1. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 28-9, 5-1 in Big West. (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
Fullerton has won 19 of its last 22 games. Sr. OF Danny Dorn made his first start since March 11 on Saturday (shoulder troubles) and hit his first homer of the year. Fullerton has hit 21 homers on the season.
April 13-15: UC Davis: L 2-1, W 11-2, W 8-1
April 18: Loyola Marymount
April 21-23: @ Pacific
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 32-8, 11-1 in Conference USA. (8-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.
Rice has won 14 straight games, its longest string of success since running off 30 consecutive wins in 2003. Fr. DH Adam Zornes went 7-for-10 with four homers and nine RBIs on the week, starting three games after making just two previous starts. So. LHP Joe Savery hasn’t pitched in three weeks, but he’s still playing 1B.
April 11: @ (24) Baylor: W 6-4
April 14-16: @ Memphis: W 7-3, W 22-6, W 19-8
April 18: @ (15) Oklahoma
April 21-23: Southern Mississippi
3. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 31-7, 12-6 in ACC. (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
North Carolina has won eight of its last nine games and 11 of 13. Its pitching staff allowed one earned run in the series sweep, though part of that was because the Tar Heels committed three errors in the first and third games of the series. Jr. RHP Robert Woodard allowed a run over seven innings Saturday, a day before Jr. RHP Daniel Bard (7 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) earned his first win since March 11.
April 12: @ Charlotte: W 14-6
April 14-16: Virginia Tech: W 9-4, W 3-1, W 12-4
April 18: @ UNC Greensboro
April 21-23: (14) North Carolina State
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 28-5, 10-2 in Big 12. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.
Nebraska has won 10 straight after getting complete games from So. LHP Tony Watson (5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) and So. RHP Johnny Dorn (8 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) to close out the sweep of former pitching coach Rob Childress, now A&M’s head guy. Oh, Jr. RHP Joba Chamberlain struck out 11 batters over 6.1 innings in the opener. Here are the attendance figures for the series: 7,318, a school-record 8,757 and 8,415.
April 11: @ Iowa: W 16-14 (13)
April 13-15: Texas A&M: W 5-4, W 4-3, W 6-0
April 18: Creighton
April 19: Nebraska-Kearney
April 21-23: @ (5) Texas
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 27-12, 12-2 in Big 12. (12-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.
Remember when Texas was 9-8? It’s 18-4 since. Texas’ 12-4 start in conference play is its best since 2000. Three close games drew great performances from the Longhorns bullpen. Fr. LHP Austin Wood allowed two hits and no runs over 4.1 innings Thursday, recording seven strikeouts in the extra-innings win before notching a one-inning save Saturday. Fr. LHP Joseph Krebs won Friday’s game (5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 6 K). Crowds for the three-game series: 5,313 (at Baylor), and 6,333 and 6,373 (both at Texas).
April 11: UT Arlington: L 6-3
April 13-15: @/vs./vs. Baylor: W 7-6 (13), W 8-6, W 5-4
April 18: @ UT San Antonio
April 21-23: (4) Nebraska
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 27-10, 10-5 in ACC. (13-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.
Clemson starters allowed 15 earned runs in nine innings in the series loss, and the 22 Georgia Tech runs Sunday were the most Clemson has allowed in the 183 games between the schools. Sr. RF Travis Storrer drove in five runs in the series and hit two homers Sunday.
April 11: @ Western Carolina: W 8-3
April 12: (7) South Carolina: W 10-5
April 14-16: @ (14) Georgia Tech: W 7-6, L 12-3, L 22-4
April 18: (23) Winthrop
April 19: Furman
April 21-23: @ Boston College
7. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 29-8, 11-4 in SEC. (8-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
South Carolina won the Ole Miss series, but lost its errorless streak Sunday (14 games, 123 innings, 507 chances). Fr. RHP Mike Cisco threw his best game of the year Friday (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 8 K). Sr. OF Michael Campbell had eight hits and five RBIs in the series, including four and three Saturday, with a game-winning two-run double in the eighth inning.
