exams.
March 24-26: Southern California
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 19-2, 0-0 in SEC. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
The Hogs started conference play with a sweep of Alabama, running their winning streak to nine games. D.J. Baxendale (5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) was solid in a no-decision Friday, and the teams traded single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to force extras. Jake Wise’s bases-loaded walk in the 12th gave Arkansas the walk-off win. Derrick Bleeker and Matt Vinson delivered back-to-back two-run doubles in Arkansas’ five-run third Saturday, helping Ryne Stanek (5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) improve to 5-0. Vinson had two more RBIs Sunday, and Nolan Sanburn (2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER) picked up the win in relief.
March 13-14: Gonzaga: W 1-0, W 5-3
March 16-18: Alabama: W 4-3 (12 innings), W 8-4, W 7-4
March 20-21: Nevada
March 23-25: @ Mississippi State
4. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 16-4, 5-1 in ACC. (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
North Carolina won two of three at Maryland. Jacob Stallings hit a go-ahead two-run single in the fifth Friday in support of Kent Emanuel (7.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), who improved to 5-0. Mike Zolk (3-for-5, 3 R, RBI) led a 12-hit attack behind Chris Munnelly (6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) in Saturday’s win. Benton Moss (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) was a hard-luck loser Sunday, as Brett Harman (8 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K) shut down the UNC offense.
March 13: @ UNC Greensboro: W 5-1
March 14: Gardner-Webb: L 7-4
March 16-18: @ Maryland: W 4-3, W 9-5, L 1-0
March 20: Princeton
March 24-26: (20) North Carolina State
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 16-4, 2-1 in Pac-12. (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
After dropping Friday’s series opener, the Wildcats rebounded with a doubleheader sweep Saturday to take the series, capping a solid five-game week that included a midweek split at Rice. J.D. Leckenby (6.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K) and two relievers combined on a seven-hit shutout for Wazzu on Friday, as Kurt Heyer (5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER) took his first loss of the year for Arizona. Robert Refsnyder (6-for-8, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2B, 3B) led the Arizona offense in both games of Saturday’s twin bill. Alex Mejia added five hits and four runs, while Seth Mejias-Brean had three hits and five RBIs in the two games. Konner Wade (6.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) settled down after WSU’s five-run first in the opener. The Wildcats erased a 3-2 deficit with a seven-run fifth inning in the nightcap.
March 13-14: @ (8) Rice: L 5-1, W 8-5
March 16-18: Washington State: L 6-0, W 8-7, W 12-9
March 20-21: New Mexico State
March 23-25: @ (19) Oregon State
6. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 16-2, 5-0 in ACC (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
The Seminoles won the first two games of a Saturday through Monday series against Virginia to stay unbeaten in ACC play. Devon Travis and Justin Gonzalez had three hits apiece Saturday, and James Ramsey hit his fifth homer of the year, a three-run shot in the seventh that broke open a 6-3 game. Hunter Scantling (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief. Mike Compton (6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER) was solid in a no-decision Sunday, and the ‘Noles overcame a 3-1 deficit with three runs in the eighth, highlighted by Jayce Boyd’s game-tying two-run double.
March 13: @ (1) Florida: L 9-2
March 17-18: Virginia: W 12-3, W 4-3
March 19: Virginia
March 20-21: Stetson
March 23-25: @ Wake Forest
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 15-4, 2-1 in Pac-12. (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
The Bruins ran their winning streak to 12 games with Friday’s win, then split Sunday’s doubleheader to take their big annual showdown series against Arizona State—their third series win against a ranked opponent. The Sun Devils took a 5-0 lead in the third inning Friday against Adam Plutko (7.1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER), but the Bruins stormed back with five in the fifth against Brady Rodgers, then won it on Kevin Williams’ walk-off homer in the ninth against Jake Barrett. Nick Vander Tuig (8 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) pitched well in defeat in the opener of Sunday’s doubleheader, and Cody Keefer led the offense with three hits. The Bruins scored three runs in the second inning in the finale, which was enough support for Fr. LHP Grant Watson (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) and three relievers (who combined for three hitless innings of relief). Watson (5-0) made the start in place of Zack Weiss, who was sidelined with shoudler soreness.
