Top 25 Tracker: March 27-29

1. CAL STATE FULLERTON

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

The Titans won two of three at the Riverside Sports Complex, where they had been just 1-8 in Division I play heading into this weekend. So. RHP Daniel Renken (8 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) was out-dueled Friday by UCR lefty Paul Bargas (8 IP, 9 H, 1 ER), as the Titans stranded eight runners to Riverside’s three. Fr. RHP Noe Ramirez (7.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision Saturday, and So. SS Christian Colon’s hit-and-run single on a pitchout keyed Fullerton’s three-run 10th. Jr. OF Khris Davis doubled to trigger and homered to cap Fullerton’s nine-run fourth inning Sunday in support of Fr. RHP Tyler Pill (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K). Davis leads the Titans with seven homers.

RESULTS

March 27-29: @ UC Riverside: L 3-1, W 4-1 (10 innings), W 18-1

UPCOMING

March 31-April 1: @ (3) Arizona State

April 3-5: (8) UC Irvine

2. LOUISIANA STATE

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 21-6, 6-3 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.

The Tigers won their seventh straight conference series to take sole possession of second place in the SEC West behind Arkansas. So. RHP Anthony Ranaudo (6.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 9 K) surrendered three of Mississippi’s four homers Friday to lose for the second straight week. Jr. DH Blake Dean (4-for-5, 4 RBI) busted out of his slump Saturday to pace LSU’s 12-hit attack in support of Sr. RHP Louis Coleman (7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 K). So. RHP Austin Ross allowed just one run on two hits over a career-high eight innings Sunday, and Jr. OF Jared Mitchell singled home the winning run in the eighth. Fr. RHP Matt Ott picked up his fifth save Sunday by getting the final out with the tying run at third base for the second straight day.

RESULTS

March 24-25: Harvard: W 4-3, W 10-2

March 27-29: (11) Mississippi: L 7-4, W 6-5, W 2-1

UPCOMING

March 31: @ Tulane

April 3-5: @ (6) Georgia

3. ARIZONA STATE

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 19-4, 5-1 in Pac-10 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

The Sun Devils allowed just two total runs over the first two games of their series at Southern California before dropping Sunday’s finale. Jr. LHP Josh Spence (9 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K) threw his first career complete game Friday to out-duel USC ace Brad Boxberger (8 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). Jr. OF Jason Kipnis (3-for-4, 4 RBI, 2 2B, HR) led the offense Saturday in support of Jr. RHP Mike Leake (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Kipnis (4-for-5, RBI, 2B, HR) had another big day in Sunday’s loss, but So. RHP Seth Blair (2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) was hit hard, and USC’s Robert Stock (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) was strong in his first career start.

RESULTS

March 27-29: @ Southern California: W 2-1, W 10-1, L 8-2

UPCOMING

March 31-April 1: (1) Cal State Fullerton

March 3-5: @ Washington

4. RICE

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 17-7, 2-1 in CUSA. (6-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.

Rice’s offense has picked up the slack with twin aces Ryan Berry and Mike Ojala sidelined due to arm tightness. The Owls have posted at least 13 hits in seven of their last nine games, led by So. SS Rick Hague, who went 9-for-17 with two doubles and seven RBIs in four games last week. Sr. RHP Jared Rogers (1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER) struggled as the fill-in Friday starter, and the Owls pounded out 17 hits but left 12 runners on base. Fr. LHP Taylor Wall held Memphis to four runs over a career-high seven innings Saturday, and Fr. RHP Matthew Reckling (5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) picked up his first collegiate win Sunday. Fr. 3B Anthony Rendon went 7-for-11 with five RBIs on the weekend and now leads the Owls in batting (.385), homers (seven), RBIs (34) and slugging (.656), among other categories.

RESULTS

March 24: Lamar: W 9-8 (12 innings)

March 27-29: Memphis: L 10-7, W 12-4, W 9-5

UPCOMING

April 1: Dallas Baptist

April 3-5: Tulane

5. NORTH CAROLINA

Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 20-6, 7-4 in ACC. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.

