Top 25 Tracker: March 28-30

1. ARIZONA STATE

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 25-1, 3-0 in Pac-10. (6-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.

The ASU buzz-saw carried over into the conference season with a sweep of Southern California. Arizona State pounded out 42 hits on the weekend, led by Jr. C Petey Paramore (8-for-14, 5 R, 3 RBI). Sr. RHP Tommy Rafferty appeared in all three games and threw a combined 5.2 scoreless innings of relief, picking up the win Friday and Sunday. In Saturday’s win, So. RHP Mike Leake (7 IP, 10 K, 5 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) improved to 6-0, 3.26 with 48-2 K-BB in 47 IP. The Sun Devils will leave the state for the first time next weekend.

RESULTS

March 28-30: Southern California: W 16-5, W 13-5, W 5-2

UPCOMING

April 1-2: Wofford

April 4-6: @ (13) Stanford

2. MIAMI

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 21-2, 9-1 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.

Before Sunday’s finale was washed out, the Hurricanes swept a pair of games at Duke to extend their Coastal Division lead over North Carolina to two games in the loss column. So. LHP Eric Erickson did not make the trip because of elbow soreness, and Fr. LHP Chris Hernandez (7 IP, 5 ER) had his worst career start in Erickson’s place Friday, but Jr. OF Dennis Raben delivered two-run doubles in the first and 10th innings to power Miami’s win. The ‘Canes rapped out 12 hits Sunday, led by So. SS Ryan Jackson (3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI), and Sr. RHP Enrique Garcia (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) turned in his strongest outing of the year to pick up his first win.

RESULTS

March 25-26: Bethune-Cookman: W 10-5, W 7-6 (10 innings)

March 28-30: @ Duke: W 7-5 (10 innings), W 8-1, CCD (rain)

UPCOMING

April 1: Florida Atlantic

April 2: @ Florida International

April 4-6: Clemson

3. NORTH CAROLINA

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 21-5, 8-3 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0-1.

The Tar Heels had to settle for a split against rival North Carolina State after Sunday’s series finale was washed out; ACC rules prohibit it from being made up. Four UNC pitchers combined to strike out 17 on Friday, led by So. RHP Alex White (5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 11 K), and Sr. 3B Chad Flack’s three-run homer capped UNC’s five-run fifth. Jr. RHP Adam Warren (5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, but the Wolfpack scored six runs over the seventh and eighth innings with help from three UNC errors and a catcher’s interference. So. 2B Kyle Seager singled in the ninth to extend his career-best hitting streak to 22 games. UNC is 2-4 when making two or more errors and 19-1 when committing one or none.

RESULTS

March 25: Davidson: W 12-6

March 26: Gardner-Webb: W 13-2

March 28-30: North Carolina State: W 5-2, L 8-6, CCD (rain)

UPCOMING

April 1: UNC Greensboro

April 2: Appalachian State

April 4-6: Georgia Tech

4. MISSOURI

Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 20-5, 4-2 in Big 12. (4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.

After winning Friday, the Tigers dropped the final two games against Texas Tech and sustained their first series loss of the year. Though Jr. RHP Aaron Crow (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 9 K) fell just short of his third straight complete-game shutout Friday, he did stretch his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 33.2. He’s 6-0, 0.84 with 60-11 K-BB in 43 innings overall. Jr. RHP Ian Berger (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) was brilliant again Saturday and left with a 2-1 lead, but the Mizzou bullpen surrendered two runs in the ninth. The bullpen was hit hard again Sunday after So. RHP Kyle Gibson (5 IP, 4 R, 3 ER) left with a 7-4 lead, as Jr. LHP Rick Zagone and Fr. LHP Tyler Clark combined to allow 11 earned runs—six of them in the ninth inning.

RESULTS

March 25-26: @ Minnesota: W 17-8, L 12-5

March 28-30: @ Texas Tech: W 1-0, L 3-2, L 15-11

UPCOMING

April 1: Western Illinois

April 2: Lincoln (Mo.)

