1. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 10-0, 0-0 in ACC. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
UNC swept through the Astros Foundation College Classic to start the season 10-0 for the third time since 2000. Chaz Frank doubled and scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the ninth Friday against Rice, and Kent Emanuel (7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was solid in a no-decision. Landon Lassiter (4-for-6, 2 R, RBI, 3B) led UNC's 13-hit attack Saturday against Cal, helping Benton Moss (5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) improve to 3-0. The Tar Heels capitalized on 11 walks and two hit batsmen from Texas A&M pitching Sunday to run-rule the Aggies, and the UNC staff overcame 10 walks of its own by allowing just three hits.
Feb. 26: St. John's: W 18-5
March 1-3: @ Astros Foundation College Classic, Houston:
(13) Rice: W 2-1
California: W 11-5
Texas A&M: W 14-2
March 6: Davidson
March 8-10: @ Wake Forest
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 12-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Commodores allowed just seven runs during a 5-0 week. Kevin Ziomek (9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 15 K) had a career day Friday, needing just 114 pitches to get through nine innings, despite his truckload of strikeouts. Tyler Beede (6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) improved to 3-0 in Saturday's win, and Philip Pfeifer (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 7 K) was solid in a no-decision Sunday. Rhett Wiseman broke a 1-1 tie in the 10th with a walk-off, two-run homer, following two failed attempts to get a bunt down.
Feb. 26: Arkansas State: W 7-3
Feb. 27: Evansville: W 13-0
March 1-3: Illinois-Chicago: W 9-0, W 5-3, W 3-1 (10 innings)
March 5: Eastern Illinois
March 8-10: @ (15) Oregon
3. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 6-0. Overall: 15-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Mississippi State improved to 15-0 on its 19-game season-opening homestand, its best start since it began the 2006 season 18-0. Alex Detz, who took over for injured Wes Rea at first base, went 11-for-18 with nine RBIs during the 6-0 week, taking over the team lead in batting at .447. C.T. Bradford also had 11 hits on the week. In Friday's rout, Jacob Lindgren (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 13 K) improved to 2-0, 0.98 with 22 strikeouts and four walks through 18 innings. Ross Mitchell (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 9 K) combined with Evan Mitchell and Jonathan Holder on a five-hitter Saturday. MSU got solid starts in Sunday's doubleheader from Kendall Graveman (5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) and Will Cox (5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K), and the bullpen combined to work 7.2 scoreless innings of relief over the two games. Mississippi State has a 1.27 staff ERA on the season, along with a .320 team batting average and a .420 on-base percentage.
Feb. 26-27: Rhode Island: W 13-2, W 17-5
March 1-3: St. Joseph's: W 10-0, W 4-1, W 3-2, W 2-0
March 5: Mississippi Valley State
March 8-10: Central Arkansas
4. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 12-0, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Beavers allowed just four runs total in a four-game sweep of Bryant, keeping them unbeaten on the season. Michael Conforto smacked four home runs and 12 RBIs over the final three games of the series, highlighted by his first career grand slam and a three-run shot in Sunday's blowout. Oregon State continued to get stellar starting pitching from Matt Boyd (6 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K), Dan Child (7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) and Andrew Moore (8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) in the first three games of the series, and Ben Wetzler (3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) looked good in his season debut Sunday on a limited pitch count. Oregon State's team era is a staggering 0.82 after a dozen games.
March 1-3: Bryant: W 2-1, W 7-2, W 3-1, W 14-0
March 5: @ Portland
March 8-10: Texas State
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in Big East. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Cardinals scored 37 runs in their first three games this week before their bats went quiet in Sunday's loss to Kent State. Seven Cardinals had multi-hit days as part of a 17-hit attack Friday in support of Chad Green (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), as Louisville hung 11 earned runs on Kent State ace Tyler Skulina in two-plus innings. Jeff Thompson (6.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) improved to 3-0 in Saturday's blowout. Jared Ruxer (5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) was solid in a no-decision Sunday, but Kent State scored twice in the sixth against the Louisville bullpen and held on for the win. Nick Ratajczak had three hits in a losing cause.
