1. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 40-10, 21-3 in ACC (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 12-0 (one series pending).
Florida State posted its first losing week of the season, though it can still salvage its weekend series at Clemson by sweeping a doubleheader Monday. Brandon Liebrandt (5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) fell to 6-2 in Saturday’s loss, as Clemson erased a 2-1 deficit with four runs in the sixth. Sunday’s game was rained out and will be made up Monday at 1 p.m. ET.
May 7: Maryland: L 8-5
May 8-9: @ Stetson: W 9-1, L 6-5
May 12-13: @ Clemson: L 7-2, PPD
May 14: @ Clemson (DH)
May 17-19: (13) North Carolina State
2. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 38-13, 17-9 in SEC. (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2-1.
The Gamecocks split a pair of games at Georgia, but Sunday’s game was rained out. South Carolina fell a half-game behind Kentucky in the SEC, as the Wildcats swept Alabama. Michael Roth (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 6 K) improved to 5-0, 2.60 on Friday, as L.B. Dantzler’s solo homer broke a scoreless tie in the seventh against Alex Wood (9 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), and South Carolina tacked on two more over the next two innings. Tanner English had four hits Saturday, including an RBI single in South Carolina’s four-run ninth inning rally, but the Bulldogs bounced back with a run in the 10th against Matt Price (1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) to win it.
May 9: Furman: W 7-0
May 11-13: @ Georgia: W 3-0, L 6-5 (10 innings)
May 15: South Carolina-Upstate
May 17-19: (9) Louisiana State
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 38-14, 16-11 in SEC. (18-10 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-3.
Florida took two of three from Mississippi State and trails first-place Kentucky by two games heading into the final weekend. Hudson Randall (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) turned in his longest SEC start of the year Friday, and Steven Rodriguez (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) picked up his third save. Daniel Pigott (2-for-4, 2 RBI) led the UF offense, as the Gators handed Chris Stratton his first loss of the year. Jonathon Crawford (4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) moved back into the rotation and took the loss Saturday, though Keenan Kish (3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K) provided strong relief in a losing cause. Karsten Whitson (3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K) struggled with his control in a no-decision Sunday, but Rodriguez (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) and Austin Maddox (2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R) dominated in relief, and Mike Zunino delivered a game-winning solo homer in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie.
May 8: North Florida: W 4-3 (11 innings)
May 11-13: (25) Mississippi State: W 4-1, L 2-0, W 2-1
May 15: @ Samford
May 17-19: @ Auburn
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 41-11, 18-9 in SEC (12-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
The Wildcats swept Alabama to move into first place in the SEC, a half-game ahead of South Carolina. Thomas McCarthy drove in two to lead the UK offense Friday in support of Taylor Rogers (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Jerad Grundy (5 IP, 8 H, 1 ER) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, and Kentucky stormed back from a 5-1 deficit with five runs in the seventh, then won it on Mike Williams’ bases-loaded walk in the eighth. Brian Adams (3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) led a balanced 14-hit attack Sunday behind Corey Littrell (6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K).
May 9: @ Indiana: W 6-5 (12 innings)
May 11-13: Alabama: W 4-2, W 7-6, W 8-1
May 15: @ Murray State
May 17-19: @ Mississippi State
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 36-14, 15-6 in C-USA. (3-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1-1.
The Owls took two of three from UAB and head into next weekend’s showdown series at UCF tied with the Knights for first place in C-USA. Ford Stainback (9-for-18, 3 2B, 5 R, 3 RBI) had a good week to lead the Rice offense. J.T. Chargois (4-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI) led a 14-hit attack in support of Matthew Reckling (5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) in Friday’s game, which was suspended by rain and completed Saturday. Zach Lemond (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) turned in stellar relief to earn his first save. Stainback and Christian Stringer had four hits apiece in the top two spots in the order in the second game to help Austin Kubitza (6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) improve to 5-3. John Simms (5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) was strong in his first start of the year, but the Blazers forced extra innings with a run in the ninth against Chargois (4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) and won it in extra innings.
