Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 39-8, 15-6 in SEC. (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1.
The Commodores outscored Florida 39-12 in a three-game sweep. They’re now tied with Arkansas atop the SEC and lead the SEC East by four games. Player of the Year watch: Jr. LHP David Price (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 13 K) notched his ninth double-digit strikeout game in 12 starts on Friday. He improved to 8-0, 2.69 with a 135-22 strikeout-walk ratio in 90 innings.
April 25: Tennessee Tech: W 12-10
April 27-29: Florida: W 10-1, W 17-6, W 13-5
May 4-6: @ Georgia
2. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 39-7, 17-4 in ACC. (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 13-0.
FSU kept its weekend-series winning streak alive and maintained its four-game lead over Clemson in the ACC’s Atlantic Division. The Seminoles overcame a 6-3 deficit with four runs in the ninth against the Miami bullpen on Friday. Senior RHP Bryan Henry improved to 11-0, 2.45, tied for second in the nation in victories with Texas’ Adrian Alaniz.
April 27-29: @ Miami: W 7-6, W 13-8, L 7-1
May 4-6: @ Maryland
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 37-10, 16-7 in ACC. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1-1.
The Cavaliers took a half-game lead over North Carolina in the ACC’s Coastal Division by allowing just two runs in a three-game sweep of Maryland. Player of the Year watch: So. RHP Jacob Thompson struck out six and allowed just four hits in a complete-game shutout Friday, improving to 10-0, 1.38 with an 82-19 K-BB ratio in 85 innings. So. 3B Jeremy Farrell finally returned from his forearm strain to DH in the midweek game and Friday, going 6-for-8, but he did not start the final two games of the weekend.
April 25: James Madison: L 7-6 (14 innings)
April 27-29: Maryland: W 14-0, W 3-2, W 4-0
May 1: Virginia Commonwealth
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 37-11, 16-2 in C-USA. (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
Rice has won 10 straight and 17 of 18. Sr. RHP Ryne Tacker did not pitch this weekend, but Jr. RHP Matt Langwell (7 IP, 9 H, 2 ER) was strong on Friday, Fr. RHP Ryan Berry (7.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER) was even better Saturday, and Jr. LHP/1B Joe Savery (6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER) improved to 6-1 on Sunday.
April 24: Sam Houston State: W 6-2
April 27-29: @ Alabama-Birmingham: W 8-2, W 7-1, W 6-3
May 9: Texas State
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 37-12, 17-4 in Big 12. (6-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-2.
The Longhorns swept Oklahoma State in Stillwater for the first time since 1981. Texas has won six straight and leads the Big 12 by 3.5 games. Fr. DH Russell Moldenhauer hit his third homer of the year Friday and followed with his fourth of the year on Saturday, a fifth-inning grand slam that broke a 2-2 tie.
April 24: Texas-Pan American: W 11-1 (7 innings)
April 27-29: @ (12) Oklahoma State: W 3-2, W 7-2, W 7-0
May 4-6: Missouri
6. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 37-10, 16-8 in ACC. (6-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
UNC came from behind twice to win its first series in Raleigh since 2001. The Tar Heels trailed 3-2 heading into the eighth inning Saturday before scoring six runs against Wolfpack closer Eryk McConnell, who had come on in relief of ace Andrew Brackman. Jr. OF Reid Fronk had three homers entering the weekend, but he hit one Saturday, then tied Sunday’s game with a solo homer in the seventh and won it with a two-run shot in the eighth.
April 24: East Carolina: W 10-0
April 25: High Point: W 3-1
April 27-29: @ North Carolina State: L 11-1, W 9-3, W 7-5
May 8: @ Elon
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 35-12, 15-6 in SEC. (5-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-1.
Arkansas has won all four of its SEC road series this year, including the last two weekends at Georgia and Auburn. Jr. LHP Nick Schmidt (9 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) and Jr. RHP Jess Todd (9 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) bookended the weekend with a pair of complete games.
April 25: (10) Wichita State: W 10-2
April 27-29: @ Auburn: W 12-1, L 11-9, W 8-1
May 4-6: Louisiana State
8. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 34-9, 6-6 in Pac-10. (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1.
