Top 25 Tracker: Feb. 17

How Baseball America’s Top 25 teams fared in Week 1.

1. VIRGINIA

virginiaLast Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.

The Cavs recovered from an Opening Day loss to Kentucky with two outstanding all-around performances against VMI and UNCW—allowing just nine hits total in the two wins. Brandon Waddell (4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) struggled in the middle innings Friday, and the Cavs left 11 men on base. Brandon Downes (2-for-5, 3 RBI) led Virginia’s balanced 12-hit attack Saturday in support of Nathan Kirby (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K). Derek Fisher (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B), who notched five hits on the weekend, led the offense Sunday behind Josh Sborz, who exited after six no-hit innings, allowing three walks while striking out four. The Sunday game against host UNCW drew a Brooks Field-record crowd of 3,826.

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: @ Hughes Brothers Challenge, Wilmington, N.C.:
Kentucky: L 8-3
Virginia Military Institute: W 12-0
UNC Wilmington: W 7-2

UPCOMING
Feb. 18: William & Mary
Feb. 21-23: East Carolina


2. OREGON STATE
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Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in Pac-12. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.

The Beavers scored 33 runs in three games in Arizona. With Ben Wetzler sidelined with eligibility issues, Andrew Moore (6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) was solid in the Friday starter spot for Oregon State, which overcame a 3-1 deficit in the late innings to beat Gonzaga 4-3. Jeff Hendrix had three hits and two RBIs out of the leadoff spot, and Dylan Davis added two hits and two RBIs from the cleanup hole. Michael Conforto and Kavin Keyes had three RBIs apiece as part of OSU’s balanced 13-hit attack Saturday in support of Jace Fry (7 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K). Conforto (3-for-3, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2 2B) and Davis (1-for-4, 3 RBI) led the offense again Sunday behind Scott Schultz (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER), last year’s closer who was strong in the fourth start of his four-year career.

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: @ Husker Classic, Tempe, Ariz.:
Gonzaga: W 4-3
Nebraska: W 15-7
Pacific: W 14-6

UPCOMING
Feb. 17: Pacific @ Tempe, Ariz.
Feb. 21-23: @ Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge, Surprise, Ariz.:
Nebraska, Michigan State, (10) Indiana


3. CAL STATE FULLERTON

calstatefullertonLast Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in Big West. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Titans won a hard-fought series against a quality Washington State club. Greg Velazquez (3-for-3, 4 RBI) led a balanced 17-hit barrage in support of a dominant Thomas Eshelman (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K) in Friday’s blowout, and Phil Bickford worked two hitless innings in his collegiate debut to finish the three-hitter. J.D. Davis (4-for-6, 3 R, RBI, 2 3B, HR) had a big Saturday for the Titans, but fellow All-American Justin Garza (5.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was not sharp in his season debut, and the Titans lost in 11. Velazquez doubled and scored the winning run Sunday on Jared Deacon’s walk-off infield single. Grahamm Wiest (7.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) was solid in a no-decision, and Davis worked a scoreless ninth to earn the win.

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: Washington State: W 12-0, L 9-7 (11 innings), W 5-4

UPCOMING
Feb. 18: @ Southern California
Feb. 21-23: San Francisco


4. FLORIDA STATE

floridastateLast Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Seminoles outscored Niagara 30-3 in a three-game sweep. First-team preseason All-American Luke Weaver walked the first batter of the game Friday, then retired 18 straight, departing after six innings of no-hit ball, striking out seven. Fellow All-American D.J. Stewart (4-for-5, 2 R, RBI, 2 2B) led FSU’s 15-hit attack. Brandon Leibrandt (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) shined Saturday, and Jameis Winston entered with two men on and no outs in the eighth, then retired the next six hitters in order to end the game. Justin Gonzalez (3-for-3, 2 R, RBI) led a balanced 15-hit attack Sunday, as 11 different Seminoles recorded hits in support of Mike Compton (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K), who was strong in his first start after Tommy John surgery.

