1. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 39-7, 21-2 in ACC (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 12-0.
The Seminoles cruised to routs of Maryland in the first two games of the series, with the series finale scheduled for Monday. FSU ran its winning streak to 10, and extended its home winning streak over Maryland to 22. Florida State’s magic number to clinch the ACC’s regular-season title is two. The Seminoles hit four homers Saturday in support of Brandon Liebrandt (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K), who improved to 10-3. Justin Gonzalez had a two-run homer in that one, then smacked a grand slam Sunday behind Mike Compton (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). Jayce Boyd went 4-for-5 Sunday to raise his average to an ACC-best .405.
May 2: @ Jacksonville: W 3-0
Mary 5-6: Maryland: W 10-3, W 9-2
May 7: Maryland
May 8-9: @ Stetson
May 12-13: @ Clemson
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 38-8, 18-0 in Big 12 (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1.
The Bears were off for exams.
May 9: @ Texas State
May 11-13: @ Oklahoma
3. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 38-11, 16-8 in SEC. (10-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
The Tigers went on the road and took two of three from Ole Miss. They lead the SEC West by four games over Arkansas and Mississippi State, and they are tied with South Carolina for the best league record. Grant Dozar’s RBI single in the 13th propelled LSU to a 4-3 win in Friday’s opener. The Rebels took a 3-2 lead with a pair of runs in the seventh against Kevin Gausman (7.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K), but LSU answered with a run in the eighth on Dozar’s solo homer to force extra innings. LSU starter Ryan Eades and Ole Miss starter Mike Mayers each gave up four runs over four innings of work, but the Rebels won the battle of the bullpens. JaCoby Jones (3-for-5, 2 R, 5 RBI) hit one of LSU’s four homers Sunday in support of Aaron Nola (7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER).
May 1: Tulane: W 9-5
May 4-6: @ (24) Mississippi: W 4-3 (13 innings), L 7-4, W 12-3
May 11-13: Vanderbilt
4. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 36-12, 16-8 in SEC. (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
South Carolina won its sixth straight series to take sole possession of first place in the SEC East, a game ahead of Kentucky (and tied with LSU for the best league record). The Razorbacks built a 6-0 lead against Michael Roth (6 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 4 BB) through three innings, but the Gamecocks stormed back against Ryne Stanek and the Arkansas bullpen to win in 10 innings. Grayson Greiner (2-for-4, 4 RBI) led the South Carolina assault, hitting a two-run homer in a three-run sixth inning to tie the game, then adding an RBI single to cap the two-run 10th. Christian Walker (3-for-4, 2 RBI) and Chase Vergason homered in a losing cause Saturday, as the Gamecocks dropped a back-and-forth affair that featured three lead changes. Sunday’s game was scoreless through six, as Forrest Koumas (5.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K) was strong in just his second start of the season, and South Carolina out-slugged the Hogs in the final three innings, led by Vergason (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 2B) and Tanner English (2-for-3, 3 RBI).
May 2: Davidson: W 2-1
May 4-6: @ (18) Arkansas: W 8-6 (10 innings), L 7-6, W 10-7
May 9: Furman
May 11-13: @ Georgia
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 33-13, 13-5 in C-USA. (3-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1-1.
Rice returned from its exam break with a 3-1 week, bouncing back from a loss in Friday’s series opener to win the next two against Houston—winning the series against the Cougars for the 12th straight year. Landon Appling (3-for-6, HR, 6 RBI) spearheaded a 15-hit attack against Matthew Reckling (2.1 IP, 8 H, 8 ER) and the Owls on Friday, snapping Rice’s 16-game winning streak against its crosstown foe. J.T. Chargois (2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) picked up the win in relief Saturday, and he also delivered a game-tying RBI single in the 10th, setting up Jeremy Rathjen’s game-winning sacrifice fly. Rathjen (3-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) led a balanced 12-hit attack Sunday in support of John Simms (5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K), and Tyler Duffey (3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R) earned his fourth save with lights-out relief work.
May 2: Texas Southern: W 6-5 (11 innings)
May 4-6: Houston: L 11-6, W 4-3 (10 innings), W 8-2
May 8: Stephen F. Austin State
May 11-13: Alabama-Birmingham
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 35-13, 14-10 in SEC. (16-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-3.
