Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in Pac-10. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
The Wildcats won an intense, competitive road series against a veteran Georgia club despite a lackluster start from ace Jr. RHP Preston Guilmet (4 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 4 ER) in Friday’s loss. Arizona’s comeback bid was stopped in its tracks by Georgia closer Joshua Fields, who struck out the side in the ninth and touched 97 mph with his fastball. Sr. LHP David Coulon (5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K) was strong Saturday, and So. RHP Jason Stoffel (2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R) helped shut down the Georgia offense. Jr. OF T.J. Stele’s three-run homer highlighted Arizona’s four-run eighth to put that game away. Jr. RHP Ryan Perry (5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER) worked in the 94-96 range Sunday but got hit, but the Arizona offense bailed him out with nine runs over the seventh and eighth innings. Things got testy in the seventh when Jr. OF Jon Gaston, who went 5-for-12 with three RBIs on the weekend, was called out at home and ejected for attempting to collide with Georgia catcher Bryce Massanari. Georgia scored four in the ninth to make things interesting before Stoffel came in again and stifled the comeback bid.
Feb. 22-24: @ Georgia: L 9-7, W 7-1, W 9-8
Feb. 29-March 2: Sacramento State
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Ole Miss steamrolled an overmatched Minnesota club, outscoring the Golden Gophers 45-10 in three games. Jr. RHP Lance Lynn (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 K) was overpowering Friday, striking out the first eight hitters in a row. Jr. OF Logan Power (2-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI) paced the offense. The Rebels rapped out 19 hits in Saturday’s blowout, led by Jr. 3B Cody Overbeck (3-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI). Mississippi already led 11-2 in that one before scoring 10 runs in the fifth. Overbeck went deep again Sunday to cap his big weekend (6-for-12, 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI), and five Rebels notched multiple-hit afternoons in support of So. LHP Nathan Baker (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K).
Feb. 22-24: Minnesota: W 8-1, W 22-5, W 15-4
Feb. 26-27: Northwestern State
Feb. 29-March 2: Indiana State
Last Week: 1-1. Overall: 1-1, 0-0 in Pac-10. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0-1.
After Friday’s game was postponed by rain, the Bruins split a doubleheader Saturday but saw Sunday’s finale canceled by more bad weather. Oklahoma ace Stephen Porlier missed the series with an injury, and the Bruins took an early 2-0 lead on fill-in Jeremy Erben over the first two innings of the first game. So. LHP Gavin Brooks (5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 6 K) made the lead stand up for five innings despite spotty control, but the Sooners scored four in the eighth off So. RHP Charles Brewer (2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R) to tie the score at five, setting the stage for So. OF Gabe Cohen’s two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. UCLA’s bats went cold in the second game, wasting a solid start by Jr. LHP Tim Murphy (6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER) and four scoreless innings of relief from Jr. LHP Brendan Lafferty. The Sooners manufactured the winning run in the 12th against Fr. RHP Dan Klein.
Feb. 22-24: Oklahoma: W 7-5, L 3-2 (12 innings), CCD
Feb. 26: Cal State Northridge
Feb. 27: UC Santa Barbara
Feb. 29-March 2: @ Urban Invitational, Compton, Calif.: Southern, vs. Bethune-Cookman, @ Southern California
4. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
The Tar Heels had to work hard to sweep a road series at Florida Atlantic. The weekend started out easily enough, as So. RHP Alex White (5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) turned in a strong performance Friday and So. OF Dustin Ackley and Sr. OF Seth Williams combined to go 7-for-7 with four home runs and six RBIs. But the Owls jumped on Jr. RHP Adam Warren (1.1 IP, 7 H, 8 ER) on Saturday and UNC needed two runs in the eighth to hold off an FAU rally in the ninth. Williams (3-for-4, HR, 4 RBI) and Ackley (3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) were joined by So. 2B Kyle Seager (4-for-4, 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI) and Sr. 3B Chad Flack (2-for-6, HR, 4 RBI) in UNC’s hit parade in that one. Ackley went 3-for-5 with another homer Sunday (his sixth in UNC’s last seven games dating to the 2007 CWS) and even drew an intentional walk with the bases empty in the sixth, but the Tar Heels needed home runs by Jr. C Tim Federowicz and So. OF Tim Fedroff as part of a four-run ninth to earn the comeback victory.