March 13: vs. Southern California @ Dodger Stadium: W 7-2
March 16-18: (11) Arizona State: W 6-5, L 4-3, W 4-2
March 23-25: Washington State
8. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 15-4, 0-3 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
South Carolina opened SEC play by getting swept by Kentucky for the first time since 2006. The Wildcats trailed by three runs after six innings Friday but rallied for two in the seventh and two more in the ninth, winning 4-3 on Luke Maile’s two-run, walk-off homer against Evan Beal. Michael Roth (6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) pitched well in a no-decision. Christian Walker had three hits in a losing cause Saturday, and Matt Price (6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) took his first loss of the year as Kentucky broke a 3-3 tie on A.J. Reed’s wind-blown RBI double in the seventh. The Wildcats broke another 3-3 tie in the sixth inning Sunday, scoring three runs against the South Carolina bullpen, highlighted by Michael Williams’ two-run single.
March 13: Charleston Southern: W 5-2
March 14: Appalachian State: W 6-4
March 16-18: @ Kentucky: L 4-3, L 4-3, L 6-3
March 20: @ Furman
March 21: Wofford
March 22-24: (1) Florida
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 15-6, 0-0 in C-USA. (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1-1.
The Owls split a pair of two-game series against Arizona and Grambling State at home on the week. Michael Fuda had five RBIs and Shane Hoelscher had four hits Friday to lead Rice’s 17-hit attack in support of Matthew Reckling (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 13 K). Austin Kubitza (4.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 2 ER) continued to struggle in Sunday’s loss, though Jordan Stephens delivered 4.1 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief.
March 13-14: (6) Arizona: W 5-1, L 8-5
March 17-18: Grambling State: W 12-1, L 5-4
March 20: Texas-San Antonio
March 21: Lamar
March 23-25: @ Memphis
10. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 16-5, 2-1 in Big 12 (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
The Aggies rebounded from Friday’s loss to win the next two games and take their Big 12 opening series. The Wildcats jumped on Michael Wacha (5.1 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) for seven runs in the second inning Friday, only to see the Aggies take an 11-9 lead after six innings, then bounce back to pull off the 15-12 upset. Jacob House (2-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI) led the A&M offense in support of Ross Stripling (9 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) on Saturday. After Sr. 3B Matt Juengel made two errors Friday (giving him six on the season), the Aggies inserted Scott Arthur into the lineup at second base Saturday and slid freshman Blake Allemand to the hot corner. Eight of A&M’s nine starters recorded hits Sunday behind Rafael Pineda (9 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K).
March 13-14: Texas-Pan American: W 10-4, L 5-2
March 16-18: Kansas State: L 15-12, W 9-2, W 7-2
March 20: @ Houston
March 23-25: @ Pepperdine
11. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 16-4, 2-1 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
The Tigers opened SEC play with a hard-fought series win against Mississippi State. But Kevin Gausman (8.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 11 K) battled Chris Stratton in a fantastic pitcher’s duel Friday, and the Tigers answered MSU’s run in the top of the 10th with two in the bottom of the frame against Caleb Reed, capped by JaCoby Jones’ walk-off RBI single. Mason Katz hit a two-run homer in the first Saturday, and LSU held on to win despite behing out-hit 10-4, as Ryan Eades (7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER) picked up the win. Raph Rhymes had four hits in a losing cause Sunday, as the Bulldogs jumped on Aaron Nola (6 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) for five runs in the first.
March 12: Notre Dame: CCD
March 14: Northwestern State: W 13-0
March 16-18: (21) Mississippi State: W 3-2 (10 innings), W 4-3, L 7-1
March 21: Southern
March 23-25: @ Auburn
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 16-4, 5-1 in ACC (1-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
Miami dropped Friday’s series opener but allowed two runs in the next two games to win a road series at Duke. Marcus Stroman (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 13 K) dominated for Duke in Friday’s upset, and Eric Erickson (6.1 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 4 ER) was hittable for Miami. Tyler Palmer hit an RBI single to break a 1-1 tie in the ninth inning Saturday, helping Eric Whaley (8.1 IP, 8 H, 1 ER) pick up the win. Peter O’Brien (4-for-5, 4 RBI, 2 2B, HR) went deep for the seventh time this year on Sunday in support of Steven Ewing (5.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K), who pitched well in his first weekend start.
March 13: Illinois State: W 11-6
March 14: @ (19) Central Florida: W 3-2
March 16-18: @ Duke: L 5-1, W 2-1, W 7-1
March 21: @ Florida Atlantic
March 23-25: Maryland
13. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 12-7, 0-0 in Big West (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
The Titans won a nonconference home series against rival Long Beach State, sweeping Friday’s doubleheader but dropping Sunday’s series finale. Richy Pedroza’s two-run single in the eighth propelled Dylan Floro (8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) to the win in the first game. The Titans did all their scoring in a two-run fourth inning in Friday’s nightcap, helping Kenny Mathews (7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) improve to 2-0. Fullerton carried a 2-1 lead into the sixth inning Sunday, but the Dirtbags erupted for six runs in that frame en route to the win.
