Top 25 Tracker: April 20

1. UC IRVINE

Last Week: 4-1. Overall:: 26-10, 11-1 in Big West. (6-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0.

Irvine swept its second straight conference series to improve to 11-1 in the Big West and maintain its three-game lead over second-place Cal Poly. UCI’s bats erupted for 37 runs on 51 hits in three games, led by Jr. C Francis Larson (8-for-14, 6 R, 4 RBI, 2 2B, HR). He leads the team with seven homers and 31 RBIs. Jr. LHP Daniel Bibona (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) and Jr. RHP Christian Bergman (5.2 IP, 9 H, 3 ER) each improved to 6-1 in the first two games. So. RHP Crosby Slaught (0.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) was hammered Sunday, but the Anteaters stormed back from an early 6-3 deficit.

RESULTS

April 13: Loyola Marymount: W 6-4

April 14: @ San Diego, L 7-4

April 17-19: @ UC Riverside: W 16-1, W 9-6, W 12-9

UPCOMING

April 20-21: Oregon

April 24-26: @ Utah

2. RICE

Last Week: 2-2. Overall:: 27-10, 11-4 in CUSA. (8-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.

The Owls won two of three against Marshall to take a one-game lead over East Carolina in the Conference USA standings. Rice scored four in the third Friday to help Fr. LHP Taylor Wall (6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) improve to 5-3 on the year. Jr. 2B Brock Holt (4-for-4, HR, 2B) paced an 11-hit attack Saturday in support of Jr. RHP Mike Ojala (5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). Jr. RHP Mark Haynes (5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER) was solid in a no-decision Sunday, but the Rice couldn’t hold a 4-0 lead through five innings, as the Thundering Herd exploded against the Rice bullpen.

RESULTS

April 14: Texas A&M: L 7-3

April 15: Texas-San Antonio: CCD

April 17-19: Marshall: W 7-5, W 10-3, L 11-7

UPCOMING

April 21: @ (5) Texas

3. ARIZONA STATE

Last Week: 3-0. Overall:: 28-8, 13-2 in Pac-10 (3-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-0.

The Sun Devils registered their third straight home sweep of Stanford and now lead the Pac-10 by 3 1/2 games. Jr. OF Jason Kipnis (3-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2B) led a 14-hit barrage Friday in support of Jr. LHP Josh Spence (7 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K), who surrendered his spot as the national ERA leader to Texas freshman Taylor Jungmann. ASU erased a 2-0 deficit with seven runs in the eighth Saturday to help Jr. RHP Mike Leake (8 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) improve to 9-1, 1.61 on the year. The Sun Devils scored five in the fourth Sunday behind So. RHP Seth Blair (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K).

RESULTS

April 17-19: Stanford: W 14-6, W 7-2, W 6-3

UPCOMING

April 21: (20) Hawaii

April 24-26: @ California

4. NORTH CAROLINA

Last Week: 4-1. Overall:: 31-10, 13-7 in ACC. (10-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.

The Tar Heels improved to 9-1 in their last 10 games against Miami with a three-game sweep, their first in ACC play this year. Jr. RHP Alex White (9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) was sensational Friday, firing UNC’s first one-hitter since 1994. Jr. C Mark Fleury (2-for-4, 3B, RBI) delivered a walk-off single in the 10th Saturday after Jr. 3B Kyle Seager led off the frame with a triple. Jr. 1B Dustin Ackley (4-for-4, 2B, 3B) led a 12-hit assault Sunday in support of So. RHP Matt Harvey (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K), who matched his longest outing of the year. Monday, North Carolina announced coach Mike Fox has signed a six-year contract extension.

RESULTS

April 14: High Point: L 11-9

April 15: Winthrop: W 20-4

April 17-19: (13) Miami: W 3-0, W 5-4 (10 innings), W 4-1

UPCOMING

April 21: UNC Wilmington

April 22: @ East Carolina

April 24-26: Maryland

5. TEXAS

Last Week: 5-0. Overall:: 29-8, 12-6 in Big 12. (6-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.

