Top 25 Tracker: Feb. 24

How Baseball America’s Top 25 teams fared in Week 2.


virginia1. VIRGINIA
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Cavaliers allowed just four runs in a three-game sweep of East Carolina. Brandon Downes (2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI) led Virginia’s offense Friday against first-team preseason All-American Jeff Hoffman (6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K), as  Nathan Kirby (6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) moved up to the Friday starter role and earned the win. Mike Papi, Joe McCarthy and Derek Fisher contributed two hits and one RBI apiece Saturday behind Josh Sborz (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K), and relievers David Rosenberger and Connor Jones who worked two shutout innings apiece. Freshman Matt Thaiss (3-for-4, 2 R, RBI, 2 2B) led a balanced 13-hit attack Sunday in support of Brandon Waddell (5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER).

RESULTS
Feb. 18: William & Mary: W 17-2
Feb. 21-23: East Carolina: W 3-2, W 4-0, W 6-2

UPCOMING
Feb. 25: VMI
Feb. 28-March 1: Monmouth


2. FLORIDA STATEfloridastate 2
Last Week: 3-0.
Overall: 6-0, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.

The Seminoles took two games from struggling Georgia (1-5), but the series finale was rained out. FSU broke a 1-1 tie with six runs in the fourth Friday behind Luke Weaver (5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER), and FSU hitters drew eight walks. Florida State broke open a 4-4 game with four runs in the seventh Saturday. D.J. Stewart, Ben DeLuzio and Danny De La Calle combined for six hits and seven RBIs in support of Brandon Leibrandt (5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K).
RESULTS
Feb. 18: @ Jacksonville: W 12-6
Feb. 21-23: Georgia: W 8-3, W 10-4, CCD

UPCOMING
Feb. 28-March 2: (14) Miami


southcarolina3. SOUTH CAROLINA 2
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 7-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.

The Gamecocks did not allow a run in their three-game sweep of Eastern Kentucky. They have thrown a program-record five consecutive shutouts, part of a 51-inning scoreless streak. Jordan Montgomery (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K) dominated for the second straight week on Friday, and Jack Wynkoop (7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) was dominant again Saturday. Freshman Wil Crowe (6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) followed suit with another overpowering performance Sunday; he has opened his career with 12 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out 10. Connor Bright (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI) led the offense Sunday; he has hit safely in all seven games this year. The competition level ramps up next week for the Gamecocks, who play their annual showdown series against Clemson.

RESULTS
Feb. 18: Presbyterian: W 4-0
Feb. 21-23: Eastern Kentucky: W 4-0, W 2-0, W 6-0

UPCOMING
Feb. 28-March 2: vs./vs./@ (11) Clemson


oregonstate4. OREGON STATE 2
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 5-2, 0-0 in Pac-12. (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 0-0.

The Beavers went 1-2 against Big Ten competition, salvaging the weekend with a convincing win against No. 10 Indiana on Sunday. The Oregon State defense made three errors Friday—two of them by second baseman Andy Peterson—helping lead to a loss for Andrew Moore (6.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K). Michigan State came from behind Saturday with two runs in the ninth, as freshman shortstop Trever Morrison made a crucial error in the ninth behind normally reliable closer Max Engelbrekt (1 IP, 3 H, 2 R). Logan Ice and Nick Rulli were the unlikely heroes Sunday, as each went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in support of Scott Schultz (9 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K).

RESULTS
Feb. 17: Pacific @ Tempe, Ariz.: W 7-0
Feb. 21-23: @ Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge, Surprise, Ariz.:
Nebraska: L 9-2
Michigan State: L 8-7
(10) Indiana: W 8-1

UPCOMING
Feb. 28-March 2: Wright State


calstatefullerton5. CAL STATE FULLERTON 2
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 4-3, 0-0 in Big West. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.

The Titans dropped Friday’s opener against San Francisco in 19 innings—the longest game in Fullerton history—but bounced back to win the series with two dominating wins. San Francisco’s Brendan Hendricks smacked a solo home run in the top of the 19th Friday, and USF’s Houston Hibberd (7.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) was masterful in relief, as was Fullerton’s Koby Gauna (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K). Jr. 3B Matt Chapman (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR) led the Fullerton offense Saturday in support of Justin Garza (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 K), who returned to his usual dominating form after a rocky season debut last week. J.D. Davis and Greg Velazquez each hit two-run homers Sunday behind Grahamm Wiest (9 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K), who improved to 1-0, 0.55 with 17 strikeouts and one walk in 16 innings.

