Top 25 Tracker: April 21

virginia1. VIRGINIA
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 33-7, 16-5 in ACC. (3-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-0.

The Cavaliers took two of three from North Carolina, their 11th straight weekend series win dating back to last year. Nathan Kirby (7.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 12 K) starred yet again Friday, and Brandon Downes (2-for-3) accounted for all three UVa. RBIs, hitting a two-run homer in the second and a sac fly in the sixth that broke a 2-2 tie. Kenny Towns hit a two-run homer to lead the Virginia offense Saturday, and starter Josh Sborz gave up nine hits but fought through five innings to improve to 4-2. First-team preseason All-American Derek Fisher (0-for-3) returned from his broken hamate to start in left field Sunday, but the Cavs mustered just six hits, and Brandon Waddell (6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER) took his first loss since Opening Day.
RESULTS
April 15
: Radford: CCD
April 16: William & Mary: W 11-2
April 18-20: North Carolina: W 3-2, W 3-1, L 4-2
UPCOMING
April 22
: @ Virginia Commonwealth
April 23: Richmond
April 25-27: @ (4) Florida State


calpoly2. CAL POLY
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 34-5, 11-1 in Big West (7-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-0-1.
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Cal Poly became the first Big West team to sweep a weekend series against Cal State Fullerton since 2007, when UC Riverside did it en route to the conference title. Matt Imhof (6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 9 K) dominated Thursday, and Nick Torres (3-for-5, 3 RBI) led the offense. Cal Poly rallied to tie Friday’s game in the bottom of the eighth and eventually won 4-3 in 13 innings on Torres’ walk-off RBI double. Mustangs starter Slater Lee lasted just four innings, but Bryan Granger (1.1 IP, 0 H), Taylor Chris (3 IP, 1 H) and Reed Reilly (4.2 IP, 0 H) combined on nine innings of one-hit, shutout relief, and Poly outhit Fullerton 17-5 in the game. Sophomore Casey Bloomquist (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K) was masterful Saturday in his first career complete game.
RESULTS
April 15
: @ Cal State Bakersfield: W 9-1
April 17-19: Cal State Fullerton: W 8-0, W 4-3 (13 innings), W 3-0
UPCOMING
April 22
: San Jose State
April 25-27: @ Long Beach State


 

louisianalafayette3. LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 36-5, 16-2 in Sun Belt (3-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 10-0.
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The Cajuns won their 11th straight weekend series but dropped Sunday’s finale at UT Arlington. They lead the Sun Belt by three games over Arkansas State. The Ragin’ Cajuns overcame a short outing Friday from Carson Baranik (4.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER), pulling away late to win 9-5. Caleb Adams’ two homers powered ULL’s 13-hit attack. Adams, Tyler Girouard, Blake Trahan and Jace Conrad had three hits apiece to lead a 17-hit attack Saturday, and Austin Robichaux (2.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) earned the win in relief in his first outing since March 21. Cody Boutte (7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) was strong in a no-decision Sunday, but the Mavericks overcame a three-run deficit with four in the ninth against Greg Milhorn.
RESULTS
April 18-20
: @ Texas-Arlington: W 9-5, W 9-5, L 5-4
UPCOMING
April 22
: McNeese State
April 25-27: Texas State


4. FLORIDA STATEPrint
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 30-9, 16-5 in ACC (7-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-1.

The Seminoles rebounded from a series loss at Georgia Tech by winning a road series at Wake Forest to remain atop the ACC’s Atlantic Division by 3.5 games over Clemson. Luke Weaver (9 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) turned in his second complete game in his past four starts Friday, while John Nogowski (2-for-5) and Jose Brizuela (3-for-5) led the Seminoles offense as FSU broke open a 3-1 game with a four-spot in the top of the ninth. Coach Mike Martin became the third D-I coach to reach the 1,800-win mark Saturday as Danny De La Calle’s RBI single in the 13th scored John Sansone, and Jameis Winston (4.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R) earned his first win of the season with sparkling relief. The Deacons broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the seventh and added two more in the eighth to salvage a win Sunday.
RESULTS
April 15
: Jacksonville: W 6-1
April 18-20: @ Wake Forest: W 7-1, W 4-3 (13 innings), L 5-2
UPCOMING
April 22-23: Stetson
April 25-27: (1) Virginia


oregonstate5. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 0-0.
Overall: 27-7, 11-4 in Pac-12. (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-1.