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: Niagara: W 13-2, W 4-1, W 13-0

UPCOMING
Feb. 18: @ Jacksonville
Feb. 21-23: Georgia


5. SOUTH CAROLINA

southcarolinaLast Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Gamecocks outscored Bucknell 41-6 in a dominating three-game sweep. Kyle Martin (7-for-9, 6 R, 4 RBI, 2B) led the South Carolina offense on the weekend, while Grayson Greiner and Connor Bright delivered seven RBIs apiece. D.C. Arendas (3-for-4, 3 RBI, HR) led the offense in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader behind Jordan Montgomery (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K). Tanner English (3-for-4, R, 5 RBI, 3B) spearheaded a 12-hit attack in support of Jack Wynkoop (5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) in the second game. Greiner, Joey Pankake and Max Schrock all went deep Sunday, but the big story was the brilliant debut of freshman righty Wil Crow (6.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K), who exited with his no-hitter still intact in the seventh. The Gamecocks settled for a combined one-hitter.

RESULTS
Feb. 15-16: Bucknell: W 17-4, W 12-2, W 12-0
UPCOMING
Feb. 18: Presbyterian
Feb. 21-23: Eastern Kentucky


6. NORTH CAROLINA STATE

ncstateLast Week: 0-1. Overall: 0-1, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0 (one series pending).
Winter Storm Pax prevented the Wolfpack from flying to California for its scheduled series at UC Santa Barbara, and field conditions pushed its season opener back until Sunday against Canisius (which wound up in Raleigh after its tournament in nearby Cary was canceled). Carlos Rodon (6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) lost his season debut for the second straight year, as Canisius ace Rohn Pierce (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) stifled the Wolfpack offense. But Trea Turner (3-for-4, SB) had a nice opener.

RESULTS
Feb. 16: Canisius: L 3-0
UPCOMING
Feb. 17: Canisius
Feb. 18: @ Elon
Feb. 21-23: Appalachian State


7. MISSISSIPPI STATE

MississippiState

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

Winter Storm Pax prevented Hofstra from reaching Starkville and canceled Western Carolina’s originally scheduled home series against Ohio, so the Catamounts traveled to Starkville on Friday and won the series opener—but Mississippi State bounced back to take the next two games and the series. Brandon Woodruff (1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) was wild Friday for Mississippi State, which got terrific long relief work from Ross Mitchell (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) in a losing cause. The Bulldogs evened the series with a 6-1 win Saturday behind Trevor Fitts (6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 K). Brett Pirtle’s three-run triple highlighted MSU’s five-run third inning Sunday, and heralded freshman Dakota Hudson (4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) was solid in his debut. Sunday’s win was the 500th of MSU coach John Cohen’s career.

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: Western Carolina: L 3-2, W 6-1, W 7-2

UPCOMING
Feb. 19: Memphis
Feb. 21-23: Holy Cross


8. LOUISIANA STATE
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Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

LSU went 3-0 at the Urban Invitational, which was played in Louisiana for the first time. Aaron Nola (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) was characteristically efficient and dominant in an 81-pitch outing Friday, and two relievers combined with him on a four-hitter. Alex Bregman had two hits and an RBI in that one. Sean McMullen and Alex Bregman had three hits apiece to lead a balanced 13-hit attack Saturday behind juco transfer Kyle Bouman (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER). Leadoff man Andrew Stevenson (3-for-3, RBI, SB) sparked the offense Sunday, and freshman Jared Poche (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) won his collegiate debut; Cody Glenn worked one inning of middle relief and is slated to start Tuesday at Southeastern Louisiana.

