1. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 19-1, 4-1 in SEC. (4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
MSU extended its school-record win streak to 18 games before dropping Saturday’s contest. Sr. SS Thomas Berkery
extended his hit streak to 18 games during the series, and helped the
Bulldogs earn their first series win at LSU since 2000 with a
10th-inning sac fly Sunday. He’s batting .403. Jr. 1B Brad LaNinfa homered in each MSU win at LSU while filling in for the injured Brad Jones.
March 21: Alabama-Birmingham: W 10-3
March 22: Jacksonville State: W 6-1
March 24-26: @ (15) Louisiana State: W 11-1, L 8-6, W 7-6 (10)
March 28-29: Birmingham-Southern
March 31-April 2: @ Alabama
2. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 20-7, 0-0 in Big West. (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.
Fullerton has won 11 of its last 12 games with three straight series sweeps. Jr. SS Blake Davis saw his 17-game hit streak end Sunday, but he scored the game-winning run on an error to end Friday’s game. Sr. RHP Dustin Miller (6.1 IP, 6 H, ER, 4 HBP) beat the Weekend Preview curse Sunday, and So. RHP Wes Roemer (8 IP, 3 H, ER) extended his walkless streak to 60 1/3 innings Friday in a no decision.
March 21: (21) Pepperdine: L 7-4
March 24-26: Long Beach State: W 2-1 (11), W 7-4, W 6-2
March 28: @ Loyola Marymount
March 31-April 1: Cal State Northridge
3. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 20-4, 5-4 in ACC. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
Georgia Tech has won 26 of its last 29 ACC home games with the win vs.
UNC. The pitching staff rebounded from last week’s debacle at NC State
to post a 1.67 ERA and hold UNC to a .186 average, led by So. RHP Tim Gustafson (7 IP, 6 H, ER, 7 K). The bullpen didn’t allow a run in 8 1/3 innings. Jr. 1B Whit Robbins homered and drove in three runs Saturday.
March 24-26: (3) North Carolina: L 2-0, W 11-1, W 3-2
March 28: Western Carolina
March 31-April 2: @ Maryland
4. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 25-2, 8-1 in ACC. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0.
FSU has won 30 straight home games after sweeping Duke with 34 runs in three days. Jr. RHP Bryan Henry
struck out 12 batters and held Duke hitless for eight innings Friday
night before allowing three hits and two runs in the final frame. Jr.
DH Jack Rye homered and drove in four runs Saturday. Jr. CF Shane Robinson tallied seven runs, six hits and four steals in the series.
March 22: @ Jacksonville: W 4-1
March 24-26: Duke: W 7-2, W 12-4, W 15-5
March 28: North Florida
March 31-April 2: @ (7) North Carolina
5. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 22-3, 5-1 in SEC. (4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.
This was supposed to be a down year for Ray Tanner’s boys, right? Maybe Ol’ Ray’s that good. This marked S. Carolina’s first sweep of Florida since 1995. Sr. 3B Neil Giesler recorded 10 hits on the week to keep his 17-game hit streak intact and raise his average to .506(!). Jr. DH Robbie Grinestaff missed
Friday’s game, but hit a game-winning three-run homer Saturday and
clubbed two more bombs as part of a four-hit game Sunday. He leads the
team with nine homers and 32 RBIs. Jr. LHP Arik Hempy struck out a career-high 12 batters Friday.
March 21: Charleston Southern: W 6-3
March 22: Yale: W 11-3
March 24-26: (9) Florida: W 4-1, W 6-5, W 21-4
March 28: Wofford
March 31-April 2: @ (16) Louisiana State
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 20-8, 2-1 in Conference USA. (4-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Of Rice’s last four losses, three have come in its opponent’s final at-bat. Another example came Friday, after Sr. RHP Eddie Degerman
struck out 11 batters in 7.1 innings and left with a 3-2 lead. Jr. RHP
Craig Crow threw six scoreless innings Saturday. So. LHP Joe Savery
threw eight scoreless innings Sunday and has allowed one earned run in
his last 19.1 innings. That’s nine straight losses to Texas.
March 22: @ (18) Texas: L 3-2
March 24-26: East Carolina: L 4-3, W 8-5, W 5-0
March 28: @ Texas State
March 31-April 2: @ (11) Tulane
7. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 20-5, 5-4 in ACC. (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
UNC drops its first series of the year and suffers consecutive losses for the first time. Jr. LHP Andrew Miller struck out a career-high 13 batters in seven innings Friday, but the bats never came alive. Jr. LF Jay Cox extended his hit streak to 11 games before going hitless Sunday, a day in which Jr. RHP Robert Woodard (6 IP, 3 ER) lost for the first time in 14 decisions.
