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Top 25 Tracker: March 31-April 2

1. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 24-7, 3-0 in Big West. (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
Fullerton earns its fourth straight series sweep and sixth of the year. Jr. 3B Evan McArthur collected 10 hits–two doubles, a triple and a homer–and five RBIs on the weekend. Sr. RHP Dustin Miller missed his Sunday start as a precaution after turning his ankle covering first base a week ago. RHPs Wes Roemer and Lauren Gagnier each allowed a run over eight innings in the first two games. Roemer struck out 12 but allowed his first walk of the year, snapping a string of 64 1/3 innings without a free pass.
RESULTS
March 29: @ Loyola Marymount: W 8-4
March 31-April 1: Cal State Northridge: W 2-1, W 6-1, W 14-2
UPCOMING
April 4: @ San Diego State
April 7-9: @ UC Irvine

2. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 26-3, 8-1 in SEC. (7-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0.
Fr. 1B Justin Smoak homered twice and drove in five runs over the first two games of the series. Jr. LHP Arik Hempy left Friday’s start after 4 1/3 IP with an injury. Sr. 3B Neil Giesler’s 20-game hit streak ended Sunday, a day on which So. RHP Wynn Pelzer held LSU to two hits over 4 1/3 scoreless IP in relief.
RESULTS
March 28: Wofford: W 13-1
March 31-April 2: @ (16) Louisiana State: W 12-2, W 18-4, W 2-1
UPCOMING
April 5: (7) Clemson
April 7-9: (14) Alabama

3. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 22-3, 5-3 in SEC. (4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
MSU lost its first series of the year, falling to a foe with similarly deep and strong pitching. Sr. SS Thomas Berkery rang up five hits in the series to extend his hit streak to 22 games. So. C Ed Easley delivered three hits Sunday, including an RBI double in the 11th inning.
RESULTS
March 28-29: Birmingham-Southern: W 5-4, W 9-2
March 31-April 2: @ Alabama: L 5-3, L 5-4, W 4-2 (11)
UPCOMING
April 4: @ Louisiana Tech
April 5: Louisiana-Monroe (DH) @ Pearl, Miss.
April 7-9: Georgia

4. RICE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 24-8, 6-1 in Conference USA. (7-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
Rice avenged its 2005 super-regional loss at Tulane with a sweep. Sr. RHP Eddie Degerman (6 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, 7 K) dominated Friday. So. CF Tyler Henley won Saturday’s game with a three-run homer in the eighth inning. So. LHP/1B Joe Savery didn’t pitch as scheduled Sunday, but he did contribute three hits (including a double and a homer) and two RBIs.
RESULTS
March 28: @ Texas State: W 11-1
March 31-April 2: @ (11) Tulane: W 3-1, W 3-2, W 9-2
UPCOMING
April 4: @ Texas A&M
April 7-9: Alabama-Birmingham

5. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 23-6, 7-5 in ACC. (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
Jr. LHP Andrew Miller dominated Friday (7 IP, 4 H, BB, 9 K) for UNC’s first ever shutout vs. FSU and its fifth of the year. So. SS Josh Horton has a 12-game hit streak that includes three hits on Friday and the game-winning RBI single following two FSU errors in the ninth inning Saturday, when Jr. RHP Robert Woodard threw his second career complete game.
RESULTS
March 28: Charlotte: W 3-1
March 31-April 2: (4) Florida State: W 4-0, W 4-3, L 6-5
UPCOMING
April 4: Elon
April 5: Davidson
April 7-9: @ Miami

6. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 27-5, 9-3 in ACC. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
Andrew Miller out-dueled Jr. RHP Bryan Henry (7 IP, 10 H, 4 ER) on Friday as Henry took the first loss of the year by any FSU starter. The Seminoles took a one-run lead into the ninth Saturday before giving away the game with two errors. So. 2B Tony Thomas Jr. doubled and homered to drive in three runs Sunday.
RESULTS
March 28: North Florida: W 14-8
March 31-April 2: @ (7) North Carolina: L 4-0, L 4-3, W 6-5
UPCOMING
April 4: Jacksonville
April 7-9: @ Boston College

