Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 34-9, 15-6 in ACC. (10-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
The Cavaliers had 26 extra-base hits in a three-game sweep at Maryland, running their winning streak in College Park to 13, dating back to 2002. Jr. 1B/OF/C Kenny Swab (7-for-15, 8 R, 7 RBI) and So. 3B Steven Proscia (3 HR, 6 RBI) led the UVa. offense on the weekend. So. LHP/DH Danny Hultzen (7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) improved to 6-1, 2.00 in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. The Cavs pounded out 28 hits in support of Jr. RHP Robert Morey (7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) in the nightcap. Jr. RHP Cody Winiarski (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) had the longest outing of his career in Saturday’s blowout.
April 20: Richmond: W 11-3
April 21: George Mason: W 10-3
April 23-24: @ Maryland: W 5-1, W 27-4, W 11-2
April 27: (10) Coastal Carolina
April 28: Georgetown
April 30-May 2: @ Duke
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 34-7, 16-2 in Big 12. (8-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
Texas stretched its winning streak to 16 games with another dominating sweep of a conference series. The Longhorns have won 14 straight Big 12 games and have not allowed more than seven total runs in any of their last four series. They have given up four or fewer runs in three of those series, and they lead the Big 12 by five games over second-place Kansas State. Jr. C Cameron Rupp (2-for-4, 3 R, 5 RBI, 2B, HR) led a 14-hit attack Friday in support of So. RHP Taylor Jungmann (9 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). Rupp’s three-run homer in the first Saturday put Texas up for good, as Jr. RHP Cole Green (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) threw his second straight complete-game shutout. That win made Augie Garrido the first coach in history to win 600 games at two different Division I schools (Texas and Cal State Fullerton). Texas scored in seven different innings Sunday to help Jr. RHP Brandon Workman (6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) improve to 8-1.
April 20: Texas-Arlington: W 21-2
April 23-25: Oklahoma State: W 14-1, W 5-0, W 9-3
April 27: Texas-San Antonio
April 30-May 2: @/vs./vs. Baylor
3. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 33-5, 11-4 in Pac-10 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
After dropping a midweek game against rival Arizona, the Sun Devils took two of three at home from Washington. So. SS Drew Maggi (4-for-4) led a 16-hit attack Friday in support of Jr. RHP Seth Blair (8 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Jr. RHP Merrill Kelly (6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER) was on track to earn his ninth win of the year Saturday, but the Huskies rallied for three in the seventh against So. LHP Mitchell Lambson, then tacked on three more in the ninth. So. RHP Jake Borup (5.1 IP, 11 H, 3 ER) improved to 8-1 on Sunday, as Sr. OF Kole Calhoun (3-for-3, HR, 2 RBI) led ASU’s 16-hit assault.
April 20: (17) Arizona: L 4-2
April 23-25: Washington: W 10-2, L 9-4, W 10-4
April 27-28: San Francisco
April 30-May 2: @ (5) UCLA
4. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 31-10, 14-7 in ACC. (11-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Seminoles won a thrilling series against Miami, their first series victory against the Hurricanes in Tallahassee since 2003. FSU took a 4-1 lead through four innings Friday, but the ‘Canes stormed back against So. LHP Sean Gilmartin (5.1 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). Jr. DH Stuart Tapley (3-for-4, 4 RBI, 2 2B, HR) hit a two-run double in the ninth Saturday to complete FSU’s comeback from a 7-2 deficit and give the ‘Noles their first walk-off win of the season. They got another walk-off win Sunday, as Jr. OF/RHP Mike McGee hit a two-run homer with two out and a full count in the ninth inning to erase a one-run deficit. McGee also earned the win with 1.2 perfect innings of relief.
April 21: Charleston Southern: W 12-4
April 23-25: (14) Miami: L 6-5, W 8-7, W 7-6
April 30-May 2: Le Moyne
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 29-7, 7-5 in Pac-10 (7-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
UCLA won two of three at Arizona; the Bruins have won their last four series in Tucson and their last five series overall against Arizona. So. RHP Gerrit Cole (8 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) pitched well in a no-decision Friday, and the Bruins broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the 10th, highlighted by So. 1B Dean Espy’s three-run double. So. 2B Tyler Rahmatulla (3-for-3, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) led the offense Saturday in support of So. RHP Trevor Bauer (9 IP, 10 H< 2 ER, 1 BB, 13 K), who threw his first complete game of the year. Jr. LHP Rob Rasmussen (3.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER) took his first loss of the season Sunday.
