Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 35-8, 12-6 in SEC. (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
After dropping a pair of midweek road games against local mid-majors, Vanderbilt rebounded with a sweep of rival Tennessee. Jr. LHP David Price (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 14 K) turned in a vintage performance Friday night. Fr. LHP Mike Minor (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) joined Price in the seven-win club, with help from a Vandy offense that cranked out 13 hits. So. RHP Nick Christiani didn’t get the start Sunday, but he threw five innings of one-run relief of Sr. LHP Stephen Shao (2.2 IP, 5 ER), and Jr. pinch-hitter Ryan Davis singled home So. 3B Pedro Alvarez (1-for-2, 3 RBI) to break a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the ninth.
April 17: @ Lipscomb: L 5-3
April 18: @ Middle Tennessee State: L 11-8
April 20-22: Tennessee: W 3-1, W 4-3, W 7-6
April 25: Tennessee Tech
April 27-29: Florida
2. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 37-6, 15-3 in ACC. (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 12-0.
Florida State’s 30-game home winning streak ended Wednesday against Florida, but the Seminoles tightened their grip on the ACC by taking a home series from North Carolina. Sr. RHP Bryan Henry (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) improved to 10-0 on Friday, as So. OF Mark Gildea’s two-run double in the eighth proved huge. Jr. RHP Danny Rosen saved Friday’s win and then worked two perfect innings to save Saturday’s victory, striking out three. Jr. OF Jack Rye (1-for-3, 3 RBI) powered the offense in that one. Jr. RHP Ryan Strauss (3.2 IP, 10 H, 5 ER) took his first loss of the season on Sunday.
April 18: Florida: L 5-4
April 20-22: (2) North Carolina: W 4-2, W 5-4, L 10-6
April 27-29: @ Miami
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 34-9, 13-7 in ACC. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1-1.
The Cavaliers won a tough road series but remain a half-game behind North Carolina in the ACC’s Coastal Division by virtue of UVa.’s rainout last Sunday against Georgia Tech. So. RHP Jacob Thompson (8 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) improved to 9-0 Friday as the Cavaliers chased Clemson ace lefty Daniel Moskos in their three-run fourth inning. Fr. LHP Matt Packer (5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K) and relievers Michael Schwimer (2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) and Casey Lambert (1 IP, 1 H, 0 R) combined to shut out the Tigers on Saturday, and Virginia scored three times in the final two innings. Jr. LHP Sean Doolittle (6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K) was a hard-luck loser in Sunday’s pitching duel, as the Cavs were held to three hits.
April 17: Richmond: W 12-5
April 20-22: @ (14) Clemson: W 5-3, W 3-0, L 2-1
April 25: James Madison
April 27-29: Maryland
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 33-11, 13-2 in C-USA. (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
Here come the Owls. Rice has now won six in a row and 13 of 14, and its reloaded pitching staff allowed just four runs in a weekend sweep of UCF. The Owls supported Fr. RHP Ryan Berry (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) with five runs in the third and five more in the seventh Friday. Sr. RHP Ryne Tacker (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K) looks like a great fit as the Saturday starter; he’s given up just two runs on seven hits in 12 innings since moving to the rotation last weekend. Jr. LHP Cole St. Clair saved Saturday’s win with three shutout innings of relief, allowing just one hit and striking out three. Jr. LHP/1B Joe Savery (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K) had one of his best starts of the year Sunday, and So. OF Jared Gayhart had three hits to pace Rice’s 13-hit attack.
April 17: (5) Texas: W 7-4
April 20-22: Central Florida: W 10-2, W 4-2, W 8-0
April 24: Sam Houston State
April 27-29: @ Alabama-Birmingham
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 33-12, 14-4 in Big 12. (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
The Longhorns mustered just two hits against Nebraska ace lefty Tony Watson on Friday, but the bats came through Saturday and Sunday. So. OF Kyle Russell (3-for-4, 2 RBI), who broke UT’s single-season home run record earlier in the week against Rice, belted his 22nd homer of the year Saturday in support of Jr. RHP Adrian Alaniz (7.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 10 K). Alaniz, just 7-4, 4.18 a year ago, has been the Longhorns’ ace this year at 10-2, 2.54 and just 54 hits allowed in 74 innings. Russell then went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and his 23rd homer on Sunday in support of Sr. LHP Joseph Krebs (6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER).
