Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 26-2, 12-1 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0.
The Hurricanes ran their winning streak to 13 with a three-game sweep of Clemson, which has lost five straight. So. RHP Kyle Bellamy picked up wins in relief Friday and Saturday before finally allowing his first run of the season Sunday; he’s now 5-0, 0.40 with a 31-3 K-BB ratio and just six hits allowed in 22 IP over 15 appearances. Jr. 1B Yonder Alonso blasted a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth Friday. Fr. C Yasmani Grandal had a career-high four hits Saturday including the go-ahead homer in the sixth inning. Jr. OF Dave DiNatale (8-for-17, 2 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 8 R, 11 RBI) capped off his big week with a three-run homer in the fifth inning Sunday that proved the game winner.
April 1: Florida Atlantic: W 16-7
April 2: @ Florida International: W 13-2
April 4-6: Clemson: W 6-4, W 15-5, W 7-6
April 8: Florida Gulf Coast
April 9: Florida Atlantic
April 11-13: @ Georgia Tech
2. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 28-3, 4-2 in Pac-10. (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
After playing their first 28 games in the state of Arizona (26 of them at home, two in neutral Surprise), the Sun Devils finally went on the road and proceeded to lose their first series of the year. ASU has not won at Stanford since 1997. The Devils struggled with runners on base all weekend and stranded 33 runners in three games. Jr. OF/LHP Ike Davis went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer Friday and earned the win with 2.2 perfect innings of relief. Sr. LHP Josh Satow (4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER) fell to 3-1 in Saturday’s loss, though Jr. C Petey Paramore homered in defeat. ASU scored two in the first inning Sunday, but the Cardinal got to Jr. RHP Stephen Sauer and reliever Reyes Dorado for six runs in the fifth.
April 1-2: Wofford: W 9-3, W 12-4 (7 innings)
April 4-6: @ (13) Stanford: W 6-4 (10 innings), L 12-2, L 10-2
April 11-13: @ Washington State
3. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 28-3, 14-1 in ACC (4-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0.
The Seminoles beat Virginia at its own pitching-and-defense game, winning a pair of 10-inning, 3-2 decisions in Sunday’s doubleheader following a blowout win Friday. Jr. C Buster Posey (8-for-13, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI) continued to swing a hot bat over the weekend, raising his team-leading line to .458/.554/.833 with nine homers and 37 RBIs. Jr. SS Tony Delmonico had four hits Friday in support of So. LHP Matt Fairel (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K), who joined Missouri’s Aaron Crow as the nation’s only seven-game winners. In the first game of Sunday’s twin bill, Sr. RHP Ryan Strauss (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) picked up the win in relief of Fr. RHP Geoff Parker (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K), and Sr. OF Jack Rye singled home the winning run in the 10th. Fr. DH Luke Smierciak was hit by a pitch to start the 10th inning of each game and scored the winning run in each.
April 1: vs. (19) Florida @ Jacksonville: W 10-2
April 2: @ Jacksonville: W 7-5
April 4-6: (14) Virginia: W 10-3, W 3-2 (10 innings), W 3-2 (10 innings)
April 11-13: @ Boston College
4. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 25-6, 10-4 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0-1.
Sr. 3B Chad Flack singled to right field in the sixth inning of Sunday’s series finale against Georgia Tech to become UNC’s all-time hits leader with 292, breaking Chad Prosser’s record. Flack, who also had two hits in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, extended his hitting streak to 14 games, matching his career best, and So. 2B Kyle Seager had five hits in the doubleheader to extend his hitting streak to 27 games, the fourth longest in school history. The Tar Heels cruised to a win Friday behind So. RHP Alex White (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K), who improved to 5-2, 1.93 with 43-12 K-BB in 37 IP. After rain postponed Saturday’s game, UNC split Sunday’s twin bill, with Jr. RHP Adam Warren (5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) picking up the win in the first game and Fr. RHP Matt Harvey (3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER) taking the loss in the second.