April 20: Long Beach State: L 16-4
April 23-25: @ (17) Arizona: W 6-3 (10 innings), W 6-2, L 6-4
April 27: UC Irvine
April 30-May 2: (3) Arizona State
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 28-11, 12-6 in SEC. (8-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
Florida dropped Friday’s opener against Arkansas but fought back to win the series. Florida led 2-1 after five innings Friday before the Hogs rallied against So. LHP Alex Panteliodis (6 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) and the bullpen. Jr. 3B Bryson Smith’s three-run homer highlighted Florida’s six-run fourth inning Saturday in support of Fr. RHP Hudson Randall (5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER). Fr. LHP/DH Brian Johnson (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K) sparkled Sunday in his first start since April 10 due to a pulled lat muscle, and he also jump-started Florida’s ninth-inning rally with a pinch-hit, leadoff single, setting the stage for Fr. C Mike Zunino’s walk-off RBI single.
April 21: @ South Florida: W 18-8
April 23-25: (9) Arkansas: L 8-3, W 8-2, W 2-1
April 30-May 2: (15) Louisiana State
7. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 32-8, 14-4 in SEC. (6-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Gamecocks surged to first place overall in the SEC with a sweep of Georgia, their ninth straight conference series win dating back to 2009. Sr. 1B Nick Ebert’s two-run double highlighted South Carolina’s six-run third inning Friday in support of Sr. RHP Blake Cooper (8 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 9 K), who improved to 8-0. After Saturday’s game was washed out, Jr. RHP Sam Dyson (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) dominated in a seven-inning complete game in the opener of Sunday’s doubleheader. So. OF Jackie Bradley (4-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, HR) delivered a game-winning single in the seventh in the finale.
April 20: South Carolina-Upstate: W 4-2
April 23-25: @ Georgia: W 11-4, W 5-0 (7 innings), W 8-7 (7 innings)
April 30-May 2: Alabama
8. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 34-7, 16-5 in ACC. (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Yellow Jackets dropped their first home series of the year against upstart Virginia Tech, but they still lead the ACC by a game over Virginia and Miami. Jr. RHP Deck McGuire (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) rebounded from two straight poor outings with a strong start Friday, but the Hokies won the game with two runs in the 11th. Tech’s streak of 18 straight games with a home run was snapped in Game Two, which was suspended in the fourth inning Saturday and resumed Sunday. The Jackets resumed their mashing ways in the finale, hitting four home runs in support of So. LHP Jed Bradley (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K).
April 20-21: Georgia Southern: W 6-2, W 18-4
April 23-25: (20) Virginia Tech: L 3-1 (11 innings), L 10-3, W 14-12
April 27: vs. Georgia at Turner Field
April 30-May 2: @ North Carolina State
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 33-8, 13-5 in SEC (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
Arkansas ran its winning streak to 13 games before dropping the final two games at Florida. The Razorbacks trailed 2-1 after five innings Friday before rallying for seven runs over the next three innings to help So. LHP Drew Smyly (7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) improve to 6-0. The Gators broke open a close game Saturday with six runs in the fourth against Jr. RHP/OF Brett Eibner (3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER). Arkansas tied Sunday’s game at 1-1 on So. OF Collin Kuhn’s eighth-inning home run, but Florida won it in walk-off fashion in the ninth against Sr. RHP Mike Bolsinger.
April 20: Oral Roberts: W 9-5
April 23-25: @ (7) Florida: W 8-3, L 8-2, L 2-1
April 28: Missouri State
April 30-May 2: Auburn
10. COASTAL CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 36-5, 14-0 in Big South (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
Coastal has won 17 straight games dating back to March 31, and 24 straight conference games dating back a full calendar year to April 25, 2009. The Chanticleers, who lead the nation with 36 wins, held VMI to a .178 average and registered 36 strikeouts in a three-game sweep on the road. The Keydets had carried a Big South-leading .352 average into the series. The Chanticleers got strong starts this weekend from So. RHP Anthony Meo (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 9 K), Jr. LHP Cody Wheeler (7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) and Sr. RHP Austin Fleet (4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). Offensively, Coastal is the only team in the nation with more than 60 home runs and more than 100 stolen bases on the season.