Feb. 26: Morehead State: W 13-4
March 1-3: Kent State: W 14-2, W 10-3, L 3-2
March 6: @ Eastern Kentucky
March 8-10: Alabama
6. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 8-2, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
South Carolina won its annual traveling series against rival Clemson once again; the Gamecocks have won 20 of their last 28 games against the Tigers since 2007. Jordan Montgomery (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K) dominated Friday in Clemson. With South Carolina clinging to just a 1-0 lead in the seventh, the Tigers unraveled, as a dropped fly ball and three consecutive walks led to a three-run rally against Daniel Gossett and the Clemson bullpen. Clemson chased South Carolina starter Colby Holmes (4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER) with three runs in the fifth Saturday—highlighted by Steven Duggar's two-run single—to open up a 5-0 lead, and the Tigers never looked back. Fifth-year senior lefty Nolan Belcher (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) threw his first complete game since 2009 on Sunday, and South Carolina's first complete game since Sam Dyson threw one against Arkansas in 2010. The Gamecocks broke open a 1-0 game with five runs in the sixth in that one, capped by Connor Bright's two-run double. All five runs were unearned, as the rally began with a dropped pop-up.
Feb. 26: Furman: W 5-2
March 1-3: @/vs./vs. Clemson: W 6-0, L 6-3, W 8-0
March 5-6: Ball State
March 8-10: Rider
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 11-1, 0-0 in SEC (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Rebels got their bats going in a road sweep of FIU, scoring 27 runs in three games. Ole Miss has opened the season with three consecutive weekend series sweeps for the first time since 2004. Stuart Turner went 8-for-12 with seven RBIs, four doubles and a triple in the series at FIU, and 11-for-19 in the five-game week. Austin Anderson (4-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) led Mississippi's 15-hit barrage Friday, and Bobby Wahl (5.1 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) earned the win despite a mediocre outing by his standards. Mike Mayers (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) picked up his first win of the year Saturday, and Anderson had two more hits as part of an 11-hit attack. Sam Smith (6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) filled in for Chris Ellis (abdominal strain) for the second straight Sunday and picked up the win.
Feb. 26: Memphis: L 4-3
Feb. 27: Arkansas-Pine Bluff: W 7-2
March 1-3: @ Florida International: W 11-9, W 8-3, W 8-1
March 5-6: Southeastern Louisiana
March 8-10: Lipscomb
8. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 10-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
The Tigers survived a couple of surprisingly close games at their tournament in Baton Rouge to go 4-0 on the week. Aaron Nola (7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K) shined Friday, but Brown scored twice in the eighth against the LSU bullpen, setting the stage for LSU's come-from-behind win on Christian Ibarra's walk-off sacrifice fly in the ninth. Ryan Eades (6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K) was dominant in Saturday's win against Brown, while Alex Bregman (3-for-4, 2 R) and Raph Rhymes (2-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI) led the offense. LSU broke a scoreless tie with two in the sixth Sunday against Nicholls State, and Cody Glenn (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) was outstanding to pick up his second win.
Feb. 26: @ Louisiana-Lafayette: W 11-2
March 1-3: LSU Tournament 2, Baton Rouge:
Brown: W 4-3, W 7-1
Nicholls State: W 2-0
March 5: Stephen F. Austin State
March 6: Sacred Heart
March 8-10: Washington
9. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 10-1, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.
