1. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 41-4, 19-3 in ACC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-0-1.
UNC split two games at N.C. State, and the series finale was rained out and will not be made up due to an ACC rule that requires teams to complete a series in three days once it begins. Colin Moran hit a three-run homer in the first—his 11th long ball of the year—to give the Tar Heels a lead they would not relinquish Friday, as Kent Emanuel (8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) stymied the Wolfpack offense to improve to 9-1. Cody Stubbs’ three-run homer in the seventh provided all of UNC’s offense Saturday, as Carlos Rodon kept the Tar Heels off the board through six innings, and Benton Moss (4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) took his first loss of the year. UNC led 6-0 midweek against UNC Wilmington after three innings before the Seahawks rallied, hanging the first loss of the season on Fr. Trent Thornton.
April 23: (23) UNC Wilmington: L 9-8
April 24: Charlotte: W 10-2
April 26-28: @ (6) North Carolina State: W 7-1, L 7-3, CCD
May 1: The Citadel
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 39-6, 19-2 in SEC. (9-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-0.
Vanderbilt allowed just six runs in a three-game sweep of Mississippi State to improve to 19-2 in the SEC, the best record through 21 games in SEC history (eclipsing South Carolina’s 18-3 start in 2000). With three weeks to play Vandy is within striking distance of that 2000 South Carolina team’s SEC-record 25-5 finish. The Commodores also hold a three-game lead over LSU in the SEC’s overall standings. Mike Yastrzemski’s two-run single in the third put the Commodores ahead for good Friday, as Kevin Ziomek (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K) was strong. Brian Miller worked two scoreless innings to pick up his 12th save of the year, establishing a new single-season school record. The ‘Dores broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the second Saturday and never looked back, as Tyler Beede (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) improved to 11-0. Tony Kemp (4-for-4, 2 R, 3B) led Vandy’s offense in that one. Kemp had two more hits Sunday, including a leadoff double that sparked Vanderbilt’s five-run first Sunday in support of T.J. Pecoraro (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K), who retired 10 straight batters at one point and posted his longest outing of the season. Conrad Gregor went 3-for-3, with three runs, three RBIs and a homer Sunday.
April 23: @ (12) Louisville: W 10-2
April 26-28: (16) Mississippi State: W 3-1, W 5-2, W 8-3
May 3-5: @ (15) South Carolina
3. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 39-6, 16-5 in SEC. (8-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
LSU dropped the final two games at home against South Carolina to lose its first weekend series of the year, but the Tigers still hold a healthy 2.5-game lead over second-place Arkansas in the SEC West. Sean McMullen (2-for-3, R, 3 RBI) led LSU’s 10-hit attack Friday in support of a masterful Aaron Nola (9 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K), who threw his third consecutive complete game (the first three of his collegiate career). Ryan Eades (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) was strong in a no-decision Saturday, but the Gamecocks broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the ninth to hand closer Chris Cotton his first loss of the season. After Grayson Greiner reached on Alex Bregman’s second error of the game to start the ninth, Tanner English tripled him home, then scored on a balk. LSU coach Paul Mainieri was ejected for arguing the balk call. Kurt McCune (2.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K) made his first Sunday start of the year and took the loss, as Jack Wynkoop and two relievers shut out LSU for the first time this season. Brent Bonvillain (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R) turned in strong relief to keep the Tigers in the game.
April 24: Tulane: W 4-3
April 26-28: (15) South Carolina: W 5-2, L 4-2, L 4-0
April 30: McNeese State
May 2-4: (21) Florida
4. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 36-7, 12-3 in Big West. (8-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-0.
Cal State Fullerton won two of three at Hawaii and remains atop the Big West standings, a game ahead of second-place Cal State Northridge. The Titans came back from a 3-1 deficit Friday with single runs in the sixth and eighth to tie the score, but Austin Wobrock’s RBI single in the eighth lifted the Rainbows to a 4-3 win. Koby Gauna (4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) took the loss even though he pitched well in relief of Thomas Eshelman (3.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K). On Saturday, J.D. Davis (5-for-5, 2 R, RBI) became the first Fullerton player to record five hits in a game this year, and Justin Garza (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K) was excellent. Grahamm Wiest (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) followed with another gem in Sunday’s rubber game, and Michael Lorenzen led the offense with three hits and worked a scoreless ninth for his 13th save.
April 26-28: @ Hawaii: L 4-3, W 5-0, W 3-0
May 3-5: Long Beach State
5. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 34-11, 15-8 in ACC (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3-1.
