College Top 25 Tracker: March 26

1. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 21-1, 7-1 in ACC. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
Snow in Boston last week forced UNC’s series at BC to be moved to Chapel Hill, where the Tar Heels swept a doubleheader Saturday before Sunday’s game was rained out. Brian Holberton (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR), Chaz Frank and Landon Lassiter had three hits apiece as part of a 19-hit attack in the opener, and Kent Emanuel (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) was dominant. Skye Bolt had two hits in the opener and two more in Game Two, along with two RBIs, helping Benton Moss (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) improve to 6-0.
RESULTS
March 19: Princeton: W 16-0
March 23-24: Boston College: W 11-0, W 5-2, CCD
UPCOMING
March 26: Virginia Commonwealth
March 27: Winthrop
March 30-April 1: Clemson

2. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 21-2, 5-1 in Pac-12 (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
In a series that featured standout pitching on both sides, the Beavers took two of three to improve to 5-1 this season against the two teams from Arizona. Matt Boyd (9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 11 K) allowed a leadoff single to Drew Stankiewicz to open Friday’s game, but he held the Sun Devils hitless the rest of the way. Boyd retired 12 straight batters after Stankiewicz’s single and finished with a career-high 11 strikeouts. He became the first pitcher to one-hit Arizona State since Alabama’s Alan Dunn and Tim Meacham combined to do it on June 10, 1983. Michael Conforto had three hits and Dylan Davis had two RBIs to lead the OSU offense. On Saturday, Arizona State freshman lefty Ryan Kellogg became the first pitcher to no-hit the Beavers since 1994, as Andrew Moore (5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) took his first loss. The Beavers mustered just four hits Sunday but drew nine walks and won on the strength of a three-run fourth inning and strong relief from Max Engelbrecht (3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R) and Scott Schultz (1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R).
RESULTS
March 22-24: (20) Arizona State: W 5-0, L 4-0, W 4-3
UPCOMING
March 28-30: @ San Diego

3. VANDERBILT
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 21-4, 5-1 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.
The Commodores, who had lost 11 of their previous 15 games against Florida, took two of three from the Gators in Nashville. Kevin Ziomek (6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 1 K) had his first pedestrian outing of the season in Friday’s loss, as Taylor Gushue hit a three-run homer to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth, and Vandy mustered just three hits. Conrad Gregor (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Connor Harrell (3-for-4, 2 R) led Vandy’s 15-hit barrage Saturday in support of Tyler Beede (6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 4 K). The ‘Dores came back from a 4-2 deficit Sunday with runs in the fifth and sixth to tie it, setting up a dramatic seventh and final inning in the travel curfew-shortened game. Mike Yastrzemski doubled to lead off the frame, then scored on John Norwood’s infield single to shortstop, as Yastrzemski slid home to just beat the tag. Carson Fulmer and Brian Miller combined to work four innings of two-hit, shutout relief in that one.
RESULTS
March 20: @ Middle Tennessee State: L 4-1
March 22-24: Florida: L 7-1, W 6-1, W 5-4 (7 innings)
UPCOMING
March 26: Lipscomb
March 29-31: Tennessee

4. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 22-2, 5-1 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
LSU cruised to a sweep of Auburn and has won 22 of its first 24 games for the first time since 1997, when it went on to win the national championship. Alex Bregman had three hits and scored three runs Friday, and Raph Rhymes (2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI) and Mason Katz (2-for-4, 3 RBI) each went deep in support of Aaron Nola (6.2 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K). Bregman (3-for-5, R, RBI) led an 11-hit attack Saturday in support of Ryan Eades (6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K), who improved to 5-0. Bregman had three more hits Sunday, as did Mark Laird and Mason Katz, and Cody Glenn (7.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) bounced back from his first loss of the season with a strong outing. Bregman, who has posted four straight three-hit games, is riding a 12-game hitting streak.
RESULTS
March 20: Northwestern State: W 2-1
March 22-24: Auburn: W 9-4, W 5-1, W 8-2
UPCOMING
March 26: @ Tulane
March 29-31: @ Missouri

5. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 21-3, 0-0 in Big West. (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
The Titans extended their winning streak to 10 games by sweeping their annual nonconference series against Long Beach State. Thomas Eshelman (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K) was a model of efficiency Friday, and J.D. Davis (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) finished off a two-hit shutout. MIchael Lorenzen (2-for-4, 2 R, RBI) went deep at Blair Field in that one. The Titans stormed back from a 5-1 deficit Saturday with five runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth to win 8-6. Carlos Lopez and Chad Wallach had three hits apiece to lead the Fullerton offense, while Willie Kuhl (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) and three other Titans delivered a combined 5.2 innings of one-hit relief after taking over for Justin Garza (4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER), who hit the first speed bump of his collegiate career. Jared Deacon (3-for-4, RBI) led the Fullerton offense Sunday behind Grahamm Wiest (8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K). The game ended in bizarre fashion, as Long Beach’s Michael Hill appeared to score the tying run on a sacrifice fly in the ninth, but the Titans appealed, and Hill was ruled out for leaving third base too early, giving Fullerton the final out. One piece of bad news for Fullerton: third baseman Matt Chapman is expected to miss four to six weeks with a sprained ankle.
RESULTS
March 19-20: Nebraska: W 8-7 (11 innings), W 10-4
March 22-24: @ Long Beach State: W 6-0, W 8-6, W 2-1
UPCOMING
March 26: Loyola Marymount
March 28-30: Pacific

6. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 22-2, 7-2 in ACC (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.
The Seminoles split Friday’s doubleheader and came from behind to win Sunday’s rubber game, giving them their second straight series win against Georgia Tech and their 12th ACC series win in their last 13 conference weekends. The Jackets chased Brandon Leibrandt (1.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) in a four-run second inning in the opener, and the ‘Noles were shut out on three hits. D.J. Stewart (2-for-4, 2 R, 6 RBI) broke open a 3-0 game with a fifth-inning grand slam in the second game, helping Scott Sitz (5.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) improve to 5-0. Georgia Tech jumped on Peter Miller (1.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER) to build a 5-1 lead through two innings Sunday, but Bryant Holtmann (3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) and four other relievers held the Jackets in check thereafter, allowing FSU to claw its way back and then take the lead with two runs in the eighth on Stewart’s two-run single.
RESULTS
March 19-20: Stetson: W 5-3, W 4-1
March 22-24: (9) Georgia Tech: L 10-0, W 11-3, W 8-6
UPCOMING
March 26: vs. Florida @ Jacksonville, Fla.
March 29-31: @ Virginia Tech

7. UCLA
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 17-4, 5-1 in Pac-12 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
The Bruins won a home series against Cal to remain tied atop the Pac-12 standings with Oregon State and Oregon. The Golden Bears broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the seventh Friday against Adam Plutko (6.2 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 k) en route to a 5-1 win. Pat Valaika (3-for-5, 4 RBI, 3B) led UCLA’s offense behind Nick Vander Tuig (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) on Saturday. Eric Filia (2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, 3B) and Cody Regis (3-for-3, 2 R) led UCLA’s 16-hit barrage Sunday behind Grant Watson (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K), who improved to 5-0.
RESULTS
March 22-24: California: L 5-1, W 8-3, W 10-2
UPCOMING
March 28-30: @ Arizona State

8. KENTUCKY
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 18-5, 4-2 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
For the second straight weekend, the Wildcats dropped the series opener but bounced back to win the next two games. The Bulldogs erased a 4-2 deficit with five runs in the sixth Friday to chase A.J. Reed (5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). The Wildcats swept Saturday’s doubleheader with a pair of one-run wins. Jerad Grundy (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) used an excellent changeup to rack up strikeouts and improve to 5-1, 1.99 in the first game. UK jumped on Kendall Graveman (5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) for two runs in the first in that one, and Zac Zellers scored the eventual winning run on a wild pitch in the sixth. Kentucky scored three runs without a hit in the first inning of the finale, as Evan Mitchell and Ross Mitchell combined to issue four walks and hit a batter, and both were lifted before recording an out. Corey Littrell (7 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 4 K) didn’t have his best control but still turned in a solid start for Kentucky.
RESULTS
March 19: Western Kentucky: L 6-3
March 22-24: (19) Mississippi State: L 8-4, W 3-2, W 4-3
UPCOMING
March 26: Marshall
March 29-31: Georgia

