College Top 25 Tracker: March 5

1. FLORIDA

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 10-1, 0-0 in SEC. (6-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.

The Gators swept a road series at Miami, extending their winning streak against the Hurricanes to 11 games. Florida has won 14 of the last 15 meetings between the two rivals. Mike Zunino (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 2B, HR) led the Gators’ offense Friday, while Tyler Thompson and Austin Maddox added three hits apiece, and Maddox (3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) was overpowering in relief to earn the save. Brian Johnson struggled on the mound Saturday, allowing five runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings, but he made up for it with his bat, setting career highs for hits (four) and RBIs. Freshman Taylor Gushue went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBIs, while the top two hitters in the order—Nolan Fontana and Daniel Pigott—combined for seven hits and five runs, helping Florida overcome deficits of 3-0 and 5-3. Greg Larson (4.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) was brilliant in relief to pick up the win. The Gators came from behind again Sunday, overcoming a two-run deficit with five runs in a wild ninth. Zunino extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a game-tying two-run double, and Miami’s bullpen then imploded, issuing a pair of wild pitches and a bases-loaded walk. Jonathon Crawford (4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) got the start in lieu of sidelined Karsten Whitson and received a no-decision.

RESULTS

March 2-4: @ (12) Miami: W 7-5, W 13-5, W 8-5

UPCOMING

March 6: Florida Atlantic

March 7: Florida A&M

March 9-11: Florida Gulf Coast

2. STANFORD

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 10-1, 0-0 in Pac-12. (6-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.

The Cardinal sustained their first loss of the year Friday but came back to win the next two games at Fresno State in emphatic fashion. Fresno star Aaron Judge (2-for-2, 3 R, 3 RBI) homered twice against first-team preseason All-American Mark Appel (8 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 11 K) in Friday’s upset. The Cardinal pounded out 18 hits behind Brett Mooneyham (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 13 K) in Saturday’s blowout. Mooneyham carried a no-hitter into the sixth, and Stephen Piscotty led the Stanford offense with four hits. Eight Stanford starters recorded hits in a balanced 13-hit attack Sunday in support of John Hochstatter (5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER), who improved to 3-0 and seems to have found a home in the Sunday starter role.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: UC Davis: W 5-1

March 2-4: @ Fresno State: L 7-4, W 16-0, W 9-2

UPCOMING

March 6: @ St. Mary’s

March 9-11: (5) Rice

3. SOUTH CAROLINA

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 9-1, 0-0 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.

The Gamecocks won their annual showdown series against Clemson and have won 16 of their last 23 games against the Tigers since 2007. In Friday’s intense battle, the Gamecocks scored two in the 11th to win in Charleston. Michael Roth (7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) was strong in a no-decision, and the Gamecocks got RBI singles from Connor Bright and Sean Sullivan in the decisive 11th. Center fielder Evan Marzilli saved the game with a sliding catch in the bottom of the inning to thwart Clemson’s comeback bid. Adam Matthews (2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) led South Carolina’s balanced 11-hit attack Saturday, and freshman Evan Beal (4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) picked up the win in relief, as starter Matt Price (4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) struggled a bit. Grayson Greiner (2-for-3, 2 R, 4 RBI) homered twice in defeat Sunday in Clemson, as the Tigers rallied from behind with three runs in the final two innings against Forrest Koumas.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: Presbyterian: W 2-1

March 2-4: vs./vs./@ (15) Clemson: W 3-2 (11 innings), W 9-6, L 6-5

UPCOMING

March 7: UNC Asheville

March 9-11: Princeton


4. ARKANSAS

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 11-2, 0-0 in SEC. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.

The Razorbacks handled a five-game week well, sweeping two midweek games against BYU and going 2-1 at the Houston College Classic. Sam Bates hit a two-run homer in the first Friday against Texas Tech, giving Ryne Stanek (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) and Barrett Astin (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K) all the support they’d need. Randall Fant (4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) took the loss Saturday against Houston, as the Hogs mustered just six hits against Jordan Lewis and Codey Morehouse. The Razorbacks broke open a 3-2 game with four runs in the fifth Sunday against Texas, helping D.J. Baxendale (5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) improve to 4-0. Astin earned his third save in that one, working two perfect innings while striking out four. Preseason All-American Nolan Sanburn (2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) worked in a setup role.

