1. UC IRVINE
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 30-11, 11-1 in Big West. (6-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-0.
The Anteaters ran their winning streak to a season-high seven games before dropping Sunday’s series finale at Utah. Jr. LHP Daniel Bibona (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) improved to 2.25 in Thursday’s win, and Jr. RHP Christian Bergman (9 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) set a career high in strikeouts in his first career complete game Friday. Jr. RHP Kyle Necke (2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) got the start Saturday but did not last long.
April 20-21: Oregon: W 9-6, W 7-4
April 24-26: @ Utah: W 8-3, W 10-1, L 7-3
April 28: Southern California
May 1-3: Cal State Northridge
Last Week: 1-0. Overall: 28-10, 11-4 in CUSA. (9-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
Rice used a balanced 13-hit attack to win a midweek game against Texas before taking the weekend off for exams.
April 21: @ (5) Texas: W 7-4
April 29: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
May 1-3: @ Houston
3. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 31-9, 15-3 in Pac-10 (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-0.
ASU won a road series against Cal to maintain its 3 1/2-game lead over Washington State in the Pac-10 standings. The Sun Devils reached the 30-win plateau for the 47th straight year Friday behind Jr. RHP Mike Leake (9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), who threw his seventh career complete game and third this season. Leake improved to 10-1, 1.54 and joined Eddie Bane (now the Angels’ scouting director) as the only Sun Devils to win at least 10 games in three straight seasons. Jr. LHP Josh Spence (3.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) could not hold an early 5-1 lead Saturday, suffering his first loss as a Sun Devil. So. RHP Seth Blair (5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) pitched well in a no-decision Sunday.
April 21: (20) Hawaii: W 17-2
April 24-26: @ California: W 3-1, L 10-6, W 6-5
April 29: @ Arizona
May 1-3: @ Oregon State
4. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 35-11, 16-7 in ACC. (10-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
UNC swept Maryland and moved into first place in the ACC’s Coastal Division. Jr. 2B Kyle Seager and Jr. C Mark Fleury each homered and drove in three Friday in support of Jr. RHP Alex White (6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). Fr. 2B Levi Michael moved up to the No. 2 hole Saturday and responded with four hits, including a double and triple. Michael homered and drove in three Sunday, and the bullpen held Maryland at bay after So. RHP Matt Harvey left in the second inning due to back spasms. The Tar Heels are the nation’s lone 35-win team and are off next week for exams.
April 21: UNC Wilmington: W 7-5
April 22: @ East Carolina: L 4-0
April 24-26: Maryland: W 7-4, W 14-3, W 4-2
No games this week.
5. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 33-11, 14-7 in SEC. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Tigers shook up their lineup after losing a series to Tennessee last weekend, and they responded with five straight wins, including a sweep against Auburn. Sophomore D.J. LeMahieu slid from shortstop to second base and went 10-for-22 with five RBIs in five games on the week. Junior Ryan Schimpf moved from second to left field and drove in six on the week. Freshman Mikie Mahtook supplanted sophomore Leon Landry in center field and had seven hits in five games. Freshman Austin Nola took over at short and played five error-free games. So. RHP Anthony Ranaudo (8 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 15 K) was brilliant Friday, and the Tigers won on LeMahieu’s walk-off RBI single in the ninth Saturday.
April 21: Southeastern Louisiana: W 6-5
April 22: vs. Louisiana-Lafayette @ Metairie, La.: W 10-6
April 24-25: Auburn: W 7-3, W 7-6, W 7-6
April 28: Tulane
May 1-3: @ (12) Arkansas
6. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 28-12, 9-6 in Big West. (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.
The Titans have won six in a row since dropping the first two games of last weekend’s series against Pacific. So. 3B Gary Brown led the offense this week, going 10-for-21 with two home runs, two triples, two doubles and three tie-breaking hits in five games. Fullerton got three strong pitching performances from So. RHP Daniel Renken (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER), Fr. RHP Tyler Pill (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R) and Fr. RHP Noe Ramirez (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K).
April 21: San Diego: W 8-5
April 22: @ Pepperdine: W 15-2
April 24-26: @ UC Davis: W 13-1, W 3-0, W 6-0
April 29: Southern California
May 1-3: UC Santa Barbara
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 32-12, 13-8 in SEC. (5-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.