9. VIRGINIA
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 22-2, 7-2 in ACC (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
The Cavaliers swept a three-game series against North Carolina State for the first time ever. Virginia swept Saturday’s doubleheader 8-2 and 4-3. The Cavs broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the seventh in the opener and piled on with five in the eighth against the N.C. State bullpen. Austin Young (3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) picked up the win with stellar relief of Brandon Waddell (5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K). Branden Cogswell had two hits in the opener and two more in the nightcap, helping to lead a balanced 11-hit attack in support of Scott Silverstein (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K). The Cavs got more dynamite relief work in Game Two from Josh Sborz (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) and Kyle Crockett (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R). Nick Howard (3-for-4, 2 R, RBI, 2B) led the UVa. offense Sunday, and Sborz (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) sparkled again in relief of Howard (4.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER).
RESULTS
March 19-20: Yale: W 14-3, W 10-0
March 23-24: (16) North Carolina State: W 8-2, W 4-3, W 6-3
UPCOMING
March 27: Towson
March 29-31: Miami

10. LOUISVILLE
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 19-4, 1-2 in Big East. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
Louisville hit its first speed bump of the season, dropping a home series against Rutgers in its Big East-opening set. Rutgers knocked around Chad Green (5.2 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) on Friday, as the Cardinals saw their winning streak snapped at nine games. The Scarlet Knights and Cardinals split Saturday’s doubleheader. Louisville won the opener 4-0, as Jeff Thompson (6.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K) was excellent in a no-decision, and the Cardinals broke a scoreless tie with a run in the seventh, then tacked on three more in the eighth. Steve Zavala (3-for-3, 3 RBI) led the Rutgers attack in support of Charlie Law (8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER) in the second game, as Jared Ruxer (3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) took his first loss of the year.
RESULTS
March 19-20: Southern California: W 13-6, W 6-3
March 22-23: Rutgers: L 6-2, W 4-0, L 7-3
UPCOMING
March 26: @ (19) Indiana
March 28-30: (16) Notre Dame

11. MISSISSIPPI
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 21-4, 3-3 in SEC (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
Ole Miss won Friday’s opener but dropped a pair of seven-inning games Sunday to lose its first series of the year. Stuart Turner (2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2B) led a balanced 11-hit attack Friday in support of Bobby Wahl (8 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K), who improved to 6-0. Mike Mayers (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) was solid in defeat in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, but Turner’s solo homer in the fourth provided Mississippi’s only run. Ole Miss jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning of the finale, but the Aggies chipped away against Sam Smith (4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) and the Rebels’ bullpen, then broke a 5-5 tie with four runs in the sixth against Chris Ellis (1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER), who struggled in his first appearance since opening weekend.
RESULTS
March 22-24: Texas A&M: W 8-2, L 2-1 (7 innings), L 10-6 (7 innings)
UPCOMING
March 27: Arkansas State
March 29-31: @ Florida

12. OREGON
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 18-6, 5-1 in Pac-12 (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
The Ducks swept Arizona to move into a tie with Oregon State and UCLA atop the Pac-12 standings. Jake Reed (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) turned in a good start Friday, and the Ducks got three combined hitless innings of relief from Christian Jones and Jimmie Sherfy. Ryon Healy’s three-run homer broke open a 2-1 game in the eighth inning Saturday, and Tommy Thorpe (6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) was strong. Healy (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and Josh Graham (2-for-3, 3 RBI) led the Oregon offense Sunday behind Cole Irvin (5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER), and Sherfy (1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) held off Arizona’s ninth-inning rally by stranding the tying run at second base.
RESULTS
March 22-24: Arizona: W 2-1, W 5-1, W 7-6
UPCOMING
March 26: Portland
March 28-30: Washington

13. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 18-5, 6-3 in ACC. (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
After splitting Friday’s doubleheader, the Yellow Jackets blew a four-run lead in Sunday’s rubber game to lose their first series of the year. Zane Evans (3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI) hit his 10th home run of the season in Friday’s opener, and Buck Farmer (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) and Josh Heddinger (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) combined on a three-hit shutout. Kyle Wren had four hits in defeat in the second game, and Dusty Isaacs (4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) took the loss. The Jackets built a 5-1 lead through two innings Sunday, but the Florida State bullpen held their offense in check thereafter, while FSU rallied back against Cole Pitts (5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 1 K) and the Tech bullpen.
RESULTS
March 19: Georgia Southern: L 5-4
March 22-24: @ (12) Florida State: W 10-0, L 11-3, L 8-6
UPCOMING
March 26: @ The Citadel
March 29-31: Wake Forest

