Top 25 Tracker: April 28

virginia1. VIRGINIA
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 37-8, 18-6 in ACC. (5-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 10-0.

The Cavaliers went into Tallahassee and won a series for just the second time ever, walking out with two of three from No. 4 Florida State in the weekend’s marquee showdown. Derek Fisher’s two-run double in the 10th lifted Virginia in the opener. Nathan Kirby (6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) was solid in a no-decision, and Whit Mayberry (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R) and Nick Howard (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) followed with strong relief. On Saturday, UVa. was shut out for the first time in 156 games, a streak dating to Feb. 28, 2012, while FSU got to Josh Sborz (4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) for two runs in the fourth and chased him in a four-run fifth. Virginia’s pitching ruled the day in the rubber match, as Brandon Waddell (7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), Connor Jones and Nick Howard limited the Noles to just four hits. The Cavs have won 10 straight ACC series going back to last season.
RESULTS
April 22: @ Virginia Commonwealth: W 5-4 (10 innings)
April 23: Richmond: W 13-0
April 25-27: @ (4) Florida State: W 5-3 (10 innings), L 7-0, W 4-3
UPCOMING
April 29: @ Old Dominion


oregonstate2. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 31-8, 14-4 in Pac-12. (4-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-1.
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The Beavers swept Oregon to take over first place in the Pac-12, percentage points ahead of Washington (which has played three more conference games). Oregon State has won five straight games against the rival Ducks and eight of the last nine meetings. OSU pitching allowed just four runs and 10 hits all weekend, combining for 24 strikeouts and posting a 1.00 ERA. Leadoff man Jeff Hendrix (3-for-5, 2 R) sparked the offense Friday, and Michael Conforto doubled twice and drove home a key run in support of Ben Wetzler (8.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), who became OSU’s all-time wins leader with the 31st of his career. The Beavers erased a 1-0 deficit Saturday with four runs in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a two-run double from Dylan Davis and a two-run bloop single from Caleb Hamilton. Andrew Moore (8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) was brilliant for OSU, not allowing a hit from the third through the eighth, and Scott Schultz earned his fourth save by stranding the bases loaded in the top of the ninth. Jace Fry (8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 11 K) allowed a hit to the second batter of Sunday’s game and then kept the Ducks hitless until handing off to Brandon Jackson for the ninth.
RESULTS
April 21-22: @ Sacramento State: L 7-6, W 8-1
April 25-27: (19) Oregon: W 3-1, W 4-2, W 7-1
UPCOMING
May 2-4: @ California


louisianalafayette3. LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 39-6, 18-3 in Sun Belt (3-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 11-0.

The Ragin’ Cajuns took two of three from Texas State, which figured to be one of the few Sun Belt teams capable of giving them trouble. Ryan Leonards (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) hit a tie-breaking RBI triple in the seventh and scored an insurance run on Caleb Adams’ RBI single to lift the Cajuns in the opener, while Austin Robichaux (4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) started and took a no-decision. The Bobcats jumped all over Carson Baranik (3.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER) Saturday, handing him his first loss of the year. A strange game Sunday saw ULL win despite getting only one hit—a second-inning bunt single—as Cody Boutte (6 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) and Ryan Wilson (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R) combined on the Cajuns’ 10th shutout of the season and second of the week. ULL managed a pair of unearned runs, and lightning delayed the game for 105 minutes in the sixth inning.
RESULTS
April 22: McNeese State: W 8-0
April 25-27: Texas State: W 8-6, L 10-3, W 2-0
UPCOMING
April 29-30: @/vs. Southeastern Louisiana
May 2-4: @ Arkansas State


calpoly4. CAL POLY
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 36-7, 12-3 in Big West (7-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-1-1.
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Cal Poly took its first series loss of 2014 and fell to second place in the Big West, a half game behind 11-1 UC Irvine. The Mustangs broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the eighth, highlighted by Nick Torres’ two-run single, to win the opener. Reed Reilly (2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief of Matt Imhof (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K). Poly’s 12-game winning streak was snapped Saturday as the Dirtbags chased Justin Calomeni (3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 ER) in the fourth, while LBSU senior Josh Frye (8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) extended a scoreless innings streak to 30 before yielding two runs in the sixth. The Mustangs gave up an unearned run in the first inning Sunday and were never able to get anything done against Long Beach’s Nick Sabo (6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R) and Ty Provencher (2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R). Poly starter Casey Bloomquist (5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) suffered his first loss of the year in that one.
RESULTS:
April 22: San Jose State: W 12-5
April 25-27: @ Long Beach State: W 6-3, L 7-2, L 1-0
UPCOMING
April 29: @ Pepperdine
May 2-4: @ UC Riverside