The Tar Heels rallied late to win one-run games Friday and Sunday, and they improved to 5-4 in one-run games on the season. Jr. RHP Alex White (7.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) pitched well but allowed two homers Friday, bringing his season total to seven long balls. He allowed six all year in 2008. UNC overcame a late one-run deficit on Sr. OF Mike Cavasinni’s two-run triple in the eighth. UNC mustered just four hits Saturday behind Sr. RHP Adam Warren (6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K), who took his second loss of the season, equaling his loss total from last year. Jr. LHP Brian Moran struck out eight over a career-high 6.1 innings Sunday in relief of So. RHP Matt Harvey (2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K), and Jr. SS Ryan Graepel was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in the winning run in the ninth.

RESULTS

March 24: @ UNC Wilmington: W 8-1

March 25: Charlotte: L 2-1

March 27-29: (24) Virginia: W 4-3, L 5-2, W 6-5

UPCOMING

March 31: Davidson

April 1: Old Dominion

April 3-5: @ (10) Georgia Tech


6. GEORGIA

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 22-3, 7-2 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.

Georgia swept its second consecutive conference series and won its first SEC road series of the year. Jr. 1B Rich Poythress (6-for-10, 10 RBI, 2 2B, 4 HR) led the Georgia offense despite going hitless Sunday. Sr. RHP Trevor Holder (7 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) improved to 5-1 Friday, and the Bulldogs held off a late Tennessee rally Saturday. UGa. homered twice in a four-run fifth inning Sunday to help make So. RHP Justin Grimm (5.1 IP, 5H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) a winner. The Vols dropped to 11-15, 1-8.

RESULTS

March 24: Wright State: L 8-5

March 25: @ (13) Georgia Tech: PPD

March 27-29: @ Tennessee: W 12-6, W 11-9, W 4-3

UPCOMING

March 31-April 1: vs./@ Clemson

April 3-5: (2) Louisiana State

7. BAYLOR

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 17-6, 5-4 in Big 12. (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.

The Bears won a pair of one-run games to improve to 10-1 in one-run games on the season. Baylor has been out-hit in eight consecutive Big 12 games but is 5-3 in those contests. Jr. RHP Kendal Volz (7 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) and the Bears became the latest victims of Kansas State ace A.J. Morris (9 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) in Friday’s loss. Morris is 7-0, 0.39 and has other wins against Arizona State and Oklahoma. Fr. RHP Logan Verrett (6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) joined Morris in the seven-win club Saturday, and Jr. OF/LHP Aaron Miller worked three scoreless, hitless innings of relief. Jr. RHP Willie Kempf (5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) picked up his second win of the week Sunday. Baylor is 11 games above .500 for the first time since ending the 2006 season 37-26.

RESULTS

March 24: @ Sam Houston State: PPD

March 26: (16) Texas Christian: W 15-4

March 27-29: Kansas State: L 7-1, W 3-2, W 7-6

UPCOMING

March 31: Texas State

April 1: Prairie View A&M

April 3-5: @ Kansas

8. UC IRVINE

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 16-7, 3-0 in Big West. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.

UC Irvine swept its weekend for the first time in six tries this season, and did so against a ranked conference opponent. Jr. RHP Eric Pettis worked two scoreless innings Friday and Sunday to pick up his sixth and seventh saves of the year. Jr. LHP Daniel Bibona (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) improved to 4-1 Friday, and Jr. RHP Christian Bergman (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) improved to 3-1 Saturday. Sr. 3B Eric Deragisch (4-for-4, 3 R) hit a two-run homer to snap a 5-5 tie in the fourth inning Sunday, and the Anteaters won despite giving up 17 hits.

RESULTS

March 24-25: @ Washington: W 17-13, L 13-12

March 27-29: (19) Cal Poly: W 5-2, W 11-3, W 7-6

UPCOMING

March 31: @ Loyola Marymount

April 3-5: @ (1) Cal State Fullerton

9. TEXAS

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 17-7, 4-5 in Big 12. (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.

The Longhorns bounced back from their debacle at Kansas with a series win at home against Texas Tech; they are now 14-2 at home and 3-5 on the road. So. RHP Brandon Workman (4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) moved into the Friday starter spot and suffered his second loss of the year. The ‘Horns broke open a one-run game with four in the seventh Saturday to help So. RHP Chance Ruffin (6.2 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) improve to 4-2. Texas scored runs in each of the first five innings Sunday, and four pitchers held Texas Tech to just one run. UT’s staff ERA is now 2.03, but its team batting average is just .272.