The Gators rebounded from a home series loss to Arkansas by taking two of three on the road at Kentucky. Preston Tucker (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR) led the offense Thursday in support of Hudson Randall (6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), who won for the second straight week. Casey Turgeon tripled to lead off the eighth Friday and scored on Josh Tobias’s RBI single, breaking a 1-1 tie. The Gators broke it open with three more in the ninth, and Steven Rodriguez followed Thursday’s 2.1 innings of scoreless relief with two hitless, scoreless innings Friday to earn the save. Karsten Whitson (4.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) was solid in an 81-pitch outing in that one. Matt Reida’s RBI single off Brian Johnson (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) broke a scoreless tie in the fifth Saturday, and the Wildcats tacked on a crucial insurance run in the eighth against Jonathon Crawford (3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER), who slid to the bullpen with the return of Whitson to the weekend rotation and with Austin Maddox dealing with tendinitis.
May 3-5: @ (3) Kentucky: W 5-3, W 5-1, L 2-1
May 8: North Florida
May 11-13: (25) Mississippi State
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 37-11, 15-9 in SEC (12-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
The Wildcats lost their second consecutive weekend series but salvaged Saturday’s series finale. The Gators took a 4-0 lead through three innings Thursday against Taylor Rogers (6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) and held off UK’s comeback bid. Jerad Grundy (7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) was strong in defeat Friday, but the Gators broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the eighth and tacked on three more in the ninth. Corey Littrell (8 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) improved to 7-0 Saturday, and Trevor Gott worked a scoreless ninth to set a new single-season school record with his ninth save. Matt Reida’s RBI single broke a scoreless tie in the fifth, and the Wildcats tacked on a crucial insurance run in the eighth.
May 3-5: (7) Florida: L 5-3, L 5-1, W 2-1
May 9: @ Indiana
May 11-13: Alabama
8. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 30-14, 12-3 in Big West (6-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-1.
Fullerton outscored Pacific 36-6 in a three-game sweep to reach the 30-win plateau for the 38th straight year and take a one-game lead over Long Beach State in the Big West. Pacific fell to 11-34, 1-14. Dylan Floro (9 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) needed just 99 pitches to throw his second complete game of the season Friday. Carlos Lopez drove in six runs and was one of seven Titans to post multi-hit games in Saturday’s blood bath, as Fullerton set a season high in hits (21) and runs. Kenny Mathews (7 IP, 3 H, 3 ER) improved to 5-0 in that one. Lopez (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 2B) led a 17-hit barrage Sunday in support of Grahamm Wiest (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K), who needed just 85 pitches to carve up the Tigers in his shutout.
May 1: Southern California: W 4-2
May 4-6: @ Pacific: W 5-2, W 21-4, W 10-0
May 11-13: @ UC Santa Barbara
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 34-14, 16-8 in Pac-12 (12-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
Oregon’s remarkable season continued with a loud 4-1 week, capped by a road series win against Arizona that gave the Ducks a 1.5-game cushion atop the Pac-12 standings. Oregon has won weekend series against the next four teams in the Pac-12 standings, taking two of three from Arizona, UCLA and Stanford on the road and sweeping Arizona State at home. Alex Keudell (9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) threw his second straight complete game and third of the season on Friday, while Aaron Payne (3-for-4, 3 RBI) led the Oregon offense. The Wildcats pounded out 15 hits against Jake Reed (4.2 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 8 ER) and the Ducks on Saturday, but Jeff Gold (5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) and Jimmie Sherfy (3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) silenced the Arizona bats again Sunday.
May 1-2: @ Gonzaga: W 3-2, W 8-7
May 4-6: @ (11) Arizona: W 6-1, L 12-6, W 3-1
May 8: (9) Oregon State
May 12-14: Southern California
10. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 34-14, 13-8 in Big 12 (4-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
The Aggies took two of three from Texas Tech to move into a three-way tie with Texas and Oklahoma State for second place in the Big 12—eight games behind Baylor in the loss column. Tyler Naquin tripled and drove in two Friday in support of Michael Wacha (7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K), who improved to 7-0. Ross Stripling (8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 13 K) was overpowering Saturday, and Jacob House (3-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI) led the A&M offense. Naquin had three hits in defeat Sunday, as the Red Raiders broke a 4-4 tie with four runs in the 12th, highlighted by Scott LeJeune’s three-run double.
