1. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 11-1 (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Tar Heels hit three homers in support of Sr. RHP Robert Woodard (6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 8 H, 8 K, 0 BB) on Friday, but the bats failed them Saturday, managing just four hits. Penn State took advantage, scoring single runs in the seventh and ninth innings to tie the score before getting the winning run on a 10th-inning error by Jr. SS Josh Horton. The bullpen was shaky again Sunday, giving up a pair of eighth-inning runs to make things interesting, but UNC held on behind three hits and three RBIs by Fr. 1B Dustin Ackley, who had swatted his first homer of the year Friday.
Feb. 27: Gardner-Webb: W 4-2
Feb. 28: (22) Coastal Carolina: W 4-3
March 2-4: Penn State: W 8-4, L 3-2 (10 innings), W 5-4
March 7: Temple
March 9-11: (11) Miami
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 14-0 (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The All-Americans took care of business Friday, as Jr. LHP David Price recorded his third straight double-digit strikeout game (9 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 13 K, 1 BB) and So. 3B Pedro Alvarez hit his sixth homer of the year, a solo shot in the fifth inning that proved the game-winner. Alvarez homered again, doubled and singled in Saturday’s win, which gave Vandy its best start in school history. Only Louisiana Tech’s Brian Rike has more homers (8) than Alvarez, and Tech has played seven more games. So. RHP Brett Jacobson shut down the Musketeers on Sunday (7 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 6 K, 1 BB), as the Commodores pounded out nine runs on 12 hits.
Feb. 27: Austin Peay State: W 8-0
March 2-4: Xavier: W 3-2, W 10-3, W 9-0
March 6: @ Western Kentucky
March 9-11: Illinois-Chicago
3. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 2-0. Overall: 10-1 (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Gamecocks swept their annual home-and-home series against arch-rival Clemson. Jr. RHP Harris Honeycutt held the Tigers to just two hits over seven shutout innings Saturday, when So. 1B Justin Smoak, Jr. DH Phil Disher and So. OF James Darnell combined to go 7-for-13 with three homers and 11 RBIs. So. RHP Mike Cisco (6.2 IP, 1 ER, 5 H) kept the Gamecocks in Sunday’s game, and they overcame a 2-1 lead against All-American closer Daniel Moskos on an RBI double by Disher in the eighth and a walk-off RBI single by Jr. C Trent Kline in the ninth.
March 3-4: @/vs. (2) Clemson: W 12-0, W 3-2
March 6: @ College of Charleston
March 9-11: Brown
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 14-1. Weekend Series: 3-0.
Virginia limited a potent Delaware offense to just eight runs on the weekend and stretched its winning streak to 12 games. Jr. LHP/1B Sean Doolittle struck out nine over six innings Friday to improve to 4-0 on the year, and Fr. 3B Tyler Cannon drove in six runs to triple his career RBI total. The Cavaliers followed a similar formula Saturday, as So. RHP Jacob Thompson picked up his forth win by striking out eight over six innings of work, and Jr. 1B/3B Patrick Wingfield drove in five runs. Sunday’s series finale was tighter, as the Cavs needed a walk-off RBI single by Sr. OF Brandon Marsh to complete the sweep.
Feb. 27: Virginia Military: W 5-3
March 2-4: Delaware: W 11-2, W 10-4, W 3-2
March 6: @ James Madison
March 9-11: @ Wake Forest
5. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 17-0. (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
Florida State continues to steamroll lesser opponents and is off to the best start in school history. FSU jumped out to an early lead with six runs in the first Friday, and Sr. RHP Bryan Henry made it stand up (6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 7 K). The Seminoles scored 15 runs in the seventh inning Sunday, reeling off 10 consecutive hits at one point, one shy of the NCAA record. It’s almost hard to believe FSU actually trailed 3-2 at the end of the fourth inning–the first time all season Florida State has trailed after a complete inning. Jr. 2B Tony Thomas–hitting an absurd .507 through 69 at-bats–paced the Seminoles attack with three doubles and four RBIs Sunday, part of a 9-for-14 weekend on the heels of his midweek home run against Kyle Drabek in an exhibition against the Philadelphia Phillies. For the record, the Seminoles lost that one.