14. OKLAHOMA
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 22-4, 3-0 in Big 12 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
Thanks to three extra-inning games, Oklahoma played 55 innings over six days and survived with a 5-0 week, capped by a hard-fought sweep of TCU in its Big 12 opener. Max White singled to lead off the 12th Friday, moved to third on Matt Oberste’s double and scored the winning run on a passed ball to lead Oklahoma. Five Sooners posted multiple hits behind Jonathan Gray (9 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K), who was overpowering in a no-decision. Dillon Overton (5.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) improved to 6-1 Saturday, and White ignited OU’s crucial two-run third inning with an RBI single, two stolen bases and a run. Anthony Hermelyn (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI) spearheaded OU’s 13-hit attack Sunday, and Hunter Haley delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 10th. Jake Fisher, Ethan Carnes and Jacob Evans combined to hold TCU scoreless on three hits over the final six innings. Oklahoma has won 10 straight games, and Oberste is riding a school-record 29-game hitting streak, eclipsing Marty Neff’s 27-game streak in 1991.
RESULTS
March 19-20: Oral Roberts: 9-8 (15 innings), W 15-8
March 22-24: Texas Christian: W 3-2 (12 innings), W 3-1, W 4-3 (10 innings)
UPCOMING
March 26: @ Oral Roberts
March 28-30: Kansas

15. ARKANSAS
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 17-7, 4-2 in SEC. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
Arkansas swept a road series against South Carolina for the first time ever, becoming the first team to sweep the Gamecocks in Columbia since 1999. Arkansas broke a scoreless tie with nine runs in the fourth Friday en route to a 15-3. Tyler Spoon (3-for-6, 2 R, 5 RBI) led Arkansas’ balanced 13-hit attack in support of Barrett Astin (5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). Ryne Stanek (9 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) turned in by far his best outing of the season Saturday, and Dominic Ficociello had two hits in his second game back in the starting lineup, helping to lead the Arkansas offense against Nolan Belcher (7.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), who saw his scoreless streak snapped at 31.2 innings when the Hogs got on the board in the sixth. Randall Fant (6.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) was solid in a no-decision Sunday, and Matt Vinson (3-for-5) delivered a game-winning two-run single in the 11th. The Hogs’ bats are heating up after a slow start; they have recorded double-digit hits in five straight games and seven times in their last eight games.
RESULTS
March 22-24: @ (5) South Carolina: W 15-3, W 4-2, W 5-3 (11 innings)
UPCOMING
March 26-27: Mississippi Valley State
March 29-31: (25) Mississippi State

16. NOTRE DAME
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 14-6, 2-1 in Big East (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Notre Dame won its first Big East series against Seton Hall, dropping Friday’s opener but sweeping Saturday’s doubleheader. The Pirates scored three unearned runs in the third Friday against Sean Fitzgerald (7.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) and held on for a 4-3 win behind ace Jon Prosinski (7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K). Eric Jagielo (2-for-4, RBI) led the Notre Dame offense in the first game of Saturday’s twin bill behind Adam Norton (7.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K). Frank DeSico and Charlie Markson had two hits apiece and combined to score all three of Notre Dame’s runs in the finale, and Nick McCarty (3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER) and Dan Slania (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) provided strong relief of David Hearne (4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER).
RESULTS
March 22-23: Seton Hall: L 4-3, W 3-2, W 3-2
UPCOMING
March 25-26: Kent State
March 28-30: @ (10) Louisville

17. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 18-6, 2-4 in SEC. (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
South Carolina was swept at home by Arkansas for the first time ever. It was the first time the Gamecocks had been swept at home since 1999. On Friday, Arkansas blasted Evan Beal (3.2 IP, 6 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 6 K), breaking a scoreless tie with nine runs in the fourth en route to a 15-3 blowout. South Carolina mustered just three hits against Ryne Stanek in Saturday’s loss, and Nolan Belcher (7.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) saw his scoreless streak snapped at 31.2 innings when the Hogs got on the board in the sixth. After the Gamecocks scored two in the seventh to tie Sunday’s game, Tyler Webb (4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) held the Razorbacks at bay until the 11th, when Matt Vinson’s two-run single off Webb gave Arkansas the victory.
RESULTS
March 19: @ The Citadel: W 9-5
March 22-24: (21) Arkansas: L 15-3, L 4-2, L 5-3 (11 innings)
UPCOMING
March 26: @ College of Charleston
March 28-30: Texas A&M