Feb. 22-24: @ Florida Atlantic: W 7-1, W 14-13, W 8-7
Feb. 26: Old Dominion
Feb. 28-March 2: @ Coca-Cola Classic, Rock Hill, S.C.: Winthrop, Kent State, St. John’s, TBA
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in Big 12. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Jr. RHP Aaron Crow (5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) was sharp in Missouri’s opener against Connecticut, and Sr. OF Kurt Calvert (3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI) supported him with a nice day out of the leadoff spot. The Tigers scored four runs in the first inning Saturday against Michigan State and padded the lead with six more in the fifth. Sr. DH Jacob Priday (2-for-4, 3 RBI) and So. 3B/2B Greg Folgia (2-for-5, 3B, 3 RBI) paced the offense in that one. So. RHP Kyle Gibson (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) was very strong in Sunday’s win against host Stetson, and Priday added a homer and a double in support.
Feb. 22-24: @ Bright House Invitational, DeLand, Fla.: Connecticut: W 7-1, Michigan State: W 14-9, Stetson: W 9-5
Feb. 25: @ Central Florida
Feb. 29-March 2: @ USD Tournament, San Diego: (22) San Diego State, California, (17) San Diego, Cal Poly
6. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in Pac-10. (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
The Sun Devils blasted all comers on their home field in the star-studded DeMarini invitational. Sr. LHP Josh Satow (5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R) and three relievers combined to hold Miami (Ohio) to two hits in a shutout Friday. In Saturday’s laugher against Vandy, Jr. 3B Brett Wallace homered twice and drove in seven out of the leadoff spot, So. OF Jason Kipnis added a triple, homer and three RBIs, and Jr. 1B Ike Davis went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, making a winner out of So. RHP Mike Leake (6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER). Fr. RHP Seth Blair (4 IP, 3 H, 0 R), Jr. RHP Jason Franzblau (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) and Sr. RHP Tommy Rafferty (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) combined to shut out Oregon State on Sunday, and Wallace provided two more hits including a leadoff homer to key a seven-run first inning. So. RHP Jason Jarvis was ruled academically eligible “for the time being,” according to reports, and appeared in two games, once pitching and twice hitting (going 1-for-2).
Feb. 22-24: @ DeMarini Invitational, Tempe, Ariz.: Miami (Ohio): W 7-0, (3) Vanderbilt: W 18-6, (7) Oregon State: W 11-0
Feb. 28-March 2: @ Coca-Cola Classic, Tempe Ariz. and Surprise, Ariz.: (8) Michigan, Hawaii, (8) Michigan, Portland
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
So. LHP Mike Minor (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) won his debut as Vandy’s Friday starter against two-time defending national champion Oregon State, as Jr. SS Ryan Flaherty (2-for-4, 4 RBI) led the offense. Arizona State broke open Sunday’s blowout with 12 runs over the third, fourth and fifth innings against Jr. RHP Brett Jacobson (3 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) and Fr. LHP Sean Bierman (1.2 IP, 3 H, 6 ER). Miami (Ohio) took a 3-0 lead into the seventh Sunday, but Fr. RHP Chase Reid threw four shutout innings in relief of Jr. RHP Nick Christiani (5 IP, 3 ER) to keep it close, and Sr. OF David Macias delivered a walk-off two-run single to cap a three-run ninth. Jr. 3B Pedro Alvarez missed the final two games of the series with a wrist injury; his status will be determined this week.
Feb. 22-24: @ DeMarini Invitational, Tempe, Ariz.: (7) Oregon State: W 8-1, (9) Arizona State: L 18-6, Miami (Ohio): W 4-3
Feb. 27: Evansville
Feb. 29-March 2: Music City Classic, Nashville: Kansas, Iowa, Xavier
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in Big Ten. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
The Wolverines went to a neutral warm-weather site and swept a fellow cold-weather team, outscoring Villanova 47-15 in three games. Jr. RHP/DH Zach Putnam did not pitch because of shoulder tenderness, and Jr. LHP Mike Wilson (4 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 4 K) was erratic in his stead Friday, but R-Fr. RHP Matt Gerbe and Fr. RHP Tyler Burgoon combined for five innings of hitless, shutout relief, and Putnam went 2-for-4 with two RBIs as part of a 15-hit attack. Putnam added two more RBIs Saturday and Jr. 3B Adam Abraham went 3-for-5 with four RBIs in support of a shaky Jr. RHP Chris Fetter (4 IP, 4 ER). That duo combined for five more hits and eight more RBIs on Sunday, and So. LHP Jeff DeCarlo threw four hitless innings in relief of Jr. RHP Ben Jenzen (2 IP, 6 ER).
