Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 22-3, 4-2 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.
The Commodores won a tightly contested, low-scoring road series against Arkansas, with combined attendance surpassing 22,000 at Baum Stadium. Jr. RHP Sonny Gray (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 12 K) took his first loss of the season Friday despite pitching well in his second complete game of the season, as the Hogs came from behind with two runs on James McCann's infield single in the eighth inning. Fr. OF Tony Kemp (3-for-4, 2 R) sparked the offense Saturday, and Jr. LHP Grayson Garvin (8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) won his second straight SEC start. Jr. 1B Aaron Westlake hit a solo homer off the scoreboard to put Vandy up early Sunday, and Sr. C Curt Casali scored the eventual game-winning run on a wild pitch in the fourth, as Sr. RHP Taylor Hill (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) earned his second win of the year.
March 22: Tennessee Tech: W 11-2
March 25-27: @ Arkansas: L 2-1, W 4-1, W 2-1
March 29: Tennessee-Martin
April 1-3: @ Auburn
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 24-2, 8-1 in ACC (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
Virginia swept Maryland and has won 23 of its last 24 games against the Terrapins, including seven straight dating back to 2009. The Cavaliers broke open Friday's game with 10 runs in the fourth, helping Jr. LHP/DH Danny Hultzen (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) improve to 5-0. Sr. RHP Tyler Wilson (7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) was strong in a no-decision in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, and the Cavs came from behind with three runs in the eighth, highlighted by Sr. 1B/OF Kenny Swab's go-ahead RBI single. So. SS Chris Taylor, who drove in four runs Friday, hit a two-run triple to highlight UVa.'s four-run second inning in the finale, helping Sr. RHP Cody Winiarski (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) improve to 3-1.
March 22-23: Towson: W 6-0, W 5-0
March 25-27: Maryland: W 14-1, W 4-2, W 4-2
March 29: George Washington
April 1-3: @ Virginia Tech
3. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 18-5, 4-2 in SEC. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.
South Carolina snapped Florida's streak of 13 consecutive weekend series victories, winning a huge series in Gainesville. All nine South Carolina starters had at least one hit Friday, led by Jr. SS Peter Mooney (3-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI), and Jr. LHP Michael Roth held the Gators to two runs over 8 1/3 innings despite allowing 10 hits. Fr. RHP Forrest Koumas (6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) pitched well in a spot start Saturday (scheduled starter Steven Neff experienced shoulder tenderness), but Kamm Washington greeted So. RHP Matt Price with a solo home run leading off the seventh, breaking a 1-1 tie. The Gamecocks overcame an early 3-0 deficit Sunday, as relievers Colby Holmes, John Taylor and Price worked seven combined shutout innings, and Sr. 3B Adrian Morales broke a 3-3 tie with a bases-loaded walk in the eighth.
March 22: College of Charleston: W 24-4
March 23: Rhode Island: W 17-8
March 25-27: @ (1) Florida: W 9-2, L 2-1, W 4-3
March 30: The Citadel
April 1-3: Kentucky
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 21-4, 4-2 in SEC. (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
Florida dropped two of three in its showdown series against fellow SEC East juggernaut South Carolina, its first series loss since last March 26-28 (a span of 13 series), and its first at home since April 17-19 of 2009. The Gamecocks put up four-spots in the third and sixth innings Friday to beat So. LHP/1B Brian Johnson (5.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). So. RHP Hudson Randall (9 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) retired the final 19 batters in his first career complete game Saturday, improving to 4-0, 0.66 with a 25-1 K-BB mark in 41 innings. So. OF Kamm Washington broke a 1-1 tie with a home run against closer Matt Price in the seventh of that one. Fr. RHP Karsten Whitson (5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) pitched well in a no-decision Sunday, but the Gamecocks took advantage of two walks and an error during a three-run sixth inning, then won it on a bases-loaded walk in the eighth.