May 8: Stephen F. Austin State: W 6-0
May 11-13: Alabama-Birmingham: W 12-2, W 8-6, L 6-5 (12 innings)
May 15: @ Sam Houston State
May 17-19: @ (16) Central Florida
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 37-14, 18-8 in Pac-12 (13-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
The Ducks won the first two games against USC to maintain a one-game lead over Arizona in the Pac-12, with the series finale set for Monday. The Ducks have won 10 of their last 11 games. Oregon broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the fifth Saturday to help Alex Keudell (6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) improve to 9-3. Aaron Payne (3-for-5, 2 RBI) led a balanced 14-hit attack Sunday behind Jake Reed (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K). Jimmie Sherfy worked a combined 2.1 hitless innings in the two games to pick up his 14th and 15th saves.
May 8: (9) Oregon State: W 3-2
May 12-13: Southern California: W 4-3, W 4-2
May 14: Southern California
May 18-20: Seattle
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 39-11, 18-3 in Big 12 (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
After a two-week break from conference play, Baylor landed back in Big 12 action with a thud, getting swept at Oklahoma—its first three conference losses of the season. Still, the Bears lead the Big 12 by five games with three to play. Josh Turley (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) was stellar in a no-decision in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, but OU ace Jordan John (8.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) outlasted him, and the Sooners broke a scoreless tie with one in the 10th. Oklahoma manufactured a couple of runs in the first two innings of the second game against Trent Blank (8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K), and Jonathan Gray (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) and Steven Okert made the lead stand up. OU erased a 4-3 deficit with three in the fifth Sunday to chase Tyler Bremer (4 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K), then extended the lead in the late innings.
May 9: @ Texas State: W 3-0
May 11-13: @ Oklahoma: L 1-0, L 2-1, L 12-6
May 15: Texas-San Antonio
May 17-19: vs./@/@ Texas
8. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 32-15, 14-4 in Big West (6-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-1.
The Titans took two of three at UCSB to increase their lead over Long Beach State to two games. The Titans have won 11 consecutive weekend series and 11 of their past 13 games against the Gauchos. The Titans put up five runs in the first inning Friday in support of Dylan Floro (6.1 IP, 9 H, 7 ER). The Titans, who hit five homers in their first 45 games, hit three home runs Friday—one apiece by Michael Lorenzen, Matt Chapman and J.D. Davis. Kenny Mathews (5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) took his first collegiate loss Saturday. Lorenzen (3-for-5, R, 3 RBI, 2B) led the offense Sunday in support of Grahamm Wiest (7.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) and worked 1.2 scoreless innings for his 15th save.
May 11-13: @ UC Santa Barbara: W 9-7, L 7-1, W 9-3
May 15: (11) UCLA
May 18-20: UC Riverside
9. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 39-13, 17-10 in SEC. (10-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-4.
The Tigers dropped a home series to Vanderbilt to fall a game behind Kentucky in the SEC, though they still lead the Western Division by three games with three to play. Kevin Gausman (9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) threw LSU’s first complete game of the season Friday, and LSU gave him all the support he’d need with two runs in the second. Aaron Nola (5.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) moved up to the Saturday starter role and took the loss, falling to 6-3. After LSU took the lead with a run in the eighth Sunday, closer Nick Goody (2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) gave up a game-tying solo homer to Mike Yastrzemski in the ninth, then allowed a game-winning RBI single by Tony Kemp an inning later. Goody had given up just two runs in his first 25 innings this season before Sunday. A 2-for-12 weekend dropped Raph Rhymes’ batting average all the way down to . . . .478.
May 11-13: Vanderbilt: W 2-1, L 6-3, L 5-4 (10 innings)
May 17-19: @ (2) South Carolina
10. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 37-14, 16-8 in Big 12 (4-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-2.