The Wolfpack capped a 5-0 week with a pair of extra-inning victories in Myrtle Beach. N.C. State overcame an early 3-1 deficit against UMBC on Friday, breaking a 3-3 tie with two runs in the seventh, sparked by Trea Turner's one-out triple. Carlos Rodon (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 16 K) was simply masterful for the second straight week Saturday, and North Carolina State broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the 10th, as Turner led off the frame with a double and scored after two FAU errors. A week after throwing seven innings in a combined no-hitter, Rodon carried another no-hit bid into the sixth, striking out eight of the first nine batters he faced. Heading into the sixth inning, Rodon had retired 43 of the 47 batters he had faced—and not allowed a hit—since giving up a fifth-inning homer two weeks ago against Appalachian State. His 16 strikeouts were a career high. Turner (4-for-6, 2 R, RBI) provided more heroics Sunday, delivering a game-winning RBI single in the 10th against Coastal Carolina. N.C. State's starters Friday and Sunday—Josh Easley and Logan Jernigan—failed to make it out of the first inning, but the bullpen bailed out the 'Pack with solid work.
Feb. 27-28: New Mexico State: W 9-2, W 8-3
March 1-3: @ Caravelle Resort Tournament, Myrtle Beach, S.C.:
Maryland-Baltimore County: W 5-3
Florida Atlantic: W 2-1 (10 innings)
@ Coastal Carolina: W 5-4 (10 innings)
March 5: @ Elon
March 6: Campbell
March 8-10: Clemson
10. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 10-1, 0-0 in Big West. (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Titans won a big home series against Oregon, and even after dropping Sunday's series finale they are off to their best start since the 2003 team started 15-1. Thomas Eshelman (9 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) needed just 95 pitches to go the distance and improve to 3-0 on Friday. The Titans broke a 1-1 tie with three runs on just one hit in the fifth against Jake Reed, as wild pitches, walks and a passed ball undid the Ducks. Carlos Lopez and Anthony Hutting had two RBIs apiece to lead the Fullerton attack. The Titans played with heavy hearts Saturday after teammate Nick Hurtado passed away Friday night following a battle with bone cancer. Fullerton honored Hurtado with a moment of silence before the game, then clinched the series with a 5-2 win to improve to 10-0 on the season—the program's best 10-game start in its Division I history. Michael Lorenzen's three-run homer in the first spotted Fullerton to a 3-0 lead it would not relinquish, as Justin Garza (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) held the Ducks in check before handing off to Lorenzen, who worked a scoreless ninth. Lopez and Jake Jefferies had three hits apiece in a losing cause Sunday, and the Fullerton defense made two costly errors behind Grahamm Wiest (6 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 ER).
March 1-3: (14) Oregon: W 8-2, W 5-2, L 9-1
March 5: @ San Diego
March 6: @ Southern California
March 8-10: Texas A&M
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 10-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Kentucky walloped Akron by a combined score of 37-4 in a three-game sweep. A.J. Reed went 4-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs Friday, and he pitched six innings of two-run ball in a 21-2 shellacking. The Wildcats put up an 11-spot in the second. Jerad Grundy (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K) was masterful Saturday, improving to 3-0, 0.43 with 24 strikeouts and three walks through 21 innings. Reed (3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) led the offense again in that one. Reed and Austin Cousino had three RBIs apiece Sunday in support of Corey Littrell (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K), who set down the first 10 batters he faced Sunday and struck out seven straight batters in the middle innings en route to a career-high eight punchouts.
Feb. 26: Murray State: W 11-5
Feb. 27: Eastern Kentucky: W 6-2
March 1-3: Akron: W 21-2, W 7-0, W 9-2
March 5: Cincinnati
March 6: Xavier
March 8-10: Michigan State
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 8-2, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
UCLA got timely hitting—scoring 14 of its 20 runs on the weekend with two outs—and good pitching in a sweep of Wright State. Pat Valaika's three-run homer highlighted UCLA's five-run second inning Friday in support of Adam Plutko (6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). Cody Regis (2-for-3, 2 RBI) led the offense Saturday behind Nick Vander Tuig (7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER). Valaika had four more RBIs Sunday and Ty Moore drove in three in support of Grant Watson (7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), who turned in the longest outing of his career. Watson leads the Bruins with a 1.37 ERA on the season, and he improved to 10-1 as a starter in his career.
