Top 25 Tracker: April 16

1. FLORIDA STATE

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 29-7, 16-2 in ACC (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-0.

The Seminoles won two of three at Boston College. They lead the ACC’s Atlantic Division by five games over second-place N.C. State, and they have a four-game lead on North Carolina and Miami in the race for the top seed in the conference tournament. Jayce Boyd doubled in the tying run and then scored the winning run in the ninth Friday. Brandon Liebrandt (5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER) was solid in a no-decision in that one. Boyd (3-for-5, 2 RBI, 2B) led the offense again Saturday, and Hunter Scantling (4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) earned the win in relief of Mike Compton (2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER). Boyd capped his nice weekend with two more hits and two RBIs Sunday, but the Eagles scored 17 runs on 19 hits and six walks to pull off the upset. Boyd leads the Seminoles in batting (.393), as James Ramsey has cooled down a bit (his average is down to .380 after a 3-for-15 weekend).

RESULTS

April 10: (7) Florida: L 6-3

April 13-15: @ Boston College: W 6-5, W 6-3, L 17-5

UPCOMING

April 18: North Georgia

April 20-22: (18) Miami

2. TEXAS A&M

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 28-8, 9-3 in Big 12 (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.

Texas A&M won a road series against Kansas but fell further behind first-place Baylor (15-0) with Sunday’s loss. Michael Wacha (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) threw his second shutout of the season Friday, and Mikey Reynolds hit his first homer for the Aggies, a three-run shot. Jacob House (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI) led the A&M offense Saturday in support of Ross Stripling (8 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). Rafael Pineda (5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER) took his first collegiate loss Sunday.

RESULTS

April 10: Texas-Arlington: L 3-2

April 13-15: @ Kansas: W 8-0, W 6-4, L 5-3

UPCOMING

April 17: (7) Rice

April 20-22: vs./@/@ (6) Baylor

3. KENTUCKY

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 32-5, 11-4 in SEC (9-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-0.

After losing Friday’s opener, Kentucky bounced back to sweep a doubleheader Saturday, giving the Wildcats their first series win in Fayetteville in 10 years. Arkansas was swept in a doubleheader at home for the first time since 1999. Thomas McCarthy (3-for-4, 2 RBI) led the UK attack Friday, but Taylor Rogers (4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER) struggled, and the Hogs came from behind with three runs in the seventh to win. A.J. Reed’s fourth-inning RBI double proved the winning run in Saturday’s opener, as Chandler Shepherd and Tim Peterson combined for 5.2 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief in a 5-4 win. Cameron Flynn’s two-run homer in the fourth provided all the offense Kentucky needed in the finale, as Corey Littrell (6.1 IP, 8 H, 1 ER) improved to 6-0. The Wildcats have won each of their first five SEC series—three on road against Tennessee, Georgia and Arkansas, two at home against South Carolina and Mississippi.

RESULTS

April 10: Louisville: L 12-0

April 13-15: @ (11) Arkansas: L 8-7, W 5-4, W 2-1

UPCOMING

April 17: Cincinnati

April 20-22: (4) Louisiana State

4. LOUISIANA STATE

Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 30-7, 11-4 in SEC. (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.

LSU swept Alabama and has won 13 of its last 14 games, including nine of its last 10 SEC games. Austin Nola and Mason Katz each homered and combined for seven RBIs Friday behind Kevin Gausman (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). Raph Rhymes had three hits Saturday to lead the offense in support of Ryan Eades (7.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K). Rhymes had two more hits Sunday, and Arby Fields went 3-for-4, with two RBIs in support of Aaron Nola (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K), who earned the win in an efficient 64-pitch outing in his return to the weekend rotation after a one-week absence. Fields has given LSU a spark recently, going 10-for-22 (.455) with six RBIs and seven runs over his last six games.

RESULTS

April 10: Alcorn State: W 7-2

April 11: vs. Southern Mississippi @ Metairie, La.: W 8-3

April 13-15: Alabama: W 10-2, W 7-1, W 5-1

UPCOMING

April 18: Lamar

April 20-22: @ (3) Kentucky

5. FLORIDA

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 28-8, 9-6 in SEC. (13-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.

