Top 25 Tracker: Feb. 12

1. CLEMSON
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 0-0. Weekend Series: 0-0.
UPCOMING
Feb. 16-18: George Mason

2. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 0-0. Weekend Series: 0-0.
UPCOMING
Feb. 16-18: Seton Hall

3. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0. Weekend Series: 0-0.
So now the Gamecocks are 70-2 in February since 2000 . . . I know it’s sort of trivial, but that’s amazing. What isn’t trivial is all the offense the Gamecocks put up this weekend, with 14 hits Friday against OU, then 11 on Saturday with seven going for extra bases, and 17 more Sunday. Speaking of trivia, how about Fr. Lonnie Chisenhall’”if you don’t drawl when you say it, you’re missing out’”with two triples and two sac flies, tying two school single-game records. He also homered, as did three other ‘Cocks. Jr. RHP Jay Brown, who may be this team’s best 2007 pro prospect, went 5.1 shutout to win it Saturday. Sunday, Soph. OF Andrew Crisp had five hits, and the game-winning one was an RBI single in the 11th to send the host Seahawks home winless. While S.C. blew a five-run lead, Jr. RHP Wynn Pelzer looked good, 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 5 SO for the victory.
RESULTS
Feb. 9-11: @ Hughes Brothers Challenge, Wilmington, N.C.:
Oklahoma: W 13-2, Western Kentucky: W 12-0, UNC Wilmington: W 9-8
UPCOMING
Feb. 16-18: @ Charleston, S.C. (Liberty, The Citadel, Richmond)

4. VANDERBILT
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0 (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
The Commodores had the most impressive weekend of anybody, beating three quality teams. Jr. LHP David Price was solid if not spectacular Friday, allowing 3 ER on 6 H with 6 K over 5.2 IP. Vandy rallied behind him with four in the seventh. So. 3B Pedro Alvarez went 3-for-4 with a homer Saturday, as the ‘Dores won in the 10th when Jonathan White scored from third on a wild pitch during an intentional walk. So. RHP Brett Jacobson (misidentified as Casey Jacobson–a former Stanford basketball player–on our college podcast) picked up the win Sunday, allowing four runs (one earned) and striking out six over 6.1 IP.
RESULTS
Feb. 9-11: @ Houston College Classic, Houston:
(1) Rice: W 7-3, (16) Arizona State: W 7-6, Baylor: W 7-4
UPCOMING
Feb. 16-18: Ohio

5. MIAMI
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-2 (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
The Hurricanes are well coached; did you really think Miami would respond to getting swept by Mercer (which was swept this weekend at Bethune-Cookman) in any other way? Well, a sweep probably wasn’t expected, but it’s impressive. LHP Scott Maine returns with 5 scoreless Friday, and Fr. LHP Eric Erickson finishes with four scoreless for the save. Saturday, Miami rallies off one of the nation’s top closers, Brant Rustich, for three in the ninth; 1B Yonder Alonso belts HRs 2 and 3 of the season in a 4-for-4, 4-RBI day. Great start Sunday for LHP Manny Miguelez, 7 IP, 5 H, just 2 R, and RHP Enrique Garcia gets some confidence back with a win in relief.
RESULTS
Feb. 9-11: (11) UCLA: W 1-0, W 9-8, W 7-3
UPCOMING
Feb. 16-18: @ Florida

6. ARKANSAS
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 4-2. Weekend Series: 2-0.
Not an easy opening pair of weekends, but the Razorbacks showed some improved offense and won on the road for the second straight week. Opener was close, Arkansas got 12 of its 13 runs in the last two innings, so LHP Nick Schmidt didn’t get a decision (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 6 SO). Jr. DH Casey Coon had two HRs, 4 RBIs to lead 14-hit offense. Jr. RHP Shaun Seibert struggled mightily Saturday, 1-plus IP, 3 BB, 3 H, 5 R. Yuck. Hogs scored five in the first, Troy countered with 10 combined in the first two innings and held on. Sunday, with 2,074 fans on hand (third-largest in Troy history), Arkansas got off to 9-0 lead, and Jr. RHP Duke Welker threw 5 scoreless IP, 4 SO, 5 H. Coon homered off UT Pan Am transfer Ricky Ibarz for the 2-0 lead in the first. Razorbacks had 14 H, 9 BB.
RESULTS
Feb. 9-11: @ Troy: W 13-1, L 13-8, W 16-2
UPCOMING
Feb. 16-18: Wisconsin-Milwaukee