RESULTS
Feb. 18: @ Southern California: L 6-1
Feb. 21-23: San Francisco: L 6-5 (19 innings), W 11-0, W 5-1

UPCOMING
Feb. 28-March 2: @ (9) Oregon


 

ncstate 6. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 6-0.
Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-0-1.

N.C. State bounced back strong from its opening day loss to Canisius, reeling off five straight wins, including a sweep of Appalachian State. Carlos Rodon (8 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) was better Friday than in his season debut, and he won despite three N.C. State errors Friday, as Bubby Riley (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI) led the Wolfpack offense. Logan Jernigan (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K) bounced back from a poor season debut with a strong outing Saturday, and Jake Fincher had two hits and three RBIs for the Wolfpack. Jake Armstrong (3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) powered the offense Sunday in support of Brad Stone (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K), and Eric Peterson (3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) posted his second strong outing of the week in relief.

RESULTS
Feb. 17: Canisius: W 11-4
Feb. 18: @ Elon: W 12-7
Feb. 19: North Carolina A&T: W 15-0
Feb. 21-23: Appalachian State: W 6-5, W 7-0, W 3-1

UPCOMING
Feb. 25: Davidson
Feb. 28-March 2: @ USA Baseball-Irish Classic, Cary, N.C.:
Michigan, (19) UCLA, Youngstown State


lsu7. LOUISIANA STATE 1
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 7-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Tigers stayed unbeaten by dominating their home tournament, allowing just two runs in three games. Aaron Nola exited after seven no-hit innings Friday against Virginia Tech, allowing just one walk while striking out eight in a 9-0 win. Nola is now 2-0, 0.00 with 14 strikeouts, one walk and four hits allowed through 13 innings. Newcomers Kade Scivicque (3-for-4, 2 R) and Kramer Robertson (3-for-5, R, 2 RBI) led LSU’s 16-hit barrage Saturday against Toledo, and Kyle Bouman (6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) turned in a second straight good start. Jake Fraley, who delivered a pinch-hit two-run single Saturday, got the start Sunday and provided a three-run homer in the fourth to help Jared Poche (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) improve to 2-0.
RESULTS
Feb. 19: @ Southeastern Louisiana: W 7-3
Feb. 21-23: LSU Tournament, Baton Rouge:
Virginia Tech: W 9-0
Toledo: W 15-1
Texas Southern: W 4-1

UPCOMING
Feb. 25: (10) Louisiana-Lafayette
Feb. 28-March 2: Yale


lsu8. VANDERBILT 1
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 7-0, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.

The Commodores continued to dominate on the mound, allowing just two runs in a three-game sweep of UIC; they have yielded just seven runs through seven games. Tyler Beede (6 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) was brilliant in Friday’s blowout, as 10 different ‘Dores recorded hits as part of a 19-hit blitzkrieg. Vandy got another strong start from Jared Miller (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) in Saturday’s 2-0 win. Zander Wiel (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI, 2 2B) and Kyle Smith (3-for-3, 4 R, RBI, 2B) led the offense Sunday in support of Tyler Ferguson (5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K).

RESULTS
Feb. 19: Lipscomb: W 5-1
Feb. 21-23: Illinois-Chicago: W 14-1, W 2-0, W 12-1

UPCOMING
Feb. 25: Western Kentucky
Feb. 26: Evansville
Feb. 28-March 2: Stanford


oregon9. OREGON 2
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 7-0, 0-0 in Pac-12. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.

The Ducks stayed unbeaten by sweeping a road series at Loyola Marymount. Oregon’s Tommy Thorpe (7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) bested Loyola Marymount ace Colin Welmon (7.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) on Friday, and the Ducks broke the game open with eight runs in the eighth. Matt Krook (6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) was strong in Oregon’s come-from-behind 5-3 win Saturday; Krook threw just one wild pitch, a week after throwing seven in his debut at Hawaii. The Ducks overcame a 3-0 deficit with five runs in the final three innings, led by Kyle Garlick (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI). Relievers Trent Paddon, Garrett Cleavinger and Jake Reed combined for 4.2 innings of two-hit, shutout ball Sunday, and freshman Austin Grebeck hit a pinch-hit double in the ninth, then scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly.

