Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 10-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Florida bounced back from a midweek loss to Florida State by recording a sweep of Miami in Gainesville for the first time ever. The Gators had swept the Hurricanes just once before, in 2006 in Coral Gables. Florida has won nine of its last 10 against Miami, and has won 24 straight home games overall dating back to last season. The Gators continued to get stellar starting pitching from So. LHP/1B Brian Johnson (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K), So. RHP Hudson Randall (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) and Fr. RHP Karsten Whitson (5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). In addition, Jr. RHP Anthony Desclafani came up big in relief, pitching two scoreless innings to earn the win Saturday, then working another scoreless frame to get the save Sunday. Jr. OF Preston Tucker went 7-for-17 on the week and hit his third homer of the season to snap a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning Sunday. Jr. OF Daniel Pigott (.514) leads the team in hitting.
March 1: vs. (11) Florida State @ Tampa: L 5-3
March 4-6: Miami: W 8-3, W 1-0, W 5-3
March 8: Georgia Southern
March 9: @ South Florida
March 11-13: Rhode Island
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 11-1, 0-0 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Vanderbilt rode its pitching to a sweep of Brown. Jr. 1B Aaron Westlake (7-for-11, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI) led the Vandy offense on the weekend. Jr. RHP Sonny Gray (9 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 15 K) set a career high for strikeouts in a complete game Friday. Jr. LHP Grayson Garvin (5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER) improved to 2-1 in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader. The Commodores broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the sixth in the finale, sparked by Westlake’s leadoff double.
March 1: Western Kentucky: W 6-5
March 4-6: Brown: W 3-1, W 6-5, W 6-3 (7 innings)
March 8: Wofford
March 9: Kennesaw State
March 11-13: Illinois-Chicago
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 14-0, 0-0 in Big 12. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Oklahoma posted a perfect week on the road to stretch its winning streak to 14, its longest since winning 19 straight in 1985. The Sooners largely dominated once again this week, outscoring its opponents 33-12. Oklahoma is hitting .383 as a team with a 2.76 staff ERA. Sr. RHP Michael Rocha (9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) improved to 3-0, 0.78 with a shutout Thursday against San Diego State. Sr. RHP Bobby Shore (9 IP, 8 H, 1 ER) followed with his own complete-game gem Friday against San Diego, and Jr. RHP Burch Smith (7.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER) was strong in Saturday’s win against Cal. All nine OU starters recorded hits Sunday, part of a 20-hit barrage behind Fr. LHP Dillon Overton (5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER).
March 1: @ Texas-Arlington: W 4-3
March 3-6: @ USD Tournament, San Diego:
@ San Diego State: W 4-0
@ San Diego: W 7-1
vs. (14) California: W 5-3
@ San Diego State: W 13-5
March 11-13: Arkansas-Little Rock
4. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 8-1, 0-0 in SEC. (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0 (one series pending).
South Carolina split the first two games of its series with Clemson, with each team winning on its home field. The rubber match in Greenville was postponed by rain until Tuesday. The Gamecocks came from behind Friday, surging ahead on So. 1B Christian Walker’s two-run homer in the fifth, as Jr. LHP Michael Roth (7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) improved to 3-0, 1.40. Walker homered again in defeat Sunday—his fourth of the year—and Jr. OF Jackie Bradley hit his third, but the Tigers erased a 5-4 deficit with six runs in the eighth against closer Matt Price, who had worked 1.2 innings Friday to pick up the save. So. LHP Tyler Webb (3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) had a short outing Sunday. The loss snapped South Carolina’s 14-game winning streak, dating back to the College World Series.