florida5. FLORIDA
Last Week: 3-2.
Overall: 30-15, 15-6 in SEC (10-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-3.
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The Gators dropped a pair of midweek games, including their first-ever loss to Florida A&M, but bounced back to sweep SEC cellar-dweller Missouri, extending their league winning streak to eight games. Peter Alonso (3-for-4, 2B, 3B, 5 RBI) had a big game in support of Logan Shore (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) in the opener. Sophomore righty Aaron Rhodes (9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) threw a one-hit shutout on Saturday, finishing the game by retiring the last 18 hitters in a row. The Gators had to work overtime to finish the sweep, prevailing in a back-and-forth game on Ryan Larson’s walk-off single in the 10th. Bobby Poyner (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R) earned the win with four innings of scoreless relief.
RESULTS
April 22: Jacksonville: L 3-1
April 23: Florida A&M: L 4-3
April 25-27: Missouri: W 7-1, W 5-0, W 6-5 (10 innings)
UPCOMING:
May 2-4: @ (12) Alabama


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Last Week: 3-2.
Overall: 33-11, 17-7 in ACC (8-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-2.
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The Seminoles lost a home ACC series for the first time since May 2011 as top-ranked Virginia took two of three. Luke Weaver (7 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) fought through seven-plus innings in a no-decision Friday, but the UVa. offense got to Florida State’s dynamic bullpen duo of Gage Smith and Jameis Winston in the 10th. Mike Compton (6.1 IP, 7 H, 0 R) held the Cavs down most of the night Saturday, and Billy Strode (2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R) came on in the seventh and finished the shutout. FSU lost starter Bryant Holtmann (3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) to an apparent injury in the fourth inning Sunday, and the offense was never able to climb out of an early 3-0 hole.
RESULTS
April 22-23: Stetson: W 4-0, W 13-3
April 25-27: (1) Virginia: L 5-3 (10 innings), W 7-0, L 4-3
UPCOMING
May 2-4: Minnesota


block_w7. WASHINGTON
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 29-10, 16-5 in Pac-12 (2-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-0.

After losing Friday’s opener, the Huskies won their seventh straight Pac-12 series by sweeping a doubleheader Sunday. Jared Fisher (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) took a no-decision Friday, as Wazzu erased a 4-3 deficit with three runs in the seventh against the UW bullpen. Tyler Davis (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) improved to 9-1 in the first game Saturday, and Andrew Ely (3-for-4, R, RBI, 3B) led the UW offense. Austin Rei’s two-run double in the fourth broke a scoreless tie in the finale, and Jeff Brigham (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R) stifled the WSU offense. Troy Rallings saved both halves of the doubleheader, stranding runners at second and third in the first game.
RESULTS:
April 22: @ Seattle: L 1-0
April 25-27: Washington State: L 6-4, W 2-1, W 2-0
UPCOMING
April 29: Seattle
May 2-4: @ Utah


lsu8. 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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Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 33-11-1, 12-8-1 in SEC. (6-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Tigers won their fourth straight weekend series, taking two of three from Tennessee to move within a half-game of Alabama and Ole Miss in the SEC West. The Tigers rapped out 17 hits Friday and came from behind with single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth to earn an 8-7 victory. Mark Laird (2-for-5) delivered a walk-off RBI single in the ninth. The Vols jumped on Aaron Nola (5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) for two runs in the first, then chased him in a four-run sixth. Jared Poche (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) handed a 3-2 lead over to the bullpen Saturday, but the Vols pounced for two runs on three hits in the eighth and added insurance on Vincent Jackson’s pinch-hit two-run homer in the ninth. Tennessee tied Sunday’s game with two runs in the top of the eighth, only to see LSU answer with five in the bottom of the frame, keyed by Conner Hale’s go-ahead RBI double.
RESULTS:
April 22: Tulane: W 6-0
April 25-27: Tennessee: W 8-7, L 6-3, W 9-4
UPCOMING:
April 29: Alcorn State
May 2-4: @ Texas A&M