7. RICE
Last Week: 1-3. Overall:Overall: 2-3 (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
Well, that didn’t last long’”Rice loses three of four on the week and won’t have the No. 1 bulls-eye for long. Good news’”Rice got good starts all weekend, from 5.1 IP Friday from Jr. RHP Chris Kelley to Jr. LHP Joe Savery going four scoreless Sunday night, striking out three and giving up only one hit. Saturday Fr. RHP Ryan Berry vexed Baylor with six scoreless, striking out seven, and Ryne Tacker proved the Owls do have a solid reliever even with Cole St. Clair laid up with a shoulder problem, as he threw three scoreless to finish the shutout. Rough weekend for Jr. LHP Bobby Bramhall, who took two losses.
RESULTS
Feb. 6: @ Texas State: L, 3-2
Feb. 9-11: @ Houston College Classic, Houston:
(8) Vanderbilt: L 7-3, Baylor: W 7-0, Texas A&M: L 4-2
UPCOMING
Feb. 13: Texas-San Antonio
Feb. 16-18: Long Beach State

8. VIRGINIA
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1. Weekend Series: 0-0.
Cavaliers put up 10-spots in each of the first two games, but host Coastal Carolina swept the tournament to go 3-0 as Chris Raber homered twice for the Chanticleers, including the game-winning solo shot in the seventh. Impressive start Saturday for So. RHP Jacob Thompson (5 IP, 2 H, 8 SO, 5 BB), supported by HR by Sean Doolittle, who got the win on the mound Friday against Elon, settling down after giving up three runs (1 ER) in the first inning.
RESULTS
Feb. 9-11: @ Springmaid Beach Resort Tournament, Conway, S.C.:
Elon: W 10-3, North Florida: W 10-1, Coastal Carolina: L 3-2
UPCOMING
Feb. 13: Longwood
Feb. 16-18: George Washington

9. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 6-0. (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
So it’s just UNC Asheville, right? Well, the Bulldogs were a tournament team last year, Big South champions, so this is an impressive sweep in how easy it proved to be. The Seminoles cranked out 44 runs. Jr. 2B Tony Thomas continues to swing a hot bat and is 16-for-23 this season with 6 2Bs and 5 SBs. So. C Buster Posey drove in three runs in each of the first two games. FSU trailed 6-5 heading into the bottom of the third on Friday but scored seven runs in the fourth off UNCA’s presumptive ace, Alan DeRatt. The Seminoles have scored 76 runs in six games despite hitting only one HR.
RESULTS
Feb. 9-11: UNC Asheville: W 17-8, W 12-6, W 15-1
UPCOMING
Feb. 16-18: Hofstra

10. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 7-0. Weekend Series: 2-0.
In a rematch of a 2006 CWS elimination game, Oregon State once again proved better, sweeping the host Bulldogs in rousing fashion. Georgia’s All-American closer, Joshua Fields, blew a save Friday night, as Oregon State scored six in the ninth; down four in the seventh, OSU got two in the eighth, then six off fields in the ninth. The O-State Ballaz came up with a seven-run rally in the eighth on Saturday after trailing 3-0, and scored three in the 7th on a HR by Jr. C Mitch Canham to break a 2-2 tie Sunday. DH Mike Lissman went 5-for-10 in the first two games.
RESULTS
Feb. 9-11: @ Georgia: W, 10-8; W, 7-3; W, 6-2
UPCOMING
Feb. 16-18: @ Coca-Cola Classic, Surprise, Ariz.: Gonzaga, (13) Arizona State, Missouri

11. WICHITA STATE
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 0-0. Weekend Series: 0-0.
UPCOMING
Feb. 16: @ (23) Pepperdine

12. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 5-1. Weekend Series: 2-0.
Cal State Fullerton missed sweeping its second straight series as its bullpen failed to hold leads of 10-8 (through 7 1/2) and 11-10 (through 8 1/2) in Sunday’s finale. LSU transfer Bryan Harris got the Sunday loss as UNLV rallied to an 18-hit attack. Fullerton got a big weekend from transfer Nick Mahin, formerly of Cal State Northridge and Santa Ana JC; he had an RBI double Friday night to bring home the winning run, pushing Jr. RHP Wes Roemer to 2-0 (8 IP, 7 SO). Saturday’s hero was 1B Jake Vasquez (3-for-5, HR, 4 RBIs), and Mahin had 5 RBIs on Sunday, including a first-inning three-run HR. Next up: undefeated Arizona, off to a somewhat surprising 8-0 start.
RESULTS
Feb. 9-11: @ Nevada-Las Vegas: W 5-3, W 13-4, L 12-11
UPCOMINGUPCOMING
Feb. 16-18: Arizona

13. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 5-1. Weekend Series: 1-0.
Arizona State jumped on opponents all weekend, scoring 11 of its 22 runs this weekend in the first inning. Jr. OF Matt Spencer and So. 1B Brett Wallace stayed hot, as Spencer went 6-for-12 with 2 HR and 5 RBI and Wallace went 6-for-11. Wallace stole home on a botched pickoff play in the seventh inning to score the eventual game-winning run Friday. The Sun Devils lost Saturday when reliever Ike Davis threw a wild pitch on an intentional walk, allowing the game-winning run to score from third base in the 10th inning. Jr. LHP Josh Satow struck out eight in a complete game Sunday.
RESULTS
Feb. 9-11: @ Houston College Classic:
Texas A&M: W 5-4, (8) Vanderbilt: L 7-6, Houston: W 11-1
UPCOMING