Texas ran its winning streak to 10 games with a huge sweep of Oklahoma. The Longhorns have won 15 of 17 since being swept at Kansas and now lead the Big 12 by a game over Texas A&M. In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, the ‘Horns scored five in the second inning in support of So. RHP Chance Ruffin (6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 10 K). So. DH Cameron Rupp (2-for-4, 3 RBI, HR) led a 12-hit attack in Game Two. Sr. LHP Austin Wood threw 2.2 scoreless innings of relief in the opener and two more scoreless in the nightcap. Fr. RHP Taylor Jungmann (4.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) picked up the win in relief in Sunday’s travel-curfew-shortened finale. Jungmann lowered his ERA to 1.10, best in the nation. Opposing teams are hitting just .217 against the Longhorns.

RESULTS

April 14-15: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: W 5-2, W 8-1

April 18-19: (10) Oklahoma: W 7-3, W 6-2, W 8-5 (8 innings)

UPCOMING

April 21: (2) Rice

April 24-26: (23) Kansas State

6. LOUISIANA STATE

Last Week: 2-3. Overall:: 28-11, 11-7 in SEC. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.

LSU lost its first SEC series since April of 2008, snapping a streak of nine straight conference series wins that was tied for the longest in the current 30-game SEC format. Vanderbilt also did it from 2007-08. Jr. OF Jared Mitchell (2-for-3, 3 R, 5 RBI, 3B, HR) and Jr. DH Blake Dean (4-for-4, RBI, 2B) led an 18-hit attack Friday in support of So. RHP Anthony Ranaudo (7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K). Dean had four more hits over the next two days to extend his hitting streak to nine games; he’s now recovered from a very slow start to raise his average to .322.

RESULTS

April 14: New Orleans: W 8-6

April 15: Nicholls State: L 3-1

April 17-19: Tennessee: W 18-3, L 7-5, L 9-4

UPCOMING

April 21: Southeastern Louisiana

April 22: Louisiana-Lafayette

April 24-25: Auburn

7. GEORGIA TECH

Last Week: 5-0. Overall:: 26-8-1, 13-5-1 in ACC (5-4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1-1.

Georgia Tech utterly dominated in a three-game sweep at Wake Forest, outscoring the Demon Deacons 27-3. So. OF Jeff Rowland (9-for-16, 4 R, 2 RBI, 2 2B, HR) led the Tech offense on the weekend and extended his hitting streak to 14 games. The Yellow Jackets also got two homers apiece from Sr. OF Luke Murton and Jr. 1B Tony Plagman. And Tech got three strong starting pitching performances from So. RHP Deck McGuire (7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K), Jr. RHP Zach Von Tersch (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 1 K) and So. RHP Brnadon Cumpton (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K).

RESULTS

April 14: @ (8) Georgia: W 11-6

April 15: @ Georgia State: W 18-2

April 17-19: @ Wake Forest: W 13-2, W 8-1, W 6-0

UPCOMING

April 21-22: vs./@ Western Carolina

April 24-26: @ Clemson

8. GEORGIA

Last Week: 2-2. Overall:: 31-8, 13-5 in SEC (3-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.

The Bulldogs won an intense series against Arkansas to open up a three-game lead over second-place Florida in the SEC East. Jr. OF Matt Cerione delivered walk-off hits Friday and Saturday, giving the Bulldogs twin 4-3 victories. The Bulldogs also got strong pitching all weekend from Sr. RHP Trevor Holder (6.2 IP, 3 ER), Jr. LHP Alex McRee (5.1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER) and So. RHP Justin Grimm (7 IP, 2 R, 1 ER). Grimm was the hard-luck loser Sunday, when Arkansas righty Brett Eibner shut out Georgia for the first time in more than two years. It was the first one-hit shutout against UGa. since 1994.