April 4-6: Oklahoma State

5. UC IRVINE

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

Irvine went on the road to win its conference-opening series against Cal Poly. So. 1B Jeff Cusick led the UCI offense on the weekend, going 6-for-12 with a double, three runs and an RBI. So. 3B Casey Stevenson had two hits in his season debut Friday after finally gaining eligibility, and Jr. RHP Scott Gorgen (8 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 12 K) improved to 5-1, 1.39 with 55-13 K-BB in 45 IP. So. RHP Bryce Stowell (6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER) took his first loss of the year Saturday. The Anteaters scored five runs over the final two innings Sunday to preserve the win for So. RHP Daniel Bibona (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K).

RESULTS

March 25: Harvard: W 5-2

March 28-30: @ Cal Poly: W 12-4, L 4-2, W 10-6

UPCOMING

April 4-6: (25) Cal State Fullerton

6. FLORIDA STATE

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 23-3, 11-1 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

After allowing 27 runs in a high-scoring three-game sweep of Virginia Tech last weekend, the FSU pitching staff limited Wake Forest to just eight runs in another road series win. So. LHP Matt Fairel (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) improved to 6-0, 1.58 on Friday, and the Seminoles supported him with 21 hits and five homers—two of them by Jr. C Buster Posey. Florida State was held scoreless until the ninth Saturday, as Fr. RHP Geoff Parker (6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) took a tough loss in his first career start. Both teams scored single runs in the first and 10th innings Sunday before Posey scored the winning run in the 11th on Sr. OF Jack Rye’s sacrifice fly. Posey finished the weekend 7-for-10 with two doubles, two homers, seven runs and four RBIs.

RESULTS

March 25-26: Stetson: W 11-2, W 19-3

March 28-30: @ Wake Forest: W 21-2, L 4-2, W 3-2 (11 innings)

UPCOMING

April 1: vs. (19) Florida @ Jacksonville

April 2: @ Jacksonville

April 4-6: (14) Virginia

7. CALIFORNIA

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 18-5-1, 2-1 in Pac-10 (6-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.

After losing back-to-back 10-inning road games against Washington State and Santa Clara, the Bears rebounded by sweeping Long Beach State. Jr. RHP Tyson Ross (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) improved to 4-0, 1.80 on Friday, when Sr. 2B Josh Satin (3-for-3, R, RBI) led Cal’s 12-hit attack. Satin added two doubles Saturday and Jr. 1B David Cooper went 3-for-5 with his 10th and 11th homers of the year, and the Cal bullpen delivered 4.2 IP of scoreless, one-hit relief. Cooper had three more hits Sunday, including a double that keyed Cal’s two-run seventh, helping Sr. RHP Alex Rollin (5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) improve to 3-0.

RESULTS

March 25: @ Santa Clara: L 7-5 (10 innings)

March 28-30: (5) Long Beach State: W 6-1, W 10-6, W 4-3

UPCOMING

April 1: @ San Francisco

April 2: Fresno State

April 4-6: Oregon State

8. VANDERBILT

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 18-6, 5-3 in SEC. (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.

Mother Nature was uncooperative in Nashville this weekend, as Friday’s game was washed out and the start of Saturday’s game was delayed five hours, eventually causing it to be suspended in the 12th inning by the midnight curfew. When play resumed Sunday, the Commodores scored a run in the bottom of the 12th on So. 3B Brian Harris’ walk-off RBI double, then went on to win a seven-inning affair in the second half of the doubleheader. Sr. 2B Alex Feinberg helped ensure the first game got to extra innings, going 5-for-6 with a double and three RBIs, and R-Fr. RHP Russell Brewer threw five shutout innings in relief of So. LHP Mike Minor (5 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 8 K). Fr. DH Aaron Westlake (2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI) led the offense in the second game, and five Vandy pitchers limited the Razorbacks to a pair of runs. The sweep gave the Commodores their first-ever series victory over Arkansas in their 12th attempt, dating back to 1994.