southcarolina9. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 34-11, 12-9 in SEC. (11-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-3.
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The Gamecocks won their second straight series, taking two of three from Alabama. Gene Cone’s three-run triple highlighted South Carolina’s four-run fourth inning Friday, as the Gamecocks broke a 2-2 tie and went on to a 9-3 win. Grayson Greiner (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR) and Tanner English (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI) also had big games in support of Jordan Montgomery (6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). Jack Wynkoop (6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) took the tough loss Saturday, as the Tide broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the seventh. Kyle Martin (4-for-5, R, 2 RBI) led South Carolina’s 17-hit barrage Sunday, and the Gamecocks broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the sixth, keyed by Cone’s two-run single.
RESULTS
April 22: Davidson: W 8-0
April 23: South Carolina-Upstate: W 6-1
April 25-27: (8) Alabama: W 9-3, L 2-1, W 9-3
UPCOMING:
May 2-4: @ Georgia


miami10. MIAMI
Last Week: 5-0.
Overall: 32-13, 19-5 in ACC. (10-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-3.
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The Hurricanes are the hottest team in college baseball, winners of 19 of their last 20, and they sit alone atop the ACC standings, a game ahead of Virginia and Florida State. They swept a series at Clemson this weekend for the first time ever, their third ACC road series sweep of the season. Ricky Eusebio posted his second consecutive three-hit game Friday, and Zack Collins added a two-run homer in the ninth—his seventh long ball of the year—to help Chris Diaz (7.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) improve to 7-0. Andrew Suarez (9 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) turned in a gem in a no-decision Saturday, and the ‘Canes broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the 12th, getting an RBI double from Tyler Palmer, his second game-winning hit of the week, followed by an RBI single from Collins. Bryan Radziewski (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) gave Miami another strong start Sunday, and Colins (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) led Miami’s 16-hit attack.
RESULTS
April 21: Notre Dame: W 6-3
April 23: @ Florida Atlantic: W 10-9
April 25-27: @ (22) Clemson: W 5-2, W 3-2 (12 innings), W 10-2
UPCOMING
May 2-4: Alabama State


mississippi11. MISSISSIPPI
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 33-12, 13-8 in SEC (7-6 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-3.
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The Rebels went on the road and blasted Kentucky in a three-game sweep to move into a tie atop the SEC West with Alabama. The Rebels scored 39 runs in three games, the most they have ever scored in a three-game series. Three Rebels hit .500 or better in the series, led by Auston Bousfield, who hit .714 (10-for-14) with four doubles, a home run, eight runs and seven RBIs. Will Allen, Sikes Orvis, Errol Robinson and Preston Overbey combined for nine hits and nine RBIs Friday, as the Rebels took control with six runs in the third against A.J. Reed to help Chris Ellis (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) improve to 6-0. The Rebels hit four homers Saturday, courtesy of Bousfield, Allen, Orvis and J.B. Woodman. Christian Trent (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) picked up the win to go to 6-0. Allen (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI) led a 17-hit onslaught Sunday.
RESULTS
April 22: vs. (16) Mississippi State @ Pearl, Miss.: L 8-3
April 25-27: @ (17) Kentucky: W 12-4, W 18-5, W 9-6
UPCOMING
April 30: Southern Mississippi
May 2-4: Arkansas


alabama12. ALABAMA
Last Week: 1-3.
Overall: 29-15, 13-8 in SEC (7-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-3.
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The Crimson Tide dropped a series at South Carolina to fall into a tie with Ole Miss atop the SEC West. Spencer Turnbull (7 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 6 BB, 2 K) struggled Friday, as the Gamecocks broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the fourth inning. Justin Kamplain (6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) and Thomas Burrows (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) pitched the Crimson Tide to a series-tying 2-1 win. Casey Hughston’s RBI single in the top of the seventh broke a 1-1 tie, while the Tide was able to overcome three errors. The Gamecocks scored twice in the first Sunday against Tucker Hawley (2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) and built a 3-0 lead heading into the fifth, when Alabama tied it up—only to see South Carolina respond with its own three-spot in the sixth, then pad the lead in the late innings.
RESULTS
April 22: Southern Mississippi: L 6-3
April 25-27: @ (11) South Carolina: L 9-3, W 2-1, L 9-3
UPCOMING
April 29: @ Samford
May 2-4: (5) Florida


louisville13. LOUISVILLE
Last Week: 5-0.
Overall: 33-11, 11-4 in AAC. (3-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-1.