RESULTS

April 14: (12) Georgia Tech: L 11-6

April 17-19: (11) Arkansas: W 4-3, W 4-3, L 2-0

UPCOMING

April 21: Kennesaw State

April 22: @ Jacksonville State

April 24-26: @ Mississippi (11)

9. BAYLOR

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

The Bears split a pair of games at Oklahoma State, but Sunday’s finale wasn’t played due after a storm dropped more than an inch of rain on Stillwater overnight. Jr. SS Shaver Hansen (3-for-4, 2 R) and Jr. OF/LHP Aaron Miller (1-for-5, HR, 3 RBI) led a 12-hit attack Friday in support of Jr. RHP Kendal Volz (8.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K), who improved to 3-3, 3.66. Miller (5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) started Saturday and suffered his first loss of the season, despite 2.1 perfect innings of relief from So. RHP Shawn Tolleson.

RESULTS

April 14-15: @/vs. Texas-Arlington: L 5-4, W 10-7

April 17-19: @ Oklahoma State: W 8-5, L 4-3, CCD

UPCOMING

April 21: @ Sam Houston State

April 22: Texas State

April 24-26: (13) Oklahoma

10. CAL STATE FULLERTON

Last Week: 2-2. Overall:: 24-11, 6-6 in Big West. (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.

In one of the year’s most stunning series, the Titans lost a set against Pacific for the first time ever, falling to 73-10 all-time against the Tigers. Fullerton now trails first-place UC Irvine by five games in the Big West. So. RHP Daniel Renken (6.2 IP, 9 H, 1 ER) pitched well in a no-decision Friday, but the Tigers erased a three-run deficit with four in the ninth against the CSF bullpen. Fr. RHP Tyler Pill (6 IP, 11 H, 7 ER) was knocked around Saturday, and the pen again provided little relief. Jr. RHP Kyle Witten (5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) and Fr. LHP Nick Ramirez (3.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) stopped the bleeding Sunday.

RESULTS

April 14: @ Southern California: W 9-2

April 17-19: Pacific: L 5-4, L 14-10, W 4-3

UPCOMING

April 21: San Diego

April 22: @ Pepperdine

April 24-26: @ UC Davis

11. MISSISSIPPI

Last Week: 3-1. Overall:: 28-11, 11-7 in SEC. (3-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.

Ole Miss won a road series at Florida to move into a tie with LSU for second place in the SEC West, just a half-game behind Arkansas. So. LHP Drew Pomeranz (9 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) rebounded from a miserable start against South Carolina with his first career complete game. Four Ole Miss errors sabotaged Jr. RHP Phillip Irwin (3.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 4 BB) in Saturday’s loss. Sr. C Kyle Henson (2-for-4, 3 RBI, HR) led the offense Sunday in support of Sr. RHP Scott Bittle (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 8 K), who won his third straight start to improve to 4-2, 2.33 with 57 K’s in 38.2 IP.

RESULTS

April 14: vs. Mississippi State @ Pearl, Miss.: W 8-1

April 17-19: @ Florida: W 6-2, L 8-4, W 5-3

UPCOMING

April 21: Arkansas-Little Rock

April 22: @ Southern Mississippi

April 24-26: (8) Georgia

12. ARKANSAS

Last Week: 2-3. Overall:: 26-11, 11-6 in SEC (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.

Arkansas dropped its second straight conference series but maintained a half-game lead in the SEC West. The Hogs played four one-run games and a two-run game on the week, losing Friday and Saturday in walk-off fashion before salvaging a win Sunday behind a brilliant performance from So. OF/RHP Brett Eibner (9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 12 K), who recorded the first shutout against Georgia in more than two years. Jr. LHP Dallas Keuchel (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) bounced back from a rough outing last week with a strong performance in a no-decision Friday. Jr. RHP T.J. Forrest (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) rebounded similarly Saturday, but Jr. RHP Mike Bolsinger took the loss in relief both days.

RESULTS

April 14-15: Louisiana-Monroe: L 3-2, W 10-9 (10 innings)

April 17-19: @ (8) Georgia: L 4-3, L 4-3, W 2-0

UPCOMING

April 21: @ Oral Roberts

April 24-26: @ Tennessee


13. OKLAHOMA

Last Week: 1-3. Overall:: 29-11, 8-7 in Big 12 (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1-1.

