1. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 23-5, 8-1 in Pac-10 (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.
Arizona State split two midweek games against the nation’s top-ranked team, then swept a conference road series against Washington to become the new No. 1. The Devils’ dynamic duo continued to deal, as Jr. RHP Mike Leake (7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 10 K) improved to 7-1, 1.29 with a 62-13 K-BB ratio in 56 innings on Friday. Not to be outdone, on Saturday Jr. LHP Josh Spence (8 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 14 K) improved to 6-0, 1.17 with 72-16 K-BB in 54 innings. Then on Sunday, Fr. LHP Mitchell Lambson twirled a complete game in his first career start, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks while whiffing nine. Lambson’s emergence, on the heels of So. RHP Seth Blair’s seven shutout innings Wednesday against Fullerton, gives ASU four quality starting options.
March 31-April 1: (1) Cal State Fullerton: L 7-5, W 3-1
March 3-5: @ Washington: W 3-1, W 12-1, W 6-2
April 7-8: @ (12) Arkansas
April 10-12: Washington State
2. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 23-8, 8-4 in SEC. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
LSU went on the road against a top 10 opponent and won its eighth consecutive SEC series. Jr. 1B Sean Ochinko (2-for-5, 3 RBI) hit one of LSU’s three homers Friday in support of So. RHP Anthony Ranaduo (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 10 K). So. RHP Austin Ross (3 IP, 9 H, 6 ER) was hammered Saturday, and LSU rallied for five runs over the final two frames but came up short. Sr. RHP Louis Coleman, who pitched 2.1 IP in relief Friday, came back to pick up the win Sunday, allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out nine over eight innings. Fr. OF Mike Mahtook hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth.
March 31: @ Tulane: L 8-7
April 3-5: @ (6) Georgia: W 8-4, L 10-8, W 7-5
April 8: Grambling State
April 10-12: @ Alabama
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 21-7, 7-2 in CUSA. (6-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
Who needs Ryan Berry and Mike Ojala? Well, Rice does, but the Owls survived another week without their injured twin aces, riding their high-flying offense to a sweep of Tulane. Rice is now 5-1 in weekend games since Berry and Ojala were sidelined. Sr. RHP Jared Rogers (7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) rebounded from a miserable start last week to pick up the win Friday, and Jr. 1B Jimmy Comerota (4-for-5, 2 RBI, 2B) led a 15-hit attack. Fr. 3B Anthony Rendon slugged his ninth and 10th homers of the year Saturday in support of Fr. LHP Taylor Wall (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K). The Owls overcame a 4-1 deficit with five runs in the seventh Sunday, highlighted by So. OF Chad Mozingo’s three-run homer.
April 1: Dallas Baptist: W 11-8
April 3-5: Tulane: W 11-3, W 12-7, W 7-4
April 7: Sam Houston State
April 8: @ Lamar
April 10-12: @ (15) East Carolina
4. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 24-7, 9-5 in ACC. (6-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
The Tar Heels won a series at Georgia Tech for the first time since 1998. Jr. RHP Alex White (8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 8 K) had his longest outing of the season Friday and reached the eight-strikeout mark for the fifth time in seven starts. UNC’s bullpen wasted a solid outing from Sr. RHP Adam Warren (6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) on Saturday, surrendering three in the ninth to force extra innings, then serving up a walk-off grand slam in the 11th. Jr. 1B Dustin Ackley and Jr. 3B Kyle Seager were just 2-for-15 heading into Sunday’s finale before breaking out; Ackley homered twice and drove in four for the second time this week, while Seager tied a school record with four doubles. Ackely already has matched his career high with 10 homers this year. But Jr. RHP Matt Harvey (4 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) struggled again and saw his ERA rise to 6.97.