April 1: UNC Greensboro: W 4-1
April 2: Appalachian State: W 7-0
April 4-6: Georgia Tech: W 8-1, W 10-4, L 4-1
April 8: Elon
April 9: North Carolina A&T
April 11-13: @ Clemson
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 21-7-1, 4-2 in Pac-10 (6-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
The Golden Bears have won back-to-back series against West Coast powerhouses Long Beach State and Oregon State, and they are tied with Stanford and Arizona State atop the Pac-10 standings. Sr. 2B Josh Satin, who had his school-record 27-game hitting streak snapped last Sunday against Long Beach State, has hit safely in the five games since and went 4-for-9 with three walks this weekend. Jr. RHP Tyson Ross (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) improved to 5-0, 1.97 in Friday’s win, and Fr. RHP Kevin Miller (6.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K) was sensational in relief of Jr. LHP Craig Bennigson (2.1 IP, 3 ER) on Saturday. Miller, the national ERA leader, is 5-0, 0.00 with 38-14 K-BB in 39 IP. Sr. RHP Alex Rollin (2.1 IP, 4 ER) took his first loss of the year Sunday.
April 1: @ San Francisco: L 5-1
April 2: Fresno State: W 5-4
April 4-6: Oregon State: W 5-2, W 9-3, L 9-2
April 7: (10) Stanford
April 9: Santa Clara
April 11-13: @ Southern California
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 24-4-1, 10-1-1 in Big 12 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
The Big 12-leading Cornhuskers allowed just seven runs in a three-game sweep of Texas Tech. Sr. RHP Johnny Dorn (7.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K) and two relievers held the Red Raiders to three hits Friday. Jr. OF Nick Sullivan’s three-run homer in the first inning Saturday was all the support required for Sr. RHP Thad Weber (7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 11 K), whose scoreless streak was snapped at 17 innings in the second. Sullivan (3-for-4, 2B, HR, R, 5 RBI) led the offense again Sunday in support of Jr. RHP Aaron Pribanic (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K). Sullivan’s three-run homer in the fifth provided the winning margin.
April 1: @ Creighton: PPD
April 4-6: Texas Tech: W 6-2, W 5-2, W 5-3
April 8: @ Iowa
April 11-13: @ (21) Oklahoma State
7. UC IRVINE
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 20-5, 3-3 in Big West (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
Former Anteaters coach Dave Serrano returned to Irvine in a Cal State Fullerton uniform and handed the ‘Eaters their first series loss of the year. Ace Jr. RHP Scott Gorgen (6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) told reporters he was a little too amped up Friday, and the Titans piled on against the UCI bullpen. So. RHP Bryce Stowell (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 7 K) was stellar in a no-decision Saturday, when So. RHP Eric Pettis blew a 1-0 lead in the ninth and allowed an unearned run in the 12th. But in the bottom of the frame, Jr. OF Ollie Linton singled home the tying run, stole second and scored the winning run on Jr. SS Ben Orloff’s RBI single. So. LHP Daniel Bibona (6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) cruised Sunday until the Titans batted around in the seventh to overcome a 4-1 deficit.
April 4-6: (25) Cal State Fullerton: L 12-5, W 3-2 (12 innings), L 6-4
April 8: @ UCLA
April 11-13: @ (20) Long Beach State
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 22-8, 5-4 in Big 12. (4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
Since its 14-game winning streak was snapped March 26, Missouri has lost six of nine, including a midweek defeat to Western Illinois and consecutive conference series losses to Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. Amazing Jr. RHP Aaron Crow (9 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) continued his season-long brilliance on Friday night, extending his scoreless streak to 42.2 innings by throwing his sixth career shutout. On the season, he’s 7-0, 0.69 with 67-11 K-BB in 52 IP. Jr. RHP Ian Berger (6.1 IP, 4 R, 2 ER) fell to 3-1, 0.81 on Saturday, as the Tigers managed just three hits in support. Jr. 1B Steve Gray homered twice Sunday in support of So. RHP Kyle Gibson (5 IP, 6 R, 4 ER), but Jr. LHP Rick Zagone (3 IP, 2 ER) took the loss in relief.
April 1: Western Illinois: L 5-3
April 2: Lincoln (Mo.): W 10-2
April 4-6: Oklahoma State: W 3-0, L 6-2, L 8-6
April 9: @ Missouri State
April 11-13: (12) Texas
9. WICHITA STATE
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 24-4, 5-1 in MVC (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
The Shockers stretched their winning streak to 19 games before dropping a 10-inning decision Friday, but they bounced back to take the series from Missouri State. Wichita State got tremendous production all weekend from the top two hitters in its lineup: Sr. CF Andy Dirks (9-for-12, 4 R, 5 RBI, 3 2B, HR) and So. RF Ryan Jones (8-for-16, 4 R, 8 RBI, 2B, 2 HR). Sr. LHP Rob Musgrave (7.2 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was solid in a no-decision Friday before the WSU bullpen gave up five runs over the final 2.1 IP. Jr. RHP Aaron Shafer (6 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) was not his best but still earned the win Saturday, and Jr. LHP Anthony Capra (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) continued his steady play Sunday. Shafer and Capra both improved to 5-0 on the year.