Feb. 22-24: vs. Villanova @ St. Lucie, Fla.:W 13-4, W 16-6, W 18-5
Feb. 28-March 2: @ Coca-Cola Classic, Tempe, Ariz. and Surprise, Ariz.: (6) Arizona State, Portland, (6) Arizona State, Hawaii
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Miami’s offense is more heralded, but its arms got the job done in a sweep of Cincinnati. So. LHP Eric Erickson (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) was strong in Friday’s win, when So. 3B Mark Sobolewski (3-for-4, 2B, RBI) led the offense. After Sr. RHP Enrique Garcia (4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) left Saturday’s game, the Bearcats scored three runs against So. RHP John Housey in the fifth, but the Hurricanes tied the score on So. C Jason Hagerty’s three-run homer in the sixth, then took the lead for good on Jr. OF Dave DiNatale’s solo homer leading off the eighth. Fr. LHP Chris Hernandez (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K) and Jr. RHP Jason Santana (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R) combined on a five-hit shutout Sunday, when Jr. 2B Jemile Weeks (2-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBIs) paced the offense.
Feb. 22-24: Cincinnati: W 3-1, W 6-4, W 8-0
Feb. 29-March 2: Florida
10. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
After rain postponed Friday’s opener, South Carolina and East Carolina traded blowout wins in Saturday’s doubleheader before the Gamecocks eked out Sunday’s finale in extra innings. Jr. SS Reese Havens (5-for-6, HR, 5 RBI, 4 R) went bonkers in the first game, and Sr. DH Phil Disher added a pair of homers and five RBIs as the Gamecocks built a 16-0 lead through three innings. South Carolina’s defense didn’t do So. RHP Blake Cooper (3 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 3 ER) any favors in the nightcap, committing four errors as the Pirates rolled. Sr. RHP Curtis Johnson (6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) was strong in relief of Jr. LHP Craig Thomas (4 IP, 4 ER) Sunday, and So. C Kyle Enders delivered a game-winning RBI single in the 11th.
Feb. 22-24: (24) East Carolina: W 22-5, L 13-4, W 7-6 (11 innings)
Feb. 27: UNC Asheville
March 1-2: vs./@ (19) Clemson
11. LONG BEACH STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in Big West. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Long Beach State and Rice combined for just 10 runs all weekend in a hard-fought, well-pitched series that the Dirtbags won at home. Sr. RHP Andrew Liebel (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K) was brilliant in a no-decision Friday, and LBSU won on Jr. SS Danny Espinosa’s walk-off RBI single in the 10th. Jr. RHP Vance Worley (7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision Saturday, and Espinosa scored the winning run on Fr. 2B Devin Lohman’s RBI single in the eighth. Fr. RHP Jake Thompson (6 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER) shined in his collegiate debut Sunday, but a pair of Long Beach errors led to a pair of unearned runs and the Dirtbags’ offense was limited to four hits.
Feb. 22-24: (14) Rice: W 1-0 (10 innings), W 3-2, L 3-1
Feb. 26: (17) San Diego
Feb. 29-March 2: (20) Wichita State
12. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 1-2, 0-0 in Pac-10. (0-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
The Beavers’ second title defense got off to a rocky start, as they were outscored 19-1 in their two games against ranked teams in the DeMarini invitational. Vanderbilt jumped on Sr. RHP Mike Stutes (4 IP, 7H, 4 ER) early in Friday’s game, and OSU managed just five hits against Commodore pitching. So. RHP Jorge Reyes (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was strong in a win Saturday against Miami (Ohio), and Jr. 2B Jason Ogata supported him with four hits and two RBIs. Arizona State chased Fr. RHP Greg Peavey (0.1 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 4 ER) in a four-run first inning Sunday, and the Beavers were shut out for the first time since May 19, 2007—also against Arizona State. Fr. RHP Kevin Rhoderick provided one of OSU’s few bright spots Sunday, striking out three over two scoreless innings of relief in the late innings.