March 31: Davidson: W 9-4
April 1: Old Dominion: W 7-6
April 3-5: @ (10) Georgia Tech: W 4-2, L 10-6 (11 innings), W 13-10
April 7: (15) East Carolina
April 8: Richmond
April 10-12: @ Florida State
5. UC IRVINE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 19-8, 5-1 in Big West. (6-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
Irvine won a road series against No. 1 Cal State Fullerton to seize control of the Big West race. Jr. LHP Daniel Bibona (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) won a fine pitcher’s duel Friday against Titans ace Daniel Renken. Jr. 1B Jeff Cusick’s three-run homer in the first inning Saturday was all the support necessary for Jr. RHP Christian Bergman (5.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER) and Sr. RHP Brock Bardeen (3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R). So. RHP Crosby Slaught (5.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER) was strong in a no-decision Sunday, but the Anteaters lost three balls in the sun—including on a pivotal play in the 10th inning—and squandered a 4-1 lead after six innings.
March 31: @ Loyola Marymount: W 19-8
April 3-5: @ (1) Cal State Fullerton: W 2-1, W 6-1, L 5-4 (10 innings)
April 7: @ UCLA
April 9-11: Long Beach State
6. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 20-7, 3-3 in Big West. (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
Fullerton dropped its first home conference series since May 25-27, 2007, but rallied late Sunday to avoid a sweep. So. RHP Daniel Renken (8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) was outdueled Friday by UC Irvine ace lefty Daniel Bibona, and the Titans left the tying run in scoring position in the ninth. The Titans stranded 10 runners Saturday in front of the largest crowd of the season (3,056) at Goodwin Field. Fullerton trailed 4-1 after six innings Sunday but rallied back to force extra innings and won on Sr. OF Matthew Fahey’s pinch-hit RBI single in the 10th.
March 31-April 1: @ (3) Arizona State: W 7-5, L 3-1
April 3-5: (8) UC Irvine: L 2-1, L 6-1, W 5-4 (10 innings)
April 7: Loyola Marymount
April 9-11: @ Cal State Northridge
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 20-8, 7-5 in Big 12. (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
The Bears won a series at Kansas’ Hoglund Park, where the Jayhawks had been a perfect 14-0 heading into the weekend. Baylor scored three in the ninth Friday to make Jr. LHP/OF Aaron Miller (4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) a winner in relief of Jr. RHP Kendal Volz (4.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 7 BB, 5 K). The Bears mustered just three hits Saturday as Fr. LHP Logan Verrett (5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER) took his first career loss. Baylor’s bats atoned with the wind howling out Sunday, tying a school record with eight home runs, led by Jr. 3B Shaver Hansen (3-for-5, 4 R, 4 RBI), who became the fifth Bear to swat three homers in a game.
March 31: Texas State: L 5-3
April 1: Prairie View A&M: W 14-1
April 3-5: @ Kansas: W 8-6, L 6-0, W 21-9
April 7: Northwestern State
April 8: Dallas Baptist
April 10-12: Missouri
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 25-5, 8-4 in SEC (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
Georgia survived a brutal week, dropping a hard-fought home series against LSU but winning a pair of games against Clemson earlier in the week. Sr. C Bryce Massanari (8-for-13, 5 R, 7 RBI, 4 HR) had a huge weekend for the Bulldogs and now has 10 home runs on the year. Georgia jumped out to an early lead Saturday behind Jr. LHP Alex McRee (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER), and the bullpen held off a late LSU rally. The ‘pen was unable to hold a 5-4 lead through five innings Sunday.
March 31-April 1: vs./@ Clemson: W 6-5, W 4-2
April 3-5: (2) Louisiana State: L 8-4, W 10-8, L 7-5
April 7-8: Winthrop
April 10-12: @ Kentucky
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 20-8, 6-6 in Big 12. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
Texas won a road series against a ranked Big 12 opponent and has now won six of eight games since being swept at Kansas. Texas scored five in the second Friday in support of Jr. RHP Chance Ruffin (7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). So. RHP Brandon Workman (3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) fell to 3-3 on Saturday, as the Longhorns were held to four hits. They rapped out 13 hits—all singles—Sunday, and Sr. LHP Austin Wood (4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) picked up the win in relief.