18. RICE
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 18-8, 2-1 in C-USA (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
The Owls opened Conference USA play with a road series win at Southern Miss. Austin Kubitza (5.1 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) took his first loss of the year in Friday’s blowout, as the Owls saw their winning streak halted at seven games. Jordan Stephens (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) and Zech Lemond (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) combined on a four-hit shutout Saturday. Keenan Cook (3-for-5, 2B, R) and Skyler Ewing (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) led Rice’s 11-hit attack Sunday behind John Simms (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K), who took a no-decision. Rice overcame a 3-2 deficit with three runs in the eighth, and Lemond worked two perfect innings for his sixth save.
RESULTS
March 19: Stephen F. Austin State: W 3-2
March 20: Texas-San Antonio: W 11-5
March 22-24: @ Southern Mississippi: L 10-1, W 3-0, W 6-3
UPCOMING
March 26: @ Sam Houston State
March 28-30: Tulane

19. INDIANA
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 18-3, 0-0 in Big Ten (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0-1.
The Hoosiers opened up sparkling new Bart Kaufman Field with four straight wins, capped by a sweep of Penn State to run their winning streak to 11 games, tied with Tennessee Tech for the longest active streak in the nation. IU has scored nine or more runs in five of its last six games. Scott Donley (2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) led the Indiana offense Friday behind Joey DeNato (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K). Kyle Hart (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) sparkled in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, and IU broke a scoreless tie with a run in the seventh, then added another in the eighth. Indiana’s bats broke out in the finale, with Dustin DeMuth (3-for-3, R, 2 RBI) leading an 11-hit attack in support of Aaron Slegers (5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K).
RESULTS
March 19-20: @/vs. Miami (Ohio): W 11-2, W 15-1
March 22-24: Penn State: W 9-3, W 2-0, W 11-3
UPCOMING
March 26: (10) Louisville
March 29-31: @ Iowa

20. HOUSTON
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 21-4, 3-0 in C-USA (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
The Cougars swept East Carolina to run their winning streak to 10 games. Houston is off to its best start since 1989, when it began the season 23-2. Houston breaks into the Top 25 for the first time since 2006. Frankie Ratcliff (3-for-3, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2B, 3B) led the offense Friday in support of Daniel Poncedeleon (8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 8 K). Kyle Kirk (2-for-3, R, RBI) sparked the Cougars Saturday behind Austin Pruitt (8 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 13 K). Kirk and Justin Montemayor had three hits apiece Sunday, and fellow freshman Jake Lemoine (6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) was solid in a no-decision, as the Cougars rallied for two in the eighth and another in the ninth to tie it, then won on Kyle Survance’s walk-off RBI single in the 10th.
RESULTS
March 19: Texas: W 4-3
March 20: Harvard: W 8-1
March 22-24: East Carolina: W 7-2, W 4-3, W 5-4 (10 innings)
UPCOMING
March 26: @ Lamar
March 29-31: @ Memphis

21. GONZAGA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 14-7, 4-2 in WCC (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Gonzaga won its second consecutive WCC series, taking two of three from San Diego. The Bulldogs jumped on Michael Wagner (5.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) for six runs in the first inning Friday, and Marco Gonzales (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) made it stand up. Gonzales (2-for-2, R, RBI) and Cory Lebrun (3-for-3, R, BI) led the offense Saturday, and Gonzaga broke open a 3-1 game with five runs in the seventh behind Tyler Olson (7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). Gonzales (4-for-6, 2 R, RBI, 2B) had a big day in Sunday’s sloppy slugfest, as the two teams combined to make nine errors; Gonzaga’s four errors led to nine unearned runs.
RESULTS
March 19: @ Washington State: W 10-8
March 22-24: (25) San Diego: W 6-2, W 8-1, L 10-9
UPCOMING
March 26: Brown
March 28-30: @ Loyola Marymount