April 1: @ Kansas: W 7-3
April 2: Oral Roberts: W 10-8
April 4-6: Missouri State: L 7-4 (10 innings), W 19-8 (8 innings), W 9-5
April 8: @ Kansas State
April 9: Oklahoma
April 11-13: @ Creighton
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 15-9, 4-2 in Pac-10 (8-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.
Stanford has won nine straight weekend series but has swept just one of its six series this spring and has dropped a midweek game every week this season. But four of Stanford’s six series wins have come against teams currently ranked in the top 25 (Nebraska, Cal State Fullerton, Texas and Arizona State). After dropping a 10-inning affair Friday, the Cardinal rebounded to outscore mighty Arizona State 22-4 on Saturday and Sunday. Jr. RHP Max Fearnow lasted just five batters Friday before Sr. RHP David Stringer (6.1 IP, 2 ER) provided strong relief, but a fielding blunder by Jr. OF Joey August helped Arizona State score twice in the 10th. The Cardinal rapped out a season-high 17 hits Saturday in support of Sr. RHP Erik Davis (9 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 5 K), who threw his second straight complete game. August (3-for-5, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) led the offense Sunday in support of So. RHP Jeffrey Inman (5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 0 K), who worked his way out of repeated jams. Sunday’s win gave coach Mark Marquess 1,300 career victories and moved him into the top 10 on the all-time coaching wins list.
March 31: (10) Long Beach State: W 9-3
April 1: Hawaii: L 5-2
April 4-6: (1) Arizona State: L 6-4 (10 innings), W 12-2, W 10-2
April 7: @ (5) California
April 9: UC Davis
April 11-13: @ Oregon State
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 23-10, 7-2 in CUSA (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.
Rice has won nine of its last 10 road games after sweeping Memphis. So. RHP Ryan Berry allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out nine in a complete-game shutout in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader after Friday was washed out. Berry improved to 4-2, 2.29, and Sr. RHP Chris Kelley (6.1 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) improved to 4-1, 2.17 in the nightcap. Rice came from behind Sunday with three in the ninth, as So. 3B Diego Seastrunk delivered a game-tying RBI double and then scored the winning run on a wild pitch.
April 1: @ (16) Texas: W 7-3
April 2: Dallas Baptist: L 3-2
April 4-6: @ Memphis: W 3-0, W 7-1, W 7-6
April 8: Lamar
April 11-13: Alabama-Birmingham
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 21-10, 7-5 in Big 12 (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
Texas has not swept a series since its opening weekend against Virginia Commonwealth, but it did take two out of three at Oklahoma. Jr. OF Kyle Russell’s grand slam highlighted the Longhorns’ six-run first inning Friday, and they scored three more in the late innings after Oklahoma tied the score at 7-7 in the sixth. Jr. RHP Kenn Kasparek (5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER) fell to 1-2, 5.57 in Saturday’s loss. Russell’s three-run homer in the sixth inning Sunday—just his third homjer of the season—broke open a 7-5 game. He finished with three of Texas’s 14 hits, and Fr. RHP Brandon Workman (6.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) picked up the win in relief of So. LHP Riley Boening (1.1 IP, 5 ER).
April 1: (15) Rice: L 7-3
April 2: Texas Southern: W 7-4
April 4-6: @ Oklahoma: W 10-7, L 5-3 W 13-7
April 8: vs. Texas State @ Round Rock
April 11-13: @ (8) Missouri
13. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 22-11, 4-2 in WCC (6-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.
In a rematch of last year’s WCC championship series, the Toreros swept Gonzaga. In Friday’s rout, Jr. LHP Brian Matusz (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) improved to 6-1, 1.57 with 71-15 K-BB in 52 IP. So. OF James Meador, Sr. C Logan Gelbrich and Jr. 1B Jose Valerio combined to go 9-for-12 with four home runs Saturday in support of Jr. LHP/OF Josh Romanski (5.1 IP, 9 H, 4 ER). Gelbrich homered again Sunday in support of Fr. RHP Kyle Blair (6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K).