April 21: UNC Wilmington: W 8-4
April 23-25: @ Virginia Military Institute: W 7-0, W 3-2, W 6-2
April 27: @ (1) Virginia
April 30-May 2: UNC Asheville
11. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 30-8, 11-3 in MWC. (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-0 (one series suspended).
TCU notched its fifth series sweep of the season in extremely windy conditions against UNLV. So. OF Jason Coats (3-for-5, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2B, 3B) led a 13-hit attack Friday in support of Fr. LHP Matt Purke (7 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 9 K), who improved to 6-0. So. RHP Kyle Winkler (6.2 IP, 12 H, 8 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) was knocked around Saturday, but TCU came from behind to win the back-and-forth affair on Sr. 1B Matt Curry’s walk-off, two-run homer in the ninth. Jr. RHP Steven Maxwell (7.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K) improved to 6-0 Sunday in his fourth straight strong outing. He has allowed just five runs over 29 innings in that span.
April 19: Dallas Baptist: PPD
April 20: @ (24) Oklahoma: L 8-3
April 23-25: Nevada-Las Vegas: W 15-5, W 9-8, W 7-1
April 27-28: vs./@ Baylor
April 30-May 2: @ Utah
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 32-7, 11-4 in Big East. (3-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
Louisville ran its winning streak to eight games and climbed to No. 1 in the Ratings Percentage Index rankings before dropping Sunday’s series finale against Seton Hall. That loss dropped the Cardinals six spots in the RPI and into third place in the Big East, two games behind first-place Connecticut. Louisville broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the eighth Friday, sparked by Sr. 1B Andrew Clark’s one-out triple. The Louisville bullpen worked a combined 4.1 scoreless, one-hit innings Friday, then worked 4.2 scoreless, two-hit innings in Saturday’s win. Louisville’s starter failed to last five innings in all three games, and Jr. RHP Gabriel Shaw (4 IP, 8 H, 4 ER) took his first loss of the year Sunday.
April 21: Western Kentucky: W 7-4
April 23-25: Seton Hall: W 4-2, W 3-1, L 8-6
April 28: Kentucky
April 30-May 2: Rutgers
13. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 24-13, 10-2 in Big West. (4-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.
The Titans posted their first undefeated week of the season and won their sixth consecutive weekend series. Fullerton swept Cal Poly to remain two games ahead of UC Irvine in the Big West. The Titans have gotten a boost at the bottom of the lineup from the return of Fr. 3B Richie Pedroza (5-for-12, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2 2B on the week) from a shoulder injury and the hot hitting of Sr. OF Joey Siddons (11-for-12, 6 RBI during his current six-game hitting streak). Jr. OF Gary Brown and So. 1B Nick Ramirez led the team with nine hits apiece on the week, and Brown added seven RBIs and four steals. Sr. RHP Kyle Mertins (6 IP, 10 H, 6 ER) earned a no-decision Friday in his second straight start filling in for So. RHP Noe Ramirez, who remains day-to-day with a fractured left wrist. Jr. RHP Daniel Renken (8.2 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) turned in his best start of the season Saturday, and So. RHP/OF Tyler Pill (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) was strong Sunday.
April 20: Pepperdine: W 12-5
April 23-25: Cal Poly: W 8-6, W 11-3, W 9-2
April 27: @ (25) San Diego
April 30-May 2: @ Pacific
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 28-13, 11-7 in SEC (9-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
Ole Miss rode back-to-back walk-off wins to a series sweep against LSU. After Friday’s anticipated showdown between Jr. LHP Drew Pomeranz and LSU ace Anthony Ranaudo was postponed by wet weather Friday, both pitchers struggled mightily in windy conditions in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Pomeranz (3 IP, 1 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 9 BB, 3 K) was bailed out by the Ole Miss offense, which scored nine runs in the first two innings, highlighted by So. DH Matt Snyder’s grand slam in the second. Ole Miss got sterling relief in the nightcap from Jr. RHP Trent Rothlin (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) and So. LHP Matt Crouse (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R), setting the stage for Fr. 2B Alex Yarbrough’s walk-off RBI single in the 11th. Eighth-inning home runs by Snyder and Yarbrough tied Sunday’s game at 6-6, and Sr. SS Kevin Mort delivered a walk-off RBI single in the ninth.