April 12: @ (5) Clemson: L 10-5
April 14-16: Mississippi: W 1-0, W 6-3, L 11-6
April 19: The Citadel
April 21-23: @ (21) Kentucky
8. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 33-6, 13-5 in ACC. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
Miami snapped FSU’s 32-game home winning streak Friday. Jr. CF Shane Robinson extended his hit streak to 26 games Sunday, when So. RF Jack Rye had four hits, a homer and four RBIs. Crowds topped 6,000 for each of the first two games, and Saturday’s 6,717 is a Dick Howser stadium record. Jr. RHP Tyler Chambliss held Miami to an unearned run on four hits over seven innings Saturday, improving to 9-1 behind a 20-hit attack.
April 12: @ Jacksonville: W 10-1
April 14-16: Miami: L 7-3, W 16-1, L 7-5
April 19: Florida
April 21-23: @ (13) Georgia Tech
9. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 25-9, 6-3 in Pac-10. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
Credit Oregon State with nine wins in 10 games, and 13 in its last 15. This marks the first-ever three-game sweep of Stanford for OSU and the fewest runs the Beavers have allowed in a three-game set. OSU hadní•t thrown consecutive shutouts since 1999, while Stanford hadn’t been the victim of back-to-back shutouts since 1975. RHPs Mike Stutes (6.2 IP, 3 H), Dallas Buck (8.2 IP, 4 H) and Jonah Nickerson (7 IP, 2 H, ER) helped hold Stanford to 10 hits in the series.
April 11: @ Portland: W 14-9
April 13-15: Stanford: W 3-0, W 1-0, W 12-1 (7)
April 21-23: @ California
10. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 27-11, 6-3 in Pac-10. (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-0.
ASU was glad to be the home team in a series in which every game was won in a team’s last at-bat. It lost a four-run lead in the ninth Thursday, but got walk-off singles from Jr. 3B Seth Dhaenens and Jr. RF Colin Curtis to prevail in the final two games. So. 2B Eric Sogard tallied eight hits, six RBIs and seven runs in the series. He fell a homer shy of the cycle Friday before going deep twice Saturday.
April 13-15: (20) Southern California: L 13-12, W 10-9 (10), W 8-7
April 17: @ Texas Tech
April 21-23: @ UCLA
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 27-12, 10-5 in SEC (6-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
Alabama lost its first SEC series of the year as the pitching staff failed it for the first time. It has lost five straight series at LSU. So. RHP David Robertson allowed a three-run homer to give up a lead Saturday and has allowed 10 earned runs in his last five appearances. Sr. 2B Evan Bush rang up four hits, two homers and seven RBIs in Sunday’s slugfest.
April 12: @ Southeastern Louisiana: W 5-4
April 14-16: @ Louisiana State: L 7-6, L 8-6, W 17-6
April 19: Mississippi Valley State
April 21-23: (16) Vanderbilt
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 27-10, 8-7 in SEC. (10-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
Four walks, and error and a hit by pitch helped Arkansas turn a 9-4 ninth-inning deficit into a win Friday. So. LF Clint Arnold hit a three-run homer Saturday as Arkansas built an 8-1 lead. Jr. 1B Danny Hamblin totaled six hits, including HR No. 11, on the weekend. Fans continue to pack Baum Stadium: 7,691, 8,486 and 6,169 attended the three-game set.
April 11: @ Missouri State: L 4-2
April 14-16: (19) Kentucky: W 10-9, W 10-6, L 7-5
April 18-19: Northern Colorado
April 21-23: @ (17) Mississippi State
13. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 28-9, 10-8 in ACC. (4-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
Tech earns a big series win by hitting .360 and setting records for most runs in a game (22) and a series (40) it has ever scored against Clemson. Jr. 3B Wes Hodges drove in 13 runs over the final two games on three doubles and two homers.
April 12: Georgia: W 8-2
April 14-16: (5) Clemson: L 7-6, W 12-3, W 22-4
April 19: @ Georgia State
April 21-23: @ (8) Florida State
14. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 30-10, 13-5 in ACC. (7-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
NC State has won eight of its last nine ACC games and keeps piling up runs, nullifying the fact that no Wolfpack starter made it out of the fifth inning over the weekend. So. 2B Ramon Corona went 9-for-14 in the series with five runs scored and seven RBIs, while Jr. 1B Aaron Bates was 8-for-14 with six runs and four RBIs.