April 17: @ (7) Rice: L 7-4
April 20-22: @ Nebraska: L 7-0, W 8-4, W 6-2
April 24: Texas-Pan American
April 27-29: @ (12) Oklahoma State
6. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 1-3. Overall:Overall: 33-9, 14-7 in ACC. (6-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
UNC’s Tallahassee troubles continued, as the Tar Heels fell to 2-13 at Florida State in Mike Fox’s tenure. Sr. RHP Robert Woodard (7 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) pitched well Friday, but he failed to pick up his school record-breaking 31st career win as the Heels managed just six hits in support of him. Fr. RHP Alex White (4.2 IP, 4 R, 3 ER) continued his recent string of subpar outings, and UNC’s attempt to come back from an early 5-0 deficit fell just short. Jr. OF Seth Williams (4-for-6) paced UNC’s 20-hit barrage Sunday in support of Jr. RHP Luke Putkonen (5.2 IP, 4 ER). Fr. 1B Dustin Ackley went 8-for-17 on the week and leads the nation with a .467 average.
April 17: Campbell: L 7-5 (11 innings)
April 20-22: @ (3) Florida State: L 4-2, L 5-4, W 10-6
April 24: East Carolina
April 25: High Point
April 27-29: @ North Carolina State
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 32-11, 13-5 in SEC. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-1.
Arkansas remains in first place in the SEC after a road series win against Georgia. Jr. LHP Nick Schmidt (8 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) suffered a rare loss (his first of the season) on Friday, allowing five runs in the second inning. Sr. 1B Danny Hamblin hit a solo homer for Arkansas’ sole run Friday, then hit two more homers Saturday, including the game-winner in the 10th inning. Hamblin has recovered from his slow start and now leads the Hogs with 14 homers and 44 RBIs. Jr. RHP Jess Todd (9 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) was outstanding in a complete game Sunday.
April 18: @ Missouri State: W 16-2
April 20-22: @ Georgia: L 6-1, W 7-6, W 9-3
April 25: (10) Wichita State
April 27-29: @ Auburn
8. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 31-8, 4-5 in Pac-10. (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
Jr. C Mitch Canham’s two-run homer in the first inning Friday proved all the support necessary for Jr. RHP Mike Stutes (8 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 12 K), who improved to 9-1, 2.36. Rain caused Saturday’s game to be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday, and Canham provided the heavy artillery in both ends of the twin bill, hitting a grand slam in each. Three of his eight homers this year have been grand slams. His first on Sunday came as part of a seven-run fourth inning in support of Jr. LHP Joe Paterson (6.1 IP, 2 ER). Canham’s second slam was a pinch-hit shot in the fifth inning of Game Two, helping Fr. RHP Jorge Reyes (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) get a win in his first career weekend start. Sunday’s second game was the fifth time Oregon State has shut out an opponent this year.
April 20-22: Nevada-Las Vegas: W 3-1, W 10-2, W 7-0
April 24: @ Portland
April 27-29: @ Stanford
9. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 31-10, 10-8 in SEC. (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
Jr. RHP Harris Honeycutt started his career a perfect 15-0 but has lost his last two starts. South Carolina’s defense didn’t do him any favors Friday, as he allowed six runs (just two earned) over six innings of work. The Gamecocks managed just three hits and did not score against Lance Lynn on Saturday, making a hard-luck loser out of Jr. LHP Arik Hempy (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K). The USC bats woke up in Sunday’s slugfest, led by So. 1B Justin Smoak (2-for-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI), and the Gamecocks broke a 9-9 tie with single runs in the eighth and ninth innings. South Carolina continues to look for a Sunday starter; So. LHP Will Atwood (2.2 IP, 10 H, 6 ER) was hit hard.