22. GEORGIA SOUTHERN
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 16-7, 8-1 in SoCon (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0-1.
The Eagles won a midweek game against Georgia Tech and swept Davidson to improve to 8-1 in the SoCon. Georgia Southern cracks the rankings for the first time since 1996. T.D. Davis’ two-run homer highlighted GSU’s four-run third Friday behind Sam Howard (6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). Brent Pugh (2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI) led the offense Saturday in support of Jason Richman (8.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K). Davis, Chase Griffin, Robbie Dodds and Stryker Brown had two-hit games Sunday as part of a balanced 13-hit attack, and Justin Hess (3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) picked up the win with strong relief work.
RESULTS
March 19: @ (9) Georgia Tech: W 5-4
March 22-24: Davidson: W 6-4, W 3-2, W 9-4

23. CAL POLY
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 17-5, 0-0 in Big West (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
The Mustangs bounced back from their first series loss against Notre Dame by taking two of three from UCSB. Nick Torres (4-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2B, HR) had a big game Friday behind Joey Wagman (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 11 K), who improved to 5-1 and combined with two relievers on a two-hitter. Denver Chavez (3-for-5, R, 2B) led the offense in a losing cause Saturday, and Matt Imhof (5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) took a no-decision, as the Gauchos did most of their damage against the Cal Poly bullpen. Chavez (2-for-3, 2 R), Torres (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and Brian Mundell (3-for-5, 3 R, 3 RBI, HR) led a 14-hit attack Sunday behind Bryan Granger (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER).
RESULTS
March 22-24: vs./@/vs. UC Santa Barbara: W 7-0, L 7-3, W 10-4
UPCOMING
March 26: Pepperdine
March 28-30: UC Davis

24. SOUTH ALABAMA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 21-4, 5-1 in Sun Belt (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
South Alabama moves into the rankings for the first time since May of 2003 after sweeping UALR to improve to 21-4 on the season. Jordan Patterson (3-for-4, 2 R, 2B) led the offense Friday in support of Brandon Boyle (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K). Cole Billingsley (4-for-5, 2 RBI) capped a big game with a game-tying bases-loaded hit by pitch in the 11th Saturday, and the Jaguars scored the winning run on an error. Whitt Dorsey (4-for-5, 3 R, 5 RBI, HR) powered the offense behind Jarron Cito (7 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) in Sunday’s blowout.
RESULTS
March 19: @ Southeastern Louisiana: W 13-7
March 22-24: Arkansas-Little Rock: W 4-3, W 6-5 (11 innings), W 11-1 (7 innings)
UPCOMING
March 26: @ Southern Mississippi
March 29-31: @ Florida Atlantic

25. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 21-6, 2-4 in SEC. (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-3.
The Bulldogs dropped their third straight close series, winning Friday’s opener but getting swept in Saturday’s doubleheader at Kentucky, spoiling coach John Cohen’s first return to his old stomping grounds. The Bulldogs erased a 4-2 deficit with five runs in the sixth Friday. Hunter Renfroe (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) hit his seventh homer of the year for MSU, and Ross Mitchell (4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) picked up the win with stellar relief of Jacob Lindgren (5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 7 K). UK jumped on Kendall Graveman (5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) for two runs in the first inning of Saturday’s doubleheader opener, and Zac Zellers scored the eventual winning run on a wild pitch in the sixth. Kentucky scored three runs without a hit in the first inning of the finale, as Evan Mitchell and Ross Mitchell combined to issue four walks and hit a batter, and both were lifted before recording an out. Renfroe homered in all three games of the series, giving him nine on the season.
RESULTS
March 19: Alcorn State: W 7-6
March 22-24: @ (10) Kentucky: W 8-4, L 3-2, L 4-3
UPCOMING
March 26: Austin Peay State
March 29-31: @ (15) Arkansas

DROPPED OUT

NORTH CAROLINA STATE (16)
Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 16-9, 3-6 in ACC (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-3.
N.C. State was swept by Virginia in a three-game series for the first time ever. Carlos Rodon (5.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 8 K) didn’t have great control in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, but he took a no-decision, as the Cavs broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the seventh and piled on with five in the eighth against the N.C. State bullpen. Ethan Ogburn (3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) took the loss in the nightcap, and Brad Stone (3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) also failed to get through four innings on Sunday. Trea Turner returned to action as a pinch-hitter and DH in the middle game of the series, hitting an RBI groundout and then striking out in his only two at-bats of the weekend.
RESULTS
March 19: UNC Greensboro: L 8-5
March 23-25: @ (14) Virginia: L 8-2, L 4-3, L 6-3
UPCOMING
March 27: @ UNC Wilmington
March 29-31: Maryland

