Top 25 Tracker: March 20-22

1. CAL STATE FULLERTON


Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 16-3, 0-0 in Big West. (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.

The Titans picked up their third weekend series sweep of the season and have won 15 of their last 16 games. The three Titans who played for Team USA last summer—Jr. OF Josh Fellhauer, So. SS Christian Colon and Sr. 1B Jared Clark—went a combined 14-for-37 with 10 runs, 11 RBIs, four doubles and a triple against their former coach with the national team, Oral Roberts’ Rob Walton. Colon (8-for-17, 7 R, 5 RBI) led the way, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. All three of CSF’s weekend starters struck out nine or more against ORU, led by Fr. RHP Tyler Pill (8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K), who improved to 4-0, 3.94 with 27 strikeouts and five walks.

RESULTS

March 19-21: Oral Roberts: W 8-3, W 10-6, W 7-1

UPCOMING

March 27-29: @ UC Riverside

2. LOUISIANA STATE


Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 17-5, 4-2 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.

The Tigers went on the road and won their sixth straight conference series dating back to last year. Fr. RHP Anthony Ranaudo (7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) was out-dueled by Gamecocks ace Sam Dyson (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER), but LSU’s bats woke up the next two days, pounding out six homers against much softer pitching. Sr. RHP Louis Coleman (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) and So. RHP Austin Ross (5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER) kept South Carolina’s offense in check both days.

RESULTS

March 17: Northwestern State: W 2-1

March 18: McNeese State: W 6-3

March 20-22: @ South Carolina: L 7-3, W 10-3, W 11-3

UPCOMING

March 24-25: Harvard

March 27-29: (11) Mississippi

3. ARIZONA STATE


Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 17-3, 3-0 in Pac-10 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.

ASU swept a three-game series against arch-rival Arizona for the first time since 2003. Jr. RHP Mike Leake struck out a career-high 15 in a complete-game masterpiece Friday, allowing just one run on five hits and a walk to improve to 5-1, 1.35 with 48-7 K-BB in 40 IP. Jr. LHP Josh Spence (7.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) followed with a strong outing in Saturday’s win, and the Sun Devils exploded for a season-high 23 runs Sunday, with Jr. OF Jason Kipnis (2-for-3, 4 R, 6 RBI, GS) leading a 16-hit attack.

RESULTS

March 20-22: Arizona: W 4-1, W 7-3, W 23-7

UPCOMING

March 27-29: @ Southern California

4. RICE


Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 14-6, 2-1 in CUSA. (6-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.

Rice opened Conference USA play by winning its ninth straight CUSA weekend series. Jr. RHP Mike Ojala left Friday’s game after four scoreless innings after feeling some tightness, and the Owls broke a 3-3 tie by manufacturing a run in the ninth. The victory was coach Wayne Graham’s 800th at the Division I level. For the first time in a month, Jr. RHP Ryan Berry (5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K) looked relatively human Saturday but still got the win, with help from four Rice homers, including a pair from Fr. 3B Anthony Rendon (2-for-4, 3 R, 4 RBI). USM came from behind Sunday with three in the ninth against Sr. RHP Jordan Rogers.

RESULTS

March 17: (1) Texas: W 6-3

March 18: @ Houston: W 8-1

March 20-22: @ Southern Mississippi: W 4-3, W 16-4, L 5-4

UPCOMING

March 24: Lamar

March 27-29: Memphis

5. NORTH CAROLINA


Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 17-4, 5-3 in ACC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.

The Tar Heels were stunned at home by Duke, losing their first weekend series since dropping two of three at Florida State on April 20-22, 2007, and suffering their first series loss to the Blue Devils since 2001. There were bright spots, as Jr. 1B Dustin Ackley went 8-for-15 in the series to raise his average to .434, and Fr. 2B Levi Michael homered three times on the week and drove in eight, giving him eight home runs and 26 RBIs on the year. So. RHP Alex White (7 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) improved to 4-0 in Friday’s win. Four UNC errors led to three unearned runs in Saturday’s loss, and So. RHP Matt Harvey (2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER) was bombed Sunday, when the Tar Heels couldn’t quite complete a comeback from an early 9-1 deficit.