March 21-22: Towson: W 11-2, W 11-3
March 24-26: @ (5) Georgia Tech: W 2-0, L 11-1, L 3-2
March 28: Charlotte
March 31-April 2: (4) Florida State
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 17-3, 2-1 in Big 12. (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Nebraska extended its win streak to 13 games with a doubleheader sweep Saturday behind Jr. RHP Joba Chamberlain (6.1 IP, 5 H, ER, 6 K, first start since March 3) and So. LHP Tony Watson (7 IP, 3 H, ER, 10 K). Sr. 1B Brandon Buckman went 8-for-13 with a homer and four RBIs in the series.
March 25-26: Kansas: W 9-4, W 2-1, L 7-6
March 28-29: Northern Colorado
March 31-April 2: @ Kansas State
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 16-6, 3-3 in ACC. (6-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
Clemson held NC State to nine runs and a .214 average a week after it scored 31 times against Georgia Tech. Jr. RHP Stephen Faris (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R) dominated Sunday, a day after Jr. RHP Jason Berken (7 IP, 2 R, ER) was nearly as dominant. Jr. OF Tyler Colvin rang up three doubles, a triple and four RBIs to lead the offense.
March 21-22: Elon: W 5-3, W 7-4
March 24-26: (20) North Carolina State: W 9-5, W 4-2, W 6-2
March 28-29: @/vs. (22) Georgia
March 31-April 2: @ (25) Miami
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 19-10, 4-1 in Big 12. (7-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-3.
Hi, we’re Texas and we’re hot again, with 10 wins in 12 games and a 13-1 home mark. Jr. RHP Kyle McCulloch (8 IP, 5 H, 3 R, ER) moved back to Friday night with a career-high 12 K’s. Fr. DH/OF Kyle Russell homered three times on the week, including twice Sunday. His five HRs lead the team. Jr. CF Drew Stubbs hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning Sunday to put Texas ahead to stay. Fr. 2B Bradley Suttle hit .636 against Oklahoma State.
March 22: (2) Rice: W 3-2
March 24-26: Oklahoma State: W 10-5, W 7-5, W 8-7
March 31-April 2: (18) Oklahoma
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 17-9, 2-1 in Conference USA. (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
Sr. CF Nathan Southard (HR, 3 RBIs) and Fr. RHP Stephen Porlier (7 IP, 5 H, ER) helped clinch the series win Sunday. Porlier leads the team with a 2.29 ERA. Jr. 1B Mark Hamilton delivered five hits and four RBIs while extending his hit streak to 13 games. Jr. RHP Brandon Gomes threw his first career complete game Saturday. Memphis 1B Adam Amar hit three homers and drove in seven runs Friday.
March 21: New Orleans: W 4-3
March 24-26: @ Memphis: L 11-4, W 7-1, W 10-2
March 28: Jackson State
March 31-April 2: (6) Rice
12. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 15-7, 1-2 in Pac-10. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-2.
Jr. RF Scott Santschi rang up seven hits on the weekend, with three doubles and a homer helping him to seven RBIs. So. SS Darwin Barney’s five hits helped him extend his hit streak to 12 games. Jr. RHP Dallas Buck extended his win streak to 11 games Friday, and Jr. RHP Jonah Nickerson (5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 8 K) weathered three errors Saturday.
March 24-26: Utah Valley State: W 7-5, W 9-4, W 13-6
March 28: @ Pacific
March 29: @ San Francisco
March 31-April 1: UT Pan American
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 20-5, 2-4 in SEC. (3-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-2.
Pinch-runner Clint Arnold scored on a wild pitch in the 10th to help Arkansas salvage the final game of the series, one started by Sr. LHP Trey Holloway (7 IP, 4 H, ER). So. LHP Nick Schmidt (7 IP, 2 ER) struck out a career-high 13 batters Friday night, but Brooks Brown held the Hogs to two hits over seven innings.
March 21-22: Centenary: W 10-2, W 8-5
March 24-26: (25) Georgia: L 2-0, L 8-7, W 5-4 (10)
March 28: @ (17) Wichita State
March 31-April 2: (21) Tennessee
14. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 21-7, 0-0 in Pac-10. (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.
