Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 39-9, 17-1 in Conference USA. (8-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-0.
Rice has won seven straight games overall, 17 straight in CUSA and 21 of its last 22 games. Starters Eddie Degerman, Bobby Bell and Craig Crow allowed four runs in 22 innings against Central Florida, and relievers Cole St. Clair and Bobby Bramhall combined for five scoreless innings. So. SS Brian Friday went 8-for-16 with two doubles, a triple and three steals on the week.
April 25: Texas State: W 10-2
April 28-30: @ Central Florida: W 2-0, W 2-1, W 6-3
May 10: Lamar
2. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 39-8, 18-6 in ACC. (6-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1.
North Carolina earned its third straight ACC series sweep and set a school record for conference victories. It also won the Carlyle Cup. So. C Benji Johnson hit four homers on the week–three at Duke–and leads the team with 10. So. 1B Chad Flack drove in six runs and hit two homers against Duke, but his 13-game hit streak ended Sunday. Jr. RHP Daniel Bard again proved stellar (6 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 K) and has allowed one earned run over his last three starts.
April 25: Virginia Commonwealth: W 6-3
April 26: High Point: W 7-3
April 28-30: @ Duke: W 8-4, W 8-2, W 7-1
May 9: Campbell
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 36-6, 15-3 in Big 12. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-0.
Nebraska finishes April with an 18-1 mark and has swept three of its last four Big 12 series. So. SS Ryan Wehrle homered and drove in a career-high six runs Sunday. So. DH Andy Gerch, playing for the first time since his father died, drove in four runs in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader (and of the series). Sr. RHP Brett Jensen earned the win and scored the winning run (following a hit in his first career at-bat) in the opener.
April 25: Wichita State: W 11-0
April 29-30: Texas Tech: W 4-3 (11), W 14-4, W 14-4
May 6-8: @ Oklahoma State
4. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 33-11, 10-2 in Big West. (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-2.
Jr. CF Brandon Tripp collected six hits, including two homers, and seven RBIs on the weekend. Jr. SS Blake Davis has a 13-game hit streak after knocking triples in each of the last two games. The nine earned runs allowed Friday were a season high for Fullerton.
April 28-30: UC Riverside: L 9-7 (11), W 11-1, W 8-4
May 5-7: @ UC Santa Barbara
5. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 32-10, 9-3 in Pac-10. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.
OSU has won 11 of its last 12 games. Jr. RHP Dallas Buck (7.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R) won Thursday to extend his scoreless innings streak to 22. Jr. RHP Mike Stutes (8 IP, 4 H, ER, 11 K) dominated New Mexico on Friday before Jr. RHP Jonah Nickerson recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts Saturday. So. C Mitch Canham drove in nine runs on the week.
April 25: Portland: L 20-13 (12)
April 27, 29: Cal Poly: W 3-0, W 8-4
April 28, 30: New Mexico: W 16-1, W 8-2
May 5-7: (22) Washington
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 34-13, 15-6 in SEC (9-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-3.
Jr. OF Emeel Salem went 13-for-17 on the week (including 8-for-11 against Auburn), scoring 12 runs, including the game-winning run in all three wins. He hit a walk-off homer Friday. Fr. RHP Tommy Hunter threw eight shutout innings Sunday, allowing five hits, following a five-hour rain delay.
April 26: Alabama-Birmingham: W 14-8
April 28-30: Auburn: W 6-5 (10), L 7-6, W 9-1
May 5-7: @ (14) Arkansas
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 31-15, 15-4 in Big 12. (13-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.
Kyle Walker, Joseph Krebs, Randy Boone and Austin Wood held A&M to a run over seven innings of relief Sunday. Jr. RHP Kyle McCulloch won his sixth straight start Saturday as Texas came back from a 3-0 deficit behind a 4-for-5 day from Fr. C Preston Clark.
April 25: UT Pan American: W 8-6
April 28-30: @ Texas A&M: W 5-3, W 6-5
May 1: Texas A&M
May 2: Texas State
May 5-7: Kansas
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 33-13, 15-6 in ACC. (13-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
Jr. 3B Marquez Smith enjoyed two-homer games on Wednesday and Sunday, and Sr. RF Travis Storrer hit three homers on the week. Clemson pitching held Virginia Tech to four extra-base hits while compiling a 30-7 K-BB ratio.
April 26: Wofford: W 10-1
April 28-30: Virginia Tech: W 11-2, W 11-4, W 7-3
May 7-9: @ Duke
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 35-11, 13-5 in Big 12. (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
Oklahoma’s 13-game win streak ended Sunday. It was OU’s longest since 1985. Sr. 1B Kevin Smith and So. C Jackson Williams each hit 10th-inning home runs to win the opener. Sr. RF Chuckie Caufield totaled six hits, two home runs and five RBIs in Sunday’s doubleheader.