RESULTS

March 17-18: Princeton: W 17-0, W 6-1

March 20-22: Duke: W 8-5, L 5-4, W 10-9

UPCOMING

March 24: @ UNC Wilmington

March 25: Charlotte

March 27-29: (24) Virginia

6. GEORGIA


Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 19-2, 4-2 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.

The Bulldogs swept Mississippi State for the first time since 2004, improving to 14-0 at home in the process. A record 12,026 fans attended the three-game series, breaking the previous mark of 11,930 set against Florida State in the 2001 super regionals. Sr. RHP Trevor Holder (6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) improved to 4-1 in Friday’s win, and Jr. LHP Alex McRee (4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 6 BB, 7 K) danced around trouble in his return from mononucleosis Saturday. So. RHP Justin Grimm (5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) was strong in a no-decision Sunday, as the Dawgs rallied from a two-run deficit with seven runs in the eighth.

RESULTS

March 18: @ Georgia State: W 11-6

March 20-22: Mississippi State: W 5-3, W 4-0, W 10-6

UPCOMING

March 24: Wright State

March 25: @ (13) Georgia Tech

March 27-29: @ Tennessee

7. MIAMI


Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 18-4, 7-2 in ACC (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

The Hurricanes earned yet another impressive weekend series win and have won 21 of their last 22 regular-season series and 14 of 15 ACC series. The ‘Canes came from behind to win each of the final two games of the series, giving them 12 comeback wins in 22 games. So. LHP Chris Hernandez (5.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 5 ER) suffered his first collegiate loss Friday, but Jr. RHP David Gutierrez (5.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) turned in a strong effort in a no-decision Saturday. Miami overcame a 3-0 deficit in that one with four runs in the seventh to hand the Cavaliers their first loss of the season. So. C Yasmani Grandal homered twice Sunday, and Sr. OF Jonathan Weislow’s pinch-hit RBI double in a three-run eighth proved the game-winning hit. The game was shortened to eight innings by the ACC’s travel policy.

RESULTS

March 17: St. Thomas (Fla.): W 8-0

March 18: Maryland-Baltimore County: W 11-1

March 20-22: @ (23) Virginia: L 9-4, W 4-3, W 7-5 (8 innings)

UPCOMING

March 24: Ohio State

March 25: @ Florida Atlantic

March 27-29: (13) Georgia Tech

8. BAYLOR


Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 14-5, 3-3 in Big 12. (4-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.

The Bears rode a couple of freshman to a 4-1 week, including a series win against Texas Tech. Fr. OF Lucas Hileman (9-for-12, 6 R, 4 RBI, 2 2B in five games on the week) has now hit safely in all six of his career games. After earning the win in relief Monday against Texas A&M, Fr. RHP Logan Verrett made his first career start Saturday, scattering 11 hits but allowing just one run while striking out seven over seven innings. Jr. RHP Kendal Volz (5.2 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) earned his second win of the year Friday, but Jr. RHP Craig Fritsch (3 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) continued to struggle mightily in Sunday’s loss. Jr. OF/LHP Aaron Miller had a pair of hits Sunday to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.

RESULTS

March 16: (3) Texas A&M: W 8-7 (10 innings)

March 18: @ Texas State: W 22-17

March 20-22: Texas Tech: W 8-4, W 5-4, L 13-8

UPCOMING

March 24: @ Sam Houston State

March 25: (16) Texas Christian

March 27-29: Kansas State

9. TEXAS


Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 14-6, 2-4 in Big 12. (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.

Texas was swept by Kansas for the first time ever, dropping three consecutive one-run games in Lawrence. UT’s foundering offense mustered just 10 runs in three games and is hitting just .271/.359/.373 with seven homers in 20 games on the season. The Longhorns are averaging just 4.45 runs per game. So. RHP Chance Ruffin (7.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) lost his second straight start Friday, while Fr. RHP Taylor Jungmann took the loss in relief each of the next two games.

RESULTS

March 17: @ (7) Rice: L 6-3

March 20-22: @ Kansas: L 5-4, L 4-3, L 4-3

UPCOMING

March 24: Dallas Baptist

March 27-29: Texas Tech

10. UC IRVINE


Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 12-6, 0-0 in Big West. (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.

