Top 25 Tracker: March 10

How Baseball America’s Top 25 teams fared in Week 4.


southcarolina1. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 5-0.
Overall: 15-0, 0-0 in SEC. (3-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-0.
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The Gamecocks remained unbeaten after shutting out Brown three times in a sweep. The Gamecocks have recorded eight shutouts in 15 games against overmatched competition (this was Brown’s first series of the year). They also own the nation’s longest active home winning streak (21 games). D.C. Arendas (3-for-6, 5 RBI) led South Carolina’s 18-hit onslaught in support of Jordan Montgomery (5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K) in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Arendas added a homer in the nightcap, and Marcus Mooney drove in four runs to help Jack Wynkoop (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) improve to 4-0. The Gamecocks got their only run Sunday on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, but that proved enough support for Wil Crowe (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K). South Carolina has a 1.20 staff ERA; Crowe is 3-0, 0.99 with a 21-3 K-BB mark in 27 innings.
RESULTS
March 4-5: Stetson: W 7-1, W 4-2
March 8-9: Brown: W 13-0, W 8-0, W 1-0
UPCOMING
March 11: Furman
March 14-16: (21) Mississippi


2. FLORIDA STATEfloridastate
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 12-2, 2-1 in ACC (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-0.

The Seminoles opened ACC play with a series win against Maryland, capping a strong week that also included a pair of quality midweek wins against South Florida. D.J. Stewart (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B) led the FSU offense Friday in support of Luke Weaver (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K). The ‘Noles beat Jake Stinnett (6 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER), who threw a no-hitter in his last start, and then poured it on against the Maryland bullpen in the late innings. Maryland freshman Mike Shawaryn (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) stymied the Seminoles in Saturday’s upset, as Brandon Leibrandt (7.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) took his first loss. On Sunday, Mike Compton (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K) threw the first complete-game shutout by a Florida State pitcher since Rhett James in 2004.
RESULTS
March 4-5: @ South Florida: W 5-1, W 4-1
March 7-9: Maryland: W 15-3, L 5-1, W 7-0
UPCOMING
March 11-12: @ Central Florida
March 14-16: (5) North Carolina State


virginia3. VIRGINIA
Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 11-3, 2-1 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-0.
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The Cavaliers won a conference road series even though they scored just eight runs. With a lineup loaded with preseason All-Americans, Virginia has scored six or fewer runs in 10 straight games—but its pitching has picked up the slack. UVa. allowed just 11 hits and six runs in three games at Duke. Nathan Kirby (6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K) improved to 4-0 in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. In the nightcap, three UVa. pitchers combined on a one-hitter—and carried a no-hitter into the eighth—but Duke still won the game, as Josh Sborz walked eight over 3 2/3 inning, including four straight batters in the fourth. Reliever David Rosenberger took over with the bases loaded and walked a fifth straight batter before getting out of the jam, but Virginia could not get its offense going. Brandon Waddell (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) and three relievers combined to strike out 13 Duke hitters Sunday, and Nate Irving (2-for-3, RBI) led UVa.’s five-hit attack, which proved just enough to win.
RESULTS
March 4
: George Washington: PPD
March 5: Old Dominion: PPD
March 8-9: @ Duke: W 3-2, L 3-2, W 2-1
UPCOMING
March 11
: James Madison
March 14-16: Boston College


oregonstate4. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 5-0.
Overall: 14-3, 0-0 in Pac-12. (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.
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The Beavers outscored overmatched Northern Illinois 30-2 in a four-game sweep, dropping the Huskies to 1-12-1 overall. Ben Wetzler assumed the Friday starter job on four days of rest and struck out a career-high 12 over eight innings of one-hit, shutout ball; he has won 12 consecutive decisions over the past two seasons. Jace Fry one-upped him in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, throwing the fifth no-hitter in OSU history. He struck out 10 and walked two, needing just 97 pitches. Northern Illinois finally broke a 16 2/3-inning hitless streak in the fourth inning of the nightcap, but the Beavers went on to win it 12-2 in seven innings. Jared Casper hit a grand slam and Gabe Clark hit a three-run homer in support of Scott Schultz (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER). Clark (2-for-5, R, 4 RBI, 2B) led the offense again Sunday. With Andrew Moore out with the flu, Dylan Davis (2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K) made his third career start, and four relievers combined with him on a four-hit shutout. Schultz, Fry and Chandler Eden also battled the flu over the course of the week, but the Beavers dominated on the mound anyway.
RESULTS
March 4
: Portland: W 5-0
March 7-9: Northern Illinois: W 6-0, W 2-0, W 12-2 (7 innings), W 10-0
UPCOMING
March 11
: Ohio State
March 14-16: @ Utah