RESULTS

March 24: Dallas Baptist: W 3-0

March 27-29: Texas Tech: W 9-5, L 4-2, W 8-1

UPCOMING

March 31: Oral Roberts

April 3-5: @ (17) Oklahoma State

10. GEORGIA TECH

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 18-4, 8-2 in ACC (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.

The Yellow Jackets won an ACC road series for the second straight week and won their 11th straight series overall dating back to last April. They lead Miami by one game and UNC by one and a half in the loaded ACC Coastal Division. Tech homered five times Friday in support of So. RHP Deck McGuire (6 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 7 K), who improved to 5-0, 2.50. The Yellow Jackets belted three more homers Saturday to help Jr. RHP Zach Von Tersch (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) improve to 5-1, 5.79. The Sunday starter slot continues to be a weakness for Georgia Tech, as So. RHP Kevin Jacob (3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 BB) took his first loss of the year.

RESULTS

March 24: Georgia State: L 10-1

March 25: (6) Georgia: PPD

March 27-29: @ (7) Miami: W 13-9, W 6-4, L 6-2

UPCOMING

April 1: @ Mercer

April 3-5: (5) North Carolina

11. MIAMI

Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 20-7, 8-4 in ACC (6-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.

The Hurricanes dropped their first weekend series of the year but salvaged Sunday’s finale. So. LHP Chris Hernandez (5.1 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) continued to struggle Friday, falling to 2-2, 5.88 on the year. Jr. RHP David Gutierrez (5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) picked up his second loss of the year Saturday. So. LHP Iden Nazario (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) stymied the Yellow Jackets on Sunday, and Miami supported him with a pair of homers.

RESULTS

March 24: Ohio State: L 7-1

March 25: @ Florida Atlantic: W 13-6

March 27-29: (13) Georgia Tech: L 13-9, L 6-4, W 6-2

UPCOMING

April 1: Barry (Fla.)

April 3-5: Florida State

12. OKLAHOMA

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 22-6, 3-2 in Big 12 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0-1.

Inclement weather forced Oklahoma and Nebraska to play a doubleheader Sunday, which the two teams split. They’ll wrap up the series Monday. Jr. SS Bryant Hernandez (5-for-8, 6 RBI, 2B) extended his hitting streak to 10 games in the doubleheader. Oklahoma rapped out 25 hits in the two games but surrendered 30. Jr. RHP Andrew Doyle (6.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) picked up the win in the opener, as Oklahoma jumped to an early 6-1 lead and held off a late Nebraska rally. So. RHP Michael Rocha (3.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER) was hit hard in Game Two.

RESULTS

March 24: Central Arkansas: W 12-6

March 29: Nebraska: W 12-9, L 11-9

UPCOMING

March 30: Nebraska

April 3-5: @ Missouri

13. ARKANSAS

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 19-5, 8-1 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.

Arkansas got off to its best SEC start in program history at 8-0 before dropping the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader against Mississippi State. The two teams combined for 10 errors in the sloppy opener, and Arkansas built a 10-3 lead before Jr. LHP Dallas Keuchel (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) had his outing cut short when bad weather suspended Friday’s game until Saturday. Jr. RHP T.J. Forrest (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) stymied the Bulldogs in the opener of Sunday’s twin bill. Fr. LHP Drew Smyly (0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER) had a short outing in the finale.

RESULTS

March 25: Missouri State: W 10-0

March 27-29: Mississippi State: W 20-9, W 5-1 (7 innings), L 12-4 (7 innings)

UPCOMING

March 31: @ Missouri State

April 3-5: @ South Carolina

14. TEXAS A&M

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 18-9, 6-3 in Big 12. (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.

Texas A&M has won five straight since snapping its five-game losing streak. A&M pitchers racked up 40 strikeouts in a three-game sweep of Kansas. On Friday, So. LHP/OF Brooks Raley (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 12 K) improved to 5-0, 1.80 with a 46-12 K-BB ratio in 40 innings. Raley has also reached base safely in all 24 games he has played as a hitter, and he’s batting .379/.495/.540 with 16 steals in 18 tries. Jr. RHP Alex Wilson (5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) was strong in a no-decision Saturday, and the Aggies broke a 6-6 tie on So. 2B Caleb Shofner’s walk-off RBI single in the ninth. So. RHP Barret Loux (6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 11 K) set a career high in strikeouts to pick up his first win of the year Sunday.