March 1: Furman: W 14-1
March 4-6: vs./vs./@ (12) Clemson: W 6-3, PPD, L 10-5
March 8: vs. (10) Clemson @ Greenville, S.C. (makeup)
March 9: Davidson
March 11-13: Cal State Bakersfield
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 7-4, 0-0 in Big 12 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Texas won its annual showdown series against Stanford for the third straight year, with the last two coming in Austin. Jr. RHP Taylor Jungmann (8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) fell an out shy of his third straight complete game, as Stanford scored twice in the ninth to make things interesting, but he still improved to 3-0, 1.01 with 27 strikeouts and one walk in 27 innings. Sr. RHP Cole Green (2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER) struggled for the second time in three weeks Saturday, and the Longhorns made five errors behind him, three of them by Fr. 3B Erich Weiss. Jr. LHP Sam Stafford (5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) was strong in Sunday’s win, improving to 2-0, 2.20.
March 4-6: (9) Stanford: W 4-3, L 9-2, W 4-2
March 8: Texas-San Antonio
March 11-13: Brown
6. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 8-3, 0-0 in Big West. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Fullerton pitching held Southern California to a .102 average (9-for-88) in a three-game sweep, running its winning streak to six games. Jr. 2B/3B Anthony Trajano had four RBIs Friday in support of Noe Ramirez (8 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K), who improved to 2-1, 1.71 with 21 strikeouts and four walks in 21 innings. Trajano stayed in the No. 2 hole and delivered two more hits and two more RBIs Saturday behind Jr. RHP Tyler Pill (7 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). Trajano tripled and scored the eventual game-winning run in the fourth inning Sunday, helping Jr. RHP Colin O’Connell (8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER) improve to 2-0, 0.82. The efficient O’Connell threw just over 70 pitches and faced two batters over the minimum.
March 1: Loyola Marymount: W 5-1
March 4-6: vs./vs./@ Southern California: W 10-1, W 7-3, W 2-1
March 11-13: @ Louisiana State
7. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 7-4, 0-0 in MWC. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
The Horned Frogs bounced back from a series loss to Cal State Fullerton by sweeping a road series against Texas Tech. Jr. OF Jason Coats and Sr. C Jimmie Pharr had a combined eight hits and five RBIs Friday in support of masterful Jr. RHP Kyle Winkler (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K), who improved to 3-0, 0.00 with a 19-1 K-BB ratio in 22 innings. Six Frogs posted multi-hit days Saturday, and Fr. RHP Stefan Crichton (3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) picked up the win in relief. So. LHP Matt Purke (6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) was overpowering Sunday in his return from a one-week layoff to nurse a blister. Leadoff man Brance Rivera (7-for-14, 3 R, 4 RBI) paced the offense with three straight multiple-hit games on the weekend.
March 1: Dallas Baptist: L 4-3
March 4-6: @ Texas Tech: W 7-0, W 8-6, W 8-1
March 8: Texas-Arlington
March 11-13: Houston Baptist
8. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 10-1, 0-0 in ACC (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Florida State followed its midweek win over rival Florida with a hard-fought series win at Georgia. Jr. LHP Sean Gilmartin (8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K) set a career high in strikeouts Friday, facing just two batters over the minimum in eight innings to improve to 3-0, 1.23 with a 24-2 K-BB mark in 22 innings. Georgia rallied for five in the ninth but left the bases loaded against Daniel Bennett. Jr. LHP Brian Busch (5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) pitched well in a no-decision Saturday, but the Bulldogs broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the seventh. FSU twice rallied from behind Sunday, and Sr. OF/RHP Mike McGee led the offense with two hits and two RBIs, then struck out the side in the ninth to earn his second save of the season.