ncstate 5. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 13-2, 3-0 in ACC. (0-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0-1.
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The Wolfpack opened ACC play by allowing just three runs in a three-game sweep of Notre Dame. Logan Ratledge and Jake Armstrong had two RBIs apiece in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, and Carlos Rodon (9 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) went the distance. Logan Jernigan (7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K) followed with a gem in the nightcap, and N.C. State scored its lone run in the fifth when Brett Austin tripled and scored on Jake Fincher’s single. Austin continued to thrive atop the batting order Sunday, going 2-for-3 with two runs to spark the offense in support of Brad Stone (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K).
RESULTS
March 5
: North Carolina A&T: W 16-1
March 8-9: Notre Dame: W 5-3, W 1-0, W 7-0
UPCOMING
March 11
: @ Stetson
March 14-16: @ (2) Florida State


louisianalafayette6. LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
Last Week: 3-0.
Overall: 13-2, 0-0 in Sun Belt (3-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-0.
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The Cajuns swept feisty Texas Southern. The Tigers tied Friday’s game in the top of the ninth, but the Cajuns responded with a run on Jace Conrad’s sacrifce fly in the bottom of the frame to escape with a 5-4 win. Austin Robichaux (8 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) was strong in a no-decision. Conrad (2-for-4, HR, 5 RBI) led the offense Saturday behind an overpowering Carson Baranik (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K), who extended his scoreless streak to 24.1 innings. He needed just 84 pitches to go the distance. Conrad drove in three more runs Sunday, and Seth Harrison had three hits, as Matt Plitt (5.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief of Greg Milhorn, who exited in the third with a pulled left oblique muscle.
RESULTS
March 5
: Southeastern Louisiana: PPD
March 7-9: Texas Southern: W 5-4, W 13-0, W 7-2
UPCOMING
March 11: @ Tulane
March 14-16: @ Louisiana-Monroe


vanderbilt7. VANDERBILT
Last Week: 5-0.
Overall: 15-2, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-0.
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Does this sound familiar? Vanderbilt rode dominant starting pitching to a three-game sweep, allowing just two runs in three games against Winthrop. The Commodores have a 1.31 staff ERA, and the only pitcher on the staff with an ERA over 1.54 is T.J. Pecoraro (13.50). Dansby Swanson (4-for-4, 2 R, RBI, 3 2B) and Xavier Turner (4-for-5, R, 2 RBI, 2B) led a 15-hit attack Friday behind Tyler Beede (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K), who improved to 4-0, 1.08 with 33 strikeouts and five walks in 25 innings. Bryan Reynolds (4-for-5, 3 R, RBI, 2B, 3B) led the offense Saturday in support of Jared Miller (6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K), who is 4-0, 0.36. Tyler Ferguson (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) picked up the win Sunday, and Carson Fulmer (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) was overpowering in relief. Vandy’s bullpen allowed just one hit in 6.1 combined innings of shutout relief on the weekend. Relievers Hayden Stone, John Killichowski, Adam Ravenelle and Brian Miller have yet to allow a run—earned or otherwise—in 37.1 innings this season.
RESULTS
March 4
: Tennessee Tech: W 4-0
March 5: @ Middle Tennessee State: W 4-3
March 7-9: Winthrop: W 9-1, W 5-0, W 4-1
UPCOMING
March 11
: Eastern Illinois
March 14-16: (8) Louisiana State