March 13: Washington State: L 9-8 (11 innings)
March 16-18: Long Beach State: W 2-1, W 2-1, L 7-2
March 22-24: Oral Roberts
14. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 12-7, 1-2 in Pac-12. (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
ASU dropped a hard-fought road series at UCLA. Deven Marrero’s two-run triple and Trever Allen’s three-run homer highlighted ASU’s five-run third inning Friday, but UCLA stormed back to tie the game against Brady Rodgers (8 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 4 ER), then won it on Kevin Williams’ walk-off homer in the ninth against Jake Barrett. Trevor Williams (7 IP, 10 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) improved to 5-0 in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, as Abe Ruiz hit a pair of solo homers to lead the offense. The Bruins jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning against Alex Blackford (1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB) in the finale, then held on for the win. One bright spot in that one was the strong bullpen work of LHP Matthew Dunbar (3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K).
March 13-14: Utah Valley: W 9-0, L 9-6
March 16-18: @ (9) UCLA: L 6-5, W 4-3, L 4-2
March 21: Nevada-Las Vegas
March 23-25: California
15. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 14-6, 3-3 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
Geogia Tech won a high-scoring series against Virginia Tech. Jackets coach Danny Hall picked up his 1,000th career victory Friday, as Jake Davies (4-for-5, 5 RBI) and Paul Kronenfeld (4-for-4, 3 RBI) led the Georgia Tech offense in support of Buck Farmer (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). Matt Grimes (2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) struggled in his first start in two weeks Saturday, as the Hokies built an 8-0 lead by the sixth inning, and Georgia Tech’s comeback bid in the late innings fell short. Kyle Wren and Daniel Palka each homered and combined for four hits and four RBIs Sunday, helping former closer Luke Bard (5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) pick up the win in his first start, though his scoreless streak was snapped at 26.2 innings (over 15 appearances) in the second.
March 13: Wagner: W 15-4
March 16-18: Virginia Tech: W 12-3, L 12-9, W 9-1
March 20: @ (18) Georgia
March 23-25: @ Boston College
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 21-0, 3-0 in SEC (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
The Wildcats aced their first test of the year, sweeping defending national champion South Carolina for the first time since 2006. The Wildcats trailed by three runs after six innings Friday but rallied for two in the seventh and two more in the ninth, winning on Luke Maile’s two-run, walk-off homer against Evan Beal. Taylor Rogers (5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) pitched well in a no-decision. Fr. DH/LHP A.J. Reed delivered a tie-breaking, wind-blown RBI double in the seventh inning Saturday and picked up the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Jerad Grundy (5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER) was solid in a no-decision for UK, and Trevor Gott recorded back-to-back strikeouts with the tying run on third base to end the game. The Wildcats broke another 3-3 tie in the sixth inning Sunday, scoring three runs against the South Carolina bullpen, highlighted by Michael Williams’ two-run single. Gott had two more strikeouts in the ninth to earn his fifth save.
March 13: Wright State: W 9-1
March 14: Murray State: W 2-1
March 16-18: (3) South Carolina: W 4-3, W 4-3, W 6-3
March 21: @ Cincinnati
March 23-25: @ Tennessee
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 15-5, 1-2 in SEC. (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1-1.
The Rebels were one out away from winning their SEC-opening series against Auburn before the wheels fell off in the ninth on Sunday. Ole Miss got strong pitching Friday from Bobby Wahl (6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K), Dylan Chavez (2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) and Brett Huber (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K). Ole Miss committed five errors behind R.J. Hively (7 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) in Auburn’s five-run first inning Saturday, and the Tigers broke open a one-run game with five runs in the eighth, highlighted by Zach Alvord’s grand slam. Mike Mayers (8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) had two outs and two strikes with the bases empty Sunday, but Ryan Tella and Cullen Wacker delivered back-to-back doubles, and Wacker scored the winning run on Garrett Cooper’s RBI single off Brett Huber.