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: MLB Urban Invitational, Baton Rouge/Metairie, La.:
New Orleans: W 2-0
vs. New Orleans @ Metairie: W 7-4
Grambling State: W 6-0

UPCOMING
Feb. 19: @ Southeastern Louisiana
Feb. 21-23: LSU Tournament, Baton Rouge:
Virginia Tech, Toledo, Texas Southern


9. VANDERBILT
vanderbilt

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Commodores allowed just four runs in a three-game sweep at Long Beach State. Tyler Beede (5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) pounded the strike zone in Vandy’s 5-2 win Friday, and Xavier Turner had two RBIs to lead the Vandy offense. Jared Miller (6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) and Carson Fulmer (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) sparkled in Saturday’s combined three-hitter, and eight of Vanderbilt’s nine starters registered hits. Tyler Ferguson (5.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) was similarly dominant Sunday, and freshman Bryan Reynolds (3-for-3, 4 RBI, 2 2B) spearheaded VU’s 13-hit attack. Reynolds also made a spectactular diving catch in the sixth that saved at least two runs, and he finished the weekend 6-for-10 with four RBIs.

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: @ Long Beach State: W 5-2, W 6-0, W 6-2

UPCOMING
Feb. 19: Lipscomb
Feb. 21-23: Illinois-Chicago


10. INDIANA
Indiana

Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 1-3, 0-0 in Big Ten. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.

Indiana’s high-powered offense mustered just eight runs in four games at Texas Tech, as the Hoosiers won the opener but then dropped three straight to lose the series. Will Nolden doubled and scored on Sam Travis’ sacrifice fly in the first inning Friday, giving Indiana all the support it needed in a 1-0 victory, as Joey DeNato, Scott Effross and Ryan Halstead combined on a four-hitter. Tyler Neslony’s grand slam highlighted Texas Tech’s five-run first inning against Kyle Hart (3 IP, 5 ER, 5 BB) in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Christian Morris (4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER) took the loss in the nightcap, and Will Coursen-Carr (4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K) struggled in Sunday’s loss.

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: @ Texas Tech: W 1-0, L 10-5, L 6-2, L 7-0

UPCOMING
Feb. 21-23: @ Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge, Surprise, Ariz.:
Washington, Utah, (2) Oregon State


11. OREGON
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Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in Pac-12. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Ducks won the first three games of their four-game set at Hawaii, with the finale scheduled for Monday. Tommy Thorpe (6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) was solid in a no-decision Friday, and Nick Catalano scored on a wild pitch in the ninth to break a 2-2 tie, as the Ducks won despite mustering just three hits. Tyler Baumgartner (3-for-5, 2 R) and Mitchell Tolman (2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI) led a balanced 14-hit attack Saturday, and Darrell Hunter (3.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER), 2 BB, 4 K) picked up the win in relief. Matt Krook (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 7 WP) had a strange line in his highly anticipated debut, earning a no-decision. New closer Jake Reed (2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R) picked up the win in relief, as A.J. Balta doubled in a run and scored to tie the game in the ninth, and the Ducks pushed across the winning run on a throwing error in the 10th.


RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: @ Hawaii: W 3-2, W 10-5, W 6-5 (10 innings)

UPCOMING
Feb. 17: @ Hawaii
Feb. 21-23: @ Loyola Marymount


12. UCLA
UCLA
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
UCLA lost its two best players (Eric Filia and Kevin Kramer) to season-ending injuries last week, while senior Kevin Williams will be out at least a month—but the Bruins recovered from an Opening Day loss to win their series against Portland. UCLA was shut out on four hits Friday, as James Kaprielian (5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) took the hard-luck loss in his first turn atop the rotation. Grant Watson (7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) picked up where he left off in Omaha, and Chris Keck (4-for-5, 3 R, RBI, 2B, 3B) led UCLA’s 16-hit barrage in Saturday’s rout. Ty Moore (4-for-4, RBI), hitting in the No. 3 hole, led the offense Sunday, and Shane Zeile delivered a walk-off RBI double in the 11th. All-American David Berg (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) earned the win with characteristically superb relief work.

