1. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 31-3, 9-3 in Pac-10 (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
The Sun Devils rebounded from their first series loss of the season with a sweep of Southern California. Jr. RHP Seth Blair (6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) improved to 6-0 in Friday’s win. Nine different Devils recorded hits in Saturday’s balanced 12-hit attack behind Jr. RHP Merrill Kelly (6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER), who picked up his eighth win of the year. So. OF Johnny Ruettiger (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3B) led the offense Sunday, and So. RHP Jake Borup (7 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER) settled down after USC’s four-run first to earn his seventh victory. The Trojans made five errors Sunday and nine on the weekend.
April 16-18: Southern California: W 5-4, W 5-3, W 14-6
April 20: (17) Arizona
April 23-25: Washington
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 29-9, 12-6 in ACC. (10-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
Virginia ran its winning streak against Virginia Tech to 12 games before blowing a two-run lead in the ninth in Sunday’s finale. So. LHP Danny Hultzen (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) was characteristically strong in a no-decision Friday, and the Cavs broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the eighth. Jr. OF Phil Gosselin and Sr. SS Tyler Cannon had three hits and two RBIs apiece Saturday in support of Jr. RHP Robert Morey (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER). Jr. OF Jarrett Parker went 3-for-4 with a homer Sunday, and Jr. RHP Cody Winiarski (6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER) turned in another solid outing, but UVa. bullpen stalwarts Kevin Arico and Tyler Wilson coughed up a 5-3 lead in Virginia Tech’s five-run ninth.
April 14: @ Virginia Military Institute: L 12-3
April 16-18: (20) Virginia Tech: W 4-2, W 8-2, L 8-5
April 20: Richmond
April 21: George Mason
April 23-25: @ Maryland
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 30-7, 13-2 in Big 12. (8-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
The Longhorns swept rival Texas A&M to run their winning streak to 12 games and their Big 12 winning streak to 11. Texas remains 2 1/2 games ahead of second-place Kansas State in the league. So. RHP Taylor Jungmann (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K) was stellar in a no-decision Friday, but the Aggies forced extra innings with three runs against Jr. RHP Chance Ruffin, and Texas won it on a bases-loaded error in the 11th. Jr. OF Kevin Keyes (3-for-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI) led an 18-hit attack Saturday in support of Jr. RHP Cole Green (9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K), who threw Texas’ first shutout against the Aggies since 2003. It was also Texas’ largest margin of victory against A&M since 1939. Jr. RHP Brandon Workman (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K) shut out the Aggies again on Sunday, and Keyes hit another homer—a three-run shot in the fourth to put the ‘Horns ahead for good. Seven of Keyes’ nine homers have come in Big 12 play.
April 13: Texas State: W 6-5
April 16-18: vs./@/@ Texas A&M: W 4-3 (11 innings), W 14-0, W 8-0
April 20: Texas-Arlington
April 23-25: Oklahoma State
4. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 31-5, 15-3 in ACC. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
The Yellow Jackets swept Clemson, picking up their sixth weekend series sweep of the season, their fourth in ACC play. So. 2B Jacob Esch (7-for-12, 4 R, 2 RBI, 2B, HR) capped his big weekend with a solo homer in the eighth Sunday to extend Georgia Tech’s streak to 15 straight games with a home run. Jr. RHP Deck McGuire (7 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) was hittable for the second straight Friday, but Sr. RHP Andrew Robinson rescued Tech from a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the 10th, and Jr. OF Chase Burnette followed with a walk-off, two-run homer in the bottom of the frame. Jr. RHP Brandon Cumpton (7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) rebounded from an awful start last week to improve to 6-0 on Saturday, as Tech came from behind with two in the seventh. Esch, Jr. OF Jeff Rowland and Sr. 1B Tony Plagman had four hits apiece Sunday in support of So. LHP Jed Bradley (7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K).
April 14: @ Georgia: W 25-6
April 16-18: (17) Clemson: W 8-6 (10 innings), W 4-3, W 11-3
April 20-21: Georgia Southern
April 23-25: (20) Virginia Tech
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 27-5, 5-4 in Pac-10 (5-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
The Bruins dropped their first series of the year but salvaged Sunday’s finale against upstart Oregon. So. RHP Gerrit Cole (5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) fell to 6-1 in Friday’s loss, and So. RHP Trevor Bauer (7 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) fell to 5-2 on Saturday. After falling behind in the first two innings of the first two games, the Bruins jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning Sunday, helping Jr. LHP Rob Rasmussen (6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) improve to 6-0, 2.52 with 69 strikeouts in 50 innings.
