Top 25 Tracker: March 3-5

1. GEORGIA TECH

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

GT has the nation’s longest win streak at 13 games, and this is the third-best start in school history (17-0 in 2003). So. CF Danny Payne
went 10-for-14 at the plate, including a homer and seven RBIs Friday,
and is batting .436 on the year. Tech batted .404 in the series;
Rutgers, .202.
RESULTS

March 3-5: Rutgers: W 25-8, W 12-2, W 11-4

UPCOMING

March 7: Northeastern

March 10-12: Virginia

2. CLEMSON

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

So. 2B Taylor Harbin rang up six hits in two games against South Carolina upon returning from his hamstring strain. Jr. DH Marquez Smith delivered a two-run single in the seventh inning Sunday to help Clemson come from behind to win. Jr. RHP Jason Berken got a little wild Saturday, walking five batters and committing a throwing error (3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER).

RESULTS

March 3: @ College of Charleston: W 6-0

March 4-5: @/vs. (9) South Carolina: L 6-2, W 6-4

UPCOMING

March 8: William & Mary

March 10-12: (25) Kansas

3. RICE

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 13-3, 0-0 in Conference USA. (4-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

Jr. Josh Rodriguez
still can’t throw well because of elbow soreness, but he’s hitting
plenty as a DH/1B. He hit a walk-off homer Friday and clubbed a
three-run double in the eighth inning Saturday to break a 2-2 tie. He’s
batting .448-2-12 in his last 29 at-bats. So. OF Jordan Dodson has hit in 13 straight games. Crowds totaled 9,971 for the three-game set matching the 2003 and 2004 CWS champs.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: @ Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: W 6-4

March 3-5: (7) Cal State Fullerton: W 3-2 (10), W 6-2, L 15-4

UPCOMING

March 7: (21) Texas

March 10-12: What-a-Burger Classic, Corpus-Christi, Texas

Texas Christian, (17) Arizona State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

4. NORTH CAROLINA

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

Jr. RHP Daniel Bard earns top billing this week, ringing up a career-best 13 strikeouts Saturday in a five-hit complete game. Jr. LHP Andrew Miller
rang up 10 batters over seven innings Sunday, though he allowed his
first two earned runs of the year and walked two batters to double his
season total. So. 1B Chad Flack has a 12-game hit streak dating to 2005, while classmates Josh Horton and Matt Spencer each have hit in 10 straight games.

RESULTS

March 1: Gardner-Webb: W 11-8

March 3-5: Purdue: L 5-4, W 5-2, W 7-3

UPCOMING

March 8: Appalachian State

March 10-12: @ Wake Forest

5. TENNESSEE

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

So. CF Julio Borbon has hit in all 13 games, while Fr. 3B Cody Brown rang up five hits and six RBIs in the weekend series. So. LHP James Adkins struck out a season-best 10 batters in six innings Friday. So. C J.P. Arencibia homered twice in the series.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: Lambuth: W 7-2

March 3-5: Oakland: W 11-1, W 11-1, W 6-4

UPCOMING

March 10-11: Akron

6. MISSISSIPPI STATE

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

Georgia Tech is the only other team that has won every game it has played. Jr. RHP Josh Johnson struck out eight batters in six innings Saturday. 1B Brad Jones tallied five hits on the weekend.

RESULTS

March 3-5: Arkansas State: W 9-5, W 10-4, W 5-4

UPCOMING

March 7: Louisiana Tech

March 8: Louisiana-Monroe

March 10-12: Arizona

7. CAL STATE FULLERTON

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: : 10-6, 0-0 in Big West. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.

Fullerton
led 2-1 after seven innings Friday, but only had three hits and didn’t
collect one off the Rice bullpen. CSF scrapped out just six hits
Saturday in a game that was tied at 2 after seven innings. Sr. 2B Justin Turner had hits in both of those games, but his hit streak died at 14 games Sunday when the team pounded out 13 hits. So. DH Jared Clark homered twice and drove in six runs.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: @ (12) Pepperdine: W 5-0

March 3-5: @ (4) Rice: L 3-2 (10), L 6-2, W 15-4

UPCOMING

March 7: San Diego State

March 10-12: East Carolina

8. FLORIDA STATE

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: : 14-1, 0-0 in ACC. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.