Feb. 22-24: @ DeMarini Invitational, Tempe, Ariz.: (3) Vanderbilt: L 8-1, Miami (Ohio): W 8-3, (9) Arizona State: L 11-0
Feb. 29-March 2: @ Pape Grand Slam, Portland, Ore.: Georgia
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Baylor won a trio of one-run games against Purdue, relying on strong pitching in two of them and big bats in another. So. RHP Kendal Volz (8 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 10 K) came out on top in a fine pitcher’s duel against Purdue ace Matt Bischoff on Friday, and Fr. 2B Lancis Ware (starting for an injured Raynor Campbell) hit a two-run homer in the eighth to make Volz a winner. R-Fr. RHP Shawn Tolleson (2.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) struggled in his collegiate debut Saturday, but So. 3B Shaver Hansen (3-for-5, grand slam) led a 14-hit attack and the Bears manufactured the game-winning run in the 11th. Baylor spotted So. RHP Willie Kempf (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) to a two-run lead in the first inning Sunday, and Kempf and three relievers made it stand up. So. OF/LHP Aaron Miller contributed two hits and struck out the side in a scoreless inning of relief.
Feb. 22-24: Purdue: W 2-1, W 11-10 (11 innings), W 2-1
Feb. 26: Texas Southern
Feb. 29-March 2: Quala-T Imprints Baylor Classic, Waco, Texas: Illinois, Illinois-Chicago, Stephen F. Austin
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Texas cruised in a three-game sweep at home, outscoring Virginia Commonwealth 33-8 on the weekend. Jr. C Preston Clark went 2-for-3 with four RBIs Friday in support of Jr. LHP Austin Wood (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), and Fr. RHP Brandon Workman followed with two hitless, scoreless innings of relief in his collegiate debut. Fr. RHP Cole Green (4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) got plenty of support in his debut Saturday, as the Longhorns’ 15-hit attack was led by Jr. 2B Michael Torres (3-for-6, 2 2B, 5 RBI), So. 1B Brandon Belt (4-for-5, 2 2B, 4 R) and Jr. OF Kyle Russell (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI). Jr. RHP Kenn Kasparek (5 IP, 2H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) was strong in his return from Tommy John surgery Sunday, and the ‘Horns took some pressure off with six runs in the first inning. Russell went 2-for-4 with three more RBIs in the finale.
Feb. 22-24: Virginia Commonwealth: W 6-2, W 17-4, W 10-2
Feb. 26-27: Texas-Pan American
Feb. 29-March 2: @ Houston College Classic, Houston: Tennessee, (15) Rice, Houston
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 1-2, 0-0 in CUSA (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.
The Owls knew they’d have to pitch well at Long Beach State, and despite doing so they still dropped a tough series. So. RHP Ryan Berry (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K) turned in a fine performance Friday, but the Owls couldn’t muster a run of support and the Dirtbags pushed across the winning run against Sr. RHP Bryan Price in the 10th. Sr. LHP Cole St.Clair (4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER) was solid in a planned four-inning start Saturday, but the Owls couldn’t manage more than two runs despite tallying nine hits. Jr. RHP Matt Langwell (6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) gave Rice a third strong start Sunday, and Price redeemed himself with 2.1 innings of hitless, scoreless relief to earn the save.
Feb. 22-24: @ (13) Long Beach State: L 1-0 (10 innings), L 3-2, W 3-1
Feb. 26: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Feb. 27: Houston
Feb. 29-March 2: @ Houston College Classic, Houston: Oklahoma, (14) Texas, Texas Tech
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 4-0, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series:Weekend Series: 1-0.
After rain postponed Friday’s opener, the Cavaliers held Lehigh to four runs in four games over the next two days. Jr. RHP Jacob Thompson (5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) moved into a tie with Sean Doolittle for first on the school’s career wins list by picking up his 22nd in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, and So. OF Ryan Smith’s two-run single highlighted Virginia’s four-run fifth inning. The Cavs broke another 1-1 tie with three runs over the seventh and eighth innings in the nightcap, though Sr. LHP Pat McAnaney (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K) received a no-decision for his strong effort. Jr. 2B David Adams (3-for-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI) led an 11-hit attack in support of Jr. RHP Andrew Carraway (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K) in the first game Sunday, and So. 3B Tyler Cannon delivered three hits in the finale.