RESULTS

Feb. 28-29: Brigham Young: W 5-0, W 8-1

March 2-4: @ Houston College Classic:

Texas Tech: W 3-1

Houston: L 4-1

(21) Texas: W 7-3

UPCOMING

March 9-11: Binghamton

5. RICE

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 11-1, 0-0 in C-USA. (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.

The Owls lost their biggest game at the Houston College Classic on Friday but bounced back with wins the next two days. Austin Kubitza (1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 0 K) issued five walks in the second inning of Friday’s loss to Texas, and Rice’s attempt to come back from a 10-3 deficit fell short, despite three hits and two RBIs apiece from Christian Stringer and Craig Manuel. Michael Fuda and Derek Hamilton had three hits apiece Saturday behind Matthew Reckling (6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K), and Tyler Duffey (2.1 IP 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) was strong in relief. The Owls got an even better start Sunday from Fr. RHP Jordan Stephens (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K), as Stringer and Fuda paced a 17-hit barrage with three hits apiece out of the first two spots in the lineup. Stephens was named Most Outstanding Player of the Houston College Classic, continuing a proud tradition of Rice freshman pitchers having breakout performances in Houston (following in the footsteps of Joe Savery, Ryan Berry, and Austin Kubitza).

RESULTS

Feb. 28: @ Houston: W 4-1

March 2-4: @ Houston College Classic:

(21) Texas: L 11-8

Texas Tech: W 6-2

Tennessee: W 11-1

UPCOMING

March 6: @ (21) Texas State

March 7: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

March 9-11: @ (2) Stanford

6. TEXAS A&M

Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 11-1, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.

The Aggies began a five-win week with a thrilling comeback from a 10-1 deficit against Northwestern State and ended it with a comeback from a more modest 4-0 hole against Michigan State. Preseason All-Americans did the heavy lifting Friday, as Tyler Naquin (2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI) led the offense in support of Michael Wacha (7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). The Aggies scored three in the second Saturday, and Ross Stripling (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) made it stand up. Mikey Reynolds (3-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, 3B) spearheaded A&M’s comeback Sunday, and Estevan Uriegas picked up the win with two hitless innings of relief.

RESULTS

Feb. 28-29: Northwestern State: W 14-10, W 8-1

March 2-4: Michigan State: W 7-3, W 4-0, W 9-8

UPCOMING

March 6: Prairie View A&M

March 9-11: (19) Cal State Fullerton

7. ARIZONA

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 8-2, 0-0 in Pac-12. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.

Arizona allowed just four runs in a three-game sweep of Harvard. Johnny Field (3-for-4, 3 R) led a balanced 13-hit attack Friday, and Kurt Heyer (9 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 14 K) was masterful. Leadoff man Joey Rickard (3-for-3, R) sparked the offense Saturday behind Konner Wade (7.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 10 K). Field (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3B) led another 13-hit assault Sunday in support of James Farris (7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K).

RESULTS

March 2-4: Harvard: W 7-1, W 3-1, W 13-2

UPCOMING

March 6-7: UC Davis

March 9-11: Eastern Michigan

8. NORTH CAROLINA

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 8-2, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.

North Carolina won two of three at home against rejuvenated Southern California. Cody Stubbs, coming off a big midweek game against St. John’s, went 4-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs Friday in support of Kent Emanuel (6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K). Chris Munnelly (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R) turned in his second consecutive strong start in a no-decision Saturday, and the Tar Heels finally got to Ben Mount (7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) for a run in the eighth. Jacob Stallings delivered a tie-breaking RBI single against Bobby Wheatley, allowing an inherited runner to score. Stallings had two more hits in defeat Sunday, and USC’s Stephen Tarpley (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) won a battle of freshman lefties against Chris O’Brien (4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER). Hobbs Johnson (3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K) was a bright spot out of the UNC bullpen.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: St. John’s: W 8-4

March 2-4: Southern California: W 11-1, W 1-0, L 5-2

UPCOMING

March 6: Davidson

March 7: @ Elon

March 9-11: @ (20) Clemson

8. GEORGIA

Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 10-2, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.

