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Top 25 Tracker: March 21

1. FLORIDA

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 18-2, 3-0 in SEC. (4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

The Gators swept a series at LSU for the first time ever, giving them a series win in Baton Rouge for just the second time. Florida has opened the season with five straight weekend series sweeps, and its 18 wins equals the most in school history through 20 games (matching the 1952 team). Florida came from behind with three runs in the ninth Friday, as So. C Mike Zunino tied the game with a solo homer, and So. SS Nolan Fontana delivered a go-ahead two-run single. Jr. OF Daniel Pigott provided all the scoring Saturday with a first-inning RBI double, and So. RHP Hudson Randall (6.2 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) and two relievers shut out LSU for the first time at the new Alex Box Stadium. Florida erased an early 3-0 deficit Sunday, as Zunino’s two-run single sparked a five-run fourth inning, and So. 1B/RHP Austin Maddox (4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R) earned his first career win with stellar relief of Fr. RHP Karsten Whitson (4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER).

RESULTS

March 15: (6) Florida State: W 5-4 (10 innings)

March 18-20: @ (8) Louisiana State: W 5-4, W 1-0, W 7-3

UPCOMING

March 22-23: Winthrop

March 25-27: (4) South Carolina

2. VANDERBILT

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 19-2, 2-1 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.Vanderbilt’s pitching staff threw 32 consecutive scoreless innings before Mississippi State broke through with a run in the second inning Sunday, en route to an upset win. Jr. RHP Sonny Gray (7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 10 K) improved to 5-0, 1.34 in Friday’s win, and Jr. LHP Grayson Garvin (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) followed with another strong outing Saturday. Vandy’s bullpen coughed up an 8-4 lead Sunday, as the Bulldogs rallied for five runs in the eighth. Fr. OF Tony Kemp (7-for-13, 4 R, 2 RBI, 2B, 2 3B) sparked the offense out of the leadoff spot all weekend.

RESULTS

March 15: Purdue: W 9-0

March 18-20: Mississippi State: W 10-0, W 4-0, L 9-8

UPCOMING

March 22: Tennessee Tech

March 25-27: @ Arkansas

3. VIRGINIA

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 19-2, 5-1 in ACC (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.

Virginia won an intense series against Florida State, with all three games going to extra innings. The Cavaliers have won all five series they have played against ACC Atlantic Division heavyweights FSU and Clemson over the last three years. Jr. LHP/DH Danny Hultzen (7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 12 K) broke Seth Greisinger’s school record for career strikeouts (Hultzen now has 292) in a no-decision Friday. Jr. 3B Steven Proscia doubled home a run then scored in the seventh to tie the game at 3-3, then delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 11th. UVa. extended its winning streak to 13 games on Saturday, when Jr. 1B Jared King delivered a walk-off homer in the 11th. Proscia had three more hits in Sunday’s wild, seesaw affair, as UVa. blew a three-run lead and then came back from a four-run deficit, all in the final three innings. But FSU won it with a homer in the 10th.

RESULTS

March 15: James Madison: W 7-3

March 18-20: (6) Florida State: W 4-3 (11 innings), W 5-4 (11 innings), L 12-11 (10 innings)

UPCOMING

March 22-23: Towson

March 25-27: Maryland

4. SOUTH CAROLINA

Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 14-4, 2-1 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

The Gamecocks opened SEC play with a hard-fought series win against Georgia. Jr. LHP Michael Roth (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) pitched well in defeat Friday, but the Gamecocks made five errors and mustered just two runs. Jr. LHP Steven Neff (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) was strong in a no-decision Saturday, and the Gamecocks came from behind with single runs in the final two innings, capped by Sr. 2B Scott Wingo’s walk-off RBI single. Jr. OF Adam Matthews started that comeback effort with a triple in the eighth, and he came through again Sunday with three hits to lead the offense. Four South Carolina relievers held Georgia to a run over eight innings after So. LHP Adam Westmoreland’s early departure (1 IP, 2 ER).