14. TEXAS
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 3-4. Weekend Series: 0-2.
The Longhorns haven’t been at full strength on the mound, and it has shown so far, with a pair of series losses and a surprisingly offensive weekend between teams coached by Augie Garrido and Mike Weathers. Friday night, Jr. RHP Adrian Alaniz gave it up, as he and relievers Joseph Krebs and Austin Wood couldn’t preserve a 6-4 lead in the ninth. So. OF Kyle Russell homered twice in defeat and went 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs. Saturday the ‘Horns led 7-0 through 2 1/2 but couldn’t hold that one either, and burned Sr. RHP Randy Boone (3.1 IP, 5 SO, L) in the process. It was Johnny Wholestaff on Sunday’”Alaniz went three as the starter; Friday starter James Russell went 3 scoreless on one day’s rest after throwing 63 pitches; Krebs threw 38 pitches on one day’s rest after throwing 74 on Friday; and Boone got the save in a back-to-back effort. Let’s see how those guys hold up down the line, because that’s a lot to ask of your four top healthy arms.
RESULTS
Feb. 6: Texas-Arlington: W 9-4
Feb. 9-11: @ Long Beach State: L 7-6, L 9-8, W 2-1
UPCOMING
Feb. 13: UT-Pan American
Feb. 16-18: Stanford

15. UCLA
Last Week: 0-3. Overall: 2-4. (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
Going on the road doesn’t sit well with the Bruins, who lost a pair of one-run games and eventually got swept. Sr. RHP Tyson Brummett struck out 8 in 7.2 IP on Friday but got the L as the Bruins struck out 10 times and had just 8 baserunners. Saturday’s loss came as Jr. RHP Brant Rustich couldn’t close it out, giving up three runs in the bottom of the ninth on five hits. UCLA had rallied from a 6-3 deficit to tie, then took the lead with back-to-back HRs by So. SS Brandon Crawford and Sr. 1B Tim Stewart. Miami broke open a close game with four in the eighth for the sweep on Sunday.
RESULTS
Feb. 9-11: @ (5) Miami: L 1-0, L 9-8, L 7-3
UPCOMING
FEB. 13: UC Riverside
Feb. 16-18: East Carolina

16. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 0-2. Overall: 0-2. Weekend Series: 0-1.
Well, the biggest question with the Yellow Jackets was pitching, and so far that appears to be a tough question. Georgia Southern sweeps Tech for the first time since 1996. So. LHP David Duncan gave up six runs in the first three innings on Saturday, and though he settled down for his last two frames, the damage was done; Georgia Southern pounded out 14 hits. GSU had 16 more base knocks in the finale as Tech starter Ryan Turner couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead, yielding 10 hits and six runs in 4.2 IP. Jr. CF Danny Payne went 4-for-6 with a HR, SB, 4 RBIs, and threw in a scoreless IP on Sunday.
RESULTS
Feb. 10-11: @ Georgia Southern: L 11-4, L 9-6
UPCOMING
Feb. 13: Kennesaw State
Feb. 16-18: Illinois-Chicago

17. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0. Weekend Series: 0-0.
Sr. 2B Tyler Mach’s three hits paced the Cowboy attack Friday, and Jr. RHP Matt Gardner was solid in his season debut, allowing just 1 ER over 5 IP. Mach and Jr. 3B Matt Mangini had four hits apiece Saturday in support of Sr. RHP Oliver Odle, who struck out 10 and allowed just three hits over seven shutout innings. Jr. 1B Rebel Ridling provided the punch Sunday, hitting a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning and driving in five on the day.
RESULTS
Feb. 9-11: @ Citrus Tournament, Edinburg, Texas:
Lamar: W 5-2, McNeese State: W 7-0, Illinois-Chicago: W 8-5
UPCOMING
Feb. 16-18: @ Florida Atlantic Tournament, Boca Raton, Fla.: LaSalle, Florida Atlantic, Ball State

18. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 6-3 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
So. LHP Brian Matusz struck out 13 Friday, matching his career high set two weeks ago against Cal Poly, but USC scored four runs against the San Diego bullpen. The Toreros rebounded Saturday with 12 runs on 20 hits–five of them courtesy of Jr. 2B Justin Snyder. Snyder produced three more hits Sunday in a good pitcher’s duel between USC Fr. Brad Boxberger and USD Jr. RHP Matt Couch, but a single by Southern Cal’s Matt Cusick in the 10th inning drove in the winning run.
RESULTS
Feb. 9-11: @/@/vs. Southern California: L 6-2, W 12-6, L 4-3
UPCOMING
Feb. 15-18: Virginia Commonwealth

