Top 25 Tracker: Feb. 5

1. RICE
Last Week: 1-0. Overall: 1-0. Weekend Series: 0-0.
Making his third Opening Day start in three years, Jr. LHP/DH Joe Savery allowed just one hit in two scoreless innings before making his predetermined exit. So. C Adam Zornes hit a two-run homer in the first inning to provide all the offense necessary for the five Rice pitchers, who allowed just three hits combined.
RESULTS
Feb. 3: Central Missouri: W 5-0
UPCOMING
Feb. 6: @ Texas State
Feb. 9-11: @ Astros College Classic (Vanderbilt (8), Baylor, Texas A&M)

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

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

4. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 0-0. Weekend Series: 0-0.
UPCOMING
Feb. 9-11: @ Hughes Bros. Challenge, Wilmington, N.C. (Oklahoma, W. Kentucky, UNC Wilmington)

5. MIAMI
Last Week: 0-2. Overall: 0-2. Weekend Series: 0-1.
The Hurricanes lost their opening series at home for the second straight year, as Mercer took the first two games and bad weather caused the cancellation of the Sunday finale. The Bears scored two runs in the ninth against new Miami closer Enrique Garcia to steal the opener. With Saturday’s game tied at five in the seventh inning, Mercer scored the go-ahead run when Miami reliever David Gutierrez dropped a pop-up in front of the plate.
RESULTS
Feb. 2-3: Mercer: L 6-5, L 8-5
UPCOMING
Feb. 9-11: (11) UCLA

6. ARKANSAS
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1. Weekend Series: 1-0.
Jr. LHP Nick Schmidt labored through 3 IP on a chilly Friday night, walking five but allowing just 2 ER before reaching his 65-pitch limit. The Razorbacks worked eight walks against Bulldogs ace Luke Burnett, and Jr. RHP Jess Todd struck out three in 1.1 IP to notch the save for Arkansas. The Hogs struggled against Tech starter Jericho Jones and reliever Brandon Hudson in Saturday’s loss, and they trailed 2-1 heading into the eighth inning Sunday before Jr. C Brian Walker delivered a go-ahead three-run homer. Todd struck out three in two more scoreless innings to close it out.
RESULTS
Feb. 2-4: Louisiana Tech: W 4-2, L 9-2, W 6-2
UPCOMING
Feb. 9-11: @ Troy

7. TEXAS
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 1-2. Weekend Series: 0-1.
The Toreros hogtied the Longhorns for the second straight year in Texas’ season-opening series–this time in Austin. USD ace LHP Brian Matusz struck out eight and allowed just one run in 5.2 IP Friday, and Texas’ ninth-inning comeback fell one run short. Sr. OF Nick Peoples went 2-for-4 with five RBIs to lead the Longhorn onslaught Saturday, and Jr. RHP Adrian Alaniz made his season debut in relief, yielding three runs over 4 IP. Jr. LHP James Russell held San Diego scoreless for six innings Sunday before allowing a pair of runs in the seventh to spoil his Texas debut. So. C Preston Clark paced the UT offense on the weekend, going 6-for-11.
RESULTS
Feb. 2-4: San Diego: L 6-5, W 13-8, L 4-1
UPCOMING
Feb. 6: Texas-Arlington
Feb. 9-11: @ Long Beach State

8. VANDERBILT
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 0-0. Weekend Series: 0-0.
UPCOMING
Feb. 9-11: @ Astros College Classic ((1) Rice, (16) Arizona State, Baylor)