April 13: @ UC Riverside: W 10-0
April 16-18: Oregon: L 5-4, L 8-4, W 5-1
April 20: Long Beach State
April 23-25: @ (17) Arizona
6. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 28-9, 12-6 in ACC. (9-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
The Seminoles took two of three at Duke, winning their third series of the year in the state of North Carolina. Jr. OF Tyler Holt (3-for-4, 4 R, 2 RBI, 2B, 2 HR, SB) led a 19-hit barrage Friday in support of So. LHP Sean Gilmartin (8 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). Holt had two more hits in Saturday’s loss, and So. LHP Brian Busch (5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER) held Duke scoreless for four innings in his first start of the season, but the Blue Devils stormed back from an early 4-0 deficit. Florida State erased a 3-0 deficit Sunday with four in the fifth, capped by Jr. OF Mike McGee’s two-run double. Jr. LHP John Gast (5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER) picked up the win in that one.
April 13: (7) Florida: W 3-2
April 14: Jacksonville: L 10-8
April 16-18: @ Duke: W 16-3, L 10-6, W 8-3
April 20-21: Charleston Southern
April 23-25: (14) Miami
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 25-10, 10-5 in SEC. (6-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
Fr. 3B/DH Austin Maddox (7-for-13, 5 R, 5 RBI, 3 2B on the weekend) homered in all three games to lead the Gators to their first series win at Kentucky since 2004. Jr. RHP Kevin Chapman (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) finally subdued the Wildcats in a back-and-forth game Friday. Chapman now has seven saves and a 1.37 ERA. So. RHP Greg Larson (3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) picked up the win Saturday in relief of Fr. RHP Hudson Randall (3 IP, 2 ER, 5 BB). The Wildcats jumped out to a 6-0 lead Sunday through three innings against So. RHP Anthony DeSclafani (2.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER), and Florida’s comeback bid fell short after Jr. 2B Josh Adams’ two-run homer in the ninth. Jr. 3B Bryson Smith returned to the lineup Friday after missing 14 games with a finger injury; he went 1-for-6 in the first two games before sitting out Sunday.
April 13: @ (6) Florida State: L 3-2
April 16-18: @ Kentucky: W 10-8, W 6-3, L 6-5
April 21: @ South Florida
April 23-25: (9) Arkansas
8. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 30-6, 11-4 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.
The Tigers rebounded from a series loss to Auburn by sweeping Alabama for the first time since 2002. Jr. RHP Anthony Ranaudo (6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) had a solid 99-pitch outing Friday to pick up his second win in as many weeks, and Sr. 1B Blake Dean led the offense with two home runs and four RBIs. Dean homered again Saturday, and So. SS Austin Nola also went deep for the second straight day, helping So. RHP Joey Bourgeois (5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) improve to 4-1. So. RHP Matty Ott (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) allowed two runs in the eighth Sunday, then held the Tide scoreless over the next six innings in the longest outing of his career. That set the stage for So. 3B Grant Dozar’s walk-off home run in the 14th.
April 14: Tulane: W 10-4
April 16-18: Alabama: W 12-5, W 9-7, W 6-5 (14 innings)
April 20-21: vs./@ Northwestern State
April 23-25: @ (19) Mississippi
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 31-6, 12-3 in SEC (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
The Hogs swept a midweek series against New Mexico and a weekend series against Georgia to run their winning streak to 11 games. Arkansas leads the SEC by a game over LSU and South Carolina. So. 3B Zack Cox extended his hitting streak to 12 games and has nine straight multiple-hit games to raise his overall average to .444. The Hogs also got nice weekends from their two other preseason All-Americans, Jr. 1B Andy Wilkins (4-for-12, 9 RBI, HR, 2B) and Jr. OF/RHP Brett Eibner (5-for-13, 6 RBI, 2 HR, 2B). So. LHP Drew Smyly (9 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) improved to 5-0 in Friday’s win, and Eibner (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER) was strong Saturday. Fr. RHP D.J. Baxendale (4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) moved into the rotation Sunday and pitched well. Jr. DH Monk Kreder hit his second homer of the year Sunday to extend his hitting streak to 19 games.