RESULTS

March 15: vs. Furman @ Greenville, S.C.: L 4-2

March 16: Wofford: W 8-4

March 18-20: Georgia: L 4-2, W 2-1, W 8-3

UPCOMING

March 22: College of Charleston

March 23: Rhode Island

March 25-27: @ (1) Florida

5. TEXAS

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 15-5, 3-0 in Big 12 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

Texas opened Big 12 play with a tightly contested series sweep of Kansas State, with the last two games going extra innings. The Longhorns’ two-run first inning Friday was more than enough support for Jr. RHP Taylor Jungmann (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K), who improved to 5-0, 0.63. So. LHP Hoby Milner (7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) was strong in a no-decision Saturday, and Texas won it on Jr. C Kevin Lusson’s bases-loaded walk in the 10th. Sr. RHP Cole Green (4.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER) continued his rollercoaster season Sunday, and the Longhorns rallied from behind with four runs in the seventh, then won it on Jr. SS Brandon Loy’s walk-off RBI double in the 14th. Fr. RHP Corey Knebel led Texas’ stellar bullpen with 3.2 innings of one-hit, shutout relief Sunday, after working a perfect inning in each of the first two games of the series.

RESULTS

March 15: Texas State: W 3-1

March 18-20: Kansas State: W 3-0, W 4-3 (10 innings), W 6-5 (14 innings)

UPCOMING

March 23: Houston Baptist

March 25-27: @ Oklahoma State

6. ARIZONA STATE

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 15-4, 0-0 in Pac-10. (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.

The Sun Devils swept a big midweek series against Oklahoma, then took two of three from Oral Roberts. Arizona State scored four runs in the fourth Friday in support of Jr. RHP Kramer Champlin (9 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K), who threw ASU’s first complete game since the 2009 super regionals. Jr. LHP Kyle Ottoson (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) was strong in a no-decision Saturday, and ASU broke a 3-3 tie on So. DH Joey DiMichele’s bases-loaded walk in the seventh. So. RHP Brady Rodgers, who missed the last three weekends with arm stiffness, returned to action with three scoreless innings Tuesday against Okalhoma, but he took the loss Sunday (4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER).

RESULTS

March 15-16: (3) Oklahoma: W 6-2, W 6-4

March 18-20: Oral Roberts: W 5-1, W 4-3, L 5-2

UPCOMING

March 22-23: @ (13) Cal State Fullerton

March 25-27: (15) Arizona

7. FLORIDA STATE

Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 16-4, 4-2 in ACC (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.Florida State played four straight extra-innings games on the road against top 10 opponents on the week, but lost three of them. Jr. LHP Sean Gilmartin (7.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was solid in a no-decision Friday, but the Cavs overcame a 3-1 deficit and got to Sr. RHP Daniel Bennett (3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) for the game-winning run in the 10th. So. RHP Scott Sitz (7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) gave the Seminoles another good start Saturday, and FSU scored a run in the ninth to take the lead, only to see the Cavs answer with a run in the bottom of the frame and win it on a walk-off homer in the 11th. Sr. C Rafael Lopez (3-for-4, 4 R, 3 RBI, 2 2B) led the offense in Sunday’s back-and-forth slugfest, and he delivered the final punch with a solo homer in the 10th to win the game. Sr. OF/RHP Mike McGee, who did not hit in the final two games after suffering a quadriceps strain Friday, struck out Steven Proscia with the tying run at second in the 10th to end it.

RESULTS

March 15: @ (1) Florida: L 5-4 (10 innings)

March 18-20: @ (7) Virginia: L 4-3 (11 innings), L 5-4 (11 innings), W 12-11 (10 innings)

UPCOMING

March 23: Stetson

March 25-27: Wake Forest

8. TEXAS A&M

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 15-5, 2-1 in Big 12. (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.

Texas A&M followed up a midweek win against Cal State Fullerton with a big road series win against Oklahoma to open Big 12 play and leap into the Top 10. Jr. RHP John Stilson (7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) was a hard-luck loser in Friday’s opener, as the Soones broke a scoreless tie with a run in the seventh and the Aggies mustered just three hits. Jr. 3B Matt Juengel (4-for-5, 2B, RBI) led a 19-hit barrage Saturday in support of So. RHP Michael Wacha (9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K). A&M supported Jr. RHP Ross Stripling (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) with a balanced 11-hit attack Sunday.