The Wolfpack split two games against North Carolina, but the rubber game was rained out and will not be made up. That allowed Florida State to take a half-game lead over N.C. State in the ACC’s Atlantic Division. The Tar Heels jumped on Ryan Wilkins (0.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) in the first inning Friday and never looked back, as UNC out-hit the ‘Pack 14-8 and got eight strong innings from Kent Emanuel. Carlos Rodon (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 10 K) carried a shutout into the seventh inning Saturday (UNC got all three of its runs when Grant Sasser allowed a three-run homer to Cody Stubbs, allowing two runners he inherited from Rodon to score). All nine N.C. State starters recorded hits as part of a balanced 12-hit attack in that one.
April 23: Davidson: W 4-3
April 26-28: (1) North Carolina: L 7-1, W 7-3, CCD
May 3-5: Presbyterian
6. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 34-8, 14-4 in Pac-12 (7-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Beavers allowed just five runs in a convincing three-game sweep of Southern California, keeping them percentage points ahead of Oregon in the Pac-12. Eight Beavers recorded multiple hits Friday—led by the bottom two hitters in the order, Kavin Keyes (3-for-5, R, 3 RBI) and Max Gordon (4-for-5, 2 RBI)—as part of a 20-hit attack behind Matt Boyd (8.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 11 K). Andrew Moore (7.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R) improved to 8-1 on Saturday, as he and Tony Bryant combined on a five-hit shutout. OSU used a balanced nine-hit, seven-walk attack to score six runs Sunday, and Ben Wetzler (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) turned in another outstanding start, a week after throwing a complete-game shutout against Washington.
April 22: @ Seattle: W 4-3 (15 innings)
April 26-28: Southern California: W 10-4, W 3-0, W 6-1
May 3-5: California
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 38-8, 17-7 in ACC (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Cavaliers went to Blacksburg and won Friday’s opener but were swept in Saturday’s doubleheader, giving them two road series losses in the last three weeks (sandwiched around a home sweep of Florida State). It was UVa.’s first series loss to Virginia Tech since 2009. Reed Gragnani (3-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR) was one of six Cavaliers to record multiple hits as part of a 17-hit barrage Friday in support of Brandel Waddell (5.2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). Scott Silverstein (5.1 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 4 ER) took his first loss of the year in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Andrew Rash (3-for-3, 3 R, 3 RBI, 3B) and Tyler Horan (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) both went deep in the second game, as Virginia Tech chased Nick Howard (2.1 IP, 6 H, 7 ER) in a five-run third.
April 23: Richmond: W 6-2
April 24: James Madison: W 16-8
April 26-27: @ Virginia Tech: W 15-6, L 5-3, L 11-6
April 30: @ Virginia Commonwealth
8. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 28-12-1, 11-7 in Pac-12 (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Sun Devils swept a road series at Utah to move into a tie with UCLA for third place in the Pac-12. ASU overcame a 4-1 deficit Friday with a run in the eighth and two more in the ninth to tie it, then won 5-4 on Drew Stankiewicz’s RBI single in the 10th. Ryan Burr (2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) picked up the win in relief of Trevor Williams (8 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). Kasey Coffman and Michael Benjamin had two hits and two RBIs apiece in that one. Eight Sun Devils notched hits as part of a balanced 12-hit attack Saturday behind Ryan Kellogg (8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K), who improved to 10-0, 2.21. R.J. Ybarra (2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI) led a 14-hit barrage Sunday, helping ASU recover from a rough start by Alex Blackford (0.0 IP, 0 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K).
April 24: Nevada-Las Vegas: W 5-2
April 26-28: @ Utah: W 5-4 (10 innings), W 5-1, W 9-6
April 30: @ Arizona
May 3-5: Stanford
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 27-13, 11-7 in Pac-12 (4-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Bruins won two of three at Washington State, but losing Sunday’s finale dropped them into a tie with ASU for third place in the Pac-12. The Bruins built a 5-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth Friday, but Washington State chipped away at Adam Plutko (5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K) and the UCLA bullpen to force extra innings, only to see the Bruins win it 7-6 on Shane Ziele’s RBI single in the 11th. UCLA took control of Saturday’s game with six runs over the first two innings; Cristoph Bono (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) led a 10-hit attack in support of Nick Vander Tuig (9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K), who improved to 7-3, 1.77 with his second complete game of the year. Grant Watson (4.1 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) failed to last five innings Sunday for the fourth time in the last five weeks, and the Cougars rallied from behind with runs in the seventh and eighth against the UCLA bullpen.