March 13-14: @ Louisville: L 4-3, W 18-8
March 16-18: Auburn: W 2-1, L 10-4, L 3-2
March 20: Southern Mississippi
March 23-25: @ Alabama
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 15-6, 2-1 in SEC (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
Georgia rebounded from last weekend’s home sweep at the hands of UCLA by taking two of three from Tennessee. Alex Wood threw four scoreless innings before an hourlong weather delay cut his outing short Friday. Kyle Farmer had three hits (including a solo homer) to lead the offense in that one. UGa.’s much-maligned offense busted out with 18 hits Saturday, as six Bulldogs recorded multiple hits. Levi Hyams, Colby May and Hunter Cole each homered and combined for eight hits and seven RBIs. The Bulldog bats went quiet again Sunday, as Michael Palazzone (5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) pitched well in defeat in his return to the weekend rotation.
March 13-14: Alcorn State: W 8-5, W 23-6
March 16-18: Tennessee: W 4-0, W 10-5, L 3-0
March 20: (15) Georgia Tech
March 23-25: @ Vanderbilt
19. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 14-5, 3-0 in Pac-12. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Beavers opened Pac-12 play with a big road sweep at Cal. OSU got strong starts from sophomores Ben Wetzler (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) and Dan Child (8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) in Saturday’s doubleheader. Tyler Smith (3-for-4, 2 RBI) led OSU’s 14-hit attack in the first game, and the Beavers won with just four hits in the second game. Smith had three more hits Sunday, and Michael Conforto (3-for-5, 6 RBI, 2B) had a big day in support of fellow freshman Jace Fry (5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K). Conforto has 16 RBIs in his last seven games, a stretch that includes six multi-RBI games.
March 16-18: @ California: W 9-2, W 4-1, W 13-5
March 23-25: (5) Arizona
20. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 15-3, 5-1 in ACC (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Wolfpack ended Wake Forest’s 15-game winning streak Friday and went on to a big series sweep. Ethan Ogburn (5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) took over the Friday starter job and earned the win Friday, as Chris Diaz (4-for-5, 2 R, RBI) led the Wolfpack offense. The Demon Deacons got to Carlos Rodon (8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) for a pair of runs in the first inning Saturday but were shut out thereafter, and fellow freshman Trea Turner (3-for-4, 2 RBI) hit his first career homer for N.C. State. Logan Jernigan (2 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 7 BB, 2 K) followed last week’s six-walk outing with seven more Sunday, but Anthony Tzamtzis (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R) picked up the win with strong relief, as Matt Bergquist’s sacrifice fly broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh. N.C. State carries a six-game winning streak into a stretch of five straight games against in-state rivals East Carolina and North Carolina.
March 13: @ Elon: W 8-1
March 16-18: Wake Forest: W 9-5, W 6-2, W 5-4
March 20: @ East Carolina
March 24-26: @ (4) North Carolina
21. CENTRAL FLORIDA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 16-5, 0-0 in C-USA (0-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
The Knights swept a hard-fought series against Harvard, their fifth series win against an opponent from the Northeast, but they also lost a midweek game against Miami to fall to 0-4 combined against Miami, Florida State and Florida. UCF’s five series wins have come against teams with an aggregate record of 18-55. Chris Taladay’s game-tying solo homer keyed UCF’s two-run eighth inning Friday, as Chris Matulis (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief. The Knights won despite mustering just two hits Saturday, as Eric Skoglund (5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) and Garrett Nuss (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) shut down the Harvard offense. A bases-loaded walk by D.J. Hicks broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh Sunday, and Taladay followed with another bases-loaded walk one batter later to provide the eventual game-winning run.
March 14: (14) Miami: L 3-2
March 16-18: Harvard: W 4-3, W 4-2, W 6-5
March 20: @ South Florida
March 23-25: East Carolina
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 10-8, 3-0 in Big 12 (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1-1.
Texas got its bats going in a road sweep at Oklahoma, banging out 45 hits in three days. The Longhorns overcame an early 4-0 deficit Friday to take a 5-4 lead into the ninth, but Cody Reine’s solo homer off Corey Knebel (2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) forced extra innings. Jonathan Walsh delivered a game-winning two-run double in the 12th. Hoby Milner provided 2.1 innings of one-run relief in that one to earn the win, then picked up the win in relief again Saturday, allowing one run over three innings. Erich Weiss (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) was one of five Longhorns to record multiple hits in Saturday’s win. Five ‘Horns posted multi-hit games again Sunday, led by Mark Payton (2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI), helping Parker French (6.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) pick up the victory.