April 17: Wofford: W 8-0
April 18: (14) Clemson: W 4-2
April 20-22: @ (24) Mississippi: L 8-5, L 6-0, W 11-9
April 24: Davidson
April 25: @ (19) Clemson
April 27-29: @ Alabama
10. WICHITA STATE
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 34-9, 13-2 in MVC. (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1.
The Shockers hung five runs on Missouri State ace lefty Ross Detwiler over six innings, and Jr. RHP Travis Banwart (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) rebounded from last week’s bad outing against Southern Illinois. So. RHP Aaron Shafer (7 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) turned in a similar performance in Saturday’s win. Sr. 1B Danny Jackson (2-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI) continued his hot hitting Sunday, leading a 12-hit Shocker attack.
April 17: Oral Roberts: L 2-0
April 18: Kansas: W 2-1
April 20-22: @ Missouri State: W 5-1, W 3-0, W 11-6
April 24: Kansas State
April 25: @ (7) Arkansas
April 27-29: Evansville
11. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 32-10, 10-2 in Pac-10. (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The red-hot Sun Devils have won 11 straight after sweeping a Louisiana-Lafayette team that is in first place in the Sun Belt. Fr. RHP Mike Leake (7 IP, 2 ER) improved to 9-2, 2.12 overall on Friday, and Jr. 2B Eric Sogard (3-for-4, HR, RBI) led the offense. Jr. LHP Josh Satow struck out a career-high 11 over seven innings of one-run ball Saturday before the bullpen made things interesting. Jr. RHP Jason Jarvis (3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) picked up the win in relief Sunday as ASU came from behind with four runs in the eighth. So. 1B Brett Wallace had a big weekend for the Sun Devils, going 7-for-14 with a double, two triples and 11 RBIs. His 62 RBIs lead the nation.
April 20-22: Louisiana-Lafayette: W 8-2, W 11-8, W 9-6
April 25: Hawaii
April 27-29: @ California
12. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 5-1. Overall: 31-10, 9-5 in Big 12. (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2-1.
The Aggies jumped on So. LHP Jeff Breedlove (5.1 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 3 ER) on Friday, scoring three runs over the first two innings. Sr. RHP Oliver Odle (6.1 IP, 3 ER) pitched well in a no-decision Saturday, but Jr. RHP Justin Friend (2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) picked up the win in relief when Sr. OF Keanon Simon delivered a game-winning two-run double in the ninth. Jr. OF Corey Brown hit his 16th homer of the year in Sunday’s slugfest, but Sr. OF Ty Wright one-upped him, swatting a go-ahead, two-run homer in the ninth to complete OSU’s comeback from an 11-8 deficit.
April 16: Kansas State (makeup): W 9-6
April 18: Arkansas-Pine Bluff: W 7-2, W 12-3
April 20-22: @ (16) Texas A&M: L 4-2, W 6-4, W 12-11
April 24: Oral Roberts
April 27-29: (5) Texas
Last Week: 2-2. Overall:Overall: 30-13, 10-2 in WCC. (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1-1.
The Waves continued to take care of business in the WCC heading into next weekend’s showdown at San Diego. Jr. RHP Barry Enright (8 IP, 3 ER) improved to 10-1 on Friday, when Jr. SS Danny Worth (3-for-5, 4 RBI) led Pepperdine’s 12-hit attack. Worth’s hitting .376/.453/.555 amid reports of his draft status skyrocketing. So. LHP Robert Dickmann (4 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER) lost for the first time in more than a month on Saturday, though Jr. RHP Adam Olbrychowski kept the Waves close with five perfect innings of relief. So. RHP Brett Hunter (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) rebounded from back-to-back subpar outings with a very strong performance Sunday.
April 17: @ UCLA: L 6-2
April 20-22: Santa Clara: W 10-3, L 4-3, W 2-0
April 27-29-30: @ (17) San Diego
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 31-9, 9-3 in Pac-10 (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
Arizona homered twice in the seventh inning Friday to help indefatigable So. RHP Preston Guilmet (8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 12 K) improve to 8-0, 1.53 with 95 strikeouts in 88 innings. The Wildcats were held to four hits for the second straight game on Saturday, and Sr. LHP Brad Mills (7 IP, 4 ER) took the loss. Arizona came back from a 3-0 deficit to tie Sunday’s game in the eighth inning, but the Cougars answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame with the help of two Wildcats errors.