March 1: vs. (1) Florida @ Tampa: W 5-3
March 4-6: @ Georgia: W 6-5, L 2-1, W 7-5
March 8-9: Maine
March 11-13: Boston College
9. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in Pac-10. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Sun Devils grinded out three come-from-behind, one-run wins after being upset by Cal State Bakersfield at the Coca-Cola Classic. So. SS Deven Marrero had three hits and So. RHP Jake Barrett (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) pitched well in a no-decision Thursday, but CS Bakersfield’s Cael Brockmeyer homered off Jr. LHP Mitchell Lambson in the 10th to win it. Jr. 1B Zach Wilson (2-for-5, HR, 5 RBI) led the offense in Friday’s slug-fest against Northern Illinois, when the Sun Devils needed to come from behind with two in the eighth to avoid a second straight upset. Lambson rebounded with three innings of one-hit, shutout relief Saturday, striking out six to earn the win in relief, as ASU broke a 3-3 tie with an unearned run in the seventh. Jr. 3B Riccio Torrez had three RBIs in that one, including the game-winner, and he came through again Sunday with a walk-off homer in the 11th to beat UC Riverside. Lambson worked another 1.2 scoreless to earn the win in that one.
Feb. 25-27: Delaware: L 7-3, W 9-2, W 10-2, W 13-4
March 3-6: @ Coca-Cola Classic, Surprise, Ariz.:
Cal State Bakersfield: L 2-1 (10 innings)
Northern Illinois: W 10-9
Kansas: W 4-3
UC Riverside: W 5-4 (11 innings)
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 7-2, 0-0 in ACC. (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0 (one series pending).
Clemson split the first two games of its series with South Carolina, with each team winning on its home field. The rubber game in Greenville was postponed by rain until Tuesday. The Tigers couldn’t hold an early 3-0 lead Friday, as Jr. RHP Scott Weismann (5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) took his first loss of the season. Jr. RHP Kevin Brady (4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) started strong Sunday but had to leave prematurely with an arm injury; he’ll be re-evaluated during the upcoming week. After South Carolina took the lead with four runs in the seventh, the Tigers stormed back with six in the eighth against closer Matt Price. Sr. OF Jeff Schaus (2-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI) led a Clemson offense that put 24 batters on base and out-hit the Gamecocks 15-5.
March 2: Wofford: W 5-1
March 4-6: @/vs./vs. (5) South Carolina: L 6-3, PPD, W 10-5
March 8: vs. (4) South Carolina @ Greenville, S.C. (makeup)
March 9: @ Western Carolina
March 11-13: (11) Virginia
Last Week: 6-0. Overall: 12-1, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Virginia outscored its overmatched opponents 46-4 in a dominating 6-0 week. UVa. rapped out 13 hits in Friday’s opener against Cornell to help So. RHP Whit Marberry (5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) improve to 2-0. Jr. LHP/DH Danny Hultzen (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K) was untouchable yet again in Friday’s nightcap against Rider, improving to 3-0, 0.87 with an absurd 36-1 K-BB ratio in 21 innings. He also drew three walks in that game, and he is tied for the team lead with a .371 average. So. DH Ryan Levine (5-for-8, 4 R, 3 RBI) led the offense in Sunday’s doubleheader sweep, and the Cavs got strong pitching from Sr. RHPs Tyler Wilson (6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) and Cody Winiarski (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K).
March 1: William & Mary: W 9-0
March 2: Niagara: W 7-0
March 4-6: UVa. Tournament, Charlottesville, Va.:
Cornell: W 12-1
Rider: W 12-0, W 4-1
Cornell: W 14-2
March 8: Marshall
March 11-13: @ (10) Clemson
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 6-5, 0-0 in Pac-10 (5-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-2.
The Cardinal dropped its annual series against Texas for the third straight year (with the last two coming in Austin), but it finished its daunting first three weeks with a winning record. So. RHP Mark Appel (7.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER) was solid in a loss Friday, and So. SS Kenny Diekroeger’s two-run single in the ninth made it interesting, but Stanford’s comeback bid ran out of steam. Diekroeger had two more hits Saturday, as the Cardinal took advantage of five Texas errors and got a strong start from So. RHP Dean McArdle (7.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER). Fr. 1B Brian Ragira had three hits in a losing cause Sunday, as Jr. RHP Jordan Pries (4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) took his first loss of the season.
