Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 5-1, 0-0 in Pac-10. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Arizona’s bats upstaged its touted pitching in a three-game sweep of Sacramento State, with Sr. 1B C.J. Ziegler (5-for-12, 3 HR, 8 RBI) and So. 3B Dillon Baird (5-for-12, 2 2B, GS, 6 RBI) leading a Wildcat offense that hit .384/.470/.808 on the weekend. So. OF Diallo Fon also had a big weekend out of the leadoff spot, going 4-for-6 with two doubles, two triples, three walks and five runs scored to raise his team-best average to .714. Jr. RHP Preston Guilmet (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 11 K) bounced back from his rough season debut to help Arizona coach Andy Lopez pick up his 900th career win Friday. Jr. RHP Ryan Perry (2.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) was hit hard Sunday despite working in the 94-96 mph range with his fastball again, but the Wildcats overcame deficits of 5-0 and 7-5 in a seesaw affair.
Feb. 29-March 2: Sacramento State: W 9-3, W 15-7, W 10-9
March 4-5: Nevada-Las Vegas
March 7-9: @ Whataburger Classic, Corpus Christi, Texas: South Alabama, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Notre Dame
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 8-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
A week after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament against Minnesota, Fr. 1B Matt Smith returned with a vengeance, going 9-for-14 with three home runs in Mississippi’s weekend sweep of Indiana State. He delivered a two-run single in the ninth Sunday to tie the game, then hit a walk-off homer in the 11th. The Rebels also continued to get strong hitting all week from mainstays like Jr. 3B Cody Overbeck (10-for-21, 5 2B, HR, 6 RBI in the last five games), Jr. OF Logan Power (8-for-18, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R) and So. 2B Zach Miller (9-for-19, 6 R). And of course, the Rebels got strong outings Friday and Saturday from power-armed Jr. RHPs Lance Lynn (6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) and Cody Satterwhite (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K).
Feb. 26-27: Northwestern State: W 15-4, W 14-1
Feb. 29-March 2: Indiana State: W 6-4, W 11-4, W 6-5
March 4: Southern Mississippi
March 5: Arkansas State
March 7-9: @ Texas Christian
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 5-1, 0-0 in Pac-10. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0-1.
Sr. 2B Alden Carrithers sparked UCLA’s otherwise rather pedestrian offense all week, first driving in the game-winning run against his old team in the Bruins’ 13-inning win against UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday, then capping the week with a game-winning two-run double in the top of the eighth in Sunday’s come-from-behind win against Southern California. Carrithers went 7-for-16 on the week with three doubles and four RBIs. So. RHP Charles Brewer (7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K) was strong in Friday’s win, starting in place of So. LHP Gavin Brooks, who did not pitch because of a blister on his throwing hand. Jr. LHP Tim Murphy was even better in Saturday’s nationally televised win against Southern, striking out 10 without issuing a walk and twirling UCLA’s first complete-game shutout since Hector Ambriz did it in 2005. Jr. LHP Brendan Lafferty delivered five shutout, two-hit innings of relief to keep the Bruins within striking distance Sunday.
Feb. 26: Cal State Northridge: Suspended by darkness (UCLA 22-2, bottom 8)
Feb. 27: UC Santa Barbara: W 5-4 (13 innings)
Feb. 29-March 2: @ Urban Invitational, Compton, Calif.: Southern: W 11-2, vs. Bethune-Cookman: W 2-0, @ Southern California: W 4-3
March 4-5: @/vs. Cal State Fullerton
March 7-9: St. Mary’s
4. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 7-0, 0-0 in Pac-10. (4-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
Arizona State hosted and dominated a tournament for the second straight weekend. So. OF Jason Kipnis (2-for-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI) led Thursday’s onslaught against Michigan, and So. RHP/DH Mike Leake held the Wolverines to four runs over 6.2 IP and went 1-for-2 with an RBI at the plate. Kipnis added two more hits Friday, and five ASU pitchers held Hawaii scoreless on five hits. The Sun Devils trailed Michigan 4-3 in the seventh Saturday but exploded for five runs in the bottom of the frame, and Jr. 1B/LHP Ike Davis threw 2.1 shutout innings of relief to pick up the win. Fr. RHP Seth Blair (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) picked up his second collegiate win Sunday. Jr. SS Marcel Champagnie had a big weekend, going 8-for-16 with two doubles, two triples and six RBIs.