March 31: Oral Roberts: W 5-4
April 3-5: @ (17) Oklahoma State: W 7-2, L 7-1, W 8-5
April 7: (19) Texas Christian
April 9-11: @ Nebraska
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 23-8, 10-5 in ACC (6-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
Miami won its second straight series against rival Florida State. Jr. RHP David Gutierrez (0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) earned the Friday start and was hammered, and three relievers fared little better, as FSU clubbed seven home runs. So. LHP Chris Hernandez (6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 11 K) turned in one of his best starts of the year Saturday, and Miami erased an early 4-1 deficit with a five-run sixth, highlighted by Jr. 1B Jason Hagerty’s two-run homer. Fr. 3B Harold Martinez and So. C Yasmani Grandal hit grand slams in the first two innings Sunday in support of So. LHP Iden Nazario (6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 6 K).
April 1: Barry (Fla.): W 15-10
April 3-5: Florida State: L 14-4, W 6-4, W 14-8
April 7: Florida Atlantic
April 10-12: @ Clemson
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 25-7, 6-3 in Big 12 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0-1.
The Sooners have opened Big 12 play with three straight conference series wins, including two on the road. Jr. RHP Andrew Doyle (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) outdueled Missouri ace Kyle Gibson (9 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 15 K) on Friday, and OU scratched out two runs in the fifth. The Sooners used a four-run fifth inning to foil Missouri’s pitcher-by-committee plan Saturday. Jr. RHP Stephen Porlier gave Oklahoma 4.1 scoreless innings of two-hit relief Sunday, but not before the Tigers got all the runs they needed in a five-run second against So. RHP Antwonie Hubbard (1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 1 ER).
March 30: Nebraska: W 16-6 (8 innings)
April 3-5: @ Missouri: W 2-1, W 7-4, L 5-4
April 8: @ Wichita State
April 10-12: Texas Tech
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 22-6, 10-2 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0.
Arkansas won its sixth straight series against South Carolina. The Hogs have won four consecutive SEC series for the first time since 2006. Fr. 3B Zack Cox broke open a 3-1 game Friday with a three-run homer in the sixth, helping Jr. LHP Dallas Keuchel (6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) improve to 5-0. Jr. RHP T.J. Forrest (4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) took the loss in Saturday’s blowout. Sr. OF Chase Leavitt (4-for-4, 2 RBI, 2B) keyed a 14-hit attack Sunday, and Jr. RHP Mike Bolsinger picked up the win with six scoreless, one-hit innings of relief after Fr. LHP Drew Smyly (0.0 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 2 BB) failed to get out of the first inning for the second straight Sunday.
March 31: @ Missouri State: W 2-0
April 3-5: @ South Carolina: W 6-4, L 9-1, W 7-4
April 7-8: (1) Arizona State
April 10-12: Vanderbilt
13. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 19-6, 9-4 in ACC (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
Georgia Tech lost a home series to North Carolina for the first time since 1998. So. RHP Deck McGuire (6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 7 BB, 11 K) was effectively wild in a no-decision Friday. The Yellow Jackets scored three times in the ninth to tie Saturday’s game, then won on Sr. C Jason Haniger’s walk-off grand slam. Tech’s Sunday starter woes continued, as So. RHP Kevin Jacob (1.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 6 ER) was lit up, and Tech’s comeback bid fell short.
April 1: @ Mercer: CCD
April 3-5: (5) North Carolina: L 4-2, W 10-6 (11 innings), L 13-10
April 7-8: Georgia Southern
April 10-12: (22) Virginia
Last Week: 6-0. Overall: 22-8, 8-4 in SEC. (3-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
Ole Miss allowed just six runs in three games against Kentucky and registered its first SEC series sweep since last April 5-6 against Vanderbilt. Jr. RHP Philip Irwin (8 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) had no trouble moving to the Friday starter spot, and the Rebels rallied from behind with two in the eighth, capped by Jr. 2B Evan Button’s game-winning RBI single. So. 1B Matt Smith (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B) led a 16-hit assault Saturday in support of So. LHP Drew Pomeranz (6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). Sr. RHP Scott Bittle (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 13 K) was masterful in a complete-game shutout Sunday, setting a career high in strikeouts in his second start of the season.