March 22-23: Winthrop: W 22-5, W 10-0
March 25-27: (4) South Carolina: L 9-2, W 2-1, L 4-3
March 29: @ (7) Florida State
April 1-3: Tennessee
5. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 18-6, 2-1 in Pac-10. (5-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
After splitting a big two-game midweek series at Cal State Fullerton, Arizona State opened Pac-10 play with a series win against rival Arizona. The Wildcats came from behind and got to Jr. RHP Kramer Champlin (6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) and the ASU bullpen over the final four innings Friday. Sr. C Xorge Carrillo's two-run double highlighted ASU's four-run second inning Saturday, and So. RHP Brady Rodgers (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) made it stand up. After taking the loss Tuesday at Fullerton, So. RHP Jake Barrett (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) bounced back with a strong outing Sunday, and So. C Austin Barnes broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run homer in the seventh, and the Sun Devils added five more in the eighth to seal it.
March 22-23: @ (13) Cal State Fullerton: L 7-3, W 10-1
March 25-27: (15) Arizona: L 5-2, W 5-1, W 8-1
April 1-3: Oregon
6. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 19-5, 5-1 in Big 12. (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
The Aggies swept Kansas to take sole possession of first place in the Big 12 after two weekends of conference play. Jr. RHP John Stilson (8 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) was strong in a no-decision Friday, and the Aggies won on Troy Stein's pinch-hit RBI single in the 10th. So. RHP Michael Wacha (9 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) was dominant Saturday, and Fr. OF Krey Bratsen (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B) paced the offense. Bratsen had two more hits and two more RBIs Sunday in support of Jr. RHP Ross Stripling (7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K). Texas A&M allowed just three unearned runs all weekend, lowering the staff ERA to 1.56—best in the nation.
March 22: Stephen F. Austin State: W 7-5
March 25-27: Kansas: W 2-1 (10 innings), W 11-1, W 3-1
March 29: @ Texas-Arlington
April 1-3: @ Kansas State
7. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 18-6, 6-3 in ACC (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
After playing its fifth straight extra-innings game Wednesday (and losing its fourth), Florida State won a home series against Wake Forest, extending its winning streak on Sundays to 24 straight games in the process. So. 1B Jayce Boyd's first-inning grand slam got the Seminoles off and running Friday, and Jr. LHP Sean Gilmartin (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) cruised. FSU was shut out on six hits Saturday, and So. RHP Scott Sitz (1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) was roughed up. Jr. OF James Ramsey (2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B) helped FSU jump out to an 8-1 lead after two innings Sunday, and Jr. RHP Gary Merians (6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER) turned in a strong outing.
March 23: Stetson: L 6-4 (11 innings)
March 25-27: Wake Forest: W 12-4, L 8-0, W 11-2
March 29: (4) Florida
April 1-3: @ Maryland
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 17-7, 4-2 in Big 12 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
Texas lost its first Big 12 series since April 24-26 of 2009 against Kansas State, a span of 11 conference series. It also snapped Texas' 11-series winning streak overall, dating back to the 2010 season-opening New Mexico series. Texas got brilliant pitching Friday from Jr. RHP Taylor Jungmann (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) and Fr. RHP Corey Knebel (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K), but both got no-decisions, as Texas won it in the 15th on Fr. OF Mark Payton's steal of home. So. LHP Hoby Milner (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) was strong in defeat Saturday, as Brad Propst limited the Longhorns to one run in a complete-game victory. Texas led 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth Sunday, but the Cowboys rallied back against Sr. RHP Cole Green (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K), then broke the game open with seven runs in the seventh against the Texas bullpen.
