Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 29-5, 7-5 in SEC. (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
Jr. LHP David Price (9 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 10 K, 4 BB) threw his fourth complete game of the season and notched his seventh double-digit strikeout performance in his last eight starts in Friday’s pitching duel against Alabama ace Miers Quigley, as Vandy broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the eighth. Fr. LHP Mike Minor (5.1 IP, 2 R, 0 ER) won his second straight weekend start on Saturday, and So. 3B Pedro Alvarez swatted his 11th homer of the year. The Crimson Tide scored the go-ahead run on a double steal Sunday to hand closer Casey Weathers his second loss of the year. Jr. OF/DH Dominic de la Osa homered on Saturday and Sunday.
April 4: @ Austin Peay State: W 4-1
April 6-8: Alabama: W 3-0, W 4-2, L 5-3 (10 innings)
April 11: Belmont
April 13-15: @ Kentucky
2. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 29-5, 11-4 in ACC. (5-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
Poor weather and field conditions caused UNC’s series opener against BC to be pushed from Thursday to Saturday, when Jr. OF Reid Fronk went 3-for-5 with a double and triple to help secure the win. The second game of Saturday’s doubleheader was suspended by darkness and resumed Sunday, but that couldn’t stop Fr. RHP Alex White (7 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 10 K, 4 BB) from picking up his fourth win, with help from Fr. 1B Dustin Ackley (4-for-5, 2 2B, RBI). Jr. RHP Luke Putkonen was scratched due to illness in Sunday’s finale, but Jr. closer Andrew Carignan allowed just one hit over a career-high four innings of scoreless relief, and So. C Tim Federowicz (3-for-6, 4 RBI) extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Ackley drew three walks in that game but still managed to extend his hitting streak to 26 games with an eighth-inning single.
April 3: UNC Wilmington: W 14-2
April 7-8: @ Boston College: W 7-2, W 7-2, W 16-5
April 10: UNC Charlotte
April 11: @ Elon
April 13-15: Duke
3. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 31-4, 10-2 in ACC. (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-0.
Florida State trailed 3-2 on Friday before breaking it open with six runs in the seventh, helping Sr. RHP Bryan Henry (7 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 7 K, 2 BB) improve to 8-0. Sr. RHP Michael Hyde failed to make it out of the third inning for the second straight Saturday, as the Wolfpack chased him with six runs in the third–five of them unearned. Sr. 1B Brandon Reichert’s three-run double highlighted FSU’s five-run outburst in the sixth inning Sunday, as the Seminoles stormed back from a 4-0 deficit. That capped a big weekend for Reichert (7-for-12, 7 RBI).
April 3: vs. Florida (in Jacksonville): L 16-7
April 6-8: @ North Carolina State: W 10-4, L 8-6, W 6-5
April 10: Jacksonville
April 13-15: Virginia Tech
4. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 26-7, 7-5 in SEC. (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
South Carolina’s weekend started with a routine Harris Honeycutt win but got much wilder from there. Jr. 2B Travis Jones homered twice and drove in five on Friday in support of Jr. RHP Honeycutt (6 IP, 0 R, 7 H, 11 K, 3 BB). So. LHP Will Atwood (7 IP, 2 ER) dealt in his first start of the year Saturday, but USC’s bullpen blew an 8-2 lead, allowing an eighth-inning grand slam to Brian Leclerc and a walk-off three-run shot to Cody Neer in the ninth. The Gamecocks returned the favor Sunday, forcing extra innings with three runs in the ninth and winning in the 11th on Jr. C Trent Kline’s two-run shot. Jones went 4-for-5 with two more homers and five more RBIs in the finale, and Sr. RHP Jeff Jeffords (6.2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 4 K, 2 BB) picked up the win on national TV with a sterling relief appearance.