Feb. 26: @ UC Santa Barbara: W 12-3
March 1-3: Wright State: W 6-3, W 4-2, W 10-2
March 5: @ Long Beach State
March 8-10: Dodgertown Classic, Los Angeles:
(22) Notre Dame, (17) Oklahoma, Southern California
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in Pac-12. (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
Stanford allowed just three runs in a three-game sweep of Texas, the Cardinal's second straight series sweep against the Longhorns. Mark Appel (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 14 K) was utterly brilliant Friday, needing just 110 pitches to go the distance despite his high strikeout total. Eight Stanford players recorded hits as part of a balanced 13-hit attack Saturday, and Daniel Starwalt (3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R) picked up the win in relief of John Hochstatter (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R). Austin Slater moved into the leadoff spot for Stanford and delivered two hits and two RBIs. Lonnie Kauppila broke a 1-1 tie Sunday with a walk-off RBI double in the ninth against All-American Corey Knebel. Bobby Zarubin (8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) was outstanding in his first career start in that one.
Feb. 26: @ St. Mary's: W 7-2
March 1-3: Texas: W 2-0, W 7-2, W 2-1
March 5: @ Santa Clara
March 8-10: Nevada-Las Vegas
14. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 11-1, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Yellow Jackets have scored in double digits in six straight games, capped by an utterly dominant sweep of Rutgers. They outscored the Scarlet Knights 36-3 in three games. Zane Evans led the onslaught, going 11-for-19 with eight runs, nine RBIs and four home runs during the five-game week. Evans is hitting .464 since beginning the season 2-for-16 (.125). A.J. Murray (2-for-3, 3 R, 4 RBI, HR) led the offense Friday in support of Buck Farmer (6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K), who improved to 2-0, 0.00 with 30 strikeouts and one walk through 21 innings this season. Daniel Palka homered and drove in four Saturday behind Dusty Isaacs (6 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). Kyle Wren (4-for-5, 2 R, RBI) spearheaded Tech's 18-hit barrage Sunday in support of Cole Pitts (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K). The Yellow Jackets are hitting .350 as a team, led by Palka (.489/.547/.800, three homers, 20 RBIs).
Feb. 26-27: @ Georgia Southern: W 11-4, W 14-8
March 1-3: Rutgers: W 13-1, W 11-2, W 12-0
March 5: Mercer
March 8-10: @ (24) Virginia Tech
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 8-3, 0-0 in Pac-12 (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
Oregon dropped a road series against red-hot Cal State Fullerton but salvaged Sunday's finale with a convincing win. The Titans broke a 1-1 tie Friday with three runs on just one hit in the fifth against Jake Reed (5.2 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K), as wild pitches, walks and a passed ball undid the Ducks. Tommy Thorpe (5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) took his first loss Saturday, as Michael Lorenzen's three-run homer in the first gave the Titans a lead they would not relinquish. Ryan Hambright (3-for-4, 3 RBI) led Oregon's 14-hit attack Sunday in support of Cole Irvin (7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER), who improved to 3-0, 2.05.
Feb. 26: Portland: W 3-1
March 1-3: @ (17) Cal State Fullerton: L 8-2, L 5-2, W 9-1
March 4-5: Cal State Northridge
March 8-10: (2) Vanderbilt
Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 7-5, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Arkansas pitched well at the Coca-Cola Classic, but its offense mustered just six runs during a dreadful 0-4 showing. Ryne Stanek (5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) was solid in defeat Thursday against Arizona State, but the Razorbacks left 10 runners on base. Gonzaga preseason All-American Marco Gonzales (9 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K) shut out the Hogs Friday. Barrett Astin (5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER) was solid in that one, but the Bulldogs got to him for three runs in the sixth. The Sun Devils capitalized on two Arkansas errors and a wild pitch to break a scoreless tie with two in the seventh Saturday. Trey Killian (6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) was strong in defeat. Pacific overcame a 3-1 deficit with three in the ninth—just one earned—Sunday against Brandon Moore.