lsu8. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 5-0.
Overall: 14-2, 0-0 in SEC. (0-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-0.
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The Tigers cruised to a three-game sweep of Purdue, which fell to 1-10 on the season, albeit against a strong schedule. Aaron Nola (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K) was characteristically masterful in a 10-0 rout Friday. Nola’s season numbers are absurd: 4-0 0.00 with 36 strikeouts, two walks and 11 hits allowed in 27 innings. Alex Bregman led the LSU offense, going 3-for-4 with a three-run homer in the third that put LSU in firm control of the game. Kyle Bouman (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision Saturday, as the Tigers overcame a 2-0 deficit with three runs in the seventh, capped by Chris Sciambra’s go-ahead RBI single. Mark Laird (3-for-3, 2 RBI) led a balanced 12-hit attack Sunday.
RESULTS
March 5
: Sacred Heart: W 8-1
March 6: @ Northwestern State: W 8-1
March 7-9: Purdue: W 10-0, W 4-2, W 7-3
UPCOMING
March 11
: Nicholls State
March 12: Southern
March 14-16: @ (7) Vanderbilt


calstatefullerton9. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 1-2.
Overall: 8-5, 0-0 in Big West. (3-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-1.
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Fullerton followed up its road sweep of Oregon by losing a road series at Baylor, which entered the series with a .500 record. Leadoff man Austin Diemer (4-for-6, 4 R, 3 RBI, 2B, 3B) spearheaded Fullerton’s 13-hit attack Friday in support of clinically efficient Thomas Eshelman (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K), who needed just 87 pitches to get through the complete-game shutout. Brad Kuntz (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 2 K) worked around five walks to out-duel Justin Garza (5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) in Baylor’s 1-0 win Saturday. An error by Matt Chapman helped lead to three unearned runs in the third inning Sunday, as Grahamm Wiest (7 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) took his first loss of the year.
RESULTS
March 7-9
: @ Baylor: W 11-0, L 1-0, L 8-4
UPCOMING
March 11
: @ San Diego
March 14-16: St. Mary’s


texas10. TEXAS
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 13-4, 0-0 in Big 12 (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0-1.

Texas took three of four from Hawaii, splitting the first two games and then recording two wins Sunday. Parker French (7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) was strong in a no-decision Friday, and Texas scored a run in the eighth to win 3-2. Mark Payton led off the eighth with a single and later came around to score the winning run on Jacob Felts’ RBI single. Scott Squier (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) threw a seven-inning complete game to beat Dillon Peters (5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 ER) in Hawaii’s 6-1 win in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. The second game was suspended by rain with the score tied 2-2 in the eighth. Kacy Clemens broke that tie with an RBI single in the eighth when play resumed. C.J. Hinojosa (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI) led the offense in the finale in support of Lukas Schiraldi (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER).
RESULTS
March 4
: Valparaiso: W 7-1
March 7-9: Hawaii: W 3-2, L 6-1, W 3-2, W 4-1
UPCOMING
March 11
: @ Texas State
March 14-16: Kansas


calpoly11. CAL POLY
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 11-3, 0-0 in Big West (5-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-0-1.

The Mustangs won a road series at Seattle, winning two low-scoring affairs and losing a wild slugfest in between. Matt Imhof (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 15 K) was overpowering in the Mustangs’ 4-0 win Friday. Imhof’s 15 strikeouts established a new Cal Poly record in Division I play, eclipsing the previous mark of 14, which he held with two other pitchers. His 14-strikeout game came in Poly’s season opener this year. The Mustangs built a 7-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth Saturday, when Seattle chased Slater Lee (5 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) in a 10-run frame. Cal Poly answered with six runs in the top of the seventh, only to see Seattle score four more in the bottom of the frame and hold on for a 15-14 upset. Zack Zehner had four hits to lead the Mustangs in that one. Nick Torres drove in both Cal Poly runs with a double and a home run Sunday in support of Casey Bloomquist (8.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K).
RESULTS
March 4
: Santa Clara: W 6-0
March 7-9: @ Seattle: W 4-0, L 15-14, W 2-1
UPCOMING
March 11-13
: Northern Illinois