April 20-22: @ Washington State: W 3-1, L 4-3, L 5-3
April 27-29: @ (25) UCLA
15. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 26-12, 7-2 in Big West. (8-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
The Titans have quietly gotten hot, winning eight in a row and 13 of 15. They outscored Pacific 32-2 in a three-game sweep. CSF rapped out 16 hits and was hit by eight pitches in Friday’s blowout, helping Jr. RHP Wes Roemer (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) pick up his third win in his last four starts. Jr. RHP Jeff Kaplan went the distance Saturday, scattering five hits and two walks while striking out seven in the shutout. The Titans hit three homers Sunday in support of Fr. RHP Michael Morrison (5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K), who won in his first career weekend start. Veterans led the offense all weekend, as Jr. OF Clark Hardman was 7-for-14, Sr. 3B Evan McArthur was 6-for-11 with two doubles, two homers and five RBIs and So. SS Joe Scott was 5-for-11 with five RBIs.
April 20-22: Pacific: W 18-1, W 2-0, W 12-1
April 24: @ Southern California
April 27-29: @ UC Riverside
16. UC IRVINE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 28-11, 7-5 in Big West. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
Sr. 2B Cody Cipriano’s two-run homer highlighted UCI’s five-run sixth-inning Friday, as So. RHP Scott Gorgen (8 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) Improved to 7-2. Cipriano led the offense again Saturday, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Sr. RHP Dylan Axelrod (3 IP, 1 ER) was solid in relief, but the damage was done against Jr. RHP Wes Etheridge (4.1 IP, 11 H, 5 ER). Fr. RHP Eric Pettis (5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) earned his first career win Sunday with help from Irvine’s five-run third inning.
April 17: Southern California: W 4-3
April 20-22: @ UC Santa Barbara: W 10-5, L 6-5, W 7-6
April 27-29: UC Davis
17. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 32-14, 10-2 in WCC. (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-3.
So. LHP/OF Josh Romanski (9 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) continued to dominate even after moving to the Friday starter spot, and the Toreros put up four runs in the fourth against LMU ace Brad Meyers. Sr. 1B Daniel Magness (4-for-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI) led USD’s 19-hit barrage Saturday in support of So. LHP Brian Matusz (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K). Matusz’ 127 strikeouts leads the nation by five over David Price. Jr. RHP Matt Couch (6.1 IP, 3 ER) was solid as usual Sunday, and the Toreros broke a 3-3 tie with five runs in the eighth, keyed by Magness’ two-run double.
April 17: @ San Diego State: L 6-4
April 20-22: @ Loyola Marymount: W 5-1, W 12-1, W 10-3
April 27-29: (13) Pepperdine
18. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 32-10, 9-8 in Big 12. (7-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.
Sr. RHP Kyle Nicholson (8.1 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) posted his second consecutive strong Friday outing in A&M’s only win of the weekend, and Jr. OF Ben Feltner (4-for-4) led the offense. Feltner had three more hits Saturday, but Texas A&M’s pitching let it down, as Jr. LHP David Newmann (2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) had a short outing and So. RHP Kyle Thebeau surrendered Keanon Simon’s two-run, tie-breaking double in the ninth. Thebeau was the goat again Sunday, when he served up Ty Wright’s game-winning homer in the ninth, though there was plenty of pitching blame to go around. Feltner capped his weekend with three more hits and three RBIs Sunday.
April 17: Houston: W 8-3
April 20-22: (15) Oklahoma State: W 4-2, L 6-4, L 12-11
April 24: Stephen F. Austin
April 27-29: @/vs./vs. Baylor
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 26-13, 11-7 in ACC. (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.