Oregon State won its fourth series against Stanford in the past three years, if you count the 2007 super-regional in Corvallis. Jr. RHP Daniel Turpen appeared in three of OSU’s four games on the week, going 1-0, 2.70 in 6.2 IP. So. DH Jason Ogata led the offense, going 8-for-17 with a homer, three doubles and eight RBIs. Fr. RHP Jorge Reyes pitched six IP in his first Pac-10 start Sunday for the victory.
April 24: @ Portland: W 10-1
April 27-29: @ Stanford: W 13-7, L 9-7 (11 innings), W 8-6
May 4-6: @ Washington
9. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 2-0. Overall: 34-14, 12-2 in WCC. (5-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-3.
USD took control of the WCC race by winning the first two games against Pepperdine. So. LHP Brian Matusz, the national strikeout leader, recorded the first eight outs via the strikeout Friday en route to 11 whiffs over 8.1 IP. So. LHP/OF Josh Romanski struck out seven and walked none in a four-hit, complete-game shutout Sunday. The Toreros will go for the sweep Monday.
April 27-29: (13) Pepperdine: W 10-3, W 5-0
April 30: (17) Pepperdine
10. WICHITA STATE
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 36-12, 15-3 in MVC. (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-1.
The first-place Shockers have now taken series from each of the next four teams in the MVC standings. So. RHP Aaron Shafer missed his weekend start with a sprained elbow ligament, but So. LHP Anthony Capra (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R) filled in admirably on Sunday. Evansville had given up only 3 HRs all year before Wichita got two Sunday from RF Andy Dirks and C Tyler Weber.
April 24: Kansas State: L 2-1
April 25: @ (7) Arkansas: L 10-2
April 27-29: Evansville: W 6-1, L 4-1, W 7-1
April 30: Bethany (Kan.)
May 1-2: Northern Colorado
May 4-6: @ Northern Iowa
11. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 34-12, 11-4 in Pac-10. (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
ASU lost its first weekend series since Long Beach State came to town March 9-11. Golden Bears ace Tyson Ross shut down the big Sun Devil bats Friday, striking out nine over eight innings of work. Saturday, semester transfer Kiel Roling continued rolling with a homer and a double; he’s hitting .406/.467/.699 with 11 HRs, 50 RBIs. Cal broke a 9-9 tie with four runs in the eighth inning Sunday against Fr. RHP Jason Jarvis.
April 25: Hawaii: W 9-2
April 27-29: @ California: L 4-2, W 15-2, L 13-9
May 11-13: (22) UCLA
12. UC IRVINE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 31-12-1, 7-5 in Big West. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
The Anteaters have won six of eight and became the first Big West team to reach the 30-win plateau this season with Friday’s victory. UCI stole 15 bases in four games to tie the school record of 107 swipes set last season. Jr. OF Taylor Holiday led the offense, going 12-for-21 with three doubles on the week. For more on the Anteaters, check out Aaron Fitt’s blog post from Saturday’s game.
April 24: @ Loyola Marymount: W 14-8
April 27-29: UC Davis: W 12-6, L 3-2, W 16-7
May 1: (22) UCLA
13. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 35-11, 11-9 in Big 12. (7-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
The Aggies are on a power surge. After hitting just 11 homers in their first 22 games, A&M slugged nine in the three-game series against Baylor, giving it 30 homers in 20 conference games. Sr. RHP Kyle Nicholson set a career high in strikeouts for the second straight week, whiffing 10 on Friday. He became A&M’s first 10-game winner since Zach Jackson in 2004.
April 24: Stephen F. Austin: W 6-0
April 27-29: @/vs./vs. Baylor: W 12-7, W 5-3, L 16-12
May 3-5: Dallas Baptist
14. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 33-13, 11-10 in SEC. (5-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
Not only did the Gamecocks drop their second straight SEC road series, they also failed to extend their mastery of rival Clemson, finishing the season with a 3-1 mark against the Tigers. Jr. RHP Harris Honeycutt (5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) has now lost three consecutive Fridays after opening his career a perfect 15-0. Jr. RHP Wynn Pelzer (5.1 IP, 8 H, 8 ER) made his first start of the season Sunday but couldn’t protect a 10-2 lead. South Carolina would now be the fifth seed in the SEC tournament.
April 24: Davidson: W 6-2
April 25: @ (19) Clemson: L 14-5
April 27-29: @ Alabama: L 10-5, W 4-1, L 11-10
May 4-6: Kentucky
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 32-11, 10-5 in Pac-10 (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-3.