April 24: New Mexico: W 18-9
April 29-30: @ Kansas: W 11-9 (10), W 17-2, L 7-5
May 2: @ Wichita State
May 5-7: Kansas State
10. NOTRE DAME
Last Week: 3-1-1. Overall: 35-9-1, 16-1-1 in Big East. (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.
Notre Dame’s win steak ended at 23 games Wednesday, and its Sunday game ended in a tie when the prearranged time limit set in. So. LHP Wade Korpi (7 IP, 6 H, ER) started that game instead of Sr. LHP Tom Thornton. Sr. 1B Craig Cooper had a career-high five hits and Jr. RHP Jeff Manship struck out eight batters in seven innings in the second game.
April 25: Purdue: W 2-1
April 26: Bowling Green State: L 11-8
April 29-30: @ Connecticut: W 7-6, W 7-3, T 1-1 (13)
May 2: Cleveland State
May 5-7: Louisville
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 34-11, 13-8 in SEC. (10-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
UK has won two SEC road series this year after winning three over the previous five seasons. Jr. 1B Ryan Strieby enjoyed his third straight SEC series with two homers and posted four-RBI games in each of UK’s wins at Vandy. Jr. 2B John Shelby had six hits in the series, extending his hit streak to 10 games.
April 26: Murray State: W 9-3, W 3-2
April 28-30: @ (21) Vanderbilt: L 8-6, W 11-9, W 12-9
May 5-7: (18) Mississippi
12. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 32-12, 13-8 in SEC. (10-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
South Carolina scored five times with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning Sunday to win the game and the series. Pinch-hitter Jon Willard hit a three-run homer to tie the score before Sr. CF Michael Campbell hit a game-ending two-run tater. Campbell passed Mac White for the most at-bats in school history (910) over the weekend. Fr. 2B/RF Andrew Crisp tallied eight hits for the second straight conference weekend.
April 28-30: (24) Mississippi State: W 11-5, L 7-2, W 9-7 (11)
May 3: @ Wofford
May 5-7: @ Georgia
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 38-10, 16-8 in ACC. (6-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
Virginia has won 14 of its last 16 games. It posted consecutive ACC shutouts for the first time in school history, largely thanks to So. LHP Sean Doolittle (6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, career-high 13 K) and Fr. LHP Jacob Thompson (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R). So. OF Brandon Guyer had seven hits (three doubles, a homer) in the series.
April 26: Richmond: W 8-3
April 28-30: @ Maryland: W 6-0, W 8-0, W 7-5
May 2: Mount St. Mary’s
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 31-14, 11-10 in SEC. (12-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.
Arkansas lost its streak of four consecutive conference series wins. Fr. 2B James Ewing returned to action (stress fracture in foot) with three hits in each of the first two games of the series. Sr. CF Craig Gentry’s RBI double with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday gave Arkansas the win. Sr. RHP Devin Collis, who served up a walk-off homer to Michael Hollander in the opener, threw two scoreless innings to earn the win.
April 28-30: @ Louisiana State: L 7-6, W 4-2, L 7-5
May 2: Oral Roberts
May 5-7: (6) Alabama
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 31-16, 14-4 in CUSA. (3-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
A three-win week gives Houston its highest wins total since 2003. Jr. RHP Brad Lincoln earned his eighth straight victory Friday (8 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, BB, 13 K). Sr. OF Matt Weston extended his hit streak to seven games with a four-hit weekend that included his 10th homer of the year.
April 25: Sam Houston: W 4-3
April 28-30: @ Alabama-Birmingham: W 7-2, L 7-4, W 9-4
May 2: @ Stephen F. Austin
May 5-7: Central Florida
16. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 33-12, 14-10 in ACC. (8-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
Georgia Tech has lost series to Maryland and Boston College but defeated North Carolina, Clemson and Florida State. OFs Danny Payne and Steven Blackwood did not play the final two games of the BC series after colliding in the opener. The initial diagnosis for Payne was a dislocated shoulder, which could take four to six weeks to recover from. Blackwood (thigh bruise) should play this week. Tech posted five runs on 13 hits in the two losses without them after scoring 12 runs on 15 hits in the opener.
April 26: @ Georgia: L 12-6
April 28-30: @ Boston College: W 12-4, L 5-4, L 5-1
May 5-7: South Florida
17. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 35-11, 13-8 in ACC. (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-3.
Florida State wins its first series in three weeks, but drops the finale to fall to 3-7 in its last 10 games. FSU’s five errors in the loss exceeded its total of four hits. Jr. RHPs Bryan Henry and Tyler Chambliss each threw six scoreless innings in their starts. Henry allowed one hit; Chambliss, two.
April 28-30: Savannah State: W 11-0, W 9-2, L 10-2
May 3: Jacksonville
May 5-7: @ Wake Forest
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 30-15, 13-8 SEC (5-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.