RESULTS

March 25: Belmont: W 7-3

March 26: Middle Tennessee State: W 12-10 (12 innings)

March 28-30: Arkansas: W 6-5 (12 innings), W 6-2 (7 innings), CCD

UPCOMING

April 2: @ Middle Tennessee State

April 2-6: @ Mississippi

9. SOUTH CAROLINA

Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 18-7, 6-3 in SEC. (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.

Two of the SEC’s fiercest offenses exchanged blows Friday and Saturday before the Gamecocks won a low-scoring affair Sunday. Jr. RHP Mike Cisco (3 IP, 12 H, 12 ER) saw his ERA jump from 2.45 to 5.25 in Friday’s fiasco. Jr. 3B James Darnell (4-for-5, 3 HR, 4 R, 6 RBI) and Sr. DH Phil Disher (2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) led a 16-hit attack Saturday in support of Jr. LHP Will Atwood (6 IP, 5 ER). So. RHP Blake Cooper (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER) pitched well in a no-decision Sunday, and Disher’s RBI single broke a 2-2 tie and jump-started South Carolina’s four-run eighth. Jr. 2B Andrew Crisp extended his hitting streak to 17 games Sunday.

RESULTS

March 25: Furman: L 4-2

March 26: College of Charleston: W 5-3

March 28-30: (18) Kentucky: L 15-3, W 13-7, W 6-2

UPCOMING

April 1: @ The Citadel

April 2: Davidson

April 4-6: @ Georgia

10. LONG BEACH STATE

Last Week: 1-4. Overall: 17-7, 0-0 in Big West. (8-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.

After playing 15 of their first 20 games at home, the Dirtbags got off to an 0-4 start to their 10-game Golden State road trip. Sr. RHP Andrew Liebel (7.2 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) suffered his first loss of the year Friday, as the Dirtbags were stymied by Cal ace Tyson Ross. Sr. OF Jason Corder, who transferred from Cal prior to his junior year, gave the Dirtbags a 4-1 lead with a third-inning grand slam Saturday, but Jr. RHP Vance Worley (6 IP, 12 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) could not hold it. Fr. RHP Jake Thompson (6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) was solid in defeat Sunday, but LBSU’s two-run eighth-inning rally fell short.

RESULTS

March 24: Harvard: W 15-0

March 25: @ Pepperdine: L 7-5

March 28-30: @ (11) California: L 6-1, L 10-6, L 4-3

UPCOMING

March 31: @ (13) Stanford

April 1: @ Fresno State

April 4-6: @ UC Riverside

11. NEBRASKA

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 21-4-1, 7-1-1 in Big 12 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.

The Cornhuskers took two of three at Texas and sit comfortably atop the Big 12 standings. Nebraska pounded out 17 hits Friday to erase an early 4-0 deficit and help Sr. RHP Johnny Dorn (5 IP, 4 ER) improve to 3-0, 2.29. Sr. RHP Thad Weber retired 14 of the final 15 Texas hitters Saturday en route to his first career complete game—a two-hit shutout. Weber struck out five and ran his scoreless streak to 16 innings. Jr. RHP Aaron Pribanic (6 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER) took his first loss of the year in Sunday’s blowout.

RESULTS

March 25-26: Northern Colorado: W 10-0, W 9-4

March 28-30: @ (13) Texas: W 14-4, W 2-0, L 12-3

UPCOMING

April 1: @ Creighton

April 4-6: Texas Tech

12. WICHITA STATE

Last Week: 6-0. Overall: 20-3, 3-0 in MVC (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.

Wichita State ran its winning streak to 17 games—the second-longest active streak in the nation—with an easy four-game sweep of North Dakota State. So. OF Ryan Jones led the offense on the weekend, going 8-for-16 with a double, two triples and nine RBIs. The Shockers got strong starts from Sr. LHP Rob Musgrave (7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K), Jr. RHP Aaron Shafer (5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 K) and Jr. LHP Anthony Capra (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 K) in the first three games of the series.