Feb. 27: North Florida: W 16-3
March 2-4: Siena: W 14-4, W 8-3, W 22-3
March 9-11: Indiana
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 7-3 (0-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
Clemson erased a 4-1 deficit against Winthrop ace Alex Wilson on homers by Jr. SS Taylor Harbin and Sr. 1B Andy D’Alessio, but the Tigers ran into trouble against another in-state rival over the weekend. South Carolina hit three homers in Saturday’s blowout at Clemson, while holding the Tigers to just a pair of hits. Clemson got a better start Sunday from So. LHP Ryan Hinson (6 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 1 BB), who handed a 2-1 lead to closer Daniel Moskos in the eighth. But Moskos allowed the game-tying run in the eighth and the game-winner on an RBI single by USC catcher Trent Kline in the bottom of the ninth.
Feb. 28: Winthrop: W 6-4
March 3-4: vs./@ (4) South Carolina: L 12-0, L 3-2
March 7: (17) Coastal Carolina
March 9-11: Memphis
7. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: Overall: 12-5 (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
The Titans won their 16th consecutive regular-season series and avenged last year’s series loss to the Owls in Houston. Jr. RHP Wes Roemer snapped his personal two-game losing streak Friday (6 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 10 K, 2 BB), as Fullerton batted around in a six-run first inning, highlighted by So. OF Chris Jones’ two-run double. The Titans wasted a 4-for-5 day by Jr. OF Clark Hardman on Saturday, stranding 13 runners. Fr. RHP Sean Urena was masterful Sunday, allowing only one hit and no walks while striking out six in a complete-game victory.
Feb. 27: San Diego State: W 9-8
March 2-4: (6) Rice: W 10-3, L 9-3, W 6-1
March 9-11: @ East Carolina
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 11-6 (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
Led by Jr. 1B Joe Savery (3-for-4), the Owls outhit Cal State Fullerton 12-9 on Friday, but they left 13 runners on base against wily All-American Wes Roemer and could not overcome Fullerton’s six-run first inning. Savery had three more hits in Rice’s win Saturday, as Jr. LHP Bobby Bramhall picked up the win in relief (3.1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 5 K, 0 BB). The Owls managed just one hit Sunday, a triple by So. OF Jared Gayhart, and Savery took his first loss of the year (3.1 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 3 K, 4 BB).
Feb. 27: @ Sam Houston State: W 6-3
March 2-4: @ (10) Cal State Fullerton: L 10-3, W 9-3, L 6-1
March 6: St. John’s
March 9-11: @ Whataburger College Classic, Corpus Christi, Texas: Texas Christian, Texas Tech, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
9. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 13-3 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Texas A&M jumped on OSU Jr. LHP Joe Paterson (5.1 IP, 5 ER) with two runs in the first inning Friday and saddled him with his first loss of the season. Jr. 3B Drew George went 4-for-5 Saturday in support of Jr. RHP Mike Stutes (6.1 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 4 K, 1 BB). Jr. RHP Daniel Turpen delivered the best outing of the weekend on Sunday (8.1 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 6 K, 0 BB), and Sr. OF Mike Lissman provided all the offense the Beavers would need with a pair of RBI doubles.
March 2-4: @ Domino’s Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic, College Station, Texas:
(25) Texas A&M: L 5-2, New Mexico: W 6-2, St. Louis: W 2-0
March 5: @ Domino’s Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic, College Station, Texas: (18) Texas A&M
March 8-10: (25) Evansville
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 10-4. Weekend Series: 4-0.