Jr. RHP Bryan Henry (7 IP, 4 H, 7 K) dominated Friday. FSU’s offensive exploits got so out of hand Sr. RHP Matt DiBlasi delivered a pinch-hit RBI single Friday, and Henry batted and played left field Saturday. Jr. 3B Ryne Malone and Jr. RF Jack Rye both homered twice Saturday, though Malone’s blasts both came in a 15-run fifth inning.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: @ (5) Florida: W 6-4

March 3-5: Brown: W 12-0, W 21-5, W 15-7

UPCOMING

March 7: Mercer

March 10-12: Maryland

9. SOUTH CAROLINA

Last Week: 1-1. Overall: : 9-2, 0-0 in SEC. (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.

So. RHP Andrew Cruse threw 5.2 scoreless innings in relief Saturday and Jr. DH Robbie Grinestaff hit a two-run homer. South Carolina led 4-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh Sunday.

RESULTS

March 4-5: vs./@ (1) Clemson: W 6-2, L 6-4

UPCOMING

March 7: William & Mary

March 10-12: Quinnipiac

10. ARKANSAS

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: : 13-1, 0-0 in SEC. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

Jr. 1B Danny Hamblin
hit .450 with three doubles, three homers and 12 RBIs in five games in
Hawaii. He’s on a 12-game hit streak and 10-game RBI streak. So. LHP Nick Schmidt (7 IP, 2 H, ER, 5 BB, 6 K) won his fourth game by out-dueling Hawaii’s Steven Wright (6.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 9 K). Washington ace Tim Lincecum (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 8 K) handed Arkansas its only loss.

RESULTS

Feb. 28-March 4: Rainbow Baseball Tournament, Honolulu, Hawaii

Washington: L 5-2, UT-Arlington: W 12-4, Hawaii: W 5-1, UT-Arlington: W 5-3, W 7-1

UPCOMING

March 10-12: Cal State Northridge

11. OREGON STATE

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: : 9-4, 0-0 in Pac-10. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.

So. C Mitch Canham went 7-for-11 in the series with four RBIs and as many runs scored. Jr. RHP Jonah Nickerson threw a five-hit shutout Saturday, recording nine strikeouts and no walks. Jr. LHP Anton Maxwell (5.2 IP, 4 H, ER) and the bullpen held Nevada to six hits Sunday, when OFs Tyler Graham and Cole Gillespie missed the game with injuries.

RESULTS

March 3-5: Nevada: W 13-4, W 4-0, W 9-1

UPCOMING

March 10-12: @ New Mexico

12. TULANE

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: : 10-4, 0-0 in Conference USA. (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.

Tulane
trailed 3-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning on Saturday and
Sunday before rallying for identical 5-3 wins. Relievers Daniel Latham and Trey Martin combined for 8.1 scoreless innings and collected two wins and a save. So. SS Cat Everett went 4-for-4 Sunday and leads the club with a .412 average. So. 3B Jonny Weiss is done for the year after labrum surgery.

RESULTS

March 3-5: Manhattan: L 1-0, W 5-3, W 5-3

UPCOMING

March 7: @ (13) Louisiana State

March 10-12: Oral Roberts

13. LOUISIANA STATE

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: : 13-2, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.

Jr. RHP Brad Lincoln (8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 7 K) helped hold LSU to a season-low five hits Friday, before Jr. RHP Derik Olvey (7 IP, 3 H, 5 K) continued making his case as LSU’s ace Saturday. Sr. RF Quinn Stewart
went 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs Saturday before a 2-for-3,
three-RBI game Sunday that included a two-run single that capped a
four-run eighth-inning rally.
RESULTS

March 1: Louisiana-Monroe: W 8-5

March 3-5: Houston: L 5-3, W 7-0, W 5-3

UPCOMING

March 7: (12) Tulane

March 10-12: Stetson

14. NEBRASKA

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: : 8-2, 0-0 in Big 12. (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.