April 23: Long Beach State: L 11-1
April 26-28: @ Washington State: W 7-6 (11 innings), W 10-1, L 4-3
April 30: UC Irvine
May 3-5: Utah
10. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 35-9, 16-8 in ACC (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
Florida State bounced back from getting swept at Virginia by sweeping Wake Forest, moving the Seminoles back into first place in the ACC Atlantic Division, a half-game ahead of N.C. State. Marcus Davis (2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI) led the FSU offense Friday in support of Luke Weaver (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K). John Sansone (3-for-4, 2 RBI) spearheaded a balanced 12-hit attack Saturday behind Brandon Leibrandt (5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K). Davis (3-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2B) had another strong game Sunday, as FSU rapped out 13 hits behind Scott Sitz (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K), who improved to 8-1.
April 23: @ Jacksonville: W 9-0
April 26-28: Wake Forest: W 7-3, W 8-6, W 11-2
May 3-5: Central Florida
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 33-10, 16-5 in Pac-12 (8-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.
Oregon won its first series of the year against a ranked team by allowing just eight runs in a three-game sweep of Stanford. Mark Appel (8.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) and Tommy Thorpe (6.2 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) had a nice pitching duel Friday, but the Ducks beat Appel 2-1 on Aaron Payne’s walk-off RBI single in the ninth. Ryon Healy (3-for-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI) powered the Oregon offense Saturday behind Cole Irvin (7 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 2 ER). Jake Reed (8 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) was strong in a no-decision Sunday, as Healy delivered a game-tying RBI double in the ninth, and the Ducks won it on Mitchell Tolman’s perfect suicide squeeze bunt.
April 23: @ Portland: W 11-7
April 26-28: (21) Stanford: W 2-1, W 6-4, W 4-3
April 30-May 1: @ Seattle
May 3-5: @ Washington State
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 33-11, 10-5 in Big 12 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
The Sooners took two of three from Texas Tech to remain atop the Big 12 standings, percentage points ahead of Baylor. Friday’s game was suspended in the ninth inning, and the Sooners finished off an 8-0 win when play resumed Saturday, then clinched the series with a 6-2 win. Jake Fisher (7.1 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K) picked up his first win of the season in the opener, and OU rapped out 15 hits behind him. Matt Oberste had three hits in that one and two more (plus two RBIs) in Game Two, and Jonathan Gray (7.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) dominated to improve to 8-1. Ethan Carnes (4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER) took the loss Sunday. Dillon Overton missed his start with a strained muscle near his elbow, an MRI revealed. He is expected to miss next weekend’s series at West Virginia but could return in time for the Bedlam series against Oklahoma State in two weeks.
April 23: @ (14) Arkansas: CCD
April 26-28: Texas Tech: W 8-0, W 6-2, L 9-3
April 30: Dallas Baptist
May 3-5: @ West Virginia
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 33-10, 11-4 in Big East. (4-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Cardinals swept Georgetown to remain in third place in the Big East, two games behind South Florida and a game back of Pittsburgh. Coco Johnson drove in both of Louisville’s runs in the second and third innings Friday, and Chad Green (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) dominated. The Cardinals scored four runs in the first Saturday behind Jeff Thompson (7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) and never looked back. Johnson (2-for-3, 3 R, 2 RBI) and Jeff Gardner (2-for-4, 2 R, 5 RBI) both went deep Sunday to lead Louisville’s 19-hit barrage.
April 23: (3) Vanderbilt: L 10-2
April 26-28: Georgetown: W 2-1, W 6-2, W 13-7
April 30: Western Kentucky
May 3-5: @ Villanova
Last Week: 2-0. Overall: 29-15, 13-7 in SEC. (7-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Hogs won a pair of tight low-scoring games at Georgia, but Sunday’s game was rained out—the second cancellation of the week for Arkansas. Barrett Astin (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K) and Colby Suggs combined on a six-hit shutout Friday, and the Hogs won 2-0 despite mustering only three hits of their own. Brian Anderson had two of them, and one RBI. Ryne Stanek (6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) was strong in a no-decision Saturday, and the Hogs got to Sean McLaughlin (9 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) for two runs in the eighth, sparked by Jacob Mahan’s leadoff double.