Oklahoma suffered its first series loss of the year, a sweep at rival Texas. OU’s potent offense was held to 10 runs in three games by a pitching staff that leads the nation in ERA. Jr. RHP Andrew Doyle (7.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER) settled down after UT’s five-run second in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, but the damage was done. The Sooners got poor starting pitching the next two days from Jr. RHP Stephen Porlier (1.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER) and Jr. RHP Garrett Richards (2.2 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 7 BB, 3 K).

RESULTS

April 14: (16) Texas Christian: W 7-5

April 17-19: @ (9) Texas: L 7-3, L 6-2, L 8-5 (8 innings)

UPCOMING

April 22: Wichita State

April 24-26: @ (9) Baylor

14. CAL POLY

Last Week: 3-1. Overall:: 27-9, 8-4 in Big West (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.

The Mustangs swept UC Davis to run their home winning streak to 17 games and take sole possession of second place in the Big West, three games behind UC Irvine. Poly has swept four series this year and has already surpassed its 2008 win total. Sr. OF Ryan Lee (7-for-15, 7 R, 4 RBI) extended his hitting streak to 26 games on Sunday, breaking Brandon Roberts’ school record. Fr. 2B Matt Jensen also extended his hitting streak to 23 games; the Mustangs are one of two schools in the nation with a pair of active 20-game hitting streaks (Tennessee-Martin is the other). So. LHP Matt Leonard (7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) turned in Poly’s best pitching performance of the weekend in Saturday’s win.

RESULTS

April 14: @ Santa Clara: L 8-5

April 17-19: UC Davis: W 11-10 (10 innings), W 8-4, W 16-8

UPCOMING

April 24-26: @ UC Santa Barbara

15. VIRGINIA

Last Week: 2-1. Overall:: 30-8-1, 11-7-1 in ACC (3-5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2-1.

Virginia won a big road series at Boston College to take over third place in the ACC’s Coastal Division. So. LHP/1B Danny Hultzen (4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER) belted his first career home run, a three-run shot in the fourth, to help his own cause in Friday’s win. He hit another three-run homer in the first inning of Saturday’s loss. So. 2B Phil Gosselin went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles Sunday in support of So. RHP Robert Morey (7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 K), who set career highs in innings and strikeouts.

RESULTS

April 14: (20) Coastal Carolina: CCD

April 15: Radford: CCD

April 17-19: @ Boston College: W 8-3, L 9-6, W 2-0

UPCOMING

April 21: @ Virginia Commonwealth

April 22: Georgetown

April 24-26: North Carolina State

16. TEXAS CHRISTIAN

Last Week: 1-1. Overall:: 23-11, 6-3 in MWC (7-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.

The Horned Frogs split a pair of midweek games against Big 12 opponents, but their weekend series at Air Force was canceled by a major snowstorm in Colorado. Jr. DH Matt Curry (6-for-7, 4 R, 4 RBI) led TCU’s offense in the two midweek games.

RESULTS

April 13: Texas Tech: W 12-5

April 14: @ (10) Oklahoma: L 7-5

April 17-19: @ Air Force: CCD, CCD, CCD

UPCOMING

April 21-22: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

April 24-26: @ (19) San Diego State


17. OREGON STATE

Last Week: 3-2. Overall:: 23-9, 8-4 in Pac-10 (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2-1.

The Beavers dropped their first conference series of the year but salvaged Sunday’s finale. So. RHP Tyler Waldron (7 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) was outdueled by USC ace Brad Boxberger (7.1 IP, 3 ER) on Friday. So. RHP Greg Peavey (7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) was strong in a no-decision Saturday, but the Trojans broke a 2-2 tie with three in the ninth against reliever Kraig Sitton. Jr. RHP Jorge Reyes (6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) continued to pitch well Sunday despite relinquishing a 4-0 lead in USC’s four-run seventh, and the Beavers scored the winning run on an errant throw in the 10th.