April 13-14: New Mexico: W 4-3 (11 innings), W 5-4
April 16-18: Georgia: W 10-2, W 10-2, W 13-5
April 20: Oral Roberts
April 23-25: @ (7) Florida
10. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 28-8, 11-4 in SEC. (6-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
South Carolina took two of three from Ole Miss and has now won eight straight conference series dating back to last year. Sr. RHP Blake Cooper (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) won a classic pitcher’s duel against Ole Miss ace Drew Pomeranz (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 10 K) when the Gamecocks broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the eighth against the Rebels’ bullpen, highlighted by Jr. 3B Adrian Morales’ three-run double. Fr. DH Christian Walker’s grand slam highlighted South Carolina’s seven-run second inning Saturday behind Jr. RHP Sam Dyson (6.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K). The Rebels broke a 4-4 tie with a run in the seventh Sunday.
April 14: @ The Citadel: W 10-4
April 16-18: (14) Mississippi: W 5-0, W 9-5, L 5-4
April 20: South Carolina-Upstate
April 23-25: @ Georgia
11. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 27-7, 8-3 in MWC. (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0 (one series suspended).
The Horned Frogs recorded their fourth sweep of the season on the road against BYU, extending their winning streak to seven games. TCU cranked out 20 hits Thursday to help Fr. LHP Matt Purke (6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) improve to 5-0, 3.47 with 60 strikeouts and 10 walks in 49 innings. Sr. C Bryan Holaday was one of six Frogs to record multi-hit games in that one, and he led the offense Friday with four hits and three RBIs in support of So. RHP Kyle Winkler (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K). Holaday had three more hits Saturday, and Jr. RHP Steven Maxwell (7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision. TCU scored an unearned run in the 11th in that one, and So. RHP Kaleb Merck (3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R) picked up the win in relief.
April 13: Texas A&M: W 6-1
April 15-17: @ Brigham Young: W 14-8, W 12-1, W 6-5 (11 innings)
April 19: Dallas Baptist
April 20: @ (24) Oklahoma
April 23-25: Nevada-Las Vegas
12. COASTAL CAROLINA
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 32-5, 11-0 in Big South (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
Coastal swept Gardner-Webb to extend its winning streak to 13 games and its winning streak in conference games to 21. The Chanticleers lead the nation with 32 wins, and their 32-5 start is the best in school history. Coastal’s midweek win at North Carolina also improved the Chants to 6-0 against ACC competition this year. Jr. 3B Scott Woodward provided 10 of Coastal’s 23 stolen bases in five games on the week. Woodward is hitting .583 in Big South play and is a perfect 22-for-22 in steals in conference games. He now leads the team with 36 steals, two more than Jr. OF Rico Noel. The Chanticleers got strong weekend starts from Jr. LHP Cody Wheeler (9 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K), So. RHP Anthony Meo (5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) and Sr. LHP Jim Birmingham (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R).
April 13: The Citadel: W 7-3
April 14: @ North Carolina: W 12-4
April 16-18: @ Gardner-Webb: W 8-2, W 24-10, W 13-0
April 21: UNC Wilmington
April 23-25: @ Virginia Military Institute
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 29-6, 9-3 in Big East. (3-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
The Cardinals rebounded from a series loss to Pittsburgh by recording their fourth sweep of the year on the road against West Virginia. Louisville trails Connecticut and Rutgers by a game in the Big East standings. The Cardinals hit three homers in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader in support of Jr. RHP Thomas Royse (8 IP, 7 H, 0 R). So. OF Stewart Ijames (4-for-6, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B) broke a 9-9 tie in the nightcap with a two-run homer in the 11th. So. 2B Ryan Wright and Jr. 3B Phil Wunderlich each contributed four hits, each homered and each drove in three Sunday, and Jr. RHP Gabriel Shaw (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) picked up the win in the longest outing of his career.
April 14: @ (19) Western Kentucky: W 7-6
April 17-18: @ West Virginia: W 8-1, W 12-9 (11 innings), W 10-1
April 21: Western Kentucky
April 23-25: Seton Hall
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 27-9, 14-4 in ACC (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
Miami swept a series against North Carolina for the first time since the Hurricanes joined the conference in 2005. The ‘Canes have won five of their first six conference series and trail Georgia Tech by just a game in the conference standings. Miami’s bullpen did not allow an earned run in 17 innings of work on the weekend. Jr. C Yasmani Grandal’s two-run double highlighted a four-run first inning Friday against UNC ace Matt Harvey, and the Miami bullpen worked four scoreless, one-hit innings in relief of Jr. LHP Chris Hernandez (5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER). Hernandez officially was the starting pitcher Saturday after ‘Canes coach Jim Morris accidentally turned in the previous night’s lineup card, but Jr. LHP Eric Erickson (5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) threw the first pitch of the game and went on to pick up the win. Miami rallied from behind with three in the eighth to win Sunday’s curfew-shortened finale.