April 12: @ East Carolina: L 2-1 (13)
April 14-16: @ Maryland: W 11-4, W 15-4, W 7-4
April 18: East Carolina
April 21-23: @ (3) North Carolina
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 28-10, 8-4 in Big 12. (5-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
OU completes its first conference sweep by winning in its last at-bat for the second straight game and fourth time on the week. The Sooners have won six straight games. Sr. 2B Ryan Rohlinger was Sunday’s hero with a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning. Sr. 1B Kevin Smith hit a two-run walk-off homer the day before, sending all local clerks and mallrats home happy.
April 11: Texas Christian: W 12-11
April 14-16: Missouri: W 6-4, W 8-6, W 7-6
April 18: (2) Rice
April 21-23: @ Texas Tech
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 25-12, 10-5 in SEC (3-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1
This was a key week for Vanderbilt, which won a conference series despite losing So. LHP David Price’s Friday start. It was all about Fr. 3B Pedro Alvarez. He hit two homers in each of the two midweek games and then added two more against Georgia in a week in which he went 9-for-18 with 17 RBIs, seven runs scored and six walks. He drove in four runs Saturday, stroking an RBI single to cap a two-run ninth-inning rally. So. SS Dominic De La Osa hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs Sunday.
April 11: Western Kentucky: W 15-1
April 12: @ Lipscomb: W 16-3
April 14-16: Georgia: L 9-7, W 5-4, W 11-3
April 18: @ Middle Tennessee State
April 21-23: @ (11) Alabama
17. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 26-9, 7-7 in SEC. (4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.
Mississippi State has lost its last three SEC series and is 10-9 since its 18-0 start. Sr. LHP Brooks Dunn fell victim to the shortest outing of any MSU starter on Friday (3 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER). Sr. SS Thomas Berkery hits two homers in Friday’s loss, and Jr. 1B Brian LaNinfa hit a grand slam in the eighth inning Saturday to break open a close game.
April 11: Mississippi @ Jackson, Miss.: L 1-0
April 14-16: @ Auburn: L 9-4, W 17-10, L
April 18-19: @ Memphis
April 21-23: (12) Arkansas
18. NOTRE DAME
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 27-8, 11-1. (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
The yin to Mississippi State’s yang, Notre Dame has won 17 straight games following a 10-8 start. It’s the nation’s longest active win streak, the best in Paul Mainieri‘s tenure and one game shy of the 1991 school record. The 11 straight Big East wins is the second-best run in league history. ND blew a 4-0 lead Saturday before scoring three times in the ninth to sweep the series on a walk-off homer by Sr. CF Alex Nettey. Sr. 1B Craig Cooper had three hits and three RBIs in the doubleheader sweep. An Eck Stadium record 3,052 fans came for the Thursday doubleheader, and that record was toppled by Saturday’s crowd of 3,101.
April 11: Oakland: W 15-1
April 12: Manchester: W 8-2
April 13-15: St. John’s: W 9-2, W 13-7, W 7-5
April 18: Toledo
April 19: IUPU-Fort Wayne
April 21-23: Rutgers
19. COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 30-7, 12-3 in SoCon (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
Charleston matches the 2004 team for the best start in school history. It has three straight wins against Winthrop. So. C Alex Garabedian collected seven hits, six RBIs, four runs and six walks on the week. So. SS Oliver Marmol has a 16-game hit streak.
April 11: @ (25) Winthrop: W 5-2
April 14-16: @ Western Carolina: W 17-1, W 14-6, L 5-4
April 18: @ Coastal Carolina
April 21-23: Wofford
20. OLD DOMINION
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 33-6, 16-2 in Colonial (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-0
A week after throwing a no-hitter, Northeastern Jr. RHP Adam Ottavino struck out 13 batters in nine innings against ODU, but the Monarchs scored twice in the bottom of the 10th to escape with the win. Jr. RHP Jason Godin set a school record with 18 strikeouts (without a walk) in a complete game Saturday. Godin and Justin Verlander shared the previous mark of 17.