The Cardinals swept UConn to keep pace with first-place UCF, which swept Rutgers. Kyle Funkhouser (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 7 K) improved to 8-2 Friday, as the Cardinals broke a scoreless tie with a run in the sixth and added another in the seventh, and Nick Burdi struck out two in a perfect ninth to record his 10th save. All nine Louisville starters had hits Saturday as the Cards clinched the series with a 6-1 win. Jared Ruxer (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) turned in his fifth straight quality start to improve to 7-1. Alex Chittenden (3-for-3, 3 R, RBI) and Danny Rosenbaum (2-for-2, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) led the offense Sunday in support of Anthony Kidston (5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER).
RESULTS
April 22: Western Kentucky: W 3-1
April 23: Morehead State: W 7-3
April 25-27: Connecticut: W 2-0, W 6-1, W 8-2
UPCOMING
April 30: Ohio State
May 2-4: @ South Florida


rice14. RICE
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 31-15, 18-6 in C-USA. (3-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-2.
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The Owls won two of three at Southern Miss to remain atop the C-USA standings. Shane Hoelscher (3-for-4, R, 3 RBI, 2B) powered the Rice offense Friday, while Kevin McCanna (5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K) and Matt Ditman (3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) sparkled. Blake Fox (6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) improved to 9-0 on the season and 15-0 for his career in Saturday’s win. The Golden Eagles overcame a 4-3 deficit Sunday with five runs in the sixth, mostly against Chase McDowell (1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER).
RESULTS
April 22: Texas A&M: L 6-5
April 25-27: @ Southern Mississippi: W 5-0, W 3-2, L 8-6
UPCOMING
No games.


Indiana15. INDIANA
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 28-12, 13-2 in Big Ten. (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-2.
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The Hoosiers won a big road series at Illinois, which is tied for second place with Nebraska, three games behind first-place Indiana. The Hoosiers climbed to No. 2 in the RPI with their sixth straight series win. Five Hoosiers posted two-hit games Friday, led by Brad Hartong (2-for-3, 3 RBI, 2B). Joey DeNato (8 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) improved to 9-1 in that one. The Hoosiers stranded 11 men Saturday, making a tough-luck loser of Christian Morris (7.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) and snapping IU’s 10-game conference winning streak. All nine Indiana starters recorded hits as part of a balanced 15-hit attack Sunday, led by Hartong (3-for-5, 2 RBI), helping Brian Korte (5 IP, 2 H, 3 ER) earn his first win of the year.
RESULTS
April 23: Ball State: W 10-1
April 25-27: @ Illinois: W 9-3, L 2-1, W 11-3 (8 innings)
UPCOMING
April 30: @ Miami (Ohio)
May 2-4: Purdue


Houstonlogo16. HOUSTON
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 31-12, 8-7 in AAC (3-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-1.
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The Cougars took two of three at last-place Cincinnati to cap a 2-2 week. Houston is 5-6 since starting the season 26-6. Casey Grayson (2-for-5, 3 RBI) and Justin Montemayor (4-for-5, 3 R, 3 2B) powered the Cougars Friday, and Tyler Ford (5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) earned the win in relief of Aaron Garza (4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER). Jake Lemoine (6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) gave Houston a quality start Saturday but was outpitched by the Bearcats’ Connor Walsh and Austin Woodby, who combined on a three-hitter. Montemayor (4-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, 3 2B) and Kyle Survance (4-for-4, 3 R) paced Houston’s 16-hit barrage Sunday in support of David Longville (7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K).
RESULTS
April 22: Sam Houston State: L 5-4
April 25-27: @ Cincinnati: W 11-4, L 3-0, W 15-1 (7 innings)
UPCOMING
April 29: @ McNeese State
May 2-4: Central Florida