Georgia took two of three at home from Western Illinois. Alex Wood (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 14 K) turned in a masterpiece Friday, as Kyle Farmer and Colby may combined for five hits and three RBIs to lead the offense. Four Georgia pitchers combined for five innings of three-hit, shutout relief of Michael Palazzone (4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) Saturday, and Kevin Ruiz broke a 2-2 tie with a pinch-hit, walk-off RBI single in the ninth. The Leathernecks jumped on Taylor Hicks (2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) for four runs in the second inning Sunday and never looked back, riding a balanced 14-hit attack to the upset.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: Savannah State: W 5-0

Feb. 29: @ Western Carolina: L 5-3

March 2-4: Western Illinois: W 4-1, W 3-2, L 7-4

UPCOMING

March 6: vs. Kennesaw State @ Lawrenceville, Ga.

March 9-11: (16) UCLA

10. GEORGIA TECH

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 10-2, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.

Georgia Tech convincingly swept a three-game series against Rutgers, pounding out 49 hits and 31 runs. Brandon Thomas (5-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 2B) led Tech’s 23-hit onslaught Friday in support of Buck Farmer (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K). Jake Davies (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) led a 14-hit attack in support of Matt Grimes (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) on Saturday. Four Jackets posted multi-hit games Sunday behind Dusty Isaacs (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K).

RESULTS

Feb. 29: Kennesaw State: W 11-5

March 2-4: Rutgers: W 16-2, W 9-4, W 6-3

UPCOMING

March 7: @ Georgia State

March 9-11: @ North Carolina State

11. ARIZONA STATE

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 8-2, 0-0 in Pac-12. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.

ASU went 3-1 at its tournament in Surprise, Ariz. Joey DeMichele (3-for-4, 5 RBI) led the offense Thursday against Saint Louis, and Brady Rodgers (9 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) improved to 3-0 with a complete game. Alex Blackford (7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) was solid in a no-decision Friday against NIU, and Abe Ruiz delivered a walk-off RBI single in the ninth, scoring DeMichele, who sparked the rally with a single. DeMichele (4-for-6, 3 R, 5 RBI, 2 2B) continued to mash Saturday against Winthrop, and Michael Benjamin added five hits and three RBIs out of the No. 9 hole, helping Trevor Williams (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER) improve to 3-0. The red-hot DeMichele added three more hits in a losing cause Sunday, as St. Mary’s won on Toby DeMello’s sacrifice fly in the 11th. Troy Channing had four hits for the Gaels.

RESULTS

March 1-4: @ Coca-Cola Classic, Surprise, Ariz.:

Saint Louis: W 9-1

Northern Illinois: W 4-3

Winthrop: W 17-2

St. Mary’s: L 4-3 (11 innings)

UPCOMING

March 6: Texas Tech

March 9-11: @ Long Beach State

12. FLORIDA STATE

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 9-1, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.

Jayce Boyd (8-for-12, 6 R, 3 RBI, 2 2B) had a big weekend to lead the Seminoles to a three-game sweep of Maine. FSU outscored the Black Bears 36-2 in the three games to improve to 9-0 all-time against Maine. Seth Miller’s three-run triple put FSU ahead for good in the second inning Friday, as Brandon Liebrandt (5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) and two relievers combined on a four-hit shutout. Boyd had four hits and James Ramsey went 3-for-3 in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, helping Mike Compton (5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) improve to 3-0. Ramsey (2-for-4, 3 R, 3 RBI, HR) led a 15-hit attack Sunday in support of Peter MIller (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K).

