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Mississippi State won four games last week to remain the nation's only undefeated team while extending its record to 15-0. That's a better start than the 1985 Bulldogs club that featured future major league all-stars Jeff Brantley, Will Clark, Rafael Palmeiro and Bobby Thigpen. Mississippi State has relied on one of the deepest and most effective pitching staffs in the nation, one that has delivered a 2.07 ERA and held opponents to a .222 average.

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Three Strikes

Will Kimmey -

It was a big weekend for the Missouri Valley Conference. It earned four bids (three at-large) in the men's basketball tournament, a happening that engendered plenty of coverage for the league. While it's not likely to earn that many NCAA bids in baseball, the MVC boasts two clubs on double-digit winning streaks. Wichita State (17-2) has reeled off wins in its last 13 games and broke into the rankings at No. 23 this week. The Shockers boast the nation's most versatile middle infield, with second baseman Damon Sublett and shortstop Noah Krol batting .408-4-16 and .326-1-5 while combining to allow only one run in 15 innings of relief. Sublett has earned a win and three saves while recording 12 strikeouts, while Krol has notched 11 strikeouts and two saves.

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Three Strikes

Will Kimmey -

At 13-0, Georgia Tech holds the nation's longest winning steak and is off to its best start since going 17-0 in 2003. And to no one's surprise, the Yellow Jackets are doing it with offense. GT batted .404 and scored 48 runs in a three-game sweep of Rutgers. The hitters make it easy for those of us who aren't enrolled in Tech's engineering school, scoring 130 times in 13 games for a tidy 10 runs per game average.

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Three Strikes

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A week after Florida's pitching staff looked strong against Miami, it gets destroyed by Missouri during a 1-2 weekend at home in the Pepsi Baseball Classic. The Tigers rang up 14 runs on 22 hits and five Gators errors Friday night in a 14-5 win, while junior righthander Max Scherzer shredded the lineup, striking out eight batters while allowing a run over seven innings and showing off a plus changeup to go with his mid-90s fastball and slider.

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Three Strikes

Will Kimmey -

Arkansas sophomore lefthander Nick Schmidt held Texas Christian hitless for six innings Friday night in 1 5-2 win. Schmidt struck out seven batters and walked one before leaving the game after 91 pitches. He threw six hitless innings in his first start as well, notching six strikeouts and three walks against Oklahoma State.

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Three Strikes

Will Kimmey -

The Houston Astros College Classic drew a record 27,134 fans Saturday, the fourth-largest crowd ever to watch a college baseball game. Most came for the marquee matchup between Texas and Rice that night. The fans were treated to the best game of the young season.

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Three Strikes

Will Kimmey -

Texas fans should put down that rope or step back from the ledge. Despite a strong pitching staff, one that used experienced starters Randy Boone and Kenn Kasparek in relief and got just 10 outs from Kyle McCulloch before he left after getting hit by a batted ball, Texas still sends a young lineup out there. It's talented, and there's no question Augie Garrido will get plenty of runs from it as the season progresses. Sure, this is the second 0-3 start for Texas since 1938 (the Longhorns started 0-4 in 2001), but remember this club won the title during a 2005 season in which it dropped a series at Kansas and finished third in the Big 12.

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