Nebraska allowed three runs on 15 hits for a 3-0 weekend. Jr. RF Luke Gorsett hit for the cycle, scored three times and drove in three runs Friday, when Jr. RHP Joba Chamberlain dominated Notre Dame (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 11 K). So. LHP Tony Watson (6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) was stellar Saturday before So. SS Ryan Wehrle put Nebraska ahead for good with an RBI double in the eighth inning. So. RHP Johnny Dorn (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R) and Sr. 1B Brandon Buckman (2 HR, 3 RBI) keyed Sunday’s win.

RESULTS

March 3-5: Dairy Queen Classic, Minneapolis, Minn.

Notre Dame: W 11-1, Arizona: W 3-1, Minnesota: W 4-1

UPCOMING

March 10-12: Alabama

15. FLORIDA

Last Week: 1-3. Overall: : 9-6, 0-0 in SEC. (0-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.

Florida has lost five of its last seven games, all of which Matt LaPorta
(oblique strain) has missed. UF batted .145 in the series and was shut
out twice on the weekend after going scoreless only once in 2005.
Florida hadn’t lost a nonconference series at home since 2000. So. RHP Bryan Augenstein improved to 4-0, 1.15 on Saturday (CG, 3 H, 0 BB, 8 K).

RESULTS

Feb. 28: (10) Florida State: L 6-4

March 3-5: Texas A&M: L 4-0, W 4-1, L 1-0

UPCOMING

March 7-8: UNC Greensboro

March 10-12: Harvard

16. STANFORD

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

Sr. SS Chris Minaker
went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, including the game-winner in the 11th
inning Saturday. It was a redemptive hit after his ninth-inning error
allowed Cal to score to force extras. Minaker went 4-for-5 with two
RBIs Friday. Rain washed out the series finale.
RESULTS

March 3-4: @ California: L 7-6, W 6-5 (11)

UPCOMING

March 7: @ San Jose State

March 10-12: @ Southern California

17. ARIZONA STATE

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: : 14-5, 0-0 in Pac-10. (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

The kids are coming along quickly. Fr. LHP/DH Ike Davis
went 10-for-17 on the week, hitting grand slams on Tuesday and Friday,
when he tallied seven RBIs. He drove in 13 runs for the week, in which
he won a 4.1-inning start Tuesday and threw four more innings Sunday
before leaving the mound after taking a liner off his arm. (He stayed
in as DH.) Fr. RHP Jeff Urlaub (7 IP, 7 H, ER, 0 BB, 5 K) improved to 4-0 Friday night.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: Texas Tech: W 13-5

March 3-5: Auburn: W 14-2, W 12-3, W 8-1

UPCOMING

March 10-12: Whataburger Classic, Corpus Christi, Texas

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, (3) Rice, Texas Christian

18. MISSOURI

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: : 8-5, 0-0 in Big 12. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.

Jr. 1B/3B John McKee
drove in four runs Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Those on again, off
again Tigers bats shifted to the off position Sunday as MU managed but
four hits and couldn’t complete the sweep.
RESULTS

March 1: Illinois State: W 18-5

March 3-5: Wisconsin-Milwaukee: W 14-3, W 9-5, L 7-2

UPCOMING

March 7: Saint Louis

March 10-12: Purdue

19. MISSISSIPPI

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: : 8-3, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.