April 2: Southern California: L 3-2
April 4-6: Gonzaga: W 10-2, W 7-4, W 9-3
April 8-9: @/vs. UC Riverside
April 11-13: @ Portland
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 20-10, 9-3 in SEC. (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
Since starting the season with series losses to Arizona and Oregon State, the Bulldogs have won five straight series, including four in conference play to propel them atop the SEC standings. Georgia held South Carolina’s potent offense to just five runs in a three-game sweep. Jr. RHP Trevor Holder (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K) traded zeroes with Mike Cisco in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader but earned a no-decision, as Sr. OF Matt Olson singled home the game’s only run in the bottom of the ninth. Jr. RHP Stephen Dodson (7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) earned a no-decision in the nightcap, as Sr. 3B Ryan Peisel (3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI) hit a two-run single to highlight Georgia’s four-run eighth inning. No late-inning heroics were necessary Sunday, as UGa. scored three runs in the first and five Georgia pitchers held South Carolina to a pair of runs.
April 1-2: vs./@ Clemson: W 11-3, W 6-4
April 4-6: (9) South Carolina: W 1-0, W 5-3, W 4-2
April 8: Winthrop
April 9: @ Georgia Tech
April 11-13: (17) Kentucky
15. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 20-10, 6-6 in SEC. (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
The Gamecocks have lost both of their SEC road series this year, losing at Vanderbilt in March and being swept at Georgia this weekend. The Gamecocks pitched well but mustered just five runs all weekend. Jr. RHP Mike Cisco (8 IP, 6 H, 0 R) outlasted Georgia’s Trevor Holder (7 IP, 0 ER) in Friday’s pitching duel, but the Bulldogs pushed a run across in the ninth inning against R-Fr. RHP Parker Bangs. Jr. LHP Will Atwood held the Bulldogs to one run through seven innings Saturday before they got to him for four in the eighth. So. RHP Blake Cooper (7.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER) was decent in Sunday’s loss.
April 1: @ The Citadel: W 7-4
April 2: Davidson: W 9-2
April 4-6: @ Georgia: L 1-0, L 5-3 L 4-2
April 8: Western Carolina
April 9: Clemson
April 11-13: @ Auburn
16. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 18-10, 4-2 in Big West (6-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
First-year coach Dave Serrano’s return to his old stomping ground was a success, as the Titans took two out of three from rival UC Irvine. So. OF Josh Fellhauer (3-for-5, 3 R, 3 RBI, HR) and Jr. OF Erik Komatsu (4-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, HR) led a 14-hit attack Friday in support of Sr. RHP Jeff Kaplan (7.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K), who turned in his longest start of the year. The Titans tied Saturday’s game on a wild pitch in the ninth inning and took the lead in the 12th before Sr. RHP Adam Jorgenson (3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) gave it back in the bottom of the frame. Fullerton trailed 4-1 Sunday before batting around in a seventh-inning rally capped by a go-ahead RBI single by Fr. SS Christian Colon (3-for-4, 2 RBI).
April 1: @ Loyola Marymount: W 8-2
April 4-6: @ (5) UC Irvine: W 12-5, L 3-2 (12 innings), W 6-4
April 8: @ Southern California
April 11-13: Cal State Northridge
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 25-5, 7-5 in SEC (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
After losing their last two SEC series on the road, Kentucky returned home and took two out of three from scuffling Mississippi State. The Wildcats pounded out 40 hits in the three-game series, led by Sr. OF Collin Cowgill (6-for-9, 6 R, 5 RBI, 2 HR, 6 BB) and Jr. 3B Chris McClendon (7-for-15, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR). Jr. LHP Chris Rusin (6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) was solid in a no-decision Friday, but Jr. RHP Scott Green (7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) was better in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader. Sr. RHP Greg Dombrowski (4.2 IP, 5 ER) got hit in a slugfest in the finale.
April 2: Western Kentucky: W 7-3
April 4-6: Mississippi State: L 6-5, W 13-4, W 9-8
April 8: Louisville
April 11-13: @ (14) Georgia
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 20-11, 7-5 in SEC. (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-3.
The Rebels reversed their recent funk by sweeping Vanderbilt to remain atop the SEC’s Western Division standings. In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, Jr. RHP Scott Bittle (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K) picked up the win in relief of Jr. RHP Lance Lynn (4 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). Fr. LHP Drew Pomeranz (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 Bb, 7 K) and Jr. RHP Justin Cryer (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) combined to shut out the Commodores in the nightcap. Sr. DH Fuller Smith (4-for-5, 3 R, RBI, HR) led a 17-hit attack Sunday in support of Jr. RHP Cody Satterwhite (6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K).