Texas A&M allowed just three runs in a three-game sweep of San Diego State. Michael Wacha (8.1 IP, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) dominated Friday, and the Aggies scored all four runs in the third to help Wacha improve to 8-0, 2.14. On Saturday, Ross Stripling (9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) threw A&M’s first no-hitter since Zach Jackson’s seven-inning no-hitter in 2004. Stripling allowed just one baserunner—a fifth-inning walk—and improved to 9-2, 2.36 with his fourth complete game of the season. Matt Juengel (2-for-3, 3 RBI) hit a three-run double in the eighth inning Sunday to give the Aggies a come-from-behind win. Rafael Pineda (6.2 IP, 8 H, 1 ER) was solid in a no-decision.
May 11-13: San Diego State: W 4-1, W 1-0, W 4-2
May 15: Texas State
May 17-19: @ Oklahoma State
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 35-13, 15-9 in Pac-12. (14-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-4.
UCLA swept Washington to run its winning streak against the Huskies to 14 games and improve to 16-3 in games away from Jackie Robinson Stadium this year. The Bruins are alone in third place in the Pac-12, two games behind Oregon. The Bruins scored two runs in the third behind Adam Plutko (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K) in Friday’s win at Safeco Field. Jeff Gelalich (3-for-5, 2 R, RBI, HR) led a balanced 15-hit assault Saturday behind Nick Vander Tuig (6.1 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 2 ER). Gelalich homered again Sunday—his ninth of the year—in support of Zack Weiss (6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K), and Scott Griggs worked a scoreless ninth for his 13th save, breaking UCLA’s 20-year-old single-season record.
May 8: @ Pepperdine: W 6-2
May 11-13: @ Washington: W 2-0, W 11-3, W 4-2
May 15: @ (8) Cal State Fullerton
May 18-20: @ California
12. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 38-13, 19-8 in ACC. (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
The Tar Heels swept Duke to run their winning streak to nine games and clinch the ACC’s Coastal Division (they lead Virginia by three games with three to play and hold the head-to-head tie-breaker). Kent Emanuel (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) out-dueled Marcus Stroman (7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) on Friday. Parks Jordan (4-for-6, 2 R, 3 RBI) led UNC’s 16-hit barrage Saturday, and R.C. Orlan (2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R) picked up the win in relief of Benton Moss (4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K). Shane Taylor (8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K) was forced into duty Sunday due to Hobbs Johnson’s illness, and Taylor responded by combining with Michael Morin on UNC’s first one-hitter since Alex White threw one against Miami in 2009.
May 8: UNC Wilmington: W 4-2
May 9: @ East Carolina: CCD
May 11-13: @ Duke: W 2-1, W 15-1, W 3-0
May 15: @ UNC Asheville
May 17-19: Virginia Tech
13. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 36-13, 18-9 in ACC (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
N.C. State won its fifth straight weekend series, running its winning streak to 12 games (its longest since winning 16 in a row in 2003) before dropping Sunday’s series finale at Virginia Tech. Carlos Rodon (7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 11 K) assumed the Friday starter role and was strong in a no-decision Friday, and lighting issues forced the game to be suspended in the 10th inning. Ryan Mathews blasted a two-out, two-run homer in the 11th to win it for the ‘Pack, and he came up big again later Saturday, hitting a tie-breaking two-run homer in the seventh of the second game. Travis Orwig (3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief in that one. Mathews had two more hits in a losing cause Sunday to extend his hitting streak to 17 games, but the ‘Pack was out-hit 12-4, and Ethan Ogburn (2.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) had a short outing.
May 8: North Carolina A&T: W 5-1
May 11-13: @ Virginia Tech: W 4-2 (11 innings), W 6-2, L 6-4
May 15: UNC Greensboro
May 17-19: @ (1) Florida State
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 33-15, 16-8 in Pac-12. (8-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-2.