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: L 1-0, W 12-1, W 4-3 (11 innings)

UPCOMING
Feb. 18: Cal State Northridge
Feb. 21-23: (22) Cal Poly


13. CLEMSON
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Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Tigers won a hard-fought series against Eastern Michigan. Daniel Gossett (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) left with a 3-1 lead Friday, but EMU surged ahead with four runs in the sixth against the Clemson bullpen, then scored an unearned run in the 10th to win. Tyler Krieger and Steven Duggar combined for six hits and three RBIs in support of Matthew Crownover (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K). Clemson came from behind with three runs in the eighth to win Sunday’s back-and-forth affair, as Jay Baum (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) hit the go-ahead RBI single. Freshman Chris Okey drove in three runs in that one.

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: Eastern Michigan: L 6-5 (10 innings), W 5-3, W 9-7

UPCOMING
Feb. 21-23: Maine


14. LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
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Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 3-1, 0-0 in Sun Belt (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Ragin’ Cajuns won a hard-fought four-game series against gritty Eastern Illinois. UL-L mustered just three hits Friday, and Austin Robichaux (5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) took the loss. The Cajuns bounced back by allowing no runs in a doubleheader sweep Saturday, as their two power-armed juco transfers both dominated in their debuts; Carson Baranik (7.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K) won the first game and Greg Milhorn (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) won Game Two. Ryan Wilson’s three-run homer highlighted UL-L’s crucial five-run fifth inning in Sunday’s slugfest.

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: Eastern Illinois: L 5-1, W 1-0, W 13-0, W 9-8

UPCOMING
Feb. 19: @ Northwestern State
Feb. 21-23: @ Southern Mississippi


15. RICE
Rice
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in C-USA. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Owls took two of three on the road in their annual series against Stanford. Skyler Ewing (3-for-4, 4 RBI) led an 11-hit attack Friday in support of Jordan Stephens (5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K), and Matt Ditman (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) was filthy in relief. Blake Fox (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K) and Zech Lemond (3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) stifled Stanford Saturday, and Ewing (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) led the Rice offense for the second straight day. Ewing (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) continued to swing a hot bat in a losing cause Sunday, as the Cardinal erased a 3-0 deficit with six runs in the fifth to chase Kevin McCanna (4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER). The Sunday game denied Rice coach Wayne Graham his 1,000th career victory.

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: @ Stanford: W 10-3, W 5-1, L 12-3

UPCOMING
Feb. 18: Texas State
Feb. 19: Houston
Feb. 21-23: Purdue


16. MIAMI
miami
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Hurricanes took two of three from Maine. Tyler Palmer (3-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) led the Miami offense in support of Chris Diaz (5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) Friday. Maine’s Scott Heath (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) out-dueled Bryan Radziewski (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) in Saturday’s upset. Nine different Hurricanes recorded hits as part of a 12-hit attack Sunday behind Andrew Suarez (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K), who set a career high for strikeouts by overpowering the Black Bears with his fastball.

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: Maine: W 6-3, L 3-1, W 11-2

UPCOMING
Feb. 19: Florida Atlantic
Feb. 21-23: (23) Florida


17. NORTH CAROLINA
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Last Week: 1-1. Overall: 1-1, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0 (one series pending).

Wintry weather forced UNC to move its series from Chapel Hill to Charleston, where the Tar Heels and Cougars split two games, with the rubber game slated for Monday. The Cougars answered UNC’s four-run fourth inning Saturday with five runs in the sixth to chase Benton Moss (5.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). Michael Russell (4-for-5, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2B, HR) led a 12-hit attack behind Trent Thornton (6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) on Sunday, as UNC broke open a 5-3 game with seven runs in the ninth

RESULTS
Feb. 15-16: @ College of Charleston: L 7-4, W 12-3

UPCOMING
Feb. 17: @ College of Charleston
Feb. 21-23: Xavier


18. TEXAS
texas
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 2-2, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0-1.