 

oregon12. OREGON
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 12-4, 0-0 in Pac-12. (0-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-1.
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The Ducks rebounded from getting swept by Cal State Fullerton with a 4-1 week, capped by a series win against Ohio State. The Ducks broke open a 1-0 game Friday with seven runs in the fourth behind Tommy Thorpe (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K) and cruised to an 8-2 win. Ryan Riga (9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) threw a complete-game shutout to lead the Buckeyes to a 5-0 win Saturday, as Matt Krook (5.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 10 K) was tough to hit but did not have great control. The Buckeyes broke open a 1-0 game with four in the ninth against Oregon’s bullpen stalwarts Garrett Cleavinger and Jake Reed. Mitchell Tolman (3-for-6, 2 R, 6 RBI, 2B) and A.J. Balta (2-for-4, 3 R, 4 RBI, HR) spearheaded Oregon’s 13-hit, nine-walk attack in Sunday’s blowout, and Jeff Gold (8 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) improved to 4-0.
RESULTS
March 4
: Seattle: W 10-2, W 4-3
March 7-9: Ohio State: W 8-2, L 5-0, W 20-4
UPCOMING
March 14-16
: Southern California


miami13. MIAMI
Last Week: 5-0.
Overall: 10-5, 3-0 in ACC. (3-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-1.
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The Hurricanes opened ACC play with a sweep of Boston College, capping a perfect 5-0 week that began with a perfect game by Javi Salas on Tuesday. Brandon Lopez (2-for-4, 4 RBI, 3B) powered the Miami offense Friday behind Chris Diaz (7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), who improved to 4-0, a resume that includes wins against Florida and Florida State. Miami broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the sixth Saturday, highlighted by Dale Carey’s two-run triple, helping Bryan Radziewski (7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) pick up his first win of the season. The Hurricanes broke a scoreless tie with four runs in the sixth Sunday in support of Andrew Suarez (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K), who bounced back from a rough outing at Florida State last week.
RESULTS
March 4-5
: Villanova: W 17-0, W 7-2
March 7-9: Boston College: W 6-2, W 5-2, W 4-3
UPCOMING
March 11
: Bethune-Cookman
March 12: @ Stetson
March 14-16: @ Georgia Tech


clemson14. CLEMSON
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 9-5, 3-0 in ACC (0-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-1.
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After getting swept in gut-wrenching fashion last weekend and getting blown out Tuesday at Western Carolina, the Tigers bounced back with a sweep of Virginia Tech to open conference play. The Tigers built a 5-0 lead through six innings Friday before Virginia Tech chased Daniel Gossett (6 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K), in the seventh. The Hokies stormed back to tie the game at 6-6 by the eighth—with some help from four Clemson errors—but the Tigers escaped for a 7-6 win when Jay Baum doubled to lead off the ninth and scored the winning run on a fielder’s choice. Baum had three hits Saturday and Weston Wilson (3-for-4, 2 R, 5 RBI, HR) had a big day to help lead the Clemson offense in support of Matthew Crownover (6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER). Tyler Slaton, Garrett Boulware and Chris Okey had three hits apiece and combined to drive in seven Sunday, and Clate Schmidt (4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) earned the win in relief.
RESULTS
March 4
: @ Western Carolina: L 18-10
March 7-9: Virginia Tech: W 7-6, W 12-2, W 11-4
UPCOMING
March 12
: Appalachian State
March 14-16: @ Wake Forest


rice15. RICE
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 10-6, 2-1 in C-USA. (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-0.
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Rice bounced back from a rough weekend at the Houston College Classic with a 3-1 week. The Owls welcomed Old Dominion to Conference USA by taking two of three from the Monarchs at home, though their bats remained rather quiet, producing just eight runs in three games. Zech Lemond (6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K) shined after moving from the bullpen stopper role into the Friday starter job to replace Jordan Stephens (who is out for the year with Tommy John surgery). Matt Ditman (2.1 IP,2  H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) picked up his second save, and Leon Byrd (3-for-4, 3 RBI, 2B) led the Rice offense. In the first game of Saturday’s long doubleheader, Ford Stainback singled with one out in the 17th and scored two batters later on Skyler Ewing’s walk-off single. Ditman, Jon Duplantier and Ryan McCarthy worked a combined nine innings of two-hit relief in that one. Rice got more strong pitching from Kevin McCanna (9.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) in the nightcap, but he was the tough-luck loser after ODU broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the 10th on Tyler Urps’ RBI single.
RESULTS
March 5
: @ (20) Sam Houston State: W 8-5
March 7-8: Old Dominion: W 4-1, W 3-2 (17 innings), L 2-1 (10 innings)
UPCOMING
March 11
: Texas Christian
March 12: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
March 14-16: @ Florida International