Feb. 28-March 2: @ Coca-Cola Classic, Tempe Ariz. and Surprise, Ariz.: (8) Michigan: W 15-4, Hawaii: W 3-0, (8) Michigan: W 8-4, Portland: W 5-2
March 4-5: New Mexico
March 7-9: Massachusetts
5. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 7-1, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
North Carolina’s pitching staff carried the banner for the week, posting a 1.19 ERA and posting a 50-22 strikeout-walk ratio in 46 innings. Jr. RHP Adam Warren (5.1 IP, 1 ER) and So. RHP Alex White (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) delivered strong starts Thursday and Friday, and the Tar Heels supported White by posting eight runs against Kent State ace Chris Carpenter. UNC beat another ace—St. John’s lefty Scott Barnes—on Saturday, as R-Fr. RHP Colin Bates (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) sparkled in relief in just his third career appearance after missing last year with surgery to remove a blood clot in his shoulder. Fr. RHPs Garrett Davis and Nate Striz combined for 6.2 scoreless innings in Sunday’s win against the Red Storm. So. 2B Kyle Seager paced UNC’s offense, posting multi-hit games in all four games on the weekend and recording 10 RBIs.
Feb. 26: Old Dominion: L 8-6 (10 innings)
Feb. 28-March 2: @ Coca-Cola Classic, Rock Hill, S.C.: Winthrop: W 6-1, Kent State: W 8-1, St. John’s: W 6-2, W 4-2
March 4: William & Mary
March 7-9: @ Duke
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 6-2, 0-0 in Big 12. (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Missouri was one of three teams to finish 3-1 at the USD Tournament, getting good pitching and just enough offense. Jr. RHP Aaron Crow (5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) threw 110 pitches over five innings Friday, but Missouri posted five runs in the first inning highlighted by So. OF Aaron Senne’s grand slam, and the Tigers’ bullpen held off Cal’s comeback bid. In Missouri’s second game Friday, Jr. RHP Ian Berger (7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) shut down a San Diego State offense that entered the game averaging more than 10 runs per contest over its first six. San Diego scored three runs in the fifth Saturday against Jr. LHP Rick Zagone and held on for a one-run victory. So. RHP Kyle Gibson (6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER) settled down after a rocky first inning Sunday, and Sr. OF Jacob Priday led the offense with two hits and a homer.
Feb. 25: @ Central Florida: L 10-9 (7 innings)
Feb. 29-March 2: @ USD Tournament, San Diego: (22) San Diego State: W 3-1, California: W 7-5, (17) San Diego: L 5-4, Cal Poly: W 6-3
March 4: Western Illinois
March 7-9: Indiana State
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 5-2, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
So. LHP Mike Minor (6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) turned in another dandy in Friday’s win against Kansas, and R-Fr. RHP Russell Brewer followed with 2.1 perfect innings of relief. So. 1B Andrew Giobbi (3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) led the offense. Jr. RHP Brett Jacobson (4.1 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 4 ER) struggled again in Saturday’s loss, though Fr. RHP Chase Reid delivered 3.2 scoreless innings of relief. Vandy’s bats supported Jr. RHP Nick Christiani (8.1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER) in a big way Sunday, as Fr. C Curt Casali (3-for-5, 2B, 4 RBI) paced a 21-hit barrage.
Feb. 27: Evansville: W 4-3
Feb. 29-March 2: Music City Classic, Nashville: Kansas: W 7-1, Iowa: L 6-3, Xavier: W 17-3
March 6-9: Illinois-Chicago
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 5-1, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
So. LHP Eric Erickson (6.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) improved to 2-0 Friday as Jr. OF Blake Tekotte (3-for-4, RBI) sparked the offense. Jr. RHP Jason Santana threw 3.1 scoreless innings in relief of Sr. RHP Enrique Garcia (3.2 IP, 5 ER) Saturday, and the Hurricanes overcame a late 5-4 deficit with four runs over the final two innings. Fr. LHP Chris Hernandez (6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) turned in his second straight strong outing Sunday, but Florida broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the eighth against Miami’s bullpen. Jr. OF Dennis Raben continues to battle a stiff back and left the fourth inning Saturday when the back acted up.