7. CLEMSON
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 20-7, 6-3 in ACC. (10-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
Clemson has swept its last two ACC series after taking the wrong end of the broom in its opener. The Tigers powered past Miami, led by Jr. 1B Andy D’Alessio’s three doubles, two homers and nine RBis and Sr. C Adrian Casanova’s two homers and six RBIs. Jr. RHPs Jason Berken (6.2 IP, 2 R, 0 ER) and Stephen Faris (6 IP, R, 0 ER) shut down the Hurricanes in the final two games.
RESULTS
March 28-29: @/vs. (22) Georgia: L 12-11, W 10-7
March 31-April 2: @ (25) Miami: W 8-6, W 6-2, W 14-1
UPCOMING
April 4: Western Carolina
April 5: @ (2) South Carolina
April 7-9: Maryland

8. NEBRASKA
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 20-5, 4-2 in Big 12. (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
Nebraska wins the series despite an ugly outing from Jr. RHP Joba Chamberlain (2.2 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 4 BB). Jr. RF Luke Gorsett hit two homers (and now has 12 on the year) and drove in four runs in Sunday’s rout, in which So. RHP Johnny Dorn produced one of his best starts of the year (7 IP, 7 H, ER).
RESULTS
March 28-29: Northern Colorado: L 5-2, W 9-1
March 31-April 2: @ Kansas State:  L 11-5, W 5-4, W 12-2
UPCOMING
April 4: @ (21) Creighton
April 7-9: @ Missouri

9. TEXAS
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 21-11, 6-2 in Big 12. (9-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-3.
Jr. RHP Kyle McCulloch threw eight scoreless innings Friday, and Jr. CF Drew Stubbs and Fr. C Preston Clark both homered and drove in three runs Saturday to help Texas to a series victory. So. RHP Adrian Alaniz earned a save Friday with a scoreless inning of relief, though that might have affected his start Sunday (3.2 IP, 5 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 3 K).
RESULTS
March 31-April 2: @ (18) Oklahoma: W 2-0, W 9-4, L 12-7
UPCOMING
April 7-9: @ Kansas State

10. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 22-6, 6-6 in ACC. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
GT loses its first series to Maryland since the ACC went to the three-game format in 1990. Tech starters Fr. LHP David Duncan and Jr. LHP Ryan Turner combined to allow nine earned runs on 12 hits in two innings over the final two games. Jr. 3B Wes Hodges homered in both losses.
RESULTS
March 28: Western Carolina: W 19-5
March 31-April 2: @ Maryland: W 15-4, L 6-3, L 8-5
UPCOMING
April 4-5: Georgia Southern
April 7-9: Virginia Tech

11. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 19-8, 1-2 in Pac-10. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.
Foul weather forced the suspension of the opener and the completion of the entire series to Saturday, so the two teams played 25 innings and more than 10 hours of baseball on one day. Sr. 2B Chris Kunda rapped three doubles among his five hits in the final game of the series. Jr. RHP Jonah Nickerson (8 IP, 8 H, R, 9 K) worked hard in the middle game as Jr. RHP Dallas Buck went just 3.2 IP on the weekend after rain shortened his Friday start.
RESULTS
March 28: @ Pacific: W 6-4
March 29: @ San Francisco: L 8-2
March 31-April 1: UT Pan American: W 5-4 (10), W 9-1, W 14-1
UPCOMING
April 7-9: Arizona

12. ARKANSAS
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 23-6, 4-5 in SEC. (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-2.
Arkansas earned its first SEC series win thanks to seven home runs Sunday, including ninth-inning blasts by Sr. 3B Blake Parker and Sr. CF Craig Gentry. Tennessee hit four longballs in that game, and the 11 combined homers set an SEC record. Arkansas hit 13 big flies in the series, three from Parker and Fr. DH David Hum and two by Jr. LF Jake Dugger. Jr. LHP Nick Schmidt dealt as usual on Friday (CG, 6 H, ER, 11 K), notching his third straight double-digit punchout game.
RESULTS
March 28: @ (17) Wichita State: W 4-3
March 31-April 2: (21) Tennessee: W 6-1, L 11-6, W 13-11
UPCOMING
April 4: Missouri State
April 7-9: @ (16) Vanderbilt

13. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 23-9, 2-1 in Pac-10. (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0.
So. SS Andrew Romine played for the first time since a blood clot forced surgery to remove a rib and went 7-for-12 on the weekend with seven RBIs, including the game-winner in the WSU series finale. ASU ran out of pitching Sunday, giving up six runs in the final two innings to Arizona (in front of 5,201 fans at Chase Field). Fr. C Preston Paramore recorded three hits and three RBIs in the middle game of the WSU series.
RESULTS
March 30-April 1: @ Washington State: L 6-1, W 8-3, W 2-1
April 2: Arizona @ Phoenix: L 12-8
UPCOMING
April 7-9: Washington