Arizona swept a road series at Cal and is a game behind first-place Oregon in the Pac-12, though the two teams are even in the loss column. Alex Mejia had a pair of RBIs and executed a hidden-ball trick Friday in support of Kurt Heyer (9 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K), who improved to 9-2 with his fifth complete game of the season. The Wildcats scored three in the first Saturday, and Konner Wade (9 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) made it stand up. Johnny Field (4-for-5, 3 R, RBI, HR) led the offense Sunday, and Tyler Crawford (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R) picked up the win with sterling relief work.
May 11-13: @ California: W 3-1, W 4-1, W 7-4
May 16: @ (18) Arizona State
May 18-20: @ Southern California
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 39-10, 16-5 in Big Ten (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1-1.
In its final home weekend at 48-year-old Lambert Field, Purdue took two of three from Michigan to clinch its first Big Ten regular-season title since 1909. Joe Haase (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) threw his third career complete-game shutout in Friday’s win. Six Boilermakers recorded multiple hits as part of a 17-hit onslaught Saturday behind Lance Breedlove (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K), and the Boilermakers dog-piled to celebrate their Big Ten title after that game. Cameron Perkins and Kevin Plawecki combined for five hits and five RBIs in that one, then combined for five more hits in defeat Sunday, as Michigan took the lead for good with two runs in the fourth against Connor Podkul (3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER).
May 8: @ IPFW: W 11-4
May 9: Illinois-Chicago: W 11-4
May 11-13: Michigan: W 4-0, W 14-3, L 4-3
May 15: Indiana State
May 17-19: @ Iowa
16. CENTRAL FLORIDA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 40-12, 15-6 in C-USA (1-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 12-1.
UCF took two of three at Marshall and enters next week’s regular-season finale against Rice in a tie with the Owls atop the C-USA standings. The Knights came from behind with three runs in the ninth Friday, as Marshall committed two of its five errors in the final frame. Bey Lively (3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) had a rough start for UCF, but Eric Skoglund, Roman Madrid and Joe Rogers combined for 5.1 shutout innings of relief. Brian Adkins (5.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) fell to 3-4 in Saturday’s loss. Ronnie Richardson had three hits and three RBIs in that one, then added three more hits and two RBIs Sunday to spearhead a 15-hit attack, as the Knights reached the 40-win plateau for the first time since 2005.
May 7: Presbyterian: W 7-2
May 11-13: @ Marshall: W 8-6, L 9-6, W 13-6
May 15: Stetson
May 17-19: (5) Rice
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 32-14, 14-10 in Pac-12. (14-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-3.
The Cardinal bounced back from a series loss at Oregon State by sweeping Washington State. Mark Appel (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) won his fourth straight decision and recorded double-digit strikeouts for the sixth time this season in Friday’s win. Appel has given up two or fewer runs in each of his last six starts. Stephen Piscotty (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) shined in his first career start Saturday and helped his own cause with three hits and two runs. With Piscotty on the mound, freshman Dominic Jose made his first career start in left field, going 1-for-2 with an RBI. Jose got the nod at DH a day later and delivered a grand slam in the fifth inning in support of Brett Mooneyham (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K), who got back on track to improve to 6-4.
May 11-13: Washington State: W 3-2, W 8-3, W 6-1
May 15: San Francisco
May 18-20: @ Utah
18. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 32-17, 14-10 in Pac-12. (6-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-3.
The Sun Devils swept a road series at Gonzaga to run their winning streak to six games. ASU is 8-1 since getting swept at Stanford. Brady Rogers (8 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) settled down after Gonzaga’s two-run first to hold the Zags scoreless over the next seven innings Friday. Michael Benjamin (4-for-5, R, 5 RBI, HR) went bonkers Saturday, helping ASU jump out to a 9-1 lead through three innings in support of Trevor Williams (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K). Nathaniel Causey’s two-run double in the ninth against Marco Gonzales (9 IP, 10 H, 3 ER) broke a 1-1 tie.