RESULTS

March 24: Texas-Arlington: W 11-8

March 25: Northwestern State: CCD

March 27-29: Kansas: W 3-0, W 7-6, W 6-5

UPCOMING

March 31: Texas-San Antonio

April 3-5: @ Texas Tech


15. MISSISSIPPI

Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 16-8, 5-4 in SEC. (3-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.

The Rebels dropped a pair of one-run games after winning Friday’s opener against LSU. Fr. DH Matt Snyder (2-for-4, 4 RBI) hit two of Mississippi’s four homers Friday in support of So. LHP Drew Pomeranz (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). Jr. RHP Phillip Irwin (5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER) took his first loss of the year Saturday as Mississippi’s rally from a 6-1 deficit fell short. Sr. RHP Scott Bittle (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K) was brilliant Sunday in his first start of the year, but the Tigers scored two in the eighth against reliever Jake Morgan to steal the series.

RESULTS

March 24: Saint Louis: L 15-11

March 25: @ Southern Mississippi: PPD

March 27-29: @ (2) Louisiana State: W 7-4, L 6-5, L 2-1

UPCOMING

March 30: Arkansas State

March 31: Jackson State

April 1: @ Memphis

April 3-5: Kentucky


16. EAST CAROLINA

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

ECU’s winning streak reached 10 games before the Pirates dropped the series finale Sunday. East Carolina still sits atop the Conference USA standings with a one-game lead over Southern Mississippi and Rice. Sr. OF Stephen Batts gave ECU the lead with a three-run homer in the fifth inning Friday, helping Jr. RHP Chris Heston (6 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER) improve to 4-0. So. RHP Seth Maness (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) pitched well in a no-decision in Game Two, as the Pirates scored all five of their runs over the final three innings. Fr. LHP Kevin Brandt (4 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) suffered his first career loss in his first career start in the finale. ECU’s five hits and two runs in Game Three were season lows.

RESULTS

March 24: @ Campbell: W 10-9

March 25: UNC Wilmington: W 3-0

March 27-29: @ Marshall: W 7-6, W 5-1, L 6-2

UPCOMING

March 31: Elon

April 1: @ North Carolina State

April 3-5: @ Alabama-Birmingham

17. OKLAHOMA STATE

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 19-7, 3-2 in Big 12 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.

Bad weather pushed OSU’s series against Missouri back two days, but the Cowboys waited it out and swept Sunday’s doubleheader. The series concludes Monday. In a matchup of preseason All-Americans, Jr. LHP Andrew Oliver (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) got the best of Missouri ace Kyle Gibson (2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER) in the opener. Jr. RHP Tyler Blandford (7.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 6 K) picked up the win in the nightcap, as OSU out-hit Mizzou 11-2.

RESULTS

March 24-25: Nevada-Las Vegas: W 8-2, W 15-1

March 29: Missouri: W 13-1 (7 innings), W 6-2

UPCOMING

March 30: Missouri

April 1: Tabor (Kan.)

April 3-5: (9) Texas

18. NEW MEXICO

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 24-4, 5-1 in MWC (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.

New Mexico’s 10-game winning streak came to an end Saturday, but the Lobos still won their series against BYU (which is 15-10; this is BYU’s first series loss). So. OF Ryan Honeycutt (4-for-5, 2 2B) led a 12-hit attack Friday in support of Sr. LHP John Hesketh (7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K). New Mexico couldn’t quite complete a comeback from a 13-3 deficit Saturday. The Lobos trailed 4-3 before scoring five in the seventh Sunday, and Jr. RHP Cole White picked up the save with two scoreless innings. The flame-throwing White has a 0.00 ERA and a 28-16 K-BB ratio through 22 innings this year.

RESULTS

March 26-28: Brigham Young: W 7-5, L 15-13, W 9-5

UPCOMING

March 31-April 1: Texas Tech

April 3-5: @ (22) Texas Christian

19. OREGON STATE

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 15-6, 2-1 in Pac-10 (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1-1.