RESULTS

April 13-14: Brigham Young: W 7-6, W 8-4

April 17-19: Southern California: L 4-3, L 5-2, W 5-4 (10 innings)

UPCOMING

April 24-26: @ UCLA

18. MIAMI

Last Week: 1-3. Overall:: 26-13, 11-10 in ACC (6-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.

Miami lost its second straight series (both on the road), falling to 1-9 in its last 10 games against North Carolina. The Hurricanes were swept in a regular-season series for the first time since March 9-11, 2007—also at UNC. So. LHP Chris Hernandez (6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) pitched well Friday, but Miami mustered just one hit against UNC ace Alex White. Miami’s next two starters each allowed three runs over 5.1 IP, but the Hurricanes managed just five total runs in three games.

RESULTS

April 14: Florida Atlantic: W 3-1

April 17-19: @ (5) North Carolina: L 3-0, L 5-4 (10 innings), L 4-1

UPCOMING

April 22: Florida Gulf Coast

April 24-26: Virginia Tech

19. SAN DIEGO STATE

Last Week: 1-3. Overall:: 26-15, 9-6 in MWC (6-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.

The Aztecs dropped a road series to New Mexico to fall from a first-place tie to fourth place in the Mountain West Conference. Jr. RHP Stephen Strasburg (9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 14 K) threw his first shutout of the season Friday against an offense that was averaging 9.9 runs per game. Strasburg improved to 8-0, 1.28 with a 121-12 K-BB ratio in 63 innings. UNM’s offense woke up Saturday against Sr. RHP Jon Berger (5.1 IP, 9 H, 9 ER), and the Lobos won Sunday’s game on a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth.

RESULTS

April 14: UCLA: L 7-3

April 17-19: @ New Mexico: W 1-0, L 12-4, L 6-5

UPCOMING

April 21: Long Beach State

April 24-26: (16) Texas Christian

20. HAWAII

Last Week: 3-1. Overall:: 24-13, 7-4 in WAC (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.

Hawaii won three of four against Sacramento State and is tied with Nevada atop the WAC standings. The Rainbows scored five runs over the first three innings Friday in support of Sr. RHP Jayson Kramer (8 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). Fr. RHP Matt Sisto (9 IP, 2 ER) was a tough-luck loser in the opener of Saturday’s twin bill, but Jr. Vinnie Catricala (3-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) powered the Rainbows to a win in the nightcap. Sr. RHP Jared Alexander (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) turned in his best start of the year in Sunday’s win.

RESULTS

April 17-19: Sacramento State: W 5-4, L 2-1, W 7-2, W 8-4

UPCOMING

April 21: @ (3) Arizona State

April 24-26: @ New Mexico State

21. FLORIDA STATE

Last Week: 4-1. Overall:: 25-12, 12-7 in ACC (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.

The Seminoles followed a home series win against North Carolina with a road series sweep at N.C. State. FSU now leads the ACC’s Atlantic Division by a game over Clemson. So. OF Tyler Holt (4-for-5, 3 R, 2B, 3B) sparked the offense Friday in support of Fr. LHP Sean Gilmartin (6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER). FSU broke a 3-3 tie with six runs over the final three innings in that one, then erased a 2-0 deficit Saturday on So. 3B Stuart Tapley’s eighth-inning grand slam. So. OF/RHP Mike McGee (3-for-6, 3 R; 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER) did it all in Sunday’s win.

RESULTS

April 14: Florida: L 10-2

April 15: North Florida: W 8-7

April 17-19: @ North Carolina State: W 9-3, W 4-2, W 13-2

UPCOMING

April 21-22: UNC Asheville

April 24-26: Wake Forest

22. ALABAMA

Last Week: 5-1. Overall:: 27-13, 10-8 in SEC (4-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-4.

