Top 25 Tracker: March 29

1. VIRGINIA

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 20-4, 7-2 in ACC. (6-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

The Cavaliers won their third series against a ranked team this season, taking two of three against Clemson. Fr. DH Stephen Bruno hit a two-run homer in the fifth and a walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning Friday, and Jr. RHP Tyler Wilson (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) picked up the win in relief of So. LHP Danny Hultzen (6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). Jr. RHP Robert Morey (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) was solid in a no-decision in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, but Clemson broke a 2-2 tie with six runs over the final three frames. Fr. 1B Kenny Swab and Sr. C Franco Valdes hit solo homers in the finale in support of Jr. RHP Cody Winiarski (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER).

RESULTS

March 23: Marshall: W 6-3

March 26-27: (12) Clemson: W 4-3, L 8-5, W 3-1

UPCOMING

March 30-31: Towson

April 2-4: @ North Carolina State

2. ARIZONA STATE

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 23-0, 3-0 in Pac-10 (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

Arizona State remained perfect and is off to the best start in school history, surpassing the 1961 team’s 21-0 start. Jr. OF Matt Newman (3-for-5, 5 RBI) led a 14-hit attack Friday behind Jr. RHP Seth Blair (5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER). Fr. SS Deven Marrero’s three-run homer highlighted a four-run fifth inning Saturday in support of Jr. RHP Merrill Kelly (6.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER). So. RHP Jake Borup (7.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 13 K) was dominant in a no-decision Sunday, but the Sun Devils had to come from behind with two runs in the eighth against Cal starter Dixon Anderson, and they won on So. SS Drew Maggi’s walk-off single in the ninth.

RESULTS

March 26-28: California: W 12-5, W 6-1, W 3-2

UPCOMING

April 1-3: @ Oregon

3. GEORGIA TECH

Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 21-2, 8-1 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.

Georgia Tech went on the road and swept North Carolina for the first time since 2000. Jr. C Cole Leonida broke a 1-1 tie with a bases-loaded walk in the seventh Friday, helping Jr. RHP Deck McGuire (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K) improve to 4-1, 1.17 with a 49-11 K-BB mark in 46 IP. Leonida and So. 3B Matt Skole combined for five hits and seven RBIs in Saturday’s win. Jr. SS Derek Dietrich (5-for-7, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) led an 18-hit attack Sunday, as the Yellow Jackets rallied from an 8-1 deficit with seven runs over the final three innings, then won it with three in the 10th.

RESULTS

March 23-24: @/vs. Mercer: W 15-8, W 19-4

March 26-28: @ North Carolina: W 2-1, W 13-5, W 11-8

UPCOMING

March 30: @ Georgia State

March 31: @ Kennesaw State

April 2-4: Duke

4. FLORIDA STATE

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 19-4, 6-3 in ACC. (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.

The Seminoles cruised to a sweep of Maryland. So. LHP Sean Gilmartin (7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) improved to 4-1 in Friday’s pitcher’s duel. Jr. OF/RHP Mike McGee (3-for-4, 4 RBI, 2B, HR) led the offense Saturday, and Jr. LHP John Gast (5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) improved to 4-1. On Sunday, Jr. OF Tyler Holt (4-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI) became the first Seminole to hit for the cycle since Stephen Drew in 2004. So. RHP Hunter Scantling (5 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER) moved into the rotation Sunday and earned his first win of the year.

RESULTS

March 24: Stetson: W 14-7

March 26-28: Maryland: W 4-1, W 12-5, W 9-5

UPCOMING

March 30: vs. (8) Florida at Jacksonville

April 2-4: Virginia Tech

5. LOUISIANA STATE

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 20-3, 5-1 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.

The Tigers swept an SEC road series at Tennessee. So. 2B Tyler Hanover (3-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI) powered the offense Friday in support of Jr. RHP Austin Ross (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K). Jr. RHP Anthony Ranaudo threw two perfect innings, striking out one, in his long-awaited return from a stress reaction in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. The Tigers rapped out 15 hits to win that one, then produced a balanced 12-hit attack in the nightcap, helping So. RHP Joey Bourgeois (5.1 IP, 5 ER) improve to 3-1.

RESULTS

March 24: Louisiana-Lafayette: W 4-3

March 26-27: @ Tennessee: W 6-2, W 10-6, W 8-6

UPCOMING

March 31: Binghamton

April 2-4: Georgia

6. UCLA

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 20-0, 0-0 in Pac-10 (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.