May 1: @ (21) Sam Houston State: W 10-0
May 4-6: Texas Tech: W 4-2, W 7-2, L 8-4 (12 innings)
May 11-13: San Diego State
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 31-13, 12-9 in Pac-12. (14-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-4.
The Bruins ended their two-weekend series losing streak by taking the first two games against Purdue, but they self-destructed in the ninth inning Sunday. Adam Plutko (8.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) retired the first 16 hitters he faced in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, and Cody Keefer’s two-run double in the fifth put UCLA in control. The Boilermakers out-hit the Bruins 10-4 in the nightcap, but the Bruins got enough timely hits early in the game against Lance Breedlove, while Nick Vander Tuig (5.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) minimized damage to improve to 6-3. Both teams got strong bullpen work in that one, as three UCLA relievers combined for 3.1 scoreless innings of relief. Closer Scott Griggs struck out the side in a scoreless ninth Saturday, but he issued four consecutive walks to ignite Purdue’s 10-run ninth inning rally Sunday, as the Boilermakers erased a 10-5 deficit in the frame. Grant Watson (0.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER) was hit hard and charged with the loss.
May 1: @ Long Beach State: W 2-1
May 5-6: (13) Purdue: W 5-1, W 3-2, L 15-11
May 8: @ Pepperdine
May 11-13: @ Washington
12. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 34-13, 16-8 in ACC. (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
The Tar Heels returned from their exam break with a 4-0 week, including a sweep of Boston College that put them two games ahead of Virginia in the ACC’s Coastal Division. Chaz Frank and Cody Stubbs had five RBIs apiece Friday in support of Kent Emanuel (6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K), and Colin Moran went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in his first ACC game since March 24. UNC endured a four-hour, 35-minute rain delay Saturday, overcoming a 5-2 deficit and taking the lead on Brian Holberton’s RBI double in the seventh. Hobbs Johnson (5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K) set a career high for strikeouts in a game Sunday to improve to 4-1, and three UNC relievers combined for 3.1 innings of one-hit, shutout relief. UNC’s reconfigured middle infield (Michael Russell at short, Tommy Coyle at second) played errorless ball on the week.
May 2: Winthrop: W 2-0
May 4-6: Boston College: W 15-1, W 6-5, W 4-1
May 8: UNC Wilmington
May 9: @ East Carolina
May 11-13: @ Duke
13. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 33-12, 16-8 in ACC (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
The Wolfpack swept Cal State Bakersfield (coached by former N.C. State assistant Bill Kernen) to run its winning streak to nine games. Trea Turner’s two-run single and Danny Canela’s two-run homer highlighted the Wolfpack’s decisive five-run seventh Friday. Ryan Mathews’ two-run double in the third provided all the scoring N.C. State needed in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, as Ethan Ogburn (7.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K) shut down the Roadrunners. N.C. State broke a 7-7 tie with three in the eighth to win a back-and-forth affair in the finale, as Andrew Ciencin (3-for-4, 4 RBI) led the offense. The Wolfpack rested freshman sensation Carlos Rodon this weekend.
May 4-6: Cal State Bakersfield: W 8-4, W 2-0, W 10-7
May 8: North Carolina A&T
May 11-13: @ Virginia Tech
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 30-15, 13-8 in Pac-12. (8-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
The Wildcats dropped two of three at home against Oregon to fall a game and a half behind the Ducks in the Pac-12. The Wildcats have the most potent offense in the Pac-12, but they mustered just a run Friday in support of Kurt Heyer (8 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K), and were held to one run again Sunday, as James Farris (7.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) pitched well in defeat. In between, the Wildcats pounded out 15 hits Saturday. Johnny Field (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) and Alex Mejia (4-for-5, R, RBI) led the Arizona offense, and Tyler Crawford (4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief of Konner Wade (4 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K).