March 1: Santa Clara: W 8-4
March 4-6: @ (6) Texas: L 4-3, W 9-2, L 4-2
No games (exams).
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 7-4, 0-0 in Pac-10. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-2.
The Bruins continued to get dominant pitching performances, but their offense mustered just six runs in 34 innings in a series loss at Nebraska, with all three games going extra innings. Jr. RHP Gerrit Cole (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K) rebounded from his first loss with a brilliant outing Friday, but the Bruins couldn’t get him a win, as they couldn’t score until Dean Espy’s infield single broke a scoreless tie in the 11th. Jr. RHP Trevor Bauer (10 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 17 K) threw 129 pitches over 10 sparkling innings Saturday, and his 17 strikeouts were the most by a Bruin since Rob Henkel fanned 18 in 2000. But the Bruins managed just a run on four hits, and Nebraska won it with on Bryan Peters’ RBI single in the 12th against closer Nick Vander Tuig. Fr. RHP Adam Plutko (6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) lowered his team-leading ERA to 0.47 in a no-decision Sunday, but the bullpen blew a three-run ninth inning lead, and Nebraska won on Peters’ walk-off homer in the 11th.
March 1: @ San Diego State: W 5-2
March 4-6: @ Nebraska: W 1-0 (11 innings), L 2-1 (12 innings), L 5-4 (11 innings)
March 11-13: Dodgertown Classic, Los Angeles:
Georgia, St. Mary’s, vs. Southern California @ Dodger Stadium
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in Pac-10 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
After splitting two midweek games against Rice, the Wildcats swept Utah Valley. So. OF Robert Refsnyder (3-for-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI) led the offense Friday in support of So. RHP Kurt Heyer (5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K). Jr. RHP Kyle Simon (7.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) gave up his first earned runs of the season in the fourth inning Saturday, but he still improved to 3-0. Arizona broke open a close game in the late innings Sunday, as Jr. LHP Matt Chaffee (2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R) picked up the win in relief of So. RHP Tyler Hale (6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER).
March 1-2: (21) Rice: W 10-8, L 11-7
March 4-6: Utah Valley: W 6-5, W 6-3, W 9-3
March 8-9: @ Nevada-Las Vegas
March 11-13: Northern Colorado
15. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 11-1, 0-0 in ACC (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
North Carolina pounded Stony Brook 34-11 in a three-game sweep, with the final two games being played Saturday because of a bad Sunday forecast. Fr. DH Tom Zengel’s two-run single highlighted UNC’s four-run fourth inning Friday against Stony Brook ace Nick Tropeano, as Sr. RHP Patrick Johnson (7 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) improved to 2-0. Jr. SS Levi Michael homered in each game Saturday from each side of the plate, and Zengel drove in four more in the opener behind So. RHP Chris Munnelly (5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). Michael drove in three in each game, and Fr. 3B Colin Moran added three RBIs in the nightcap.
March 1: Charlotte: W 4-2
March 2: Davidson: W 14-6
March 4-5: Stony Brook: W 5-1, W 18-4, W 11-6
March 8: Elon
March 9: St. John’s
March 11-13: @ Wake Forest
16. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 11-1, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
LSU’s 4-1 week began with a nice midweek win against Southeastern Louisiana but ended with an upset loss to Princeton (playing its first series of the year), snapping the Tigers’ 11-game winning streak. Jr. OF Mikie Mahtook hit his sixth homer of the year Friday in support of Fr. RHP Kurt McCune (6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER). Fr. RHP Kevin Gausman (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) improved to 2-0, 2.55 with a 22-4 K-BB mark in 18 innings with Saturday’s win. LSU nearly overcame an 8-1 deficit with six runs in the eighth Sunday before its comeback ran out of steam.