UCLA swept four games last week against Big West opponents to remain one of the nation’s two unbeaten teams and extend its school-record winning streak to 20 games. Sr. DH Blair Dunlap (11-for-19, 4 2B) and So. 2B Tyler Rahmatulla (8-for-15, 5 2B, 4 RBI) led the UCLA offense on the week. So. RHP Gerrit Cole (5 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 7 BB, 7 K) did not have his best control but still improved to 6-0 Thursday. So. RHP Trevor Bauer (8 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) earned his fifth win of the year Friday, as UCLA came from behind to take the lead on Rahmatulla’s two-run double in the eighth. Jr. LHP Rob Rasmussen (5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 9 K) picked up his third win Sunday.

RESULTS

March 23: @ UC Santa Barbara: W 7-1

March 25-27: Cal Poly: W 11-7, W 4-3, W 6-4

UPCOMING

March 30: Pepperdine

April 1-3: (19) Stanford

7. TEXAS

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 18-6, 4-2 in Big 12. (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.

After winning their season series against Rice in midweek action, the Longhorns won a conference road series at Texas Tech. So. RHP Taylor Jungmann (5.2 IP, 7 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) was hittable for the second straight Friday and took his first loss of the season. Texas supported Jr. RHP Cole Green (6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER) with a balanced 12-hit attack Saturday. Fr. OF Cohl Walla (4-for-6, 4 R, 2 RBI, HR) spearheaded Texas’ 16-hit, 17-run explosion Sunday behind Jr. RHP Brandon Workman (5 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER).

RESULTS

March 23: (25) Rice: W 5-1

March 26-28: @ Texas Tech: L 12-5, W 8-3, W 17-5

UPCOMING

March 30: Oral Roberts

April 1-3: @ (17) Oklahoma

8. FLORIDA

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

The Gators lost back-to-back games for the first time this season in a series loss at Mississippi. So. LHP Alex Panteliodis (7.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) was a hard-luck loser Friday. The Rebels jumped on Fr. RHP Hudson Randall (1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) on Saturday, then piled on against the Florida bullpen. Fr. 3B Austin Maddox, playing his fourth straight game at the hot corner, went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs Sunday in support of Fr. LHP Brian Johnson (5.1 IP, 4 R, 1 R, 0 ER).

RESULTS

March 24: Florida Gulf Coast: W 13-8

March 26-28: @ (18) Mississippi: L 3-2, L 15-3, W 13-1

UPCOMING

March 30: vs. (4) Florida State at Jacksonville

9. LOUISVILLE

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 20-3, 2-1 in Big East. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

The Cardinals won their Big East-opening series against their most dangerous challenger for the conference title, Connecticut. Louisville scored a run in the second Friday, and that was all the support necessary for Jr. RHP Thomas Royse (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K) and Jr. RHP Neil Holland (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R). The Cardinals erased a 2-1 deficit on Sr. 1B Andrew Clark’s three-run double in the seventh in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Clark had missed 13 games with a rib injury before returning to the lineup Friday. So. RHP Tony Zych (5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) was out-pitched by UConn flame-thrower Matt Barnes (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K) in the finale.

RESULTS

March 23: @ Evansville: W 8-7

March 26-27: Connecticut: W 1-0, W 4-2, L 6-3

UPCOMING

March 30: @ Indiana

April 1-3: Villanova

10. ARKANSAS

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

Arkansas came from behind in three straight games to sweep Alabama for the first time since 2006. The Razorbacks erased a 5-0 deficit with five runs in the fifth Friday, then came back from an 8-5 hole with four in the eighth, keyed by So. RHP Zack Cox’s three-run double. Cox had three hits and six RBIs in that one. Arkansas tied Saturday’s game with three in the seventh, then won it on Sr. C Tom Hauskey’s pinch-hit, walk-off single in the ninth. Preseason All-Americans Cox, Jr. 1B Andy Wilkins and Jr. OF Brett Eibner all homered Sunday, as Arkansas stormed back from an early 4-0 hole.

RESULTS

March 23-24: @ McNeese State: W 3-2, W 7-6

March 26-28: (20) Alabama: W 9-8, W 4-3, W 10-5

UPCOMING

March 30-31: Centenary

April 2-4: Kentucky

11. MISSISSIPPI

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 19-6, 4-2 in SEC (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.

