1. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 31-10, 8-1 in Big West. (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
So. RHP Wes Roemer got back in the W column Friday (CG, 3 H, ER, 0 BB, 8 K). JR. 3B Evan McArthur rang up seven hits in the series, including a homer. Jr. OF Brandon Tripp’s 15-game hit streak ended Sunday.
April 18: Loyola Marymount: L 8-4
April 21-23: @ Pacific: W 8-1, W 11-1, W 8-4
April 28-30: UC Riverside
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 35-9, 14-1 in Conference USA. (8-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0.
Rice has 17 wins in its last 18 games and has swept its last four CUSA series. And we thought this was a tougher league than the WAC. Fr. LF Aaron Luna counted three homers among his six hits last week, bringing his season total to 10 big flies. Jr. 3B Josh Rodriguez tallied five hits and five walks. Sr. RHP Eddie Degerman stuck out 10 batters for the fifth time this season, but So. LHP Joe Savery didn’t pitch for the fourth straight week, and there’s still no explanation.
April 18: @ (15) Oklahoma: L 15-3
April 21-23: Southern Mississippi: W 12-3, W 5-1, W 5-3
April 25: Texas State
April 28-30: @ Central Florida
3. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 34-8, 15-6 in ACC. (6-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
UNC completed its first sweep against NC State since 2002 to take over sole possession of first place in the ACC. It held the Wolfpack to a .173 average and five runs in the series. Jr. RHP Daniel Bard threw what he called the best game of his career Sunday (CG, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K). So. 1B Chad Flack has a nine-game hit streak and seven multi-hit games in his last eight, including two doubles and four RBIs Friday and a two-run homer Sunday. Friday’s game drew 3,656, and the series attendance totaled nearly 9,000.
April 18: @ UNC Greensboro: L 7-6
April 21-23: (14) North Carolina State: W 7-3, W 3-2 (14), W 4-0
April 25: Virginia Commonwealth
April 26: High Point
April 28-30: @ Duke
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 32-6, 12-3 in Big 12. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0.
Nebraska has won 14 of its last 15 games after becoming the first road team to win a conference series in Austin since 2002. It now owns first place in the Big 12. So. RHP Johnny Dorn threw the best game of a well-pitched series in the clincher (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R) and extended his scoreless innings streak to 19.1. Nebraska came back from a four-run deficit Saturday, behind a two-run single from So. SS Ryan Wehrle and a great relief effort from Fr. RHP Charlie Shirek (4.2 IP, 3 H, ER).
April 18: Creighton: W 4-2
April 19: Nebraska-Kearney: W 15-2
April 21-23: @ (5) Texas: L 6-2, W 7-5, W 6-0
April 25: Wichita State
April 28-30: Texas Tech
5. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 28-9, 9-3 in Pac-10. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.
Oregon State has won seven straight games and 12 of its last 13 to move into first place in the Pac-10. Jr. LHP Kevin Gunderson earned saves in all three games. He’s got 12 now, two fewer than his season record of 14 from 2005. Jr. RHPs Dallas Buck (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R) and Jonah Nickerson (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) demonstrated their usual brilliance. Sr. 2B Chris Kunda scored the tying and drove in the winning run Saturday before driving in three more runs Sunday, a day in which he started a game-ending double play by snagging a line drive.
April 21-23: @ California: W 5-2, W 5-2, W 9-7
April 25: Portland
April 27, 29: Cal Poly
April 28, 30: New Mexico
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 31-12, 13-5 in SEC (9-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
Alabama leads the SEC by two games thanks to its best conference start since 1955 and an 8-1 home record in the SEC. Sr. C Kody Valverde went 7-for-12 with a homer, six runs and four RBIs. Jr. LHP Wade LeBlanc (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R) out-dueled David Price in the opener to improve to 7-0. Fr. DH Alex Avila tallied six hits (three doubles) and five RBIs vs. Vandy.
April 19: Mississippi Valley State: W 5-0
April 22-23: (16) Vanderbilt: W 9-3, W 14-7, W 6-5
April 26: Alabama-Birmingham
April 28-30: Auburn
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 28-15, 13-4 in Big 12. (13-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-4.
Texas lost its first series at home since 2003 and dropped its first Big 12 series in Austin since 2002. Jr. RHP Kyle McCulloch won his fifth straight start Friday (7 IP, 7 H, ER), but Texas blew a four-run lead Saturday and couldn’t score Sunday. Jr. CF Drew Stubbs is batting .500 during a nine-game hit streak and has reached base in 36 of his last 37 games. Attendance figures for the three games: 5,881, 6,383 and 6,131.