The Longhorns split a four-game series at California, dropping the first two games but winning the last two. Texas committed five errors Friday, leading to six unearned runs against Parker French. French made two of the errors himself, and UT’s three freshman infielders committed one apiece. Dillon Peters (7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER) was strong in a no-decision in the first game of Saturday’s twin bill, and Cal broke a 1-1 tie on Devin Pearson’s RBI single in the eighth. Mark Payton (2-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR) led the Texas offense in Game Two behind Lukas Schiraldi (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER), who picked up the win in his Texas debut. Nathan Thornhill (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K) was outstanding Sunday, and Zane Gurwitz broke a scoreless tie with a solo homer in the sixth, kickstarting a three-run inning.

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: @ California: L 7-0, L 2-1, W 6-2, W 5-0

UPCOMING
Feb. 18: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Feb. 21-23: Stanford


19. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
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Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
The Horned Frogs allowed just three runs in two games against Jacksonville but failed to sweep the series, as their bats went quiet in Sunday’s shutout loss. Second-team preseason All-American Brandon Finnegan (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 13 K) was utterly dominant Friday, as he surpassed his 2013 win total in his season debut. Preston Morrison (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) was stellar Saturday, and Boomer White had three hits to lead the offense. Tyler Alexander (4.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) took the tough loss in his TCU debut Sunday, as the Frogs mustered just three hits against Justin Russell (7 IP) and Adam Maxon (2 IP).

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: Jacksonville: W 5-0, W 5-1, L 2-0

UPCOMING
Feb. 18: Northern Colorado
Feb. 21-23: @ Kleberg Bank College Classic, Corpus Christi, Texas:
Brigham Young, Texas-San Antonio, Texas-Arlington


20. LOUISVILLE
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Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in AAC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
The Cardinals went 2-1 at a tournament in Charleston, dropping the middle game against host Citadel. Jeff Gardner delivered an RBI double and scored the tying run in the eighth Friday, then hit a walk-off homer in the 10th. Kyle Funkhouser (5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) took a no-decision in Saturday’s loss, as the Bulldogs scored twice in the late innings against Kyle McGrath to win. Gardner (2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI) had another big game Sunday against Delaware, and Jared Ruxer (5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) was strong.

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: @ Homewood Suites Tournament, Charleston, S.C.:
West Virginia: W 7-6 (10 innings)
@ The Citadel: L 5-3
Delaware: W 6-1

UPCOMING
Feb. 19: Eastern Kentucky
Feb. 21-23: Western Michigan


21. ALABAMA
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Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

After dropping its opener, Alabama bounced back to take two of three from A-10 favorite Saint Louis. A one-hour, 41-minute rain delay Friday shortened the outing for Spencer Turnbull (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K), and the Billikens scored twice against Tucker Hawley in the middle innings to go ahead for good. The Billikens took a 3-0 lead in the first inning Saturday, but Alabama came back to tie the score by the fifth, then won it on Wade Wass’ walk-off RBI single in the ninth. Nick Eicholtz and Thomas Burrows worked a combined four innings of two-hit, shutout relief for the Tide. ‘Bama broke a 2-2 tie with seven runs in the seventh Sunday, highlighted by Chance Vincent’s go-ahead two-run double. Jon Keller (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief.

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: Saint Louis: L 2-1, W 4-3, W 9-3

UPCOMING
Feb. 21-23: Stephen F. Austin State


22. CAL POLY
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Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in Big West (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Mustangs held Kansas State’s explosive offense to just three runs in a three-game sweep, giving them nonconference series wins against K-State in back-to-back years. Matt Imhof (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 14 K) tied the school record for strikeouts in a game (in its Division I era) on Friday, and Jimmy Allen’s two-run single highlighted Cal Poly’s three-run sixth. Jordan Ellis and Nick Torres combined for seven hits Saturday to lead the Poly offense in support of freshman Slater Lee (6.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), who was outstanding in his debut. Torres (2-for-4, 4 R, 3 RBI, HR), Brian Mundell (3-for-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI) and Allen (2-for-4, 3 RBI) led Cal Poly’s 14-hit barrage Sunday in support of Casey Bloomquist (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER).