March 30: Arkansas State: W 9-6
March 31: Jackson State: W 8-7
April 1: @ Memphis: W 7-6 (10 innings)
April 3-5: Kentucky: W 4-3, W 10-3, W 8-0
April 7-8: New Orleans
April 10-12: South Carolina
15. EAST CAROLINA
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 25-5, 8-1 in CUSA (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
The Pirates rode their high-powered offense to a 5-0 week and are off to their best-ever start in Conference USA. Their 25-5 overall mark is their best start since 2000. So. OF Trent Whitehead (10-for-21, 10 R, 7 RBI, 2 HR) had a big week to boost his CUSA-leading average to .438. Jr. OF Devin Harris also had a big week, slugging three homers and recording the eventual game-winning RBI in four of ECU’s five wins. Jr. RHP Chris Heston (7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K) set a career high in strikeouts Friday. The Pirates scored 25 runs in two games to sweep Saturday’s doubleheader.
March 31: Elon: W 15-4
April 1: @ North Carolina State: W 14-4
April 3-4: @ Alabama-Birmingham: W 6-3, W 15-9, W 10-9
April 7: @ (4) North Carolina
April 8: @ UNC Wilmington
April 10-12: (3) Rice
16. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 18-6, 5-1 in Pac-10 (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1-1.
The Beavers registered their first sweep in Pac-10 play since 2006. OSU’s heralded weekend rotation is finally gelling, as all three starters lasted seven or more innings, led by Jr. RHP Jorge Reyes (7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) on Sunday. Oregon State broke open a close game Friday with five runs in the seventh, and a four-spot in the second Saturday proved enough support for So. RHP Greg Peavey (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). Cal rallied Sunday against closer Kevin Rhoderick to force extra innings, but Jr. C Ryan Ortiz hit a walk-off, bases-loaded single in the 11th to win it. Sunday’s game set a Goss Stadium regular-season attendance record (3,023).
April 3-5: California: W 8-4, W 6-2, W 5-4 (11 innings)
April 9-11: @ Arizona
17. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 20-11, 7-5 in Big 12. (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
The Aggies dropped a road series at Texas Tech but have still won seven of their last nine games. Texas A&M stranded 12 runners to Tech’s three on Friday, contributing to the first loss of the year for So. LHP/OF Brooks Raley (6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K). Sr. 1B Luke Anders (2-for-4, 3 R, 5 RBI, 2 HR) led a 14-hit attack Saturday in support of Jr. RHP Alex Wilson (8 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 10 K). The Red Raiders jumped out to a 7-0 lead over the first two innings Sunday against So. RHP Barret Loux (1 IP, 2 ER) and Jr. RHP Clayton Ehlert (1 IP, 5 ER).
March 31: Texas-San Antonio: W 16-6
April 3-5: @ Texas Tech: L 4-3, W 13-7, L 10-6
April 7: Houston
April 9-11: @ Kansas State
18. SAN DIEGO STATE
Last Week: 4-2. Overall: 22-11, 6-3 in MWC (6-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
San Diego State took a break from MWC action and won a nonconference four-game set against UC Davis. Jr. C Erik Castro (3-for-4, 6 RBI, 2 HR) led an offensive explosion Friday that allowed Jr. RHP Stephen Strasburg (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) to breeze through six innings. The Aztecs got a complete-game victory from Sr. LHP Jon Berger in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, then six shutout innings from Jr. RHP Tyler Lavigne in the nightcap. Castro (4-for-5, 3 RBI, HR) had another big game in Sunday’s loss and now leads the team in batting (.389), OBP (.517), slugging (.684) and homers (six), among other categories.