April 4: Furman: W 10-0
April 6-8: @ Florida: W 12-2, L 9-8, W 8-6 (11 innings)
April 11: @ (14) Clemson
April 13-15: Auburn
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 29-7, 10-5 in ACC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
So. RHP Jacob Thompson needed just 104 pitches to record his second career shutout Friday, allowing just four hits and tying a career high with 10 strikeouts. He has won all three starts since assuming the Friday starter spot and is 8-0 overall. Fr. LHP Matt Packer (3.2 IP, 6 R, 2 ER) and So. RHP Andrew Carraway (1.1 IP, 5 ER) struggled in Saturday’s loss. Jr. LHP/1B Sean Doolittle (6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 K, 1 BB) improved to 6-2 on Sunday, though he has recorded three or fewer strikeouts in four of his five ACC starts.
April 3: @ Virginia Military Institute: L 5-2
April 6-8: Duke: W 2-0, L 13-9, W 8-1
April 10: @ Virginia Commonwealth
April 13-15: Georgia Tech
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 28-10, 9-3 in Big 12. (3-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
Slugging So. OF Kyle Russell didn’t homer in Thursday’s series opener, but he did triple and drive in a pair of runs in support of Jr. LHP James Russell (6 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 7 K, 2 BB). Jr. RHP Adrian Alaniz (3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER) struggled in a loss Friday, a week after throwing a complete-game three-hitter against Oklahoma. Kyle Russell atoned for his two homerless games by going deep twice Saturday, launching a three-run shot in the fifth and tying the score at 5-5 with a solo shot in the seventh. The national home run leader now has 20, tying Jeff Ontiveros’ Texas single-season record. Russell now has 17 more games to break the record and leads Louisiana Tech’s Brian Rike by one for the national lead. James Madison’s Kellen Kulbacki led the nation with 24 last year, a number Russell should obliterate.
April 3: Texas-San Antonio: W 14-9
April 5-7: @ Kansas: W 11-6, L 14-6, W 6-5
April 13-15: Texas Tech
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 26-10, 8-1 in C-USA. (5-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
The Owls swept upstart East Carolina to reaffirm their Conference USA dominance. Fr. RHP Ryan Berry (7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 12 K, 1 BB) was brilliant for the second straight Friday, his second straight double-digit strikeout performance. The Pirates chased Jr. RHP Matt Langwell in the second and jumped out to a 5-0 lead through three innings, but Rice stormed back with a five-run fifth, highlighted by So. 2B Aaron Luna’s two-run double. The two teams went back and forth over the final three frames Sunday, but Rice scored the go-ahead runs on So. 2B Jess Buenger’s two-run single in the ninth.
April 3: Prairie View A&M: W 5-4
April 6-8: @ (22) East Carolina: W 4-0, W 9-6, W 8-6
April 10: @ Lamar
April 13-15: @ Houston
8. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 25-7, 2-4 in Pac-10. (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
The Beavers rebounded from a sweep at the hands of Arizona with a conference series win against then-No. 25 Southern California. OSU spotted Jr. RHP Mike Stutes (6.2 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 6 K, 1 BB) to a 5-0 lead Thursday, and pitched well enough to improve to 7-1. The Beavers managed just five hits Saturday in support of Jr. LHP Joe Paterson (7.1 IP, 4 ER), who pitched well before allowing three runs in the eighth. Jr. RHP Eddie Kunz (5.1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 5 K, 1 BB) picked up the win with a stellar relief outing Sunday, and Jr. 1B Jordan Lennerton hit a walk-off homer off Trojans closer Paul Koss in the 11th.
April 5-7: (25) Southern California: W 9-5, L 4-1, W 9-8 (11 innings)
April 10: Portland
April 13-15: California
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 25-10, 8-4 in SEC. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
The Razorbacks dropped their first weekend series of the year. Fr. LHP Dallas Keuchel (5 IP, 7 R, 6 ER) got the start Friday and took the loss, as ace Jr. LHP Nick Schmidt nursed a sprained ankle. Jr. RHP Duke Welker (7 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 11 K, 2 BB) was a tough-luck loser in Saturday’s pitching duel, taking a no-hitter into the seventh before allowing three hits, capped by Jeff Flagg’s two-run double. Schmidt (7 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, 9 K, 2 BB) returned in time to help Arkansas salvage Sunday’s game, with help from Sr. 1B Danny Hamblin (4-for-4, 3 2B) and So. 2B Jon Willard (3-for-3, 3 2B). Schmidt now has 300 career strikeouts, one shy of Matt Carnes’ school record.