RESULTS
Feb. 17: @ Hawaii: W 10-2
Feb. 21-23: @ Loyola Marymount: W 12-2, W 5-3, W 4-3

UPCOMING
Feb. 25: Portland
Feb. 28-March 2: (5) Cal State Fullerton


louisianalafayette 10. LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 4
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 7-1, 0-0 in Sun Belt (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.

The Cajuns swept a quality road series at Southern Miss, giving them seven straight wins since dropping their season opener against Eastern Illinois. Austin Robichaux (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) picked up the win Friday, as the Cajuns supported him with a balanced 11-hit attack. Louisiana-Lafayette swept a doubleheader Saturday. Chase Compton (2-for-5, R, 4 RBI) powered the Cajuns’ offense in the first game, and leadoff man Caleb Adams (4-for-5, R, RBI, 3 2B, 3B) was the sparkplug in Game Two. Carson Baranik (9 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) was solid in a no-decision in the first game, while Cody Boutte (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the win in the second game.
RESULTS
Feb. 19: @ Northwestern State: W 5-3
Feb. 21-23: @ Southern Mississippi: W 6-2, W 8-5 (12 innings), W 9-5

UPCOMING
Feb. 25: @ (7) Louisiana State
Feb. 28-March 2: (21) Alabama


clemson 11. CLEMSON 2
Last Week: 3-0.
Overall: 5-1, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.

The Tigers easily dispatched Maine, outscoring the Black Bears 18-7 in a three-game sweep. Tyler Slaton and Garrett Boulware had two hits apiece to lead the offense Friday behind Daniel Gossett (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K). Slaton (4-for-6, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Tyler Krieger (3-for-5, RBI) spearheaded an 18-hit attack Saturday in support of Matthew Crownover (5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), helping Jack Leggett pass Ron Fraser for 10th place on the all-time Division I wins list (1,267). Boulware (3-for-4, R, 3 RBI, 2B) led the Clemson attack Sunday, and Jake Long (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) earned his first win as a Tiger.
RESULTS
Feb. 21-23: Maine: W 5-2, W 13-3, W 10-2

UPCOMING
Feb. 25: Presbyterian
Feb. 28-March 2: @/vs./vs. (3) South Carolina


Rice12. RICE 3
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 6-2, 0-0 in C-USA. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.

Rice’s bats heated up as the weekend went on, as the Owls outscored Purdue 35-5 in a three-game sweep. John Clay Reeves’ tie-breaking RBI double highlighted Rice’s two-run sixth Friday in support of Jordan Stephens (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). Shane Hoelscher’s two-run double highlighted Rice’s five-run second inning Saturday behind Blake Fox (5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER), and the Owls cruised to the win from there. Skyler Ewing (3-for-6, 4 R, 6 RBI) hit a grand slam Sunday and Ford Stainback (4-for-6, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2B) had a big day to lead Rice’s 20-hit attack behind Kevin McCanna (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER). The Owls scored 10 runs in the first and piled on in the middle innings.
RESULTS
Feb. 18: Texas State: W 4-3 (11 innings)
Feb. 19: Houston: L 3-0
Feb. 21-23: Purdue: W 3-1, W 9-1, W 23-3

UPCOMING
Feb. 25: Sam Houston State
Feb. 28-March 2: Houston College Classic:
(15) Texas, (16) Texas Christian, Texas Tech


calpoly13. CAL POLY 9
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in Big West (5-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.

Cal Poly won its second straight series against a ranked foe, taking two of three on the road at UCLA. A week after Cal Poly ace lefthander Matt Imhof struck out 14 in a dominating start against Kansas State, the Bruins handed him his first loss Friday, as he allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits over five innings. Nick Torres and Mundell each cranked three-run homers Saturday in support of freshman righthander Slater Lee (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K), who has allowed just four hits in 15 sterling innings to start his career, with 14 strikeouts and two walks. Torres (3-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI) had another strong game Sunday, as the Mustangs jumped out to an 8-1 lead through four innings and cruised to the win. Casey Bloomquist (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER), Taylor Chris (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R) and Reed Reilly (1 IP, 1 H, 0 R) were strong on the mound in the finale.