The Razorbacks finally got a good start out of Jr. RHP Shaun Seibert on Friday (5 IP, 1 ER, 3 H), and they carried a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning, but their bullpen let them down. The Rebels scored three times in the eighth against closer Jess Todd, highlighted by freshman 1B Andrew Clark’s RBI double. Saturday’s scheduled game against The Citadel was cancelled because the Bulldogs couldn’t make the trip due to inclement weather. Arkansas decided to hold Jr. LHP Nick Schmidt until the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader against Minnesota, and he struck out 11 in a complete-game victory. Jr. RHP Duke Welker failed to get out of the first inning in the nightcap, and Fr. LHP Dallas Keuchel didn’t provide much relief (3.2 IP, 4 R, 3 ER), as the Golden Gophers rapped out 14 hits and benefited from four Arkansas errors.
March 2-4: @ Dairy Queen Classic, Minneapolis:
Mississippi: L 5-4, Minnesota: W 5-1, L 10-5
March 9-11: Kansas
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: Overall: 9-5 (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.
Jr. LHP Scott Maine rebounded from last week’s rough outing with five scoreless innings Friday, as the Hurricanes put up 10 runs in three innings against Fordham ace Javier Martinez. On Saturday, Fr. LHP Eric Erickson (8 IP, 1 ER, 5 H) beat highly touted Fordham RHP Cory Riordan, with help from So. OF Dennis Raben’s two home runs. Sr. LHP Manny Miguelez and the Miami bullpen blew a 7-1 lead Sunday, but after Fordham went ahead with two runs in the 10th, Miami answered with three in the bottom of the inning, capped by Raben’s walk-off RBI single. Fr. 3B Mark Sobolewski continued his hot streak, going 7-for-14 with a double, a triple, a homer and eight RBIs on the weekend.
March 2-4: Fordham: W 14-8, W 8-1, W 10-9 (10 innings)
March 6: St. Bonaventure
March 7: LaSalle
March 9-11: (1) North Carolina
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 12-6. Weekend Series: 3-2.
After dropping heart-breaking Sunday games the past two weeks against Stanford and Washington State, the Longhorns finally completed a sweep against Oral Roberts. Jr. LHP James Russell improved to 3-1 with eight shutout innings Friday, and So. OF Kyle Russell hit his sixth homer of the season. Sr. LHP Joseph Krebs picked up the win in relief Saturday (4.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 4 K, 1 BB), as Texas overcame a 3-0 deficit in the middle innings. So. LHP Austin Wood continued to thrive as a starter Sunday (7 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 4 K, 1 BB). So. 3B Bradley Suttle paced the offense all weekend, going 9-for-13 with a homer and four RBIs.
March 2-4: Oral Roberts: W 13-0, W 5-3, W 5-1
March 6: @ Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
March 9-11: Miami (Ohio)
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 13-4 (3-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
After blowing a 4-1 lead Friday, the Waves rebounded to make their cross-country trip a success. Jr. RHP Barry Enright (6.1 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 3 K, 2 BB) had his 21.3-inning scoreless streak snapped in the first Friday and could not hold a 4-1 lead after the second. Jr. RHP Adam Olbrychowski, who pitched five scoreless innings in his first start of the year Tuesday against UC Irvine, also picked up the win in relief Saturday, striking out four and allowing just one hit in 2.1 IP of scoreless work. The Waves scored the go-ahead run on Jr. OF Donald Brown’s home run to lead off the eighth. Pepperdine broke a 2-2 tie with three runs over the eighth and ninth innings Sunday, and So. RHP Brett Hunter, the erstwhile closer, turned in another solid start (6 IP 2 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 5 BB).
Feb. 27: UC Irvine: W 13-2
March 2-4: @ Keith LeClair Classic, Greenville, N.C.:
East Carolina: L 5-4, Western Carolina: W 3-1, (24) North Carolina State: W 5-2
March 6: @ UC Santa Barbara
March 9-11: @ (16) Oklahoma State
14. WICHITA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 10-4 (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
Ace RHP Aaron Shafer fell to 2-2 with a rough outing Friday (3.2 IP, 7 R, 3 ER, 9 H), and the Shockers’ four-run rally in the seventh inning fell just short, as Jr. OF Matt Brown grounded into a double play with the bases loaded. Jr. RHP Travis Banwart shut down the Spiders on Saturday (7.1 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 10 K, 1 BB), and Wichita State supported him with four runs in the first. The Shockers erased deficits of 4-0 and 7-6 on Sunday, led by four RBIs apiece from So. 3B Conor Gillaspie and Jr. C Tyler Weber. Four Shockers starters were suspended for Friday’s opener, including SS Noah Krol and 2B Damon Sublett, due to poor class attendance.