RESULTS

March 2-4: Maine: W 6-0, W 18-2 (7 innings), W 10-0

UPCOMING

March 6-7: @ (18) Central Florida

March 9-11: @ Duke


13. LOUISIANA STATE

Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 10-2, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.

The Tigers’ bats woke up after they were held to two runs in two losses to Appalachian State last weekend, as they scored 65 runs in their next five games, all victories. Mason Katz reached base safely in 17 consecutive plate appearances before striking out in the first inning Saturday, falling one shy of the NCAA record. He proceeded to homer in his next at-bat in the fourth, then delivered a two-run double in the sixth. Katz, Raph Rhymes and Ty Ross had three hits apiece Friday in support of Kevin Gausman (6.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), who won without his best stuff. Austin Nola (3-for-3, 3 R, 2 2B) and Ross (2-for-3, 2B, 5 RBI) helped Katz lead a 15-hit attack Saturday behind Ryan Eades (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K). Rhymes and Nola had four hits apiece Sunday, and Nola delivered a walk-off RBI single in the ninth.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: Grambling State: W 17-10

Feb. 29: @ McNeese State: W 19-10

March 2-4: Dartmouth: W 8-4, W 16-3, W 5-4

UPCOMING

March 6: @ Tulane

March 9-12: LSU Tournament 2, Baton Rouge: Michigan, Michigan, Notre Dame, Notre Dame

14. MISSISSIPPI

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in SEC. (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0-1.

The Rebels earned a hard-fought series victory against Miami (Ohio). Alex Johnson (4-for-5, R, RBI) and John Crummy (3-for-5, 3 RBI) powered the RedHawks to a 9-8 win against Bobby Wahl (5 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) on Friday, and Alex Yarbrough had two hits and three RBIs in defeat for Ole Miss. The Rebels pounded out 18 hits in support of R.J. Hively (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) in Saturday’s win. Mike Mayers (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) turned in a stellar start to lead Ole Miss to a win in Sunday’s pitcher’s duel.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: Memphis: W 7-2

Feb. 29: Jackson State: W 13-1

March 2-4: Miami (Ohio): L 9-8, W 11-3, W 2-1

UPCOMING

March 6: Tennessee-Martin

March 9-11: Houston

15. MIAMI

Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 8-3, 0-0 in ACC (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.

The Hurricanes continued to find ways to lose against Florida, getting swept at home to run their losing streak against the Gators to 11 games. Eric Erickson (5 IP, 9 H, 6 ER) was hit hard in Friday’s loss, and Eric Whaley (4.1 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 7 ER) was shellacked Saturday, as the ‘Canes failed to hold early leads of 3-0 and 5-3. Bryan Radziewski (6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER) turned in a better start Sunday, but the bullpen coughed up a 5-3 lead in the ninth, as E.J. Encinosa (1 IP, 1 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 WP) and Christian Diaz (0.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB) were wild.

RESULTS

Feb. 29: Florida Atlantic: W 10-5

March 2-4: (1) Florida: L 7-5, L 13-5, L 8-5

UPCOMING

March 7: Miami (Ohio)

March 9-11: Boston College

16. UCLA

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 8-3, 0-0 in Pac-12. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.

UCLA allowed just six runs in a three-game sweep of Sacramento State to run its winning streak to six games. Adam Plutko (6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 9 K) bounced back from last week’s rough outing against Baylor to pick up his first win of the year Friday. The Bruins scored three in the first Saturday, and that was more than enough support for Nick Vander Tuig (8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K). Jeff Gelalich (3-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 3 2B) led an 11-hit attack Sunday in support of Zack Weiss (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER), and Kevin Williams added three hits from the No. 9 hole.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: Long Beach State: W 9-1

March 2-4: Sacramento State: W 5-2, W 6-2, W 11-2

UPCOMING

March 6: UC Riverside

March 9-11: @ (9) Georgia

17. OREGON

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 10-1, 0-0 in Pac-12 (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.