RESULTS
Feb. 18: @ Santa Clara: W 8-0
Feb. 21-23: @ (12) UCLA: L 5-2, W 8-0, W 9-1

UPCOMING
Feb. 25: @ San Jose State
Feb. 28-March 2: @ Southern California


miami14. MIAMI 2
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 4-3, 0-0 in ACC. (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.

Miami won its first series against rival Florida since 2009, taking the first two games of the hard-fought set but dropping Sunday’s finale. Dale Carey, Willie Abreu and Garrett Kenndy each homered Friday to help bring Miami back from an early 3-0 hole, and Chris Diaz (7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) settled down after the rocky first to pick up the win. Zack Collins snapped a season-opening 0-for-17 funk with a tie-breaking three-run homer in the sixth Saturday, and Bryan Radziewski (5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) was solid in a no-decision. The Gators jumped on Andrew Suarez (7 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) for four runs in the first Sunday and held off Miami’s comeback attempt. The Miami bullpen allowed just one run in 7.1 combined innings on the weekend. Carey and Kennedy each homered twice in the series, as the ‘Canes went deep six times in three games—after hitting just 14 homers all of last year.

RESULTS
Feb. 19: Florida Atlantic: L 5-2
Feb. 21-23: (23) Florida: W 6-4, W 5-2, L 6-4

UPCOMING
Feb. 28-March 2: @ (2) Florida State


texas 15. TEXAS 3
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 5-3, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-0-1.

Texas won the first two games of its annual series against Stanford but dropped Sunday’s finale, which was shortened to eight innings by a travel curfew. Parker French (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) and Mark Payton (4-for-5, R, 3 RBI, 3B) led the way in Friday’s win. Payton (3-for-3, R, RBI) led the offense again Saturday behind Dillon Peters (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER), and Collin Shaw scored the winning run in the ninth on a wild pitch. The Cardinal took control of Sunday’s game with four runs in the second against Lukas Schiraldi (2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K).

RESULTS
Feb. 18: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: W 10-0
Feb. 21-23: Stanford: W 9-3, W 4-3, L 11-5 (8 innings)

UPCOMING
Feb. 25: Texas-Pan American
Feb. 28-March 2: @ Houston College Classic:
(12) Rice, Houston, Sam Houston State


texaschristian 16. TEXAS CHRISTIAN 3
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-0.

TCU went 3-0 at a tournament in Corpus Christi. Brandon Finnegan (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K) posted another overpowering performance Friday, and Derek Odell and Dylan Fitzgerald combined for six hits and five RBIs to lead the offense. Odell and Fitzgerald had two-hit games Saturday behind Preston Morrison (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER), who got a no-decision after the Islanders tied the game against the TCU bullpen in the eighth, only to see the Frogs answer with three in the ninth, highlighted by Odell’s two-run single. Boomer White (3-for-5, RBI) led a balanced 10-hit attack Sunday behind Tyler Alexander (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER).

RESULTS
Feb. 18: Northern Colorado: W 10-3
Feb. 21-23: @ Kleberg Bank College Classic, Corpus Christi, Texas:
Brigham Young: W 10-0
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: W 7-4
Texas-San Antonio: W 7-4

UPCOMING
Feb. 25: Texas-Arlington
Feb. 28-March 2: @ Houston College Classic:
Sam Houston State, (12) Rice, Houston


Indiana17. INDIANA 10
Last Week: 1-2.
Overall: 2-5, 0-0 in Big Ten. (0-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 0-1.

The Hoosiers went 1-2 against cold-weather Pac-12 teams, their second straight losing weekend to start the year. Kyle Schwarber (4-for-5, 3 R, 3 RBI, 3B, HR) spearheaded Indiana’s 15-hit assault Friday behind Joey Denato (6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). IU dropped a 15-inning contest Saturday against Utah, which got stellar relief from Nick Green (7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K). IU All-Americans Schwarber and Sam Travis went a combined 2-for-13 in the game; its murderer’s row of Schwarber, Travis, Scott Donley and Dustin DeMuth were 2-for-24. IU mustered just six hits Sunday against Oregon State’s Scott Schultz, as Will Coursen-Carr (6.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) fell to 0-2.
RESULTS
Feb. 21-23: @ Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge, Surprise, Ariz.:
Washington: W 8-2
Utah: L 5-4 (15 innings)
(2) Oregon State: L 8-1

UPCOMING
March 1: @ (20) Louisville
March 1: vs. Toledo @ Louisville


Mississippistate18. MISSISSIPPI STATE 7
Last Week: 2-3.
Overall: 4-4, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-0-1.