The Beavers were off for a week.
RESULTS
April 11-13:
@ Washington State: L 4-1, W 12-5, W 8-1
UPCOMING
April 21-23: vs./@ Sacramento State
April 25-27: vs. Oregon


florida6. FLORIDA
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 27-13, 12-6 in SEC (10-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-3.
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Florida swept Georgia to run its winning streak to six games and remain tied with Alabama top the SEC’s overall standings, and alone atop the SEC East. Freshman third baseman John Sternagel hit his first career homer in the fifth to snap a 2-2 tie in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, and Bobby Poyner (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) picked up the save with sterling relief of Logan Shore (5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER). The Gators used a six-run fourth inning to cruise to an 8-1 win in the second game. Sophomore Aaron Rhodes was solid (5.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K) in the second game, with relief help from Kirby Snead and Dane Dunning. Harrison Bader (3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 3B) led the Florida offense Sunday in support of Danny Young (5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K). The Gators are No. 1 in the Ratings Percentage Index and are 17-6 against the RPI top 50, the most top 50 wins of any team.
RESULTS
April 15:
@ Florida Gulf Coast: W 7-1
April 19-20: Georgia: W 3-2, W 8-1, W 10-3
UPCOMING
April 22
: Jacksonville
April 23: Florida A&M
April 25-27: Missouri


block_w7. WASHINGTON
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 27-8, 14-4 in Pac-12 (2-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-0.

The Huskies won their sixth straight conference series to remain atop the Pac-12 standings. Trevor Mitsui (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI) drove in a run and scored in UW’s crucial three-run eighth Thursday, and Jared Fisher (6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) was strong in a no-decision. Erik Forgione (2-for-3) and Mitsui (2-for-5) recorded multi-hit games Friday for UW, which broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the seventh and added some insurance later. Tyler Davis (6 IP, 9 H, 2 ER) improved to 8-1 in that one. The Bears scored three runs in the second inning Saturday against Washington starter Jeff Brigham (4.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 0 K) and never looked back.
RESULTS
April 14
: Northern Colorado: W 14-3
April 17-19: @ California: W 4-3, W 6-2, L 7-1
UPCOMING
April 22
: Seattle
April 25-27: Washington State


alabama8. ALABAMA
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 28-12, 12-6 in SEC (6-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-2.

Alabama won its second SEC road series in three tries to remain atop the SEC West, and tied with Florida for first place overall. The Crimson Tide has won four straight series and five of its six conference series overall. The Alabama offense opened up an 8-0 lead through five innings Friday, though Tennessee did make things interesting late. Spencer Turnbull (6.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 8 K) fought through some wildness but got his fifth win, while Thomas Burrows (1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K) extinguished the Vols’ rally for his seventh save. The Tide rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Vols 7-6 on Saturday. Wade Wass helped ‘Bama bounce back from the 6-1 hole by going 3-for-5 with a homer and a double. Austen Smith homered twice and drove in four in a losing cause Sunday, and Jon Keller (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) was strong in a no-decision, but the Volunteers stormed back with six runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth to win.
RESULTS
April 15
: Jackson State: W 8-1
April 16: @ UAB: W 5-2
April 18-20: @ Tennessee: W 8-5, W 7-6, L 10-9
UPCOMING
April 22
: Southern Mississippi
April 25-27: @ (11) South Carolina


lsu9. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 30-10-1, 10-7-1 in SEC. (6-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-2.
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LSU won its third straight series (and its first road series of the year), taking two of three at Ole Miss. The Tigers improved to 6-7 in road games this spring. Conner Hale (3-for-5, 3 R) doubled in the 13th Thursday and scored the winning run on an error. Aaron Nola (7.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) and Joe Broussard (3.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER) provided strong pitching for the Tigers. Jared Poche (6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER) took the loss Friday, falling to 6-3. Four LSU pitchers, including starter Alden Cartwright (4 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K), combined to shut out Ole Miss for the first time this season in front of 9,741 fans in Saturday’s rubber game. Andrew Stevenson had an RBI single and Hale homered for the Tigers. Hale had five hits in the series and scored five of the seven runs LSU scored in the three games.
RESULTS
April 15
: vs. Southern Miss @ Metairie, La.: W 13-5
April 17-19: @ (13) Mississippi: W 4-3 (13 innings), L 5-1, W 2-0
UPCOMING
April 22
: Tulane
April 25-27: Tennessee