April 18: @ UT San Antonio: L 14-10
April 21-23: (4) Nebraska: W 6-2, L 7-5, L 6-0
April 25: UT Pan American
April 28-30: vs/@/@ Texas A&M
8. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 32-9, 13-8 in ACC. (8-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
GT sweeps FSU for the third straight year and improves to 7-2 vs. FSU, Clemson and North Carolina this year. That big offense is really rolling now, averaging nearly 12 runs per game as Tech has won seven of its last eight games. So. C/DH Matt Wieters tallied seven hits and four RBIs in the series, and earned a save in the finale. So. CF Danny Payne hit a grand slam in the opener and leads the team with 11 homers.
April 19: @ Georgia State: W 13-2
April 21-23: @ (8) Florida State: W 15-8, W 10-4, W 8-7
April 26: @ Georgia
April 28-30: @ Boston College
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 29-13, 12-6 in ACC. (13-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
Clemson rallies to win a series in cold, windy Chestnut Hill after dropping two midweek games. The Tigers hit .245 at BC, though So. 2B Taylor Harbin did go 5-for-11 and had nine hits on the week. Sr. RF Travis Storrer homered twice and drove in seven runs on the week. Jr. RHP Jason Berken (6 IP, 5 H, ER, 7 K) won the clincher.
April 18: (23) Winthrop: L 6-3
April 19: Furman: L 5-4
April 21-22: @ Boston College: W 6-3, L 3-2, W 4-1
April 26: Wofford
April 28-30: Virginia Tech
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 32-10, 11-4 in Big 12. (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
OU has won 10 straight games for the first time since 1998 and became the first team to sweep Texas Tech at home since 2001. The Sooners got great pitching in the bookend games from Sr. RHPs Daniel McCutchen (8 IP, 8 H, 2 ER) and P.J. Sandoval (7.1 IP, 8 H, ER) in an offense-friendly ballpark.
April 18: (2) Rice: W 15-3
April 21-23: @ Texas Tech: W 5-2, W 6-5, W 8-2
April 24: New Mexico
April 28-30: @ Kansas
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 30-12, 10-8 in SEC. (12-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.
Arkansas won its first series against MSU since 1999, and won for the first time at MSU since ’98. Health concerns sat three more Razorbacks on the bench, and they played Saturday with only one bench player. So. LHP Nick Schmidt (7 IP, ER, 8 K) improved to 7-2 in the opener. Jr. 1B Danny Hamblin hammered two homers and drove in six runs to set career highs in both categories with 13 and 55. So. LF Clint Arnold had seven hits vs. MSU, including four Sunday.
April 18-19: Northern Colorado: W 2-1, L 4-2
April 21-23: @ (17) Mississippi State: W 6-2, L 9-8, W 6-4
April 25: Oral Roberts
April 28-30: @ Louisiana State
12. NOTRE DAME
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 32-8, 14-1. (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
Make it 22 straight wins for Notre Dame, the longest win streak in school history. Sr. 1B Craig Cooper has a hit in the last 21 of those games. He went 8-for-11 with three homers, eight runs and nine RBIs in the series. Jr. RHP/WR Jeff Samardzija pitched Friday night (7.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) and then caught five passes for 93 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s spring football game. Jr. RHP Jeff Manship dealt Saturday (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 8 K).
April 18: Toledo: W 8-2
April 19: IUPU-Fort Wayne: W 4-3 (10)
April 21-23: Rutgers: W 11-5, W 15-3, W 14-12
April 25: Purdue
April 26: Bowling Green State
April 28-30: @ Connecticut
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 30-10, 11-7 in SEC. (8-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.
Kentucky’s first sweep of a ranked foe since 1991 gets it to 30 wins for the first time in six years, and its 11 SEC wins are its most since 2000. UK blew a 9-2 lead Friday before Jr. 2B John Shelby launched a walk-off piece. He pounded two homers and three doubles in the series, driving in six runs. The Wildcats came back from six-run deficits in each of the final two games. Jr. 1B Ryan Strieby also homered twice in the series and has 12 in the year. Fr. LHP Chris Rusin faced 11 S. Carolina batters in relief during the series and retired them all.
April 19: @ Louisville: W 3-1
April 21-23: (7) South Carolina: W 10-9 (11), W 15-12, W 12-9
April 26: Murray State
April 28-30: @ (21) Vanderbilt
14. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 30-11, 11-7 in SEC. (8-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
South Carolina rallied from seven runs down in the eighth inning to tie Friday before losing in extra innings, then blew six-run leads in the final two games. So. RHP Wynn Pelzer’s 19-inning SEC scoreless streak ended Friday with a walk-off homer by John Shelby. Fr. RF/2B Andrew Crisp went 9-for-14 in the series with a homer and career-high four hits Sunday.