Feb. 28-March 3: @ Coca-Cola Classic, Surprise, Ariz.:
Arizona State: L 3-2
Gonzaga: L 3-0
Arizona State: L 3-1
Pacific: L 4-3
March 7-10: San Diego State
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 11-1, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Oklahoma's offense did the heavy lifting in a series win against Pepperdine. The Sooners put up seven runs in the third Friday against Waves ace Scott Frazier (6 IP, 8 H, 8 ER), but Pepperdine answered with six in the fourth against Dillon Overton (6 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 10 K), who persevered to improve to 4-0. Three freshmen at the bottom of OU's lineup—Anthony Hermelyn, Kolbey Carpenter and Hunter Haley—drove in two runs apiece, and Haley hit his first collegiate home run. Pepperdine broke open 3-2 game with four in the ninth Saturday, highlighted by Austin Davidson's three-run homer. Jonathan Gray (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) was solid in defeat for Oklahoma, which got three hits apiece from Matt Oberste and Carpenter. Jack Mayfield (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI) hit a two-run double to highlight OU's five-run fourth Sunday in support of Adam Choplick (5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER).
March 1-3: Pepperdine: W 10-7, L 7-2, W 8-1
March 5: @ Texas-Arlington
March 8-10: @ Dodgertown Classic, Los Angeles:
@ Southern California, @ (12) UCLA, vs. (22) Notre Dame
18. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 10-0, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Seminoles swept Villanova to stay unbeaten on the season. Seth Miller (4-for-6, 3 R, 3 RBI) led a 22-hit barrage Friday, helping Brandon Leibrandt (5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) improve to 3-0. Marcus Davis (3-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 2B) led the offense Saturday behind Scott Sitz (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K). FSU mustered just six hits Sunday but still won thanks to fine pitching from Peter Miller (5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 8 K) and Robby Coles (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K).
March 1-3: Villanova: W 23-5, W 7-0, W 2-1
March 5-6: Presbyterian
March 8-10: Boston College
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 6-5, 0-0 in C-USA (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Rice went winless at the annual Minute Maid Park tournament for the first time since the inaugural event in 2001. Austin Kubitza (6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) was strong in a no-decision Friday, but North Carolina got to Zech Lemond for a run in the ninth to break a 1-1 tie. Texas A&M jumped on Jordan Stephens (5.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) for six runs over the first two innings Saturday and cruised to the win. John Simms (6 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) breezed through four scoreless innings Sunday against Baylor, but the Bears got to him for three runs in both the fifth and sixth, capped by Logan Brown's three-run homer. The Owls got more bad news when third baseman Shane Hoelscher broke his hand after hitting the ground in frustration during Saturday's game; he is slated to see a hand specialist Monday but is expected to miss six to eight weeks.
Feb. 25: @ Hawaii: W 5-0
March 1-3: Astros Foundation College Classic, Houston:
(1) North Carolina: L 2-1
Texas A&M: L 8-3
Baylor: L 9-2
March 4: California
March 6: Sam Houston State
March 8-10: @ Florida International
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 10-3, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Wildcats took two of three at home against San Francisco. Brandon Dixon (4-for-4, 2 R) led a 12-hit attack Friday in support of Konner Wade (7 IP, 9 H, 4 ER). Arizona scored four in the first Saturday against USF flame-thrower Alex Balog (7 IP, 7 H, 4 ER), and James Farris (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) made the lead stand up. Stephen Manthei (0 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 3 BB) failed to record an out in the first inning Sunday, and the Dons extended their lead in the late innings against the Arizona bullpen.