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: (22) Kansas State: W 3-0, W 5-2, W 10-1

UPCOMING
Feb. 18: @ Santa Clara
Feb. 21-23: @ (12) UCLA


23. FLORIDA
florida
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Gators took two of three at home against Maryland. Bobby Poyner (5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) and two relievers combined on a three-hit shutout Friday, and Taylor Gushue had two RBIs to lead Florida’s offense. The Gators trailed 6-0 in the sixth Saturday, then stormed back to get within a run in the eighth inning, but the Terrapins held on for a 9-7 upset. Brett Morales (3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER) took the loss in his Florida debut in that one. On Sunday, Karsten Whitson (2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) made his first start since May 26, 2012, and surrendered three runs in the first inning, but the Gators stormed back with four runs in the second to go ahead for good, highlighted by Gushue’s two-run single. Eric Hanhold (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief.

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: Maryland: W 4-0, L 9-7, W 8-5 (8 innings)

UPCOMING
Feb. 18: Central Florida
Feb. 19: North Florida
Feb. 21-23: @ (16) Miami


24. TEXAS A&M
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Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Aggies outscored Northeastern 22-4 in a three-game sweep. Daniel Mengden (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 11 K) was outstanding Friday, while Logan Nottebrok and Blake Allemand combined for five hits, five RBIs and four runs to lead the A&M offense. Hunter Melton (2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B) led the A&M offense Saturday behind Parker Ray (5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). Grayson Long (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K) was outstanding in a no-decision Sunday, and Nottebrok hit a walk-off solo homer leading off the ninth to break a scoreless tie.

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: Northeastern: W 10-2, W 11-2, W 1-0

UPCOMING
Feb. 18: Stephen F. Austin State
Feb. 21-23: Sacramento State


25. ARKANSAS
arkansas
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Hogs’ bats did the heavy lifting in a three-game sweep of Appalachian State. Jalen Beeks (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) handled his move into a starting role with aplomb, as the Hogs cruised to a 12-2 victory Friday. Brian Anderson (3-for-5, 3 RBI) and KrisJon Wilkerson (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR) led Arkansas’ 13-hit attack. Chris Oliver (5 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was strong in his third career start Saturday, and the 3-6 hitters in the Arkansas lineup (Anderson, Tyler Spoon, Eric Fisher and Wilkerson) combined for nine hits, five runs and five RBIs. Arkansas scored eight runs on just three hits (and seven walks) Sunday, and freshmen Alex Phillips (3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER) and Zach Jackson (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R) kept the Mountaineers’ offense in check.

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: Appalachian State: W 12-2, W 7-6, W 8-3

UPCOMING
Feb. 21-23: Eastern Illinois


DROPPED OUT

KANSAS STATE (22)
kansasstate
Last Week: 0-3. Overall: 0-3, 0-0 in Big 12. (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.

The Wildcats, known for their offense, scored just three runs in three games at Cal Poly, which swept them. K-State struck out 15 times Friday against Matt Imhof (who had 14 of them) and Reed Reilly, but Kansas State got an encouraging start from Levi MaVorhis (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K), who got a no-decision. Jared Moore (5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) took the loss Saturday, and the Mustangs jumped out to an early 4-0 lead against Jordan Witcig (2.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER) and cruised to a 10-1 win, as K-State managed just four hits and committed four errors.

RESULTS
Feb. 14-16: @ Cal Poly: L 3-0, L 5-2, L 10-1

UPCOMING
Feb. 18: @ San Francisco
Feb. 20-23: @ Gael Invitational, Moraga, Calif.:
Portland, St. Mary’s, UC Davis, St. Mary’s