The Rebels won a big series against Georgia and sit a game out of first place in the SEC West. So. LHP Drew Pomeranz (6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) pitched well Friday before the Bulldogs chased him in a four-run seventh. Ole Miss overcame deficits of 5-1 and 8-6 to win Saturday’s slugfest, with Sr. OF Logan Power’s two-run double in the eighth putting the Rebels ahead for good. Sr. RHP Scott Bittle (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) dominated Sunday to win his fourth straight start.
April 21: Arkansas-Little Rock: W 6-1
April 22: @ Southern Mississippi: W 8-4
April 24-26: (8) Georgia: L 6-3, W 10-8, W 6-1
April 28: @ Southern Mississippi
April 29: Arkansas-Pine Bluff
May 1-3: @ Auburn
Last Week: 0-3-1. Overall: 29-11-1, 12-9-1 in Big 12. (6-5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
After having their 10-game winning streak snapped Tuesday against Rice, the Longhorns dropped their first home series of the year against Kansas State, falling to 0-5-1 this season against teams from the Sunflower State. So. RHP Chance Ruffin (6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) pitched well in a no-decision Friday, but the Wildcats got to Sr. LHP Austin Wood for single runs in the eighth and ninth. Fr. SS Brandon Loy had four hits in a losing effort Saturday, and So. RHP Cole Green (6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) got a no-decision. So. C Cameron Rupp’s pinch-hit double tied Sunday’s game in the bottom of the ninth, and it ended in a tie after 10 innings due to a travel curfew. Wood pitched at least two innings in all three games.
April 21: (2) Rice: L 7-4
April 24-26: (23) Kansas State: L 4-2, L 5-4 (12 innings), T 6-6 (10 innings)
April 28: Texas State
May 1-3: vs./@/@ (17) Baylor
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 33-11, 11-7 in Big 12 (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1-1.
The Sooners rebounded from a three-game sweep at the hands of Texas by sweeping a road series against Baylor. Oklahoma scored twice in the ninth Friday to give Jr. RHP Andrew Doyle (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) the win over Baylor ace Kendal Volz. Jr. OF Jamie Johnson (3-for-5, 3 RBI, 2B, 3B, HR) led a 14-hit attack Saturday in support of Garrett Richards (6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K). Johnson homered again Sunday, and Jr. 1B Aaron Baker hit two, including a two-run shot to spark OU’s decisive six-run rally in the seventh.
April 22: Wichita State: W 8-1
April 24-26: @ (9) Baylor: W 4-2, W 12-4, W 11-8
April 28: @ (12) Arkansas
May 1-3: Kansas
10. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 28-11-1, 14-7-1 in ACC (5-4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2-1.
The Yellow Jackets dropped a series at Clemson to fall out of first place in the ACC’s Coastal Division. Georgia Tech scored five in the third inning Friday in support of an erratic So. RHP Deck McGuire (5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 7 BB, 3 K). He’s 7-0, 2.78 overall with 78 strikeouts in 65 innings. Jr. RHP Zach Von Tersch (3.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K) struggled Saturday, as did So. RHP Brandon Cumpton (3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) on Sunday.
April 21-22: vs./@ Western Carolina: W 16-7, L 10-9
April 24-26: @ Clemson: W 5-4, L 8-5, L 6-3
May 1-3: Presbyterian
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 33-11, 14-7 in SEC (4-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
Georgia dropped a series at Ole Miss and saw its lead over Florida in the SEC East shrink to one game. Jr. DH Joey Lewis hit a seventh-inning grand slam Friday to break a 2-2 tie and make a winner out of Sr. RHP Trevor Holder (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER). Sr. C Bryce Massanari (4-for-5, 5 RBI, 3 HR, 2B) had a mammoth game in Saturday’s loss, but the Bulldogs were held to just a run on five hits Sunday against Scott Bittle and two relievers.
April 21: Kennesaw State: W 11-7
April 22: @ Jacksonville State: L 9-7
April 24-26: @ (11) Mississippi: W 6-3, L 10-8, L 6-1
April 29: Jacksonville State
May 1-3: (24) Florida
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 29-12, 13-7 in SEC (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Razorbacks rebounded from back-to-back series losses with a road series win against Tennessee. They trail LSU by a half-game in the SEC West heading into next weekend’s showdown between the two teams. Jr. LHP Dallas Keuchel (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) improved to 6-1 in Friday’s win. Tennessee broke a 4-4 tie in the ninth Saturday when P.J. Polk scored from first base on an errant pickoff throw by Jr. LHP Stephen Richards. Arkansas used five home runs to overcome deficits of 5-1 and 7-5 in Sunday’s finale.