The steady Anteaters have yet to sweep a weekend but have also yet to lose a weekend. Jr. LHP Daniel Bibona struck out a season-high 11 while walking just one and yielding one hit over seven scoreless innings Friday. Jr. RHP Christian Bergman (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) was solid in a no-decision in Saturday’s loss. UCI pounded out a season-high 19 hits Sunday in support of So. RHP Crosby Slaught, who allowed just two runs and set personal bests with 6.2 IP and 7 K.

RESULTS

March 20-22: Nevada: W 1-0, L 5-4, W 10-2

UPCOMING

March 24-25: @ Washington

March 27-29: (19) Cal Poly

11. MISSISSIPPI


Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 15-5, 4-2 in SEC. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.

Ole Miss won its second straight series against a quality SEC opponent. So. LHP Drew Pomeranz allowed three earned runs over a season-long 7.1 innings Friday, and the Rebels capped a three-run ninth-inning rally by scoring the winning run on a passed ball. Jr. RHP Phillip Irwin (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) turned in another strong outing Saturday, and the Rebels supported him with five runs in the fifth. The Sunday starter spot continues to be a problem, as Sr. LHP Brett Bukvich (0.2, 6 H, 7 ER) was hammered, and Mississippi’s first two relievers did little better.

RESULTS

March 17: @ Arkansas State: W 7-1

March 18: Memphis: W 7-4

March 20-22: (24) Alabama: W 8-7, W 5-2, L 19-6

UPCOMING

March 24: Saint Louis

March 25: @ Southern Mississippi

March 27-29: @ (2) Louisiana State

12. OKLAHOMA


Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 20-5, 2-1 in Big 12 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0-1.

After Kansas State ace A.J. Morris (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 12 K) stymied the Sooners Friday, Oklahoma’s bats came alive, making OU the only Big 12 team to win a conference road series in seven tries this season. Sr. C J.T. Wise (8-for-15, 11 RBI, 2 HR on the week) extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Oklahoma pounded out 14 hits (eight for extra bases) in Saturday’s slugfest, then tied a Big 12 record with 11 home runs in Sunday’s massacre, which was shortened to seven innings by the mercy rule. Wise, Jr. OF Jamie Johnson (4-for-6, 4 R, 3 RBI) and So. OF Casey Johnson (3-for-3, 2 R, 6 RBI) each swatted two long balls Sunday.

RESULTS

March 17: @ (18) Texas Christian: W 8-7

March 20-22: @ Kansas State: L 9-1, W 12-11, W 29-4 (7 innings)

UPCOMING

March 24: Central Arkansas

March 27-29: Nebraska

13. GEORGIA TECH


Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 16-2, 6-1 in ACC (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

Georgia Tech’s bats carried it to its sixth consecutive ACC series victory. Fr. 3B Matt Skole (10-for-15, 3 HR, 11 RBI) and Jr. 1B Tony Plagman (8-for-14, 7 RBI) led Tech’s offense on the weekend, just as they have all season. Plagman (.400 with six homers and 29 RBIs) and Skole (.389 with seven homers and 25 RBIs) are Tech’s two leaders in each of the triple crown categories. So. RHP Deck McGuire (5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) took a no-decision Friday as the Yellow Jackets came from behind with six in the ninth, capped by Skole’s game-winning three-run homer. Tech’s next two starters—Jr. RHP Zach Von Tersch and So. RHP Brandon Cumpton—allowed a combined 14 runs on 14 hits and six walks.

RESULTS

March 17-18: @/vs. Kennesaw State: W 11-0, W 11-3

March 20-22: @ Virginia Tech: W 10-9, L 9-5, W 18-8

UPCOMING

March 24: Georgia State

March 25: (6) Georgia

March 27-29: @ (7) Miami

14. ARKANSAS

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 16-4, 6-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

After sweeping its second straight conference series (and first road sweep ever against Auburn), Arkansas is off to its best SEC start in school history. Sr. C Ryan Cisterna’s ninth-inning homer broke a 2-2 tie Friday and helped Jr. LHP Dallas Keuchel (8 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) improve to 3-0. The Hogs erased a one-run deficit with five over the final two frames Saturday. Sr. 2B Ben Tschepikow (4-for-6, 3 R, 2 RBI, 3B) paced the offense Sunday, as Arkansas pounded out a season-high 17 hits in support of Fr. LHP Drew Smyly (5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER).

