Top 25 Tracker: March 24

1. FLORIDA STATEfloridastate
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 19-4, 7-2 in ACC (7-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-0.
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The Seminoles remained unbeaten in weekend series by sweeping a Saturday doubleheader after dropping Friday’s opener at Clemson. Luke Weaver (7 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) got knocked around Friday, falling to 4-2 on the year. D.J. Stewart (4-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) spearheaded FSU’s 18-hit barrage behind Brandon Leibrandt (9 IP, 4 H,1 R, 0 ER) in the first game of Saturday’s twin bill. Three Seminole relievers worked a combined four innings of two-hit, shutout relief of Mike Compton (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) in the nightcap, and FSU came from behind with three in the seventh to win, capped by John Sansone’s go-ahead RBI double.
RESULTS
March 18: @
Florida: L 3-1
March 21-22:
@ (13) Clemson: L 9-3, W 11-1, W 4-3
UPCOMING
March 25:
vs. Florida @ Jacksonville
March 28-30:
@ Boston College


southcarolina2. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 1-2.
Overall: 19-3, 3-3 in SEC. (5-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-1.
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The Gamecocks dropped their first series of the year but salvaged Sunday’s finale. In Friday’s opener, the Wildcats throttled Jordan Montgomery (2 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 7 ER), who has struggled in his three big tests against Clemson, Ole Miss and Kentucky, allowing a combined 21 runs (19 earned) in 13.1 innings. Kentucky’s Chandler Shepherd (7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) out-dueled Jack Wynkoop (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) in Saturday’s low-scoring affair. Wil Crowe (6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) improved to 5-0 in Sunday’s win, and Joey Pankake hit a three-run homer in the ninth to break open a 5-3 game.
March 18: @ The Citadel: PPD
March 21-23:
@ Kentucky: L 13-5, L 2-1, W 8-3
UPCOMING
March 25
:
College of Charleston
March 26:
Coastal Carolina
March 28-30: (22) Tennessee


virginia3. VIRGINIA
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 18-4, 6-2 in ACC. (1-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-0 (one series pending).

The Cavs split the first two games of their series at Miami, with the finale slated for Monday. Nathan Kirby (6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) took his first loss of the year Saturday, as Miami surged ahead with three runs in the sixth and tacked on four more later against the UVa. bullpen. Josh Sborz (7 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) was strong in a no-decision Sunday, and Connor Jones (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R) earned the win with good relief work, as Virginia scored six runs in the 11th. Branden Cogswell had four hits to pace UVa.’s 16-hit attack, but the Cavs stranded 14 baserunners.
RESULTS
March 18:
Rutgers: CCD
March 19:
Towson: W 5-3
March 20:
Princeton: W 14-4
March 22-23: @
(25) Miami: L 7-1, W 8-3 (11 innings)
UPCOMING
March 24:
@
Miami
March 26:
Longwood
March 28-30:
Virginia Tech


louisianalafayette4. LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
Last Week: 5-0.
Overall: 22-2, 6-0 in Sun Belt (3-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-0.
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The Cajuns kept on rolling with a five-win week capped by a sweep of Georgia State, running their winning streak to 12 games. They also own a separate 10-game winning streak this year. Caleb Adams (3-for-3, 3 R, 2 RBI, HR) led the ULL offense Friday behind Austin Robichaux (8 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K), who improved to 4-1, 1.76. Set Harrison (3-for-5, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR, 2B) spearheaded a 17-hit barrage Saturday in support of Carson Baranik (7 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). Harrison, Ryan Leonards, Michael Strentz, Jace Conrad and Ryan Wilson each hit solo home runs to account for all of ULL’s scoring Sunday behind Cody Boutte (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). The Cajuns have 28 homers on the year—one fewer than Oregon State, Florida State and Virginia combined.
RESULTS
March 18-19
: vs./@ Nicholls State: W 5-1, W 7-1
March 21-23: Georgia State: W 8-3, W 14-6, W 5-3
UPCOMING
March 25
: Northwestern State
March 26: Southern
March 28-30: Western Kentucky