April 21: @ Oral Roberts: W 9-6
April 24-26: @ Tennessee: W 9-3, L 5-4, W 15-8
April 28: (9) Oklahoma
May 1-3: (5) Louisiana State
13. CAL POLY
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 29-10, 10-5 in Big West (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1.
The Mustangs won two of three at UCSB to remain in second place in the Big West. Sr. OF Ryan Lee and Fr. 2B Matt Jensen both had hitting streaks snapped in Friday’s loss, at 26 games and 23 games, respectively. That duo bounced back Saturday with five combined hits in support of So. LHP Matt Leonard (6.1 IP, 4 ER). Jr. OF Adam Buschini (2-for-5, 4 RBI, HR) led Poly’s 11-hit attack Sunday.
April 24-26: @ UC Santa Barbara: L 6-5, W 6-5, W 15-7
April 28: Fresno State
April 29: @ St. Mary’s
May 1-3: San Francisco
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 34-9-1, 13-8-1 in ACC (3-5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2-1.
Virginia took two of three from N.C. State and has not lost a series since late March at North Carolina. Fr. LHP/1B Danny Hultzen (5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) and So. RHP Tyler Wilson (3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) tag-teamed to shut down the Wolfpack on Friday. Sr. RHP Andrew Carraway (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER) improved to 5-0 in Saturday’s win. NCSU came from behind against the Virginia bullpen Sunday, scoring two runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth to go ahead for good. The Cavaliers will break for exams after a midweek game against Liberty.
April 21: @ Virginia Commonwealth: W 8-1
April 22: Georgetown: W 9-3
April 24-26: North Carolina State: W 6-2, W 6-3, L 7-6
April 28: Liberty
15. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 27-12, 8-4 in MWC (9-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
TCU won a huge road series at San Diego State; the two teams have split the six-game season series, and the last four were intense one-run affairs. Jr. C Bryan Holaday’s three-run homer in the seventh Friday broke up Stephen Strasburg’s shutout, but it was too little, too late. TCU came from behind Saturday with three in the eighth, and Sr. RHP Taylor Cragin (5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) picked up the win in relief. Jr. RHP Tyler Lockwood (7.1 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) picked up the win Sunday.
April 21-22: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: W 6-2, W 10-7
April 24-26: @ (19) San Diego State: L 4-3, W 8-7, W 6-5
April 28: @ (20) Texas A&M
April 29: Houston Baptist
April 30-May 2: Brigham Young
16. KANSAS STATE
Last Week: 2-0-1. Overall: 31-11-1, 10-7-1 in Big 12 (7-7-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.
Kansas State won its second series ever in Austin, and first since 1997. Jr. RHP A.J. Morris (9 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) needed 141 pitches Friday to fire his second complete game of the season and pick up his school-record 10th win of the year. Sr. OF Jordan Cruz homered twice Saturday, and Fr. OF Nick Martini (3-for-6) singled home the winning run in the 12th. Sr. SS Drew Biery’s two-run single in the eighth Sunday gave K-State a lead that it relinquished in the ninth, and the game ended in a tie after 10 innings due to a travel curfew.
April 24-26: @ (5) Texas: W 4-2, W 5-4 (12 innings), T 6-6 (10 innings)
April 28-29: North Dakota
May 1-3: @ Oklahoma State
Last Week: 0-5. Overall: 25-17, 10-10 in Big 12. (5-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2-1.
All of a sudden, the reeling Bears have lost six in a row, their longest skid since 2004. Baylor was swept in a three-game series at home for the first time since 1998. Jr. RHP Kendal Volz (9 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) pitched well in a no-decision Friday, but the Sooners broke a 2-2 with two runs on a wild pitch and an error by Jr. C Gregg Glime. Jr. LHP/OF Aaron Miller (4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER) and Fr. RHP Logan Verrett (3 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 4 ER) both struggled Saturday, and So. RHP Shawn Tolleson (4 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 ER) took the loss in relief Sunday.
April 21: @ Sam Houston State: L 9-8
April 22: Texas State: L 7-2
April 24-26: (13) Oklahoma: L 4-2, L 12-4, L 11-8
April 28: Texas-San Antonio
May 1-3: @/vs./vs. (8) Texas
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 29-14, 13-11 in ACC (6-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
Miami rebounded from consecutive series losses by winning a home set against Virginia Tech. So. LHP Chris Hernandez (6.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) turned in his second straight strong outing in Friday’s win, but Jr. RHP David Gutierrez (3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) fell to 2-5 in Saturday’s loss. Jr. OF Chris Herrmann (2-for-3, 3 R, 3 RBI, HR) led a 13-hit attack Sunday in support of So. LHP Iden Nazario (5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K).