RESULTS

March 17-18: Nebraska: W 7-3, L 7-4

March 20-22: @ Auburn: W 3-2, W 10-6, W 12-6

UPCOMING

March 25: Missouri State

March 27-29: Mississippi State

15. TEXAS A&M


Last Week: 1-5. Overall: 14-9, 3-3 in Big 12. (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.

The Aggies lost five straight games before stopping the bleeding by winning for the fifth consecutive Sunday. A&M is off to a 3-3 start in Big 12 play for the third straight season (the Aggies rebounded to win the conference tournament in 2007 and the regular-season title in 2008). So. LHP/OF Brooks Raley (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) was strong in a no-decision Friday, but the Aggies mustered just five hits and struck out 16 times against Missouri ace Kyle Gibson. Raley scored the winning run in the ninth Sunday, singling to lead off the frame, then stealing second and coming all the way around to score when an errant throw by Jr. C Trevor Coleman bounced into left field.

RESULTS

March 16: @ (9) Baylor: L 8-7

March 17-18: New Mexico: L 10-6, L 9-6

March 20-22: @ Missouri: L 3-2, L 6-2, W 6-5

UPCOMING

March 24: Texas-Arlington

March 25: Northwestern State

March 27-29: Kansas

16. TEXAS CHRISTIAN


Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 13-6, 2-1 in MWC (4-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.

The Horned Frogs won a hard-fought Mountain West Conference-opening series at Utah. TCU overcame a 7-4 deficit Friday with four in the ninth, capped by Sr. C Hunt Woodruff’s game-winning, pinch-hit, two-run homer. Sr. RHP Taylor Cragin (7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R) extended his scoreless streak to 16 innings Saturday in relief of an eratic So. RHP Sean Hoelscher, who failed to record more than one out for the second straight start. Fr. RHP Kyle Winkler (0.1 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 3 BB) fared even worse Sunday, but TCU stormed back from an early 6-0 deficit to force extra innings, only to lose when Utah scored twice in the bottom of the 10th.

RESULTS

March 16: (25) Minnesota: W 4-1

March 17: (13) Oklahoma: L 8-7

March 20-22: @ Utah: W 8-7, W 6-1, L 9-8 (10 innings)

UPCOMING

March 24: Stephen F. Austin

March 25: @ (8) Baylor

March 27-29: San Diego State

17. PEPPERDINE


Last Week: 5-1. Overall: 16-6, 0-0 in WCC (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.

Despite posting a five-win week, the Waves suffered a bad loss in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against a Chicago State team that sits just 2-21. Four Waves starters set career highs in strikeouts on the week: So. LHP Matt Bywater (12 against Washington State), So. LHP Scott Alexander (nine against WSU), Sr. RHP Nathan Newman (11 against Chicago State) and Fr. LHP Aaron Gates (10 against Chicago State). Jr. C Trent Diedrich (9-for-17, 4 RBI, 3 2B) led the offense on the week, extending his hitting streak to 14 games.

RESULTS

March 17-18: Washington State: W 3-1, W 5-2

March 20-22: Chicago State: W 13-4, L 6-4 (7 innings), W 11-1 (7 innings), W 17-1 (7 innings)

UPCOMING

March 24: Brown

March 25: UCLA

March 27-29: @ San Diego

18. COASTAL CAROLINA


Last Week: 3-3. Overall: 18-4, 3-2 in Big South (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.

Coastal ran its winning streak to 14 games (the second longest streak in school history) before losing a midweek game to College of Charleston, then dropping its first Big South series since April 22-24, 2006 against Liberty. Jr. OF Chance Gilmore (3-for-4, 2B, 3B) led the offense Friday in support of So. LHP Cody Wheeler (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K). Winthrop broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the bottom of the eighth Saturday, then held the Chanticleers to two runs on six hits Sunday.