Feb. 29-March 2: Florida: W 8-4, W 8-5, L 6-2
March 4: Lehigh
March 7-9: Boston College
9. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 5-1, 0-0 in SEC. (4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Gamecocks got great pitching to complement their typically strong offensive display in a two-game sweep of rival Clemson. Jr. SS Reese Havens continued his torrid start to the season with a second-inning grand slam Saturday in support of Jr. RHP Mike Cisco (7.1 IP, 1 ER). Havens had two more hits Sunday and Jr. 1B Justin Smoak added three more, including a double and a homer, to help So. RHP Blake Cooper (6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER) improve to 1-1 and South Carolina coach Ray Tanner collect his 900th career win. Attendance Saturday was 5,921 at Sarge Frye.
Feb. 27: UNC Asheville: W 12-0
March 1-2: vs./@ (19) Clemson: W 10-1, W 5-1
March 4: Gardner-Webb
March 5: Charlotte
March 7-9: Duquesne
10. LONG BEACH STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 5-2, 0-0 in Big West. (5-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Dirtbags have yet to face an unranked opponent and have yet to lose a weekend series. Sr. RHP Andrew Liebel (7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) submitted his second straight gem on Friday night, and Jr. SS Danny Espinosa (4-for-5) and Jr. 1B Shane Peterson (3-for-5) provided most of the offense, and Peterson drove in the winning run with a double in the 12th. That duo combined for four more hits Saturday in support of Jr. RHP Vance Worley (6.1 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 4 ER). Peterson capped his fine weekend by going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and five RBIs Sunday in support of Fr. RHP Jake Thompson (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K).
Feb. 26: (17) San Diego: L 5-3
Feb. 29-March 2: (20) Wichita State: W 3-2 (12 innings), W 8-5, W 8-3
March 4: Loyola Marymount
March 7-9: @ Hawaii
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
After going 3-5 in one-run games a year ago, Baylor is 5-0 in one-run contests in the first two weeks of 2008, after winning two such games this weekend. Friday’s win wasn’t much of a nail-biter, though, as the Bears scored 10 runs in the second inning. So. OF Aaron Miller doubled and homered in that frame en route to a 5-for-5 day with three homers and six RBIs, making him just the second player to hit three homers in a game at Baylor Ballpark, joining former McNeese State star Ben Broussard. Lost amidst the fireworks was another strong outing by So. RHP Kendal Volz (6 IP, 3 ER, 6 K). R-Fr. RHP Shawn Tolleson (6 IP, 3 ER) pitched well in a no-decision Saturday as the Bears scored runs in the seventh against Illinois-Chicago. So. 3B Shaver Hansen went 2-for-4 with a homer and the game-winning RBI single in the seventh inning Sunday.
Feb. 26: Texas Southern: W 10-1
Feb. 29-March 2: Quala-T Imprints Baylor Classic, Waco, Texas: Illinois: W 20-6, Illinois-Chicago: W 5-4, Stephen F. Austin: W 4-3
March 4-5: Louisiana Tech
March 7-9: @ Mississippi State
12. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 3-3, 0-0 in Pac-10. (0-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
The Beavers took an early-season series from Georgia for the second consecutive year. Jr. DH Jason Ogata’s three-run inside-the-park homer in the fifth inning Friday put OSU ahead for good and helped make a winner out of Sr. RHP Mike Stutes (5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 8 K). So. RHP Jorge Reyes (0.2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER) was hammered in Saturday’s loss, but Fr. 3B Garrett Nash (3-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI) was a bright spot offensively. Fr. RHP Greg Peavey (6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) bounced back from a rough debut against Arizona State last week with a strong start in a no-decision Sunday, and the Beavers scored two in the seventh to tie the score, capped by Ogata’s RBI single. Jr. OF John Wallace scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the eighth. The series was played at PGE Park in Portland and drew 29,332, including 11,166 on Sunday, a record for a Pacific-10 Conference team.