April 2: Memphis: W 5-4
April 4-6: (8) Vanderbilt: W 7-6, W 8-0, W 11-6
April 8-9: South Alabama
April 11-13: Louisiana State
Last Week: 1-4. Overall: 19-10, 5-6 in SEC. (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.
The Commodores got Jr. 3B Pedro Alvarez back from a wrist injury but went just 1-4 and were swept at Mississippi. After going 1-for-8 in his first two games back, Alvarez had a strong weekend, going 4-for-11 with two homers, a double, three RBIs and three runs. So. LHP Mike Minor (6.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) struggled for the second straight week in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Vandy was shut out in the second game for the first time since May 5, 2007 against Georgia. Jr. RHP Brett Jacobson (3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) returned to the weekend rotation with poor RESULTS Sunday. The Rebels won the season series against Vandy for the first time since 2004.
April 1: Southeast Missouri State: L 12-8
April 2: @ Middle Tennessee State: W 6-5
April 2-6: @ Mississippi: L 7-6, L 8-0, L 11-6
April 8: Western Kentucky
April 9: Austin Peay State
April 11-13: @ Mississippi State
20. LONG BEACH STATE
Last Week: 1-4. Overall: 18-11, 1-2 in Big West. (8-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
Long Beach State fell to 1-8 on its 10-game road trip with one more to play at Loyola Marymount. The Dirtbags snapped their six-game losing streak Friday behind a strong outing from Sr. RHP Andrew Liebel (9 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K), but they dropped the next two against UC Riverside to lose their Big West-opening series. The Highlanders erased a 4-2 deficit Saturday with a four-run seventh inning rally against Jr. RHP Vance Worley (6 IP, 12 H, 5 ER). The Beach managed just five hits Sunday against UCR’s Paul Bargas (9 IP, 1 ER), and Fr. RHP Jake Thompson (2.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) fell to 1-3, 4.75.
March 31: @ (13) Stanford: L 9-3
April 1: @ Fresno State: L 7-6
April 4-6: @ UC Riverside: W 6-3, L 6-4, L 7-1
April 8: @ Loyola Marymount
April 11-13: (7) UC Irvine
21. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 20-9, 6-6 in Big 12 (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.
The Cowboys went on the road and beat a top five team to even its Big 12 record and climb back into the rankings. So. LHP Andrew Oliver (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) was solid in a loss to Missouri’s Aaron Crow on Friday. Jr. SS Jordy Mercer (2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI) led the offense Saturday in support of So. LHP Tyler Lyons (9 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K). Mercer had three more hits Sunday and Jr. C Luis Flores went 4-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs, and Jr. RHP Matt Peck (4 IP, 4 H, 0 R) picked up the win in relief.
April 4-6: @ (4) Missouri: L 3-0, W 6-2, W 8-6
April 8-9: Western Illinois
April 11-13: (6) Nebraska
22. UNC WILMINGTON
Last Week: 2-1-1. Overall: 23-5-1, 13-1-1 in CAA (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0-1.
The Seahawks stretched their winning streak to 21 before losing the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Northeastern, and a travel curfew prevented them from finishing Sunday’s finale. So. RHP Seth Frankoff (3 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER) sustained his first loss of the year in the opener, despite five shutout innings of relief from Sr. RHP Larry Salefsky. Sr. C Mark Carver’s grand slam highlighted a seven-run sixth inning in the nightcap in support of Jr. RHP Brad Holt (7 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K). Sr. RHP Jeff Hatcher (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) pitched well in a no-decision in Sunday’s marathon.
April 1: Wake Forest: W 5-1
April 4-6: @ Northeastern: L 6-4, W 11-1 (7 innings), T 3-3 (12 innings)
April 8: @ North Carolina State
April 9: Campbell
April 11-13: Georgia State
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 17-8, 7-1 in Big Ten. (0-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Wolverines won their first seven conference games and sit atop the Big Ten standings after two weeks. Jr. RHP/DH Zach Putnam (8 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K) dominated Friday and has 24 strikeouts and one walk over 16 innings in his last two starts. He’s 2-0, 2.27 overall with 43 strikeouts in 32 IP. Jr. RHP Chris Fetter (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K) notched his second career shutout in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader to improve to 5-0, 2.38. Sr. 1B/C Nate Recknagel (3-for-3, HR, 3 R, RBI) led a 13-hit attack in the nightcap. Fr. RHP Travis Smith (0.2 IP, 3 ER, 4 BB) and Jr. RHP Ben Jenzen (3 IP, 5 ER) were hit hard in Sunday’s rout.