May 4-6: (10) Oregon: L 6-1, W 12-6, L 3-1
May 11-13: @ California
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 35-9, 14-4 in Big Ten (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1-1.
The Boilermakers lost their first weekend series of the year but staged an improbable ninth-inning comeback to salvage Sunday’s series finale. In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, Cody Keefer’s two-run double in the fifth put UCLA in control against Joe Haase (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER), who fell to 7-1. The Boilermakers out-hit the Bruins 10-4 in the nightcap, but the Bruins got enough timely hits early in the game against Lance Breedlove (4 IP, 3 H, 3 ER). Blake Mascarello (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R) pitched well in relief in that one. Barrett Serrato (4-for-6, 3 R, 3 RBI, HR) led Purdue’s 20-hit onslaught Sunday, and four consecutive walks against Scott Griggs sparked Purdue’s 10-run outburst in the ninth inning, helping the Boilermakers erase a 10-5 deficit. Four Purdue hitters reached safely twice in the ninth, during which the Boilermakers sent 15 men to the plate.
May 5-6: @ (14) UCLA: L 5-1, L 3-2, W 15-11
May 8: @ IPFW
May 9: Illinois-Chicago
May 11-13: Michigan
16. CENTRAL FLORIDA
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 37-11, 13-5 in C-USA (1-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-1 (one series pending).
The Knights split the first two games of their series against Presbyterian, with the rubber game set for Monday. D.J. Hicks (3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B) led the UCF offense Saturday in support of Ben Lively (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K), who improved to 8-1. The Blue Hose chased Brian Adkins (1.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER) in a six-run second inning Sunday and cruised to the win behind Chandler Knox (9 IP, 8 H, 2 ER).
May 2: @ Stetson: W 5-4 (13 innings)
May 5-6: Presbyterian: W 8-1, L 7-2
May 7: Presbyterian
May 11-13: @ Marshall
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 29-14, 11-10 in Pac-12. (14-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
Stanford dropped a road series against Oregon State to fall to 2-4 on the season against teams from the Beaver State. Stephen Piscotty, Brian Ragira and Alex Blandino had three hits apiece in support of Mark Appel (7 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K), as the Cardinal overcame a 2-0 deficit with eight runs in the final two innings Friday. Jace Fry (9 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) carried a shutout into the ninth inning Saturday. Brett Mooneyham was a late scratch for Stanford due to the flu, so Dean McArdle (2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER) started and took the loss after giving up a homer to Ryan Barnes leading off the game, as the Beavers never looked back. Piscotty had four hits in a losing cause Sunday, and he pitched well in relief (4.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) but took the loss after giving up Ryan Dunn’s walk-off single in the 10th. A.J. Vanegas (3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R) also pitched well in relief of starter Sahil Bloom (1.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER).
May 1: @ San Jose State: L 8-5
May 4-6: @ Oregon State: W 8-2, L 4-2, L 5-4 (10 innings)
May 11-13: Washington State
18. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 36-11, 13-5 in WCC (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
USD’s offense had cooled down somewhat over the past month, but it erupted for 39 runs in a three-game sweep at BYU, giving San Diego a 2.5-game lead over Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount in the WCC. Kris Bryant (2-for-5, 4 R, 4 RBI, HR) kicked off a big weekend with a nice game Thursday, and USD got 5.2 innings of two-hit, shutout relief from three pitchers after Dylan Covey (3.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 6 ER) struggled. A.J. Robinson (5-for-6, 2 R, 3 RBI, 3 2B, 3B) led a 17-hit barrage in support of Calvin Drummond (5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) on Friday. Kris Bryant (4-for-5, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR) paced USD’s 18-hit attack in support of Paul Sewald (8 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) on Saturday.
May 3-5: @ Brigham Young: W 14-7, W 13-2, W 12-6
May 8: UC Irvine
May 11-13: Loyola Marymount
19. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 29-17, 14-10 in Pac-12. (6-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
ASU swept Utah to climb within two games of first-place Oregon in the Pac-12. Max Rossiter and Michael Benjamin had three hits and two RBIs apiece behind Brady Rodgers (8 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) on Friday. Seven Sun Devils posted multi-hit games Saturday in support of Trevor Williams (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K), as ASU out-hit the Utes 18-5. Williams set a career high for strikeouts in that one. Joseph Lopez, Robert Ravago and Jake Barrett combined to work 5.2 innings of two-hit, shutout relief Sunday.