RESULTS

March 15: (13) Cal State Fullerton: W 2-0

March 18-20: @ (3) Oklahoma: L 1-0, W 11-1, W 5-2

UPCOMING

March 22: Stephen F. Austin State

March 25-27: Kansas

9. OKLAHOMA

Last Week: 1-4. Overall: 17-5, 1-2 in Big 12. (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.

Since starting the season 16-0, Oklahoma has lost five of its last six games, including a home series loss to Texas A&M in the first weekend of conference play. Sr. RHP Michael Rocha (8.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 13 K) did his part in Friday’s pitcher’s duel, setting a career high in strikeouts, and Jr. RHP Garrett Buechele broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the seventh. Fr. LHP Dillon Overton (2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) took his first career loss Saturday, and Sr. RHP Bobby Shore (0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER) continued to struggle mightily after moving to a relief role. Jr. RHP Burch Smith (3.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER) had another short outing Sunday. Jr. SS Caleb Bushyhead was a bright spot, delivering three hits Saturday and two more Sunday.

RESULTS

March 15-16: @ (9) Arizona State: L 6-2, L 6-4

March 18-20: (21) Texas A&M: W 1-0, L 11-1, L 5-2

UPCOMING

March 25-27: @ Missouri

10. FRESNO STATE

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

Fresno swept three games against Washington State, but Sunday’s series fourth game was rained out. Fresno’s resume looks better each week, as the Bulldogs are 5-0 against Pepperdine (which swept Coastal Carolina this week) and Oregon State (which is 15-4). Jr. OF Brennan Gowens (3-for-4) delivered a three-run triple in Fresno’s decisive four-run fourth Thursday. Gowens (4-for-4, 3 R, 6 RBI, 2 HR) went bonkers again in Friday’s rain-shortened affair, and Jr. OF Dusty Robinson (3-for-5, 4 RBI) added two homers of his own in support of So. RHP Justin Haley (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). Fresno scored five runs in the second Saturday, helping Sr. RHP Greg Gonzalez (5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) improve to 4-0.

RESULTS

March 17-20: Washington State: W 7-5, W 16-1 (6 innings), W 7-2

UPCOMING

March 22-23: Ohio State

March 25-27: San Diego

11. LOUISIANA STATE

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

The Tigers were swept at home by Florida for the first time ever—the first time LSU was swept in Baton Rouge by an SEC foe since 2006. The series set an Alex Box Stadium record for actual attendance (28,215) for the second straight weekend. LSU’s dynamic duo of Fr. RHPs Kurt McCune (7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) and Kevin Gausman (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) turned in strong performances as usual on Friday and Saturday. But Florida rallied for three runs in the ninth off closer Matty Ott on Friday, and Ty Ross narrowly missed a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the frame, settling for an RBI double high off the wall. The Tigers produced nine hits but left 10 men on base Saturday, when they were shut out for the first time at the new Alex Box. The Gators stormed back from an early 3-0 deficit with five runs in the fourth Sunday against Sr. RHP Ben Alsup (4 IP, 11 H, 5 ER).

RESULTS

March 16: @ Nicholls State: W 12-8

March 18-20: (1) Florida: L 5-4, L 1-0, L 7-3

UPCOMING

March 22: Louisiana-Lafayette

March 25-27: @ Georgia

12. STANFORD

Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 6-5, 0-0 in Pac-10 (5-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-2.

Stanford hasn’t played a game since March 6. After a scheduled week off for exams, the Cardinal saw its series against Michigan rained out—the Wolverines did not even make the trip to the West Coast because of the wet forecast.

RESULTS

March 18-19: Michigan: CCD (rain)

UPCOMING

March 21: @ UC Davis

March 23: @ Pacific

March 25-27: Long Beach State

13. CAL STATE FULLERTON

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 11-7, 0-0 in Big West. (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.

Fullerton went 0-4 on its road trip to LSU and Texas A&M, but bounced back by sweeping 3-13 Washington at home. Jr. RHP/DH Tyler Pill (2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI) led the offense Friday in support of Jr. RHP Noe Ramirez (6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 11 K). Jr. 1B/LHP Nick Ramirez hit his first homer of the season in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, and Pill (7.1 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) improved to 2-0. So. SS Richy Pedroza (4-for-5, 2 R) led a 15-hit attack in the finale, as So. RHP Dylan Floro (6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER) and Jr. RHP Colin O’Connell (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) pitched well after swapping roles (with Floro moving into the Sunday spot and O’Connell sliding into the bullpen).