May 11-13: @ Gonzaga: W 4-2, W 10-1, W 3-1
May 16: (14) Arizona
May 18-20: Washington
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 34-15, 16-11 in ACC (3-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
The Cavaliers won two of three against Georgia Tech, though their 10-game winning streak was snapped in Sunday’s series finale. Brandon Downes singled home Jared King to break a tie in the eighth inning Friday. UVa. overcame a rough start by Branden Kline (3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER), as Kyle Crockett, Nick Howard and Justin Thompson combined to throw 5.2 innings of two-hit, scoreless relief. Those same three relievers plus Shane Halley combined to work five shutout innings Saturday, and Chris Taylor (2-for-4, 2 R, RBI) hit a tie-breaking RBI double in the fifth. The Yellow Jackets finally got to Thompson (2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) for a pair of runs in the ninth inning Sunday, then won it with another run an inning later. Artie Lewicki (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) was strong in a no-decision in that one.
May 9: High Point: W 12-3
May 11-13: Georgia Tech: W 6-5, W 4-2, L 5-4 (10 innings)
May 15: Virginia Commonwealth
May 17-19: @ Maryland
20. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 32-16, 16-5 in MWC (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2-1.
TCU dominated Air Force in a three-game sweep to take a one-game lead over New Mexico in the Mountain West standings. The Frogs have won nine of their last 10 and 19 of their last 22. Jason Coats and Kevin Cron had three hits and three RBIs apiece Friday behind Preston Morrison (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K). Coats, Brance Rivera and Josh Elander had three hits and four RBIs apiece to lead Saturday’s 21-hit onslaught in support of Andrew Mitchell (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K). All nine TCU starters recorded hits in a balanced attack Sunday, helping Stefan Crichton (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) improve to 6-2.
May 11-13: @ Air Force: W 10-0, W 17-2, W 6-1
May 15: @ Oklahoma
May 18-20: San Diego State
21. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 38-13, 14-7 in WCC (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
The Toreros dropped a home series against Loyola Marymount to fall into a tie with Pepperdine (both teams have .667 winning percentages, but USD has played three more games) atop the tightly bunched WCC. Five teams are within two games of first place. Paul Sewald (4 IP, 11 H, 11 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) moved to the No. 1 starter job and was pounded Friday, as six Lions posted multiple hits in support of Colin Welmon (9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K). Calvin Drummond (1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) and Dylan Covey (3.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER) also turned in poor starts in the next two games, but USD slugged its way to a win Sunday thanks to a nine-run second inning, highlighted by Kris Bryant’s grand slam. So the Toreros sent out Cunningham Stadium with a win in the park’s final game, as USD will move into a new facility next year.
May 8: UC Irvine: W 4-1
May 11-13: Loyola Marymount: L 13-1, L 8-6, W 11-8
May 15: @ UC Irvine
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 35-17, 16-8 in Big East (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-1.
The Cardinals took two of three from first-place St. John’s to climb within a game of the Red Storm in the Big East standings. Ty Young went 4-for-4 with two RBIs in support of Justin Amlung (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) in Friday’s win. Sean Hagan held the Cardinals to five hits in a complete game Saturday, as Jeff Thompson (4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) fell to 9-2. Kyle Gibson’s three-run double highlighted Louisville’s four-run sixth Sunday in support of Jared Ruxer (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K), who improved to 7-1.
May 8: @ Vanderbilt: L 3-2
May 11-13: St. John’s: W 5-0, L 6-2, W 6-4
May 15: Morehead State
May 17-19: @ Pittsburgh
23. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 32-17, 13-11 in Pac-12. (6-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
Oregon State won a hard-fought series at Utah and sits in sixth place in the Pac-12, four games behind first-place Oregon. MIchael Conforto’s second two-homer game of the season powered the Beavers to the win in Friday’s slugfest. Conforto (3-for-5, 5 RBI) led OSU’s 15-hit attack in support of Ben Wetzler (5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER), who improved to 6-2. Jace Fry (9 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) went nine innings for the second straight week in a no-decision Saturday, and the Beavers took the lead with a run in the 11th, but the Utes answered with two in the bottom of the frame against Tony Bryant. Dan Child (10 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) removed the bullpen from the equation Sunday in a 131-pitch gem. Conforto (3-for-5, 3 RBI) hit a game-tying RBI single in the ninth, and the Beavers won on Nate Esposito’s pinch-hit, bases-loaded walk an inning later.