March 31-April 1: @/vs. UC Santa Barbara: W 7-4, L 15-8
April 3-5: UC Davis: W 14-0, W 9-4, W 5-3, L 6-5
April 7: @ Long Beach State
April 9-11: @ Nevada-Las Vegas
19. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 19-9, 6-3 in MWC (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
TCU swept upstart New Mexico to climb into a tie atop the Mountain West with San Diego State. So. RHP Steven Maxwell (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) pitched well in the Friday starter spot, and former Friday starter Tyler Lockwood (4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) picked up the win in relief. Jr. RHP Paul Gerrish (7.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) gave TCU’s revamped rotation another quality outing Saturday, and Fr. RHP Kyle Winkler (5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER) benefited from TCU’s 22-hit, five-homer explosion in Sunday’s laugher.
April 1: Texas-Arlington: W 2-1
April 3-5: (18) New Mexico: W 7-3, W 4-2, W 19-3
April 7: @ (9) Texas
April 9-11: @ Texas-Pan American
20. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 21-10, 4-5 in Big 12 (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-2.
The Cowboys lost their second conference series in three tries this year. Jr. LHP Andrew Oliver (7 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) fell to 4-3, 5.91 in Friday’s loss. Jr. RHP Tyler Blandford (7.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) improved to 6-0, 3.42 on Saturday, with help from a pair of OSU home runs. Sr. OF Michael Dabbs (3-for-4, 2 RBI) homered twice in Sunday’s loss, but Jr. LHP Tyler Lyons (6.2 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 4 ER) was knocked around.
March 30: Missouri: L 1-0
April 1: Tabor (Kan.): W 15-0
April 3-5: (9) Texas: L 7-2, W 7-1, L 8-5
April 8: @ Missouri State
April 10-12: @ Kansas
21. CAL POLY
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 21-7, 3-3 in Big West (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
The Mustangs rebounded from a series sweep at the hands of UC Irvine by sweeping Cal State Northridge despite being without its two top hitters: Jr. C/1B Wes Dorrell (illness) and Jr. 1B/3B Adam Buschini (hand injury). So. DH D.J. Gentile (9-for-16, 5 RBI, 2 2B, HR on the weekend) extended his hitting streak to 10 games and was in the middle of two extra-inning wins. Gentile scored the winning run Friday on a wild pitch and an overthrow, then laid down a bunt that was thrown away to allow the winning run to score Saturday. Fr. RHP Mason Radeke (7 IP, 3 ER) made Sunday’s finale considerably less dramatic, with help from Poly’s 14-hit assault.
March 31: Southern California: W 7-5
April 3-5: Cal State Northridge: W 11-10 (10 innings), W 7-6 (12 innings), W 11-3
April 7: St. Mary’s
April 9-11: @ Pacific
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 26-5, 8-5 in ACC (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
UVa. bounced back from consecutive series losses to top 10 opponents by taking two of three from cellar-dwelling Maryland. Fr. LHP/1B Danny Hultzen (6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K; 4-for-5, RBI) did a bit of everything Friday but still got a no-decision, as the Cavs rallied for five runs over the seventh and eighth innings. The bullpen gave up five runs in the eighth Saturday to spoil a good start by Sr. RHP Andrew Carraway (7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER). Ten Cavaliers got into the hit column in Sunday’s blowout.
March 31: vs. Radford @ Salem, Va.: W 12-2
April 1: Norfolk State: W 6-2
April 3-5: Maryland: W 7-4, L 8-7, W 17-2
April 7-8: Stony Brook
April 10-12: @ (13) Georgia Tech
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 19-10, 3-1 in WAC (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
Since dropping their season-opening series against UC Irvine, the Rainbows have won quality four-game series against Mississippi State, Loyola Marymount, Coastal Carolina and San Jose State. Sr. RHP Jayson Kramer (8 IP, 6 H, 0 R) stymied the Spartans Friday, and Hawaii got another strong start in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader from Fr. RHP Matt Sisto (7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER), though he took the tough-luck loss. Sr. 1B Kevin Macdonald homered and drove in three runs in the Game Two victory, then drove in two more in Game Four.
April 3-5: San Jose State: W 3-0, W 7-5, L 3-2, W 7-4
April 7: @ Santa Clara
April 9-11: @ Nevada
24. COASTAL CAROLINA
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 24-7, 6-2 in Big South (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-2.