Don’t touch the Rebels; they’re red hot with 10 straight wins and consecutive SEC series sweeps. Jr. CF Alex Presley drove in 12 runs and scored eight in a week where he collected nine hits, including a homer. Jr. C Justin Brashear hit his team-leading ninth homer Saturday.
April 26: Louisiana-Monroe: W 12-6
April 28-30: Tennessee: W 13-5, W 21-13, W 5-3
May 2: Nicholls State
May 5-7: @ (11) Kentucky
19. COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
Last Week: 0-1. Overall: 33-10, 15-3 in SoCon (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1.
April 25: @ The Citadel: L 4-1
May 6-8: Georgia Southern
20. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 29-16, 8-7 in Pac-10. (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
ASU loses its second road series in as many weeks. Stanford used an eight-run fifth inning Sunday to clinch the series. Fr. DH Ike Davis drove in four runs on three hits in Saturday’s win. Stanford’s Greg Reynolds limited ASU to three hits in the opener.
April 28-30: @ Stanford: L 7-1, W 11-7, L 11-4
May 2: Arizona
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 30-16, 10-5 in West Coast. (8-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-4.
Sr. LHP Paul Coleman (7 IP, 3 H, ER, 12 K), So. RHP Barry Enright (7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER) and Sr. RHP James Johnson (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R) shut down Portland, though some bullpen difficulties made Friday’s game a bit closer.
May 28-30: Portland: W 8-7, W 10-2, W 8-0
May 2: @ Long Beach State
May 5-7: @ Gonzaga
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 30-16, 8-7 Pac-10. (4-3 vs. Top 25) Weekend Series 8-3.
Fr. CF Brett Kaluza delivered an RBI single and then scored on a sac fly during a two-run eighth-inning rally Sunday to clinch the series. Jr. RHP Tim Lincecum set a UW record with his 28th career win Friday (8 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 11 K), and his 444 career strikeouts are five shy of the Pac-10 record (Rik Currier, Southern California). So. 3B Matt Stevens homered and drove in two runs Friday, and Sr. LF Zach Clem added a two-run double.
April 25: St. Martin’s W 11-9
April 28-30: Arizona: W 7-5, L 15-0, W 4-3
May 2: Lewis-Clark State
May 7-9: @ (5) Oregon State
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 27-18, 11-10 in SEC (4-10 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
So. LHP David Price wasn’t brilliant Friday, but he battled for a win (6 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 9 K). So. RF Ryan Davis collected eight hits on the week to raise his team-best average to .355.
April 25: Austin Peay State: W 7-2
April 28-30: (13) Kentucky: W 8-6, L 11-9, L 12-9
May 5-7: @ Tennessee
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 29-16, 14-10 ACC. (5-10 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-5.
Miami overcame a six-run deficit Sunday to win the game and clinch the series, with the tying and winning runs scoring on consecutive wild pitches in the seventh inning. Fr. LF Blake Tekotte tied a career-high with three RBIs Sunday. Jr. CF Jon Jay scored three runs and hit a homer Saturday as Miami jumped to an early lead and held on to win.
April 28-30: @ (18) North Carolina State: L 9-2, W 9-6, W 12-10
May 5-7: Wright State
25. OLD DOMINION
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 35-8, 17-4 in Colonial (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-1.
May 5-7: Virginia Commonwealth
NORTH CAROLINA STATE (18)
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 32-15, 14-10 in ACC. (7-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.
NC State has lost five of its last six games. Jr. RHP Gib Hobson (7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, ER) was strong Friday, but NC State failed to pitch well the rest of the weekend. Jr. 1B Aaron Bates hit two homers in the series.
April 28-30: Miami: W 9-2. L 9-6, L 12-10
May 6-7: Longwood
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 24-19, 8-7 Pac-10 (9-6 vs. Top 25) Weekend Series: 7-5.
Jr. RHP Hector Ambriz (CG, 4 H, 2 R)beat Brandon Morrow in the opener, but UCLA couldní•t score enough behind Jr. LHP Dave Huff on Saturday (10 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 130 pitches) and lost in the 11th. Fr. 3B Jermaine Curtis had five hits in the series.
April 25: UC Santa Barbara: L 11-8
April 28-30: @ California: W 4-2, L 3-2, L 9-4
May 2: UC Riverside
MISSISSIPPI STATE (24)
Last Week: 1-4. Overall: 30-15, 10-11 in SEC. (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-5.
Thanks for coming out, Mississippi State. Make it five straight series losses and a 9-14 record over the last 23 games for the former No. 1 team. MSU held a three-run lead in the top of the 11th inning Sunday. Sr. SS Thomas Berkery drove in six runs in the series, while Jr. 2B Jeff Rea had seven hits.
April 25-26: @ Southern Mississippi: L 13-6, L 6-3
April 28-30: @ (14) South Carolina : L 11-5, W 7-2, L 9-7 (11)
May 2: Mississippi Valley State
May 5-7: Florida