Ole Miss won its second straight series against a ranked SEC foe. Jr. LHP Drew Pomeranz (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) earned the win Friday, improving to 4-0, 1.23 with a 58-11 K-BB ratio in 37 innings this year. Jr. OF Tim Ferguson (5-for-5, 4 R, RBI, 2B) led a 19-hit attack Saturday in support of Sr. RHP Aaron Barrett (6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 9 K), who picked up his sixth win of the year. Jr. RHP Trent Rothlin (2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) had little success in his return to the rotation Sunday, and the man he supplanted—Jr. LHP Matt Tracy (1.2 IP, 4 ER)—struggled in relief.

RESULTS

March 23: vs. Southern Mississippi @ Pearl, Miss.: W 11-6

March 24: Saint Louis: W 14-5

March 26-28: (2) Florida: W 3-2, W 15-2, L 13-1

UPCOMING

March 30 @ Mississippi State

April 2-4: Tennessee

12. SOUTH CAROLINA

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 19-5, 5-1 in SEC. (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.

South Carolina won its second straight SEC series and ran its winning streak to 13 games before dropping Sunday’s finale against Auburn. So. OF Adam Matthews (3-for-3, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) led a 12-hit attack Friday in support of Sr. RHP Blake Cooper (7 IP, 8 H, 4 ER). Jr. RHP Sam Dyson (7 IP, 10 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K) improved to 2-0 Saturday, though the Gamecocks were out-hit 11-5. Fr. LHP Tyler Webb (1 IP, 4 H, 4 R) was chased early Sunday. Struggling Sr. 1B Nick Ebert, who sat out four straight conference games while working on his swing, returned to the lineup Sunday and went 1-for-3.

RESULTS

March 23: @ Georgia Southern: W 8-5 (13 innings)

March 26-28: @ Auburn: W 11-5, W 2-0, L 10-6

UPCOMING

March 30: The Citadel

April 2-4: Mississippi State

13. TEXAS CHRISTIAN

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 17-5, 3-2 in MWC. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0 (one series suspended).

The Horned Frogs split a pair of slugfests in howling winds that destroyed pitching in Colorado Springs. The second game of Sunday’s doubleheader was suspended until May 15, with Air Force leading 16-15 in the seventh inning. Fr. LHP Matt Purke (2.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was the first of many TCU pitchers to be hit hard on the weekend, taking a no-decision Friday. Air Force’s Alex Truesdale (7 IP, 14 H, 10 ER) somehow earned the win. So. RHP Kyle Winkler (7 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) pitched very well considering the conditions in the first game of Sunday’s twin bill, and Sr. C Bryan Holaday (4-for-5, 4 R, 3 RBI) hit one of TCU’s four homers.

RESULTS

March 22: @ Dallas Baptist: L 8-7

March 23: Texas State: W 4-0

March 26-28: @ Air Force: L 14-11, W 20-6, Suspended until May 15

UPCOMING

March 30: Texas-Arlington

April 1-3: San Diego State

14. COASTAL CAROLINA

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

The Chanticleers dropped two of three against San Diego. Jr. LHP Cody Wheeler (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 6 K) improved to 4-0 Friday, as Coastal took advantage of three USD errors in a seven-run fifth. So. RHP Anthony Meo, who threw five scoreless innings and allowed just one hit in Tuesday’s win, came back Sunday and pitched very well in defeat (8.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6K), but the Toreros broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the ninth.

RESULTS

March 23: @ The Citadel: W 7-1

March 26-28: San Diego: W 10-2, L 5-3, L 2-1

UPCOMING

March 31: @ (16) Clemson

April 2-3: Presbyterian

15. MIAMI

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 16-7, 7-2 in ACC (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.

Miami won its second straight conference series on the road, taking two of three at N.C. State. Jr. C Yasmani Grandal (9-for-14, HR, 6 RBI) had a huge weekend, punctuated by his first career triple as part of a four-hit, five-RBI day Saturday. Jr. LHP Chris Hernandez (5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER) improved to 3-2 in Friday’s win. Sr. RHP Jason Santana (5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, but the Wolfpack overcame a 6-1 deficit with five runs in the ninth against closer David Gutierrez, then won it with a run in the 11th. Sr. LHP Eric Erickson (5.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) and two relievers blanked the Wolfpack on Sunday as Miami turned four double plays.