RESULTS

March 15: @ (21) Texas A&M: L 2-0

March 18-19: Washington: W 11-3, W 6-1, W 9-4

UPCOMING

March 22-23: (6) Arizona State

March 25-27: @ Hawaii

14. TEXAS CHRISTIAN

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 12-7, 2-1 in MWC. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.

TCU lost three out of four games—to Houston Baptist, Texas-Arlington and UNLV—before rebounding to win the final two games of its series against the Rebels. Jr. RHP Kyle Winkler (8 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) allowed his first earned runs of the season in Friday’s loss. So. LHP Matt Purke (5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K) settled down after allowing two unearned runs in the first Saturday, and TCU’s offense broke out with 12 runs from the fifth inning on. Sr. 2B Jerome Pena (4-for-4, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) spearheaded a 17-hit barrage Sunday in support of Steven Maxwell (5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER).

RESULTS

March 15: @ Texas-Arlington: L 3-2

March 18-20: @ Nevada-Las Vegas: L 5-4, W 12-2, W 8-4

UPCOMING

March 22: Texas State

March 25-27: Houston

15. ARIZONA

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 15-5, 0-0 in Pac-10 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

The Wildcats rebounded from a midweek sweep at Wichita State by taking the first two games of their series against San Francisco, with the finale scheduled for Monday. Jr. OF Steve Selsky, who returned from a broken hand against Wichita, went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and four RBIs Saturday in support of So. RHP Kurt Heyer (7 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K). Arizona pounded out 17 hits in that one, then added 15 more Sunday behind Jr. RHP Kyle Simon (7 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K).

RESULTS

March 15-16: @ Wichita State: L 6-5 (11 innings), L 8-3

March 19-20: San Francisco: W 14-0, W 7-0

UPCOMING

March 21: San Francisco

March 25-27: @ (6) Arizona State

16. CALIFORNIA

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 12-5, 0-0 in Pac-10 (1-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.

Wet weather wreaked havoc with Cal’s series against Ohio State, washing out Friday’s game and causing Saturday’s to be suspended in the second, but the Golden Bears secured a pair of wins Sunday. Jr. RHP Erik Johnson’s start was cut short by rain after an inning, but So. LHP Justin Jones (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K) took control when play resumed Saturday, and Jr. SS Marcus Semien drove in two. Semien (2-for-3, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) led a 14-hit attack in Game Two, and Jr. RHP Dixon Anderson (9 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) went the distance to improve to 3-1.

RESULTS

March 16: San Francisco: L 7-6 (11 innings)

March 18-20: Ohio State: W 4-0, W 11-1

UPCOMING

March 21: Nevada

March 25-27: Washington State

17. GEORGIA TECH

Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 17-4, 6-0 in ACC (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

Red-hot Georgia Tech outscored N.C. State 32-6 in a three-game sweep to run its winning streak to 12 games. Fr. OF Kyle Wren (4-for-6) led a 13-hit attack Friday in support of Jr. RHP Mark Pope (8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K), who has not allowed an earned run in his last 34.1 innings. Wren had three more hits Saturday to lead a 17-hit parade behind Jr. LHP Jed Bradley (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K). Fr. DH Daniel Palka (3-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2B, 3B) led the offense Sunday, and So. RHP Buck Farmer (6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) improved to 3-1.

RESULTS

March 15-16: Georgia Southern: W 4-3, W 12-3

March 18-20: North Carolina State: W 9-2, W 12-0, W 11-4

UPCOMING

March 22: @ Georgia

March 25-27: @ Miami

18. NORTH CAROLINA

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

UNC rebounded from a series loss to Wake Forest by sweeping a road set against Virginia Tech. Sr. 1B Jesse Wierzbicki’s team-leading fifth homer of the season—a three-run shot in the fourth—kickstarted the offense Friday behind Sr. RHP Patrick Johnson (7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER). Fr. LHP Kent Emanuel (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) moved into the weekend rotation Saturday and delivered a strong outing to get the win. Wierzbicki had three hits to lead the offense again Sunday, when UNC used eight pitchers and won despite allowing 16 hits.