Jr. LHP Daniel Moskos (3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) ran into his first rough start since joining the rotation three weeks ago. Jr. RHP David Kopp (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) was outstanding in a no-decision Saturday, but the Clemson offense managed just four hits, and Sr. RHP Stephen Clyne (2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER) took his first loss of the year in relief. So. LHP Ryan Hinson (6.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 5 K) improved to 4-1 Sunday, when Sr. 3B Marquez Smith’s eighth-inning solo homer proved the game-winner. Clemson has just 26 homers as a team and is slugging an anemic .408. For comparison’s sake, Virginia is slugging .440, Florida State’s at .519.
April 18: @ (4) South Carolina: L 4-2
April 20-22: (6) Virginia: L 5-3, L 3-0, W 2-1
April 24: Elon
April 25: (9) South Carolina
April 27-29: (24) Georgia Tech
Last Week: 4-2. Overall: 26-8, 11-1 in Big Ten (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
Not even a rough outing and a loss for So. RHP/OF Zach Putnam (4.1 IP, 6 ER) on Friday could slow down the Wolverines, who remain atop the Big Ten standings. So. SS Jason Christian’s two-run single highlighted Michigan’s five-run fifth inning in Saturday’s first game, giving the Wolverines the lead for good after Purdue had scored four in the top of the frame. Sr. RHP Andrew Hess (7 IP, 2 ER) went the distance and improved to 5-0 in the nightcap. Christian and Putnam combined to go 5-for-6 with five RBIs in support of So. RHP Chris Fetter (6 IP, 1 ER) on Sunday.
April 18-18: Eastern Michigan: L 10-2 (7 innings), W 10-7 (7 innings)
April 20-21-21-22: Purdue: L 7-2, W 6-5 (7 innings), W 7-2 (7 innings), W 10-1
April 27-28-28-29: @/vs./vs./@ Michigan State
21. COASTAL CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall:Overall: 33-8, 11-1 in Big South. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
After sweeping VMI, Coastal remains tied with Winthrop atop the Big South at 11-1. The Chanticleers spotted Sr. LHP Andy DeLaGarza (7.1 IP, 4 ER) to a 5-0 lead in the first inning Friday, and he held on to improve to 9-1. So. RHP Bobby Gagg (7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) outdid him Saturday, and So. RHP David Anderson picked up the save for the second straight day. So. SS Tyler Bortnick homered and singled home a run in Coastal’s eight-run sixth inning on Sunday.
April 18: @ Wake Forest: L 12-5
April 20-22: Virginia Military Institute: W 7-5, W 4-1, W 12-3
April 24: @ The Citadel
April 27-29: Liberty
22. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 25-10, 9-7 in SEC (6-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
The Bulldogs lost their first conference series since South Carolina came to town a month ago, but they remained in second place in the SEC’s Western Division. So. RHP Chad Crosswhite (9 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) benefited from MSU’s 16-hit assault Friday, led by Sr. 2B Jeffrey Rea (3-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI). Jr. LHP Justin Pigott (7.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 10 K) pitched fairly well Saturday, but Fr. RHP Ricky Bowen surrendered a ninth-inning homer to LSU’s Greg Hollander to break a 5-5 tie. Mississippi State got a third strong start from Sr. RHP Josh Johnson (6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) on Sunday, but LSU broke a 1-1 tie with two in the seventh against So. RHP Aaron Weatherford.
April 17: vs. (24) Mississippi (Pearl, Miss.): W 14-9
April 20-22: Louisiana State: W 12-3, L 6-5, L 3-1
April 24-25: Southern Mississippi
April 27-29: @ (23) Mississippi
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 27-15, 10-8 in SEC. (8-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
Oxford turned out to be Upset City, as the Rebels took the first two games against SEC favorite South Carolina. Jr. RHP Will Kline (7 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) wasn’t his best Friday, but he was good enough to win, with help from So. 3B Cody Overbeck (3-for-4, 3 RBI). So. RHP Lance Lynn (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 12 K) was simply masterful in Saturday’s win; he now has 90 strikeouts in 72 innings. The Gamecocks chased Fr. LHP Nathan Baker (1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 4 ER) in the second inning, but Ole Miss erased an 8-1 deficit thanks to a 16-hit onslaught, only to lose when USC scored single runs in the eighth and ninth.