The Beavers took two out of three in the renewed Civil War rivalry against Oregon and have now won seven of their last eight games overall. Oregon State capitalized on five Oregon errors to win Friday’s opener in Eugene behind So. RHP Tyler Waldron (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER). So. RHP Greg Peavey (5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K) was strong in a no-decision Saturday, but the Ducks scored twice in the eighth to tie it and then won in the 10th on Sean Potkay’s walk-off RBI double. So. 3B Stefen Romero (2-for-4, 3 RBI) led the offense Sunday in support of Jr. RHP Jorge Reyes (7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K), who turned in his second sterling start of the week after beating Hawaii on Monday. The final two games were played at Portland’s PGE Park and drew a combined 29,249 fans.

RESULTS

March 23: Hawaii: W 8-4

March 27-29: @/vs./vs. Oregon: W 7-1, L 3-2 (10 innings), W 8-1

UPCOMING

April 3-5: California

20. FLORIDA

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 18-8, 6-3 in SEC (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.

The Gators have been feast or famine in 2009, sweeping series against Alabama, Tennessee and Louisville but also getting swept by Miami and Arkansas. They have won eight of their last nine games overall. Jr. C Buddy Munroe (3-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2B) led a 15-hit attack Friday, and three UF relievers combined to throw six innings of one-hit, scoreless ball. The Gators overcame an 8-2 deficit Saturday with seven runs in the ninth, capped by Fr. OF Daniel Pigott’s game-winning squeeze bunt. Alabama made six errors in the game, including three in the ninth. Six Gators posted two-hit games Sunday, as Florida’s four-run fifth inning proved decisive. The Gators swept the series despite getting just 11 combined innings from their starters, who allowed a combined 16 runs.

RESULTS

March 24-25: @/vs. North Florida: L 3-0, W 5-3

March 27-29: Alabama: W 11-4, W 9-8, W 10-7

UPCOMING

March 31: vs. Florida State @ Jacksonville

April 1: Stetson

April 3-5: @ Vanderbilt

21. SAN DIEGO STATE

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 18-9, 6-3 in MWC (6-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.

The Aztecs won two of three at Mountain West favorite TCU to move into second place in the conference behind New Mexico. SDSU pounded out 17 hits Friday in support of Jr. RHP Stephen Strasburg (8 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 14 K), who improved to 5-0, 1.70 with an 88-8 K-BB ratio in 42 innings. Sr. RHP Jon Berger (5 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 3 ER) took the loss Saturday. Jr. RHP Tyler Lavigne (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) was strong in a no-decision Sunday, and the Aztecs capitalized on two TCU errors to score two in the ninth.

RESULTS

March 23-24: Southern Utah: W 8-7, W 11-5

March 27-29: @ (16) Texas Christian: W 11-5, L 8-5, W 2-1

UPCOMING

March 31-April 1: @/vs. UC Santa Barbara

April 3-5: UC Davis


22. TEXAS CHRISTIAN

Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 15-9, 3-3 in MWC (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.

The Horned Frogs are just 5-7 since getting off to a 10-2 start. The Aztecs pounded out 17 hits against TCU pitching Friday, and SDSU ace Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 Frogs over eight innings. TCU overcame a 4-1 deficit with five in the fifth Saturday, and So. RHP Trent Appleby (5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) picked up the win in relief. The Frogs wasted a strong outing from Fr. RHP Kyle Winkler (7.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K) Sunday, as San Diego State scored twice in the ninth to take the series.

RESULTS

March 24: Stephen F. Austin: W 10-2

March 26: @ (8) Baylor: L 15-4

March 27-29: San Diego State: L 11-5, W 8-5, L 2-1

UPCOMING

April 1: Texas-Arlington

April 3-5: (18) New Mexico

23. CAL POLY

Last Week: 3-3. Overall: 17-7, 0-3 in Big West (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.

Cal Poly’s eight-game winning streak ended with a thud, as the Mustangs were swept at UC Irvine in their Big West-opening series. Fr. 2B Matt Jensen recorded his second-straight six-hit weekend in a losing effort. Jr. RHP D.J. Mauldin (7 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER) was solid in defeat Friday, but So. LHP Matt Leonard (4.2 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 6 ER) was hit hard Saturday. The Mustangs out-hit Irvine 17-10 Sunday but left 11 runners on base, while the Anteaters stranded just six.

RESULTS

March 23: @ Cal State Bakersfield: W 18-15

March 24: San Jose State: W 17-9

March 25: Dartmouth: W 14-9

March 27-29: @ (10) UC Irvine: L 5-2, L 11-3, L 7-6

UPCOMING

March 31: Southern California

April 3-5: Cal State Northridge

24. VIRGINIA

Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 22-4, 6-4 in ACC (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.