Feb. 26-27: Utah Valley: L 3-1, W 14-5
March 1-3: San Francisco: W 6-4, W 5-2, L 9-2
March 5-6: Texas Tech
March 8-10: Columbia
21. UC IRVINE
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 10-2, 0-0 in Big West. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Anteaters won their second consecutive four-game series, bouncing back with three wins after dropping Friday's opener. Travis Radke (6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 11 K) shut down the Anteaters Friday. Andrew Thurman (6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) was solid in defeat for Irvine, but the Pilots jumped on him for two runs in the first, and the UCI offense was shut out on five hits. Irvine did all their damage in a three-run third inning in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, and Matt Whitehouse (9 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) did the rest. The 'Eaters rallied from behind with four runs in the ninth in the nightcap, as Jeff Stephens (3-for-5) hit a game-tying two-run double and Dominique Taylor (2-for-4, 2 RBI) followed with a walk-off RBI single. Taylor had three more hits and two RBIs Sunday in support of Andrew Morales (6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K), who improved to 4-0.
Feb. 26: @ Loyola Marymount: W 10-3
March 1-3: Portland: L 2-0, W 3-1, W 8-7, W 10-1
March 5: Cal State Bakersfield
March 7-9: @ Brigham Young
22. NOTRE DAME
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 8-2, 0-0 in Big East (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
The FIghting Irish won their first three games at the Irish Baseball Classic before falling Sunday against Rhode Island. Frank Desico and Charlie Markson had three hits apiece Friday against Tennessee, and the Irish got strong pitching from Sean Fitzgerald (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) and Dan Slania (3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K), setting the stage for Ryan Bull's walk-off RBI single in the 12th. Bull had three more hits later Friday against UMass, and Trey Mancini hit a three-run homer, as Matt Ternowcheck (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K) earned the win with brilliant relief work. Mancini homered again Saturday against Virginia Tech—a two-run shot in the fourth that broke a scoreless tie—and Adam Norton (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) baffled the dangerous Virginia Tech lineup, as the Fighting Irish improved to 8-1, their best nine-game start since 1960. David Hearne (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) was solid in a no-decision Sunday against URI, but the Rams scratched out an unearned run in the ninth against Nick McCary to break a 3-3 tie.
March 1-3: @ Irish Baseball Classic, Cary, N.C.:
Tennessee: W 3-2 (12 innings)
Massachusetts: W 9-4
(25) Virginia Tech: W 3-0
Rhode Island: L 4-3
March 8-10: @ Dodgertown Classic, Los Angeles:
@ (12) UCLA, @ Southern California, vs. (17) Oklahoma
23. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 3-0-1. Overall: 7-2-1, 0-0 in Pac-12 (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Highlighted by a pair of wins against then-No. 3 Arkansas, the Sun Devils had their first undefeated week of the season, though they did end it with a travel curfew-shortened tie against Gonzaga. Freshman Brett Lilek (5 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) bested Arkansas preseason All-American Ryne Stanek on Thursday, and James McDonald hit an RBI double in the eighth that proved decisive. David Graybill (2-for-4, 3 RBI) led a 14-hit attack Friday against Pacific in support of Trevor Williams (9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K). The Sun Devils capitalized on two Arkansas errors and a wild pitch to break a scoreless tie with two in the seventh Saturday. Ryan Kellogg (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) was very good in a no-decision for ASU, and Alex Blackford and Ryan Burr followed with three innings of hitless relief, striking out five. Kasey Coffman and Trevor Allen combined to go 5-for-6 with four runs, three RBIs, a triple and two homers Sunday, and Adam McCreery (5 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) was solid in a no-decision. Gonzaga took advantage of two ASU errors to score five unearned runs in the eighth, and Allen homered in the bottom of the frame to salvage the tie.