RESULTS

March 25-26: Binghamton: W 9-2, W 13-8

March 28-30: North Dakota State: W 14-3, W 6-1 (7 innings), W 8-1 (7 innings), W 9-5

UPCOMING

April 1: @ Kansas

April 2: Oral Roberts

April 4-6: Missouri State

13. STANFORD

Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 12-7, 2-1 in Pac-10 (5-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

Stanford won its conference-opening series for the first time since 2005 and has now won eight consecutive weekend series dating back to last year. It took some time for the Cardinal bats to wake up, as Washington State’s Ross Humes carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning Friday. Jr. LHP Jeremy Bleich (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R) left that game in the fourth with an undisclosed injury. Jr. C Jason Castro (3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) led a 12-hit attack Saturday in support of Sr. RHP Erik Davis (9 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K). Jr. 2B Cord Phelps went 3-for-4 Sunday and delivered a two-run single to cap Stanford’s four-run fourth in support of So. RHP Jeffrey Inman (7.1 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K).

RESULTS

March 24: @ Pacific: W 14-0

March 25: Sacramento State: L 5-3

March 28-30: Washington State: L 10-4, W 7-3, W 4-1

UPCOMING

March 31: (10) Long Beach State

April 1: Hawaii

April 4-6: (1) Arizona State

14. VIRGINIA

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 23-5, 8-4 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.

Virginia has won six straight conference games since dropping its first two ACC series on the road. Jr. 1B Jeremy Farrell (6-for-12, 3B, HR, 2 R, 6 RBI) led the offense on the weekend and leads the team in homers (five), RBIs (30), on-base percentage (.500) and slugging (.716). His .400 batting average is second-best behind Fr. OF Dan Grovatt (.414), who went 5-for-11 on the weekend. Jr. RHP Jacob Thompson (9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) threw his first complete game of the year Friday and improved to 4-0, 2.72 with 39-15 K-BB in 36 IP. Sr. LHP Pat McAnaney (9 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 13 K) was even better Saturday, and Jr. RHP Andrew Carraway (5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) was strong in a no-decision Sunday.

RESULTS

March 25: Virginia Commonwealth: W 5-3

March 26: George Washington: L 17-5

March 28-30: Virginia Tech: W 10-1, W 9-2, W 2-1

UPCOMING

April 1-2: Towson

April 4-6: @ (6) Florida State

15. RICE

Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 19-9, 4-2 in CUSA (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-2.

The Owls lost their first-ever Conference USA series and fell to 47-6 all-time in CUSA play; half of those six losses have come against Southern Mississippi. The series also snapped Rice’s streak of 40 consecutive home series victories, dating back to April of 2001 (and including super-regionals). Still, Rice has the same record through 28 games that it had last year, when it finished 56-14. So. RHP Ryan Berry (8.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 13 K) was nearly untouchable after surrendering Trey Sutton’s first-inning solo homer Friday, but USM ace Barry Bowden (8.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K) out-dueled him. Every Owl starter registered at least one hit Saturday in support of Sr. RHP Chris Kelley (6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K). With the score tied 7-7 in the ninth Sunday, the Golden Eagles put runners on the corners against Sr. LHP Cole St.Clair (3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER), then scored the winning run on a wild pitch by Jr. RHP Bryan Price. Rice loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but Fr. OF Chad Mozingo and Sr. OF Jordan Dodson both struck out to end it.

RESULTS

March 25: @ Texas State: W 13-3

March 26: @ Houston: L 8-5

March 28-30: Southern Mississippi: L 1-0, W 9-0, L 8-7

UPCOMING

April 1: @ (16) Texas

April 2: Dallas Baptist

April 4-6: @ Memphis

16. TEXAS

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 18-8, 5-4 in Big 12 (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.