March 13: (20) Texas State: W 6-1
March 16-18: @ (22) Oklahoma: W 7-6 (12 innings), W 9-5, W 9-4
March 20: Stephen F. Austin State
March 23-25: @ Kansas State
23. TEXAS STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 13-6, 4-2 in Southland (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
Texas State took two of three from Stephen F. Austin. Travis Ballew (7.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) moved into the Friday starter spot and shined in Friday’s win. The Lumberjacks overcame a three-run deficit with three in the eighth Saturday, then pulled off an 8-6 win on Freddy Villalobos’ two-run homer off Jeff McVaney in the 10th. McVaney (2-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR) led Texas State’s 14-hit attack Sunday, then worked a scoreless ninth.
March 13: @ Texas: L 6-1
March 16-18: Stephen F. Austin State: W 6-1, L 8-6 (10 innings), W 12-8
March 20: Texas Christian
March 23-25: @ Sam Houston State
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 13-5, 1-2 in Pac-12 (3-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
Oregon dropped its first series of the year and is just 3-4 over the last two weekends after getting off to a 10-1 start. The Huskies used a balanced 11-hit attack in support of Aaron West (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) on Friday, as Alex Kuedell (6.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 4 ER) fell to 1-3 for Oregon. Jacob Lamb’s two-run single highlighted Washington’s four-run first inning in support of Tyler Davis (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R) in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, as Jake Reed (8 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER) went the distance in defeat for Oregon. The Ducks got stellar mound work from Brando Tessar (6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) and Jimmie Sherfy (6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) in the 13-inning nightcap. The Ducks managed just four hits in that one but pushed across an unearned run in the 13th.
March 16-18: @ Washington: L 8-3, L 5-0, W 3-2 (13 innings)
March 23-25: Utah
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 14-3, 0-0 in Big Ten (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0-1.
Purdue extended its winning streak to 10 games before dropping the final two games of its four-game set at Wichita State. David Miller (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) led a 14-hit attack Thursday, as Purdue broke a 3-3 tie with five runs in the seventh, and Jack DeAno (3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief. Cameron Perkins and Sean McHugh homered and combined for six RBIs in support of Joe Haase (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) on Friday. Purdue’s potent offense went quiet in Saturday’s doubleheader, mustering just five runs on 11 hits.
March 13: @ Missouri State: W 4-2
March 15-17: @ Wichita State: W 8-3, W 10-5, L 8-2, L 5-3
March 23-25: @ Ohio State
MISSISSIPPI STATE (21)
Last Week: 1-4. Overall: 15-7, 1-2 in SEC (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
The injury-ravaged Bulldogs competed hard but lost four straight games on the week before salvaging Sunday’s series finale at LSU. Chris Stratton (8.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 17 K) made his first start of the year Friday and recorded the most strikeouts by a Bulldogs pitcher since 1992. But Kevin Gausman (8.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 11 K) was similarly overpowering, and the Tigers answered MSU’s run in the top of the 10th with two in the bottom of the frame against Caleb Reed, capped by JaCoby Jones’ walk-off RBI single. Evan Mitchell (4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) was strong in relief of Nick Routt (3.2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER) in Saturday’s loss, as MSU out-hit the Tigers 10-4 but still lost. Kendall Graveman (9 IP, 10 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K) recorded 19 groundball outs in Sunday’s complete game, and the Bulldogs played their third straight errorless game.
March 13-14: @ Southeastern Louisiana: L 4-3, L 5-1
March 16-18: @ (13) Louisiana State: L 3-2 (10 innings), L 4-3, W 7-1
March 21: Alabama A&M
March 23-25: (3) Arkansas
Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 11-9, 0-3 in Big 12 (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-2.
Oklahoma has allowed 8.6 runs per game during its current five-game losing streak, capped by a home series sweep at the hands of rival Texas. The Sooners took a 4-0 lead in the first inning Friday on two-run homers by Jack Mayfield and Caleb Bushyhead, but Oklahoma failed to hold a lead for the third straight game. Texas took a 5-4 lead with three in the seventh, but Cody Reine tied the game with a solo homer in the ninth, which set off a benches-clearing incident in which no punches were thrown. The ‘Horns won it in the 11th. Jonathan Gray (4.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER) took the loss Saturday, as Texas pounded out 17 hits. Steven Okert (1.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER) struggled Sunday, and the bullpen provided little relief.
March 13: @ Dallas Baptist: L 7-6
March 16-18: Texas: L 7-6 (12 innings), L 9-5, L 9-4
March 20-21: Air Force
March 23-25: @ Texas Tech