Feb. 29-March 2: @ Pape Grand Slam, Portland, Ore.: Georgia: W 6-4, L 10-5, W 5-4
March 4: Portland
March 7-9: @ San Diego State Tournament, San Diego: Loyola Marymount, (17) San Diego, Santa Clara, San Diego State
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 6-2, 0-0 in CUSA (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.
Rice rebounded from a series loss at Long Beach State with five straight wins, including three at the Houston College Classic. Fr. OF Chad Mozingo went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs Friday in support of So. RHP Ryan Berry (6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K). Mozingo added three more hits including a homer Saturday against Texas, and Sr. RHP Chris Kelley (4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) was strong in relief of Sr. LHP Cole St.Clair (3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER). Jr. C Adam Zornes broke a 4-4 tie with an RBI single in the eighth inning Sunday.
Feb. 26: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: W 11-7
Feb. 27: Houston: W 12-11
Feb. 29-March 2: @ Houston College Classic, Houston: Oklahoma: W 7-2, (14) Texas: W 10-4, Texas Tech: W 5-4
March 4: @ Sam Houston State
March 5: Dallas Baptist
March 7-9: Rice Classic, Houston: Michigan State, Western Carolina, Creighton
Last Week: 6-0. Overall: 10-0, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
The Cavaliers outscored mostly far inferior teams 82-15 in six games during the week and are off to the best start in school history. Virginia got big weekends from mainstays like Jr. SS Greg Miclat (7-for-18, 2 2B, 3B, 8 RBI), Jr. 1B Jeremy Farrell (7-for-15, 2B, HR, 5 RBI) and So. 3B Tyler Cannon (7-for-15, 2 3B), as well as newcomers like Fr. OF Dan Grovatt (8-for-10, 3 2B, 3 RBI). Jr. RHP Jacob Thompson (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) was strong in Friday’s laugher.
Feb. 27: Old Dominion: W 7-3
Feb. 28: Coppin State: W 27-1 (7 innings)
Feb. 29-March 2: UVa. Tournament, Charlottesville, Va.: Siena: W 17-2, Cornell: W 12-2, Siena: W 7-4, Cornell: W 12-3
March 4: @ Virginia Military Institute
March 7-9: @ North Carolina State
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 4-3, 0-0 in Big Ten. (0-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Michigan managed to salvage a win Sunday against Hawaii in an otherwise miserable weekend. Jr. LHP Mike Wilson (2.2 IP, 2 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 6 BB, 4 K) had control problems Thursday as Arizona State jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings. Portland broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of runs in the 10th against Sr. RHP Michael Powers, wasting a strong relief appearance by Sr. RHP Ben Jenzen (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 7 K). Jr. RHP/DH Zach Putnam (3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) made his season debut on the mound Saturday and led the offense with three hits and three RBIs, but ASU erased a brief 4-3 deficit with five runs in the seventh. Sr. C Nate Recknagel (3-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) and Sr. OF Derek VanBuskirk (3-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI) led a 14-hit attack Sunday in support of Sr. RHP Chris Fetter (6.2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER).
Feb. 28-March 2: @ Coca-Cola Classic, Tempe, Ariz. and Surprise, Ariz.: (6) Arizona State: L 15-4, Portland: L 4-3 (10 innings), (6) Arizona State: L 8-4, Hawaii: W 11-5
March 7-9: @ Keith LeClair Classic, Greenville, N.C.: Georgia Southern, East Carolina, Pittsburgh
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 6-2, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Texas had to battle in an extra-innings affair Sunday to get a win at the Houston College Classic. Tennessee scored four runs over the seventh and eighth innings Friday against So. LHP Austin Wood (6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER) and the Texas bullpen. Jr. RHP Kenn Kasparek (3.1 IP, 5 ER) couldn’t get out of the fourth inning Saturday and the Longhorns used seven pitchers in a loss to Rice. Fr. RHP Cole Green (6.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER) pitched well Sunday before running into trouble in Houston’s four-run seventh, but Fr. OF Connor Rowe’s pinch-hit RBI single in the 10th gave Texas the win.