texas10. TEXAS
Last Week: 1-3.
Overall: 30-11, 9-6 in Big 12 (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-2-1.
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TCU swept Texas for the first time since 1994, knocking the Longhorns out of first place in the Big 12 (they fell to third, two games behind first-place Oklahoma State). A week after scoring 25 runs in a three-game sweep of Oklahoma, Texas scored just one run in three games against TCU. The Horned Frogs scored three runs in the fifth Thursday to beat Parker French (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER). Dillon Peters (6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) took the loss Friday, as TCU took the lead in the first inning and never looked back. Nathan Thornhill matched a season high with six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings Saturday, but took his first loss, as TCU surged ahead with two runs in the seventh. Texas loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but Andy McGuire hit into a double play to end it.
RESULTS
April 15:
Texas-Arlington: W 10-2
April 17-19: Texas Christian: L 3-0, L 2-0, L 3-1
UPCOMING
April 22
: Texas-Pan American
April 25-27: (21) Oklahoma State


southcarolina11. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 2-3.
Overall: 30-10, 10-8 in SEC. (9-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-3.

The banged-up Gamecocks saw their losing streak stretch to five games before they rallied to win the final two games of their series at Auburn. The Tigers scored four runs in the first against Jordan Montgomery (8 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, and Dillon Ortman made it stand up. With regulars Connor Bright and Max Schrock still sidelined, the Gamecocks got RBI hits from freshmen Gene Cone (3-for-4, 2 RBI) and Jordan Gore in the ninth inning to pull out a 3-2 win in the nightcap. Grayson Greiner had three hits in that one and three more Sunday, and Cone delivered a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the eighth.
RESULTS
April 15
: Charleston Southern: L 4-1
April 16: @ The Citadel: L 10-8
April 19-20: @ Auburn: L 4-2, W 3-2, W 4-3
UPCOMING
April 22
: Davidson
April 23: South Carolina-Upstate
April 25-27: (8) Alabama


rice12. RICE
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 29-13, 16-5 in C-USA. (3-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-2.
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The Owls swept UAB to remain alone atop the C-USA standings, 1.5 games ahead of Southern Miss heading into next weekend’s trip to Hattiesburg. Kevin McCanna (9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) threw his first career shutout Friday, and the Owls managed to push across single runs in the third and sixth to hand UAB ace Chase Mallard (7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER) his first loss of the year. The Owls came from behind with single runs in the seventh and eighth to force extra innings Saturday, and Skyler Ewing (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) hit the game-winning homer in the 11th inning. Matt Ditman (3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) picked up the win with outstanding relief work. Keenan Cook (3-for-4, R) led a balanced 11-hit attack Sunday in support of Jon Duplantier (7.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K), who moved into the weekend rotation and earned his first career victory.
RESULTS
April 15
: @ Lamar: L 10-1
April 18-20: Alabama-Birmingham: W 2-0, W 5-3 (11 innings), W 5-3
UPCOMING
April 22
: Texas A&M
April 25-27: @ Southern Mississippi


louisville13. LOUISVILLE
Last Week: 1-3.
Overall: 28-11, 8-4 in AAC. (3-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-1.
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A week after sweeping a road series at Houston, the Cardinals lost two of three at UCF to fall 2.5 games behind the Knights in the AAC standings. Kyle Funkhouser (5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 8 BB, 4 K) was wild in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. The Knights became the first team to score a run against Nick Burdi this season in the nightcap, pushing across an unearned run in the 11th to win 4-3. Cole Sturgegon went 4-for-4 in a losing effort. Jeff Gardner’s two-run homer in the first inning Friday gave Louisville a lead it would hold all night, as the Cardinals avoided a sweep with a 3-2 win behind a strong outing from Anthony Kidston (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K).
RESULTS
April 15:
(19) Kentucky: L 4-2
April 17-18: @ Central Florida: L 8-2, L 4-3 (11 innings), W 3-2
UPCOMING
April 22:
Western Kentucky
April 23: Morehead State
April 25-27: Connecticut


Houstonlogo14. HOUSTON
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 29-10, 6-6 in AAC (3-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-1.

Houston rebounded from getting swept by Louisville with a 3-1 week, including a series win against South Florida. Justin Montemayor (2-for-4) hit a go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the eighth Thursday to cap a two-run rally, as the Cougars came from behind to win 3-2. Aaron Garza (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) was solid in a no-decision. The Bulls scored four runs in the top of the first Friday against Jake Lemoine (8 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K), who steadied the ship after the rocky first, but the Cougars stranded the tying run on second in the ninth. The Cougars used a three-run eighth inning—in which they got just one hit but had four walks and took advantage of two South Florida errors—to win 5-3 in Saturday’s rubber match.
RESULTS
April 15
: @ Sam Houston State: W 5-2
April 17-19: South Florida: W 3-2, L 4-3, W 5-3
UPCOMING
April 22
: Sam Houston State
April 25-27: @ Cincinnati


miami15. MIAMI
Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 27-13, 15-5 in ACC. (7-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-3 (one series pending).