The Ducks won three straight one-run games in walk-off fashion to sweep a tense series against Long Beach State, running their winning streak to 10 games. Alex Keudell (7 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) was solid in a no-decision Friday, and Oregon broke a 4-4 tie on an error in the ninth. Jake Reed (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) turned in another strong start in a no-decision Saturday, and Jimmie Sherfy (5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) was stellar yet again in relief. Kyle Garlick delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 13th in that one. Oregon overcame deficits of 5-1 and 7-5 on Sunday, winning on Aaron Jones’ walk-off RBI single in the ninth.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: Portland: PPD

March 2-4: Long Beach State: W 5-4, W 3-2 (13 innings), W 8-7

UPCOMING

March 9-11: Nike College Showcase, Eugene: Illinois, (22) Oklahoma, West Virginia, Connecticut

18. CENTRAL FLORIDA

Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 10-2, 0-0 in C-USA (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.

UCF mashed its way to a sweep of overmatched Siena, capping a five-win week. D.J. Hicks (2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI) led a 12-hit attack Friday in support of Ben Lively (5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). Chris Taladay (3-for-4, R, RBI) spearheaded another 12-hit assault Saturday, and four UCF relievers combined for 6.1 innings of three-hit, one-run relief of Chris Matulis (2.2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER). Hicks (2-for-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI), Taladay (4-for-4, 3 R, RBI), Darnell Sweeney (2-for-4, 3 R, 3 RBI, HR, 3B) and Ronnie Richardson (3-for-4, 2 R, RBI) accounted for all but three of UCF’s 14 hits Sunday behind Eric Skoglund (5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER).

RESULTS

Feb. 28: South Florida: W 12-1

Feb. 29: @ Bethune-Cookman: W 8-4

March 2-4: Siena: W 12-4, W 6-4, W 15-2

UPCOMING

March 6-7: (12) Florida State

March 9-11: Massachusetts


19. CAL STATE FULLERTON

Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 8-3, 0-0 in Big West (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.

Fullerton’s inexperienced pitching staff handled a test of its depth with aplomb, allowing just six runs in an unbeaten five-game week. Ivory Thomas (3-for-4, 2 R, RBI, 2B) led the offense Friday behind Dylan Floro (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K), who picked up his first win of the year. Richy Pedroza delivered both of Fullerton’s RBIs Saturday, helping Kenny Mathews (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) pick up his first collegiate victory. Carlos Lopez (3-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI) led a balanced 14-hit attack Sunday in support of another freshman, J.D. Davis (5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K).

RESULTS

Feb. 28: San Diego State: W 3-0

Feb. 29: Loyola Marymount: W 6-2

March 2-4: Utah Valley: W 6-1, W 2-0, W 11-3

UPCOMING

March 6: @ Southern California

March 9-11: @ (6) Texas A&M


20. CLEMSON

Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 5-4, 0-0 in ACC (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.

Clemson dropped the first two games of its series against arch-rival South Carolina but salvaged Sunday’s finale at home. The Tigers have lost 16 of their last 23 games against the Gamecocks dating back to 2007. Kevin Brady (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) was strong in a no-decision Friday, and the Gamecocks scored twice in the top of the 11th to win in Charleston. Richie Shaffer, battling a groin injury, started at third base and went 2-for-2 with two runs and three walks for Clemson, but Tigers catcher Spencer Kieboom left the game with an elbow injury in a collision at the plate in the 10th and missed the rest of the weekend. Dominic Leone (2.1 IP, 4 H, 6 ER) struggled Saturday in Columbia, but Shaffer (2-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) had another nice day in defeat. The Tigers rallied from behind with three runs in the final two frames Sunday in Clemson, capped by Steve Wilkerson’s walk-off RBI single in the ninth, scoring Jon McGibbon (3-for-5), who started the rally with a leadoff single.

RESULTS

March 2-4: vs./@/vs. (3) South Carolina: L 3-2 (11 innings), L 9-6, W 6-5

UPCOMING

March 7: Holy Cross

March 9-11: (8) North Carolina

21. TEXAS STATE

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 8-3, 0-0 in Southland (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.