For the second straight weekend, the Cavaliers went 1-2 and lost a pair of games in the late innings. Fr. LHP/1B Danny Hultzen (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 8 K) turned in another strong start in a no-decision Friday, but UNC scored two in the eighth against the Virginia bullpen. UVa. homered twice Saturday in support of Sr. RHP Andrew Carraway (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER). So. OF Dan Grovatt (2-for-4, 4 RBI) hit a two-run homer to tie Sunday’s game in the top of the ninth, but Jr. LHP Matt Packer hit Ryan Graepel with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to give UNC the win.

RESULTS

March 24-25: Towson: W 13-4, W 7-5

March 27-29: @ (5) North Carolina: L 4-3, W 5-2, L 6-5

UPCOMING

March 31: vs. Radford @ Salem, Va.

April 1: Norfolk State

April 3-5: Maryland

25. MINNESOTA

Last Week: 1-1. Overall: 14-7, 1-1 in Big 10 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0-1.

The Golden Gophers split two games at Indiana, and Sunday’s finale was rained out. Jr. 2B Derek McCallum (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B) led Minnesota’s 15-hit assault Friday in support of Sr. RHP Chauncy Handran (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). McCallum homered Saturday, but Sr. RHP Tom Buske (6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) was out-dueled by Eric Arnett (9 IP, 2 ER, 10 K).

RESULTS

March 27-29: @ Indiana: W 12-5, L 3-2, CCD

UPCOMING

April 1: Northern Iowa

April 3-5: Ohio State

DROPPED OUT

PEPPERDINE (17)

Last Week: 0-5. Overall: 16-11, 0-3 in WCC (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.

Pepperdine’s current five-game losing streak started with a blowout at the hands of Brown and ended with a sweep at hands of WCC rival San Diego. The Waves have lost 10 of their last 11 games against the Toreros. Sr. RHP Nathan Newman (6 IP, 10 H, 8 ER) was knocked around Friday, and Pepperdine’s late rally came up short. So. RHP Cole Cook (8 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) was out-dueled by USD righty Matt Thomson (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K) on Saturday. The Toreros broke a 3-3 tie with five runs in the eighth Sunday against Sr. RHP Nick Gaudi.

RESULTS

March 24: Brown: L 20-8

March 25: UCLA: L 7-2

March 27-29: @ San Diego: L 8-6, L 4-0, L 9-3

UPCOMING

April 3-5: Gonzaga


COASTAL CAROLINA (18)

Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 19-7, 3-2 in Big South (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-2.

Coastal’s hopes to host a regional for the third straight year took a hit this weekend, as the Chanticleers dropped three of four in their most significant road test of the season. Coastal has dropped back-to-back weekend series and six of eight overall. So. LHP Cody Wheeler threw the first nine-inning no-hitter in coach Gary Gilmore’s 19-year tenure in Thursday’s opener, striking out 10 while issuing three walks to improve to 5-0, 2.08 on the year. So. 3B Scott Woodward went 8-for-15 on the weekend to lead the offense, but Coastal has scored four or fewer runs in six straight games.

RESULTS

March 26-28: @ Hawaii: W 4-0, L 5-4, L 7-1 (7 innings), L 4-3

UPCOMING

March 31-April 1: vs./@ UNC Wilmington

April 3-5: Gardner-Webb

UC SANTA BARBARA (20)

Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 14-7, 1-2 in Big West (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1-1.

The Gauchos exploded for 21 runs Friday but managed just six combined the next two days and dropped their Big West-opening series against Cal State Northridge. Jr. C  Marty Mullins (5-for-5, 4 R, 3 RBI, 3 2B) led a 21-hit attack Friday, as UCSB broke an 8-8 tie with 11 runs in the seventh. The Gauchos got solid starts in losses the next two days by So. LHP Mario Hollands (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 0 K) and Jr. RHP Mike Ford (8 IP, 8 H, 3 ER).

RESULTS

March 23: UC Riverside: L 10-1

March 27-29: @ Cal State Northridge: W 21-12, L 9-4, L 3-2

UPCOMING

March 31-April 1: vs./@ (21) San Diego State

April 3-5: Pacific

College | #2009 #Top 25 Tracker

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