April 3-4: Northern Colorado: W 14-6, W 9-7
April 6-8: Mississippi State: L 11-9, L 2-1, W 9-3
April 10: Missouri State
April 13-15: Florida
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 26-8, 6-0 in WCC. (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1-1.
Jr. RHP Barry Enright scattered 11 hits but allowed just one run over eight innings in Friday’s win, as the Waves broke a scoreless tie with three in the eighth. Jr. RHP Adam Olbrychowksi (5.1 IP, 0 R, 1 H) sparkled in relief of So. RHP Brett Hunter (2.2 IP, 5 ER) on Saturday, and So. DH Eric Thames (2-for-6, 3 RBI) singled home So. 1B Ryan Heroy (3-for-5, 2 RBI) with the winning run in the 11th. So. LHP Robert Dickman (8.2 IP, 2 ER) won his third consecutive start in Sunday’s win.
April 5-7: Loyola Marymount: W 3-1, W 6-5 (11 innings), W 3-2
April 10: Long Beach State (resumption of Feb. 6 game), @ Long Beach State
April 13-15: @ San Francisco
11. WICHITA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 26-8, 7-2 in MVC. (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
The Shockers’ mini-losing streak reached three games Friday, as Jr. RHP Travis Banwart (8 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 7 K, 2 BB) handed a 2-0 lead and a runner on first to closer Noah Krol in the ninth, and Creighton strung together three runs–two of them unearned. So. RHP Aaron Shafer (8 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 9 K, 1 BB) was outstanding in a no-decision Saturday, as Jr. OF Matt Brown drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the winning run. Jr. LHP Rob Musgrave (8 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 4 K, 1 BB) gave the Shockers their third straight strong weekend start in Sunday’s win, and the offense supported him with a 13-hit assault.
April 3: @ Oral Roberts: L 7-4
April 6-8: Creighton: L 3-2, W 2-1, W 7-1
April 10: (23) Oklahoma
April 11: Nebraska
April 13-15: @ Southern Illinois
12. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 26-10, 7-2 in Pac-10. (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.
The Sun Devils have won five straight after sweeping Stanford. Fr. RHP Mike Leake (9 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 8 H, 8 K, 1 BB) threw his first career complete game Thursday, as So. C Kiel Roling (4-for-4, 2 RBI) paced the offense. So. 1B Brett Wallace went 3-for-4 with his 12th homer of the year Friday, and Stanford scored four runs in the seventh to tie the score at 5-5, but the Sun Devils answered with six in the bottom of the frame. Roling homered twice in Saturday’s blowout, helping Jr. LHP Brian Flores (8.1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 7 K, 2 BB) improve to 6-1 on the year.
April 5-7: Stanford: W 5-4, W 12-8, W 14-1
April 13-15: Washington State
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 28-6, 6-0 in Pac-10 (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
Fresh off a home sweep against Oregon State, Arizona swept Cal to extend its winning streak to 14 games. The Wildcats got past Golden Bears So. RHP Tyson Ross on Thursday thanks to nine shutout innings from So. RHP Preston Guilmet (7 H, 4 BB, 5 K), who lowered his season ERA to 1.65. Cal So. closer Matt Gorgen took the loss after Arizona DH Matt Glenn singled in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th. Glenn played a major role again on Friday, driving in four runs with a pair of doubles and scoring three times in a 2-for-4 performance. Sr. LHP Brad Mills (5.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) came away with the victory, as the Wildcats were ahead all afternoon. The Wildcats hit Gorgen with another loss on Saturday as they rallied for two runs, breaking a 3-3 tie to go on to an eventual 5-3 victory. This time Jr. 1B C.J. Ziegler did the damage with a two-run double in the 7th.
April 5-7: California: W 1-0 (11 innings), W 15-12, W 5-3
April 13-15: Stanford
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 23-9, 8-4 in ACC. (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.
