1. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 16-1, 2-1 in ACC. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
Tech’s 16-game win streak and second-best start in school history ended Sunday against LHP Sean Doolittle, who held it to two runs in six innings. Jr. RHP Blake Wood (8 IP, ER) delivered his best start of the year Friday to improved to 5-0. Sr. 2B Mike Trapani hit a two-run single in the eighth Saturday to cap a four-run comeback.
March 7: Northeastern: W 2-1
March 10-12: Virginia: W 8-2, W 7-6, L 6-3
March 15: Mississippi Valley State
March 17-19: @ North Carolina State
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 10-3, 0-0 in ACC. (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Clemson scored two runs on two wild pitches in the eighth inning to complete a Sunday comeback and win the series. Jr. 3B Herman Demmink went 3-for-3 in the game and tallied six hits in the series. Sr. RHP Josh Cribb dominated Friday night (7 IP, H, 0 R).
March 8: William & Mary: W 10-5
March 10-12: (25) Kansas: W 7-2, L 6-5, W 4-3
March 15: Gardner-Webb
March 17-19: @ Virginia
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 15-5, 0-0 in Conference USA. (4-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Rice pitching has recorded 10 or more strikeouts in 14 of its 20 games, including Friday when Sr. RHP Eddie Degerman handcuffed TCU (6.2 IP, 5 H, ER, 10 K). Rice led 5-1 Saturday before Arizona State got to So. LHP Cole St. Clair
(3.1 IP, 6 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB). The Owls set season-highs in runs,
hits (22), doubles (five) and total bases (38) Sunday in seven innings.
So. OF Chad Lembeck drove in five runs.
March 7: (21) Texas: L 9-5
March 10-12: What-a-Burger Classic, Corpus Christi, Texas
Texas Christian: W 8-1, (17) Arizona State: L 6-5 (10), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: W 21-1 (7)
March 14: San Diego
March 15: @ Sam Houston State
March 18-19: Texas A&M Corpus-Christi
4. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 13-2, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
For the second week in a row, a black and gold opponent beat the UNC
bullpen on Friday before encountering the dominance of Jr. RHP Daniel Bard (6 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K) and Jr. LHP Andrew Miller (8 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) in the final two games. Jr. LF/DH Jay Cox collected five hits over the final two games.
March 8: Appalachian State: W 6-4
March 10-12: @ Wake Forest: L 6-5, W 3-0, W 5-1
March 14-15: George Mason
March 17-19: Maryland
Last Week: 2-0. Overall: 13-2, 0-0 in SEC. (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
Tennessee has won 13 straight games at home dating to 2005. Vols
pitching struck out 24 batters and walked two against Akron, including
12 K’s by So. LHP James Adkins in the opener. So. CF Julio Borbon has hit in every game, struck out just twice and owns a .433 average.
March 10-11: Akron: W 3-2, W 7-3
March 14-15: Siena
March 17-19: @ (6) Mississippi State
6. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 11-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
MSU is off to the second-best start in school history (14-0 in 1984, when they had Jeff Brantley, Will Clark and Rafael Palmeiro) and is Division I’s only unbeaten team. Sr. SS Thomas Berkery and So. C Ed Easley have hit safely in 10 of the 11 games. Sr. LF Jeff Butts
drove in four runs against Arizona, including two on an eighth-inning
triple Sunday to complete a comeback and clinch the sweep.
March 7: Louisiana Tech: W 11-1
March 8: Louisiana-Monroe: W 7-2
March 10-12: Arizona: W 3-2, W 9-2, W 5-4
March 14: @ Alabama-Birmingham
March 15: @ Jacksonville State
March 17-19: (5) Tennessee
7. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 14-6, 0-0 in Big West. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
Fullerton has won five straight games and 14 of 17. So. RHP Wes Roemer threw his first complete-game shutout Friday night and struck out 12. He hasn’t walked a batter in 2006 (45 innings). Jr. RHP Lauren Gagnier (7 IP, 2 H, 7 K) was nearly as dominant Saturday. Sr. RHP Dustin Miller allowed the only run of the weekend in seven strong innings Sunday, when Fr. DH David Cooper and Jr. OF Brandon Tripp both homered and drove in four runs.