14. ALABAMA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 22-9, 7-2 in SEC (4-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2
Jr. LHP Wade LeBlanc (CG, 8 H, 3 ER, 7 K) and Jr. RHP Bernard Robert (6.1 IP, 7 H, R, 0 ER) stopped the MSU offense, helping Alabama to its third straight SEC series win. The 7-2 conference start is the best for the Tide under Jim Wells. Saturday’s game drew 6,821 fans, a single-game record at Sewell-Thomas Stadium, while more than 18,000 came for the series.
RESULTS
March 29: Lipscomb: W 15-2
March 31-April 2: (1) Mississippi State: W 5-3, W 5-4, L 4-2 (11)
UPCOMING
April 5: Alabama-Birmingham
April 7-9: @ (2) South Carolina

15. OLD DOMINION
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 29-3, 12-0 in Colonial (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-0
ODU has won 18 straight games, tying Mississippi State for the longest streak this year and the 1985 edition of the Monarchs for the longest streak since the program moved to Division I in 1977. It was pitching, pitching, pitching for ODU as Sr. RHP Kevin Gunter (8 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 9 K), Jr. RHP Jason Godin (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 10 K) and Fr. RHP Dan Hudson (7.2 IP, 4 H, ER) flummoxed a powerful JMU offense that features the nation’s leading home run hitter.
RESULTS
March 29: Maryland: W 4-1
March 31-April 2: James Madison: W 5-3, W 8-4, W 3-1
UPCOMING
April 7-9: @ Hofstra

16. VANDERBILT
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 19-9, 7-2 in SEC (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0
Vanderbilt has won 7 of its last 10 games after earning its first series win at Florida since 1996. So. LHP David Price (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 13 K) continued to pitch like one of the nation’s best. Fr. 3B Pedro Alvarez collected eight hits (a homer and two doubles among them) and scored nine runs on the week, finishing things with a 4-for-5 game Sunday. Fr. 1B Ryan Flaherty collected seven hits to raise his team-leading average to .373.
RESULTS
March 28: @ Western Kentucky: L 6-4
March 31-April 2: @ (15) Florida W 6-0, L 6-4, W 16-2
UPCOMING
April 5: @ Austin Peay
April 7-9: (12) Arkansas

17. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 25-8, 8-4 in ACC. (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
So. RHPs Andrew Brackman (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 10 K) and Eryk McConnell (8 IP, 6 H, ER) silenced Virginia in the bookend games of the series. The Wolfpack battled back from a 7-1 deficit to win Saturday, with Sr. CF Matt Camp capping the rally with a ninth-inning RBI double.
RESULTS
March 29: East Carolina: W 5-4
March 31-April 2: (23) Virginia: W 10-2, W 10-9, W 8-1
UPCOMING
April 7-9: (20) Wake Forest

18. TULANE
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 18-12, 2-4 in Conference USA. (2-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
Tulane managed just five runs on 11 hits against a Rice staff that didn’t get an inning out of Joe Savery. So. RHP Sean Morgan (7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 10 K) was strong Friday, but not better than Eddie Degerman, while Jr. RHP Brandon Gomes (8.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER) led 1-0 Saturday before giving up a three-run homer in the eighth inning.
RESULTS
March 28: Jackson State: W 14-4
March 31-April 2: (6) Rice: L 3-1, L 3-2, L 9-2
UPCOMING
April 4: @ New Orleans
April 7-9: @ Houston

19. OKLAHOMA
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 21-9, 3-3 in Big 12. (5-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
Oklahoma scored 12 times on 12 hits Sunday to salvage a win against Texas in its highest offensive output vs. the Longhorns since 1998. Sr. 1B Kevin Smith homered and drove in five runs in the win. Sr. RHP Daniel McCutcheon (CG, 3 H, 2 R, ER) was strong Friday, but Kyle McCulloch was better for Texas.
RESULTS
March 28: Dallas Baptist: L 9-3
March 31-April 2: (10) Texas: L 2-0, L 9-4, W 12-7
UPCOMING
April 4: UT Arlington
April 7-9: @ Texas A&M