April 23: (11) Oklahoma: CCD
April 26-28: @ Georgia: W 2-0, W 2-1, CCD
April 30: Missouri State
May 3-5: @ (23) Kentucky
15. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 33-12, 13-8 in SEC. (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
The Gamecocks followed up their sweep of Kentucky by taking two of three in their first-ever trip to the new Alex Box Stadium. Joey Pankake hit his ninth homer Friday in a losing cause for the Gamecocks, and Nolan Belcher (5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) fell to 6-4. Jordan Montgomery (7 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, as the Gamecocks scored twice in the ninth to win 4-2. After Grayson Greiner reached on an error to start the ninth, Tanner English tripled him home, then scored on a balk. Chase Vergason (1-for-3, R, 2 RBI) tripled to spark South Carolina’s two-run first Sunday, and Jack Wynkoop (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K) combined with two relievers on a six-hit shutout. Wynkoop has not allowed an earned run in his last two starts (15 innings).
April 23: vs. Gardner-Webb @ Shelby, N.C.: L 7-6
April 26-28: @ (2) Louisiana State: L 5-2, W 4-2, W 4-0
May 3-5: (2) Vanderbilt
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 34-8, 11-4 in Big Ten (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1-1.
The Hoosiers swept Michigan to move into a tie with Nebraska atop the Big Ten. Indiana has won eight straight since snapping a four-game skid. Scott Donley (4-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) had a big game Friday to lead IU’s 11-hit attack behind Joey DeNato (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K). Nick Ramos (2-for-3, R, 4 RBI, 2B) led Indiana’s 12-hit attack Saturday behind Kyle Hart (5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER). Aaron Slegers (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) was strong in a no-decision Sunday, and the Hoosiers answered Michigan’s run in the top of the 10th with two in the bottom of the frame, capped by Chris Sujka’s pinch-hit, walk-off RBI single.
April 23: Eastern Kentucky: W 5-2
April 24: Indiana State: W 8-1
April 26-28: Michigan: W 9-1, W 9-3, W 3-2 (10 innings)
May 4-5: @ Nebraska
17. NEW MEXICO
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 27-16, 17-4 in MWC (3-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2-1.
New Mexico swept UNLV to improve to 5-1 this year against the Rebels. UNM has swept three consecutive series and won 10 straight games, helping it open up a five-game lead in the Mountain West. D.J. Peterson (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B, HR) led New Mexico’s 15-hit attack Friday in support of Drew Bridges (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K), who has given up just one run in his last 16 1/3 innings, starting with a 3-0 win at Arkansas on April 9. Sam Wolff (6 IP, 5 H, 0 R) turned in another strong start in a no-decision Saturday, and New Mexico answered UNLV’s two-run eighth with four in the bottom of the frame. The Lobos trailed 13-7 heading into the bottom of the ninth in Sunday’s wild slugfest, but they stormed back with six in the frame, then won it in the 10th when John Pustay tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly. Six Lobos recorded multiple hits as part of an 18-hit barrage, with Mitch Garver (3-for-6, R, 5 RBI, 2B) leading the charge.
April 26-28: Nevada-Las Vegas: W 9-0, W 5-3, W 14-13 (10 innings)
April 30-May 1: @ Texas Tech
May 3-5: Air Force
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 30-14, 15-9 in ACC. (7-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.
Clemson rebounded from a series loss at Miami by taking two of three against Georgia Tech. The Tigers trail first-place Florida State by a game in the ACC’s Atlantic Division. Clemson swept a doubleheader Friday to secure the series win. Tyler Krieger and Jon McGibbon combined for five hits and five RBIs behind Daniel Gossett (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) in the opener. Thomas Brittle hit an RBI triple and went on to score the tying run in the ninth in the second game, and Krieger delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 11th. Clemson got strong relief from Patrick Andrews (3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) and Scott Firth (2 IP, 2 H, 0 R). Georgia Tech pounded out 18 hits against Clate Schmidt (4 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 4 ER) and the Clemson bullpen Saturday.
April 24: Western Carolina: W 12-1
April 26-28: (20) Georgia Tech: W 11-3, W 4-3 (11 innings), L 14-9
May 4-5: Maryland
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 28-14, 9-6 in C-USA (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
The Owls were off for exams. While they were idle, they lost ground in C-USA, as first-place Southern Miss swept UAB, and Central Florida swept Houston to move percentage points ahead of Rice for second place.