March 1: Southeastern Louisiana: W 7-3
March 2: Mississippi Valley State: W 10-8
March 4-6: Princeton: W 8-2, W 7-2, L 8-7
March 9: Sacred Heart
March 11-13: (6) Cal State Fullerton
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 6-5, 0-0 in Big 12 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Baylor salvaged a second straight 2-2 week with a wild win Sunday against Rice at the Houston College Classic. Jr. RHP Logan Verrett (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) and Jr. RHP/OF Brooks Pinckard (1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) bookended Friday’s against Houston with strong work on the mound. Sr. RHP Trent Blank (4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) took the loss Saturday, as the Bears mustered just four hits against Utah. So. 1B Max Muncy (3-for-6, 6 RBI) hit a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning Sunday to beat the Owls, capping a 16-hit day for the Bears. It was Baylor’s first walk-off homer since Feb. 27, 2007, when Raynor Campbell delivered one.
March 1: Texas State: L 13-2
March 4-6: @ Houston College Classic:
Houston: W 5-2
Utah: L 4-3
(21) Rice: W 12-8 (10 innings)
March 8: @ Texas State
March 10-13: Louisiana Tech
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 8-5, 0-0 in CUSA. (3-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
Rice’s busy week included a midweek split at Arizona, a pair of one-run wins at the Houston College Classic and a dramatic loss Sunday. So. 1B/RHP J.T. Chargois, Jr. DH Anthony Rendon and Jr. OF Jeremy Rathjen had three hits apiece Friday to lead the Owls past Kentucky. Fr. RHP Austin Kubitza (9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) needed just 88 pitches—66 for strikes—to shut out Texas A&M in a classic pitcher’s duel Saturday. Rendon hit his third homer of the year Sunday, but Fr. RHP John Simms (2.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER) had a rough outing, the bullpen provided little relief, and Baylor won on Max Muncy’s 10th-inning walk-off grand slam.
March 1-2: @ (17) Arizona: L 10-8, W 11-7
March 4-6: Houston College Classic:
Kentucky: W 8-7
(20) Texas A&M: W 1-0
(16) Baylor: L 12-8
March 8: Sam Houston State
March 9: Florida International
March 11-13: @ AT&T Tournament, San Francisco:
Long Beach State, California, UC Santa Barbara
Last Week: 2-0. Overall: 4-4, 0-0 in Big East. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
UConn rebounded from a pair of rough weeks by winning the first two games of its seven-game West Coast road trip. Jr. SS Nick Ahmed (4-for-5, 3 R, HR), Sr. 1B Mike Nemeth (4-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) and Jr. OF George Springer (2-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI) spearheaded a 17-hit attack Saturday in support of Sr. LHP Elliot Glynn (6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K), who got a no-decision, as the Huskies broke the game open with six runs in the eighth. Jr. RHP Matt Barnes (7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) finally picked up his first win Sunday against Cal after two hard-luck losses in his first two starts.
March 5-6: @ USD Tournament, San Diego:
@ San Diego State: W 9-3
vs. (14) California: W 3-1
March 7: @ San Diego
March 8: @ UC Irvine
March 10-12: @ San Diego
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 6-4, 0-0 in Pac-10 (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Cal’s hot streak was stopped in its tracks in San Diego, as the Golden Bears dropped their final three games of the weekend, two against ranked foes. Jr. SS Marcus Semien’s second-inning grand slam against Dylan Covey powered the Bears past San Diego Thursday, as Jr. RHP Dixon Anderson (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) picked up his first win of the year. The bats went quiet after that, as Cal mustered just a run in Friday’s loss to San Diego State, wasting a nice outing from Jr. RHP Erik Johnson (6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). So. LHP Justin Jones (8 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER) took the loss Saturday against Oklahoma, and Sr. RHP Kevin Miller (6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) lost to UConn preseason All-American Matt Barnes on Sunday.