9. VIRGINIA
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 0-0. Weekend Series: 0-0.
UPCOMING
Feb. 9-11: Elon

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

11. UCLA
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Sr. RHP Tyson Brummett bested Winthrop ace Alex Wilson in a fine pitcher’s duel Friday night. Brummett gave up just one run while striking out six in 8 IP, and Sr. Will Penniall delivered a pinch-hit double with two outs in the eighth, then scored when Winthrop 2B Phil Carey dropped a pop-up. Sr. closer Brant Rustich struck out Winthrop’s Louis Ullrich with runners on the corners to end the game. On Saturday, Sr. LHP Paul Schmidt struggled in his spot start, getting knocked out in Winthrop’s six-run third inning. On Sunday, the Bruins chased Winthrop starter Jason Franzblau with five runs in the second, and they broke the game open with 13 runs in the fourth, when the first 11 UCLA hitters reached base, highlighted by Fr. OF Gabe Cohen’s grand slam.
RESULTS
Feb. 2-4: Winthrop: W 2-1, L 6-4, W 19-5
UPCOMING
Feb. 9-11: @ (5) Miami

12. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0. Weekend Series: 1-0
Cal State Fullerton paid Stanford back for sweeping the Titans in last year’s season-opening series. Jr. RHP Wes Roemer gave up 3 ER and struck out eight over 6 IP Friday, as the Titans scored seven runs in three innings against Stanford ace Nolan Gallagher. Fullerton overcame a 5-0 deficit Saturday with the help of two errors by Cardinal RF Michael Taylor on the same play in the fifth inning, allowing two runs to score. Jr. RHP Adam Jorgensen struck out seven and allowed just two hits in 6.1 IP in relief of starter Jeff Kaplan. The Titans came from behind again Sunday, erasing a 2-1 deficit with 11 runs in the seventh inning. Jr. OF Clark Hardman paced the Fullerton offense all weekend, going 7-for-12 with five RBIs, including the game-winning RBI on Saturday.
RESULTS
Feb. 2-4: Stanford: W 11-5, W 6-5, W 12-10
UPCOMING
Feb. 9-11: @ Nevada-Las Vegas

13. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 0-0. Weekend Series: 0-0.
UPCOMING
Feb. 10-11: @ Georgia Southern

14. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 3-0 Overall: 3-0. (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Florida State’s veteran rotation shined in a three-game sweep of No. 11 Tennessee. Sr. RHP Bryan Henry struck out 11 without issuing a walk in six scoreless innings Friday. Sr. RHP Michael Hyde followed with 10 K while allowing just two hits in 6.1 scoreless frames Saturday, and Jr. LHP Ryan Strauss went five workmanlike innings to get the win Sunday. That was all the Seminoles needed, as they scored nine runs in the second inning and pounded out 22 hits in the game, led by four for IF Tony Thomas. Fr. D’Vontrey Richardson went 4-for-8 in the series while playing mostly DH, and So. C Buster Posey went 5-for-12. It was the ninth straight year FSU has opened its season with a series sweep.
RESULTS
Feb. 2-4: Tennessee:  W 9-2, W 4-0, W 19-7
UPCOMING
Feb. 9-11: UNC Asheville

15. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 4-0. Weekend Series: 1-0.
RESULTS
Feb. 25-27: @ Hawaii-Hilo: W 5-0, W 17-4, W 9-3, W 10-2
UPCOMING
Feb. 9-11: @ Georgia

16. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0. Weekend Series: 1-0.
The Sun Devils offense wasted no time kicking into high gear, producing five runs in the first inning Friday en route to 61 in the three-game sweep. Jr. OF Matt Spencer, a transfer from North Carolina, had a monstrous debut, driving in 13 RBIs on the weekend, including six Sunday, when he hit a grand slam. So. OF Ike Davis went 9-for-11 with eight RBIs, and So. 1B Brett Wallace went 8-for-14 with four RBIs. The Sun Devils also got solid pitching from a number of newcomers, including Friday starter Brian Flores, who struck out five and allowed just an unearned run in 5 IP. So. LHP Joey Parigi struck out six in 4 IP Sunday in his first start since transferring from Texas, and Fr. RHP Mike Leake picked up a save with four hitless innings of relief.
RESULTS
Feb. 2-4: Southern Utah: W 20-1, W 18-4, 23-3
UPCOMING
Feb. 9-11: @ Astros College Classic (Texas A&M, (8) Vanderbilt, Houston)

17. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 5-1. Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Toreros followed up their season-opening sweep of Cal Poly with a series win at Texas–the second straight year they have beaten the Longhorns in February. So. LHP Brian Matusz picked up his second win of the year with 5.2 IP on Friday, striking out eight and allowing just one run. The Longhorns put up nine runs in four innings against So. LHP Josh Romanski on Saturday, and three USD homers weren’t enough to bridge the early deficit. Jr. RHP Matt Couch delivered six innings of one-run ball Sunday, and Sr. C Jordan Abruzzo hit a two-run homer in the seventh to put the Toreros ahead for good.
RESULTS
Feb. 2-4: San Diego: W 6-5, L 13-8, W 4-1
UPCOMING
Feb. 9-11: @/@/vs. Southern California

18. TULANE
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 0-0. Weekend Series: 0-0.
UPCOMING
Feb. 9-11: vs./@/vs. Southeastern Louisiana

19. NEBRASKA
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 0-0. Weekend Series: 0-0.
UPCOMING
Feb. 16: @ New Mexico

20. TENNESSEE
Last Week: 0-3. Overall: 0-3. (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.
Sr. RHP Craig Cobb was hammered for 9 ER in 6.2 IP Friday, with all the damage coming in the fifth through seventh innings. The Volunteers managed just a pair of hits Saturday, wasting a solid 5 IP by Jr. LHP James Adkins. UT rapped out seven runs on 11 hits Sunday, including a homer by Jr. C J.P. Arencibia, but it was too little, too late, as So. LHP Lance McClain was roughed up for 9 ER in the second inning.
RESULTS
Feb. 2-4: @ Florida State: L 9-2, L 4-0, L 19-7
UPCOMING
Feb. 9-11: Eastern Michigan

21. EVANSVILLE
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 0-0. Weekend Series: 0-0.
UPCOMING
Feb. 9-11: @ Lipscomb

22. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 0-0. Weekend Series: 0-0.
RESULTS
Feb 2-4: Hofstra: Cancelled by weather
UPCOMING
Feb. 9-11: @ Citrus Tournament (Lamar, McNeese State, Illinois-Chicago)

23. PEPPERDINE
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 1-2. Weekend Series: 0-1.
A two-run double by So. DH Eric Thames keyed a three-run fifth inning Friday in support of Jr. RHP Barry Enright, who allowed just an unearned run on three hits while striking out five over 7 IP. Thames went 3-for-3 with a triple Saturday, but Jr. RHP Jason Dominguez gave up seven runs in two-plus innings and Pepperdine’s comeback bid fell short. The Waves overcame a 4-0 deficit to tie Sunday’s game 6-6, but So. closer Brett Hunter allowed the game-winning run on an RBI single by UNLV’s Michael Brenly in the bottom of the ninth.
RESULTS
Feb. 2-4: @ Nevada-Las Vegas: W 4-3, L 9-6, L 7-6
UPCOMING
Feb. 6: Long Beach State
Feb. 9-11: UC Davis

24. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 0-0. Weekend Series: 0-0.
UPCOMING
Feb. 9-11: @ Central Florida

25. WINTHROP
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 1-2 (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.
So. RHP Alex Wilson was sharp Friday, allowing just an unearned run on six hits in 5.2 IP, but the Eagles dropped a heartbreaker when So. 2B Phil Carey dropped an eighth-inning pop-up, allowing the game-winning run to score. On Saturday, the Eagles scored six runs in the third inning on four singles and five walks, and Jr. RHP Ryan Schwartz made it stand up, yielding just 2 ER over 6.2 IP. Winthrop pitching was hammered Sunday, when starter Jason Franzblau failed to make it out of the second inning and UCLA scored 13 times in the third.
RESULTS
Feb. 2-4: @ UCLA: L 2-1, W 6-4, L 19-5
UPCOMING
Feb. 9-11: @ Winthrop Challenge (Maryland, Creighton, Gardner-Webb)

DROPPED OUT

MISSISSIPPI (25)
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 0-0. Weekend Series: 0-0.
UPCOMING
Feb. 10-11: New Orleans

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