Making his highly anticipated debut as a starter, Jr. LHP Daniel Moskos pitched effectively (4.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) until snow cut his start short and ultimately postponed the game. So. RHP Matt Vaughn (5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) held Virginia Tech’™s offense at bay when the game was continued on Saturday to pick up the victory. Fr. OF Wilson Boyd came up with a big two-run single in the 8th inning of Saturday’™s regularly scheduled game to give the Tigers a pair of insurance runs they’™d wind up needing. Jr. RHP David Kopp (7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) started the game and shut down Virginia Tech’™s offense. Jr. C Doug Hogan hit a three-run walk-off homer on Sunday to complete the sweep.
April 3-4: @/vs. Georgia: W 4-2, W 11-10
April 6-8: @ Virginia Tech: W 6-3, W 8-5, W 5-2
April 11: (4) South Carolina
April 13-15: @ Wake Forest
15. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 23-8, 6-3 in Big 12. (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2-1.
Starting pitching was a problem in OSU’s first conference series loss of the year. Nebraska ace LHP Tony Watson (9 IP, 2 ER, 12 K) dominated the Cowboys Friday, as Sr. RHP Oliver Odle (4.1 IP, 5 ER, 10 H) fell to 4-3 on the year. The Cornhuskers scored four runs in the first against Jr. RHP Robbie Weinhardt (0.2 IP, 4 ER, 4 H) on Saturday, and the Cowboy bats were quiet again. Fr. LHP Andrew Oliver didn’t make it through the third inning Sunday, but Jr. 1B Rebel Ridling (3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI) led the Oklahoma State offense to the win.
April 5-7: @ Nebraska: L 5-2, L 9-2, W 7-5
April 10-11: Arkansas State
April 13-15: Kansas State
16. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 27-7, 6-5 in Big 12. (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
Jr. LHP David Newmann was roughed up for four earned runs on seven hits in his five-inning start Thursday, but the Aggies’™ offense scored five runs in the second to let him escape with the lead and ultimately walk away with a victory. Jr. OF Ben Feltner doubled in three of the team’™s seven runs in that second-inning rally. So. RHP Kyle Thebeau (3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) and Sr. RHP Kyle Nicholson (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) came on in relief of Newmann and held the Red Raiders hitless for the final four innings of the afternoon. Three Aggie errors on Friday allowed Texas Tech to score three unearned runs in its way evening the series. Texas A&M Sr. LHP Matt Ueckert (3.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K), who started the game, and So. Kiel Renfro (2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) were both hit hard in the loss.
April 3: Dell Diamond, Texas: Texas State: W 9-4
April 5-7: @ Texas Tech: W 7-4, L 8-3, CCD
April 10: Texas-San Antonio
April 13-15: @ (25) Missouri
17. UC IRVINE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 23-8, 4-2 in Big West. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
So. RHP Scott Gorgen (8 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 8 K, 0 BB) out-dueled Wes Roemer for eight innings before handing off to Sr. RHP Blair Erickson to start the ninth Thursday. Erickson was wild, and Sr. RHP Dylan Axelrod bailed him out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam. Erickson hasn’t picked up a save since setting the Big West career saves mark (48) on March 11; he remains one shy of the NCAA career record. Axelrod, meanwhile, picked up his second save of the weekend Saturday, allowing no earned runs on two hits over three innings to help UCI’s eight-run second inning stand up. On Friday, Jr. RHP Wes Etheridge (3 IP, 7 ER, 9 H) suffered his first loss of the season.
April 5-7: @ (12) Cal State Fullerton: W 2-1, L 10-2, W 12-6
April 10: @ UCLA
April 13-15: Cal Poly
18. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 19-12, 4-2 in Big West. (8-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
Jr. RHP Wes Roemer (9 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 10 K, 0 BB) had one of his best starts of the year Thursday but allowed single runs in each of the first two innings, and the Titans squandered a bases-loaded, no-outs situation in the ninth, mustering only one run. The Titans jumped out to a first-inning lead on Jr. 1B Matt Wallach’s three-run homer and never looked back on Friday. Fr. RHP Sean Urena (1.1 IP, 5 R, 2 ER) was chased in Irvine’s eight-run second on Saturday, and the Titans couldn’t climb out of the hole.