19. NEBRASKA
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 0-0. Weekend Series: 0-0.
UPCOMING
Feb. 16-18: @ Texas-Arlington Invitational, Arlington, Texas: New Mexico, New Mexico, Texas-Arlington, Illinois State

20. TENNESSEE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-4. (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
After getting shelled last weekend by Florida State, Sr. RHP Craig Cobb rebounded with eight strong innings Friday, striking out nine and allowing just one run. Jr. LHP James Adkins also struck out eight on Saturday, but three Tennessee errors led to three unearned runs against Adkins, and that proved to be the difference. The Volunteers were outhit 8-5 Sunday, but their three-run first inning was more than enough for So. LHP Lance McClain, who allowed just 1 ER over 8 IP.
RESULTS
Feb. 9-11: Eastern Michigan: W 7-4, L 6-3, W 5-1
UPCOMING
Feb. 16-18: Bethune-Cookman

21. EVANSVILLE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1. Weekend Series: 1-0.
The Purple Aces opened their season in stylish fashion, as Sr. RHP Ben Norton struck out eight in six no-hit innings, issuing just one walk, before his pitch count hastened his departure. The Aces supported him with a five-run first, and they jumped on Lipscomb again Saturday with a three-run first. Sr. 1B Kasey Wahl paced the offense both days, going 4-for-8 with two RBIs. Highly touted Fr. RHP Wade Kapteyn lost his debut Sunday, allowing 3 earned runs on 5 hits and 3 walks over 4.1 IP.
RESULTS
Feb. 9-11: @ Lipscomb: W 10-0, W 4-2, L 5-1
UPCOMING
Feb. 16-18: @ Mississippi

22. TULANE
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 1-2. Weekend Series: 0-1.
After breaking open a close game with 14 runs in the eighth and ninth innings Friday, Tulane managed just three runs the rest of the weekend. Saturday starter Brandon Gomes allowed 5 ER over 4.1 IP, and Sunday starter Shooter Hunt pitched OK, yielding 3 ER over 5.1, but the Green Wave offense was stymied by Southeastern Louisiana’s Chris Cappo and Chris Province (who held them hitless over the final four innings). Jr. SS Cat Everett was the only consistent Tulane bat over the weekend, going 6-for-13.
RESULTS
Feb. 9-11: vs./@/vs. Southeastern Louisiana: W 19-4, L 5-3, L 4-0
UPCOMING
Feb. 16-18: North Florida

23. PEPPERDINE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 4-2. Weekend Series: 1-1.
Jr. RHP Barry Enright picked up his second win of the season Friday, going 7.1 strong innings, and Pepperdine amassed 14 hits. Leadoff singles by Jr. CF Adrian Ortiz started Pepperdine rallies in the fourth and sixth innings Saturday, and Jr. RHP Jason Dominguez picked up his second straight save. That’s because So. RHP Brett Hunter, who saved 11 games a year ago, made his first career start Sunday, allowing just a pair of unearned runs while striking out five over six innings of work to get the win.
RESULTS
Feb. 6: Long Beach State: ppd. in 10th inning, tied 7-7
Feb. 9-11: UC Davis: W 6-2, W 5-4, W 11-3
UPCOMING
Feb. 13: Southern California
Feb. 16-18: Wichita State

24. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1. Weekend Series: 1-0.
The Horned Frogs got off to a dominant start to their season, outscoring Central Florida 22-2 Friday and Saturday. All-American Jr. RHP Jake Arrieta was solid in his season debut Friday, yielding just a run on four hits over five innings. Jr. RHP Chance Corgan was even better Saturday, whiffing eight over 5.2. Closer Sam Demel blew the save Sunday, allowing three runs–two earned–in the eighth inning.
RESULTS
Feb. 9-11: @ Central Florida: 10-1, 12-1, 8-6
UPCOMING
Feb. 13: Dallas Baptist
Feb. 16-18: Oral Roberts

25. WINTHROP
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 4-2 (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
Winthrop rose to its own challenge this weekend, scoring four runs in the eighth–three of them against All-American closer Brett Cecil–to win Friday. Sr. OF Tommy Lentz hit a two-out walk-off homer in the 10th inning to give the Eagles the win Saturday. So. RHP Jason Franzblau was brilliant Sunday, striking out 12 and walking none in a complete game, allowing just an unearned run and three hits.
RESULTS
Feb. 9-11: @ Winthrop Challenge, Rock Hill, SC:
Maryland: W 7-5, Creighton: W 4-3, Gardner-Webb: W 6-1
UPCOMING
Feb. 16-18: Xavier

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