calpoly5. CAL POLY
Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 19-4, 0-0 in Big West (5-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-0-1.
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The Mustangs took two of three from Cal to improve to 5-3 against Pac-12 teams (they also won a series at UCLA and split two weekend games at USC). Mark Mathias (3-for-4, R, RBI) led Poly’s 11-hit attack Friday in support of Matt Imhof (7.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 9 K). The Bears took control of Saturday’s game with four runs in the second against Justin Calomeni (5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER), who fell to 5-1. Tim Wise and Nick Torres had two hits and two RBIs apiece Sunday behind Casey Bloomquist (7.1 IP, 9 H, 4 ER).
RESULTS
March 21-24
: California: W 4-1, L 8-3, W 8-4
UPCOMING
March 28-30
: UC Davis


oregonstate6. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 1-2.
Overall: 19-4, 4-2 in Pac-12. (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-1.
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Oregon State won Friday’s series opener before seeing its 11-game winning streak snapped Saturday and losing again Sunday to drop its first series of the year. Ben Wetzler (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K) continued his dominance Friday, and Scott Schultz combined with him on a four-hit shutout. Wetzler has won 14 consecutive decisions and now sports a 0.59 ERA in 31 innings, during which he has allowed just nine hits. The Sun Devils came from behind with a run in the ninth Saturday to tie the game against Andrew Moore (8.2 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K), then won it with a run in the 10th against Schultz. Arizona State broke a 3-3 tie Sunday with a run in the eighth to chase Jace Fry (7.1 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K), then broke it open with three more in the ninth against the Beaver bullpen.
RESULTS
March 21-23: Arizona State: W 4-0, L 3-2 (10 innings), L 7-3
UPCOMING
March 25
: Seattle
March 28-30: @ Arizona


vanderbilt7. VANDERBILT
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 20-5, 3-3 in SEC (3-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-1.
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The Commodores lost two of three in Starkville, snapping their remarkable streak of 23 consecutive regular-season series victories (including 15 straight SEC series), which dated back to April 20-22, 2012. The Bulldogs rocked Tyler Beede (2.2 IP, 6 H, 11 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 2 K) and cruised to a 17-2 blowout win Friday, as Vanderbilt committed five errors and issued nine walks. Jared Miller (4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER) took his first loss of the season Saturday. The Commodores returned to form Sunday, as Tyler Ferguson (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K) and Carson Fulmer combined on a three-hitter, and Vandy did all its scoring in the final three innings against MSU’s bullpen.
RESULTS
March 18
: @ Belmont: W 8-4
March 21-23: @ (21) Mississippi State: L 17-2, L 6-3, W 5-1
UPCOMING
March 25
: Belmont
March 28-30: (19) Kentucky


lsu8. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 3-0-1.
Overall: 20-4-1, 3-2-1 in SEC. (1-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-1.

The Tigers allowed just three runs in four games on the week, winning a home series against Georgia but settling for a tie in Sunday’s series finale. On Friday, Aaron Nola (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 8 K) improved to 5-0, 0.22 with a 56-8 K-BB mark in 40 innings. Christian Ibarra (2-for-3, 2 R, RBI) led the LSU offense. Mark Laird (3-for-4, RBI) provided half of LSU’s six hits Saturday in support of Jared Poche (8.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), who improved to 5-1. Kurt McCune (1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) started and failed to get through two innings Sunday, but five LSU relievers worked a combined 11.1 scoreless innings, led by Parker Bugg (4 IP, 2 H).
RESULTS
March 19
: South Alabama: W 9-0
March 21-23: Georgia: W 4-0, W 2-1, T 2-2 (13 innings)
UPCOMING
March 25
: @ Tulane
March 28-30: @ Florida


calstatefullerton9. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 13-8, 0-0 in Big West. (3-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-1.

Fullerton followed a quality midweek win against UNLV by taking two of three in its annual nonconference series against Long Beach State. Matt Chapman (2-for-4, 3 RBI) hit his third home run of the season Friday in support of Thomas Eshelman (9 IP, 10 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K). LBSU overcame an early 2-0 deficit Saturday, going ahead for good with two in the sixth to hand Phil Bickford (5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) his first career loss. With Justin Garza still sidelined, Miles Chambers (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) made his first career start Sunday and earned the win in a predetermined two-inning outing, as the Titans took control with four runs in the second and held off LBSU’s late rally to give coach Rick Vanderhook his 100th career victory as a head coach. J.D. Davis (2-for-3, R, 2 RBI, 3B) led the Fullerton offense and earned the save by stranding the tying run at second base in the ninth, after allowing two runs to score.
RESULTS
March 11
: @ San Diego: L 5-3
March 14-16: St. Mary’s: W 6-5 (13 innings), L 6-0, W 4-2
UPCOMING
March 18
: UNLV
March 21-23: Long Beach State