Miami stretched its winning streak to 14 games before losing Sunday night to Notre Dame, as the Irish evened the series heading into Monday’s finale. Chris Diaz (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision in Saturday’s opener, and Miami came from behind with two in the ninth, as Zack Collins hit an RBI triple and scored on a sacrifice fly. Collins was 4-for-5 in a losing cause Sunday, and Notre Dame took control of the game with five runs in the fifth against Andrew Suarez (5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K).
RESULTS
April 16
: Florida Atlantic: W 2-1
April 19-20: Notre Dame: W 3-2, L 7-4
UPCOMING
April 21:
Notre Dame
April 23: @ Florida Atlantic
April 25-27: @ (22) Clemson


mississippi16. MISSISSIPPI
Last Week: 1-2.
Overall: 30-11, 10-8 in SEC (4-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-3.
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Ole Miss lost its first home series of the year, dropping two of three against LSU. The Tigers scored the winning run on an error in the 13th inning Friday, as the Rebels wasted a strong start by Chris Ellis (8 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). The top two hitters in the Rebels’ lineup, Braxton Lee and Auston Bousfield, combined to go 6-for-7 Friday, while Christian Trent (7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) contained LSU’s bats to improve to 5-0. Sam Smith (7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) pitched well in defeat Sunday, as four LSU pitchers shut out the Rebels for the first time this season.
RESULTS
April 17-19
: (12) Louisiana State: L 4-3 (13 innings), W 5-1, L 2-0
UPCOMING
April 22:
vs. (16) Mississippi State @ Pearl, Miss.
April 25-27: @ (17) Kentucky


kentucky17. KENTUCKY
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 26-14, 9-9 in SEC (8-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-3.
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A week after dropping a home series to last-place Missouri, the Wildcats went on the road and won their second midweek game of the year against Louisville, then took two of three in College Station. Back-to-back two-out RBI hits from Ka’ai Tom and Thomas Bernal (3-for-5, 4 RBI) keyed Kentucky’s game-winning rally in the top of the ninth Friday, as the Wildcats scored three times to break a 3-3 tie. A.J. Reed (8 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) improved to 7-1 in that one. Max Kuhn and Reed each had a home run and four hits Saturday, and Dylan Dwyer gave up one run in 6 2/3 innings in an 11-4 win. Reed homered again Sunday—his 16th of the year— to provide the only bright spot in a blowout loss, as Andrew Nelson (4 IP, 10 H, 8 ER) gave up 10 hits for the second straight start.
RESULTS
April 15
: @ (10) Louisville: W 4-2
April 18-20: @ Texas A&M: W 6-3, W 11-4, L 14-2
UPCOMING
April 22
: Tennessee Tech
April 25-27: (16) Mississippi


Indiana18. INDIANA
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 25-11, 11-1 in Big Ten. (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-2.
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Indiana swept Michigan State to remain atop the Big Ten standings by two games over Illinois heading into next weekend’s series against the Illini. The Hoosiers have won 13 of their last 14 games. Will Nolden (2-for-3, 4 RBI) opened the scoring Friday with a two-run triple in the second, and the Hoosiers never looked back as Joey DeNato (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K) cruised. Casey Rodrigue singled home Nolden in the 12th inning Saturday, and Sam Travis went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Brian Korte (6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) was solid in a no-decision Sunday, and Luke Harrison (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief for the second straight day, as Indiana broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the eighth, highlighted by Travis’ two-run double.
RESULTS
April 16
: Western Kentucky: W 1-0
April 18-20: Michigan State: W 7-0, W 2-1 (12 innings), W 4-1
UPCOMING
April 23
: Ball State
April 25-27: @ Illinois


oregon19. OREGON
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 31-10, 10-5 in Pac-12. (1-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-3.
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The Ducks swept a home series against Washington State to run their winning streak to nine games. A.J. Balta (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR, 2B) led Oregon’s 11-hit attack Thursday in support of Tommy Thorpe (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K). Oregon’s five-run fourth was the difference Friday, highlighted by Austin Grebeck’s bases-clearing double. Jeff Gold (7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER) picked up his ninth win, tied for the national lead, and it was the 700th D-I win in the career of Ducks coach George Horton. The Ducks scored twice in the sixth Saturday to complete the sweep, as Balta tied the game with an RBI double to score Shaun Chase, and Tyler Baumgartner followed with an RBI single. Oregon starter Trent Paddon (6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 6 K) got his first win.
RESULTS
April 14
: San Diego: W 4-3
April 17-19: Washington State: W 11-1, W 6-3, W 2-1
UPCOMING
April 25-27:
@ (5) Oregon State