20. WAKE FOREST
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 23-7, 8-4 in ACC (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-3
Welcome to the Top 25, Deacons. Thank Fr. OF Allan Dykstra and Jr. 3B Matt Antonelli. Dykstra went 7-for-11 on the week with five home runs and 11 RBIs. He hit three of his ACC-best 11 homers Tuesday against Davidson. Leadoff man Antonelli scored 10 runs on 9-for-13 hitting, adding three homers. So. RHP Ben Hunter hasn’t allowed an earned run in 26 innings as Wake’s closer.
RESULTS
March 28: @ Davidson: W 14-6
March 31-April 2: Virginia Tech: W 12-1, W 7-3, W 13-5
UPCOMING
April 4: Coastal Carolina
April 5: @ (25) Winthrop
April 7-9: @ (17) North Carolina State

21. CREIGHTON
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 18-6, 3-3 in Missouri Valley (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
Creighton pitching held WSU to 16 hits in 28 innings. Sr. RHP Scott Reese held WSU to one hit over 4 1/3 IP of scoreless relief Friday before Jr. OF Justin Mosley drove in the game-winning run on his first career hit. Jr. LHP Marc Lewis (5 IP, 2 H) and So. RHP/LHP Pat Venditte (4 IP, 2 H) combined for a shutout Saturday.
RESULTS
March 31-April 2: (17) Wichita State: W 2-1 (11), W 3-0, L 3-1 (8)
UPCOMING
March 4: (8) Nebraska
March 7-9: Illinois State

22. PEPPERDINE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 20-13, 1-2 in West Coast. (6-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.
Pepperdine has won eight of its last 10 despite the series loss. Sr. 2B David Uribes has a hit in 12 straight games, including a game-winning two-run single in the top of the ninth Sunday that helped avoid a sweep. The Waves rallied from an 8-3 deficit Saturday only to lose in the bottom of the ninth following a bases-loaded walk and a fielding error.
RESULTS
March 29: @ Southern California: W 2-1
March 31-April 1: @ Loyola Marymount: L 8-1, L 11-10, W 8-7
UPCOMING
April 7-9: San Francisco

23. KENTUCKY
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 22-7, 5-4 in SEC. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
UK lost a series and consecutive games for the first time all year. Jr. 2B John Shelby hit two homers and two doubles to drive in four runs in the opener. Fr. LHP Evan Crawford (5 IP, 2 H, ER) helped hold the explosive Wildcats offense to three hits Saturday.
RESULTS
March 28: Morehead State: W 15-4
March 31-April 2: Auburn: W 8-7, L 5-1, L 12-6
UPCOMING
April 5: Louisville
April 7-9: Florida

24. KANSAS
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 20-11, 3-3 in Big 12 (6-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series:
So. 3B Erik Morrison hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning Saturday to pull Kansas ahead to stay. Morrison homered again Sunday, when Sr. 1B Jared Schweitzer also went deep and drove in three runs. Jr. LHP Nathan Culp shut out Kansas on three hits Friday night.
RESULTS
March 29: (17) Wichita State: W 8-2
March 31-April 2: Missouri: L 3-0, W 3-2, W 9-6
UPCOMING
April 5: Wichita State
April 7-9: Texas Tech

25. WINTHROP
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 23-7, 4-2 in Big South. (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.
BSC So. LHP Blake Martin (CG, 4 H, 2 R) out-dueled So. RHP Josh McDonald (6.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R) Sunday, holding Winthrop to a season low in hits. Fr. RHP Alex Wilson (6.2, 10 H, 7 R) took his first career loss on Friday. Jr. RHP Heath Rollins evened the series Saturday (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 9 K).
RESULTS
March 29: @ The Citadel: W 7-1
March 31-April 2: Birmingham-Southern: L 10-6, W 4-3, L 3-2
UPCOMING
April 4: @ College of Charleston
April 5: (20) Wake Forest
April 7-9: @ Coastal Carolina