Fr. DH Ike Davis homered twice as part of a seven-hit, six-RBI weekend. Jr. RF Colin Curtis notched seven hits as well, adding two steals. Fr. LHP Jeff Urlaub missed the series with mononuecleosis.
March 24-26: Penn State: W 8-5, W 15-5, W 9-7
March 30-April 1: @ Washington State
Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 17-11, 2-4 in SEC. (2-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
Yikes. Florida has lost a season-worst four games in a row and five of
its last six. Sunday’s drubbing was the third-worst loss in school
history, capping a series in which UF was outscored 31-10 (nice
football score) and batted .202. Jr. CF Gavin Dickey
homered twice and drove in four runs Saturday. Raise your hand if you
thought Dickey would hold team leads with seven homers and 24 RBIs.
March 21: Stetson: L 7-6
March 24-26: @ (6) South Carolina: L 4-1, L 6-5, L 21-4
March 29: South Florida
March 31-April 2: Vanderbilt
16. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 19-7, 2-4 in SEC. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
Sr. OF Mighty Quinn Stewart hit
a two-run homer to spark a five-run eighth inning Saturday as LSU stuck
the first L on Mississippi State’s season. Stewart hit .412 with two
homers on the week and has nine homers in his last 14 games. Sr. 3B Will Harris doubled home two runs to break a 6-6 tie in the comeback eighth Saturday. 2B/3B J.T. Wise went 4-for-5 Sunday.
March 22: Southeastern Louisiana @ Metarie, La.: W 5-4
March 24-26: (1) Mississippi State: L 11-1, W 8-6, L 7-6 (11)
March 28: @ New Orleans
March 31-April 2: (4) South Carolina
17. WICHITA STATE
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 21-5, 1-2 in Missouri Valley. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
Wichita State suffered its first two-game losing streak of the year and
started 0-2 in MVC play for the first time since 1988. So. 2B Damon Sublett extended his hit streak to 11 games and is batting .487 with five steals and eight RBIs during that span. Jordan Powell held WSU to two hits in scoreless 6.1 innings Friday, and Matt Brewer allowed one Shockers run over eight innings Saturday.
March 24-26: Southern Illinois: L 4-2, L 5-1, W 4-3
March 28: (13) Arkansas
March 29: @ Kansas
March 31-April 2: @ Creighton
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 20-6, 2-1 in Big 12. (4-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
Sr. SS Freddy Rodriguez drove in four runs, and Sr. 1B Kevin Smith drove in three Sunday as
OU rallied back from an 8-0 deficit to win the game and the series. Sr. RHP Steven Guerra
(8 IP, 7 H, ER) improved to 8-0 win the win Saturday. OU would have
earned a sweep if not for Baylor’s scoring four times in the ninth
March 24-26: (22) Baylor: L 6-5, W 5-2, W 11-10
March 28: Dallas Baptist
March 31-April 2: (10) Texas
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 18-11, 0-0 in West Coast. (6-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.
Jr. 1B Justin Tellam hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning–his second homer of the weekend–to end Sunday’s game. Sr. LHP Paul Coleman dominated Friday (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R), and Fr. RHP Brett Hunter (7 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 8 K) was solid as he made his first career start after opening the year as closer.
March 21: @ (4) Cal State Fullerton: W 7-4
March 24-26: Northwestern: W 8-0, W 8-0, W 4-2
March 28: @ Southern California
March 31-April 1: @ Loyola Marymount
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 20-5, 4-2 in SEC. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
UK is off to its best conference start since 1996 and has won
consecutive conference series for the first time since 2003. So. OF Antone DeJesus rang up five extra-base hits and scored six times against Tennessee. So. RHP Greg Dombrowski (CG, 9 H, ER) was strong Sunday, but did allow his first walk in 58 1/3 innings, dating to 2005. Jr. LHP Craig Snipp (7 IP. 7 H, ER) was equally strong Saturday, but was out of the game before UK scored five times in the ninth inning to win.
March 22: Xavier: W 13-3
March 24-26: @ (12) Tennessee: L 7-6, W 6-1, W 4-1
March 28: Morehead State
March 31-April 2: Auburn
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 17-7, 1-4 in SEC. (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
Tennessee escaped with a win Friday on Fr. LF Jarred Frazier’s eighth-inning RBI single, but couldn’t get another win on the weekend. So. C J.P. Arencibia homered and drove in three runs Friday.