Indiana16. INDIANA
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 7-6, 0-0 in Big Ten. (1-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-1.
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Indiana took two of three on the road against Jacksonville. Joey DeNato (7 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K) took his first loss of the season Friday, as Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travis combined for five hits, but the rest of the Indiana lineup combined for just two more. Schwarber, Casey Rodrigue, Scott Donley and Dustin DeMuth posted multi-hit games Saturday, and Scott Effross (4.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R) earned the win with strong relief work. Rodrigue and Travis combined for five hits, four runs and three RBIs Sunday, as the Hoosiers came from behind with two in the ninth to win.
RESULTS
March 5
: Xavier: W 2-1
March 7-9: @ Jacksonville: L 4-3, W 9-2, W 7-6
UPCOMING
March 11
: (20) Kentucky
March 14-16: @ Long Beach State


louisville17. LOUISVILLE
Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 10-4, 0-0 in AAC. (0-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0..
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Louisville rebounded from Friday’s loss to Miami (Ohio) with a pair of convincing wins to take the series. The RedHawks chased a wild Joe Filomeno (1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) in the second Friday and went on to win 6-4; Grant Kay hit a three-run homer in a losing cause for Louisville. Kay (2-for-4, 3 RBI, 2B) led the offense again Saturday in support of Kyle Funkhouser (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K). Jeff Gardner (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) led a balanced 10-hit attack Sunday behind Jared Ruxer (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K).
RESULTS
March 7-9
: Miami (Ohio): L 6-4, W 10-1, W 9-0
UPCOMING
March 11-12
: Western Illinois
March 14-16: Samford


samhoustonstate18. SAM HOUSTON STATE
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 13-3, 0-0 in Southland (2-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-0.
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SHSU allowed just three runs in a three-game sweep of Cal State Northridge. Hayden Simerly and Colt Atwood combined for five hits and five RBIs Friday behind Tyler Eppler (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K). Atwood had three more hits Saturday and Anthony Azar hit a two-run homer in the first to account for all of SHSU’s offense, but that was enough support for Sam Odom (5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER) and the bullpen. Dirk Masters (6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER) was solid in a no-decision Sunday, and Seth Holbert, Jason Simms and Ryan Brinley followed with 6.2 combined innings of shutout relief, allowing the Bearkats to push across the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the 13th.
RESULTS
March 5
: (18) Rice: L 8-5
March 7-9: Cal State Northridge: W 6-0, W 2-1, W 3-2 (13 innings)
UPCOMING
March 11
: Texas-San Antonio
March 14-16: @ New Orleans


northcarolina19. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 10-4, 2-1 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-1.
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The Tar Heels welcomed Pittsburgh to the ACC by taking two of three from the Panthers in Chapel Hill. Joe Dudek’s grand slam highlighted UNC’s six-run first inning in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, and Skye Bolt added three hits and three RBIs in support of Trent Thornton (6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 6 K), who improved to 4-0 despite not having his best control. Parks Jordan had four hits and scored one of UNC’s two runs in the nightcap, and Benton Moss (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K) sparkled. The Panthers overcame a 4-3 deficit with a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth to take Sunday’s game.
RESULTS
March 5
: Davidson: W 10-3
March 8-9: Pittsburgh: W 9-5, W 2-1, L 6-4
UPCOMING
March 11
: George Mason
March 12: Gardner-Webb
March 14-16: @ Maryland