Feb. 26-27: Texas-Pan American: W 10-3, W 5-0 (7 innings)
Feb. 29-March 2: @ Houston College Classic, Houston: Tennessee: L 5-4, (15) Rice: L 10-4, Houston: W 8-7 (10 innings)
March 4-5: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
March 7-9: Stanford
17. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 4-2. Overall: 5-4, 0-0 in WCC (3-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
After San Diego State finished off its series win against the Toreros on Monday, USD bounced back by winning four straight low-scoring games before being shut out by Cal on Sunday. Jr. LHP/OF Josh Romanski (6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER) kept the Toreros in Friday’s game against Cal Poly with his work on the mound, then delivered a game-winning three-run homer in the eighth. Later Friday, Jr. LHP Brian Matusz (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 11 K) bested Fresno State ace Tanner Scheppers with help from Fr. 3B Victor Sanchez’s go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth. USD cobbled together three runs in the sixth Saturday to come from behind and beat Missouri. Fr. RHP Kyle Blair (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 6 K) pitched well in defeat Sunday.
Feb. 25: (22) San Diego State: L 7-1
Feb. 26: @ (11) Long Beach State: W 5-3
Feb. 29-March 2: USD Tournament, San Diego: Cal Poly: W 3-2, (24) Fresno State: W 5-2, (5) Missouri: W 5-4, California: L 5-0
March 4: @ (19) UC Irvine
March 6-9: San Diego State Tournament, San Diego: Santa Clara, (21) Oklahoma State, (12) Oregon State, Loyola Marymount
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 5-1-1, 0-0 in Pac-10 (3-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
Check Aaron Fitt’s College blog for details, but the Bears win three of four against ranked opponents in the San Diego tournament and do so without ace RHP Tyson Ross, a preseason All-American out with tightness in his lat muscle.
(24) Fresno State: W 14-4
(5) Missouri: L 7-5
(22) San Diego State: W 5-3
(17) San Diego: W 5-0
March 4: Stanford
March 7-9: Metrodome Tournament vs. Northern Iowa, Minnesota, New Mexico
19. UC IRVINE
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 7-0, 0-0 in Big West (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Certainly, Irvine is out to prove last year’s CWS run was no fluke. Jr. CF Ollie Linton, a key returnee, is off to a fast start, hitting .423 with 11 R and is 7-for-7 on SBs so far. The Anteaters have shut out their opponents four times in seven games and kept USF scoreless for 27 innings this weekend. Jr. RHP Scott Gorgen struck out a career-high 12 in a complete-game one-hitter Friday to set the tone. Redshirt soph. RHP Bryce Stowell pitched seven two-hit innings, touching 93 mph on Saturday, and sophomore RHP Christian Bergman threw seven scoreless to finish it Sunday, so 23 scoreless innings from the starting rotation for the Anteaters. Zot-zot-zot, indeed.
Feb. 26: Loyola Marymount: W 6-5
Feb. 27: Southern California: W 7-3
Feb. 29-March 2: San Francisco: W 4-0, W 4-0, W 6-0
March 4: San Diego
March 7-9: @ Tulane
20. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 7-0, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
The Seminoles sweep a talented Auburn team, and coach Mike Martin was impressed. “Obviously, I am trying to hide my excitement, but when you play as well as we did the last four games, it is extremely exciting,” he said. “We played solid baseball and it’s very gratifying to see a club with as many new players as we have go out there and perform the way they did in front of tremendous crowds this weekend. It is just very exciting to be a Florida State Seminole.” 1B Dennis Guinn had a hot bat, going 9-for-16 for the series with three homers and six RBIs.
Feb. 28-March 2: @/@/vs./vs. Auburn: W 7-5, W 6-5, W 4-3, W 10-1
March 4-5: UNC Asheville
March 7-9: Maryland
21. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 7-1, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Oklahoma State’s bats came alive on a 3-1 trip to Tampa. Jr. SS/RHP Jordy Mercer went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs Thursday in support of So. LHP Andy Oliver (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K). The Cowboys scored 12 runs over the first four innings Friday to help So. LHP Tyler Lyons (6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) improve to 2-0. Jr. DH Toby Davis and Sr. OF Donnie Webb contributed four hits apiece Saturday in a losing cause, as Northwestern scored two in the 10th against Mercer. Webb (3-for-5, 2B, 4 RBI) and Sr. 1B Rebel Ridling (4-for-6, 2 2B, 3 RBI) led a 17-hit assault Sunday in support of So. RHP Tyler Blandford (5 IP, 3 ER).