Feb. 28: @ Oklahoma: L 5-4
March 2-4: Richmond: L 11-10, W 4-0, W 14-7
March 9-11: Penn State
15. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 12-5 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
Despite scoring 22 runs in three games against Auburn, the Sun Devils dropped their first series of the year thanks to pitching woes. The weekend started out well enough, as Jr. LHP Josh Satow threw seven scoreless innings and infielders Andrew Romine and Matt Hall combined for seven hits and four RBIs in Friday’s win. But ASU blew an 8-0 lead Saturday, as Auburn scored seven runs (five unearned) in the fifth against Jr. LHP Brian Flores and piled on four more over the final three innings against Fr. RHP Mike Leake, who had been nearly untouchable in the season’s first month. Arizona State pitching issued 10 walks Sunday, and the final one proved most costly, as the Tigers turned a leadoff walk into the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Feb. 27: @ Arizona: W 22-8
March 2-4: @ Auburn: W 8-2, L 11-8, L 7-6
March 9-11: (19) Long Beach State
16. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 10-3. Weekend Series: 1-1.
A two-run homer by Jr. OF Corey Brown gave the Cowboys a 2-0 lead in the first inning Friday, and they trailed for only one half-inning the rest of the weekend. Sr. 2B Tyler Mach went 3-for-4 with a double to lead the offense in Saturday’s rout, and Sr. RHP Oliver Odle pitched well (6 IP, 1 ER). Jr. 3B Matt Mangini was the brightest offensive star Sunday, going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and four RBIs as OSU put the game away with a seven-run third inning.
Feb. 27: Dallas Baptist: W 10-3
March 2-4: Nicholls State: W 7-2, W 10-1, W 12-4
March 6: @ Texas-Arlington
March 9-11: (13) Pepperdine
17. COASTAL CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 12-2. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
Sr. LHP Andy DeLaGarza (7 IP, 1 ER) improved to 4-0 Friday with a little help from outfielders David Sappelt and Dom Duggan, the top two hitters in the Chanticleer lineup who combined to go 7-for-10. Sr. 1B Chris Raber hit a grand slam in the fourth inning to help Coastal build a 9-1 lead Saturday, and the Chanticleers held off Marist for the win. Sappelt had three more hits Sunday to lead a Coastal offense that put the game away with a nine-run outburst in the sixth.
Feb. 28: @ (1) North Carolina: L 4-3 (10 innings)
March 2-4: Coastal Carolina Tournament, Conway, S.C.:
Rhode Island: W 6-2, Marist: W 16-7, West Virginia: W 16-4 (7 innings)
March 7: @ (6) Clemson
March 9-11: Myrtle Beach Hyundai-Isuzu Classic, Conway, S.C.: Bethune-Cookman, Ball State, Georgia Southern
18. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 15-1 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Texas A&M ran its winning streak to 14 games, its longest since 1995. Jr. LHP David Newmann had another strong outing Friday (5.1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 6 K, 2 BB) against Oregon State, making an early 3-0 lead stand up. The Aggies broke open a 3-3 game Saturday with a six-run sixth, during which they stole five bases drove in three runs on bunts. So. RHP Kyle Thebeau (8 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 10 K, 2 BB) finally got his first win of the year Sunday. Jr. 3B Blake Stouffer continued his torrid pace at the plate, going 8-for-15 with 10 RBIs and three stolen bases on the week. Stouffer has 20 RBIs in his last eight games and is hitting .548 (17-for-31) over that span.