April 5-7: (23) UC Irvine: L 2-1, W 10-2, L 12-6
April 10: Southern California
April 13-15: @ UC Davis
19. COASTAL CAROLINA
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 28-5, 6-0 in Big South. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
Coastal ran its winning streak to 16 games before dropping one-run decisions Saturday and Sunday. Four Chanticleers homered Friday, helping Sr. LHP Andy DeLaGarza (7 IP, 4 ER) improve to 8-0. So. RHP Bobby Gagg struck out 11 over six innings Saturday, but So. RHP David Anderson blew the save, allowing two runs in the bottom of the ninth. So. OF David Sappelt (3-for-5, HR, 4 RBIs) had a big day Sunday, but once again the Trojans came from behind to win with a ninth-inning rally, this time scoring three runs.
April 6-8: @ Troy: W 13-6, L 6-5, L 7-6
April 11: Wake Forest
April 13-15: @ High Point
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 24-10, 7-5 in SEC. (6-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.
Just two weeks removed from his first loss of the season, Jr. RHP Will Kline (5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) struggled again on Friday, but thanks to strong performances from Fr. OF Jordan Henry (3-for-6, 2 runs), Jr. OF/2B Justin Henry (3-for-5, 2 RBIs) and Jr. SS Zack Cozart (3-for-6, 2 runs) the Rebels ended up on top. So. RHP Lance Lynn (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) pitched well in Saturday’™s loss. And Fr. LHP Nathan Baker (6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K) gave the team a great Sunday start, as Cozart combined with So. 3B Cody Overbeck for six of the team’™s 12 hits and four of its nine runs. Three of the Rebels’™ four starters still only have one loss this season (Lynn has two).
April 3: Arkansas State: W 19-3
April 6-8: Georgia: W 9-8, L 4-3, W 9-0
April 11: @ Southern Mississippi
April 13-15: @ Louisiana State
21. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 26-12, 4-2 in WCC. (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
Jr. LHP Brian Matusz (9 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 10 K, 1 BB) rediscovered his winning ways Thursday after taking his second loss of the year last week against Gonzaga, as Jr. 2B Justin Snyder (3-for-4, 2B, 3 R) paced the offense out of the leadoff spot. Snyder topped that on Friday, going 4-for-4 with another double, and So. LHP Josh Romanski (9 IP, 0 R, 2 H 9 K, 1 BB) more than matched Matusz. Snyder was one of three Toreros with two-hit days on Saturday in support of Jr. RHP Matt Couch (7 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 7 K, 2 BB).
April 5-7: @ St. Mary’™s: W 4-2, W 2-0, W 11-1
April 10: UC Riverside
April 13-15: Portland
22. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 21-8, 7-5 in SEC (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
The Bulldogs have already taken SEC series from Kentucky and Florida, but a road series win against Arkansas is their most impressive weekend yet. Jr. C Ed Easley (4-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBIs) led the offense Friday, and MSU scored three insurance runs in the ninth to hold off Arkansas’ late charge. Jr. LHP Justin Pigott (9 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 8 H, 4 K, 2 BB) out-dueled Duke Welker Saturday, as So. OF Jeff Flagg delivered a game-winning two-run double in the seventh. Flagg had three more hits including a homer in a losing effort Sunday.
April 3: Louisiana-Monroe: W 17-7
April 6-8: @ (6) Arkansas: W 11-9, W 2-1, L 9-3
April 10-11: @/vs. South Alabama
April 13-15: @ Tennessee
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 23-11, 4-5 in Big 12 (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
The Sooners lost the second game of a Saturday doubleheader to drop just their second weekend series of the season, but second in a row. So. RHP Stephen Porlier (6.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 K) had a strong outing on Friday, but So. RHP Nich Conaway (0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) gave up a two-run homer in the seventh to ultimately put the game out of the Sooners’™ reach. Jr. C Jackson Williams had a pinch-hit RBI single that wound up scoring the game-winning run in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, as Jr. LHP Heath Taylor (7 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 4 K) earned his sixth victory of the season. Sr. LHP Joseph Hughes (5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) struggled in the nightcap.