texaschristian17. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 30-13, 10-5 in Big 12 (3-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-3.
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The Frogs swept a nonconference series against Cal State Northridge to run their winning streak to eight; they have also won 15 of their last 16. Brandon Finnegan (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) exited with shoulder soreness in the third Friday, but the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the team doctor does not expect him to miss a start. Trey Teakell (2.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER) earned the win in relief, and Alex Young (4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) picked up his first save with excellent long relief work. Preston Morrison (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) threw his second shutout of the season Saturday, engaging in a fantastic duel with Northridge’s Jerry Keel (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R), before TCU finally won 1-0, clinching the series. With Keel pulled after eight innings and 126 pitches, the Frogs pushed across the game’s lone run in the bottom of the ninth on a suicide squeeze by Keaton Jones. Tyler Alexander (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) was excellent Sunday, as the Frogs held their opponent to two or fewer runs for the 13th time in their last 14 games.
RESULTS
April 22: vs. Texas Tech @ Abilene, Texas: W 4-0
April 25-27: Cal State Northridge: W 6-2, W 1-0, W 3-0
UPCOMING
April 29: @ Stephen F. Austin
May 2-4: Kansas State


oklahomastate18. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 31-13, 13-5 in Big 12 (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-2.
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The Cowboys won their fifth straight series, taking two of three from Texas in Austin to remain atop the Big 12 standings. OSU ace Jon Perrin (4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 6 BB) struggled with his control in Friday’s loss. Tyler Buffett (4.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 0 K) had his own control problems Saturday but was able to dodge serious damage. The bullpen settled things down and allowed the Cowboys to come back from a 1-0 deficit with single runs in the fifth and sixth, which proved to be enough. Zach Fish (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Craig McConaughey (3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI) each went deep to power the offense Sunday.
RESULTS
April 22: @ Oral Roberts: L 15-8
April 25-27: @ (10) Texas: L 3-0, W 2-1, W 8-3
UPCOMING
April 30: @ Wichita State
May 2-4: Arizona State


texas19. TEXAS
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 32-13, 10-8 in Big 12 (3-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-3-1.
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Texas’ hopes for a Big 12 regular-season title dimmed considerably after its second straight home series loss to one of the league’s other contenders—Texas Christian last week, Oklahoma State this week. The Horns now trail both OSU and TCU by three in the loss column. Parker French (6 IP, 1 H, 0 R) and Chad Hollingsworth (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R) combined on a two-hit shutout Friday, while Zane Gurwitz (3-for-4, R, RBI) and C.J Hinojosa (2-for-3, 2 R) led the Texas offense. Dillon Peters (5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) pitched well for Texas on Saturday but cost himself a run with a fifth inning throwing error, while the Horns’ offense mustered just two hits. In Sunday’s rubber game, Nathan Thornhill (3.1 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) had a rare tough outing, getting pulled during OSU’s five-run fourth that put the game out of reach.
RESULTS
April 22: Texas-Pan American: W 5-4
April 25-27: (21) Oklahoma State: W 3-0, L 2-1, L 8-3
UPCOMING
April 29: Prairie View A&M
May 2-4: @ West Virginia


vanderbilt20. VANDERBILT
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 33-12, 11-10 in SEC (5-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-4.
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Vandy broke a three-series losing skid by sweeping Georgia. Play was suspended due to a power outage with Vanderbilt leading 10-0 in the bottom of the fifth Friday. Tyler Beede delivered five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts before the lights went out, and Vandy took control of the game with a seven-run second. Georgia scored seven runs in the top of the ninth to cut a 12-2 deficit to 12-9 before Brian Miller put out the fire for his fourth save. Carson Fulmer (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K), making just his second career start, gave Vandy a dominant effort in the second game, and Dansby Swanson and Xavier Turner had three RBIs apiece, Turner’s coming on a three-run homer in the eighth. Zander Wiel (2-for-5, R, 3 RBI, HR) led the offense Sunday in support of Tyler Ferguson ((5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K), and the ‘Dores got stellar relief from Adam Ravenelle (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) and Miller (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R).
RESULTS
April 22: vs. Memphis @ Jackson, Tenn.: W 2-1
April 25-27: Georgia: W 12-9, W 11-0, W 6-1
UPCOMING
May 2-4: @ Missouri


 

texastech21. TEXAS TECH
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 35-12, 11-7 in Big 12 (5-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-3.