rice10. RICE
Last Week: Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 19-6, 8-1 in C-USA. (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-0.
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Rice swept a quality first-year C-USA contender for the second straight weekend, running its winning streak to nine games. The Owls are off to their best 25-game start since they began 19-6 in 2004. Michael Aquino went 7-for-14 with five RBIs on the week to lead the Rice offense. Zech Lemond (8.1 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 12 K) set a career high for strikeouts in Rice’s 2-0 win Friday. Shane Hoelscher (4-for-4, 2 R, RBI, 3 2B) paced a 17-hit onslaught Saturday in support of Blake Fox (6.2 IP, 8 H, 1 ER). Chase McDowell (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) moved into the Sunday starter spot and delivered a strong outing, and Matt Ditman (5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K) followed with characteristically dominant relief to pick up the win, as Skyler Ewing delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 12th. Ditman has yet to allow a run in 21.1 relief innings this year.
RESULTS
March 18
: @ Texas State: W 14-1
March 21-23: Florida Atlantic: W 2-0, W 14-1, W 3-2 (12 innings)
UPCOMING
March 25
: @ (17) Houston
March 26: Lamar
March 28-30: @ Middle Tennessee State


oregon11. OREGON
Last Week: 3-0.
Overall: 17-5, 5-1 in Pac-12. (0-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-1.
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Oregon won its second straight Pac-12 series, allowing just two runs in a three-game sweep of Utah. Tommy Thorpe (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) outdueled Mitch Watrous (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) Friday, as the Ducks broke the scoreless tie with a run in the eighth on a wild pitch. Aaron Payne (3-for-4, R, RBI, 2B) led the offense Saturday in support of Matt Krook (5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), and Trent Paddon, Garrett Cleavinger and Jake Reed combined to work four perfect innings of relief. Jeff Gold (8 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) improved to 6-0 in Sunday’s win, as the Ducks came from behind with three runs in the seventh, capped by Shaun Chase’s go-ahead two-run homer. Chase, whose father is recovering from a March 13 heart attack, also kick-started Friday’s eighth-inning rally with a leadoff single.
RESULTS
March 21-23
: Utah: W 1-0, W 4-1, W 3-1
UPCOMING
March 25-26
: @ San Francisco
March 28-30: @ Stanford


texas12. TEXAS
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 19-6, 1-2 in Big 12 (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-1-1.
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Texas dominated Columbia in a three-game sweep. Collin Shaw (3-for-4, R, 3 RBI) led UT’s 13-hit attack Friday in support of Dillon Peters (6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER). Brooks Marlow and C.J. Hinojosa had two RBIs apiece Saturday behind Parker French (7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K). Tres Barrera (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) paced a balanced 13-hit attack Sunday in support of Nathan Thornhill (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K).
RESULTS
March 18:
Dallas Baptist: W 5-0
March 21-23: Columbia: W 7-3, W 6-1, W 11-0
UPCOMING
March 25
: Texas State
March 28-30: @ Texas Tech


mississippi13. MISSISSIPPI
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 21-4, 4-2 in SEC (1-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-1.
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Ole Miss swept its first conference home series against Missouri. The Rebels jumped out to a 4-0 lead through three innings Friday and held on for a 4-3 win behind Chris Ellis (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). Will Allen’s three-run homer in the first inning Saturday put the Rebels in control, and Sikes Orvis added two long balls, as Ole Miss got strong pitching from Christian Trent (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) and Aaron Greenwood (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R). Eight Rebels recorded hits Sunday as part of a balanced 10-hit attack in support of Sam Smith (6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER), who earned a no-decision, as Mississippi erased a 3-2 deficit with six runs in the eighth.
RESULTS
March 19
: Arkansas State: W 4-3
March 21-23: Missouri: W 4-3, W 7-1, W 8-3
UPCOMING
March 25
: vs. Southern Miss @ Pearl, Miss.
March 28-30: @ Alabama


louisville14. LOUISVILLE
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 17-6, 2-1 in AAC. (0-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-0.