March 23: Houston Baptist: W 12-0 (7 innings)
March 25-27: @ Oklahoma State: W 1-0 (15 innings), L 3-1, L 10-3
March 29: Oral Roberts
April 1-3: Missouri
9. FRESNO STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 18-2, 0-0 in WAC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
Despite having their four-game series reduced to three by the threat of rain, the Bulldogs played 40 innings in a three-game sweep of startlingly lowly San Diego, which fell to 4-17. Sr. RHP Greg Gonzalez (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K) and two relievers combined on a one-hit shutout in Friday's opener, when Fresno broke open a 2-0 game with four in the sixth. Saturday's game wound up going 22 innings, making it the third-longest contest in Division I history. Jr. OF Brennan Gowens (1-for-11) hit a two-run double in the ninth to force extra innings, and neither team scored again until the 22nd, when Sr. 3B Danny Muno singled, stole second and scored on Sr. SS Garrett Weber's RBI single. The two teams combined for 39 hits in the game, but both bullpens danced out of repeatedly out of trouble, with Jr. RHP Charlie Robertson (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K) leading the way for Fresno. Jr. OF Dusty Robinson hit his sixth homer of the year Sunday in support of Jr. LHP Josh Poytress (7.1 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K).
March 22-23: Ohio State: W 3-2, CCD
March 25-27: San Diego: W 6-0, W 3-2 (22 innings), CCD, W 7-4
April 1-3: San Francisco
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 19-6, 2-3 in Big 12. (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1-1.
Oklahoma split a Friday doubleheader at Missouri, and the series finale was canceled by heavy snowfall. After averaging 10.9 runs per game during its 15-0 start, Oklahoma has scored just 1.8 runs per game over its last nine—and it is 3-6 during that stretch. But Sr. RHP Michael Rocha (8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) continued his season-long dominance in Friday's opener, and Jr. OF Cody Reine delivered a key RBI double and a run in the seventh. The Sooners got solid pitching in the nightcap from Sr. RHP Bobby Shore (4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) and relievers Jack Mayfield (4.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R) and Dillon Overton (2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER), but the Tigers broke a 1-1 tie in the 11th when Jonah Schmidt tripled and scored against Overton. Jr. RHP Burch Smith (6 IP, 3H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) picked up a win in a blowout against St. Gregory's in a makeup game Sunday.
March 25-26: @ Missouri: W 3-1, L 2-1 (11 innings), CCD
March 27: St. Gregory's (Okla.): W 21-3
March 29: @ Arkansas
April 1-3: Texas Tech
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 10-6, 0-0 in Pac-10 (5-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-2.
After a 15-day layoff for finals and rain, Stanford showed little rust, hitting .305 as a team and posting a 2.60 ERA in a 4-1 week. Fr. OF Brian Ragira became the third Stanford player since 1992 to hit for the cycle in Tuesday's win against Pacific. So. RHP Mark Appel (6.2 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) fell to 1-3 in Friday's loss. Ragira led the offense with three hits Saturday in support of Jr. RHP Jordan Pries (7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K). Fr. RHP A.J. Vanegas (4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K) earned the win in relief of So. RHP Dean McArcle (0.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) on Sunday, as So. 3B Stephen Piscotty's two-run single in the third keyed the Cardinal's comeback from an early 4-0 hole. So. OF Tyler Gaffney went 7-for-14 on the week to raise his average from .150 to .241. Jr. LHP Chris Reed worked 5.2 shutout innings over three relief appearances, striking out eight.
March 21: @ UC Davis: W 3-2
March 22: @ Pacific: W 9-1
March 25-27: Long Beach State: L 6-3, W 6-1, W 6-5
March 29: St. Mary's
April 1-3: @ Washington State
12. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 5-1. Overall: 16-8, 0-0 in Big West. (3-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
Even with eight players—many of them key players—suspended for violating team rules, Fullerton swept a four-game set at Hawaii. The Titans have won eight of their last nine games since their 0-4 road trip to LSU and Texas A&M. Jr. RHP Noe Ramirez (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K) and Jr. 1B/LHP Nick Ramirez combined on a two-hit shutout in Friday's opener. Fr. OF Michael Lorenzen's two-run single highlighted Fullerton's crucial three-run sixth inning in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, and Jr. RHP/OF Tyler Pill (7 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 11 K) carried a perfect game into the seventh and final inning before Hawaii got its first baserunner on a strikeout and ensuing wild pitch. The Titans chipped away at an early 2-0 deficit in the nightcap with single runs in four separate innings, helping So. RHP Dylan Floro (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) improve to 3-2. Nick Ramirez drove in all three Fullerton runs Sunday in support of Jr. LHP David Hurlbut (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K). The shorthanded weekend—on the heels of two big midweek games against Arizona State—really showcased Fullerton's pitching depth.