The Bulldogs had a bad week, dropping a midweek game to Memphis and then splitting a four-game home series against Holy Cross, a frigid-weather team with no athletic scholarships playing its first series of the year. Leadoff man Jake Vickerson (3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI) sparked the offense Friday in support of Brandon Woodruff (5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K), who bounced back from a rough opener to pick up his first win. Wes Rea homered three times in a doubleheader split Saturday. He went deep twice in an 8-4 win in the opener, and Daniel Garner went 4-for-4 in support of Trevor Fitts (5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). But the Crusaders came from behind with two in the eighth against MSU’s heralded bullpen to win the nightcap 7-6. Rea went a combined 5-for-8 with eight RBIs in the twin bill. The Bulldogs mustered just six hits Sunday, as Dakota Hudson (3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) took the loss.
RESULTS
Feb. 19: Memphis: L 6-4
Feb. 21-23: Holy Cross: W 6-2, W 8-4, L 7-6, L 6-1

UPCOMING
Feb. 25-26: Mount St. Mary’s
Feb. 28-March 2: Diamond Classic, Starkville, Miss.:
Michigan State, Eastern Illinois, Michigan State, Eastern Illinois


UCLA19. UCLA 7
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 4-3, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-1.

The Bruins won Friday’s opener but were beaten handily in the final two games of their home series against Cal Poly. UCLA got an outstanding start Friday from James Kaprielian (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K), and Luke Persico (4-for-4, R, RBI, 2 3B) led the offense. Nick Torres and Brian Mundell each hit three-run homers to lead the Poly offense Saturday, as the Mustangs handed Grant Watson (4 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) his first loss. Poly jumped on Cody Poteet (2.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER) early in the game Sunday, buliding an 8-1 lead through four innings and cruising to the win.

RESULTS
Feb. 18: Cal State Northridge: W 7-1
Feb. 21-23: (22) Cal Poly: W 5-2, L 8-0, L 9-1

UPCOMING
Feb. 25: UC Santa Barbara
Feb. 28-March 2: @ USA Baseball-Irish Classic, Cary, N.C.:
Notre Dame, (6) North Carolina State, Michigan


louisville20. LOUISVILLE
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 5-2, 0-0 in AAC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-0.

Louisville cruised to wins in its first two games against Western Michigan but dropped Sunday’s finale, as the Broncos improved to 1-5. Cole Sturgeon (3-for-6, 2 R, 6 RBI, HR, 2 2B) and Kyle Gibson (4-for-5, 3 R, 3 RBI) led Louisville’s 22-hit onslaught in Friday’s blowout. The Cardinals broke open a 3-0 game with five runs in the sixth Saturday behind Kyle Funkhouser (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K). Jared Ruxer (4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER) took the loss Sunday.

RESULTS
Feb. 19: Eastern Kentucky: W 13-1
Feb. 21-23: Western Michigan: W 21-8, W 8-0, L 4-2

UPCOMING
Feb. 25: Eastern Illinois
Feb. 26: Morehead State
Feb. 28-March 2: Toledo, Indiana, Toledo


alabama21. ALABAMA
Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 4-2, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.

For the second straight week, Alabama lost its series opener but bounced back to win the series. Stephen F. Austin pushed across a run in the 13th on a sacrifice fly Frida;  Bama ace Spencer Turnbull (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 K) lacked fine control in a no-decision. Casey Hughston (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI) led the Bama offense Saturday behind Justin Kamplain (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K). Kyle Overstreet (2-for-5, 2 R, RBI) tied Sunday’s game with an eighth-inning solo homer, and Wade Wass singled home the winning run in the 10th. Alabama got good pitching in that game from Ray Castillo (5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) and Jon Keller (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K).
RESULTS
Feb. 21-23: Stephen F. Austin State: L 2-1 (13 innings), W 8-0, W 3-2 (10 innings).