Texas dropped its second home series of the year but salvaged Sunday’s series finale against Nebraska. The Longhorns jumped out to a 4-0 lead through three innings Friday before the Cornhuskers scored 10 unanswered against six Texas pitchers. The ‘Horns mustered just two hits Saturday against Thad Weber, and Nebraska scored twice in the sixth against Jr. LHP Austin Wood (6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER). So. LHP Riley Boening (6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER) picked up his second straight win Sunday with help from the Longhorns’ 14-hit attack, led by Jr. OF Kyle Russell (3-for-5, R).

RESULTS

March 24: Oral Roberts: W 5-4 (10 innings)

March 28-30: (19) Nebraska: L 14-4, L 2-0, W 12-3

UPCOMING

April 1: (15) Rice

April 2: Texas Southern

April 4-6: @ Oklahoma

17. SAN DIEGO

Last Week: 3-3. Overall: 19-10, 1-2 in WCC (6-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-2.

After Jr. LHP Brian Matusz threw his customary weekly masterpiece, the Toreros dropped the next two games of their WCC-opening series against Santa Clara. USD gave Matusz (9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K) all the support he’d need with a run in the first on Fr. 3B Victor Sanchez’s RBI single. He improved to 5-1, 1.81 with 63-12 K-BB in 45 IP. Sr. C Logan Gelbrich had four hits Saturday in a losing effort, as Fr. RHP Kyle Blair (2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 1 K) was hit hard. Fresh off a no-hitter Monday against Harvard, Jr. LHP/CF Josh Romanski (7.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) pitched well in a no-decision Sunday, but the Broncos scored three times against closer A.J. Griffin over the final two innings.

RESULTS

March 24: Harvard: W 12-0

March 25: @ Cal State Fullerton: L 6-3

March 27: Harvard: W 14-4

March 28-30: Santa Clara: W 1-0, L 12-10, L 6-4

UPCOMING

April 2: Southern California

April 4-6: Gonzaga

18. ARIZONA

Last Week: 1-4. Overall: 14-9, 2-4 in Pac-10. (3-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.

Arizona’s losing streak stretched to six games—equaling its longest skid since 1998—before the Wildcats salvaged Sunday’s series finale against UCLA. Jr. OF Jon Gaston went 4-for-5 Friday and Jr. RHP Preston Guilmet (7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was solid in a no-decision but yielded the tying run in the eighth. On Saturday, the Bruins clobbered Sr. LHP David Coulon (2.1 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 5 ER) and relievers Mike Colla (1.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) and Cory Burns (4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER). Jr. LHP Eric Berger (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) stopped the bleeding Sunday, and Jr. 3B Brad Glenn (2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI) led the offense.

RESULTS

March 25-26: @ Oklahoma State: L 10-2, L 3-2

March 28-30: (23) UCLA: L 4-3 (10 innings), L 20-8, W 8-4

UPCOMING

April 4-6: @ Washington

19. FLORIDA

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

Florida has won its first three SEC series under first-year coach Kevin O’Sullivan. A three-run homer by So. C Buddy Monroe highlighted Florida’s six-run seventh inning Friday, helping make a winner out of So. RHP Billy Bullock (7 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 2 ER). The Gators jumped out to a 5-0 lead through three innings Saturday, and that proved more than enough support for Jr. RHP Patrick Keating (9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). Fr. RHP Tommy Toledo (5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) sustained his first collegiate loss Sunday.

RESULTS

March 25-26: vs./@ Jacksonville: W 11-6, L 8-5

March 28-30: Louisiana State: W 8-5, W 7-1, L 6-3

UPCOMING

April 1: vs. (6) Florida State @ Jacksonville

April 2: North Florida

April 4-6: @ Tennessee

20. UNC WILMINGTON

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 21-4, 12-0 in CAA (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

The Seahawks own a 20-game winning streak, the longest in the nation this year, and have beaten Coastal Carolina in midweek games twice during the past two weeks. Sr. OF Jason Appel (4-for-4, 2B, 3B, 4 R, 3 RBI) paced UNCW’s 20-hit attack Friday to help So. RHP Seth Frankoff (5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER) improve to 5-0, 2.95. Fr. C David Shambley’s pinch-hit RBI single gave the Seahawks the winning run in the eighth inning Saturday, and Appel’s RBI single in the ninth broke a 5-5 tie Sunday. Appel finished the weekend 8-for-13 and is hitting .406/.474/.545 with a team-best 9-for-9 stealing bases.