OTHERS

FLORIDA (15)
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 19-13, 3-6 in SEC. (2-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-3.
Florida has lost six of its last eight games and dropped its first home series to Vandy since 1996. So. LHP David Price threw eight scoreless innings and recorded 13 strikeouts Friday, and Vandy exploded for a season-high 18 hits Sunday. Jr. SS Adam Davis recorded four hits Sunday, and Jr. 1B Matt LaPorta hit homer No. 4 Saturday.
RESULTS
March 29: South Florida: W 6-5
March 31-April 2: Vanderbilt: L 6-0, W 6-4, L 16-2
UPCOMING
April 4: North Florida @ Jacksonville, Fla.
April 7-9: @ (23) Kentucky

LOUISIANA STATE (16)
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 20-10, 2-7 in SEC. (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.
LSU got swept at home for the second straight year by South Carolina. Jr. RHP Derik Olvey was about the only LSU pitcher who threw well (CG, 4 H, 2 R, ER, 11 K), but he took a tough-luck loss Sunday. The Tigers collected just 17 hits in the series.
RESULTS
March 28: @ New Orleans: W 6-5 (11)
March 31-April 2: (4) South Carolina: L 12-2, L 18-4, L 2-1
UPCOMING
April 4: Southern
April 7-9: @ Tennessee

WICHITA STATE (17)
Last Week: 1-4. Overall: 22-9, 2-4 in Missouri Valley. (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
WSU has lost six of eight following a 20-3 start. Fr. RHP Aaron Shafer earned the only win of the week (7 IP, 2 H, 8 K), helping coach Gene Stephenson avoid the first five-game losing streak of his 28-year career. So. RHP Damon Sublett’s scoreless streak ended Friday at 28 1/3 IP on a throwing error, though he’s still yet to allow an earned run. WSU managed 16 hits in 28 innings against Creighton.
RESULTS
March 28: (13) Arkansas: L 4-3 (11)
March 29: @ Kansas: L 8-2
March 31-April 2: @ Creighton: L 2-1 (11), L 3-0, W 3-1 (8)
UPCOMING
April 5: (24) Kansas
April 7-9: @ Evansville

TENNESSEE (21)
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 18-10, 2-6 in SEC. (1-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.
Tennessee has lost five of its last six games and gave up 13 homers to Arkansas in the series, including seven on Sunday. Two of those longballs came in the ninth inning off Jr. RHP Sean Watson, who failed to hold a one-run lead. Fr. SS Tony Delmonico collected eight hits in the series, including four in Saturday’s win.
RESULTS
March 29: East Tennessee State: L 9-8
March 31-April 2: (13) Arkansas: L 6-1, W 11-6, L 13-11
UPCOMING
April 5: @ East Tennessee State
April 7-9: Louisiana State

GEORGIA (22)
Last Week: 1-4. Overall: 18-9, 3-6 in SEC. (6-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-3.
Georgia had made its living on pitching, but got swept by Ole Miss and has lost four straight games following a week in which it allowed 49 runs in five games. Jr. 1B Josh Morris hit two homers in the series to move into third place in school history with 37. Sr. RF Bobby Felmy’s 15-game hit streak ended Sunday.
RESULTS
March 28-29: vs./@ (9) Clemson: W 12-11, L 10-7
March 31-April 2: Mississippi: L 6-4, L 11-10, L 11-4
UPCOMING
April 4: Gardner-Webb
April 7-9: @ (3) Mississippi State

VIRGINIA (23)
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 25-8, 6-6 in ACC. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
Sr. DH Tom Hagan had three hits and two RBIs Saturday, but NC State scored six runs over the final two innings for a comeback victory. The Wolfpack didn’t let the other two games get nearly that close, taking advantage of five Virginia errors to serve early exits to starting LHPs Sean Doolitte (4 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 ER) and Mike Ballard (3 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 2 ER).
RESULTS
March 28: Coppin State: W 12-1
March 29: Norfolk State: W 13-2
March 31-April 2: @ North Carolina State: L 10-2, L 10-9, L 8-1
UPCOMING
April 5: @ Richmond
April 7-9: @ Duke

MIAMI (25)
Last Week: 0-3. Overall: 23-10, 8-4 in ACC (0-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The sweep marked Miami’s seventh straight loss to Clemson since May 2005. Hurricanes pitchers struggled to stop the Tigers offense, especially So. RHP Carlos Gutierrez (5 IP, 7 H, 7 ER) and So. LHP Scott Maine (0.1 IP, 5 H, 7 ER) in the bookend games.
RESULTS
March 31-April 2: (9) Clemson: L 8-6, L 6-2, L 14-1
UPCOMING
April 7-9: (5) North Carolina

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