RESULTS

March 16: @ UNC Asheville: W 12-2, CCD

March 17: @ Tennessee: W 5-2

March 18: College of Charleston: L 3-0

March 20-22: @ Winthrop: W 7-2, L 6-4, L 7-2

UPCOMING

March 26-28: @ Hawaii

19. CAL POLY


Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 14-4, 0-0 in Big West (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

Fr. 2B Matt Jensen reached base 12 times in 13 plate appearances to help Cal Poly win the first three games of a four-game series against Cal State Bakersfield. Jensen went 6-for-7 with six walks and two doubles and now leads the Mustangs in batting (.397), homers (six) and RBIs (26). The Mustangs got three quality starts this weekend from So. LHP Jared Eskew (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER), So. LHP Matt Leonard (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) and Jr. RHP D.J. Mauldin (8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K).

RESULTS

March 20-22: vs./vs./@ Cal State Bakersfield: W 6-2, W 15-3, W 10-2

UPCOMING

March 23: @ Cal State Bakersfield

March 24: San Jose State

March 25: Dartmouth

March 27-29: @ (10) UC Irvine

20. UC SANTA BARBARA


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

After taking a week of finals, the Gauchos took the opener of a nonconference two-game series against UC Riverside, which will conclude Monday. UCSB scored three runs in the second, and Jr. RHP Joe Gardner (3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER), So. LHP Mario Hollands (4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) and Jr. RHP David Meals (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) made it stand up.

RESULTS

March 22: UC Riverside: W 3-2

UPCOMING

March 23: UC Riverside

March 27-29: @ Cal State Northridge

21. NEW MEXICO


Last Week: 6-0. Overall: 22-3, 3-0 in MWC (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

The Lobos swept two midweek games at Texas A&M, then swept a four-game set against Northwestern to run their winning streak to nine games. At 22-3, New Mexico has matched its best start since 1973. Sr. 1B Kevin Atkinson went 7-for-10 against the Aggies and had nine more hits over the weekend, while Sr. 2B Mike Brownstein had 15 hits, nine RBIs and four stolen bases over the four-game series against the Wildcats. The Lobos scored 50 runs in four games and are now batting .410/.476/.625 as a team on the season while averaging 11.8 runs per game (second-most in the nation behind New Mexico State’s 13.1).

RESULTS

March 17-18: @ (3) Texas A&M: W 10-6, W 9-6

March 20-22: Northwestern: W 11-6, W 16-12, W 10-6, W 13-4

UPCOMING

March 26-28: Brigham Young

22. EAST CAROLINA


Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 16-4, 3-0 in CUSA (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.

The Pirates scored 90 runs on 98 hits in five games (both school records for a five-game span) with 14 home runs, 26 doubles and a .450 batting average. Leading the barrage were Jr. DH Kyle Roller (13-for-22, 15 RBI, 4 HR) and Sr. 2B Ryan Wood (12-for-21, 14 R, 4 RBI, 3 2B). ECU demolished Central Florida in the Conference USA opener for both teams, outscoring the Knights 49-7. All nine East Carolina regulars are batting .365 or better, and the Pirates rank third in the nation with 11.4 runs per game.

RESULTS

March 17: Richmond: W 15-4

March 18: Norfolk State: W 26-6

March 20-22: Central Florida: W 26-1, W 13-3, W 10-3

UPCOMING

March 24: @ Campbell

March 25: UNC Wilmington

March 27-29: @ Marshall

23. OKLAHOMA STATE


Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 15-7, 1-2 in Big 12 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.

After four weeks of tournaments, the Cowboys finally played a weekend series and lost it, dropping two of three on the road against Nebraska. Jr. LHP Andrew Oliver (3.2 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) was drilled for the second straight Friday, falling to 3-2, 6.67. Jr. LHP Tyler Lyons (2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER) struggled even more in Saturday’s loss. Jr. RHP Tyler Blandford (8 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 11 K) stopped the bleeding Sunday, and OSU supported him with 11 hits.