March 22-23: (6) Arizona State: W 7-3, L 10-1
March 25-27: @ Hawaii: W 3-0, W 4-2 (7 innings), W 4-2, W 3-2
March 29: (23) UCLA
April 1-3: @ UC Davis
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 16-5, 3-0 in Pac-10 (1-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Cal's stellar pitching staff carried it to a weekend sweep of Washington State. The Golden Bears have allowed just four runs (three earned) during their current six-game winning streak, which includes four shutouts. Their 1.93 staff ERA is fourth-lowest in the nation. So. 2B Tony Renda (3-for-5, 2 RBI) led the offense against Cougars ace Adam Conley (6 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 5 ER) on Friday, and Jr. RHP Erik Johnson (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K) improved to 4-1, 1.06. So. LHP Justin Jones (8 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) and closer Matt Flemer (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) shut out WSU for the second straight game Saturday. Jr. RHP Dixon Anderson (6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) was solid in a no-decision Sunday, and Jr. C Chadd Krist hit a game-tying two-run single in the ninth, setting the stage for Jr. SS Marcus Semien's walk-off RBI double in the 11th.
March 21: Nevada: W 2-0
March 25-27: Washington State: W 7-0, W 3-0, W 4-3 (11 innings)
March 29: @ San Francisco
April 1-3: Southern California
14. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 21-4, 9-0 in ACC (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.
The Yellow Jackets swept Miami for the first time since 1967 (and the first time ever in Coral Gables) to extend their winning streak to 16 games, tied with Oklahoma's season-opening streak for the longest in the nation this season. Jr. RHP Mark Pope (7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) allowed his first earned run in 37 innings in the third Friday, but the Jackets rapped out 14 hits to win a game that featured 10 errors. Tech won despite making four more errors Saturday, as Jr. LHP Jed Bradley (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) was solid in a no-decision, and the Jackets erupted for nine runs in the 10th inning, kickstarted by Evan Martin's pinch-hit, two-run homer off closer Daniel Miranda. So. RHP Buck Farmer (8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) turned in the best pitching performance of the weekend Sunday, and Skole's RBI double broke a 1-1 tie in the ninth.
March 22: @ Georgia: W 15-6
March 25-27: @ Miami: W 8-3, W 12-3 (10 innings), W 3-1
March 29: Mercer
April 1-3: @ Duke
15. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 15-8, 4-2 in MWC. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
It wasn't pretty, but TCU won its second Mountain West Conference series in two tries this year. Jr. RHP Kyle Winkler (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) turned in another strong start Friday, but Houston rallied for six runs in the ninth against the TCU bullpen, capped by Matt Creel's game-winning, two-run double against closer Erik Miller. So. LHP Matt Purke (4 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) struggled in a no-decision Saturday, but the Horned Frogs stormed back from a 9-3 deficit to take the lead in a seven-run sixth, highlighted by Jr. OF Jason Coats' three-run double. Jr. OF Aaron Schultz's grand slam keyed TCU's seven-run second inning Sunday in support of Sr. RHP Steven Maxwell (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 10 K).
March 22: Texas State: W 3-1
March 25-27: Houston: L 7-6, W 16-10, W 9-1
March 29: Stephen F. Austin State
April 1-3: Air Force
16. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 23-3, 7-2 in ACC (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
North Carolina swept Duke to run its winning streak to nine games. Fr. 3B Colin Moran hit four homers in UNC's five games on the week, tying him with Jesse Wierzbicki for most on the team (five). Moran also leads the Tar Heels in batting (.367), OBP (.500), slugging (.678) and RBIs (35). Sr. RHP Patrick Johnson (6 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) settled down after Duke's four-run first Friday, and the Tar heels stormed ahead with five runs in the fifth. UNC broke open a 3-2 game with eight runs in the eighth inning Saturday, nailing down the fourth win this season for Fr. LHP Kent Emanuel (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). Sr. RHP Greg Holt struck out six in three scoreless innings of relief in that one. Moran hit a game-tying three-run homer in the ninth inning Sunday, and Jr. C Jacob Stallings singled home the winning run in the 11th. So. Tommy Coyle had two hits Sunday to extend his hitting streak to an ACC-best 15 games and moved to SS to pick up slack for Jr. Levi Michael, who didn't play Friday and moved to 2B the rest of the series due to an ankle injury.