Feb. 27: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: 8-7
March 2-4: Domino’s Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic, College Station, Texas:
(9) Oregon State: W 5-2, St. Louis: W 14-3, New Mexico: W 6-5
March 5: Domino’s Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic, College Station, Texas: (9) Oregon State
March 9-11: Florida
19. LONG BEACH STATE
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: Overall: 8-4. (4-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
The Dirtbags were idle.
March 9-11: @ (15) Arizona State
20. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 13-7. (4-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
Following in Oregon State’s footsteps, the Trojans became the second Pacific-10 Conference team to sweep the Bulldogs in Athens this season. So. RHP Ryan Cook (8 IP 3 R, 0 ER, 9 H, 7 K, 0 BB) kept USC in Friday’s game long enough for Jr. 2B Matt Cusick to drive in the winning run on a ninth-inning RBI triple. Sr. 1B J.J. Owen drove in the eventual game-winning runs Saturday with a two-run single in the sixth, giving Fr. RHP Brad Boxberger (6 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 7 K, 4 BB) his first collegiate win. Owen went 4-for-5 out of the cleanup spot Sunday, when the Trojans scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the 10th off Bulldogs All-America closer Joshua Fields.
Feb. 27: Loyola Marymound: W 7-1
Feb. 2-4: @ Georgia: W 4-3, W 4-2, W 7-6 (10 innings)
March 6: UC Riverside
March 9-11: @ Stanford
21. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: Overall: 8-6. Weekend Series: 3-1.
The Yellow Jackets figured to be involved in plenty of slugfests this season, but they’ve lost nearly as many of those types of games as they’ve won, and they have only outscored opponents by a 123-107 margin on the year. So. 1B Luke Murton drove in five runs to lead Friday’s onslaught, though Rutgers scored seven runs in the seventh to cut Tech’s lead to 12-11 before the Jackets pulled away late. Sr. OF Wally Crancer led the offense with four hits and three RBIs Saturday, when So. RHP Chris Hicks continued to struggle (1.2 IP, 5 ER). Hicks has a 9.82 ERA through four starts. Rutgers took the lead with three runs in the seventh Sunday, then put it away with three more in the ninth against Jr. C/RHP Matt Wieters.
Feb. 27: Western Carolina: L 10-7
March 2-4: Rutgers: W 18-12, W 10-8, L 9-5
March 9-11: Virginia Tech
22. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 12-8 (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
It turns out So. LHP Brian Matusz is mortal after all, though he continued to rack up strikeouts even in his first loss of the year Friday (5 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 9 K, 2 BB). Jr. RHP Matt Couch picked the Toreros up Saturday (7 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 5 K), and they scored seven runs in the final three innings, highlighted by homers by Sr. OF Shane Buschini and Jr. 2B Justin Snyder. So. LHP Ricardo Pecina started on the mound in place of Romanski on Sunday and took the loss (5.1 IP, 4 ER) as the Toreros left 10 runners on base.
Feb. 27: @ (20) UC Riverside: L 9-4
March 2-4: @ Fresno State: L 12-4, W 8-3, L 6-2
March 6: @ UC Irvine
March 9-11: @ Aztec Invitational, San Diego: Michigan, Oklahoma, San Diego State
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 7-7. (3-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-2.
The Bruins were idle.
March 9-11: @ Mississippi
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 13-2. Weekend Series: 2-0.
The young Tigers showed plenty of moxie after dropping the first game against Arizona State and falling behind 8-0 after four innings Saturday. But the Auburn bullpen shut out the Sun Devils over the final four innings Saturday, allowing Auburn to storm back with seven runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth, capped by Jr. C Josh Donaldson’s go-ahead three-run homer. The bullpen saved the day again with six innings of one-run ball Sunday after So. LHP Evan Crawford gave up five runs (four earned) over the first three frames. The Tigers broke a 6-6 tie on an eighth-inning sacrifice fly by So. OF Luke Greinke.
Feb. 27: Samford
March 2-4: (14) Arizona State: L 8-2, W 11-8, W 7-6
March 6: Davidson
March 9-11: Purdue
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 8-4. Weekend Series: 2-1.