April 14: @ Florida Gulf Coast: W 9-0
April 16-18: North Carolina: W 7-5, W 11-1, W 8-7 (8 innings)
April 20: Bethune-Cookman
April 23-25: @ (6) Florida State
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 22-11, 8-4 in Pac-10. (7-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2-1.
Cal won its third straight conference series and has won nine of its last 10 games. The Golden Bears sit alone in second place in the Pac-10, a game behind Arizona State. So. C Chadd Krist (4-for-5, 3B, HR, 2 RBI) led the offense in Friday’s loss and is hitting .365 with a team-best six homers. Fr. LHP Justin Jones (8.1 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) picked up his eighth win of the season Saturday. Jr. 1B Mark Canha (3-for-5, 4 RBI) broke a 7-7 tie with a two-run triple in the eighth inning Sunday. So. RHP Dixon Anderson was scratched Sunday with tightness in his arm.
April 16-18: Washington: L 7-3, W 3-2, W 9-7
April 20: Pacific
April 23-25: @ Stanford
16. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 20-13, 7-2 in Big West. (4-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
Fullerton won its fifth straight weekend series and increased its lead in the Big West to two games. Sr. RHP Kyle Mertins (2.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER), starting in the place of injured So. RHP Noe Ramirez, took the loss Friday, as UCSB ace Mario Hollands (8.2 IP, 3 ER) kept the Fullerton bats at bay. Preseason All-Americans Christian Colon and Gary Brown combined for seven hits, six runs, nine RBIs, three homers and a triple Saturday in support of Jr. RHP Daniel Renken (6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K), who won his third straight start. So. RHP/DH Tyler Pill went 4-for-5 Sunday while also striking out a career-high 11 over eight dominant innings, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk.
April 16-18: @ UC Santa Barbara: L 5-3, W 17-3, W 6-1
April 20: Pepperdine
April 23-25: Cal Poly
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 26-9, 7-5 in Pac-10. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
Arizona won its second series in two weekends against a Pac-10 team from the Evergreen State, running its winning streak to five games with a sweep of Washington State. Fr. RHP Kurt Heyer (8.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 14 K) set a career high in strikeouts Friday, eclipsing the 13 Ks he recorded in his collegiate debut on Opening Day. Sr. 1B Rafael Valenzuela (3-for-5, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2B, 3B) led a 16-hit attack Saturday in support of So. RHP Kyle Simon (8 IP, 10 H, 6 ER). Valenzuela delivered a walk-off RBI single to cap Arizona’s four-run rally in the ninth Sunday.
April 12: @ Gonzaga: W 5-4
April 16-18: Washington State: W 5-3, W 13-6, W 12-11
April 20: @ (1) Arizona State
April 23-25: (5) UCLA
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 23-12, 6-6 in Pac-10 (6-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.
Oregon won its second straight road series against a ranked opponent, taking two of three at top-ranked UCLA. So. RHP Scott McGough (4.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) picked up the win in relief Friday as the Ducks handed UCLA ace Gerrit Cole (5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER) his first loss of the year. Sr. OF Curtis Raulinaitis (2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI) led a 13-hit attack Saturday in support of Sr. RHP Justin LaTempa (6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER), who beat UCLA’s Trevor Bauer (7 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 6 ER). So. RHP Alex Keudell (6 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) settled down after giving up four runs in the first Sunday, but the damage was done.
April 16-18: @ (1) UCLA: W 5-4, W 8-4, L 5-1
April 20-21: @ Gonzaga
April 23-25: Southern California
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 24-13, 8-7 in SEC (6-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.
The Rebels dropped their first road series of the year but salvaged Sunday’s finale at South Carolina. Jr. LHP Drew Pomeranz (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 10 K) was outstanding in a no-decision in Friday’s pitcher’s duel, but the Gamecocks scored five in the eighth against the Ole Miss bullpen. Sr. RHP Aaron Barrett (3.2 IP, 11 H, 8 ER) was shellacked Saturday. Sr. OF David Phillips broke a 4-4 tie Sunday with a solo homer in the seventh, and Jr. LHP Matt Tracy (3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief.
April 13: @ Memphis: L 6-5
April 16-18: @ (10) South Carolina: L 5-0, L 9-5, W 5-4
April 20: Southern Mississippi
April 23-25: (8) Louisiana State
20. VIRGINIA TECH
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 25-13, 9-9 in ACC. (5-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.