April 20: Southern Mississippi: W 7-2
April 24-25: (8) Louisiana State: W 11-9, W 9-8 (11 innings), W 7-6
April 27: Murray State
April 28: Tennessee-Martin
15. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 32-9, 11-7 in SEC. (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
LSU was swept in a three-game series for the first time since 2008 against Tennessee. After Friday’s game was postponed, Jr. RHP Anthony Ranaudo (1.2 IP, 9 H, 9 ER) was rocked in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, which was played with the wind gusting out to center field. The Tigers forced extra innings in the back-and-forth nightcap with three runs in the seventh, but the Rebels handed So. RHP Matty Ott (3.2 IP 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) his first loss of the season with a run in the 11th. Ole Miss came from behind with three runs in the final two frames Sunday, and Jr. RHP Austin Ross took the loss in relief.
April 20-21: vs./@ Northwestern State: W 14-3, W 8-6
April 24-25: @ (19) Mississippi: L 11-9, L 9-8 (11 innings), L 7-6
April 27: New Orleans
April 30-May 2: @ (6) Florida
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 29-11, 15-6 in ACC (3-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
The Hurricanes lost a heartbreaking series at Florida State, their first series loss in Tallahassee since 2003. FSU took a 4-1 lead through four innings Friday against Jr. LHP Chris Hernandez (3.1 IP, 4 R, 3 ER), but Miami rallied back and took the lead for good on Jr. OF Chris Pelaez’s two-run double to left in the sixth. Pelaez had three more hits Saturday to help Miami build a 7-2 lead through five innings, but the Seminoles scored five runs over the final two innings against Miami’s bullpen and won in walk-off fashion. Sr. RHP Jason Santana (6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) left with a 6-4 lead Sunday, but the ‘Noles again came from behind and won on Mike McGee’s walk-off homer against Sr. RHP Taylor Wulf.
April 20: Bethune-Cookman: W 5-2
April 23-25: @ (6) Florida State: W 6-5, L 8-7, L 7-6
April 27: St. Thomas (Fla.)
April 28: South Florida
April 30-May 2: Maryland
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 27-13, 8-7 in Pac-10 (6-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.
Oregon won its third straight weekend series and moved into a three-way tie for third place in the Pac-10. So. SS K.C. Serna (3-for-5, 2B, 4 RBI) led a 13-hit attack Friday in support of So. LHP Tyler Anderson (6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 10 K). Sr. RHP Justin La Tempa (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) was strong in a no-decision Saturday, but USC won a back-and-forth affair with a run in the 10th against Oregon closer Drew Gagnier. Oregon took the lead for good on Fr. 3B J.J. Altobelli’s third-inning grand slam Sunday. It was Oregon’s first grand slam since the program was reinstated, and it was Altobelli’s first career homer.
April 20-21: @ Gonzaga: W 7-2, W 19-10
April 23-25: Southern California: W 12-2, L 5-4 (10 innings), W 8-4
April 27: Oregon State
April 30-May 2: Washington State
18. VIRGINIA TECH
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 28-14, 11-10 in ACC. (7-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
For the second time this season, the Hokies won a road series against the No. 4 team in the country (they also took two of three at Florida State in early April). Over the past four weekends, Virginia Tech is 7-5 against Florida State, Miami, Virginia and Georgia Tech, with three of those series on the road. Jr. RHP Justin Wright (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) outpitched All-American Deck McGuire on Friday, and Sr. RHP Ben Rowen (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R) got the win, as the Hokies broke a 1-1 tie with two in the 11th. Virginia Tech took a 6-0 lead before play was suspended in the fourth inning Saturday, and starter Mathew Price (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) returned to the mound when play resumed Sunday, earning the victory. Jr. RHP Jesse Hahn was scratched from his start in the finale due to ongoing issues with kidney stones and lingering arm soreness from his last start. After falling behind 13-3 in that one, the Hokies rallied back with nine runs in the final two innings before their comeback bid fell out of steam.