The Purple Aces won the battle between two of the Midwest’s top pitching staffs. Sr. RHP Ben Norton (7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 5 K, 1 BB) beat RedHawks ace John Ely on Friday, with help from Sr. DH Pat Tumilty, who went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. After Saturday’s game was pushed by cold weather to the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, Sr. RHP Fred Jones (7 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 K, 1 BB) outlasted Miami’s Connor Graham and the Aces benefited from a pair of RedHawk errors in the 10th inning, including a dropped fly ball that allowed the winning run to score. Sr. RHP Kai Tuomi (6.1 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 4 K, 0 BB) improved to 4-0 Sunday as Evansville won despite being outhit 8-5.
Feb. 28: Butler: W 4-1
March 2-4: Miami (Ohio): W 2-0, W 3-2 (10 innings), W 3-2
March 6: @ Murray State
March 8-10: @ (9) Oregon State
Last Week: 0-2. Overall: 5-4 (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
Rain and travel problems pushed Nebraska’s weekend slate to a doubleheader Sunday and a makeup game against Stetson Monday, and so far the arrangement has not worked out so well for the Cornhuskers. Jr. LHP Tony Watson (6 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 5 K, 1 BB) and the Nebraksa offense handed the bullpen an 8-0 lead in the first game against Iowa, but the Hawkeyes scored five in the seventh and five in the eighth (including three against closer Erik Bird). The nightcap got off to a bad start when Jr. CF Bryce Nimmo collided with Fr. OF D.J. Belfonte in the first inning and suffered a concussion and shoulder injury. The Irish chased starter Drew Bowman with five runs in the first inning, and after Nebraska tied the score, Notre Dame put the game away with seven in the seventh. Lost in the two-game sweep was a two-homer, seven-RBI day for Jr. 2B Jake Opitz.
March 4: @ Stetson Invitational, Deland, Fla.:
Iowa: L 12-8 (8 innings), Notre Dame: L 16-6 (8 innings)
March 5: @ Stetson Invitational, Deland, Fla.: Stetson
March 6: Nebraska-Kearney
March 9-11: @ Alabama
UC RIVERSIDE (20)
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 10-7. (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
UC Riverside’s first week as a ranked team in 2007 started with a win over ranked San Diego but ended with a resounding thud. The Sooners put up seven earned runs on nine hits against ace RHP James Simmons on Friday before piling on further against the Highlander bullpen. Oklahoma broke open a 3-1 game with a five-run sixth inning rally Saturday. The Riverside pitching was better Sunday, as Sr. LHP Dan Runzler went the distance but took the loss after allowing Aaron Ivey’s ninth-inning walk-off RBI single.
Feb. 27: (16) San Diego: W 9-4
March 2-4: @ Oklahoma: L 14-5, L 11-5, L 2-1
March 6: @ (20) Southern California
March 9-11: Portland
NORTH CAROLINA STATE (24)
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 10-3. (0-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Jr. RHP Jeff Stallings (3.1 IP, 3 ER, 6 H) didn’t have his best stuff Friday, and the Wolfpack rallied for three runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game, but Western Carolina answered with three in the bottom of the inning and held off State’s late charge. Control problems plagued Jr. RHP Andrew Brackman (5 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 6 K, 5 BB) on Saturday, but Jr. 1B Mike Roskopf delivered a pinch-hit RBI single in the 10th to drive in the winning run. So. LHP Eric Surkamp (6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 7 H, 6 K, 1 BB) pitched well in a no-decision Sunday as the Waves broke a 2-2 tie with three runs over the final two innings against Fr. LHP Jimmy Gillheeney.
Feb. 27: UNC Wilmington: W 5-2
March 2-4: @ Keith LeClair Classic, Greenville, N.C.:
Western Carolina: L 6-5, East Carolina: W 5-4 (10 innings), (17) Pepperdine: L 5-2
March 6: @ UNC Greensboro
March 7: North Carolina A&T
March 9-11: Maryland