May 8: @ (9) Oregon: L 3-2
May 11-13: @ Utah: W 11-10, L 4-3 (11 innings), W 5-4 (10 innings)
May 15: Portland
May 18-20: @ Washington State
24. APPALACHIAN STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 36-12, 20-7 in SoCon (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
The Mountaineers won a road series at Samford—their fourth straight series win—to remain in first place in the SoCon and break into the BA Top 25 for the first time ever. Ryan Arrowood (7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER) was solid in a no-decision Friday, and Appalachian State overcame a 4-3 deficit with four runs in the ninth. Seth Grant (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K) exited with a 2-0 lead after seven innings Saturday, but Josh Martin (9 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER) held the Mountaineers at bay thereafter and the Bulldogs scored four in the eighth against the ASU bullpen. Eight Mountaineers recorded hits as part of a balanced 12-hit attack Sunday.
May 12-13: @ Samford: W 7-4, L 4-2, W 9-7
May 15: Gardner-Webb
May 17-19: @ Western Carolina
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 34-18, 14-13 in SEC. (7-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-5-1.
The Rebels swept Tennessee to clinch a spot in the conference tournament and climb above .500 in the SEC with one series remaining. Tanner Mathis’ two-run single highlighted Mississippi’s three-run second inning Friday in support of Bobby Wahl (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). Sikes Orvis hit a two-run homer in the ninth Saturday to force extra innings, and Matt Snyder followed with a walk-off three-run homer in the 11th. R.J. Hively (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) started and got the win Sunday after working two hitless innings for the save Friday.
May 11-13: Tennessee: W 4-2, W 7-4 (11 innings), W 4-2
May 15: @ Arkansas State
May 17-19: @ Vanderbilt
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 35-17, 13-14 in SEC. (6-10 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-5.
Arkansas dropped its fourth series in the last five weeks to fall into a tie with Vanderbilt and Mississippi State for seventh place in the SEC (though all three teams have clinched a place in the 10-team conference tourney). D.J. Baxendale (5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) was strong in a no-decision Thursday, but Auburn tied the game with a run in the eighth against Brandon Moore (3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) and won it with another in the 10th against Barrett Astin. Jake Wise’s walk-off, pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth propelled the Razorbacks to a 5-4 win Friday; Dominic Ficociello had two RBIs for the Hogs. Nolan Sanburn (1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) made the start Saturday and did not last long, and Auburn piled on against the Arkansas bullpen. Ryne Stanek did not pitch during the series because of a minor back injury; he is expected to return next week.
May 10-12: Auburn: L 3-2 (10 innings), W 5-4, L 12-5
May 15: vs. Louisiana Tech @ North Little Rock, Ark.
May 17-19: @ Tennessee
MISSISSIPPI STATE (25)
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 31-20, 13-14 in SEC (5-11 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-5.
Mississippi State dropped two of three at Florida and enters the final weekend of SEC play tied with Arkansas and Vanderbilt for seventh place in the SEC (although all three teams have clinched spots in the 10-team conference tourney). MSU ace Chris Stratton (7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) took his first loss of the season on Friday. Kendall Graveman (7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) and Jonathan Holder (1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) combined on a three-hit shutout Saturday, and Hunter Renfroe (3-for-4, R, RBI) led the MSU offense. Ross Mitchell (3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R) was strong in relief of Evan Mitchell (2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) on Sunday, but Mike Zunino’s eighth-inning homer off Jacob Lindgren propelled the Gators to the win.
May 8: Mississippi Valley State: W 6-3
May 11-13: @ (6) Florida: L 4-1, W 2-0, L 2-1
May 15: Central Arkansas
May 17-19: (4) Kentucky