April 19: The Citadel: W 11-2
April 21-23: @ (21) Kentucky: L 10-9 (11), L 15-12, L 12-9
April 28-30: (24) Mississippi State
15. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 33-10, 13-8 in ACC. (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
A week ago, Florida State had a 32-game home win streak. Now it has lost six of its last seven games at Dick Howser Stadium. GT has swept FSU three straight years, the first team to ever accomplish that feat. The starting pitching struggled: Jr. RHP Bryan Henry (4 IP, 4 H, 5 R), Jr. RHP Tyler Chambliss (6 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 4 ER) and Fr. RHP Jimmy Marshall (3.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R).
April 19: Florida: L 8-3
April 21-23: @ (13) Georgia Tech: L 15-8, L 10-4, L 8-7
April 28-30: Savannah State
16. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 28-14, 7-5 in Pac-10. (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1.
Arizona State suffered a losing weekend for the first time since the Spring Training Classic in early February. ASU took leads in the ninth and 10th innings Sunday, but couldn’t hold either as it lost its first conference series. Jr. RF Colin Curtis had three hits in that one, including a homer and a double. So. LHP Josh Satow dominated Friday night (5 IP, 3 H, ER, career-high 10 K).
April 17: @ Texas Tech: L 7-3
April 21-23: @ UCLA: W 3-2, L 5-1, L 11-10 (10)
April 28-30: @ Stanford
17. COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 33-8, 15-3 in SoCon (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1.
Boom goes the dynamite as CofC rolls through another SoCon opponent. The Cougars are so consistently good in conference, where they haven’t lost a series since 2003, it’d be boring if it werení•t so impressive. Jr. RHP Nick Chigges cruised Friday (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R), and Jr. RHP Graham Godfrey was nearly as good Saturday (7.1 IP, 5 H, ER, 8 K).
April 18: @ Coastal Carolina: L 2-1
April 21-23: Wofford: W 11-4, W 6-1, W 6-3
April 25: @ The Citadel
18. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 31-13, 13-8 in ACC. (7-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
NC State got swept by UNC for the first time since 2002 and shut out Sunday for the first time this year. The ACC’s best bats hit .174 on the weekend and scored five runs. Jr. RHP Gib Hobson threw seven scoreless innings of relief in the 14-inning loss. Jr. 1B Aaron Bates went 0-for-12 in the series.
April 18: East Carolina: W 4-3 (10)
April 21-23: @ (3) North Carolina: L 7-3, L 3-2 (14), L 4-0
April 28-30: Miami
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 28-15, 12-3 in CUSA. (3-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
Houston has won eight of its last nine games, thanks to scoring twice in the 15th and once in the 16th to win the longest conference game in CUSA history (tie) and longest in UH history since a 22-inning game vs. Baylor in 1999. Jr. OF Jake Stewart tallied eight hits against Memphis, including a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth Friday. So. RHP Ricky Hargrove was strong Saturday (8 IP, 7 H, R, 0 ER, BB, 8 K), while Jr. RHP Brad Lincoln recorded his fourth double-digit strikeout game of the year in a no decision Friday.
April 18: @ Texas A&M: W 9-6
April 21-23: Memphis: W 3-2, W 7-1, W 8-7 (16)
April 25: Sam Houston
April 28-30: @ Alabama-Birmingham
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 34-10, 13-8 in ACC. (6-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
Virginia won its first series at Miami. So. LHP/1B Sean Doolittle threw well Friday (7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 9 K) and collected five hits, four RBIs and a homer in the series. So OF Brandon Guyer collected eight hits, including two homers, and six RBIs and seven runs. So. 3B Patrick Wingfield collected six hits, five RBIs and four runs at Miami.
April 18: Virginia Military Institute: W 5-0
April 21-23: @ (24) Miami: W 8-2, W 15-7, L 9-8 (10)
April 26: Richmond
April 28-30: @ Maryland
Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 25-16, 10-8 in SEC (3-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.
It all went wrong for Vandy. So. LHP David Price (6.1 IP, 10 H, career-high 8 ER) suffered his first loss in seven appearances Friday, Fr. 3B Pedro Alvarez was held to three hits and no homers, and the Commodores twice lost one-run leads over the last four innings of the finale.
April 18: @ Middle Tennessee State: L 13-8
April 21-23: @ (11) Alabama: L 9-3, L 14-7, L 6-5
April 25: Austin Peay State
April 28-30: (13) Kentucky
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 23-16, 7-5 Pac-10 (9-6 vs. Top 25) Weekend Series: 7-4.
UCLA has won three of its first four conference series a year after winning only one. Jr. LHP Dave Huff threw his second straight complete game Saturday (2 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 K). UCLA rallied from four different deficits in the clincher, scoring once in the ninth inning to force extras and then three times in the bottom of the 10th to win behind freshmen Cody Decker (pinch-hit two-run double) and Ryan Babineau (RBI single).