After losing back-to-back series over the previous two weekends, Florida rebounded with a midweek road win at Florida State (sweeping the annual series for the first time in 54 years) and a road series win against rejuvenated Tennessee. Nolan Fontana (4-for-4, 2 2B, R, RBI) led the Florida offense behind Jonathon Crawford (5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) in Friday’s win. Karsten Whitson (3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER) got a no-decision Saturday, and Johnny Magliozzi (5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) pitched well in defeat. Brian Johnson’s three-run double in the first put the Gators ahead for good Sunday, and Johnson (6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) got back on track on the mound following two lackluster weeks.

RESULTS

April 10: @ (1) Florida State: W 6-3

April 13-15: @ Tennessee: W 3-1, L 5-4, W 8-1

UPCOMING

April 17: Georgia Southern

April 20-22: Georgia

6. BAYLOR

Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 30-7, 15-0 in Big 12 (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.

Baylor is on some roll. The Bears swept their first straight conference series to run their winning streak to 19 games. Baylor has now more than doubled the previous best unbeaten start in Big 12 history. Josh Turley (9 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) threw his second career complete game and Baylor’s first CG of the year Friday. Baylor has won all nine of Turley’s starts this year. Saturday’s game was suspended by inclement weather with Baylor trailing 10-8 in the sixth, and the Bears rallied for a 14-12 win when play resumed Sunday, as Nathan Orf’s three-run homer broke a 10-10 tie and highlighted Baylor’s five-run seventh. The Bears overcame a six-run deficit to win that one, then came back from a four-run deficit in the finale, powered by a monster day from Josh Ludy (5-for-6, 3 HR, 7 RBI). Freshman Michael Howard hit his first career homer, a game-winning shot in the 11th to break an 11-11 tie. With that victory, Baylor coach Steve Smith tied Mickey Sullivan for most wins in school history (649).

RESULTS

April 10-11: Louisiana-Monroe: W 7-5, W 8-7

April 13-15: @ Kansas State: W 5-2, W 14-12, W 12-11 (11 innings)

UPCOMING

April 17-18: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

April 20-22: @/vs./vs. (2) Texas A&M

7. RICE

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 27-11, 9-3 in C-USA. (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1-1.

Rice’s annual second-half surge might be underway. The Owls allowed just two runs in a three-game sweep at Marshall and are playing at a high level now that Austin Kubitza has gotten back on track. The Owls got a strong start from Matthew Reckling (6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) and broke open a close game with seven in the ninth Friday. Kubitza (6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K) turned in his second consecutive scoreless weekend start on Saturday. J.T. Chargois—a preseason All-American as a two-way player—had three hits in each of the first two games to lead the offense, then earned his seventh save with 2.2 solid innings in relief of Andrew Benak (6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K) on Sunday.

RESULTS

April 10: Texas State: W 6-5

April 13-15: @ Marshall: W 9-0, W 5-1, W 3-1

UPCOMING

April 17: @ (2) Texas A&M

April 20-22: East Carolina


8. OREGON

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 24-10, 10-5 in Pac-12 (10-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.

Oregon went to Stanford and won its fourth straight Pac-12 series—the previous two were against powers Arizona State and UCLA—to move into a tie with Arizona and UCLA for first place in the conference. Alex Keudell (9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) turned in a gem Friday for the Ducks, who scored three times in the 10th to win 4-2. Oregon took advantage of a dropped routine fly ball, two throwing errors, a walk and a wild pitch in the top of the 10th. Stanford got a run in the bottom of the frame against Jimmie Sherfy but stranded the bases loaded to end the game. Ryon Healy (3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) led the Oregon offense in support of Jake Reed (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R) on Saturday. A wild Brando Tessar (1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 3 BB) took his first loss of the season Sunday.

RESULTS

April 9-10: San Francisco: W 4-2, W 4-1

April 13-15: @ (6) Stanford: W 4-2 (10 innings), W 5-0, L 4-2

UPCOMING

April 16: Arkansas-Pine Bluff

April 18: vs. Portland @ Salem, Ore.

April 20-22: Washington State

9. SOUTH CAROLINA

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 27-10, 8-7 in SEC. (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.