Alabama recorded its second conference series sweep in the last three weeks, on the road against a previously hot Vanderbilt team. It was the Crimson Tide’s first sweep of an SEC road series since 2006. Sr. OF Kent Matthes homered in the first two games of the series, giving him a nation-leading 22 on the season. Jr. 3B/RHP Jake Smith (8-for-18, 7 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR, 3B, 4 2B) had a huge week with the bat and made his SEC debut on the mound Sunday, allowing just one run in 3.1 IP to earn the save. Jr. LHP Del Howell (9 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) threw his first career complete game in Saturday’s win.

RESULTS

April 13: @ Alabama-Birmingham: W 10-6

April 14: Mississippi Valley State: W 10-1

April 15: @ Samford: L 14-13 (10 innings)

April 17-18: @ Vanderbilt: W 10-4, W 7-3, W 7-6

UPCOMING

April 22: @ South Alabama

April 24-26: Kentucky

23. KANSAS STATE

Last Week: 3-2. Overall:: 29-11, 8-7 in Big 12 (5-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.

K-State swept a two-game midweek series against Wichita State before dropping two of three against Missouri. Jr. RHP A.J. Morris (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) took a shutout into the ninth inning Friday before the Tigers rallied for four in the final frame to give Kyle Gibson (9 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) the win; Morris took a no-decision and remained 9-0 on the year. K-State pitching issued 10 walks and allowed 10 hits in Saturday’s loss. The Wildcats scored in every inning but the second in Sunday’s finale, breaking the game open in a five-run fifth.

RESULTS

April 14-15: vs./@ Wichita State: W 13-5, W 4-3

April 17-19: Missouri: L 4-3, L 11-6, W 11-5

UPCOMING

April 24-26: @ (5) Texas

24. TEXAS A&M

Last Week: 4-0. Overall:: 25-14, 11-7 in Big 12. (4-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.

The Aggies swept Nebraska for the first time since 1999 to vault into second place in the Big 12, one game behind front-running Texas. Nebraska has lost 15 of 18, while the Aggies remain unbeaten in home conference games (8-0). So. LHP/OF Brooks Raley (7.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) improved to 7-1 on Friday, and the reshuffled rotation behind him came up big, as Fr. LHP Ross Hales (5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) earned the win Saturday and Sr. RHP Kyle Thebeau (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) won Sunday. Jr. RHP Alex Wilson moved to the bullpen and picked up two holds and a save in three appearances, retiring 17 of the 19 batters he faced. Sr. OF Kyle Colligan (5-for-11, 6 RBIs, 2 HR) moved to the cleanup spot for the first time this season and had a big weekend. The Aggies are also playing strong defense; they have turned in seven straight error-free games, their longest streak in records dating back to 1985.

RESULTS

April 14: @ (2) Rice: W 7-3

April 17-19: Nebraska: W 8-2, W 10-1, W 10-1

UPCOMING

April 22: Prairie View A&M

April 24-26: Oklahoma State

25. KENT STATE

Last Week: 4-1. Overall:: 28-8, 11-3 in MAC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1-1.

The Golden Flashes dropped Friday’s series opener but bounced back by sweeping Saturday’s doubleheader against Bowling Green State. Jr. RHP Brad Stillings (5.1 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 7 ER) followed his no-hitter with a rough outing Friday. The Flashes pounded out 19 hits in the Game Two slugfest and won on Jr. OF Anthony Gallas’ walk-off, three-run homer in the 10th. Sr. 2B Chris Tremblay had four hits and that one and three more in the nightcap, as Sr. RHP Steve Ross (5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) picked up the win in relief.

RESULTS

April 14: Youngstown State: W 5-3

April 15: @ Ohio State: W 8-7

April 17-18: Bowling Green State: L 9-2, W 12-9 (10 innings), W 9-4

DROPPED OUT


COASTAL CAROLINA (20)

Last Week: 1-2. Overall:: 30-9, 10-4 in Big South (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-3.