April 22: Florida Gulf Coast: W 13-7
April 24-26: Virginia Tech: W 4-1, L 7-4, W 11-3
April 28: North Florida
April 29: Florida Gulf Coast
May 1-3: @ Boston College
19. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 30-12, 15-7 in ACC (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
Florida State ran its winning streak to nine games with a sweep of foundering Wake Forest, which has lost eight in a row. So. OF/RHP Mike McGee (3-for-4, 5 R, 6 RBI, HR, 2 2B) led a 13-hit assault Friday in support of Fr. LHP Sean Gilmartin (5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER), who left abruptly in the sixth with elbow soreness. Fr. LHP Brian Busch (6.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) turned in his second straight strong outing in Saturday’s win, and McGee (7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) followed suit Sunday.
April 21-22: UNC Asheville: W 9-2, W 11-10 (11 innings)
April 24-26: Wake Forest: W 15-6, W 6-4, W 14-10
May 1-3: Virginia Tech
20. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 28-15, 13-8 in Big 12. (4-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.
Texas A&M won a series against Oklahoma State to vault into first place in the Big 12. The Aggies have played well in all phases over the last two weeks, going 7-1 while hitting .360, fielding .990 and posting a 2.83 ERA. Sr. OF Kyle Colligan has continued to thrive in the cleanup spot, hitting two homers and driving in eight on the week; his two-run homer Sunday propelled the Aggies to a 6-4 win in the rubber game against OSU. So. LHP/OF Brooks Raley (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) was outstanding in a duel against Andrew Oliver (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 10 K) on Friday, but the Cowboys scored three runs against Jr. RHP Alex Wilson in the ninth. Fr. LHP Ross Hales (6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 10 K) pitched well in a no-decision Saturday, as the Aggies rallied for five in the eighth to win it. Wilson (5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) picked up the win in relief Sunday.
April 22: Prairie View A&M: W 21-4 (7 innings)
April 24-26: Oklahoma State: L 4-1, W 7-4, W 6-4
April 28: (15) Texas Christian
April 30-May 2: Dallas Baptist
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 30-15, 14-10 in ACC (5-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-4.
The Tigers won a series against a ranked conference opponent for the second time in three weeks, plus registered wins against in-state powers Coastal Carolina and South Carolina. Fr. LHP Chris Dwyer (2.1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER) struggled Friday, but So. LHP Casey Harman (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) gave the Tigers a strong outing Saturday, and So. OF Jeff Schaus (4-for-5, 4 RBI, HR) backed him up. Jr. OF Wilson Boyd (3-for-3, 2 RBI) paced the offense Sunday, as Clemson jumped out to a 5-2 lead after three innings and never looked back.
April 21: Coastal Carolina: W 5-3
April 22: @ South Carolina: W 12-2
April 24-26: (7) Georgia Tech: L 5-4, W 8-5, W 6-3
May 2-4: Maryland
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 29-15, 12-9 in SEC (4-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-4.
The Crimson Tide won its second straight series and third in the last four weeks. Kentucky southpaw James Paxton held Alabama to four runs over seven innings Friday, but ‘Bama exploded for seven runs in the eighth against reliever Clint Tilford, highlighted by Jr. 3B/RHP Jake Smith’s grand slam. Jr. LHP Del Howell (3.1 IP, 3 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 7 BB, 1 K) struggled mightily in Saturday’s loss, but Jr. RHP Adam Scott (8 IP, 8 H, 2 ER) held Kentucky scoreless until the ninth Sunday.
April 22: @ South Alabama: L 21-16
April 24-26: Kentucky: W 11-6, L 11-1, W 3-2
April 29: South Alabama
May 1-3: @ Mississippi State
23. KENT STATE
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 32-9, 13-4 in MAC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1-1.
Kent State won a road series at Ohio to seize first place in the MAC back from the Bobcats. Jr. RHP Brad Stillings (3.1 IP, 9 H, 9 ER) was hammered for the second straight week Friday. Sr. OF Jason Patton (5-for-7, 6 R, 4 RBI, HR, 2B) and Fr. 2B Jimmy Rider (5-for-5, 5 R, 3 RBI, HR, 2B) led a 29-hit onslaught Saturday, as the bottom third of Kent State’s lineup reached base in all 13 plate appearances. The Flashes scored five in the first Sunday and held on for the win.