Feb. 28-March 3: @ Coca-Cola Classic, Surprise, Ariz.:
(3) Arkansas: W 3-2
Pacific: W 8-1
(3) Arkansas: W 3-1
Gonzaga: T 6-6 (8 innings)
March 8-10: Long Beach State
24. VIRGINIA TECH
Last Week: 5-1. Overall: 11-2, 0-0 in ACC (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
The Hokies handled a six-game week with five victories, capped by a 3-1 showing at the Irish Baseball Classic. Chad Pinder and Tyler Horan had two hits and two RBIs apiece Friday against Rhode Island, and three Virginia Tech relievers worked a combined 5.2 scoreless innings of relief. Mark Zagunis (3-for-4, 3 RBI) led another 14-hit attack later Friday against Ohio, helping Eddie Campbell (7 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 10 K) pick up his first win. Notre Dame's Adam Norton (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) baffled the dangerous Virginia Tech lineup Saturday, though Brad Markey (8 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) was strong in defeat for the Hokies. Horan had three RBIs Sunday against Tennessee, and Devin Burke (5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER) improved to 3-0.
Feb. 25: Delaware: W 5-3
Feb. 26: Radford: W 14-10
March 1-3: @ Irish Baseball Classic, Cary, N.C.:
Rhode Island: W 7-3
Ohio: W 8-2
(22) Notre Dame: L 3-0
Tennessee: W 7-3
March 6: William & Mary
March 8-10: (14) Georgia Tech
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 12-0, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Cavaliers have dominated largely inferior competition since opening their season with a two-game sweep at East Carolina. Freshman Brandon Waddell (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) was outstanding yet again Friday against Harvard, improving to 2-0, 0.54 with 27 strikeouts in 17 innings. UVa. starting pitchers went 42 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings before Bucknell got to Scott Silverstein (7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) for a run in the third Saturday, but the Cavs pounded out 15 hits in that one to help Silverstein improve to 2-0. Derek Fisher and Branden Cogswell had five hits apiece in Virginia's doubleheader Saturday, and Whit Mayberry (4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) earned the win in relief in the second game Saturday against Harvard. Brandon Downes (3-for-4, RBI, 3B) led a 13-hit attack Sunday against the Bison, and Nick Howard (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K) cruised.
Feb. 27: George Washington: W 11-0
March 1-3: Virginia Tournament, Charlottesville, Va.:
Harvard: W 3-0
Bucknell: W 12-4
Harvard: W 11-5
Bucknell: W 9-1
March 6: Virginia Military Institute
March 8-10: Maryland
FLORIDA GULF COAST (23)
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 8-3, 0-0 in A-Sun (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
FGCU took three out of four from Manhattan, surviving a five-game week with a winning record. Brooks Beisner (3-for-4, R, 3 RBI) led the offense Friday in support of Ricky Knapp (8 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), who improved to 3-0. Sean Dwyer provided all the scoring with a solo homer in the sixth in the opener of Saturday's twin bill, and Michael Murray (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) turned in an outstanding start. The Jaspers rallied from behind with three runs in the ninth to win the second game, capped by a game-winning RBI infield single by Kyle Murphy. Beisner had four hits in a losing cause for FGCU. The Eagles got a strong start Sunday from Brandon Bixler (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 11 K).
Feb. 26: @ Florida Atlantic: L 9-8
March 1-3: Manhattan: W 6-2, W 1-0, L 6-5, W 3-0
March 4: Michigan
March 6: Bowling Green State
March 8-10: Western Michigan
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (24)
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 6-5, 0-0 in C-USA (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
Southern Miss dropped two of three at Troy. Tim Lynch (3-for-5, R, 2 RBI, 2B) led a 13-hit attack Friday in support of Andrew Pierce (7.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 11 K). After the Golden Eagles broke a scoreless tie with three in the top of the sixth Saturday, the Trojans answered with four in the bottom of the frame to chase Jake Drehoff (5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K), and Matthew Howard provided three scoreless innings of relief to secure the win for Troy. The Trojans hit three home runs and scored seven runs over the final three innings Sunday to beat Mason Robbins (5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K).
Feb. 26: @ Louisiana-Monroe: L 6-5
March 1-3: @ Troy: W 12-4, L 6-3, L 8-3
March 6: @ South Alabama
March 8-10: Louisiana-Lafayette