Feb. 23-24: Lehigh: W 5-1 (7 innings), W 4-1, W 12-1 (7 innings), W 6-1
Feb. 26: Coppin State
Feb. 27: Old Dominion
Feb. 29-March 2: UVa. Tournament, Charlottesville, Va.: Siena, Cornell, Siena, Cornell
17. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 1-2, 0-0 in WCC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
San Diego’s much-ballyhooed pitching staff failed it against cross-town rival San Diego State, as the Aztecs scored 37 runs in three games before Sunday’s finale of the scheduled four-game set was postponed until Monday. Jr. LHP Brian Matusz (4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) was hammered in Friday’s loss, and the Toreros mustered just five hits over eight innings against SDSU ace Stephen Strasburg. Jr. LHP/OF Josh Romanski (5 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) didn’t fare much better than Matusz on the mound in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, but he helped bail himself out with his bat, going 4-for-5 with two homers and seven RBIs out of the cleanup spot. Sr. RHP Matt Couch (3.2 IP, 10 H, 10 R, 9 ER) took the worst beating of all in the nightcap, when the Toreros managed just three hits.
Feb. 22-24: @/vs./@ San Diego State: L 11-2, W 17-11, L 15-2, PPD
Feb. 25: San Diego State
Feb. 26: @ (11) Long Beach State
Feb. 29-March 2: USD Tournament, San Diego: Cal Poly, (24) Fresno State, (5) Missouri, California
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in CUSA (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Tulane received strong pitching to sweep its first series at rebuilt Turchin Stadium. Jr. RHP Shooter Hunt (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K) and two relievers combined on a four-hit shutout Friday, and Jr. C Jared Dyer (3-for-4, HR) led the offense. So. LHP Aaron Loup (6 IP, 3 ER) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, and Jr. Aja Barto singled home Dyer with the game-winning run in the eighth inning. Dyer and Barto both homered Sunday in support of Fr. RHP Robby Broach (5 IP, 2 ER). Tulane’s bullpen delivered 10 shutout innings of relief on the weekend.
Feb. 22-24: Illinois-Chicago: W 6-0, W 4-3, W 9-2
Feb. 26: Southeastern Louisiana
Feb. 27: (25) Louisiana-Lafayette
Feb. 29-March 2: @ Dairy Queen Classic, Minneapolis: Pepperdine, Minnesota, Texas Christian
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
The Tigers swept three games over two days after rain postponed Friday’s opener. The top three hitters in Clemson’s order—R-Jr. SS Stan Widmann, So. OF Wilson Boyd and Sr. C Doug Hogan—combined to go 8-for-14 with three doubles, two homers and four RBIs in the opener in support of Jr. LHP Ryan Hinson (5 IP, 2 ER). Clemson scored six runs over the first three innings in the second game and hung to make Jr. RHP D.J. Mitchell (5 IP, 3 ER) a winner. Boyd homered twice in Clemson’s nine-run third inning Sunday, and R-Fr. Graham Stoneburner (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) was strong in his collegiate debut. Fr. OF Chris Epps went 6-for-10 with a homer and four RBIs on the weekend.
Feb. 23-24: Mercer: W 12-5, W 6-5, W 10-3
Feb. 27: High Point
Feb. 29: @ College of Charleston
March 1-2: @/vs. (10) South Carolina
20. WICHITA STATE
Last Week: 1-0. Overall: 1-0, 0-0 in MVC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Inclement weather caused the cancellation of the final two games of WSU’s series against Fordham, but the Shockers at least won their opener. Sr. LHP Rob Musgrave (5.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) relinquished a 3-0 lead when Fordham scored three runs (two unearned) in the sixth, but relievers Khol Nanney and Tyler Fleming combined for 3.2 innings of scoreless, hitless relief. Wichita State regained the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth when Sr. C Tyler Weber (2-for-4, 2 R) doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly So. SS Dusty Coleman (2-for-2, 2 RBI).