April 20: @ Radford: W 16-6
April 23-25: @ (4) Georgia Tech: W 3-1 (11 innings), W 10-3, L 14-12
April 27: @ Virginia Military Institute
April 30-May 2: Boston College
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 28-11, 8-7 in Pac-10. (4-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
After winning a big midweek road game at Arizona State, the Wildcats dropped their fourth straight home series against UCLA. Fr. RHP Kurt Heyer (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) pitched well in a no-decision Friday, but the Bruins broke a 2-2 tie with four runs unearned runs in the 10th. Sr. 1B Rafael Valenzuela had three hits in a losing cause Saturday. Arizona broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the fourth Sunday, and the Wildcats’ pitching committee held the Bruins at bay.
April 20: @ (1) Arizona State: W 4-2
April 23-25: (5) UCLA: L 6-3 (10 innings), L 6-2, W 6-4
April 30-May 2: @ Southern California
Last Week: 6-0. Overall: 33-7, 13-2 in Big East. (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
UConn and Rutgers entered the weekend tied atop the Big East standings, but the Huskies swept the Scarlet Knights to run their winning streak to 21 games, longest active streak in the nation. Jr. 1B Mike Nemeth (2-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI) led the offense Friday in support of Jr. LHP Elliot Glynn (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER). Jr. 3B Mike Olt went 9-for-10 with four runs, four RBIs and two homers in Saturday’s doubleheader. Jr. LHP Greg Nappo (7 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) earned the win in the first game of the twin bill, while So. RHP Matt Barnes (7 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) got a no-decision in the finale. So. OF John Andreoli delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 12th in the nightcap, and So. RHP Kevin Vance worked three hitless innings of relief to get the win.
April 20: @ Fairfield: W 12-2
April 21: Rhode Island: W 14-9
April 22: @ Holy Cross: W 27-10
April 23-25: Rutgers: W 7-2, W 6-3, W 8-7 (12 innings)
April 27: Bryant
April 28: Central Connecticut State
May 1-2: @ Pittsburgh
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 21-13, 10-5 in Pac-10 (10-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.
Stanford used two walk-off wins to sweep rival Cal; the Cardinal now has eight wins in its final at-bat this season. So. LHP Brett Mooneyham (7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K) got a no-decision Friday in his best start of the season, and Stanford won on Fr. 3B Kenny Diekroeger’s sacrifice fly in the ninth. Fr. OF Tyler Gaffney (4-for-6, 4 R, 2 RBI, 2 2B) and Jr. 2B Colin Walsh (2-for-5, HR, 5 RBI) led a 19-hit attack Saturday, and the Cardinal held off Cal’s comeback bid. In Sunday’s back-and-forth affair, Stanford came from behind with three runs in the ninth, capped by Diekroeger’s walk-off RBI double.
April 20: Santa Clara: PPD
April 23-25: (15) California: W 3-2, W 15-12, W 11-10
April 26: Santa Clara
April 30-May 2: @ Washington
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 29-11, 8-8 in Big 12 (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
The Sooners won a big road series at Texas A&M to climb into fourth place in the Big 12 standings, just two games behind second-place Kansas State. The Aggies broke open a 3-2 game Friday with three in the seventh against Sr. LHP J.R. Robinson (6.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER) reliever Jeremy Erben. The Sooners got strong pitching Saturday from Jr. RHP Zach Neal (7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) and Jr. RHP Ryan Duke (4.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K), setting the stage for So. 1B Cameron Seitzer’s game-winning RBI double in the 13th. Jr. 2B Danny Black (2-for-4, HR, 6 RBI) powered the offense Sunday behind Jr. RHP Bobby Shore (7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER).
April 20: (11) Texas Christian: W 8-3
April 23-25: @ Texas A&M: L 6-2, W 6-5 (13 innings), W 10-2
April 27: Dallas Baptist
April 30-May 2: Kansas State
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 23-14, 8-7 in Pac-10. (7-10 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3-1.