March 7: San Diego State: W 10-5
March 10-12: East Carolina: W 5-0, W 8-0, W 8-1
March 17-19: @ Arizona
8. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 18-1, 3-0 in ACC. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
Florida State has won 26 straight games at home, dating to 2005. That ties a school record. Jr. C Dennis Guinn’s streak of 14 straight game with a hit and an RBI ended Sunday. He’s batting .377-5-29. Jr. RHP Tyler Chambliss
struck out 15 batters in a complete game Saturday (123 pitches). It was
the most strikeouts by an FSU pitcher since the immortal Randy Choate also punched out 15 Turtles in 1997. Jr. RHP Bryan Henry allowed four runs Friday as his scoreless innings streak ended at 27.
March 7: Mercer: W 8-4
March 10-12: Maryland: W 9-7, W 6-2, W 4-3
March 14: Winthrop
March 17-19: @ Virginia Tech
9. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 13-2, 0-0 in SEC. (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
Sr. 3B Neil Giesler
rang up 10 hits on the week, including three doubles, and drove in five
runs while scoring five more. He has a hit in eight straight games and
is batting .510-2-11. Fr. RHP Mike Cisco threw five scoreless innings Saturday and hasn’t yielded a run in 13.2 career innings.
March 7: William & Mary: W 8-1
March 10-12: Quinnipiac: W 10-4, W 12-0, W 9-2
March 14: Davidson
March 15: Yale
March 17-19: @ Auburn
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 16-1, 0-0 in SEC. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Razorbacks kept rolling, but lost SS John Henry Marquardt (torn ACL) for the year Friday night. Fr. Matt Willard replaced him, going 4-for-10 on the weekend with a homer. Sr. RHP Charley Boyce delivered his best start of the year Saturday (6.2 IP 9 H, ER). Jr. CF Craig Gentry returned from his broken hand with a .333 average and three steals. Jr. 1B Danny Hamblin clubbed two homers and has hits in 15 of the 17 games to go along with a team-best 26 RBIs.
March 10-12: Cal State Northridge: W 6-5, W 8-1, W 8-6
March 17-19: @ (15) Florida
11. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 16-3, 0-0 in SEC. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
Sr. RF Quinn Stewart
tied an LSU record with three homers Saturday, when he drove in six
runs. The Mighty Quinn has six homers in his last eight games. Jr. LHP Clay Dirks
lowered his team-best ERA to 1.84 Friday (8 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 8 K).
Stetson avoided the sweep with four runs in the ninth inning Sunday.
March 7: (12) Tulane: W 4-3
March 10-12: Stetson: W 5-1, W 11-7, L 9-8
March 17-19: @ Kentucky
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 11-2, 0-0 in Big 12. (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Nebraska has won seven in a row after becoming the first nonconference
opponent to sweep Alabama since 2001. Nebraska allowed two earned runs
on the weekend, and Jr. RHP Joba Chamberlain (triceps soreness) didn’t pitch. So. RHP Johnny Dorn threw his best game of the year Saturday (CG, 4 H, R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). Jr. RF Luke Gorsett hit two more home runs and has seven on the year. Sr. RHP Brett Jensen won the opener and finale with 5.1 combined scoreless innings of relief.
March 10-12: Alabama: W 2-1 (11), W 5-1, W 6-2
March 14-15: Western Illinois
March 17-18: South Dakota State
13. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 11-5, 0-0 in Pac-10. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
Snow–yes, snow–cancelled Sunday’s series finale in Albuquerque. Sr. 3B Shea McFeely went 4-for-5 with two triples and four RBIs Friday, when OSU got 16 hits–at least one by every starter. Jr. RHP Dallas Buck allowed but four hits in seven innings. Three Beavers errors helped NM score seven times in the first two innings Saturday.
March 7: Portland: W 3-1
March 10-11: @ New Mexico: W 10-4, L 13-2
March 17-19: @ Southern California
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 12-6, 0-0 in Conference USA. (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
Jr. 1B Mark Hamilton totaled three home runs and eight RBIs against Oral Roberts, including two bombs Sunday as part of a 4-for-4 day. Fr. RF Warren McFadden matched Hamilton’s seven hits against ORU and leads the team with a .388 average and 10 doubles. Jr. RHP Brandon Gomes struck out eight batters in seven innings Sunday after making the start against LSU Tuesday.
March 7: @ (13) Louisiana State: L 4-3
March 10-12: Oral Roberts: W 7-5, L 13-6, W 9-3
March 14: Nicholls State
March 17-19: vs./vs./@ South Alabama
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 14-6, 0-0 in SEC. (0-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
Florida finally gets back in the W column and the O column as it batted .373 on the weekend. Jr. RF Brian Leclerc tallied four doubles and six RBIs, So. 2B Brandon McArthur drove in 10 runs and Sr. DH Stephen Barton scored six times and drove in four.