April 11: @ Maryland: L 7-2
April 14-16: Northeastern: W 3-2 (10), W 3-0, L 7-5
April 19: @ Norfolk State
April 21-23: @ Delaware
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 26-10, 8-7 in SEC. (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
Kentucky lost consecutive games for the second time all season before winning the finale to top its SEC wins total from each of the last two seasons. Jr. 1B Ryan Strieby hit two homers and drove in eight runs in the series. UK pitching walked 11 batters and hit eight more in the first two games of the series. It walked four, hit one and made an error in the ninth inning Friday as it blew a 9-4 lead.
April 14-16: @ (12) Arkansas: L 10-9, L 10-6, W 7-5
April 19: @ Louisville
April 21-23: (7) South Carolina
22. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 22-16, 8-4 Pac-10 (6-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.
USC scored five runs in the ninth inning Thursday to win the opener despite having trailed 8-1 following one of the worst starts of Jr. RHP Ian Kennedy’s career (5.1 IP, 11 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 4 K). ASU won the final two games on walk-off singles. Fr. starters Ryan Cook (4.2 IP, 10 H, 6 ER) and Tommy Milone (5 IP, 10 H, 5 ER) didn’t fare much better than did Kennedy in a wild series.
April 11: UC Riverside: W 17-9
April 13-15: @ (13) Arizona State: W 13-12, L 10-9 (10), L 8-7
April 18: @ UC Irvine
April 21-23: Washington
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 29-10, 9-3 in Big South. (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
Winthrop started the week with its third straight loss to Charleston, but finished it with big sticks. So. 3B Mitch Saum hit three-run homers in each of the final two games of the UNC Asheville series, while Jr. 2B Chris Carrara also homered in both games and Jr. LF Tommy Lentz rang up three hits in each of those contests to extend his hit streak to 18 games. Jr. RHP Heath Rollins struck out a career-high 14 batters in the opener, falling one out shy of a complete game.
April 11: (21) College of Charleston: L 5-2
April 14-15: @ UNC Asheville: W 11-4, W 13-11, W 15-6
April 18: @ (6) Clemson
April 21-23: Radford
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 26-13, 11-7 ACC. (3-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.
So. LHP Scott Maine recorded a career-high eight strikeouts Sunday (7 IP, 6 H, 3 R), and Fr. LF Blake Tekotte homered twice as Miami won its first series of the year against a ranked team. The Hurricanes ended FSU’s 32-game home win streak on Friday and became the first visiting team to win a series in Tallahassee since 2004. Jr. 3B Danny Valencia hit a grand slam as part of a five-RBI game Friday.
April 14-16: @ (4) Florida State: W 7-3, L 16-1, W 7-5
April 21-23: Virginia
25. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 23-14, 6-3 in West Coast (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
Fr. DH Josh Romanski went 3-for-4 as USD used a four-run seventh inning Thursday to rally to win the opener. Romanski earned the win in relief in the final game of the series, as USD again battled back to win on a walk-off RBI single by Jr. SS Steve Singleton. Jr. RHP Josh Butler lost the middle game and has allowed 30 hits and 11 runs–eight earned–in his last 15 innings. RESULTS
April 11: Cal State Northridge: L 2-1
April 13-15: Loyola Marymount: W 6-4, L 7-3, W 6-5
April 18: UC Riverside
April 21-23: @ Pepperdine
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 21-11, 6-6 in Missouri Valley (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
Creighton scored six runs in three games and now hasn’t won at SIU since 1996. It has also lost all four Sunday conference games it has played. Sr. 3B Zach Daeges has driven in a run in eight straight games.
April 11: Kansas State: L 5-4
April 14-16: @ Southern Illinois: L 3-2 (10), W 2-1, L 7-2
April 18: @ (4) Nebraska
April 21-23: Evansville
Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 22-15, 7-8. (6-10 vs. Top 25) Weekend Series: 4-4.
Baylor went winless, but played two of the nation’s hottest teams close in every one. The Bears hadní•t suffered an 0-4 week since March 2004. Sr. C Zach Dillon went 8-for-14 against Texas, scoring three runs and driving in two. Sr. Ryan LaMotta’s scoreless streak ended at 20 innings Thursday, when he allowed his first extra-base hit in 30 innings.
April 11: (2) Rice: L 6-4
April 13-16: vs./@/@ (8) Texas: L 7-6 (13), L 8-6, L 5-4
April 18: Texas State
April 21-23: @/vs./vs. Texas A&M