The Chanticleers followed a pair of one-run wins against UNC Wilmington with a series sweep of Gardner-Webb. Jr. OF Adam Rice (12-for-20, 7 RBI, 4 2B, 2 HR) had a monstrous week, highlighted by his 5-for-5 performance on Friday, when he swatted two of Coastal’s six homers. So. LHP Cody Wheeler (6.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) followed last week’s no-hitter at Hawaii by taking another no-hitter into the seventh inning Friday. Jr. RHP Austin Fleet (6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) allowed just one hit through the first six innings Saturday, and Fr. RHP Anthony Meo (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) was perfect through four Sunday. On the down side, So. 3B Scott Woodward will be sidelined for an undisclosed period with a finger injury.
March 31-April 1: vs./@ UNC Wilmington: W 4-3, W 3-2
April 3-5: Gardner-Webb: W 11-6, W 7-4, W 10-4
April 7: @ Elon
April 8: @ Wake Forest
April 10-11: Radford
25. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 22-11, 6-0 in WCC. (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.
The Toreros are rolling through the West Coast Conference again, having swept their first two WCC series against the two teams picked to finish second and third in the preseason. So. RHP Kyle Blair (9 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) turned in one of his best starts of the year Friday, and the bats took care of the rest of the weekend. USD scored a combined 44 runs on 45 hits over the final two games, led by Jr. OF James Meador (7-for-12, 5 R, 4 2B) and So. OF Zach Walters (8-for-11, 6 R, 2B).
March 31: @ UC Riverside: L 8-7
April 3-5: @ Santa Clara: W 9-4, W 22-10, W 22-5
NEW MEXICO (18)
Last Week: 1-4. Overall: 25-8, 5-4 in MWC (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
The Lobos were swept out of first place in the Mountain West by league power TCU. New Mexico’s potent offense was limited to eight or fewer hits in all three games; the Lobos entered the weekend averaging 15.6 hits per game. Sr. LHP John Hesketh (6.2 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K), the Friday starter, was the only one of UNM’s weekend starters to last longer than three innings.
March 31-April 1: Texas Tech: L 8-4, W 15-7
April 3-5: @ (22) Texas Christian: L 7-3, L 4-2, L 19-3
April 9-11: @ Utah
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 19-11, 7-5 in SEC (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-3.
Florida’s rollercoaster season continued with a disappointing series loss at Vanderbilt in which the Gators blew a seven-run lead in the finale. The Gators battered Vandy ace lefty Mike Minor (7 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) on Friday, and Jr. LHP Tony Davis picked up the win with 3.1 scoreless, hitless innings of relief. Fr. LHP Nick Maronde (5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER) pitched well in a no-decision Saturday, and Sr. LHP Stephen Locke (5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) was solid Sunday before the bullpen imploded. Florida failed to hold a 9-2 lead through five and a half innings.
March 31: vs. Florida State @ Jacksonville: L 3-2
April 1: Stetson: PPD
April 3-5: @ Vanderbilt: W 8-4, L 4-3, L 16-9
April 7: Bethune-Cookman
April 8: Central Florida
April 10-12: @ Auburn
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 16-9, 3-2 in Big 10 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0-1.
The Gophers posted their third straight .500 week, which included a big conference series win against an Ohio State team that entered the weekend with a 21-5 record. Sr. RHP Chauncy Handran (7 IP, 2 ER) earned his fifth win of the year Friday, as Minnesota handed Ohio State ace Alex Wimmers (6.2 IP, 10 H, 7 ER) his first loss of the season. Sr. RHP Tom Buske (6 IP, 2 ER) was a tough-luck loser Saturday. Sr. DH Matt Nohelty (3-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI) extended his streak of games reaching base safely to 41 on Sunday, while Jr. 2B Derek McCallum (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI) has driven in a run in 10 straight games.
April 1: Northern Iowa: L 9-7
April 3-5: Ohio State: W 7-5, L 3-2, W 16-3
April 7-8: @ Missouri
April 10-12: Northwestern