The Red Raiders swept Oklahoma to enter the BA Top 25 for the first time since 2005. Eric Gutierrez (2-for-4, R, 3 RBI) led a balanced 13-hit attack Friday, and Jonny Drozd (5 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) earned the win with good long relief work, before Corey Taylor allowed just one hit in a three-inning save. Gutierrez added a three-run homer during TTU’s 10-run fifth inning Saturday in support of Chris Sadberry (7.1 IP, 9 H, 4 ER). Gutierrez went deep twice more Sunday, giving him 10 on the year, and Dominic Moreno (3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief.
RESULTS
April 22: vs. (23) Texas Christian @ Abilene, Texas: L 4-0
April 25-27: Oklahoma: W 9-5, W 14-4, W 14-4 (7 innings)
UPCOMING
April 29: @ Oral Roberts
May 2-4: @ Kansas


libertybaseball22. LIBERTY
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 35-10, 19-1 in Big South (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-0.

The Flames swept UNC Asheville to improve to 19-1 in the Big South, five games ahead of second-place Campbell in the loss column. Trey Lambert (7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) was solid in a no-decision Friday, and Liberty broke a 4-4 tie with three runs in the eighth. Blake Fulghum (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) followed with another solid start in a no-decision Saturday, as the Flames again scored three runs in the eighth, this time erasing a 2-1 deficit. Shawn Clowers and Ashton Perritt combined for three hitless innings of relief in that one. Parker Bean (7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) turned in a third strong start Sunday, and once again the Flames rallied late, scoring twice in the ninth and winning on Alex Close’s walk-off single.
RESULTS
April 22: @ (22) Clemson: W 4-3
April 23: @ North Carolina: L 3-1
April 25-27: UNC Asheville: W 7-4, W 4-2, W 4-3
UPCOMING
No games.


centralflorida23. CENTRAL FLORIDA
Last Week: 3-0.
Overall: 28-16, 15-3 in AAC (3-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-2.

A week after a big series win against Louisville, the Knights swept Rutgers to win their seventh straight series and remain atop the AAC standings. Eric Skoglund (9 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) went the distance Friday to improve to 7-1. Derrick Salberg (3-for-5, R, RBI) led the offense Saturday and sparked the winning rally with a one-out single in the 11th, eventually coming around to score the winning run on James Vasquez’s walk-off single. Dylan Moore, Sam Tolleson and Matt Diorio had two hits and two RBIs apiece Sunday, and the Knights used six different pitchers, as starter Spencer Davis recorded only one out in the first, issuing three walks.
RESULTS
April 25-27: Rutgers: W 3-1, W 4-3 (11 innings), W 10-3
UPCOMING
April 30: North Florida
April 2-4: @ (16) Houston


mercerbaseball24. MERCER
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 34-11, 16-5 in A-Sun (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-3.

The Bears won a road series at FGCU to remain atop the A-Sun by two games and climb to No. 21 in the RPI. The Bears made four errors Friday, leading to five unearned runs against Brandon Barker (3 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K). Michael Massi (3-for-5, 2 R, RBI, HR) led a balanced 13-hit attack Saturday in support of Grant Papelian (9 IP, 5 H, 0 R). The Bears broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the seventh Sunday and added another in the eighth; Dimitri Kourtis (3.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R) picked up the win in relief.
RESULTS
April 23: @ Georgia Tech: W 4-3
April 25-27: @ Florida Gulf Coast: L 6-5, W 4-0, W 5-3
UPCOMING
No games.


kentucky25. KENTUCKY
Last Week: 1-3.
Overall: 27-17, 9-12 in SEC (8-8 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-4.
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Kentucky was swept at home by Ole Miss to fall six games behind first-place Florida in the SEC East. The Rebels took control Friday with six runs in the third against A.J. Reed (3 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 2 ER). Reed clubbed two home runs Saturday, upping his nation-leading total to 19, but that was the only bright spot for the Wildcats as Dylan Dwyer (5 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER) and their bullpen fell apart. Sunday’s back-and-forth affair was tied at 6-6 heading into the seventh, when the Rebels surged ahead for good with two runs.
RESULTS
April 22: Tennessee Tech: W 15-13
April 25-27: (16) Mississippi: L 12-4, L 18-5, L 9-6
UPCOMING
May 1-3: @ Tennessee


DROPPED OUT

oregonOREGON (19)
Last Week: 0-3.
Overall: 31-13, 10-8 in Pac-12. (1-8 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-4.