Mississippi bounced back after two early losses to finish the week with 21.1 scoreless innings. Fr. RHP Cody Satterwhite threw six scoreless frames Saturday, while Fr. RHP Lance Lynn nearly matched him Sunday (5.2 IP, H, 0 R) in his first start of the year. Jr. 3B Chris Coghlan hit .353 on the week with two triples and five runs scored.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: Arkansas State: L 14-9

March 3-5: Illinois-Chicago: L 4-1, W 10-0, W 5-0

UPCOMING

March 7-8: Murray State

March 10-12: @ UCLA

20. TEXAS A&M

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

Texas A&M validates its strong start by earning the first nonconference series sweep at Florida since 2000. Jr. C Josh Stinson went 5-for-10 with a three-run double Friday and a solo home run Saturday. Jr. RHP Austin Creps (7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 5 K) earned the win Sunday to improve to 2-1, 1.01. Jr. RHP Kyle Nicholson (6 IP, 5 H, 0 R) and Fr. RHP Kyle Thebeau (7 IP, 2 H, 2 R, ER) were strong in the first two games.

RESULTS

Feb. 27: UNC Greensboro: W 5-1

March 3-5: @ (5) Florida: W 4-0, L 4-1, W 1-0

UPCOMING

March 7: Texas State @ Round Rock, Texas

March 10-13: San Antonio: Notre Dame, Louisiana-Lafayette, UT-San Antonio, Illinois

21. TEXAS

Last Week: 1-2. Overall: : 10-8, 0-0 in Big 12. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-3.

Texas
better hope what happens in Vegas stays there after the vaunted
pitching staff allowed 30 runs in three days of a wild series. UNLV
overcame a 10-0 deficit Friday by scoring seven times in the seventh
inning to win that craps game. UNLV staged three comebacks Saturday,
finalizing the thing with two in the bottom of the ninth. The Rebels
scored three in the ninth Sunday, but needed one more. Jr. 3B Nick Peoples
went 9-for-10 in the first two games of the series, finishing with 11
hits, seven runs, six RBIs and two homers over three games.
RESULTS

March 3-5: @ Nevada-Las Vegas: L 13-12, L 9-8, W 9-8

UPCOMING

March 7: @ (3) Rice

March 10-12: (22) Long Beach State

21. TEXAS

Last Week: 1-2. Overall: : 10-8, 0-0 in Big 12. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-3.

Texas
better hope what happens in Vegas stays there after the vaunted
pitching staff allowed 30 runs in three days of a wild series. UNLV
overcame a 10-0 deficit Friday by scoring seven times in the seventh
inning to win that craps game. UNLV staged three comebacks Saturday,
finalizing the thing with two in the bottom of the ninth. The Rebels
scored three in the ninth Sunday, but needed one more. Jr. 3B Nick Peoples
went 9-for-10 in the first two games of the series, finishing with 11
hits, seven runs, six RBIs and two homers over three games.
RESULTS

March 3-5: @ Nevada-Las Vegas: L 13-12, L 9-8, W 9-8

UPCOMING

March 7: @ (3) Rice

March 10-12: (22) Long Beach State

22. LONG BEACH STATE

Last Week: 1-3. Overall: : 10-7, 0-0 in Big West. (4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-2.

After two steps forward, it’s one step back for the Beach as it plays the nation’s toughest nonconference schedule. Jr. RHP Jared Hughes (7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) improved to 4-0 Friday, but Jr. RHP Andrew Carpenter’s 17-inning scoreless string ended Saturday as he took his first loss after giving up four runs in 6.1 innings. Jr. 2B Matt Cline has a six-game hit streak and .391 average overall.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: UCLA: L 6-3

March 3-5: Baylor: W 4-3, L 5-3, L 4-2

UPCOMING

March 7: @ Loyola Marymount

March 10-12: @ (21) Texas

23. PEPPERDINE

Last Week: 1-3. Overall: : 9-9, 0-0 in West Coast. (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.

Pepperdine had lost three straight and four of five before salvaging the final game at SDSU. Jr. 1B Justin Tellam homered and drove in three runs in the win. So. RHPs Adam Olbrychowski (4.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R) and Barry Enright (4 IP, 6 H, 5 R) struggled in the final two games.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: (7) Cal State Fullerton: L 5-0

March 3-5: @ San Diego State: L 3-1, L 13-3, W 11-7

UPCOMING

March 7: UCLA

March 10-12: Oklahoma State

24. CAL POLY

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: : 12-6, 0-0 in Big West. (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.