March 22: UNC Wilmington: W 14-2
March 23: High Point: W 4-0
March 25-27: Duke: W 8-5, W 11-2, W 7-6 (11 innings)
March 29: @ Charlotte
April 1-3: Clemson
17. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 17-7, 1-5 in SEC (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
The Tigers have dropped six of seven since starting the season 16-1, and they find themselves all alone in last place in the SEC after two weeks of conference play. Jr. OF Mikie Mahtook (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) hit his seventh homer of the year Friday in support of Fr. RHP Kurt McCune (9 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), who threw LSU's first complete game of the season. Mahtook had two more hits, two more RBIs and stole his 13th base in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, but Fr. RHP Kevin Gausman (2 IP, 6 H, 7 ER) was knocked around in Georgia's six-run second. Mahtook hit his eighth homer in the finale, but LSU committed four errors, leading to three unearned runs for the Bulldogs.
March 22: Louisiana-Lafayette: L 11-5
March 25-27: @ Georgia: W 7-3, L 9-5 (7 innings), L 3-2 (7 innings)
March 30: McNeese State
April 1-3: Mississippi
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 17-7, 1-2 in Pac-10 (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
The Wildcats won their Pac-10 opener against rival Arizona State but dropped the next two games to lose the series. Arizona did all of its scoring over the final four innings in a come-from-behind win Friday, helping So. RHP Kurt Heyer (7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) improve to 4-1. The Wildcats mustered just two hits Saturday, as Jr. RHP Kyle Simon (6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER) fell to 5-1 on the year. So. LHP Tyler Hale (6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) was solid in defeat Sunday, but he surrendered Austin Barnes' tie-breaking two-run homer in the seventh, and ASU piled on against the bullpen in the eighth.
March 21: San Francisco: W 8-5
March 25-27: @ (6) Arizona State: W 5-2, L 5-1, L 8-1
March 29-30: New Mexico
April 1-3: (23) Oregon State
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 16-8, 3-3 in Big 12 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
The Bears won a tight weekend series against Kansas State, winning one-run games on Friday and Sunday. Sr. SS Landis Ware (3-for-4, 3 RBI) singled home the tying run in the ninth Friday, then stole second and scored the winning run on Sr. OF Chris Slater's walk-off RBI double. The Wildcats broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the eighth Saturday, as Fr. RHP Trae Davis (0 IP, 1 H, 2 ER) took his first career loss. So. 3B Jake Miller broke another 3-3 tie in the eighth inning Sunday with an RBI single that proved to be the game-winner.
March 22: Texas-Arlington: W 6-1
March 25-27: Kansas State: W 5-4, L 6-3, W 4-3
March 29: Texas-San Antonio
March 30: Lamar
April 1-3: @ Kansas
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 20-5, 7-2 in A-Sun (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
Stetson's 4-1 week, which included a midweek win against Florida State, landed the Hatters in the Top 25 for the first time since February of 2003. Jr. SS Mark Jones (4-for-4, 3 R) led Stetson's 18-hit attack Friday against East Tennessee State, and Jr. RHP Lindsey Caughel (6 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) improved to 4-0. Sr. DH Sean Emory's three-run double keyed Stetson's four-run sixth Saturday in support of SO. RHP Kurt Schluter (7.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). The Hatters had 11 hits in defeat Sunday, as ETSU took an 11-4 lead through three innings and cruised from there.