April 17: vs. (20) Mississippi State (Pearl, Miss.): L 14-9
April 20-22: (4) South Carolina: W 8-5, W 6-0, L 11-9
April 24: Murray State
April 27-29: (22) Mississippi State
24. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 26-14, 13-7 in ACC. (4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2-1.
The Yellow Jackets moved into a tie with Virginia for second place in the ACC’s Coastal Division, just a half-game behind North Carolina. So. LHP David Duncan (8.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K) was dominant in a no-decision Friday, and Tech pulled out the win on Sr. DH Wally Crancer’s walk-off two-run double in the bottom of the ninth. So. RHP Eddie Burns (5.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 10 K) was overpowering at times Saturday, when Crancer again helped lead the offense, going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Sr. LHP Ryan Turner lasted just 3.1 innings Sunday, but three Tech relievers allowed just two hits over 5.2 scoreless innings of relief. Jr. C Matt Wieters went 6-for-11 with two doubles and a triple on the weekend.
April 18: Georgia: W 8-2
April 20-22: (25) North Carolina State: W 2-1, W 4-3, W 7-3
April 24: vs. Georgia (Turner Field, Atlanta)
April 27-29: @ (19) Clemson
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 22-16, 8-1 in Pac-10. (4-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.
The Bruins have won seven straight and 14 of 16, and they lead the Pac-10 by percentage points over Arizona State. Sr. RHP Tyson Brummett (9 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) threw his fifth complete game of the year in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, and the Bruins backed him up with three home runs. So. RHP Jason Novak (4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) picked up the win in relief of So. LHP/OF Tim Murphy (4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) in the second game. So. 3B Jermaine Curtis went 3-for-4 in that game and scored the winning run on So. OF Mickey Weisser’s RBI chopper in the bottom of the ninth. Curtis went 3-for-4 again Sunday to lead an 18-hit attack, and Jr. RHP Brant Rustich (3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief.
April 17: (13) Pepperdine: W 6-2
April 21-22: Cal State Northridge: W 8-3, W 6-5, W 12-8
April 24: @ UC Riverside
April 27-29: (14) Arizona
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 28-14, 8-7 in C-USA (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-5.
Tulane has lost two of its last three conference series. Its sweep at the hands of Houston dropped the Green Wave from second place to fifth in Conference USA. Tulane managed no runs on five hits Friday, as Jr. RHP Sean Morgan (7 IP, 11 H, 4 ER) took his third loss of the season. So. RHP Shooter Hunt (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) put the Green Wave in position to win Saturday’s pitcher’s duel, but the Cougars scored a pair of runs in the ninth against Tulane closer Daniel Latham. Sr. RHP Brandon Gomes held Houston scoreless for five innings Sunday before the Cougars got to him for four runs in the sixth.
April 17: Northwestern State: W 4-3
April 20-22: Houston: L 7-0, L 2-1, L 6-4
April 25: Nicholls State
April 27-29: @ Central Florida
NORTH CAROLINA STATE (25)
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 27-14, 11-10 in ACC (1-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.
NCSU’s touted pitching staff held Georgia Tech’s vaunted offense at bay for most of the weekend, but the Wolfpack scored just seven runs of its own all weekend. The ‘Pack mustered just two hits Friday in support of So. LHP Eric Surkamp (8.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER), who held the Yellow Jackets scoreless until allowing Wally Crancer’s two-run, walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth. Jr. RHP Andrew Brackman (5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 9 K) lost for the second straight week and fourth time this season on Saturday. Jr. 2B Ramon Corona (3-for-3, 2B, HR, RBI) was N.C. State’s lone offensive bright spot Sunday, and Fr. LHP Jimmy Gillheeney (2.1 IP, 6 ER) was hit hard.
April 18: Davidson: W 14-3
April 20-22: @ Georgia Tech: L 2-1, L 4-3, L 7-3
April 25: UNC Wilmington
April 27-29: (6) North Carolina