ARIZONA STATE (20)
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 13-7-1, 2-4 in Pac-12 (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.
ASU dropped a well-pitched road series at Oregon State and has lost five of its last seven games. On Friday, OSU’s Matt Boyd became the first pitcher to one-hit Arizona State since Alabama’s Alan Dunn and Tim Meacham combined to do it on June 10, 1983. Trevor Williams (5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) lost for the second straight week. ASU freshman lefty Ryan Kellogg (9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) out-did Boyd on Saturday, throwing Arizona State’s first no-hitter since 1993, and first ever in conference play. The Beavers mustered just four hits Sunday, but Arizona State issued nine walks, and Adam McCreery (3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K) scuffled. Alex Blackford (4.1 IP, 0 R) turned in strong relief in a losing cause.
RESULTS
March 19: @ Texas Tech: L 8-7
March 22-24: @ (3) Oregon State: L 5-0, W 4-0, L 4-3
UPCOMING
March 28-30: (7) UCLA

CENTRAL ARKANSAS (23)
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 18-6, 0-3 in Southland (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
After going 17-3 against a stout nonconference schedule, which included road series wins at Mississippi State and Southern Miss, the Bears were swept in their first Southland Conference series. ORU broke open a 3-1 game with five runs in the eighth Friday, and Alex Gonzalez (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) turned in a strong outing for the Golden Eagles. Caleb McClanahan (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) took the loss for UCA. Jeffrey Enloe (6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER) took his first loss of the year Saturday. Bryce Biggerstaff (8 IP, 7 H, 3 ER) was solid in a no-decision Sunday, but Oral Roberts rallied from behind with two runs in the ninth to complete the sweep.
RESULTS
March 19: @ Arkansas-Pine Bluff: W 6-1
March 22-24: @ Oral Roberts: L 8-1, L 3-2, L 4-3
UPCOMING
March 26: @ Oklahoma State
March 28-30: Lamar

VIRGINIA TECH (24)
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 18-7, 5-4 in ACC (1-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-2.
Virginia Tech dropped a road series at Miami but salvaged Sunday’s finale. The Hokies scored seven runs in the ninth Friday to make Miami sweat, but the Hurricanes held on for an 11-9 win. Brad Markey (6.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) had a rough outing for Virginia Tech, which got a combined six hits and five RBIs out of Chad Pinder and Tyler Horan. Bryan Radziewski (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 16 K) dominated the Hokies on Saturday, recording the most strikeouts by a MIami pitcher since Joe Grahe struck out 18 in 1989. Devin Burke (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) pitched well in his first defeat of the year for Virginia Tech. Pinder and Horan, Mark Zagunis and Andrew Rash had two hits apiece Sunday, and Rash’s tie-breaking two-run double highlighted Virginia Tech’s three-run 10th.
RESULTS
March 19: Liberty: W 16-6
March 22-24: @ Miami: L 11-9, L 2-0, W 8-5 (10 innings)
UPCOMING
March 26: Virginia Military Institute
March 29-31: (6) Florida State

SAN DIEGO (25)
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 15-8, 4-2 in WCC (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-2.
USD dropped two of three at Gonzaga. The Bulldogs jumped on Michael Wagner (5.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) for six runs in the first inning Friday, and Marco Gonzales (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) made it stand up. Kris Bryant had two hits and two walks in a losing cause. The Bulldogs broke open a 3-1 game with five runs in the seventh Saturday, and Dylan Covey (4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) took the loss. Bryant had a three-run double in Sunday’s back-and-forth slugfest, and the Toreros struck the final blow with two runs in the ninth, capped by A.J. Robinson’s game-winning bases-loaded walk.
RESULTS
March 22-24: @ Gonzaga: L 6-2, L 8-1, W 10-9
UPCOMING
March 25: Nevada-Las Vegas
March 26: @ Cal State Northridge
March 28-39: (2) Oregon State

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