The Gamecocks rebounded from a midweek loss at Division II Francis Marion by sweeping Mississippi State to climb above .500 in SEC play. South Carolina has won three straight weekend series.  After MSU surged ahead with four runs in the sixth against Michael Roth (5.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER) on Friday, the Gamecocks rallied back with four in the eighth against Chris Stratton (7.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 11 K) and Caleb Reed to win 7-6. Sean Sullivan’s two-run triple tied the game. With two outs and Sullivan on third, Reed struck out Tanner English, but the pitch got by the catcher and Sullivan scored the winning run on the wild pitch. Freshman Jordan Montgomery (6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) turned in his second straight strong weekend start in Saturday’s win, and English led the offense with three hits and two runs. Evan Marzilli (3-for-4, 2 R) paced a balanced 11-hit attack Sunday behind Colby Holmes (8.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K).

RESULTS

April 10: The Citadel: W 8-0

April 11: @ Francis Marion (S.C.): L 5-4

April 13-15: Mississippi State: W 7-6, W 5-3, W 6-4

UPCOMING

April 17: College of Charleston

April 20-22: @ Auburn

10. NORTH CAROLINA

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 27-9, 12-6 in ACC. (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.

A week after getting swept at Miami, the Tar Heels went back on the road and swept Virginia in Charlottesville for the first time since 1994. It was the first time any team had swept the Cavs at home since 2003. Jacob Stallings hit a game-winning solo homer in the 10th inning Friday, after Kent Emanuel (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) and Branden Kline (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K) went head-to-head in a fine pitchers’ duel. Michael Russell, in his second game at third base, went 4-for-4 for UNC. Chaz Frank (2-for-4, 2 RBI) led the North Carolina offense Saturday, and four UNC relievers combined for seven innings of one-run relief. Freshman Adam Griffin had two hits in that one and two more Sunday in support of Benton Moss (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K).

RESULTS

April 11: UNC Asheville: W 10-5

April 13-15: @ Virginia: W 2-1 (10 innings), W 6-2, W 5-3

UPCOMING

April 17: High Point

April 18: Liberty

April 20-22: Georgia Tech

11. UCLA

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 24-8, 10-5 in Pac-12. (11-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.

The Bruins rebounded from a series loss to Oregon with a strong 3-1 week, capped by a series win at Arizona that pulled them into a three-way tie with the Ducks and Wildcats for first place in the Pac-12. Tyler Heineman had three hits in a losing cause Friday, as Arizona broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the eighth. The top three hitters in UCLA’s lineup—Beau Amaral, Heineman and Cody Keefer—combined for 11 of the team’s 20 hits Saturday, as well as seven runs and five RBIs. Nick Vander Tuig (5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER) earned the win in that one. Zack Weiss (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) earned the win in his return to the weekend rotation Sunday, as Jeff Gelalich (3-for-5, R, RBI) led UCLA’s 11-hit attack.

RESULTS

April 10: (13) Cal State Fullerton: W 4-2

April 13-15: @ (4) Arizona: L 4-3, W 15-3, W 6-2

UPCOMING

April 17: Cal State Northridge

April 20-22: @ Oregon State

12. CAL STATE FULLERTON

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 23-12, 7-2 in Big West (6-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.

Fullerton won its eighth consecutive weekend series on the road against rival UC Irvine. The Titans are tied with Long Beach State for first place in the Big West. Andrew Thurman (8 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning in Irvine’s 4-1 win in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Austin Kingsolver broke up the no-hit bid with a chopper over the mound leading off the ninth. That proved to be Fullerton’s lone hit of the game. The Titans made up for it in the nightcap, pounding out 18 hits in support of Kenny Mathews (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K). Clay Williamson, making his second start of the year, hit a three-run triple to highlight Fullerton’s seven-run second, and Matt Chapman (3-for-5) added three-run double in the third. Another Fr. OF, Austin Diemer, made his third career start Sunday and delivered two hits, a run and an RBI. Fr. DH J.D. Davis hit a two-run homer (he has half of Fullerton’s four homers on the season) in support of Grahamm Wiest (5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER).