Cal was swept in a conference road series for the second time this season. So. RHP Erik Johnson (8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) pitched well in a no-decision Friday, but Stanford won on a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Fr. LHP Justin Jones (4 IP, 10 H, 10 R, 7 ER) was shellacked Saturday, and Cal made four errors in a sloppy slugfest. The Cardinal jumped on So. RHP Dixon Anderson (0.2 IP, 5 ER) on Sunday, but Cal battled back to take a two-run lead into the ninth, only to see Stanford win it with three runs in the bottom of the ninth.
April 20: Pacific: W 13-6
April 23-25: @ (22) Stanford: L 3-2, L 15-12, L 11-10
April 27: @ UC Davis
April 30-May 2: Oregon State
24. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 23-15, 9-0 in WCC (4-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
The Toreros swept their third straight conference series and have won their last seven weekends overall, including series against Rice and at Coastal Carolina. Sr. OF James Meador (3-for-4, R, RBI) led a 14-hit attack Friday in support of Jr. RHP Kyle Blair (7.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 12 K). Meador (4-for-5, HR, 4 RBI) was one of three Toreros to record four hits Saturday behind So. LHP Sammy Solis (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K). Meador (3-for-4, 4 R, 5 RBI, 2B, HR) spearheaded a 21-hit assault Sunday in support of Sr. RHP A.J. Griffin (7.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 11 K).
April 20: @ UC Riverside: PPD
April 23-25: Gonzaga: W 9-4, W 18-5, W 17-7
April 27: (13) Cal State Fullerton
April 30-May 2: @ San Francisco
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 26-16, 11-4 in CUSA. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-3-1.
Rice headed into its exam break with plenty of momentum after sweeping East Carolina. The Owls lead Conference USA by two games over second-place Marshall. Preseason All-American Rick Hague was moved to DH for the first two games of the series but had a big game with the bat in Friday’s blowout, going 4-for-6 with a homer and three RBIs as part of a 20-hit attack. His replacement at shortstop, Sr. Jimmy Comerota, went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs behind So. LHP Taylor Wall (7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K). Sr. RHP Mike Ojala (7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) turned in his best start of the season Saturday, but the Owls trailed 2-0 until So. 3B Anthony Rendon’s three-run homer in the eighth against ECU closer Seth Simmons. So. OF Michael Fuda (2-for-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI) led the Rice offense in Sunday’s slugfest.
April 20: @ Texas A&M: L 7-1
April 23-25: East Carolina: W 20-3, W 3-2, W 11-9
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 32-11, 9-9 in SEC (4-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-4.
The Commodores dropped a series at Tennessee and have lost four of their six SEC series. Fr. OF Connor Harrell (3-for-4, 3 RBI, 2B) led a 15-hit attack Friday in support of So. RHP Sonny Gray (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K), who was ejected along with coach Tim Corbin after Gray hit Zach Osborne in the wrist leading off the eighth. Gray was suspended four games. The ‘Dores mustered just three hits in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, and Jr. RHP Chase Reid (4.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) pitched well in relief to keep them in the game, but the Volunteers won it on Blake Forsythe’s two-run homer in the 11th. Jr. RHP Taylor Hill (6.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) carried a one-run lead into the seventh and final inning Sunday, but Tennessee rallied for the win, capped by a bases-loaded hit batsman.
April 20: @ Lipscomb: W 13-10
April 21: @ Middle Tennessee State: W 11-10
April 23-25: @ Tennessee: W 10-1, L 4-2 (11 innings), L 4-3 (7 innings)
April 27: @ Austin Peay State
April 30-May 2: Georgia
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA (25)
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 30-12, 13-8 in Southland (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Lions dropped a road series against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and fell into fourth place in the Southland Conference. Jr. RHP Brandon Efferson (5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER) fell to 7-2 in Friday’s loss, and Jr. LHP Tyler Watkins (1.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER) was hit hard Saturday. The Lions rapped out 14 hits Sunday behind Sr. RHP Chris Franklin (9 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) to salvage the finale.
April 20: @ Tulane: L 6-0
April 23-25: @ Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: L 10-5, L 11-5, W 11-3
April 27: Southern
April 30-May 2: @/vs./@ Nicholls State