April 2: @ Central Michigan: L 7-3
April 4-6: @ Penn State: W 3-2, W 1-0 (7 innings), W 6-3 (7 innings), L 10-1
April 9: Toledo
April 11-13: @ Illinois
24. COASTAL CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 24-7, 4-2 in Big South (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Coastal had to work to take two out of three from Big South rival Winthrop. So. DH Adam Rice and Jr. 1B David Anderson hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning Friday to make a winner out of Jr. RHP Bobby Gagg (8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K). After Saturday’s game was postponed by rain, Sr. RHP Joey Haug (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) sparkled Sunday in his first start as a Chanticleer following 13 sterling relief appearances. So. RHP Nick McCully (4.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) fell to 4-2 in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader.
April 1:@ Elon: PPD (rain)
April 2: @ Wake Forest: W 9-4
April 4-6: Winthrop: W 2-1, W 5-1, L 8-1
April 9: @ North Carolina State
April 11-12: @ Charleston Southern
Last Week: 1-4. Overall: 21-10, 8-4 in SEC (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
Florida’s losing streak dragged to five games before the Gators salvaged Sunday’s series finale against Tennessee. After Friday’s game was postponed by rain, Tennessee scored three runs in the seventh Saturday after So. RHP Billy Bullock (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) exited. The Gators jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, but three Florida errors led to an eight-run fifth inning for the Vols, and the game was suspended in the sixth. Tennessee wrapped up a 12-6 victory when play resumed Sunday, but Jr. OF Avery Barnes (3-for-3, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2B, HR) led the Gators to a win in the seven-inning nightcap.
April 1: vs. (6) Florida State @ Jacksonville: L 10-2
April 2: North Florida: L 11-10
April 4-6: @ Tennessee: L 5-4, L 12-6, W 7-2 (7 innings)
April 8-9: North Florida
April 11-13: Arkansas
Last Week: 1-4. Overall: 24-9, 8-7 in ACC (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-3.
Virginia has lost all three of its conference road series. Six of its eight ACC wins came in series sweeps at home against Boston College and Virginia Tech, which have a combined 6-24 record in the league. Five of UVa.’s last six games have been decided by one run, and the Cavaliers have lost three of them. Jr. RHP Jacob Thompson (6.1 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 1 K) was hit hard Friday and suffered his first loss since June 4, 2006. Sr. LHP Pat McAnaney (6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) pitched well in a no-decision in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, and Jr. RHP Andrew Carraway (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) was just as good or better in the second game, but the Cavs dropped both games 3-2 in 10 innings.
April 1-2: Towson: W 9-8, L 7-6
April 4-6: @ (6) Florida State: L 10-3, L 3-2 (10 innings), L 3-2 (10 innings)
April 8: Longwood
April 9: Liberty
April 11-13: @ Maryland
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 15-11, 3-6 in Pac-10. (3-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-3.
Arizona has lost three straight weekend series, all of them in conference play. The Wildcats have also lost eight of their last 10 games overall and are averaging just two runs per game in those eight losses; they scored just one run total in two losses to Washington. Jr. RHP Preston Guilmet (6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) was a hard-luck loser Friday, as the Wildcats mustered just two hits in support. Sr. 1B C.J. Ziegler (3-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI) accounted for half of Arizona’s six hits Saturday, and Sr. LHP David Coulon (9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) rebounded from a miserable start last week against UCLA. The Arizona bats remained cold Sunday, producing just five hits. Jr. RHP Ryan Perry (3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) pitched well in relief of Jr. LHP Eric Berger (2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 0 K) in the finale.
April 4-6: @ Washington: L 1-0, W 5-0, L 5-1
April 8-9: @ San Diego State
April 11-13: Indiana State
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 14-12, 3-3 in Pac-10. (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2-1.
The Bruins had won their previous six games against crosstown rival Southern California before dropping two of three this weekend. Jr. LHP Tim Murphy (7.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) was a tough-luck loser Friday as UCLA scored just one run on five hits. The Bruins mustered just six hits Saturday behind So. RHP Charles Brewer (4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER), who fell to 3-3 on the year. So. LHP Gavin Brooks (8.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 K) turned in one of his best outings of the year in Sunday’s win. He improved to 2-2, 5.61 with 27-25 K-BB in 34 IP.
April 1: San Diego State: W 6-2
April 4-6: Southern California: L 6-1, L 7-4, W 4-2
April 8: (7) UC Irvine
April 11-13: UC Riverside