Feb. 22-24: Fordham: W 4-3, CCD, CCD
Feb. 25: Northwestern (Iowa)
Feb. 26: Emporia (Kan.) State
Feb. 29-March 2: @ (11) Long Beach State
21. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 4-0, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
The Cowboys were impressive on the mound in a four-game sweep of Gonzaga. So. LHP Andy Oliver (5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6K) was strong Friday, and Sr. 3B Matt Hague went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in his Oklahoma State debut. Hague followed with a double, triple and three RBIs Saturday, helping So. LHP Tyler Lyons (5 IP, 2 ER) pick up the win. Hague (3-for-4, 2B, RBI) again led the offense in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader in support of Sr. RHP Matt Gardner (5 IP, 3 H, 1 R), and relievers Matt Peck and Jordy Mercer combined to throw four perfect innings of relief. Four OSU pitchers held the Bulldogs to four hits in the nightcap, as Hague (2-for-5) and Jr. 2B Tyrone Hambly (2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI) paced the Cowboys’ 13-hit attack.
Feb. 22-24: Gonzaga: W 6-1, W 12-2, W 3-1, W 10-3
Feb. 28: @ South Florida
Feb. 29-31: vs. Northwestern @ Tampa
March 2: @ South Florida
22. SAN DIEGO STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in MWC (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
Before Sunday’s series finale was postponed to Monday by rain, the Aztecs not only won two of three games against their ranked cross-town rival, but they did it by bludgeoning a pitching staff widely regarded as one of the nation’s best. Friday’s Marquee Mound Matchup proved lopsided, as So. RHP Stephen Strasburg (8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) cruised and SDSU pounded out 16 hits against USD ace Brian Matusz and three relievers. Sr. SS Troy Hanzawa (3-for-6, 2 R, 2 RBIs) and Jr. 3B Nick Romero (3-for-4, HR, 4 RBIs) led the onslaught. Even in a loss in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Aztecs put up eight runs against All-American lefty Josh Romanski, led by Sr. 2B Garett Green (4-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBIs, 4 R). Hanzawa (3-for-6, 2B, 3 RBIs) and Green (3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI) were among seven Aztecs to record multiple-hit games in the nightcap, making a winner of So. LHP Nate Solow (5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 K).
Feb. 22-24: vs./@/vs. (11) San Diego: W 11-2, L 17-11, W 15-2
Feb. 26: @ Southern California
Feb. 28-March 2: USD Tournament, San Diego: Cal Poly, (5) Missouri, California, (24) Fresno State
23. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in Big West (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
The Titans won a road series against Mountain West Conference favorite Texas Christian. Fullerton rapped out 18 hits Friday in support of Sr. RHP Jeff Kaplan (5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER), with newcomer Jr. OF Erik Komatsu (3-for-5, 2B, 3B, HR, 5 RBIs) and So. OF Josh Fellhauer (4-for-6, 2B, 2 RBIs) leading the barrage. Komatsu’s two-run homer in the sixth was all the offense the Titans could muster Saturday, when three of the four runs allowed by Jr. RHP Cory Arbiso were unearned. Fullerton broke a 4-4 tie Sunday with a run in the eighth and two more in the ninth, and Jr. RHP Brian Wilson threw 2.1 scoreless innings of relief. Fellhauer (3-for-5, HR, RBI) and Fr. 2B Gary Brown (2-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 SB) were the offensive catalysts in the finale.
Feb. 22-24: @ Texas Christian: W 11-5, L 4-2, W 7-4
Feb. 26: Loyola-Marymound
Feb. 29-March 2: @ Stanford
24. FRESNO STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 2-2, 0-0 in WAC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series:Weekend Series: 0-0-1.
The Bulldogs dropped the first two games of a four-game set against UC Davis but bounced back to salvage a split. Jr. LHP Justin Wilson (6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) was a tough-luck loser in the opener, as an error by Sr. 1B Ryan Overland opened the door to Davis’ three-run fifth inning. Fresno’s bats remained cold in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, as Sr. RHP Clayton Allison (7 IP, 3 ER) pitched well but took the loss. Jr. RHP Tanner Scheppers (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K) was masterful in the nightcap, and the Bulldogs erupted for 15 hits to back him up. Miller came back to fire three innings of one-run ball in Sunday’s finale before handing off to Sr. RHP Brandon Burke (5.2 IP, 2 ER), and the pair made Fresno’s four-run first inning stand up.