Feb. 28: @ South Florida: W 7-2
Feb. 29-March 1: vs. Northwestern @ Tampa: W 13-3, L 14-12 (10 innings)
March 2: @ South Florida: W 14-3
March 6-9: @ San Diego State Tournament, San Diego: Loyola Marymount, (17) San Diego, Santa Clara, San Diego State
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 6-2, 0-0 in CUSA (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Jr. RHP Shooter Hunt (6 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 8 K) pitched well in a no-decision Friday in his showdown against Pepperdine’s Brett Hunter, but the Waves won it with a pair of runs in the eighth against the Green Wave bullpen. After So. LHP Aaron Loup (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) turned in another good start Saturday, Tulane’s bullpen let it down again, as Minnesota score four runs in the eighth against relievers Josh Zeid and Preston Claiborne. Fr. RHP Robby Broach (6 IP, 3 ER) delivered Tulane’s third strong outing of the weekend Sunday, and Jr. OF Aja Barto broke a 3-3 tie with a solo homer in the eighth.
Feb. 26: Southeastern Louisiana: W 4-3 (12 innings)
Feb. 27: (25) Louisiana-Lafayette: W 10-1
Feb. 29-March 2: @ Dairy Queen Classic, Minneapolis: Pepperdine: L 4-2, Minnesota: L 7-5, Texas Christian: W 5-3
March 5: Southern
March 7-9: (19) UC Irvine
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 5-2, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
Clemson beat one quality in-state foe Friday but got swept by another over the next two days. R-Fr. RHP Graham Stoneburner (5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) was solid in a no-decision Friday, and Sr. C Doug Hogan and So. 1B Ben Paulsen each went 3-for-5 with a homer as the Tigers scored two in the eighth for a comeback win against College of Charleston. South Carolina jumped on Jr. LHP Ryan Hinson (6 IP, 7 R, 1 ER) for five runs over the first two innings Saturday, and the Tigers left nine runners on base to the Gamecocks’ four. Jr. RHP D.J. Mitchell (5.1 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) kept Sunday’s game close despite yielding 10 hits, but So. OFs Wilson Boyd (3-for-4) and Alex Lee (2-for-3) were the lone offensive bright spots for Clemson.
Feb. 27: High Point: W 12-3
Feb. 29: @ College of Charleston: W 7-6
March 1-2: @/vs. (10) South Carolina: L 10-1, L 5-1
March 5: Wofford
March 7-9: @ Wake Forest
Last Week: 6-0. Overall: 9-0, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Kentucky’s pre-conference schedule hasn’t been imposing, but the Wildcats are dominating inferior competition, having scored in double figures in all nine contests. Sr. OF Sawyer Carroll, who should be a solid senior sign if not more, has homered in four straight games, believed to be a program record. He was 14-for-21 on the week with 17 RBIs despite drawing six walks. Jr. RHP Scott Green had a perfect game into the seventh and struck out nine in a career-best 7 IP against the Bulldogs.
Feb. 26-28: Oakland: W 15-5, W 12-2
Feb. 29-March 2: Butler: W 14-1, W 14-0, W 21-2, W 12-4
March 5: Evansville
March 7-10: Purdue
25. WICHITA STATE
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 3-3, 0-0 in MVC (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
The Shockers won two midweek games against Division II competition but were swept on the road by warm-weather Long Beach State.Sr. LHP Rob Musgrave (5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) and Jr. RHP Tyler Fleming (5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R) pitched well Friday, but Long Beach got to Sr. RHP Andy Womack in the 12th. Jr. RHP Aaron Shafer (5.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER) pitched well until giving up five runs in the fifth Saturday, when Sr. OF Andy Dirks (3-for-5) paced Wichita’s 14-hit attack in defeat. So. SS Dusty Coleman homered Saturday and Sunday, but the Dirtbags put up five runs over the first four innings against R-Fr. RHP Tim Kelley.