April 3: Texas Christian: W 13-5
April 5-6: @ Baylor: L 4-2, W 5-4, L 5-2
April 10: @ (11) Wichita State
April 11: Dallas Baptist
April 13-15: Nebraska
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 24-10, 6-3 in C-USA (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-4.
Tulane won its midweek rivalry game but had a case of weekend let-down against Memphis. Jr. RHP Sean Morgan (4 IP, 10 ER, 9 H) got shelled Friday, and So. RHP Shooter Hunt (4 IP, 4 R, 3 ER) struggled Saturday, though Jr. OF Warren McFadden posted a three-hit day. Sr. RHP Brandon Gomes (7 IP, 4 ER) helped stop the bleeding Sunday, as each of the first seven hitters in Tulane’s lineup recorded RBIs.
April 3: Louisiana State: W 16-9
April 6-8: Memphis: L 14-5, L 5-3, W 9-5
April 10: Louisiana-Lafayette
April 13-15: @ Southern Mississippi
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 24-9, 6-3 in Big 12 (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.
The Tigers rebounded to win their sixth straight weekend series after getting shellacked in Friday’s series opener. So. LHP Rick Zagone threw a complete-game, one-hit shutout on Saturday, striking out 11 and walking four, and Missouri scored three in the seventh to make him a winner. The Tigers forced extra innings with two runs in the ninth Sunday, then won it on Fr. C Trevor Coleman’s solo homer in the 12th.
April 3: Southern Illinois: CCD
April 6-8: @ Kansas State: L 12-0, W 3-0, W 7-6 (12 innings)
April 10: @ St. Louis
April 13-15: (16) Texas A&M
EAST CAROLINA (22)
Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 21-12, 4-5 in C-USA. (4-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-3.
Ouch. The Pirates have run into some choppy waters of late, losing six of their past seven. ECU’s bats were shut down by Rice freshman ace Ryan Berry on Friday, as Jr. RHP T.J. Hose (5 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 4 K, 4 BB) fell to 4-4 on the year. The Pirates spotted Jr. LHP Dustin Sasser (4.1 IP, 6 R, 5 ER) to a 5-0 lead through three innings Saturday but he couldn’t hold it. So. RHP Josh Dowdy (6.1 IP, 2 ER) turned in ECU’s best start of the weekend Sunday, but the Pirates bullpen allowed six runs over the final three frames.
April 4: @ North Carolina State: L 3-2
April 6-8: (8) Rice: L 4-0, L 9-6, L 8-6
April 11: @ UNC Wilmington
April 13-15: @ Marshall
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 25-6, 5-6 in SEC. (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.
The Wildcats dropped their third SEC series in four tries. UK mustered just four hits and committed five errors Friday, and Tennessee piled on against Fr. RHP Tyler Henry (3 IP, 8 R, 1 ER) in the late innings. The bullpen was a bigger problem in a tight game Saturday, as Tennessee broke open a 5-4 game with six runs over the final two frames. Jr. RHP Greg Dombrowski (5.2 IP 1 ER, 7 H, 4 K, 0 BB) held the Volunteers in check Sunday, making an early 3-1 lead stand up.
April 3: West Carolina: CCD (weather)
April 6-8: Tennessee: L 12-2, L 11-5, W 3-1
April 11: @ Louisville
April 13-15: (1) Vanderbilt
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (25)
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 19-14, 2-4 in Pac-10. (6-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.
The Trojans returned to the site of their 2005 super-regional loss and once again left Corvallis with one win and two losses. Sr. 1B J.J. Owen hit a pair of homers Friday, but it wasn’t enough to rescue So. RHP Ryan Cook (6 IP, 5 ER). Fr. RHP Brad Boxberger (7 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 5 K, 1 BB) shut down the Oregon State offense in Saturday’s win, and Jr. OF Lucas Duda’s two-run triple keyed a three-run eighth to break a 1-1 tie. Sr. 3B Hector Estrella’s grand slam highlighted a six-run fifth inning Sunday, but the Beavers went on to win in 11 on a walk-off homer by Jordan Lennerton.
April 5-7: @ (9) Oregon State: L 9-5, W 4-1, L 9-8 (11 innings)
April 10: @ (18) Cal State Fullerton
April 13-15: UCLA