kentucky20. KENTUCKY
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 13-3, 0-0 in SEC (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.
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After dropping a 10-8 slugfest Friday, the Wildcats obliterated Ball State over the next two days, outscoring the Cardinals 50-4. Kentucky’s 58 runs in three games were the most it has ever scored in a three-game series (the previous school record was 47). Michael Thomas (8-for-13, 2 2B, 2 HR, 13 RBI) led the offense on the weekend, but Kentucky hit .385 as a team during its five-game week. With SEC play starting next weekend, Austin Cousino leads all SEC hitters with a .443 average, while A.J. Reed leads the nation in home runs (eight) and RBIs (28). The Cardinals scored two unearned runs in the 10th to win Friday’s back-and-forth affair. Three Kentucky errors led to six unearned runs in the game, as Reed (8 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 ER) took a no-decision. In addition to tons of offense, Kentucky got strong starts Saturday and Sunday from Chandler Shepherd (7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) and Andrew Nelson (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K).
RESULTS
March 5
: Cincinnati: W 7-0, W 11-4
March 7-9: Ball State: L 10-8 (10 innings), W 24-1, W 26-3
UPCOMING
March 11:
@ (16) Indiana
March 12: Northern Kentucky
March 14-16: @ Alabama


mississippi21. MISSISSIPPI
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 14-2, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-0.
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The Rebels swept UALR, their third weekend sweep of the season. Freshman Brantley Bell scored the tying run on an error in the ninth Friday, then delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 10th to propel the Rebels to their fifth walk-off win in seven games. Ole Miss got strong pitching from Chris Ellis (5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 7 K) and Josh Laxer (4 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K). Austin Anderson (3-for-4, 3 R) and Preston Overbey (3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI) led a 15-hit attack Saturday, and 10 Rebels recorded hits as part of a balanced 14-hit assault Sunday. Sam Smith (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) improved to 3-0 in that one.
RESULTS
March 5:
Memphis: L 4-1
March 7-9: Arkansas-Little Rock: W 2-1 (10 innings), W 11-5, W 11-1
UPCOMING
March 11-12
: @ Southeastern Louisiana
March 14-16: @ (1) South Carolina


22. TENNESSEE Tennessee logo
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 14-1, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-0.

The Volunteers forced their way into the rankings for the first time since 2007 by winning a road series at Arizona State, their second quality series win against a an opponent from the West (they also swept UNLV). Nick Williams (6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) was solid in a losing cause Friday, as ASU’s Brett Lilek silenced the Tennessee bats. A.J. Simcox (3-for-5, R) led the Tennessee offense Saturday, and Hunter Martin (2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief of Andrew Lee (4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER). Nick Senzel (2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Nathaniel Maggio (3-for-4, R, RBI) led the way Sunday, as the Vols broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the sixth, and Andy Cox worked two hitless innings for the save.
RESULTS
March 4-5
: La Salle: W 14-0, W 10-2
March 7-9: @ Arizona State: L 3-1, W 6-5, W 6-4
UPCOMING
March 11
: Middle Tennessee State
March 14-16: @ Missouri


23. UC SANTA BARBARA UCSB
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 10-2, 0-0 in Big West (3-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.

The Gauchos beat Mississippi State twice and Arizona once during a 3-1 weekend in Tucson. UCSB broke open Friday’s game against MSU with four runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh. Joey Epperson had four hits to lead UCSB’s offense in support of Justin Jacome (6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). Robby Nesovic (2-for-4, 3 RBI) led the Gauchos in Saturday’s win against the Bulldogs, and relievers Connor Baits, Greg Mahle and Dillon Tate combined to work four hitless innings of relief. Arizona took the lead for good in the second game Saturday with four runs in the fifth against Domenic Mazza (4.2 IP, 3 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K). Tyler Kuresa (2-for-4, 3 R, 6 RBI) homered twice in Sunday’s win against Arizona, while Nesovic added two hits and also threw six shutout innings in his first mound appearance of the year.
RESULTS
March 7-9: @ Hi Corbett Classic, Tucson:

vs. (12) Mississippi State: W 8-3, W 7-6
@ Arizona: L 10-5, W 10-2
UPCOMING
March 11: Pepperdine
March 14-16: Wichita State