Texas State is on an incredible roll. The Bobcats notched their school-record fifth consecutive shutout in a 5-0 win against Notre Dame on Sunday behind a dominant start from So. RHP Kyle Finnegan (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 12 K). The Bobcats have now recorded 50 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings and have not allowed an earned run in 54 1/3 innings. The NCAA record for consecutive scoreless innings is 64 by Arizona State in 1978. Texas State’s first two shutouts came on the road against Houston and TCU. Colton Turner (6.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K) picked up his first win of the year Friday against Notre Dame, and Travis Ballew (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K) recorded a dominant complete-game shutout Saturday.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: @ (22) Texas Christian: W 1-0

March 2-4: Notre Dame: W 6-0, W 6-0, W 5-0

UPCOMING

March 6: (5) Rice

March 9-11: @ Texas-Arlington

22. OKLAHOMA

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 7-3, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.

Oklahoma swept a three-game series at New Mexico. Dillon Overton (8.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) pitched well into the ninth Friday, but the Lobos rallied for three in the ninth to force extras, only to lose on Jack Mayfield’s RBI single in the 10th. The bottom third of the order—Garrett Carey, Cody Reine and Max White—combined to go 10-for-12 with six runs, nine RBIs, four doubles and a homer Saturday in support of Steven Okert (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K). Carey had three more hits Sunday, and the Sooners got strong mound work from Jonathan Gray (5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K) and Jordan John (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K).

RESULTS

Feb. 28: Texas-Arlington: L 10-3

March 2-4: @ New Mexico: W 7-6 (10 innings), W 10-5, W 4-0

UPCOMING

March 6-7: Arkansas-Pine Bluff

March 9-11: @ Nike College Showcase, Eugene, Ore.: Connecticut, (17) Oregon, West Virginia, Oregon State


23. MISSISSIPPI STATE

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 10-2, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Bulldogs swept their second straight four-game home tournament. No. 1 starter Ben Bracewell, who had shoulder surgery last year, left his start Friday against UConn after three innings with elbow soreness, but Chris Stratton (6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) picked up the win in relief, as the Bulldogs overcame a 4-0 deficit in the final three innings. Hunter Renfroe (3-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI) helped MSU get off to a 6-0 lead through two innings Saturday against Lipscomb, and Trevor Fitts (4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3K) earned the win with strong relief work. Adam Frazier and Demarcus Henderson had three hits apiece in the nightcap against UConn, helping Nick Routt (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER) earn his first win of the year. Leadoff man C.T. Bradford (4-for-6, 3 R, 6 RBI, 2B, 3B) spearheaded a 19-hit barrage Sunday against Lipscomb.

RESULTS

Feb. 29: Memphis: L 7-6

March 2-4: Mississippi State Tournament:

Connecticut: W 5-4

Lipscomb: W 6-4

Connecticut: W 3-1

Lipscomb: W 16-6

UPCOMING

March 6-7: Penn State

March 9-11: Mercer

24. LOUISVILLE

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 8-3, 0-0 in Big East (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.

The Cardinals won a quality weekend series against previously red-hot Pepperdine. After Friday’s game was postponed, the teams split a doubleheader Saturday. Joe Sever (2-for-3, 2 RBI) produced two of Pepperdine’s three hits in support of Jon Moscot (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) in the first game, as Justin Amlung (7 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) pitched well in defeat. Mason Snyder’s RBI triple highlighted Louisville’s three-run third in support of Jeff Thompson (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) in the second game. Stewart Ijames and Alex Chittenden had three RBIs apiece Sunday in support of Travis Tingle (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K).

RESULTS

Feb. 28: Eastern Illinois: L 3-2

March 2-4: Pepperdine: L 3-2, W 3-1, W 7-3

UPCOMING

March 6: Indiana

March 8-11: @ Alabama Baseball Tournament, Tuscaloosa, Ala.: Oral Roberts, Alabama, East Carolina

25. MARYLAND

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 9-1, 0-0 in ACC (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.