Coastal ran its winning streak to 11 games before dropping the final two of its series at High Point. The Chanticleers have already exceeded their Big South loss total from all of 2008 and matched their total from all of 2007. Coastal rapped out 15 hits Friday in support of So. LHP Cody Wheeler (6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER), who improved to 7-0 on the year. Sr. 1B David Anderson mashed two homers Saturday and is now tied for third in Big South history with 43 career homers. Coastal had 12 hits but left 11 runners on base in Sunday’s loss.

RESULTS

April 14: @ (19) Virginia: CCD

April 17-19: @ High Point: W 18-3, L 12-8, L 7-2

UPCOMING

April 21: @ Clemson

April 22: College of Charleston

April 24-26: @ Presbyterian

GONZAGA (22)

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

The Zags followed consecutive series wins over Pepperdine and San Diego by dropping two of three at Portland. Sr. OF Anthony Synegal homered twice Friday in support of Sr. RHP Matt Fields (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K). Gonzaga wasted a sterling start by Sr. RHP A.J. Proszek (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R) on Saturday, as the Pilots rallied for three in the eighth against So. RHP Cody Martin. Martin failed to hold a one-run lead in the ninth Sunday, serving up a walk-off, two-run double to Portland’s Kris Kauppila.

RESULTS

April 14: Washington State: W 17-6

April 17-19: @ Portland: W 6-3, L 3-2, L 5-4

UPCOMING

April 20: Arizona

April 24-26: @ Santa Clara

EAST CAROLINA (23)

Last Week: 2-3. Overall:: 28-12, 10-5 in CUSA (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-3.

East Carolina lost its second straight conference series to fall a game behind first-place Rice in CUSA. The Pirates blew a significant lead for the second straight Friday, as the Green Wave overcame a 4-0 deficit with seven unanswered runs from the fifth inning on. So. OF Devin Harris (2-for-3, 5 RBI) got ECU off and running with a three-run homer in the first Saturday, helping So. RHP Seth Maness (5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER) improve to 5-0. Tulane scored four in the fourth Sunday and held on to win the game and the series.

RESULTS

April 14: Campbell: L 12-7 (7 innings)

April 15: North Carolina State: W 7-0

April 17-19: @ Tulane: L 7-4, W 12-5, L 4-3

UPCOMING

April 21: Elon

April 22: (4) North Carolina

April 24-26: Southern Mississippi

KANSAS (24)

Last Week: 2-2. Overall:: 25-14, 8-7 in Big 12 (9-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-4.

The Jayhawks dropped a Big 12 road series; they are now 5-10 on the road, 18-2 at home. Jr. LHP Shaeffer Hall (2 IP, 13 H, 9 ER) and So. RHP T.J. Walz (3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 ER) were blasted in the first two games, but Fr. RHP Lee Ridenhour (6 IP, 8 H, 1 ER) kept the Texas Tech bats in check Sunday. So. 3B Tony Thompson (2-for-5, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR) led KU’s 15-hit attack in the finale.

RESULTS

April 14: @ Creighton: W 7-6 (10 innings)

April 17-19: @ Texas Tech: L 15-10, L 7-5, W 15-6

UPCOMING

April 21: Baker

April 22: vs. Missouri @ Kansas City

April 24-26: Nebraska

MINNESOTA (25)

Last Week: 3-2. Overall:: 23-12, 7-4 in Big Ten (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1-1.

The Golden Gophers lost a series at Illinois to fall from a first-place tie to fourth in the Big Ten. Jr. SS Derek McCallum (14-22, 9 R, 20 RBI, 6 HR in five games) had a monstrous week for the Gophers, extending his hitting streak to 20 games, boosting his average from .361 to .404 and raising his slugging percentage from .538 to .709. He slugged two homers in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, and the second put Minnesota ahead for good.

RESULTS

April 14: Wisconsin-Milwaukee: W 12-2

April 15: South Dakota State: W 9-6

April 17-18: @ Illinois: L 15-10, L 10-7, W 12-8

UPCOMING

April 22: @ North Dakota State

April 24-26: Purdue

College | #2009 #Top 25 Tracker

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