UPCOMING
Feb. 26: @ Southern Mississippi
Feb. 28-March 2: @ (10) Louisiana-Lafayette


northcarolina22. NORTH CAROLINA 5
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 3-3, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-1.

UNC managed to win its first home series against Xavier despite scoring just six runs in three games, as its pitching staff allowed just five run on the weekend. Joe Forney (2-for-3, R, RBI) led the Xavier offense Friday against Benton Moss (7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), as UNC sustained its third loss of the season in its fourth game (it didn’t take its third loss until April 23 last year). Trent Thornton (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) was strong in Saturday’s win, and Zach Daly (2-for-3, R) led UNC’s offense. Zac Gallen (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) pitched very well in a no-decision Sunday, and the Tar Heels rallied from a 2-0 deficit with three in the ninth, capped by Adam Pate’s walk-off infield single.

RESULTS
Feb. 17: @ College of Charleston: L 3-1
Feb. 21-23: Xavier: L 2-1, W 2-1, W 3-2

UPCOMING
Feb. 25: Appalachian State
Feb. 28-March 2: North Florida


texasaandm23. TEXAS A&M 1
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.

Texas A&M rebounded from Friday’s shutout loss to take a home series against Sacramento State. Daniel Mengden (7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB 9 K) took a hard-luck loss Friday, as the Aggies were shut out on six hits. Logan Nottebrok (2-for-5, 4 RBI) homered twice Saturday, highlighted by a walk-off two-run shot in the ninth. Parker Ray (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) was solid in a no-decision. Cole Lankford (3-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI) led the offense Sunday in support of Grayson Long (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R), who has opened the season with 14 consecutive scoreless innings.
RESULTS
Feb. 18: Stephen F. Austin State: W 12-3
Feb. 21-23: Sacramento State: L 1-0, W 7-5, W 5-0

UPCOMING
Feb. 25: Houston Baptist
Feb. 28-March 2: @ Fresno State


arkansas24. ARKANSAS 1
Last Week: 3-0.
Overall: 6-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.

Arkansas stayed unbeaten with a sweep of Eastern Illinois. Jalen Beeks (5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) improved to 2-0 in Friday’s win. After the Panthers tied Saturday’s game with three runs in the top of the eighth, Arkansas answered with five in the bottom of the frame, highlighted by Brian Anderson’s three-run homer. Chris Oliver (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K) was strong in a no-decision in that one. The Hogs broke open a 4-3 game with four runs in the eighth Sunday, as Tyler Spoon (2-for-4, R, 3 RBI, 2B) led the attack.
RESULTS
Feb. 21-23: Eastern Illinois: W 6-2, W 8-3, W 8-3

UPCOMING
Feb. 28-March 2: South Alabama


florida25. FLORIDA 2
Last Week: 3-2.
Overall: 5-3, 0-0 in SEC (1-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-1.

After notching a pair of quality midweek wins against UCF and North Florida, the Gators traveled to Miami and dropped their first set against the Hurricanes since 2009; they had won 13 of the previous 14 meetings between the two rivals. Taylor Gushue (4-for-4, 2 R, RBI) had a nice game Friday, but Bobby Poyner (4 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) could not hold an early 3-0 lead. The Gators used four pitchers Friday and seven pitchers each of the next two days, as they make use of their enviable pitching depth while searching for workhorse starters. Danny Young entered with two on in a tie game in the sixth inning Saturday, and Miami’s Zack Collins hit his first pitch out of the park for a three-run homer. Peter Alonso’s RBI triple highlighted Florida’s four-run first inning Sunday; Alonso was one of four Gators to post two-hit games as part of a balanced hit attack. Karsten Whitson (3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) started and continued to show progress in his return from shoulder surgery, sitting at 90-92 and touching 93-94 mph.
RESULTS
Feb. 18: Central Florida: W 5-1
Feb. 19: North Florida: W 8-7
Feb. 21-23: @ (16) Miami: L 6-4, L 5-2, W 6-4

UPCOMING
Feb. 27-March 2: Florida Tournament, Gainesville, Fla.:
Florida Gulf Coast, Illinois, Florida Gulf Coast, Illinois