The Terrapins, off to their third-best start since 1924, swept a four-game series against Manhattan to enter the BA Top 25 for the first time in the 32-year history of the rankings. The Terrapins continued to pitch brilliantly, lowering their staff ERA to an ACC-best 0.95. Maryland got strong starts this weekend from Brady Kirkpatrick (8 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER), David Carroll (7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), Sander Beck (5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) and Brett Harman (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K). The Terps rallied from behind with two in the ninth Friday, capped by Ryan Holland’s walk-off RBI single. Jordan Hagel (4-for-5, 3 R, 3 RBI, HR, 2B) had a big day in Saturday’s 10-1 rout, while Matt Bosse (2-for-3, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2B, 3B) led the offense in Sunday’s rout.

RESULTS

March 2-4: Manhattan: W 3-2, W 4-1 (7 innings), W 10-1, W 9-0

UPCOMING

March 6: Delaware

March 7: @ Navy

March 9-11: @ Wake Forest

DROPPED OUT


TEXAS (21)

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 4-7, 0-0 in Big 12 (1-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.

The Longhorns began the Houston College Classic with a big win against Rice before dropping their next two games to post their second straight losing weekend. No. 9 hitter Brooks Marlow (3-for-5, R, 3 RBI) led a veritable offensive explosion Friday, when Alex Silver’s two-run double and Jordan Etier’s two-run triple highlighted a critical six-run fifth inning. Tennessee scored four runs in the first Saturday against Hoby Milner (4 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER), and Texas stranded the tying run at third in the ninth, wasting a strong relief outing from John Curtiss (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K). Jonathan Walsh had three hits in a losing cause Sunday against Arkansas, as Ricky Jacquez (4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) took his first collegiate loss.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: Houston Baptist: W 2-0

March 2-4: @ Houston College Classic:

(5) Rice: W 11-8

Tennessee: L 5-4

(4) Arkansas: L 7-3

UPCOMING

March 6: Dallas Baptist

March 9-11: Loyola Marymount


TEXAS CHRISTIAN (22)

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 4-6, 0-0 in MWC. (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1-1.

TCU’s offense continued to scuffle, producing just 12 runs in four games, but the Frogs snapped their four-game losing streak with back-to-back wins against Oklahoma State to win their first weekend series. Josh Elander had three hits in defeat Friday, but Andrew Mitchell (2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) followed up his 12-strikeout performance at Fullerton with a rough outing. Stefan Crichton (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) made an early 2-0 lead stand up in Saturday’s pitcher’s duel. The Frogs scored an unearned run in the ninth Sunday to force extra innings, then won it on Davy Wright’s walk-off RBI double in the 10th.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: Texas State: L 1-0

March 2-4: Oklahoma State: L 4-3, W 2-0, W 6-5 (10 innings)

UPCOMING

March 6: Baylor

March 9-11: Texas Tech


BAYLOR (25)

Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 9-4, 0-0 in Big 12 (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.

The Bears beat UC Irvine twice but lost to Lamar twice in their tournament in Waco. Baylor scored two runs in each of the first two innings Friday against UCI, and Josh Turley (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) made it stand up. Max Garner (4 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) was knocked around by the Cardinals in Saturday’s loss, as Jonathan Dziedzic (9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) shut down the Baylor offense. Baylor bounced back later Saturday with another win against Irvine behind Trent Blank (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER), who continued to pitch very well after moving into the weekend rotation. Baylor broke a 1-1 tie with five runs in the eighth in that one. Lamar jumped on Brad Kuntz (2.1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER) for five runs in the first Sunday, and Baylor’s comeback bid fell short.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: Sam Houston State: W 6-2

March 2-4: QTI Baylor Classic:

UC Irvine: W 4-2

Lamar: L 8-0

UC Irvine: W 6-1

Lamar: L 8-7

UPCOMING

March 6: @ Texas Christian

March 7: Michigan State

March 9-11:  Memphis

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