Sr. RF Jimmy Van Ostrand and Jr. 3B Josh Lansford each hit three-run homers Saturday, when Casey Fien delivered six scoreless innings of relief. Jr. RHP Gary Dailey (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R) dominated USD on Friday.

RESULTS

March 3-5: (25) San Diego: W 4-0, W 8-5, L 5-4

UPCOMING

March 10-12: @/vs./@ UC Santa Barbara

25. KANSAS

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: : 13-4, 0-0 in Big 12. (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.

Kansas has won seven straight games. Sr. RHPs Ricky Fairchild (7 IP, 6 H, ER) and Kodiak Quick (7 IP, 6 H, R, 0 ER) produced similar lines in the last two games. So. 3B Erik Morrison homered three times on the weekend, with two longballs and five RBIs in the finale. So. DH Brock Simpson went deep in the final two games. Sr. CF Matt Baty might not play again after lacerating his spleen and kidney in a collision Feb. 25.

RESULTS

March 3-5: Western Illinois: W 5-4, W 11-3, W 7-1

UPCOMING

March 8: Baker

March 10-12: @ (2) Clemson

DROPPED OUT

NORTH CAROLINA STATE (18)

Last Week: 1-3. Overall: : 13-4, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.

UCLA silenced NC State’s bludgeoning offense, breaking out its own whooping sticks Sunday with five homers as So. RHP Andrew Brackman
(2.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) took the worst of it. The Wolfpack entered the
series averaging 12 runs per game and scored eight total. So. 3B Matt Mangigni went 2-for-13 in the series; his average dipped to .574.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: High Point: W 12-3

March 3-5: UCLA: L 7-2, L 5-4, L 13-2

UPCOMING

March 7: @ Campbell

March 8: The Citadel

March 10-12: Boston College

TEXAS CHRISTIAN (21)

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

So. RHP Jake Arrieta (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 13 K) improved to 4-0 Friday, and So. RHP Sam Demel (7 IP, 14 K) and So. C Andrew Walker (three hits, three RBIs) clinched the series win Saturday. Jr. LHP Brad Furnish rang up 11 K’s Sunday, but took the loss when TCU’s ninth-inning rally fell a run short.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: Dallas Baptist: L 11-8

March 3-5: Florida Atlantic: W 5-1, W 10-5, L 4-3

UPCOMING

March 7: Oklahoma

March 10-12: Whataburger Classic, Corpus Christi, Texas

(3) Rice, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, (17) Arizona State

WINTHROP (24)

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

Winthrop’s
eight-game win streak turned into a two-game slide, and the Eagles
battled back from a 5-3 deficit with a three-run rally on two hit
batsmen and a walk (all with the bases loaded) to salvage the final
game. Jr. RHP Heath Rollins struck out 10 batters Saturday, but allowed 12 runs (seven earned) on 14 hits over 6.2 innings. Fr. RHP Alex Wilson (7 IP, 3 R, ER) left with a lead Friday, but Winthrop couldn’t withstand a six-run Kent State eighth inning.

RESULTS

Feb. 28: North Carolina A&T: W 5-4

March 3-5: Kent State: L 7-5, L 12-0, W 6-5

UPCOMING

March 10-12: @/@/vs. Duke

SAN DIEGO (25)

Last Week: 1-2. Overall: : Weekend Series: 4-1.

USD’s losing streak ran to seven games before it salvaged Sunday’s game when Jr. CF Justin Snyder and Jr. SS Steve Singleton each delivered RBI singles in the eighth inning. Jr. RHP Gary Dailey (8 IP, 0 R, 3 H) out-dueled Jr. RHP Josh Butler (5.2 IP, 4 R, 3 ER) Friday.

RESULTS

March 3-5: @ Cal Poly: L 4-0, L 8-5, W 5-4

UPCOMING

March 7-8: @ Washington

March 10-12: vs./@/vs. San Diego State

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