The Hokies saw their losing streak against rival Virginia extended to 12 games before rallying Sunday for their first win in Charlottesville since 2000. Jr. LHP Justin Wright (6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 5 K) was decent in a no-decision Friday, and the Hokies tied the score at 2-2 with a run in the eighth, but UVa. won it with two in the bottom of the frame against Sr. RHP Ben Rowen. Virginia broke another 2-2 tie with two in the sixth Saturday against So. RHP Mathew Price (6.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER). Jr. RHP Jesse Hahn (6.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 10 K) threw well Sunday, and Rowen (2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief as the Hokies rallied from a 5-3 deficit with five runs in the ninth, highlighted by So. OF Buddy Sosnoskie’s three-run double.
April 13: North Carolina A&T: W 5-1
April 16-18: @ (2) Virginia: L 4-2, L 8-2, W 8-5
April 20: @ Radford
April 23-25: @ (4) Georgia Tech
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 27-7, 10-2 in Big East. (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
The Huskies swept a road series at Georgetown to run their winning streak to 15 games, longest active streak in the nation. They have also won 10 straight Big East games since losing their first two at Louisville. Jr. LHP Elliot Glynn (4 IP, 9 H, 6 ER) struggled Friday, but UConn rallied back with five runs in the seventh to tie it, then scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth. The Huskies scored five in the first Saturday, and Jr. LHP Greg Nappo (7.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) made it stand up. So. RHP Matt Barnes (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) was strong in a no-decision Sunday, and So. OF John Andreoli delivered a tie-breaking RBI single in the ninth.
April 13: Hartford: W 19-2
April 14: @ Brown: W 15-3
April 16-18: @ Georgetown: W 9-8, W 8-2, W 3-2
April 20: @ Fairfield
April 21: Rhode Island
April 22: @ Holy Cross
April 23-25: Rutgers
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 18-13, 7-5 in Pac-10 (7-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.
Stanford rode its hot bats to an undefeated week and a road sweep at Oregon State. The Cardinal set season-highs for hits in back-to-back games with 18 against Santa Clara on Tuesday and 19 against OSU on Friday. Jr. 1B Jonathan Kaskow (10-for-16, 8 R, 8 RBI, HR) led the offense on the week with four multiple-hit games. The Cardinal overcame a 6-4 deficit Friday with five runs in each of the seventh and eighth innings, and Fr. RHP Mark Appel (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) nailed down the victory to pick up his first career save. So. RHP Jordan Pries (7.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, and Jr. 2B Colin Walsh broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run homer in the 10th. The Cardinal jumped out to a 9-1 lead through three innings Sunday behind So. RHP Brian Busick (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER).
April 13: @ Santa Clara: W 14-0
April 16-18: @ (18) Oregon State: W 14-6, W 5-3 (10 innings), W 10-7
April 20: Santa Clara
April 23-25: (15) California
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 29-9, 8-7 in SEC (4-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-3.
Vanderbilt’s offense continued to slump, batting just .226 in the last five games, but the Commodores rode their arms to a series win against Auburn. Fr. OF Connor Harrell (2-for-3, HR, 5 RBI) led the offense Friday in support of So. RHP Sonny Gray (6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K), who snapped a two-game losing streak. The Tigers hammered So. RHP Jack Armstrong (2.1 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 5 ER) in Saturday’s loss. Jr. RHP Taylor Hill (8.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) earned a no-decision in the longest outing of his career Sunday, and So. 1B Aaron Westlake broke a 2-2 tie wit a walk-off home run in the ninth.
April 13: Middle Tennessee State: W 1-0
April 16-18: (23) Auburn: W 11-6, L 12-2, W 3-2
April 20: @ Lipscomb
April 21: @ Middle Tennessee State
April 23-25: @ Tennessee
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 26-10, 6-7 in Big 12 (1-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
Oklahoma dropped a series at Texas Tech and has lost seven of its last 11 games overall. The Sooners scored two runs in five separate innings in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, and Jr. RHP Zach Neal (9 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K) threw Oklahoma’s first complete game of the year. Jr. RHP Bobby Shore (4.2 IP, 10 H, 7 ER) was knocked around in the nightcap. Sr. RHP Jeremy Erben (3.1 IP, 10 H, 7 ER) was hammered for the second straight Sunday, and Texas Tech closer Chad Bettis held the Sooners scoreless on two hits over the final four innings.