RESULTS

March 15: Princeton: W 11-2

March 18-20: @ Virginia Tech: W 10-4, W 5-4, W 7-6

UPCOMING

March 22: UNC Wilmington

March 23: High Point

March 25-27: Duke

19. CLEMSON

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 10-7, 3-3 in ACC. (1-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-2.

Clemson’s losing streak stretched to five games with a midweek loss to Presbyterian, but the Tigers rebounded with a sweep of Duke. Sr. OF Jeff Schaus (9-for-14, 7 R, 5 RBI, 4 2B, 3B) powered the Clemson offense with a huge weekend. So. RHP Jonathan Meyer (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) earned the win Friday in relief of Jr. RHP Scott Weismann (3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER). Jr. RHP David Haselden (4 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER) struggled in his second straight start Saturday, but the Tigers scored five in the first and seven in the fourth to break the game open. So. RHP Scott Firth (6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) finally gave Clemson a solid start in Sunday’s win. But Clemson’s offense did the heavy lifting all weekend, producing 49 hits in three games.

RESULTS

March 16: vs. Presbyterian @ Greenville, S.C.: L 4-3

March 18-20: Duke: W 9-6, W 16-7, W 9-3

UPCOMING

March 22-23: Elon

March 25-27: @ North Carolina State

20. TULANE

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

Significant pitching injuries haven’t slowed the Green Wave, which stretched its winning streak to six games with a sweep of New Orleans. So. SS Garrett Cannizaro (4-for-5, 2 2B, 3B, 3 RBI) led a 16-hit attack Friday behind Sr. RHP Conrad Flynn (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K). Tulane jumped out to a 6-0 lead through two innings Saturday in support of Sr. RHP Kyle McKenzie (6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 8 K). So. OF/C Blake Crohan homered Saturday and went 2-for-4 with three RBIs Sunday, helping Tulane overcome an early 6-2 deficit, as Sr. RHP Robby Broach (1.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) was hit hard in his return from forearm fatigue. But four relievers combined for 7.1 scoreless innings of relief.

RESULTS

March 15: Southeastern Louisiana: W 7-3

March 16: Alcorn State: W 12-0

March 18-20: New Orleans: W 9-2, W 7-4, W 7-6

UPCOMING

March 22: Nicholls State

March 25-27: @ Southern Mississippi

21. BAYLOR

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 13-7, 1-2 in Big 12 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.

Baylor’s streak of six consecutive regular-season series victories ended against Texas Tech. Jr. OF/RHP Brooks Pinckard went 6-for-6 stealing bases on the week, making him 20-for-22 on the season (by comparison, all of Baylor’s opponents combined are 15-for-21). Texas Tech broke a 5-5 tie with a run in the ninth Friday, as Pinckard allowed an inherited runner to score. The Red Raiders stormed back from a 13-4 deficit with nine runs in the top of the ninth Saturday, only to see Baylor win 14-13 on Jr. C Josh Ludy’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the frame. Ludy had three hits and five RBIs. The Baylor bullpen melted down again Sunday, blowing a 6-3 lead after six innings, then allowing four runs in the 10th (all against Pinckard).

RESULTS

March 15: Florida International: W 7-6 (11 innings)

March 18-20: Texas Tech: L 6-5, W 14-13, L 10-6 (10 innings)

UPCOMING

March 22: Texas-Arlington

March 25-27: Kansas State

22. AUBURN

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

The Tigers opened SEC play with a big series with against fellow West Division power Arkansas. Sr. 1B Kevin Patterson had three RBIs to lead the offense Friday, but Arkansas broke a 5-5 tie with a run in the 10th to win it. Patterson’s grand slam highlighted Auburn’s six-run fourth inning Saturday, helping Jr. RHP Will Irvin (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) pick up the win. Jr. SS Casey McElroy (3-for-4, 3 R, 4 RBI, HR) hit a two-run single as part of Auburn’s decisive four-run eighth inning Sunday, and Jr. RHP Derek Varnadore (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) was solid in a no-decision.