The Wildcats dropped their second straight conference series and fell three games behind first-place UCLA in the loss column. Preston Guilmet pitched pretty well Friday in his first loss (7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO). Arizona salvaged Sunday’s series finale behind a strong start from So. RHP Mike Colla (5.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) and a three-run, eighth-inning homer from Jr. 1B C.J. Ziegler.
April 27-29: @ (25) UCLA: L 9-3, L 11-4, W 5-3
May 4-6: Liberty
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 30-8, 15-1 in Big Ten (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.
The red-hot Wolverines padded their Big Ten lead to 2.5 games with an impressive four-game sweep of Michigan State. In the finale, Michigan broke open a 9-9 game with 12 runs over the final three innings. The 21 runs were the most in a game by the Wolverines since May 1, 2002. Michigan has a seven-game win streak and has won 24 of 26. 1B Nate Recknagel continues to lead the offense (.3778/.509/.644, 7 HRs) while sophomore LHP Mike Wilson improved to 7-0, 1.29 in 42 IP with a two-hit shutout on Saturday. Wilson has yet to yield a home run among his 21 hits allowed.
April 27-28-28-29: @/vs./vs./@ Michigan State: W 11-8, W 8-0 (7 innings), W 10-4 (7 innings), W 21-9
May 2: @ Western Michigan (DH)
May 4-6: Illinois
Last Week: 0-2. Overall: 30-15, 10-4 in WCC. (5-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2-1.
The Waves entered the weekend tied with San Diego atop the WCC, but they now face a two-game deficit in the conference heading into Monday’s series finale (there was no game Saturday due to Pepperdine’s graduation). Jr. RHP Barry Enright (4 IP, 8 H, 4 ER) lost Friday for the first time since March 2 against East Carolina. The Waves will send Jr. RHP Brett Hunter to the mound Monday against USD Jr. RHP Matt Couch.
April 27-29: @ (17) San Diego: L 10-3, L 5-0
April 30: @ (9) San Diego
May 2: Cal State Fullerton
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 29-15, 13-8 in ACC. (5-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
The Tigers finally won a game against rival South Carolina (their first win in four games against the Gamecocks this year) and then took a weekend series from Georgia Tech to remain in fourth place in the ACC. Jr. LHP Daniel Moskos (6.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K) bounced back from a rough outing against Virginia but earned a no-decision in Friday’s win.
April 24: Elon: L 13-12
April 25: (9) South Carolina: W 14-5
April 27-29: (24) Georgia Tech: W 3-2 (11 innings), W 10-3, L 6-3
May 5-6: Boston College
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 30-16, 12-9 in SEC. (10-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
Ole Miss has won four straight series against Mississippi State and 12 of the last 16 meetings between the two. So. RHP Lance Lynn (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) continued to dominate Saturday. The Rebels held the Bulldogs scoreless from the first inning to the 17th on Sunday, as So. RHP Cody Satterwhite (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K) threw a shutout in relief, but the Bulldogs got to So. RHP Scott Bittle in the 17th.
April 24: Murray State: W 9-0
April 27-29: (22) Mississippi State: W 17-7, W 5-1, L 4-1 (17 innings)
May 2: @ Memphis
May 4-6: @ Tennessee
20. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 0-3. Overall: 31-13, 9-8 in Big 12. (3-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3-1.
OSU’s vaunted offense was held to just four runs all weekend as Texas became the first time to sweep the Cowboys in Stillwater since 1981. Oklahoma State now trails the Longhorns by 5.5 games in the Big 12. Jr. RF Corey Brown hit his 17th HR on Saturday, but Sr. 2B Tyler Mach and Jr. 3B Matt Mangini combined for two hits all weekend.
April 24: Oral Roberts: PPD
April 27-29: (5) Texas: L 3-2, L 7-2, L 7-0
May 11-13: @ Texas Tech
21. COASTAL CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 36-9, 13-2 in Big South. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
Winthrop didn’t play a Big South series this weekend, so Coastal took advantage by taking a series from Liberty, giving the Chanticleers a half-game lead over the Eagles in the conference standings. Coastal trailed 13-7 heading into the eighth Sunday but scored three in the eighth and four in the ninth to win it, capped by So. OF David Sappelt’s grand slam. Upcoming series at Nebraska will be big for both teams.
April 24: @ The Citadel: W 5-1
April 27-29: Liberty: L 10-7 (12 innings), W 12-9, W 14-13
May 4-6: @ Nebraska
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 24-18, 10-2 in Pac-10. (6-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-4.