RESULTS

March 26: @ (22) Coastal Carolina: W 10-7

March 28-30: @ Virginia Commonwealth: W 17-4, W 3-2, W 6-5

UPCOMING

April 1: Wake Forest

April 4-6: @ Northeastern

21. KENTUCKY

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 22-4, 5-4 in SEC (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.

The Wildcats have dropped back-to-back conference road series since winning their first 19 games—16 of them at home. Jr. LHP Chris Rusin (8.2 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) improved to 4-1 on Friday with help from five Kentucky homers, two of them courtesy of So. C Marcus Nidiffer. Jr. RHP Scott Green (3 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) was hammered Saturday and fell to 2-1, 4.85 with 38-10 K-BB in 30 IP. Sr. RHP Greg Dombrowski (5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) held the Gamecocks in check for a while Sunday before Sr. RHP Brock Baber surrendered four runs in the eighth.

RESULTS

March 25: Xavier: W 5-2

March 28-30: @ (10) South Carolina: W 15-3, L 13-7, L 6-2

UPCOMING

April 2: Western Kentucky

April 4-6: Mississippi State

22. MICHIGAN

Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 14-6, 4-0 in Big Ten. (0-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.

After Friday’s Big Ten opener was postponed, Michigan swept doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday to get its conference schedule started with a bang. RHP/DH Zach Putnam (8 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K; 3-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) struck out the side three times in a no-decision and then hit a walk-off double in the 10th inning of the first game. Michigan has won six straight and 10 of its last 11. In Saturday’s second game, Putnam smashed a go-ahead two-run homer to cap Michigan’s five-run fifth in support of Jr. RHP Chris Fetter (7 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). So. C/1B Nate Recknagel, whose 15-game hitting streak was snapped in the second game, bounced back Sunday, going 4-for-7 with four RBIs in the doubleheader. He drove in the winning run in the finale with an RBI single in the seventh.

RESULTS

March 24: Oakland: PPD

March 25: Bowling Green State: PPD

March 26: IPFW: W 4-2

March 28-30: Iowa: W 4-3 (10 innings), W 5-3 (7 innings), W 6-3 (7 innings), W 3-2

UPCOMING

April 2: @ Central Michigan

April 4-6: @ Penn State

23. UCLA

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 12-10, 2-1 in Pac-10. (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1-1.

UCLA snapped its four-game losing streak by taking the first two games at Arizona before dropping Sunday’s finale. Jr. 3B Jermaine Curtis (9-for-14, 2B, 3B, 4 R, 3 RBI) caught fire in the series, raising his batting average from .224 to .289 in three games. He tripled and scored the winning run in the 10th Friday. On Saturday, So. 1B Casey Haerther became the first Bruin ever to record seven hits in a game; he went 7-for-7 with four doubles, four runs and four RBIs, and Jr. SS Brandon Crawford (4-for-7, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI) also contributed to UCLA’s 22-hit barrage. Haerther led the Bruins with two hits (including a homer) Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to prevent So. LHP Gavin Brooks (6.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) from losing his second straight start.

RESULTS

March 25: @ San Diego State: L 6-3

March 28-30: @ (6) Arizona: W 4-3 (10 innings), W 20-8, L 8-4

UPCOMING

April 1: San Diego State

April 4-6: Southern California

24. COASTAL CAROLINA

Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 21-6, 2-1 in Big South (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.