RESULTS

March 23: Central Florida: L 6-3

March 26-28: @ North Carolina State: W 6-5, L 7-6 (11 innings), W 4-0

UPCOMING

March 31: Florida Atlantic

April 2-4: Wake Forest

16. CLEMSON

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

Clemson capped a 1-4 week with a series loss at No. 1 Virginia. Jr. LHP Casey Harman (7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) was solid in a no-decision Friday, but Virginia broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the ninth. The Tigers broke a 2-2 tie with six runs over the final three innings in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, making a winner out of So. LHP Will Lamb (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER). So. RHP Scott Weismann (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) was solid in defeat in the finale.

RESULTS

March 23-24: Elon: L 15-10, L 4-3 (10 innings)

March 26-28: @ (1) Virginia: L 4-3, W 8-5, L 3-1

UPCOMING

March 31: (14) Coastal Carolina

April 2-4: Boston College

17. OKLAHOMA

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 20-3, 3-1 in Big 12 (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.

The Sooners took two out of three in a conference road series at Nebraska. Oklahoma cruised to a win Friday behind Jr. RHP Zach Neal (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K). Jr. RHP Bobby Shore (5 IP, 7 H, 1 ER) earned his fourth win Saturday, and Sr. RHP Jeremy Erben worked three scoreless innings of relief, extending his scoreless streak to 22 innings. OU was shut out on three hits Sunday by Nebraska Fr. LHP Tom Lemke, and the game was shortened to seven innings by the run rule.

RESULTS

March 26-28: @ Nebraska: W 10-2, W 4-1, L 10-0 (7 innings)

UPCOMING

March 30-31: Arkansas-Pine Bluff

April 1-3: (7) Texas

18. WESTERN KENTUCKY

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 20-5, 6-0 in Sun Belt (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

The Hilltoppers swept Louisiana-Monroe to stretch their winning streak to seven games. Sr. RHP Matt Ridings (8 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) improved to 5-0 in Friday’s win. The top three hitters in WKU’s lineup—Sr. SS Matt Payton and So. OFs Jared Andreoli and Kes Carter—combined for 13 hits and 13 RBIs in Saturday’s doubleheader sweep. Sr. RHP Shane Cameron (6.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K) was very strong in the first game of the twin bill, improving to 5-0 on the season.

RESULTS

March 24: @ Murray State: W 14-5

March 26-27: Louisiana-Monroe: W 6-1, W 1-0, W 10-8

UPCOMING

March 31: @ Kentucky

April 2-4: @ Arkansas State

19. STANFORD

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 12-6, 2-1 in Pac-10 (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.

Stanford opened Pac-10 play with a series win against Southern California. Fr. RHP Mark Appel (2.2 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 1 K) got the start Friday and struggled, but So. LHP Scott Snodgress (2.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) got the loss. So. RHP Jordan Pries (7 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, and Stanford earned its fifth walk-off win on a bases-loaded single by Jr. C Zach Jones. So. LHP Brett Mooneyham (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 7 K) continued struggling with his control Sunday, but he lowered his ERA two full runs from 8.85 to 6.85. Jr. RHP Alex Pracher worked three scoreless innings for the win; nine of Stanford’s 12 wins this season have been earned by its bullpen.

RESULTS

March 23: @ Pacific: L 9-4

March 26-28: Southern California: L 13-8, W 5-4, W 3-1

UPCOMING

March 29: San Francisco

April 1-3: @ (6) UCLA

20. VANDERBILT

Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 21-4, 4-2 in SEC (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.

Vanderbilt swept Kentucky, winning a series against the Wildcats for the first time since 2007. Sr. C Andrew Giobbi (10-for-22) led the Vandy offense in the five-game week, capped by a four-hit game in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. So. RHP Sonny Gray (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K) improved to 4-2 on Friday. The Commodores scored twice in the first in the opener of Saturday’s twin bill, and Jr. RHP Taylor Hill (4.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER) and three relievers made it stand up. Vandy came from behind in the finale and won on So. 2B Riley Reynolds’ walk-off walk, capping a three-run ninth.

RESULTS

March 23: Lipscomb: W 10-4

March 24: Wright State: W 18-2

March 26-27: Kentucky: W 7-0, W 2-1, W 9-8

UPCOMING

March 30-31: Wofford

April 2-4: @ (8) Florida

21. OREGON STATE

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 16-5, 0-0 in Pac-10 (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.

The Beavers won Friday’s opener against Long Beach State, then were swept in Saturday’s doubleheader. Jr. 3B/1B Stefen Romero (4-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) led an 18-hit assault Friday, as the Beavers broke open a 3-1 game with nine runs in the fifth. The OSU bats went quiet the next two games. Jr. LHP Tanner Robles (6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER) was solid in defeat in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, but Jr. RHP Tyler Waldron (0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 2 BB) was walloped.