RESULTS

April 10: @ (17) UCLA: L 4-2

April 14-15: @ UC Irvine: L 4-1, W 13-2, W 5-3

UPCOMING

April 17: Pepperdine

April 20-22: Cal Poly

13. ARIZONA

Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 24-11, 10-5 in Pac-12. (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.

After winning Friday’s series opener, the Wildcats dropped the next two against UCLA to lose its first weekend series of the year and fall into a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-12 with the Bruins and Oregon. Joey Rickard’s RBI single broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth, and Kurt Heyer (9 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER) went the distance in Friday’s win. Konner Wade (3 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 5 ER) was hammered Saturday and took his first loss of the year. James Farris (4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) took the loss Sunday, and Seth Mejias-Brean had half of Arizona’s six hits.

RESULTS

April 13-15: (17) UCLA: W 4-3, L 15-3, L 6-2

UPCOMING

April 17: @ (20) Arizona State

April 20-22: @ Washington

14. STANFORD

Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 22-9, 5-7 in Pac-12. (9-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.

Stanford dropped a home series against Oregon but salvaged Sunday’s series finale to avoid a sweep. Mark Appel (9 IP, 10 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 13 K) turned in a gritty 149-pitch outing in a no-decision Friday for the Cardinal, which melted down in the 10th, as Oregon took advantage of a dropped routine fly ball, two throwing errors, a walk and a wild pitch to score three runs. The Cardinal mustered just three hits behind Brett Mooneyham (4 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) in Saturday’s loss. Tyler Gaffney had three of Stanford’s seven hits Sunday, helping A.J. Vanegas (5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER) pick up his second win of the year, in his second consecutive strong weekend start. David Schmidt (3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R) was strong in relief to earn his third save. Shortstop Lonnie Kauppila left the game in the middle of his first at-bat Sunday, after originally injuring himself in a collision with second baseman Kenny Diekroeger on a grounder up the middle in the first.

RESULTS

April 9: @ California: W 19-6

April 11: Pacific: W 8-3

April 13-15: (16) Oregon: L 4-2, L 5-0, W 4-2

UPCOMING

April 17: San Jose State

April 20-22: (20) Arizona State

15. CENTRAL FLORIDA

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 30-8, 9-3 in C-USA (1-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-0.

UCF remained unbeaten in weekend series by winning a big road series against Southern Miss. USM’s Mason Robbins blooped a walk-off RBI single down the left-field line in the 14th Friday. Andrew Pierce (9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K) and Bradley Roney (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) shut out UCF’s potent offense on six hits for 14 innings. The Knights stranded the bases loaded in the eighth, and USM left the bases full in the 11th, adding to the tension. Brian Adkins (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R) was strong in a no-decision for the Knights. UCF’s bats woke up over the next two days, scoring 23 runs. Travis Shreve and D.J. Hicks combined for four hits and seven RBIs Saturday. Hicks hit his 10th homer Sunday, and Ryan Breen drove in four in support of Ray Hanson (6.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K).

RESULTS

April 10: Florida A&M: W 16-4

April 11: Bethune-Cookman: W 6-2

April 13-15: @ Southern Mississippi: L 1-0 (14 innings), W 11-6, W 12-3

UPCOMING

April 17: Florida Atlantic

April 20-22: @ Tulane

16. PURDUE

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 28-5, 10-2 in Big Ten (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0-1.

Purdue swept Illinois to run its winning streak to eight games and build a 2.5-game lead over second-place Minnesota in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers have been getting it done with their pitching during the winning streak, allowing just 1.5 runs per game. Cameron Perkins (2-for-4, RBI, 2B) led the Purdue offense Friday behind Joe Haase (7.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K). Lance Breedlove (7.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) turned in another strong start in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader to improve to 6-2 on the year. Connor Podkul (6.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was solid again in his second career Big Ten start Sunday, and the Boilermakers broke a 3-3 tie with two in the eighth.

RESULTS

April 11: @ Ball State: W 15-2

April 13-15: Illinois: W 3-0, W 4-1, W 5-3

UPCOMING

April 17: @ Illinois-Chicago

April 20-22: @ Nebraska

17. ARKANSAS

Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 25-10, 8-7 in SEC. (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.