mississippistate24. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 2-3.
Overall: 12-7, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-0-1.
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The Bulldogs struggled in Tucson, losing two games to UCSB and splitting two with host Arizona. In the first game Friday, Ben Bracewell (5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER) started and took the loss against the Gauchos, who broke it open with four runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh against the MSU bullpen. Brandon Woodruff (4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) started Friday’s second game against Arizona and continued to struggle, while freshman Austin Sexton (2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER) also got whacked around. Trevor Fitts (2.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER) gave the Bulldogs another poor start in Saturday’s loss to UCSB, and the Wildcats jumped on Dakota Hudson (1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) with two runs in the first Sunday, but closer Jonathan Holder (5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) settled things down with the longest outing of his career, and Jacob Lindgren fanned six over 2.1 scoreless innings of relief to notch the save. C.T. Bradford (2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI) tripled twice to lead the offense in that one.
RESULTS
March 5
: South Alabama: W 3-0
March 7-9: @ Hi Corbett Classic, Tucson, Ariz.:
vs. UC Santa Barbara: L 8-3
@ Arizona: L 12-3
vs. UC Santa Barbara: L 7-6
@ Arizona: W 6-4
UPCOMING
March 11
: Southern Illinois
March 14-16: @ Georgia


UCLA25. UCLA
Last Week: 1-3.
Overall: 8-7, 0-0 in Pac-12 (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-1.
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UCLA’s yo-yo season continued with a 1-3 week back in Southern California, a week after the Bruins posted a dominant 3-0 weekend in North Carolina. The Waves chased James Kaprielian (5.1 IP, 4 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) in a five-run sixth inning Friday, then held off UCLA’s late charge to win 8-7. Shane Zeile (3-for-5, 3 R, 4 RBI, HR, 2B) led the offense for UCLA, which lost despite out-hitting Pepperdine 12-6. Houston came back from an early 3-0 deficit Saturday with a pair of unearned runs in the seventh, as Grant Watson (6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER) was solid in a no-decision for the Bruins. Zeile (4-for-4, 2 R) led UCLA’s late-innings charge Sunday, as the Bruins did all their scoring in the final three frames. Cody Poteet (6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER) was solid in a no-decision, and the Bruins won despite making four errors.
RESULTS
March 4: Loyola Marymount: L 6-1
March 7: Pepperdine: L 8-7
March 8: Houston: L 4-3
March 9: @ Southern California: W 6-5
UPCOMING
March 11: UC Irvine
March 14-16: @ California


DROPPED OUT

texaschristianTEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 9-6, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-1.

The Horned Frogs posted their second straight losing weekend, scoring just two runs in two losses to Michigan State before salvaging Sunday’s series finale. Brandon Finnegan (9 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 12 K) carried a shutout into the ninth Friday, but Blaise Salter tagged him for a two-run homer in the ninth to lift the Spartans to a 2-1 victory. Preston Morrison (4 IP, 8 H, 4 ER) fell to 1-2 in Saturday’s loss, as the Frogs scored two or fewer runs for the fifth in seven games. They busted out for six runs Sunday, led by Jeremie Fagnan (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI), as Tyler Alexander (6 IP, 7 H 2 ER) picked up the win.
RESULTS
March 4
: Dallas Baptist: W 5-4
March 7-9: Michigan State: L 2-1, L 4-1, W 6-2
UPCOMING
March 11
: @ (15) Rice
March 14-16: Dartmouth


fresnostateFRESNO STATE
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 11-4, 2-1 in MWC (3-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-0.

Fresno followed up its sweep of Texas A&M with a 2-2 week, dropping the opener of its series at Air Force but winning the next two. The Falcons won the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader 6-2, as Tyler Ward (2-for-4, 4 RBI) led the Air Force offense against Jordan Brink (7 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K). The second game Saturday was suspended by darkness with Fresno leading 6-5 in the seventh, and Derick Velazquez (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) was outstanding when play resumed to preserve the win. Jake Stone (2-for-5, 3 RBI) led the Fresno offense in that one. Jordan Luplow, Kevin Viers and Chris Mariscal combined for 10 hits and five RBIs in the finale, as Fresno banged out 17 hits and won a 10-8 slugfest.
RESULTS
March 5
: vs. Sacramento State (at Raley Field, Sacramento): L 2-1
March 8-9: @ Air Force: L 6-2, W 7-5, W 10-8
UPCOMING
March 11-12
: Penn State
March 14-16: New Mexico

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