The Cardinals dropped their second midweek game of the season against Indiana, but rebounded to take two of three from Rutgers in their AAC-opening series. Jeff Gardner’s three-run double in the first put Louisville ahead for good Friday, as Kyle Funkhouser (7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) stymied the Scarlet Knights. Grant Kay (3-for-4, 4 R, 1 RBI) and Jeff Gardner (2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI) led the offense Saturday, as the Cardinals came from behind with three in the seventh to tie it and added another in the eighth to win. Rutgers (3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER) jumped on Jake Sparger early and never looked back Sunday.
RESULTS
March 19
: @ Indiana: L 9-3
March 21-23: Rutgers: W 6-1, W 9-8, L 11-2
UPCOMING
March 25
: @ Western Kentucky
March 28-30: Xavier, Butler, Xavier


UCSB15. UC SANTA BARBARA
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 17-3, 0-0 in Big West (3-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-0.
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UCSB dominated overmatched Wagner in a four-game sweep. Tyler Kuresa (3-for-4, 3 R, 5 RBI) homered three times Friday in support of Justin Jacome (7 IP, 6 H, 4 ER). Andrew Calica went 6-for-9 with three runs and four RBIs to lead the offense in Saturday’s doubleheader sweep. Robby Nesovic (7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) was strong in Saturday’s first game, and ace Austin Pettibone (3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) had a nice season debut in the nightcap after missing the first five weeks with a shoulder injury. Andrew Vasquez (4.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K) followed with dominant relief in that one. Joey Epperson (4-for-5, 3 R, 4 RBI) had a big Sunday in support of Domenic Mazza (7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K).
RESULTS
March 21-23
: Wagner: W 8-4, W 13-3, W 7-1, W 9-2
UPCOMING
March 25
: @ Fresno State
March 28-30: Hawaii


MississippiState16. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 17-9, 4-2 in SEC (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-0-1.
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The Bulldogs won their second straight conference series, taking two of three from Vandy to snap the Commodores’ streak of 23 consecutive regular-season series wins. Seth Heck and Zack Randolph combined for seven RBIs in support of Preston Brown (8 IP, 7 H, 2 ER), who earned the win in his first career SEC start and notched his third quality start of the season. Ross Mitchell (7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) turned in a second straight strong start Saturday, while Heck and Derrick Armstrong had two RBIs apiece to lead the MSU offense. Trevor Fitts (6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) pitched very well in a losing effort Sunday, as the Commodores took control of the game in the last three innings against the MSU bullpen.
RESULTS
March 21-23:
(6) Vanderbilt: W 17-2, W 6-3, L 5-1
UPCOMING
March 25:
Southeast Missouri State
March 28-30: Arkansas


houston17. HOUSTON
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 19-4, 0-0 in AAC (2-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-0.
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Houston rode its stingy pitching staff to a sweep of a quality College of Charleston team, allowing just five runs in three games. Kyle Survance and Justin Montemayor had three RBIs apiece Friday in support of Aaron Garza (9 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K). Casey Grayson (2-for-3, 2 RBI) led the offense Saturday in support of Jake Lemoine (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 6 K). Houston broke open a 2-1 game Sunday with five runs in the eighth, helping Jared West (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K) pick up the win.
RESULTS
March 18
: Lamar: L 4-2
March 19: Texas Southern: W 1-0
March 21-23: College of Charleston: W 8-3, W 3-2, W 7-1
UPCOMING
March 25:
(10) Rice
March 28-30: Memphis


UCLA18. UCLA
Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 14-8, 5-1 in Pac-12 (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-1.
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The Bruins won their second straight conference series, dropping Friday’s opener but bouncing back to earn a pair of hard-fought wins against Washington State. WSU’s Jason Monda (7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) bested James Kaprielian (6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER) in Friday’s pitcher’s duel. Luke Persico’s two-run single highlighted UCLA’s three-run first inning Saturday, and Grant Watson (8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) took it from there. Shane Zeile (4-for-5) paced UCLA’s 14-hit attack Sunday, as the Bruins fought their way back from an early 5-0 deficit to force extra innings, then won on Ty Moore’s walk-off two-run single in the 10th.
RESULTS
March 21-23
: Washington State: L 2-0, W 4-2, W 8-7 (10 innings)
UPCOMING
March 25: Long Beach State
March 28-30:
Arizona State


kentucky19. KENTUCKY
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 17-7, 3-3 in SEC (3-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-1.