The Ducks were swept by Oregon State, dropping them to 1-8 in their last nine games against the rival Beavers. The Ducks continue to fall short in series against marquee opponents, dropping to 4-8 against the RPI top 50. Tommy Thorpe (6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 6 K) was solid in a losing cause Friday, as the Ducks squandered several opportunities on offense, leaving nine runners on base, including men at second and third in the ninth. Jeff Gold (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) was outstanding in a no-defeat Saturday, but the Beavers scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to beat Garrett Cleavinger. The Beavers jumped out to a 4-0 lead through two innings Sunday against Trent Paddon (1.2 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 2 BB), and the Ducks mustered just one hit in the game, in the first inning.
RESULTS
April 25-27: @ (5) Oregon State: L 3-1, L 4-2, L 7-1
UPCOMING
May 2-4: Arizona


MississippiStateMISSISSIPPI STATE (20)
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 28-17, 11-10 in SEC (4-6 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-3-1.

The Bulldogs’ up-and-down season hit another down as they lost a home series to Texas A&M, their third series loss in their last four. MSU won the first game, which began Thursday night before rain forced it to be suspended and finished Friday, behind a strong start from Trevor Fitts (6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) and three hits from leadoff man Seth Heck. The Aggies chased Ross Mitchell (4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER) in a four-run fifth in the second game, as Daniel Mengden (6 IP, 9 H, 2 ER) improved to 3-6. Wes Rea (3-for-4) led the Bulldogs offense Saturday, but A&M took the lead for good in the middle innings while three Aggie relievers combined on four shutout innings after MSU had knocked around starter Grayson Long (5 IP, 10 H, 4 ER).
RESULTS
April 22: vs. (16) Mississippi @ Pearl, Miss.: W 8-3
April 24-26: Texas A&M: W 5-1, L 6-3, L 6-4
UPCOMING
April 30: Jacksonville State
May 2-4: @ Auburn


clemsonCLEMSON (22)
Last Week: 1-4.
Overall: 25-19, 12-11 in ACC (2-10 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-5.

The Tigers were swept at home by Miami for the first time and have lost five of their last six games, and 10 of their last 15. Matthew Crownover (7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER) took the loss Friday. Daniel Gossett (9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 13 K) turned in a nine-inning gem Saturday, but Miami broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the 12th to win. The Hurricanes put up two-spots in the first, fourth and fifth Sunday to take control of the game.
RESULTS
April 22: Liberty: L 4-3
April 23: Western Carolina: W 11-3
April 25-27: (15) Miami: L 5-2, L 3-2 (12 innings), L 10-2
UPCOMING
May 2-3: James Madison
May 4: vs. Nevada-Las Vegas @ Greenville, S.C.


arkansasARKANSAS (24)
Last Week: 3-2.
Overall: 28-18, 10-11 in SEC (7-7 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-5..

Arkansas lost its series with Auburn for the fifth straight year as the Tigers came to Fayetteville and won Friday then split Saturday’s doubleheader. The Tigers scored a pair of unearned runs in the sixth against Trey Killian (8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) to win the opener. Killian’s latest tough-luck loss dropped him to 2-7 on the year. In the first game Saturday, the Razorbacks got 3.1 innings of no-hit relief from Jacob Stone, which gave them a chance to score the tying run in eighth and win it in the 10th on Tyler Spoon’s walk-off single after Auburn left the bases loaded in the top of the inning. However, the Tigers answered with a win in the nightcap behind a strong effort from Michael O’Neal (8 IP, 7 H, 2 ER), while Arkansas’ Chris Oliver (3 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 3 K) struggled.
RESULTS
April 22-23: Northwestern State: W 8-1, W 15-3
April 25-26: Auburn: L 2-1, W 4-3 (10 innings), L 7-2
UPCOMING
April 29: @ Missouri State
May 2-4: @ (11) Mississippi

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