RESULTS

March 18: Western Illinois: W 30-3, L 7-4

March 20-22: @ Nebraska: L 11-4, L 12-4, W 6-3

UPCOMING

March 24-25: Nevada-Las Vegas

March 27-29: Missouri

24. VIRGINIA


Last Week: 4-2. Overall: 19-2, 5-2 in ACC (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.

After winning Friday’s opener, the nation’s last unbeaten team blew a 3-0 lead heading into the seventh inning Saturday to suffer its first loss, then blew another late lead Sunday to drop the series. Fr. LHP/1B Danny Hultzen (6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) improved to 5-0, 1.69 on Friday as the Cavs handed Miami ace Chris Hernandez his first collegiate loss. Sr. RHP Andrew Carraway (6.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) cruised through six scoreless innings Saturday before the Hurricanes got to him and closer Matt Packer for four in the seventh. UVa. overcame a 4-2 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the eighth Sunday, but Miami responded with three in the ninth against So. RHP Tyler Wilson.

RESULTS

March 17: Marshall: W 5-4

March 18: Canisius: W 11-3

March 18: Wagner: W 5-2

March 20-22: (11) Miami: W 9-4, L 4-3, L 7-5

UPCOMING

March 24-25: Towson

25. MINNESOTA


Last Week: 3-3. Overall: 13-6, 0-0 in Big 10 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.

Minnesota swept Dallas Baptist to finish with a 5-3 mark on its eight-game swing through Texas. It was Minnesota’s first sweep against a nonconference opponent since 2003. The Gophers exploded for 38 runs on 48 hits in three games, led by So. OF Michael Kvasnicka (7-for-14, 8 RBI, HR) and Jr. 2B Derek McCallum (10 RBI). Minnesota cruised to routs in the first two games, then overcame an 8-3 deficit to win Sunday. Minnesota is now 13-2 in games pitched by its weekend starters, and 0-4 in midweek contests.

RESULTS

March 16: @ (18) Texas Christian: L 4-1

March 17-18: @ Texas-Arlington: L 6-2, L 12-5

March 19-21: @ Dallas Baptist: W 12-3, W 15-3, W 11-9

UPCOMING

March 27-29: @ Indiana

DROPPED OUT

CLEMSON (20)


Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 14-6, 5-4 in ACC (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-2.

The Tigers were in position to win a big road series against Florida State, but they blew a ninth-inning lead Sunday. Seminoles ace freshman lefty Sean Gilmartin (6.1 IP, 1 ER) shut down Clemson on Friday, but the Tigers bounced back to win Saturday thanks to a three-run 11th, highlighted by So. OF Kyle Parker’s two-run homer. FSU rallied for four in the ninth against Jr. RHP Justin Sarratt (0.2 IP, 3 ER) Sunday to overcome a 4-3 lead. The big blow was So. OF/RHP Mike McGee’s walk-off three-run homer.

RESULTS

March 17: Presbyterian: W 8-0

March 18: South Carolina-Upstate: W 14-0

March 20-22: @ Florida State: L 5-2, W 8-7 (11 innings), L 7-4

UPCOMING

March 24-25: Elon

March 27-29: @ Boston College

ALABAMA (24)


Last Week: 4-2. Overall: 15-7, 3-3 in SEC (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-2.

The Crimson Tide dropped two games at Mississippi before exploding for 19 runs on 23 hits to salvage Sunday’s finale. Alabama battled back from a 5-2 deficit Friday only to lose when Ole Miss scored three in the bottom of the ninth against So. RHP Jimmy Nelson. After mustering just two runs on six hits Saturday, Alabama’s bats woke up Sunday, led by Fr. OF Taylor Dugas (4-for-6, 4 R, 2B), and Sr. OF Kent Matthes (2-for-6, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR), who leads the nation with 15 homers in 22 games.

RESULTS

March 17-18: Alabama A&M: W 24-0, W 6-1 (7 innings), W 12-0 (7 innings)

March 20-22: @ (12) Mississippi: L 8-7, L 5-2, W 19-6

UPCOMING

March 24-25: vs./@ Alabama-Birmingham

March 27-29: @ Florida

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