After winning Friday’s opener, the Hogs were swept in a doubleheader at Baum Stadium for the first time since 1999 on Saturday, giving Kentucky its first series win in Fayetteville since 2002. Derrick Bleeker’s three-run triple in the seventh inning propelled the Hogs to a come-from-behind win Friday. Cade Lynch (5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the win with strong relief work, as starter Ryne Stanek (3.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) struggled. Tim Carver had four hits and two RBIs for the Razorbacks in that one. Brandon Moore (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R) was strong in relief of Barrett Astin (4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) in the first game of Saturday’s twin bill. D.J. Baxendale (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) was very good in defeat in the finale.

RESULTS

April 10: @ Oklahoma: L 4-0

April 13-15: (3) Kentucky: W 8-7, L 5-4, L 2-1

UPCOMING

April 17: Stephen F. Austin (DH)

April 20-22: @ (22) MIssissippi

18. MIAMI

Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 25-11, 12-6 in ACC (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.

A week after sweeping North Carolina, the Hurricanes dropped a series at Virginia Tech to cap a 1-3 week. Miami fell into a tie with UNC atop the ACC’s Coastal Division. Eric Erickson (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) improved to 6-3 and E.J. Encinosa (2 IP, 2 H, 0 R) earned his eighth save in Friday’s win. Virginia Tech tied Saturday’s game with a sacrifice fly in the eighth and won it on Alex Perez’s bases-loaded walk in the ninth against Adam Sargent. Eric Whaley (6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER) was solid in a no-decision. Steven Ewing (8 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) was stellar in a no-decision Sunday, but the ‘Canes mustered just four hits behind him, and the Hokies answered Miami’s two-run ninth with two of their own against Encinosa.

RESULTS

April 11: Florida Gulf Coast: L 4-2

April 13-15: @ Virginia Tech: W 6-4, L 5-4, L 3-2

UPCOMING

April 18: Stetson

April 20-22: @ (1) Florida State

19. SAN DIEGO

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 29-8, 7-2 in WCC (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.

The Toreros allowed just four runs in a three-game sweep of La Salle to run their winning streak to six games. Calvin Drummond (6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER) improved to 7-2 in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, and Kris Bryant hit his ninth homer of the year. Michael Wagner worked two scoreless innings for his 16th save in that one, then followed with another scoreless inning in the nightcap to pick up No. 17. Dylan Covey (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) turned in his third straight very strong outing in that one. Wagner pitched another scoreless inning Sunday for his 18th save, and Dillon Haupt led the offense with two RBIs.

RESULTS

April 9: @ San Diego State: W 6-2

April 14-15: La Salle: W 4-1, W 2-0, W 5-3

UPCOMING

April 20-22: St. Mary’s

20. ARIZONA STATE

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 23-13, 9-6 in Pac-12. (5-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.

The Sun Devils swept their second straight weekend series. They have won seven of their last eight games, allowing two or fewer runs in each of those seven victories. Deven Marrero hit a two-run homer Friday in support of Brady Rodgers (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K), who improved to 6-1, 1.12 with 55 strikeouts and seven walks in 72 innings. Trevor Williams (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) posted his first career complete game Saturday. Williams, the second half of ASU’s dynamic rotation duo, improved to 7-2, 1.41. Rouric Bridgewater (2-for-3, 4 RBI) hit one of ASU’s three homers Sunday in support of Darin Gillies (5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER).

RESULTS

April 9-10: @ New Mexico: L 15-6, W 3-1

April 13-15: Southern California: W 5-1, W 4-0, W 8-1

UPCOMING

April 17: (13) Arizona

April 20-22: @ (14) Stanford

21. NORTH CAROLINA STATE

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 24-10, 11-7 in ACC (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.