April 13: @ Oklahoma State: L 8-7 (10 innings)
April 17-18: @ Texas Tech: W 12-1, L 7-3, L 8-3
April 20: (11) Texas Christian
April 23-25: @ Texas A&M
25. SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 29-9, 12-6 in Southland (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
The Lions won a series against Southland Conference favorite Texas State to pull within a game of the Bobcats in the league standings. Jr. RHP Brandon Efferson (9 IP, 9 H, 1 ER) improved to 7-1 in Friday’s win. So. SS Justin Boudreaux (3-for-6, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2 HR) had a big day in a losing effort in Saturday’s slugfest. Boudreaux went 2-for-4 with three RBIs Sunday in support of Fr. LHP Jordan Hymel (7 IP, 4 H, 5 ER), who improved to 6-1.
April 13: Alcorn State: W 17-3
April 14: Alabama: L 10-5
April 16-18: Texas State: W 10-1, L 12-10 (11 innings), W 9-6
April 20: @ Tulane
April 23-25: @ Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 23-14, 10-8 in ACC. (3-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.
Clemson was swept in a weekend series for the first time since 2008. The Tigers have lost their last nine games that were decided by two runs or less and have lost 13 of 19 overall. The Tigers overcame an early 5-2 deficit against Tech ace Deck McGuire on Friday, but they could not score after loading the bases with one out in the 10th, and the Jackets won it with a walk-off homer in the bottom of the frame. So. RHP Scott Weismann (7 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) was decent in a loss Saturday, but the Jackets came from behind with two in the seventh. So. LHP Will Lamb (2.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER) fell to 3-3 on Sunday.
April 14: Western Carolina: L 7-5
April 16-18: @ (5) Georgia Tech: L 8-6 (10 innings), L 4-3, L 11-3
April 21: South Carolina-Upstate
April 23-25: North Carolina
OREGON STATE (18)
Last Week: 0-3. Overall: 20-11, 3-6 in Pac-10 (1-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-3.
The Beavers were swept by Stanford, stretching their losing streak to five games—all at home. Oregon State has lost three of its last four weekend series and is tied for eighth place in the Pac-10. OSU stormed back from a 4-0 deficit with six runs in the fifth inning Friday, only to see the Cardinal answer with five-spots in the seventh and eighth. Jr. LHP Tanner Robles (7.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, but Stanford broke a 3-3 tie on Colin Walsh’s two-run homer in the 10th against Jr. RHP Tyler Waldron. Stanford jumped out to a 9-1 lead through three innings Sunday against So. RHP Sam Gaviglio (2.2 IP, 8 H, 9 ER), then held off OSU’s late rally.
April 16-18: Stanford: L 14-6, L 5-3 (10 innings), L 10-7
April 23-25: @ Washington State
WESTERN KENTUCKY (19)
Last Week: 1-4. Overall: 27-12, 9-6 in Sun Belt (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.
The Hilltoppers were swept at Florida Atlantic and have dropped two of their last three weekend series. Sr. RHP Matt Ridings (6.2 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) took his first loss of the season Friday, as the Owls broke a 3-3 tie with five runs in the seventh. So. RHP Rye Davis (4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) pitched well in relief in the first game of Saturday’s twin bill before FAU got to him for a run in the 10th. Fr. LHP Tanner Perkins (3 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 7 ER) was hit hard in the finale.
April 13: @ Austin Peay State: W 14-7
April 14: (13) Louisville: L 7-6
April 16-18: @ Florida Atlantic: L 10-3, L 5-4 (10 innings), L 9-8
April 20: Kentucky
April 21: @ (13) Louisville
April 23-25: Florida International
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 24-13, 8-7 in SEC. (5-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-4.
Auburn dropped two of three at Vanderbilt and has lost three of its last four series. Jr. LHP Cole Nelson (2.1 IP, 6 H, 7 ER) had his second straight rough outing Friday. Jr. OF Brian Fletcher (3-for-6, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR) led a 16-hit attack Saturday behind So. LHP Cory Luckie (9 IP, 5 H, 2 ER), who threw Auburn’s first complete game since May 10, 2008. The Tigers got another strong start Sunday from Jr. LHP Grant Dayton (8 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K), but the Commodores broke a 2-2 tie on Aaron Westlake’s walk-off homer leading off the ninth.
April 14: New Orleans: W 13-1
April 16-18: @ Vanderbilt: L 11-6, W 12-2, L 3-2
April 20: Troy
April 23-25: Kentucky