UCLA bolstered its Pac-10 lead by taking two of three from Arizona; the Bruins are 14-4 since So. 3B Jermaine Curtis returned from his academic ineligibility. UCLA leads the league by two in the loss column against Arizona State and three over Arizona. Sr. RHP Tyson Brummett started off the weekend by throwing his sixth complete game of the year, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits. Fr. LHP Gavin Brooks fanned 11 in eight innings Sunday but got the loss.
April 24: @ UC Riverside: L 3-1
April 27-29: (14) Arizona: W 9-3, W 11-4, L 5-3
May 1: @ (12) UC Irvine
May 4-6: California
23. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 34-10, 15-2 in MWC (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-0.
The Horned Frogs finished April with a 14-2 record and are 27-6 in the last two months. TCU rallied from a 5-2 eighth-inning deficit on Friday night as Ben Carruthers broke an 0-for-10 streak with a double in the ninth to help start a tying two-run rally, then drove in the game-winner in the 10th. They’ve won three straight midweek games over Big 12 teams and all but clinched the Mountain West Conference regular-season title by sweeping San Diego State. Series attendance was 6,989, a school record for a three-game set.
April 25: Texas Tech: W 8-6
April 27-29: San Diego State W 6-5 (10 innings), W 6-5, W 11-1
24. LONG BEACH STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 27-14, 4-2 in Big West. (12-10 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.
Dirtbags got a huge start from Mann McElroy Saturday (7 IP, 2 H), he retired 18 of the first 20 he faced. Shane Peterson expressed his hitting streak to 17 games, he’s now hitting .325, and while he didn’t pitch well in Friday’s start, he’s still 2-1, 3.96 in nine starts. Reliever Andrew Liebel (6-2, 2.14) leads the team in IP (63) after making his first start Saturday.
April 24: San Diego State: 4-0
April 27-29: @ Pacific: W 8-6, W 8-4, W 14-9 (14 innings)
25. UC RIVERSIDE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 27-16, 7-2 in Big West. (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-3.
The Highlanders are tied with Long Beach State atop the Big West and have won back-to-back series against Big West contenders Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton. Senior LHP Marc Rzepczynski threw a CG 3-hitter on Saturday to take star honors, while Jr. LH Aaron Wible hit a walk-off single for the winner Friday night. Still only 602 fans at Sunday’s finale, even though Riverside had won four in a row to that point and were on the verge of a sweep.
April 24: (25) UCLA: W 3-1
April 27-29: (15) Cal State Fullerton: W 3-2, W 3-0, W 5-4
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 27-15, 7-5 in Big West. (8-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-3.
Fullerton’s nine-game winning streak ended with a thud, as the Titans were swept at Riverside. CSF fell to a three-way tie for fourth place in the Big West. The Titans took a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth Friday against Highlanders ace James Simmons, but Jr. RHP Wes Roemer couldn’t finish it out, giving up two in the bottom of the frame.
April 24: @ Southern California: W 3-1
April 27-29: @ UC Riverside: L 3-2, L 3-0, L 5-4
May 2: @ (17) Pepperdine
May 4-6: UC Santa Barbara
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 27-12, 10-9 in SEC (7-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.
MSU’s hopes to host a regional suffered a serious blow, as the Bulldogs lost their fourth straight series against Mississippi. The Bulldogs salvaged Sunday’s finale thanks to brilliant relief work by So. RHP Aaron Weatherford (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R) and Jr. LHP/1B Mitch Moreland (4 IP, 4 H, 0 R). So. OF Nick Hardy’s two-run single highlighted MSU’s three-run outburst in the 17th.
April 24-25: Southern Mississippi: W 7-4
April 27-29: @ (23) Mississippi: L 17-7, L 5-1, W 4-1 (17 innings)
May 4-6: Auburn
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 27-17, 14-9 in ACC. (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3-1.
The Yellow Jackets fell to fifth place in the ACC after dropping their first series since March 6-8 at Miami. Tech finally got a good start from Sr. LHP Ryan Turner (5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) to help salvage Sunday’s finale.
April 24: vs. Georgia (Turner Field, Atlanta): L 10-7
April 27-29: @ (19) Clemson: L 3-2 (11 innings), L 10-3, W 6-3
May 5-7: @ South Florida