MississippiState20. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 26-15, 10-8 in SEC (3-6 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-2-1.
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The Bulldogs snapped a two-series losing streak by sweeping a road series at Missouri. Stellar work out of the bullpen by closer Jonathan Holder (5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R) allowed Mississippi State to outlast Missouri 3-2 in 11 innings Friday. C.T. Bradford’s two-out RBI single, his third hit of the game, brought in the winning run in the 11th. Ross Mitchell (9 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) threw 142 pitches in his third complete game in six career starts to save the bullpen Saturday. MSU erased a 7-3 deficit in the late innings Sunday to force extras, then won it on Reid Humphreys’ two-run single in the 11th.
RESULTS
April 15
: Alcorn State: W 16-2
April 18-20: @ Missouri: W 3-2 (11 innings), W 6-2, W 9-7 (11 innings)
UPCOMING
April 22
: vs. (16) Mississippi @ Pearl, Miss.
April 24-26: Texas A&M


oklahomastate21. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 29-11, 11-4 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-2.

The Cowboys won their fourth straight series and swept their second straight to take sole possession of first place in the Big 12 standings. Jon Perrin (9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K) threw his first career shutout Friday, and the Cowboys broke open a 1-0 game with six runs in the seventh. Tyler Buffett (5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, and Tim Arakawa hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth, as OSU came from behind in the late innings to win. Arakawa hit a three-run homer in the second inning Sunday to put the Cowboys ahead for good, and Brendan McCurry worked a scoreless ninth to set a new single-season record with his 11th save. He had already set the school’s career saves record the day before (he’s up to 19, and counting).
RESULTS
April 15
: Oklahoma: L 12-9 (18 innings)
April 18-20: Kansas: W 7-0, W 5-3, W 6-3
UPCOMING
April 22
: @ Oral Roberts
April 25-27: @ (10) Texas


clemson22. CLEMSON
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 24-15, 12-8 in ACC (2-7 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-4.

The Tigers took two of three on the road at Pittsburgh. Pitt scored twice in the first inning Friday against Matthew Crownover (8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K), but the Tigers lefty shut it down from there, allowing his team to tie the game and eventually win 3-2 in 11 innings. Shane Kennedy’s RBI double in the top of the 11th brought in Steven Duggar with the eventual winning run. Daniel Gossett threw his second career shutout Saturday, giving up just three singles and a walk with seven strikeouts, and Steve Wilkerson hit a two-run single in a three-run first for the Tigers. The Panthers took control of Sunday’s game with six runs in the fifth to chase Jake Long (4.2 IP, 3 H, 6 ER, 6 BB, 5 K).
RESULTS
April 15
: Coastal Carolina: W 9-6
April 18-20: @ Pittsburgh: W 3-2 (11 innings), W 3-0, L 13-4
UPCOMING
April 22
: Liberty
April 23: Western Carolina
April 25-27: (15) Miami


texaschristian23. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 26-13, 10-5 in Big 12 (3-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-3.

The Horned Frogs swept Texas for the first time since 1994 to record their third straight series win, helping them climb into second place in the Big 12, a game behind Oklahoma State. Brandon Finnegan (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K) was brilliant Thursday, retiring 16 of the final 17 hitters he faced, including a streak of 12 straight from the third through the seventh. Preston Morrison (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K) was strong on Friday, and TCU got an RBI single from Jerrick Suiter in the first and led wire-to-wire. Kevin Cron went 3-for-3 to lead the Frogs’ offense and added an insurance run with an RBI triple in the seventh. Dylan Fitzgerald (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI) led the TCU offense Saturday, and Trey Teakell (2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief of Tyler Alexander (5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER). The Longhorns loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but Riley Ferrell induced a double play to record his third save of the weekend.
RESULTS
April 15
: Houston Baptist: W 13-0
April 17-19: @ (6) Texas: W 3-0, W 2-0, W 3-1
UPCOMING
April 22
: vs. Texas Tech @ Abilene, Texas
April 25-27: Cal State Northridge


arkansasNo. 24 ARKANSAS
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 25-16, 9-9 in SEC (7-7 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-4.