May 4-6: Utah: W 5-3, W 17-1, W 4-2
May 11-13: @ Gonzaga
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 34-15, 12-12 in SEC. (6-10 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.
Arkansas swept a midweek series against Missouri but dropped a home series against South Carolina to fall four games behind LSU in the SEC West. The Razorbacks built a 6-0 lead against Michael Roth through three innings Friday, but the Gamecocks stormed back against Ryne Stanek (5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) and the Arkansas bullpen to win in extra innings. Matt Reynolds (3-for-5, 2 RBI) led a 17-hit attack and provided the eventual winning run with an RBI single in the eighth Saturday, as Arkansas won a back-and-forth affair that featured three lead changes. Sunday’s game was scoreless through the sixth, but South Carolina finally got to D.J. Baxendale (7 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) in the seventh and broke it open with six more in the eighth against the Arkansas bullpen.
May 1-2: Missouri: W 6-3, W 2-0
May 4-6: (5) South Carolina: L 8-6 (10 innings), W 7-6, L 10-7
May 10-12: Auburn
Last Week: 1-0. Overall: 31-14, 14-10 in ACC (3-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.
After wrapping up a sweep at Miami last Monday, the Cavaliers were off for exams.
April 30: @ Miami: W 7-4
May 1: Mount St. Mary’s: CCD
May 9: High Point
May 11-13: Georgia Tech
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 33-15, 14-7 in Big East (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1.
Louisville took two of three at West Virginia and enters next weekend’s showdown series against St. John’s trailing the Red Storm by two games in the Big East standings. Justin Amlung (8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) was stellar in a no-decision for Louisville in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, but WVU rallied for three in the ninth against Derek Self, winning on Billy Fleming’s two-run double. Ryan Seiz’s grand slam highlighted Louisville’s five-run first in the second game in support of Jeff Thompson (5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER). Louisville broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the seventh Sunday, highlighted by Nick Ratajczak’s two-run double. Jared Ruxer (6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER) improved to 6-1 in that one.
May 1: @ Western Kentucky: L 8-1
May 5-6: @ West Virginia: L 4-3, W 7-6, W 8-4
May 8: @ Vanderbilt
May 11-13: St. John’s
23. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 30-15, 11-10 in Pac-12. (6-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.
The Beavers have won home series against UCLA and Stanford over the last three weeks, sandwiched around a series loss at USC. Ben Wetzler (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) pitched well in a no-decision Friday, but the Cardinal scored eight runs over the final two innings against the OSU bullpen. Ryan Barnes led off Saturday’s game with his first homer of the year, and the Beavers never looked back, as Jace Fry (9 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) carried a shutout into the ninth inning. He improved to 4-1, 1.53 in home games. Dan Child (7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) was sound in a no-decision Sunday, but the Cardinal forced extra innings with two runs in the ninth against the Beaver bullpen, only to lose on Ryan Dunn’s walk-off RBI single in the 10th.
May 4-6: (12) Stanford: L 8-2, W 4-2, W 5-4 (10 innings)
May 8: @ (9) Oregon
May 11-13: @ Utah
24. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 29-16, 13-5 in MWC (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2-1.
The Horned Frogs won their sixth straight weekend series to move into a tie with New Mexico atop the MWC. A rain delay cut Andrew Mitchell’s outing to one inning in the opener, which was suspended and resumed on Saturday, but Preston Morrison (4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) provided solid relief to improve to 7-0. D.J. Peterson hit his 14th homer, a two-run shot in the third against Stefan Crichton (4 IP, 7 H, 6 ER), to lead the UNM offense in a 6-5 win in Game Two. Trey Teakell (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R) provided strong relief in a losing cause in that one. Mitchell (6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 9 K) came back with a strong start Sunday, and Kevin Cron’s two-run double in the seventh propelled the Frogs to the victory.