The Chanticleers are just 7-5 since getting off to a 14-1 start, but they pulled out a hard-fought conference-opening series on the road. Sr. RHP Joey Haug (5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R) was brilliant in relief of Jr. RHP Bobby Gagg (5.1 IP, 3 ER) on Friday, and Sr. OF Tommy Baldridge delivered a game-winning two-run single in the 12th. Coastal out-hit Liberty 15-11 on Saturday but also left 15 men on base, and So. RHP Austin Fleet (3.2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 2 K) struggled. So. OF Adam Rice had four hits Sunday in support of So. RHP Nick McCully (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER).

RESULTS

March 25: @ The Citadel: W 6-1

March 26: UNC Wilmington: L 10-7

March 28-30: @ Liberty: W 5-3 (11 innings), L 9-6, W 2-1

UPCOMING

April 1:@  Elon

April 2: @ Wake Forest

April 4-6: Winthrop

25. CAL STATE FULLERTON

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 15-9, 2-1 in Big West (4-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.

The Titans dug deep to win their conference-opening series against UC Riverside, who swept them a year ago. Fullerton trailed 6-1 heading into the ninth inning Friday before exploding for five runs, capped by Jr. OF Eric Komatsu’s game-tying two-run triple. Komatsu, who went 5-for-7 in the game, tripled again in the 16th and scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly. Sr. RHP Adam Jorgenson (6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 14 K) was magnificent in relief, setting the stage for Komatsu’s heroics. The Titans dropped Saturday’s elongated affair when the Highlanders scored twice against So. RHP Travis Kelly in the 12th. Fullerton’s seven-run third inning took the drama out of Sunday’s game, helping Jr. RHP Cory Arbiso (9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 12 K) improve to 4-2.

RESULTS

March 25: @ (14) San Diego: W 6-3

March 28-30: UC Riverside: W 7-6 (16 innings), L 6-4 (12 innings), W 12-1

UPCOMING

April 1: @ Loyola Marymount

April 4-6: @ (5) UC Irvine

DROPPED OUT

MISSISSIPPI (15)

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

The Rebels dropped five straight before salvaging the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader and have lost three of their last four weekend series. Jr. RHP Lance Lynn (5.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) couldn’t hold an early 3-0 lead Friday but got a no-decision, as Alabama scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth against closer Scott Bittle. Saturday’s game was suspended by rain until Sunday with Ole Miss leading 3-2 in the third, and when play resumed the Crimson Tide saddled Fr. LHP Drew Pomeranz (5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) with his first career loss. Jr. RHP Cody Satterwhite (6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K) turned in his best start of the year in the finale, and the Rebels broke a 1-1 tie on Jr. OF Logan Power’s RBI single in the ninth.

RESULTS

March 25: @ Southern Mississippi: L 3-2 (10 innings)

March 28-30: @ Alabama: L 6-5, L 5-3, W 2-1

UPCOMING

April 1-2: @/vs. Memphis

April 4-6: (8) Vanderbilt

BAYLOR (20)

Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 16-9, 3-6 in Big 12 (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.

Baylor’s Big 12 losing streak stretched to five games before the Bears salvaged Sunday’s series finale against Oklahoma. So. RHP Kendal Volz (2.1 IP, 9 H, 9 ER) was roughed up for the second straight week, and the Bears lost the third straight game he’s started. So. DH Dustin Dickerson went 3-for-3 Saturday and R-Fr. RHP Shawn Tolleson (8.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) turned in another strong start, but the Sooners tied the game with a solo homer against him in the ninth, then won it against the bullpen in the 10th. Baylor broke a 2-2 tie Sunday with five runs over the final three innings to help So. RHP Willie Kempf (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) improve to 4-1. Jr. SS Beamer Weems had three hits to lead Baylor’s offense in that one.

RESULTS

March 25: Houston Baptist: W 12-4

March 26: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: W 11-8

March 28-30: @ Oklahoma: L 11-2, L 3-2 (10 innings), W 7-3

UPCOMING

April 1: @ Texas Christian

April 2: Texas-San Antonio

April 4-6: Kansas

College | #2008 #Top 25 Tracker

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