Feb. 22-24: UC Davis: L 4-2, L 3-1, W 7-0, W 6-3
Feb. 28-March 2: @ USD Tournament, San Diego: California, (17) San Diego, Cal Poly, (22) San Diego State
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 2-2, 0-0 in Sun Belt (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
The Ragin’ Cajuns won their first two but dropped their final two at the UTSA Baseball Classic. Jr. RHP Danny Farquhar (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 9 K) shut down Army on Friday, and Sr. OF Josh Logan (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 SB) sparked the offense. Sr. LHP Hunter Moody (6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K) narrowly outdid Farquhar in UL-L’s first game Saturday, and Jr. 3B Matt Hicks provided all the offense he would need with two hits and a homer. Hicks homered again in a loss to Oral Roberts and Jr. DH Scott Hawkins added four hits, but ORU tagged Sr. LHP Brent Solich with six runs over the fifth and sixth innings. UTSA scored all five of its runs in the fourth off Sr. RHP Buddy Glass on Sunday, and the Cajun bats could not answer.
Feb. 22-24: @ UTSA Baseball Classic, San Antonio: Army: W 2-1, Texas Tech: W 4-0, Oral Roberts: L 6-5, Texas San Antonio: L 5-2
Feb. 27: @ (18) Tulane
Feb. 29-March 2: Louisiana-Lafayette Tournament, Lafayette, La.: Southern Mississippi, Miami (Ohio), Southern Mississippi
TEXAS A&M (21)
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 2-2, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0-1.
The Aggies had to win Sunday’s finale to salvage a split of a four-game series against a vastly less talented Northern Colorado team. Sr. LHP Kirkland Rivers (5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) was hittable Friday, but Jr. SS Jose Duran’s two-run single highlighted a four-run TAMU sixth that broke a 5-5 tie. The Lumberjacks got to Jr. RHP Kyle Thebeau and So. RHP Travis Starling for a pair of unearned runs in the sixth inning of the first game Saturday, then broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of runs in the seventh in the nightcap, spoiling a good debut by Fr. RHP Barret Loux (5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K). On Sunday it was A&M’s turn to break a 2-2 tie with a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth.
Feb. 22-24: Northern Colorado: W 9-5, L 3-1 (7 innings), L 4-2, W 5-2
Feb. 26-27: McNeese State
Feb. 29-March 2: Domino’s Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic, College Station, Texas: Ohio State, Arkansas, Louisiana Tech
EAST CAROLINA (24)
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 1-2, 0-0 in CUSA. (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.
After being obliterated in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, ECU rebounded with a blowout win of its own in the nightcap before dropping an extra-innings affair Sunday. Sr. RHP T.J. Hose (1.1 IP, 9 H, 11 R, 9 ER) was pounded in the opener, and three Pirate relievers provided little relief, combining to give up 11 more runs. Fr. RHP Seth Maness (4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER) held South Carolina’s bats in check in the second game before handing off to Jr. RHP Daniel Holder (4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER), and Sr. OF Jamie Ray’s three-run triple (he also scored on the play after a throwing error) keyed a five-run third inning that broke the game open. Jr. RHP/3B Justin Bristow (5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) was solid in his ECU debut on the mound Sunday, and Jr. 3B Drew Scheiber (3-for-4, 3 RBI) doubled and scored in the ninth to force extras, but the Gamecocks got to Sr. LHP Josh Ruhlman in the 11th.
Feb. 22-24: @ (12) South Carolina: L 22-5, W 13-4, L 7-6 (11 innings)
Feb. 27: @ Elon
Feb. 29-March 2: Monmouth
OLD DOMINION (25)
Last Week: 1-1. Overall: 1-1, 0-0 in CAA (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0-1.
Rain and bad field conditions kept the Monarchs from playing Friday or Saturday, and they split Sunday’s doubleheader. ODU committed three errors in the opener behind Jr. RHP Dan Hudson (5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER) and three relievers, who combined to give up four runs after Hudson left. Jr. RHP Anthony Shawler (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K) was dominant in the second game, though Rutgers mounted a comeback bid against Jr. RHP Dexter Carter (0.1 IP, 1 H, 4 ER). Eight Monarchs recorded hits in that one, and ODU scored four runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings.
Feb. 24: Rutgers: L 7-1, W 8-5
Feb. 26: @ (4) North Carolina
Feb. 27: @ (16) Virginia
Feb. 29-March 2: Temple