The Hogs took two of three against Vandy, adding to a resume that also includes series wins against South Carolina and Alabama. Arkansas jumped on Tyler Beede for four runs in the first Friday and never looked back, while Trey Killian (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER) picked up just his second win. Jalen Beeks (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) was strong in a losing cause Saturday. Chris Oliver (6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) improved to 5-3 in Sunday’s victory.
RESULTS
April 15
: Stephen F. Austin: W 7-2
April 18-20: (18) Vanderbilt: W 6-2, L 2-1, W 3-1
UPCOMING
April 22-23
: Northwestern State
April 25-27: Auburn


vanderbilt25. VANDERBILT
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 29-12, 8-10 in SEC (5-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-4.
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Vanderbilt went to Arkansas and lost its third straight series, and its fourth in the last five weeks. The Hogs jumped on Tyler Beede (7 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) for four runs in the first Friday and never looked back, as Beede dropped to 5-5, 3.75, after starting the year 4-0, 1.08. The Commodores held off Arkansas late in a 2-1 win Saturday that gave coach Tim Corbin his 600th career victory. John Norwood’s two-run homer was enough for Vandy starter Carson Fulmer (6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K). The Hogs took control of Sunday’s rubber game with two runs in the fifth to chase Tyler Ferguson (4 IP, 3 H, 3 ER.
RESULTS
April 15
: Middle Tennessee State: W 19-1
April 18-20: @ Arkansas: L 6-2, W 2-1, L 3-1
UPCOMING
April 22
: vs. Memphis @ Jackson, Tenn.
April 25-27: Georgia


 


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UCSBUC SANTA BARBARA (17)
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 24-10, 5-7 in Big West (6-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-3.

The Gauchos went on the road to Long Beach and dropped their third weekend series in four conference sets. The Gauchos came from behind with two runs in the top of the ninth to tie Thursday’s game, but the Dirtbags answered with a run in the bottom of the ninth to win 3-2. Justin Jacome (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) pitched well for the Gauchos in that one, and Austin Pettibone (6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) took a hard-luck loss Friday, as LBSU’s Josh Frye needed just 91 pitches to shut out Santa Barbara. Shane Bieber (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) won a pitcher’s duel Saturday to help the Gauchos salvage the finale.
RESULTS
April 14
: Brigham Young: W 9-5
April 17-19: @ Long Beach State: L 3-2, L 1-0, W 2-1
UPCOMING
April 25-27
: UC Riverside


UNLV Primary LogoUNLV (20)
Last Week: 0-4.
Overall: 25-15, 13-8 in MWC (0-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-2.

The Rebels were swept at Air Force (No. 185 in the RPI) to fall 2.5 games behind New Mexico in the Mountain West, heading into next weekend’s showdown series against the Lobos. UNLV has suddenly lost five straight games after getting swept by the Falcons for the first time since 1970. UNLV’s defense struggled Thursday behind Erick Fedde (6 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K), who fell to 7-2 in the slugfest. The Falcons scored seven runs in the bottom of the first Friday and went on to trounce the Rebels 14-4. John Richy (6 IP, 11 H, 10 R, 5 ER) was hit hard but didn’t get much help—the UNLV defense made three errors that led to five unearned runs. The Falcons took the lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the seventh, handing the Rebels’ Bryan Bonnell (6.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER) his third loss.
RESULTS
April 15
: @ Arizona State: L 5-2
April 17-19: @ Air Force: L 10-9, L 14-4, L 7-6
UPCOMING
April 25-27
: New Mexico


georgiatechGEORGIA TECH (25)
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 25-16, 11-10 in ACC (6-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-3.

Georgia Tech dropped a road series at Maryland but salvaged Sunday’s finale. Josh Heddinger (6.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER) kept Maryland at bay for six innings Friday, but the Terps took the lead with a three-run seventh and put it away on Jose Cuas’ three-run homer in the eighth. Maryland’s Mike Shawaryn kept the Georgia Tech bats at bay Saturday, and Devin Stanton (5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2 K) took the loss. Dusty Isaacs (4.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) earned the victory with strong relief work Sunday, as the Jackets broke a 6-6 tie with seven runs in the 12th.
RESULTS
April 15
: Georgia: W 4-1
April 18-20: @ Maryland: L 7-2, L 4-1, W 13-6 (12 innings)
UPCOMING
April 22
: @ Mercer
April 25-27: @ North Carolina State

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