April 16-17: Texas Tech: W 11-2, CCD
April 19-21: @ Houston: L 8-7, W 4-0, W 11-1 (7 innings)
20. SOUTH ALABAMA
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 34-12, 15-6 in Sun Belt (0-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
The Jaguars swept a road series at ULM to run their winning streak to seven games, helping them increase their lead in the Sun Belt to two games over second-place Troy. The Jaguars own quality series wins over the Trojans (on the road) and Atlantic Sun Conference power North Florida. Jordan Patterson (3-for-4, R, RBI) led South Alabama’s 10-hit attack Friday in support of Jarron Cito (7 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). Eight Jaguars recorded hits Saturday as part of a balanced 13-hit attack, and Hunter Soleymani (6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) picked up the win with sparkling relief work. Nick Zaharion (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) led another balanced 13-hit attack Sunday behind Jacob Noble (5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER).
April 23-24: Jacksonville State: W 9-6, W 6-5
April 26-28: @ Louisiana-Monroe: W 10-8, W 9-6, W 7-2
May 3-5: Middle Tennessee State
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 25-20, 12-9 in SEC (9-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-5.
The Gators have rebounded from a rocky first half, winning each of their last three series (starting with a sweep of South Carolina). Florida is 13-13 against the top 50 in the RPI, 19-18 against the top 100. Taylor Gushue (2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) led the UF offense behind Danny Young (5.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R) on Friday. Jonathon Crawford (4.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K) earned a no-decision Saturday, and Tennessee scored runs in the eighth and ninth to force extra innings, but the Gators won it in the 10th, when Gushue’s double set up a game-winning fielder’s choice. Bobby Poyner (5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) was solid in defeat Sunday, but Zack Godley (9 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) held the Florida offense in check.
April 23: South Florida: W 12-1
April 26-28: Tennessee: W 7-2, W 3-2 (10 innings), L 4-2
May 2-4: @ (3) Louisiana State
22. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 33-13, 10-11 in SEC. (6-10 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-5.
Mississippi State scored just six runs in a three-game sweep at the hands of Vanderbilt, dropping the Bulldogs to fifth place in the SEC West (six games behind LSU). Mike Yastrzemski’s two-run single in the third against Luis Pollorena (7.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) put the Commodores ahead for good Friday. Vandy broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the second Saturday and never looked back, as Kendall Graveman (5 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) lost for the second straight week. The ‘Dores jumped Jacob Lindgren (0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 ER) in a five-run first Sunday and cruised to the victory.
April 23: vs. Memphis @ Autozone Park, Memphis: W 12-1
April 26-28: @ (3) Vanderbilt: L 3-1, L 5-2, L 8-3
May 3-5: Alabama
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 26-17, 9-12 in SEC. (6-10 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-4.
The Wildcats ended a three-week skid by taking two of three at Ole Miss. A.J. Reed (6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER) and Chandler Shepherd (2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R) gave Kentucky solid pitching on Thursday, and the Wildcats answered Mississippi’s two-run seventh with two of their own in the eighth to win. Ole Miss hit Jerad Grundy (5.2 IP, 12 H, 9 ER) hard Friday. Corey Littrell (8 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) was strong Sunday, and the Wildcats overcame a 3-2 deficit with a run in the seventh and two unearned runs in the eighth.
April 23: @ Western Kentucky: L 3-2
April 25-27: @ (18) Mississippi: W 3-2, L 11-5, W 5-4
May 3-5: (14) Arkansas
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 31-14, 11-10 in SEC (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.
The Rebels lost two of three at home against Kentucky, dropping them into fourth place in the SEC West. Bobby Wahl (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) was strong in a no-decision Thursday, but the Wildcats answered Mississippi’s two-run seventh with two of their own in the eighth against the Ole Miss bullpen. Andrew Mistone (3-for-4, R, 5 RBI, 2B, 3B) led Mississippi’s 13-hit attack Friday behind Mike Mayers (6 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K). Kentucky overcame a 3-2 deficit with a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth to win Saturday’s rubber game. Austin Anderson (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) led the offense for the Rebels, whose pitchers committed two errors on sacrifice bunts in the crucial eighth, leading to two unearned runs.
April 23: @ Arkansas State: W 11-1
April 25-27: Kentucky: L 3-2, W 11-5, L 5-4
May 1: Saint Louis
May 3-5: @ Auburn
25. VIRGINIA TECH
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 27-18, 11-13 in ACC (5-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-4.