March 21: Tennessee Tech: W 21-1 (7)
March 22: Hartford: W 8-7
March 24-26: Kentucky: W 7-6, L 6-1, L 4-1
March 29: East Tennessee State
March 31-April 2: (13) Arkansas
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 17-5, 3-3 in SEC. (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
Georgia won a series in Arkansas for the first time in school history. Jr. RHP Brooks Brown (7 IP, 2 H) and So. RHP Josh Fields
combined on Georgia’s fourth shutout of the year Friday, and Fields
struck out seven of the eight batters he faced in the series while
recording two saves. Fr. SS Gordan Beckham hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning Saturday. He leads the team with 21 RBIs and ranks second with six homers.
March 22: Georgia State @ Marietta, Ga.: W 14-7
March 24-26: @ (11) Arkansas: W 2-0, W 8-7, L 5-4 (10)
March 28-29: vs./@ (9) Clemson
March 31-April 2: Mississippi
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 22-5, 6-3 in ACC. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
So. 1B/LHP Sean Doolittle
struck out 10 batters in 6.2 innings Friday and added three hits, three
runs and two RBIs at the plate. Sr. LHP Mike Ballard (CG, 8 H, 2 R, ER,
8 K) dominated Sunday, when Fr. 2B David Adams and So. LF Brandon Guyer added homers in a five-run first inning.
March 22: Marshall: W 12-0
March 24-26: Wake Forest: W 3-2, L 3-2, W 10-2
March 29: Norfolk State
March 31-April 2: @ North Carolina State
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 21-5, 30-0 in Big South. (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.
Make it six straight wins for the ‘Throp, which dispatched a Liberty
club with 17 wins to its credit. Winthrop needed a four-run ninth
inning Saturday and a six-run eighth inning Sunday to pull off the
sweep. Fr. RHP Alex Wilson improved to 6-0 Friday (7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, career-high 14 K’s). Jr. SS Chris Carrara tallied
six hits, a homer and three RBIs in the final two games, driving in the
equalizer Sunday before scoring the go-ahead run.
March 24-26: Liberty: W 13-1, W 8-7, W 10-8
March 29: @ The Citadel
March 31-April 2: Birmingham-Southern
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 23-7, 8-1 in ACC (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
So. RHP Carlos Gutierrez improved to 7-1 Friday (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, ER) and So. LHP Scott Maine
was even better Sunday (8 IP, 2 H, R, 0 ER) to drop his ERA to 2.10.
Miami has a 2.35 team ERA. The 16-game win streak ended Saturday when
Miami made a season-high five errors, including two in the eighth
inning that led to two runs.
March 24-26: @ Maryland: W 10-2, L 5-4, W 3-1
March 31-April 2:
Last Week: 0-2. Overall: 11-9, 0-2 in Pac-10. (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-3.
Stanford has lost four straight games with an exam break sandwiched in
the middle. The Trees led 4-1 Sunday, but couldn’t hold on. WSU entered
the series with a 23-game losing streak to Stanford and will leave with
its first series win against the Cardinal since 1970. Fr. 1B Jason Castro went 3-for-3 Saturday.
March 25-26: Washington State: L 7-1, L 8-5
March 27: Washington State
March 31-April 2: Southern California
NORTH CAROLINA STATE (20)
Last Week: 0-3. Overall: 21-8, 5-4 in ACC. (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
NC State scored nine runs and batted .214 a week after it scored 31 times against Georgia Tech. So. 3B Matt Mangini tallied five hits on the weekend. So. RHP Andrew Brackman re-joined the team for good Sunday (4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER).
March 24-26: @ (10) Clemson: L 9-5, L 4-2, L 6-2
March 29: East Carolina
March 31-April 2: (23) Virginia
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 16-8, 3-3 in Big 12. (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.
Baylor led 8-0 Sunday before losing, marking its first loss in 30 games when it had scored seven or more runs. Sr. C Zach Dillon’s
streak of reaching base safely ended at eight Sunday. Baylor scored
four times in the ninth inning Friday and escaped a bases-loaded
situation in the bottom of the frame to come from behind for a win. Jr.
CF Chase Gerdes drove in two runs in that ninth-inning rally before catching the game’s final out.
March 21: Texas Christian: W 10-4
March 24-26: @ (23) Oklahoma: W 6-5, L 5-2, L 11-10
March 28: Texas Southern
March 29: Sam Houston State
March 31-April 2: @ Texas Tech