RESULTS

March 24: Southern Utah: W 11-1

March 26-27: Long Beach State: W 16-4, L 7-1, L 8-4

UPCOMING

March 30: @ Portland

April 1-3: @ Southern California

22. ARIZONA

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 20-5, 2-1 in Pac-10. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.

The young Wildcats, with 17 freshmen on the roster and just two seniors, are off to the best start in Andy Lopez’s tenure at Arizona, though they have yet to leave Tucson. Arizona swept two midweek games against New Mexico and took two of three in its first conference series against Oregon. The Wildcats jumped out to a 6-1 lead through two innings Friday, helping Fr. RHP Kurt Heyer (6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) improve to 4-0. So. OF Steve Selsky (4-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) led a second-straight 14-hit assault Saturday in support of So. LHP Bryce Bandilla (6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K). Selsky had another homer and three RBIs in Sunday’s loss, as the Ducks overcame an 8-3 deficit with six runs over the final four innings, including four in the ninth, capped by Jack Marder’s three-run homer off Fr. RHP Nick Cunningham.

RESULTS

March 23-24: New Mexico: W 10-4, W 11-7

March 26-28: Oregon: W 9-3, W 8-4, L 9-8

UPCOMING

April 1-3: @ California

23. TEXAS A&M

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 17-6, 4-2 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

Texas A&M won its second straight conference series, taking two of three from Missouri. Jr. RHP Barret Loux (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) recorded his fourth straight double-digit strikeout game in Friday’s win; he is averaging 14.9 strikeouts per nine innings and has issued just nine walks in 35 innings. Loux improved to 4-1, 1.29. So. RHP John Stilson needed just 17 pitches to record a two-inning save Friday, striking out four; he is averaging 14.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The Aggies came from behind with two in the ninth Saturday, winning on So. 1B Adam Smith’s walk-off two-run double. Sr. RHP Clayton Ehlert (2.2 IP, 8 H, 8 ER) was bombed in Sunday’s loss.

RESULTS

March 23: Northwestern State: L 4-2

March 26-28: Missouri: W 3-1, W 5-4, L 13-4

UPCOMING

March 30: @ Texas State

April 1-3: @ Kansas

24. UC IRVINE

Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 14-8, 0-0 in Big West (0-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.

Irvine lost a three-game weekend series for the first time since the 2008 super regional against Louisiana State, and lost a regular-season weekend series for the first time since April of 2008—a streak of 21 straight series victories. Sr. LHP Daniel Bibona (6.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER) and Sr. RHP Christian Bergman (3.2 IP, 10 H, 6 ER) struggled in losses Friday and Saturday. Irvine’s offense woke up and produced 10 runs Sunday behind Sr. RHP Eric Pettis (8 IP, 7 H, 3 ER).

RESULTS

March 26-28: @ Nevada: L 5-3, L 6-4, W 10-3

UPCOMING

April 1-3: @ Cal State Northridge

25. ALABAMA

Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 16-6, 2-4 in SEC (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.

Alabama squandered early leads in three straight games and was swept by Arkansas for the first time since 2006. The Crimson Tide blew leads of 5-0 and 8-5 Friday, as Arkansas scored four times in the eighth to steal the victory. Jr. RHP Jimmy Nelson (6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, but Arkansas came back from a 3-0 hole with three in the seventh and won it with a run in the ninth. Alabama scored four in the top of the first Sunday but was outscored 10-1 the rest of the way.

RESULTS

March 24: vs. Auburn @ Montgomery, Ala.: L 8-6

March 26-28: @ (16) Arkansas: L 9-8, L 4-3, L 10-5

UPCOMING

March 30: Jacksonville State

March 31: @ Alabama-Birmingham

April 2-4: Auburn

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RICE (25)

Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 13-12, 1-2 in CUSA. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-3-1.

Rice lost a road series at Memphis, falling to 2-5 on its current seven-game road trip. Rice mustered just two runs on 10 hits in Friday’s loss. The Owls coughed up a 7-5 lead in the ninth in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, as Memphis scored three times against Fr. RHP Tyler Duffey. The Rice bats exploded for 23 hits in the finale, led by Fr. 2B Michael Ratterree (5-for-6, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B).

RESULTS

March 23: @ (8) Texas: L 5-1

March 26-28: @ Memphis: L 5-2, L 8-7, W 13-4

UPCOMING

March 30: @ Lamar

April 1-3: Houston

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