The Wildcats took two of three from South Carolina to improve to 3-1 this season against No. 1 ranked teams. A.J. Reed (8 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 3 ER) helped his own cause with two hits as part of a balanced 14-hit attack Friday, as Kentucky jumped out to a 9-1 lead through two innings and cruised to a 13-5 win. Michael Thomas (2-for-3, R, RBI) led the UK offense Saturday in support of Chandler Shepherd (7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K). The UK bats went quiet Sunday, producing just five hits, and Andrew Nelson (5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER) took the loss.
RESULTS
March 18
: Western Kentucky: W 10-3
March 21-23: (1) South Carolina: W 13-5, W 2-1, L 8-3
UPCOMING
March 25
: Xavier
March 28-30: @ (7) Vanderbilt


clemson20. CLEMSON
Last Week: 2-3.
Overall: 14-9, 6-3 in ACC (1-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-2.
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The Tigers won Friday’s opener against Florida State but were swept in Saturday’s doubleheader. Tyler Krieger (2-for-4, R, 3 RBI, 2 2B) led Clemson’s 13-hit attack Friday in support of Daniel Gossett (7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K). Matthew Crownover (2.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 ER) struggled in a blowout loss in Saturday’s first game, and the bullpen provided little relief. Jake Long (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) took a no-decision Sunday, as FSU overcame an early 3-0 deficit to take the lead with three in the seventh against the Clemson bullpen.
RESULTS
March 18-19
: @ Georgia Southern: L 14-5, W 5-4
March 21-22: (2) Florida State: W 9-3, L 11-1, L 4-3
UPCOMING
March 25
: @ Georgia
March 28-30: @ Maryland


auburn21. AUBURN
Last Week: 4-1.

Overall: 17-8, 4-1 in SEC (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-0.

The Tigers have won three straight quality series (Mercer, Texas A&M, at Tennessee) to climb into the rankings for the first time since April of 2012. Dillon Ortman (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) improved to 5-1 in Friday’s win, as Keegan Thompson’s RBI single in the sixth gave Auburn a 3-0 lead, and the Tigers held off Tennessee’s comeback bid. Auburn broke open a 2-0 game Saturday with two runs in the seventh, highlighted by Dan Glevenyak’s RBI triple, helping Thompson (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) improve to 5-0. Blake Austin and Ryan Tella homered in a losing cause Sunday.
RESULTS
March 18-19:
Coppin State: W 10-0, W 13-2
March 21-23: @ (18) Tennessee: W 3-2, W 4-2, L 8-6
UPCOMING
March 25
: Kennesaw State
March 27-29: Missouri


22. TENNESSEE Tennessee logo
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 19-4, 3-3 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-1.
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The Vols lost their first series of the year but salvaged Sunday’s finale against fellow upstart Auburn. Nick Williams (8 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) was solid in defeat Friday, but Tennessee built a 3-0 lead through six innings and held off Tennessee’s comeback bid. Hunter Martin (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) turned in another solid start in a losing cause Saturday, and Auburn broke open a 2-0 game with two runs in the seventh. Scott Price, Taylor Smart, David Houser and Will Maddox combined for 10 hits, six runs and eight RBIs Sunday in support of Andrew Lee (6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K).
RESULTS
March 18
: Austin Peay State: W 8-7
March 21-23: Auburn: L 3-2, L 4-2, W 8-6
UPCOMING
March 28-30
: @ (2) South Carolina


georgiatech23. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 15-9, 5-4 in ACC (4-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-1.

The Yellow Jackets followed up a home win against Miami with a road series win at North Carolina, sweeping a Saturday doubleheader for the second straight week. According to Georgia Tech sports information, the Jackets won back-to-back series against ranked teams for the first time since 2006. The Jackets got strong relief work from Sam Clay (3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) in Friday’s 13-inning game, but UNC won it with a run against Dusty Isaacs (2 IP, 1 H, 1 R) in the 13th. Georgia Tech got RBI singles from Connor Justus and Mitch Earnest in the 13th inning of Saturday’s first game, during which the teams produced 15-hits apiece. Matt Grimes (7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER) matched his longest career outing in the nightcap, and Keenan Innis (3-for-5, R, 2 RBI) led Tech’s 14-hit attack.
RESULTS
March 18
: @ Kennesaw State: W 8-7
March 19: @ Georgia State: W 9-4
March 21-22: @ (17) North Carolina: L 3-2 (13 innings), W 6-5 (13 innings), W 9-1
UPCOMING
March 25
: Mercer
March 28-30: @ Pittsburgh