The Hokies won a series from Virginia for the first time since 2009, giving them two marquee series wins this season (they also took two of three from Florida State). The Cavs hammered Brad Markey (5.2 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 7 ER) on Friday, when Sean Keselica (4-for-5, 3 R, 2B) led Virginia Tech’s offense in defeat. The Hokies bounced back to sweep Saturday’s doubleheader. Alex Perez (3-for-4, R, RBI) led the Virginia Tech offense behind Joe Mantiply (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) in the first game. Andrew Rash (3-for-3, 3 R, 3 RBI, 3B) and Tyler Horan (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) both went deep in the second game, as Virginia Tech chased Nick Howard (2.1 IP, 6 H, 7 ER) in a five-run third. Devin Burke (7.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER) turned in a solid start to improve to 7-3 for the Hokies.
April 23: @ Virginia Military Institute: W 9-6
April 26-27: (5) Virginia: L 15-6, W 5-3, W 11-6
April 30: @ Radford
May 3-5: @ Boston College
GEORGIA TECH (20)
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 28-16, 12-12 in ACC. (6-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.
The Yellow Jackets saw their losing streak reach six games before they salvaged Saturday’s series finale at Clemson. Georgia Tech has lost three of its last four series to fall to sixth place in the ACC’s overall standings. Clemson swept a doubleheader Friday to secure the series win. Buck Farmer (6.1 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 K) was knocked around in the opener. Zane Evans (2.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 0 K) failed to hold a 3-1 lead in the ninth in the nightcap. Evans stranded the winning run at third in the ninth, then escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 10th, only to lose on Tyler Krieger’s walk-off RBI single in the 11th. Georgia Tech committed five errors in the game, issued 15 walks and surrendered six stolen bases. Evans (6-for-6, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2B, 2 HR) had a monster game at the plate to lead Georgia Tech’s 18-hit barrage Saturday.
April 23: vs. Georgia @ Turner Field, Atlanta: L 17-10
April 26-27: @ (25) Clemson: L 11-3, L 4-3 (11 innings), W 14-9
May 3-5: Coastal Carolina
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 23-15, 9-9 in Pac-12 (1-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-4.
Stanford was swept at Oregon to fall into a tie with Arizona for fifth place in the Pac-12. Mark Appel (8.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) and Tommy Thorpe (6.2 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) had a nice pitching duel Friday, but the Ducks beat Appel 2-1 on Aaron Payne’s walk-off RBI single in the ninth. Dean McArdle (3 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) struggled Saturday, though the Cardinal got five innings of one-run relief from Logan James. Daniel Starwalt (5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER) moved into the Sunday starter spot and pitched well in a no-decision, but the Ducks rallied from behind with two in the ninth, winning on a walk-off suicide squeeze.
April 23: @ San Jose State: W 17-2
April 26-28: @ (13) Oregon: L 2-1, L 6-4, L 4-3
April 30: St. Mary’s
May 3-5: @ (8) Arizona State
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 28-14, 15-6 in WCC (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
Gonzaga rebounded from a pair of midweek losses to Washington by taking two of three from BYU, keeping the Bulldogs comfortably atop the WCC standings. Marco Gonzales (8 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) battled his way to his sixth win of the year Thursday, and he helped his cause with two hits to lead the offense. Tyler Olson (9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) threw his second consecutive complete-game gem Friday, and Caleb Wood (3-for-4, 2 RBI) led Gonzaga’s 11-hit attack. BYU took control of Saturday’s game with five runs in the third against Arturo Reyes (4.2 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 0 BB, 5 K).
April 23-24: Washington: L 6-2, L 11-8
April 25-27: Brigham Young: W 6-4, W 5-1, L 9-6
May 3-5: @ Santa Clara
UNC WILMINGTON (23)
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 32-13, 13-4 in CAA (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1-1.
UNCW had a letdown after knocking off North Carolina on Tuesday, dropping two of three at Towson. But the Seahawks remain atop the CAA standings by 2.5 games over William & Mary and Towson. Luke Dunlap (4-for-4, R, 4 RBI) led Wilmington’s 12-hit attack Friday in support of Mat Batts (6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K). The Tigers erased a 2-1 deficit Saturday with seven runs in the seventh against UNCW’s normally stout bullpen. The Tigers knocked around Jordan Ramsey (6 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) on Sunday to take the series.
April 23: @ (1) North Carolina: W 9-8
April 26-28: @ Towson: W 10-5, L 9-5, L 8-5
May 3-5: Northeastern