Feb. 25: Northwestern (Iowa): W 10-1
Feb. 26: Emporia (Kan.) State: W 6-3
Feb. 29-March 2: @ (11) Long Beach State: L 3-2 (12 innings), L 8-5, L 8-3
March 4: Le Moyne
March 7-9: Harvard
SAN DIEGO STATE
Last Week: 3-3. Overall: 5-4, 0-0 in MWC (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
The Aztecs entered the weekend averaging more than 10 runs per game, but their bats cooled down dramatically after Thursday’s win against Cal Poly, when Sr. SS Troy Hanzawa and Fr. OF Cory Vaughn each went 3-for-4 with two RBIs as part of a 14-hit attack. SDSU mustered just a run on six hits Friday against Missouri, wasting a solid effort from So. LHP Nate Solow (7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K). The Aztecs got two runs in the first Saturday but very little thereafter, and Sr. RHP J.R. Murphy allowed five runs over 6.1 IP. San Diego State was held to five hits in each of its final two games of the weekend, and Fresno State peppered six Aztec pitchers with 17 hits Sunday.
Feb. 25: @ (17) San Diego: W 7-1
Feb. 26: @ Southern California: W 2-1
Feb. 28-March 2: USD Tournament, San Diego: Cal Poly: W 9-8, (5) Missouri: L 3-1, California: L 5-3, (24) Fresno State: L 9-2
March 4: @ UC Riverside
March 7-10: San Diego State Tournament, San Diego: Santa Clara, Loyola Marymount, (21) Oklahoma State, (12) Oregon State
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 3-4, 0-0 in Big West (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
A week after winning a road series against Texas Christian, the Titans were swept in a trip to Stanford. Sr. RHP Jeff Kaplan failed to get out of the second inning Friday, allowing seven runs (five earned) on six hits. The Cardinal hung three runs in the first inning on Jr. RHP Cory Arbiso (4 IP, 6 ER), but Fullerton made things interesting with five runs in the seventh to cut Stanford’s lead to two before the Cardinal tacked on two more in the eighth. Fr. OF Gary Brown (2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) performed well out of the leadoff spot Sunday and helped the Titans build a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth, but Stanford answered with single runs in the final two innings to seal the sweep.
Feb. 26: Loyola-Marymount: W 4-0
Feb. 29-March 2: @ Stanford: L 12-5, L 11-7, L 6-5
March 4-5: vs./@ (3) UCLA
March 7-9: Southern Mississippi
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 3-5, 0-0 in WAC (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0-1.
Fresno State salvaged a win Sunday to keep from going 0-4 at the USD Tournament. Jr. LHP Justin Wilson (4.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER) struggled with his command and was hit hard in Thursday’s blowout. Jr. RHP Tanner Scheppers (6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) was brilliant for five innings Friday before surrendering a go-ahead two-run homer to San Diego’s Victor Sanchez, and the Bulldog bats were stymied by USD ace Brian Matusz after touching him for two runs in the first. Fresno managed just four hits Saturday, wasting a strong outing by Sr. RHP Clayton Allison (7.1 IP, 1 ER). Finally the bats came alive Sunday in support of Jr. RHP Justin Miller (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER), with Jr. 2B Eric Wetzel (4-for-6, 3 R, 2 RBI) leading the way out of the leadoff spot.
Feb. 28-March 2: @ USD Tournament, San Diego: California: L 14-4, (17) San Diego: L 5-2, Cal Poly: L 2-1, (22) San Diego State: W 9-2
March 4: @ Santa Clara
March 8-9: Indiana
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 3-5, 0-0 in Sun Belt (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
The Ragin’ Cajuns saw their losing streak stretch to five games before Sr. LHP Hunter Moody (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) righted the ship with a gem in Sunday’s win. Southern Miss ace Barry Bowden held UL-L to just two hits in a complete-game shutout Friday, when Jr. RHP Danny Farquhar (6 IP, 5 ER) suffered his first loss of the year. Sr. LHP Brent Solich (6 IP, 1 ER) pitched well in a no-decision Saturday, but Miami (Ohio) put up two runs in the 10th against Jr. RHP Luke Wagley.
Feb. 27: @ (18) Tulane: L 10-1
Feb. 29-March 2: Louisiana-Lafayette Tournament, Lafayette, La.: Southern Mississippi: L 6-0, Miami (Ohio): L 3-1 (10 innings), Southern Mississippi: W 2-0
March 4: @ Houston
March 5: Southeastern Louisiana
March 7-9: Arkansas State