northcarolina24. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 1-3.
Overall: 15-8, 5-4 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-2.
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North Carolina won Friday’s series opener against Georgia Tech but was swept in Saturday’s doubleheader. The Tar Heels won 3-2 in 13 innings Friday despite striking out 16 times against Tech pitching, as UNC got strong mound work from Trent Thornton (8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) and Reilly Hovis (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K). Wood Myers (2-for-6, R, 2 RBI) delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 13th. Georgia Tech got RBI singles from Connor Justus and Mitch Earnest in the 13th inning of Saturday’s first game, during which the teams produced 15-hits apiece, led by Myers (5-for-7, 3 RBI). Georgia Tech pounded out 14 hits Sunday against Zac Gallen (4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER) and the Tar Heels.
RESULTS
March 18
: Princeton: CCD
March 19: West Virginia: L 5-1
March 21-22: Georgia Tech: W 3-2 (13 innings), L 6-5 (13 innings), L 9-1
UPCOMING
March 26:
Winthrop
March 28-30: @ Duke


ncstate 25. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 0-3.
Overall: 14-8, 3-6 in ACC. (0-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-2-1.
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The Wolfpack was swept in an ACC road series for the second straight weekend, this time by Maryland, which swept its first conference series since 2009. The Wolfpack committed four errors Friday behind Carlos Rodon (4.2 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 8 K), who fell to 2-4 on the season. Maryland broke open a 2-0 game with six runs in the fifth. The Terps jumped out to an early lead Saturday against Logan Jernigan (2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) and never looked back. N.C. State got another poor start Sunday from Brad Stone (0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K), and Andrew Woeck (4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) held the Terrapins in check, but N.C. State mustered just two runs, stranding 12 baserunners.
RESULTS
March 19
: Elon: CCD
March 21-23: @ Maryland: L 10-0, L 7-4, L 5-2
UPCOMING
March 25
: @ Campbell
March 26: @ UNC Wilmington
March 28-30: Miami


DROPPED OUT

samhoustonstateSAM HOUSTON STATE (16)
Last Week: 0-4.
Overall: 16-8, 3-3 in Southland (2-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-1.

Sam Houston State crashed down to earth with an 0-4 week, capped by a three-game sweep at the hands of Central Arkansas. Justin Treece (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI) led UCA’s balanced attack Friday against Tyler Eppler (5.1 IP, 8 H, 8 ER). SHSU’s bats went quiet Saturday, as Sam Odom (4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) took his first loss. The Bears took control of Sunday’s game with three runs in the second against Dirk Masters (4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K), then chased him in a three-run fifth.
RESULTS
March 18: @ Texas-Arlington: L 7-6
March 21-23: @ Central Arkansas: L 9-7, L 4-2, L 6-4
UPCOMING
March 25: @ Texas A&M
March 26: McNeese State
March 28-30: Northwestern State


sandiegoSAN DIEGO (24)
Last Week: 1-4.
Overall: 15-8, 4-2 in WCC (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-1.

The Toreros dropped four straight games before salvaging a win in Sunday’s series finale against LMU. P.J. Conlon (6.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER) struggled Friday, and USD’s potent offense was shut out for the first time this season. Troy Conyers (7.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) took the loss Saturday. Louie Lechich (8.1 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) stifled the LMU offense Sunday.
RESULTS
March 18-19
: Washington State: L 9-7, L 4-3
March 21-23: Loyola Marymount: L 7-0, L 5-3, W 8-1
UPCOMING
March 25
: @ UC Riverside
March 28-30: @ San Francisco


miamiMIAMI (25)
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 13-11, 5-3 in ACC. (4-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-2 (one series pending).

The Hurricanes have lost six of their last nine games. They split the first two games of their series against Virginia, with the finale scheduled for Monday. The Hurricanes surged ahead for good with three runs in the sixth Saturday behind Chris Diaz (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) and tacked on four more later to win 7-1. Zack Collins belted his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie. Andrew Suarez (6.2 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) was solid in a no-decision Sunday, but Miami unraveled in Virginia’s six-run 11th.
RESULTS
March 18:
Central Florida: L 9-2
March 19: @ Florida Gulf Coast: W 5-2
March 22-23: (3) Virginia: W 7-1, L 8-3 (11 innings)
UPCOMING
March 24
: (3) Virginia
March 26: Florida Gulf Coast
March 28-30: @ (25) North Carolina State

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