RESULTS

March 15: vs. Alabama @ Montgomery: W 2-1

March 18-20: Arkansas: L 6-5 (11 innings), W 9-5, W 8-7

UPCOMING

March 22: @ Jacksonville

March 25-27: @ Mississippi State

23. OREGON STATE

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 15-4, 0-0 in Pac-10. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.

The Beavers ran their winning streak to 12 games before dropping the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Long Beach State. So. C Andrew Susac and So. DH Danny Hayes each homered Friday in support of Jr. RHP Sam Gaviglio (9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 14 K), who carried a perfect game into the eighth and extended his scoreless streak to 38 innings. Hayes (2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI) led the offense in the first game of Saturday’s twin bill, when the Beavers broke open a 3-3 tie with five runs in the seventh, thanks in part to four LBSU errors in the frame. Jr. LHP Josh Osich (5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) was strong (reaching 97 mph) in a no-decision in the finale, but the Dirbags broke a 1-1 tie in the 11th against So. RHP Tony Bryant.

RESULTS

March 18-19: @ Long Beach State: W 4-0, W 9-6, L 2-1 (11 innings)

UPCOMING

March 22-23: Seattle

March 25-27: UC Santa Barbara

24. UCLA

Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 8-6, 0-0 in Pac-10. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-2.

UCLA’s series at Cal Poly was washed out. The teams will play a doubleheader Monday, but the third game of the series will not be made up.

RESULTS

March 18-20: @ Cal Poly: PPD, PPD, CCD

UPCOMING

March 21: @ Cal Poly (DH)

March 25-27: @ Southern California

25. RICE

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 13-9, 0-0 in CUSA. (3-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.

The Owls had lost five out of seven before rebounding with a sweep of Louisiana Tech. Fr. RHP Austin Kubitza (8 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) was brilliant Friday, improving to 2-2, 1.56 with a 36-5 K-BB mark in 35 IP. Fr. OF Keenan Cook’s two-run single highlighted Rice’s decisive three-run fifth Saturday, and So. RHP Tyler Duffey (2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) got back on track to pick up the win in relief. The Owls moved Cook to the leadoff spot Sunday, and he responded with four RBIs behind Jr. RHP Matthew Reckling (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K).

RESULTS

March 16: Dallas Baptist: L 3-1 (11 innings)

March 18-20: Louisiana Tech: W 5-1, W 5-2, W 11-3

UPCOMING

March 22: @ Lamar

March 23: Houston

March 25-27: Central Florida

DROPPED OUT


CONNECTICUT (19)

Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 8-9, 0-0 in Big East. (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

UConn fell back below .500 with a 1-3 week, with losses to Sacred Heart, Rhode Island and Southern Miss. Sr. LHP Elliot Glynn (5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER) fell to 0-4 in Friday’s ugly loss to URI, when the Rams piled on against the UConn bullpen in the late innings. Jr. RHP Matt Barnes (7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) won his third straight start Saturday against CofC. UConn could not hold an early 3-0 lead against Southern Miss on Sunday.

RESULTS

March 15: vs. Sacred Heart @ Norwich, Conn.: L 5-4

March 18-20: @ Cougar Invitational, Charleston, S.C.:

Rhode Island: L 18-3

(20) College of Charleston: W 3-1

Southern Mississippi: L 6-3

UPCOMING

March 21: @ Northeastern

March 22: Holy Cross

March 23: @ Yale

March 25-27: Pittsburgh

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (20)

Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 15-6, 2-1 in SoCon (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.

The Cougars had a miserable 0-3 weekend at their own tournament in Charleston. Jr. RHP David Peterson (4.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER) took his first loss of the season Friday against Southern Miss. Jr. LHP Josh Renfro (6.2 IP, 9 H, 2 ER) was solid in defeat Saturday against UConn, but the Cougars managed just an unearned run on five hits against Matt Barnes and two relievers. So. RHP Christian Powell (6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) was strong in a no-decision Sunday, but Rhode Island came from behind with single runs in the seventh and ninth to win it.

RESULTS

March 16: Jacksonville: W 8-4

March 18-20: Cougar Invitational, Charleston:

Southern Mississippi: L 7-2

(19) Connecticut: L 3-1

Rhode Island: L 3-2

UPCOMING

March 22: @ (4) South Carolina

March 25-27: Georgia Southern

College | #2011 #Top 25 Tracker

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