N.C. State bounced back from a series loss at Maryland by taking two of three at Clemson, its first series win at Clemson since 1996, when Ray Tanner was still the head coach in Raleigh. The ‘Pack took sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Division, two games ahead of the Tigers. After the Wolfpack stormed back from a 4-0 deficit with three runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings Friday, Clemson answered with a run in the eighth to tie it, then won 7-6 on Thomas Brittle’s walk-off RBI bloop single to right in the 12th. Trea Turner tied an ACC record with five stolen bases in that one, then delivered a game-winning two-run double in the seventh inning Saturday, helping fellow freshman Carlos Rodon (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) improve to 6-0, 1.38. Turner had two hits and two walks Sunday, and he stole two more bases, making him an incredible 38-for-39 on the year. Ryan Mathews’ two-run double highlighted N.C. State’s decisive four-run fifth in support of Logan Jernigan (5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER).

RESULTS

April 11: Elon: W 14-2

April 13-15: @ Clemson: L 7-6 (12 innings), W 3-1, W 6-3

UPCOMING

April 17: @ Campbell

April 20-22: Boston College

22. MISSISSIPPI

Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 24-12, 7-8 in SEC. (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3-1.

Ole Miss dropped a tough road series at Georgia but avoided a sweep by winning Saturday’s series finale. Bobby Wahl (4.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) failed to last five innings for the second straight start Thursday, but Ole Miss still carried a two-run lead into the eighth, when Georgia rallied for six runs against Aaron Greenwood and Brett Huber (1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER). R.J. Hively (4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) took the loss Friday, as Alex Wood (7.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) kept the Rebels in check. Tanner Mathis (4-for-6, 2 RBI) paced MIssissippi’s 20-hit barrage Saturday.

RESULTS

April 10: Central Arkansas: W 2-1 (7 innings), W 4-0 (7 innings)

April 12-14: @ Georgia: L 8-4, L 6-3, W 8-3

UPCOMING

April 17: vs. Mississippi State @ Pearl, Miss.

April 20-22: (17) Arkansas

23. TEXAS

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 20-13, 9-3 in Big 12 (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2-1.

The Longhorns dropped Friday’s series opener but rebounded to sweep Saturday’s doubleheader and remain tied with Texas A&M for second place in the Big 12. Nathan Thornhill (6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision Friday, but Andrew Heaney (9 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) kept the UT offense at bay until the 10th, when OSU won it with a pair of runs. Mark Payton and Jacob Felts had two RBIs apiece in support of Parker French (8 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) in the first game of Saturday’s twin bill. Payton’s solo homer broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning in the nightcap, and three Texas relievers provided five innings of scoreless relief.

RESULTS

April 10: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: W 9-2

April 13-15: Oklahoma State: L 3-1 (11 innings), W 5-0, W 3-2

UPCOMING

April 17: Texas State

April 20-22: Kansas

24. SAM HOUSTON STATE

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 25-10, 15-3 in Southland (4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.

Though SHSU’s winning streak was halted at 13 games Saturday, the Bearkats won Sunday’s rubber game to take the road series at Lamar and maintain their four-game lead in the Southland. Jake Arrington (2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI) led a 12-hit attack in support of Caleb Smith (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) in Friday’s win. The Cardinals broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the sixth against Justin Jackson (6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) to win Saturday. Arrington’s RBI triple broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth Sunday, helping Cody Dickson (5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) improve to 4-2.

RESULTS

April 13-15: @ Lamar: W 6-2, L 5-2, W 5-3

UPCOMING

April 17: Houston

April 20-22: @ McNeese State

25. NEW MEXICO STATE

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 27-10, 4-2 in WAC (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0-1.

The Aggies swept Saturday’s doubleheader to win a road series at Sacramento State but lost Sunday (Monday’s game against the Hornets is a nonconference contest). Zach Voight (4-for-5, 2 R, 7 RBI, HR) led the offense in support of Ryan Beck (5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER) in the seven-inning opener. The Aggies did all their scoring in a six-run first in the nightcap in support of Adam Mott (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K). Zac Fisher (3-for-5, 2 RBI) led the offense Sunday, and Michael Ormseth (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) was solid in a no-decision, but the Hornets rallied against the bullpen to overcome a 5-0 deficit.

RESULTS

April 14-15: @ Sacramento State: W 16-4 (7 innings), W 6-1, L 10-7

UPCOMING

April 16: @ Sacramento State

April 19-21: Louisiana Tech

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