April 18: Long Beach State: W 9-7
April 21-23: (10) Arizona State: L 3-2, W 5-1, W 11-10 (10)
April 25: UC Santa Barbara
April 28-30: @ California
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 26-15, 10-8 SEC (5-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-4.
Make it six straight wins for Ole Miss, who swept LSU for the first time since 1982. Jr. C Justin Brashear homered twice, walked four times and drove in five runs against LSU, while Jr. OF Mark Wright drove in seven runs and scored five more in the series.
April 18-19: Southeastern Louisiana: W 6-1, W 11-4
April 21-23: Louisiana State: W 10-5, W 11-3, W 11-8
April 26: Louisiana-Monroe
April 28-30: Tennessee
24. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 29-11, 8-9 in SEC. (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-4.
Anyone seen Tom Petty? The freefall continues as MSU is 8-10 since a 21-1 start. It has lost its last four SEC series. Jr. 1B Brad LaNinfa at least enjoyed the week. He hit two homers, including a walk-off johnson, in Saturday’s win. He also homered twice Wednesday and drove in the winning run in the ninth Tuesday. Sr. SS Thomas Berkery had seven his and four RBIs vs. Arkansas after missing the midweek jaunt with a death in his family.
April 18-19: @ Memphis: W 12-8, W 5-3
April 21-23: (12) Arkansas: L 6-2, W 9-8, L 6-4
April 25-26: @ Southern Mississippi
April 28-30: @ (14) South Carolina
25. OLD DOMINION
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 35-8, 17-4 in Colonial (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-1.
Old Dominion drops its first series of the year and suddenly looks mortal; it’s 6-5 following the 29-3 start. Eight errors undid Sr. RHP Kevin Gunter on Friday (6 IP, 7 H, 10 R, ER). Jr. RHP Jason Godin (6 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 7 ER) and Fr. RHP Dan Hudson (7 IP, 9 H, 8 ER) struggled, though Hudson won behind a two-homer, four-RBI game from Sr. C Patrick Nichols.
April 19: @ Norfolk State: W 8-2
April 21-23: @ Delaware: L 12-2, L 8-3, W 11-10
May 5-7: Virginia Commonwealth
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (22)
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 23-19, 9-6 Pac-10 (6-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-4.
USC dropped its second consecutive Pac-10 series. It ended Tim Lincecum’s scoreless streak Friday, but couldn’t beat him on a night when Jr. RHP Ian Kennedy (4.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 4 ER) and the defense struggled. Sr. 2B Blake Sharpe went 4-for-4 to help win Saturday’s slugfest.
April 18: @ UC Irvine: L 5-0
April 21-23: Washington: L 7-2, W 15-8, L 7-2
April 25: Loyola Marymount
April 28-30: @ Washington State
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 31-12, 10-5 in Big South. (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
Fr. RHP Alex Wilson helped beat Clemson on Tuesday, but wasn’t as sharp Sunday (7 IP, 10 H, 5 ER), though Radford scored three in the top of the ninth to win that one. Fr. RF Phil Carey hit a grand slam in Friday’s slaughtering, when Jr. RHP Heath Rollins (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 13 K) was strong.
April 18: @ (6) Clemson: W 6-3
April 21-23: Radford: W 15-1, L 5-2, L 8-6
April 29-30: Stony Brook
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 27-15, 12-9 ACC. (3-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-5.
Miami lost its third straight home ACC series. Jr. RF Tommy Giles hit a game-tying homer in the eighth inning Sunday and Fr. 2B Jemile Weeks won the game with an RBI single two innings later as Miami staved off a sweep. The Hurricanes didn’t get much from their starting rotation in the series, as Sophs Carlos Gutierrez, Manny Miguelez and Scott Maine produced a combined line of 14 IP, 21 H, 19 R, 14 R.
April 21-23: Virginia: L 8-2, L 15-7, W 9-8 (10)
April 28-30: @ (18) North Carolina State
SAN DIEGO (25)
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 24-17, 7-5 in West Coast (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
San Diego has lost seven of its last 13 games and six of its last nine. Fr. LHP Brian Matusz threw eight scoreless innings Friday, but that was about all the good for USD. The Toreros took a 4-2 lead in the top of the 10th inning Sunday, but Luke Salas smacked a three-run double off Jr. RHP Josh Butler, whose only weekend appearance came in relief, in the bottom half.
April 18: UC Riverside: L 11-1
April 21-23: @ Pepperdine: W 6-1, L 4-2, L 5-4 (10)
April 25: @ UC Irvine
April 28-30: @ San Francisco