March 7-8: UNC Greensboro: W 2-1, W 3-1
March 10-12: Harvard: W 12-6, W 10-2, W 17-6
March 17-19: (10) Arkansas
16. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 17-5, 0-0 in Pac-10. (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
ASU rallied from a 5-1 deficit to beat Rice, getting the game-winning RBI on a single by So. 1B/3B Willy Fox, who was 3-for-3 Friday . Fr. DH Ike Davis totaled five hits, five RBIs and a homer on the weekend.
March 10-12: Whataburger Classic, Corpus Christi, Texas
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: W 10-2, (3) Rice: W 6-5 (10), Texas Christian: W 3-1
March 15: @ (18) Texas
March 17-19: (24) Oklahoma
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 11-7, 0-0 in Pac-10. (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.
Stanford lost consecutive games for the second time on the year. It is
4-4 in its last eight and 6-6 against unranked teams. Sr. SS Chris Minaker extended his hit streak to 11 games. Sr. RHP Matt Manship allowed six runs in 1.2 IP Saturday. Sr. 2B Chris Lewis drove in two runs with an eighth-inning double Friday.
March 10-12: @ Southern California: W 7-6, L 16-7, L 7-2
March 25-27: Washington State
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 13-9, 0-0 in Big 12. (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-3.
Count this as the best week of the season by Texas, which beat Rice for
the eighth straight time. The Longhorns scored three in the ninth
inning Friday on a two-run single by Fr C Preston Clark and RBI single by Fr. PH Hunter Harris. Jr. 1B Chance Wheeless homered, drove in two runs and scored three Sunday.
March 7: @ (3) Rice: W 9-5
March 10-12: (22) Long Beach State: W 4-3, L 5-3, W 7-3
March 14: (16) Arizona State
March 17-19: @ Texas Tech
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 15-5, 0-0 in Pac-10. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
Jr. RHP Tim Lincecum (6 IP, 8 BB, 11 K) and So. LHP Nick Hagadone combined for the school’s first no-hitter since 1969 on Sunday. So. 3B Matt Stevens hit two homers on Saturday and again on Sunday, raising his season total to eight. Jr. 1B Curt Rindal hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning Saturday to help UW win a wild one.
March 7: San Diego: L 8-4
March 10-12: Santa Clara: W 14-10, W 15-13, W 9-0
March 18-20: Cal Poly
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 11-2, 0-0 in SEC. (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
Georgia improved to 10-0 at home. Jr. DH Matt Robbins went 9-for-13 with three doubles, two homers and eight RBIs one the week to raise his season line to .444-2-18. Fr. SS Gordon Beckham totaled six hits and six RBIs against Louisville. Jr. RHP Brooks Brown dealt on Friday (8 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, 8 K).
March 7: Wofford: W 11-8
March 10-12: Louisville: W 8-1,W 13-5, W 11-0
March 14: Kennesaw State
March 15: Western Carolina
Mach 17-19: Alabama
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 12-10, 0-0 in West Coast. (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
Jr. LHP Paul Coleman reached 200 career strikeouts Friday night (8.1 IP, 3 H, R, 6 K). Fr. RHP Brett Hunter’s 17-inning scoreless streak ended Sunday when Adam Carr blasted the game-winning homer off him. So. RHP Barry Enright threw his first career complete game Saturday (7 H, 3 R, 2 ER). Jr. C Chad Tracy tallied three hits in that one, and So. RF Donald Brown drove in three runs.
March 7: UCLA: W 6-1
March 10-12: Oklahoma State: W 4-1, W 6-3, L 3-2 (10)
March 17-19: Dartmouth
Last Week: 3-1 Overall: 12-4, 0-0 in Big 12. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
Sr. OF Seth Fortenberry went 7-for-14 with three doubles, a homer and four RBIs on the week. Jr. LHP Cory Van Allen has started both of Baylor’s shutouts this year, posting a 6 4 0 0 1 8 line against Michigan. Jr. RHP Jeff Mandel has a 22-inning scoreless streak and hasn’t allowed an earned run in 21 of his last 22 appearances, both marks date to 2005.