April 22: @ Youngstown State: W 12-0 (7 innings), W 6-3 (7 innings)
April 24-26: @ Ohio: L 17-8, W 28-16, W 8-5
April 29: @ Duquesne
May 1-3: @ Buffalo
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 31-14, 13-8 in SEC (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-4.
Florida won its first series against SEC East rival South Carolina since 2005 and swept the Gamecocks for the first time since 1997. The Gators have won 12 of their last 15 overall and are 7-2 against Eastern Division opponents this year. Leading the way this weekend was Sr. OF Avery Barnes, who shifted back to the leadoff spot for the first time in 25 games and went 6-for-13 with six runs and a homer. Sr. LHP Stephen Locke (8.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) moved into the Friday starter spot and picked up the win. Freshmen turned in solid starts the next two days, as RHP Anthony DeSclafani (5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) got a no-decision Saturday and LHP Alex Panteliodis (5.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 1 ER) got the win Sunday.
April 21: @ Florida Gulf Coast: W 12-3
April 22: South Florida: W 5-4 (10)
April 24-26: South Carolina: W 9-4, W 8-3, W 9-5
May 1-3: @ (11) Georgia
25. EAST CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 32-13, 12-6 in CUSA (3-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.
The Pirates rebounded from consecutive series losses to Rice and Tulane with a solid week, winning a pair of midweek games against in-state foes Elon and North Carolina, then taking two of three from Southern Miss. ECU jumped out to a 7-0 lead Friday and managed to hold off USM’s late rally. Sr. OF Drew Schieber (3-for-4, 3 RBI, HR) led ECU’s four-homer, 15-hit attack Saturday in support of So. RHP Seth Maness (7.2 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K). The Pirate bats went quiet in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, as So. LHP Brad Mincey (5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) took the tough-luck loss.
April 21: Elon: W 10-9
April 22: (4) North Carolina: W 4-0
April 24-25: Southern Mississippi: W 7-6, W 13-5, L 2-1
April 28: @ Elon
May 1-3: Louisiana-Lafayette
OREGON STATE (17)
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 24-11, 9-6 in Pac-10 (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-3-1.
Oregon State dropped its second straight series and fell into third place in the Pac-10. The Beavers rallied for three in the ninth Saturday against UCLA closer Gavin Brooks. Jr. RHP Jorge Reyes (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) turned in OSU’s only decent start of the weekend on Sunday, but the Beavers made five errors behind him.
April 24-26: @ UCLA: L 7-5, W 5-3, L 5-2
April 28: Oregon
May 1-3: (3) Arizona State
SAN DIEGO STATE (19)
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 28-17, 10-8 in MWC (7-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.
For the second week in a row, San Diego State dropped a series against a top MWC contender despite winning the opener behind Jr. RHP Stephen Strasburg. The Aztecs and Horned Frogs have split the six-game season series, and the last four were intense one-run affairs. Strasburg (7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 14 K) was nearly untouchable Friday until giving up a three-run homer in the seventh. He improved to 9-0, 1.54 with 135 strikeouts and 13 walks in 70 innings. Strasburg broke the MWC single-season strikeout record, which he set last year and shared with former BYU pitcher Nate Fernley, and also set a new MWC career strikeouts record (315). Friday’s crowd of 3,072 fans was the largest to ever attend an SDSU game at an on-campus facility. The Aztecs blew leads of 4-1 and 7-5 on Saturday, and their late rally from a 6-2 deficit Sunday fell short.
April 21: Long Beach State: W 6-3
April 24-26: (16) Texas Christian: W 4-3, L 8-7, L 6-5
May 1-3: @ Santa Clara
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 26-16, 9-6 in WAC (4-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2-1.
Hawaii’s pitching was ravaged last week, allowing 17 runs in a midweek game against Arizona State and yielding 55 runs in four games against New Mexico State. Hawaii now trails Nevada (which won the head-to-head series 2-1) by percentage points in the WAC. The Rainbows were run-ruled twice on the weekend. Hawaii did get a strong start in Game Three of the series from Jr. RHP Nate Klein (6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K), but the Aggies scored seven runs in the eighth to take the lead, but Hawaii responded with two in the ninth to force extras, then manufactured a run in the 10th.
April 21: @ (3) Arizona State: L 17-2
April 24-26: @ New Mexico State: W 12-10, L 16-6 (8 innings), W 8-7 (10 innings), L 20-9 (7 innings)
April 30-May 3: Louisiana Tech