March 22: Bethune-Cookman: W 7-6
March 23: @ (7) Florida State: W 6-4 (11 innings)
March 25-27: East Tennesee State: W 15-4, W 4-1, L 14-6
March 29-30: @/vs. Central Florida
April 1-2: @ South Carolina-Upstate
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 19-4, 5-1 in Sun Belt (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.
After sweeping UALR to move into a tie with Western Kentucky atop the Sun Belt, Troy jumped into the Baseball America rankings for the first time ever. Sr. SS Adam Bryant (3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) led the offense Friday in support of Jr. RHP Tyler Ray (6.1 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K). Bryant homered again Saturday, and Jr. 3B Tyler Hannah (3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI) helped lead a 13-hit attack, as So. LHP Ryan Sorce (4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) picked up the win in relief. Hannah (3-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2B) had another big day Sunday behind Fr. LHP Jimmy Hodgskin (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER).
March 25-27: Arkansas-Little Rock: W 6-2, W 7-2, W 13-3 (7 innings)
March 29: @ Auburn
April 1-3: @ Arkansas State
22. SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 18-5, 2-1 in CUSA (4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1-1.
The Golden Eagles scored 43 runs in three games to win a big series against Tulane. Jr. OF Kameron Brunty, Sr. OF Tyler Koelling and Sr. 1B Adam Doleac had three RBIs apiece Friday in support of Sr. RHP Todd McInnis (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K). That trio combined for 11 hits and seven RBIs Saturday—led by Doleac's 5-for-6 day—as USM came back from five runs down after six innings before losing in the 10th. Koelling (2-for-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI) capped his big weekend with a nice Sunday, and So. RHP Geoffrey Thomas (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) improved to 5-1 with a seven-inning complete-game shutout.
March 22: @ Louisiana-Monroe: L 7-2
March 23: South Alabama: W 15-3
March 25-27: (20) Tulane: W 16-4, L 16-15 (10 innings), W 12-0 (7 innings)
March 30: Mississippi
April 1-3: @ Central Florida
23. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 18-6, 0-0 in Pac-10. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Oregon State took two of three from UC Santa Barbara and owns an 18-6 record after 24 games for the third straight season. Jr. RHP Sam Gaviglio (7.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 11 K) ran his scoreless streak to 41 innings before the Gauchos got to him for a run in the fourth, but he still improved to 5-0, 0.39. The Beavers jumped out to an 8-2 lead after three innings Saturday behind Jr. LHP Josh Osich (5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). Sr. RHP James Nygren (0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) had a short start Sunday, and the Beavers left 14 runners on base.
March 22-23: Seattle: L 5-4, W 4-2
March 25-27: UC Santa Barbara: W 6-3, W 11-5, L 8-3
April 1-3: @ (18) Arizona
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 11-8, 2-1 in Pac-10. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-2-1.
The Bruins opened Pac-10 play by taking two of three at rival USC. Jr. RHP Gerrit Cole (6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) wasn't his best Friday but still improved to 2-2 on the season, and Jr. C Steve Rodriguez led the offense with three RBIs. Jr. RHP Trevor Bauer (9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 14 K) carried a perfect game into the seventh inning and a no-hitter into the eighth Saturday, and he pushed his career strikeout total to 329, breaking Alex Sanchez's school record (328). It was Bauer's second career one-hit shutout. Fr. RHP Adam Plutko (5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER) fell to 2-3 in Sunday's loss.
March 21: @ Cal Poly: L 2-1, W 8-0
March 25-27: @ Southern California: W 8-4, W 4-0, L 6-2
March 29: @ (12) Cal State Fullerton
April 1-3: Washington
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 18-7, 5-1 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.
The Crimson Tide followed its road series win against Ole Miss by sweeping Kentucky to take sole possession of first place in the SEC after two weeks of conference play. Jr. DH Josh Rosecrans (2-for-4, 3 RBI) powered the offense Friday in support of Sr. RHP Nathan Kilcrease (9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K), who got 14 groundball outs in his first career complete-game shutout. Kentucky came back from a 5-1 deficit with four in the seventh Saturday to tie the game, but So. 3B Bret Booth delivered a walk-off RBI single in the ninth. Fr. 1B Austen Smith (2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI) led the offense Sunday in support of So. RHP Tucker Hawley (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER).