March 7: @ UT Arlington: W 9-4
March 10-12: Quala-T Imprints Baylor Classic, Waco, Texas
Pacific: W 5-4, Michigan: W 16-0, Louisiana Tech: L 12-4
March 14: @ Houston
March 17-19: (25) Kansas
23. WICHITA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 17-2, 0-0 in Missouri Valley. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
Wichita State has won 13 straight games overall and 11 in a row at home. Jr. Derek Schermerhorn has
played in five of the last six games after missing time with an ankle
injury. He’s batting .381 with six runs and three steals in that
stretch. So. 2B/RHP Damon Sublett has competition for best two-way guy in the middle infield: Jr. SS/RHP Noah Krol collected six hits and 2.2 scoreless innings of relief against Fordham.
March 8: Emporia State: W 5-3
March 10-12: Fordham: W 5-3, W 8-4, W 5-1
March 14: @ Kansas State
March 17-19: @ Long Beach State
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 16-4, 0-0 in Big 12. (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Make it seven wins in a row for the Sooners thanks to an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth Sunday by Sr. RF Chuckie Caufield, who went 3-for-5 with two RBIs for the game. Sr. RHP Stephen Guerra (6 IP, 6 H, 0 R) threw well Saturday. Sr. 1B Kevin Smith homered and drove in four runs Friday.
March 7: Texas Christian: W 10-5
March 10-12: Centenary: W 17-6, W 12-0, W 7-6
March 14: @ UT Arlington
March 17-19: @ (16) Arizona State
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 15-6, 0-0 in Big 12. (3-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
Sr. RHP Don Czyz
threw two wild pitches in the eighth inning Sunday, allowing two
Clemson runs to break a 2-2 tie. Clemson scored four unearned runs in
the first inning Saturday before Kansas battled back to win on a solo
homer by Fr. 1B Preston Land in the eighth.
March 8: Baker: W 10-1
March 10-12: @ (2) Clemson: L 7-2, W 6-5, L 4-3
March 17-19: @ (22) Baylor
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 10-7, 0-0 in Big 12. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
Purdue Sr. RHP Jay Buente (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 9 K) bested Jr. RHP Max Scherzer (7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 8 K) in the opener. So. RF Jacob Priday drove in six runs and 3B David Cales
added five RBIs in the 22-2 game. Four errors led to five unearned
Purdue runs in the finale, spoiling a three-RBI game from Priday.
March 7: Saint Louis: W 16-0
March 10-12: Purdue: L 7-0, W 22-2, L 8-6
March 17-19: @ Texas A&M
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 10-5, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
The first road trip of the year brought Ole Miss its first series loss.
The Rebs needed a four-run eighth inning Saturday to grab that win. Jr.
1B C.J. Ketchum went 10-for-20 on the week, and So. OF/1B Jon Jon Hancock was 9-for-18.
March 7-8: Murray State: W 9-3, L 7-6
March 10-12: @ UCLA: L 9-2, W 6-5, L 6-4
March 14: @ Arkansas State
March 17-19: Vanderbilt
TEXAS A&M (20)
Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 13-6, 0-0 in Big 12. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Rough week for the Aggies, whose less-than-stellar offense finally did
them in as 16 hits and seven runs weren’t enough. A&M drew 11 walks
and stole nine bases against Notre Dame, but stranded 13 runners. Jr.
RHP Austin Creps fell victim to four errors Sunday, yielding four unearned runs in seven innings.
March 7: Texas State @ Round Rock, Texas: L 6-4
March 10-13: San Antonio: Notre Dame: L 5-4, Louisiana-Lafayette: L 7-1, UT-San Antonio: L 4-2
March 13: Illinois @ San Antonio
March 17-19: Missouri
LONG BEACH STATE (22)
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 12-9, 0-0 in Big West. (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-3.
The Beach has lost five of its last eight games. Jr. RHP Jared Hughes (8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 9 K) left with a lead Friday, when Texas scored three times in the ninth. Jr. RHP Andrew Carpenter (CG, 8 H, 3 R, 115 pitches) dealt Saturday, when Fr. LF Shane Peterson collected three hits, including a homer.
March 7: @ Loyola Marymount: W 9-8
March 10-12: @ (21) Texas: L 4-3, W 5-3, L 7-3
March 17-19: (23) Wichita State
CAL POLY (24)
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 13-8, 0-0 in Big West. (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
Cal Poly scored five times in the ninth inning Sunday, but needed one more run to salvage a series win. Fr. C/DH Matt Canepa recorded six hits in the first two games of the series. Jr. RHP Bud Norris (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) was solid in Saturday’s win.
March 10-12: @/vs./@ UC Santa Barbara: L 8-7 (12), W 6-2, L 8-7
March 18-20: @ (18) Washington