May 1: Oklahoma: W 4-3
May 5-6: New Mexico: W 5-3, L 6-5, W 2-1
May 11-13: @ Air Force
25. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 29-18, 12-12 in SEC (4-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-4.
The Bulldogs won their third straight weekend series and fourth in the last five weeks to climb to .500 in SEC play, into a tie with Arkansas for second place in the West. Chris Stratton (7 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K) improved to 9-0 Friday and has allowed just one run in his last 25 innings over three starts. The Bulldogs manufactured an unearned run in the seventh Saturday to pull off a 3-2 win despite getting out-hit 8-3. Jonathan Holder worked two scoreless innings for his third save in that one. Trey Porter (4-for-5, R) and Phillip Casey (2-for-2, 3 RBI) helped MSU rally from behind with five runs over the final two innings Sunday to take a 7-6 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but the Crimson Tide rallied for two in the final frame to beat Nick Routt (4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER).
May 4-6: @ Alabama: W 3-1, W 3-2, L 8-7
May 8: Mississippi Valley State (DH)
May 11-13: @ (6) Florida
SAM HOUSTON STATE (21)
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 32-15, 20-7 in Southland (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
The Bearkats dropped two of three at UT Arlington, their first series loss since Week Two at Louisiana-Monroe. Caleb Smith (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) won Friday’s opener (which was suspended by inclement weather and completed Saturday), as SHSU broke a scoreless tie with two in the seventh. Travis Sibley (3-for-4, 3 RBI) led the UTA offense against Justin Jackson (4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) and the Bearkats in the second game. Michael Oros (6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER) was solid in a no-decision Sunday, but the Mavericks won the battle of the bullpens.
May 1: (9) Texas A&M: L 10-0
May 4-6: @ Texas-Arlington: W 2-0, L 7-4, L 6-3
May 11-13: Southeastern Louisiana
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 31-18, 11-13 in SEC. (7-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-5-1.
Ole Miss dropped two of three at home against LSU, its fourth series loss in the last five weeks (though it hasn’t been swept). Bobby Wahl (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) and R.J. Hively (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) were solid in defeat Friday. LSU starter Ryan Eades and Ole Miss starter Mike Mayers each gave up four runs over four innings of work Saturday, but the Rebels won the battle of the bullpens, as Tanner Bailey, Chris Ellis and Brett Huber combined to work five innings of three-hit, shutout relief. Tanner Mathis (3-for-5, R, 2 RBI) broke a 4-4 tie with an RBI single in the sixth, and Auston Bousfield provided some insurance with a two-run homer an inning later. Dylan Chavez (3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) started and took the loss Sunday, and Josh Laxer (0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER) struggled in relief after throwing seven shutout innings Tuesday.
May 1: vs. Southern Miss @ Pearl, Miss.: W 3-0
May 2: Murray State: W 11-5
May 4-6: (4) Louisiana State: L 4-3 (13 innings), W 7-4, L 12-3
May 11-13: Tennessee
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 27-18, 13-8 in Big 12 (6-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-4-1.
Texas lost two of three at Missouri to fall into a three-way tie with Texas A&M and Oklahoma State for second place in the Big 12, eight games behind Baylor in the loss column. Parker French (4.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER) improved to 6-2, and Corey Knebel (2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R) picked up his ninth save in Friday’s win. Jonathan Walsh led the Texas offense with his fourth homer of the year, a two-run shot in the third. Eric Garcia’s RBI double broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth Saturday, propelling Missouri to a series-leveling 5-4 win. The Longhorns shifted Nathan Thornhill (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) to the bullpen, and he pitched well in relief of Dillon Peters (2.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER) but still took the loss to fall to 4-5. Erich Weiss had three hits in that one and three more in another losing cause Sunday, as the Longhorns forced extra innings with three runs in the eighth but lost when Mizzou scored an unearned run in the 11th against Knebel (5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). Texas stranded 18 runners in that one.
May 1: Prairie View A&M: W 5-2
May 4-6: @ Missouri: W 6-4, L 5-4, L 7-6 (11 innings)
May 12: Texas Southern (DH)