March 22: Alabama-Birmingham: W 6-3
March 23: Jacksonville State: W 9-5
March 25-27: Kentucky: W 4-0, W 6-5, W 8-3
March 29: @ Alabama-Birmingham
March 30: South Alabama
April 1-3: Arkansas
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 13-9, 4-5 in ACC. (1-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-3.
Banged-up Clemson lost its third weekend series of the season, though it was without injured mainstays Spencer Kieboom (concussion) and Brad Miller (broken finger). The Wolfpack got to Jr. RHP Scott Weismann (4.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER) for five runs in the fifth Friday, and the Tigers mustered just four hits and no runs against N.C. State ace Cory Mazzoni. The 'Pack went ahead for good in the fourth inning Saturday against So. RHP Dominic Leone (3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER), as the Tigers were shut out on one hit over the final 6.2 IP by the N.C. State bullpen. So. 3B Richie Shaffer (2-for-4, 2 RBI) led the offense Sunday in support of So. RHP Scott Firth (5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 5 K).
March 22-23: Elon: W 7-2, W 9-2
March 25-27: @ North Carolina State: L 6-0, L 5-3, W 7-3
March 29: Georgia
April 1-3: @ (16) North Carolina
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 18-6, 1-2 in CUSA (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
Tulane's pitching had been its strength until this weekend, when it surrendered 43 runs in three games at Southern Miss. Sr. RHP Conrad Flynn (2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K) had a rough outing Friday, and the bullpen provided no relief. Tulane led by five runs after six innings Saturday, but Southern Miss stormed ahead to take a one-run lead into the ninth, when Jr. C Jeremy Schaffer tied the game with a solo homer. He then drove in the winning run on a groundout in the 10th. Sr. RHP Robby Broad (3 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 6 ER) was hammered for the second straight Sunday, and the Green Wave was shut out on one hit by Geoffrey Thomas.
March 22: Nicholls State: W 5-1
March 25-27: @ Southern Mississippi: L 16-4, W 16-15 (10 innings), L 12-0 (7 innings)
March 29: New Orleans
March 30: Florida International
April 1-3: Houston
Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 14-10, 2-4 in SEC (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-2.
Auburn was swept by Mississippi State, which won a series against the Tigers for the first time since 2007. The Tigers did not get good starting pitching all weekend from Jr. LHP Cory Luckie (6 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), Jr. RHP Will Irvin (0.2 IP, 6 H, 7 ER) or Jr. RHP Derek Varnadore (5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K). Even the bats went cold Sunday, when Auburn was shut out on four hits.
March 22: @ Jacksonville State: L 5-4
March 25-27: @ Mississippi State: L 7-6, L 15-8, L 5-0
March 29: Troy
April 1-3: (1) Vanderbilt
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 16-11, 1-2 in CUSA. (3-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-2.
Rice dropped its CUSA-opening series for the second straight year, but it's worth noting that the Owls rebounded from that series loss to Memphis by winning 16 of their next 21 conference games to win the league's regular-season title. Jr. 3B Anthony Rendon returned to the hot corner last week after spending the previous month at DH because of a shoulder strain, and Jr. OF Michael Fuda returned from a pulled hamstring. Rendon walked nine times on the week and has 33 on the season, one behind national leader Tyler Grimes of Wichita State. Fr. RHP Austin Kubitza (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 K) fell to 2-3 on Friday, and fellow high-profile Fr. RHP John Simms (1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) took the loss in relief Sunday. In between, Sr. LHP Abe Gonzalez (6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) turned in the longest outing of his career in Saturday's win.
March 22: @ Lamar: W 7-2
March 23: Houston: W 7-2
March 25-27: Central Florida: L 7-2, W 6-2, L 5-4
March 29: Houston
March 30: @ Sam Houston State
April 1-3: Marshall