March 3-5: @ USD Tournament, San Diego:
@ San Diego: W 6-2
@ San Diego State: L 2-1
vs. (3) Oklahoma: L 5-3
vs. (22) Connecticut: L 3-1
March 8: Santa Clara
March 11-13: @ AT&T Tournament, San Francisco:
Louisiana-Lafayette, (18) Rice, Long Beach State
21. COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 10-2, 0-0 in SoCon (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Charleston posted a winning week but failed its two biggest tests against Coastal Carolina and Auburn. Jr. RHP David Peterson (5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER) picked up the win with a workmanlike outing Friday against Western Kentucky. Auburn built a 5-1 lead through three innings Saturday against Jr. LHP Josh Renfro (4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER). The Cougars tied a program record for most runs in an inning Sunday with a 13-run fourth against New York Tech. Jr. OF Marty Gantt hit an inside-the-park home run and drove in four, while Jr. 3B Matt Leeds went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs to lead the onslaught.
March 1: @ Jacksonville: W 9-5
March 2: Coastal Carolina: L 12-3
March 4-6: College of Charleston Classic, Charleston, S.C.:
Western Kentucky: W 7-5
Auburn: L 7-4
New York Tech: W 24-4
March 8: South Carolina-Upstate
March 9: Ball State
March 11-13: @ Davidson
22. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 9-3, 0-0 in Big 12. (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Texas A&M’s offense sputtered in a pair of losses at the Houston College Classic before erupting for 11 runs Sunday. Jr. RHP John Stilson (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) set a career high in strikeouts in a no-decision Friday, but Utah broke a 1-1 tie with an unearned run in the seventh, and the Aggies could not answer. So. RHP Michael Wacha (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) was a hard-luck loser Saturday, as Rice freshman Austin Kubitza needed just 88 pitches to shut out A&M. So. OF Tyler Naquin hit for the cycle and drove in six Sunday, and four relievers shut Houston down after So. LHP Ross Hales (1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 3 BB) failed to get out of the second inning for the second straight week.
March 1-2: Texas-Pan American: W 4-1, W 7-0
March 4-6: @ Houston College Classic:
Utah: L 2-1
(21) Rice: L 1-0
Houston: W 11-4
March 8: Centenary
March 11-13: Florida International
23. FRESNO STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 8-1, 0-0 in WAC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
After taking its first loss (and giving Cal Poly its first win of the season), Fresno won the first two games of its series at UC Davis before Sunday’s finale was canceled due to inclement weather. Sr. 3B Danny Muno (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) led a 15-hit attack Friday in support of Jr. RHP Derek Benny (8 IP, 5 H, 3 ER). Sr. RHP Greg Gonzalez (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) made Fresno’s two-run second stand up Saturday.
March 1: Cal Poly: L 11-4
March 4-6: @ UC Davis: W 12-4, W 3-1, CCD
March 8: Cal State Bakersfield
March 11-13: @ Nebraska
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 9-3, 0-0 in CUSA (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Green Wave won a tight road series at Mississippi to improve to 9-3, despite a run differential of just plus-seven on the season. The Rebels jumped on Sr. RHP Conrad Flynn (5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) for three runs in the first Friday, and Tulane’s offense sputtered. Sr. OF Nick Boullosa’s three-run homer in the third Saturday powered the offense, and Tulane got 4.1 combined innings of one-hit, shutout relief from Fr. RHP Alex Facundus and Nick Pepitone. Jr. C Jeremy Schaffer (3-for-4, 3 2B, 2 R) led the offense Sunday in support of So. RHP Alex Byo (5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K), and Facundus and Pepitone combined for another two innings of one-hit, shutout ball. Pepitone already has six saves.
March 1-2: Northwestern State: W 3-2, W 5-2
March 4-6: @ Mississippi: L 5-1, W 4-1, W 3-1
March 8: @ Louisiana-Monroe
March 11-13: Wichita State
25. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 8-4, 0-0 in ACC (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Yellow Jackets drubbed Rutgers to win their third straight series against a solid Northern opponent. Jr. 1B Jake Davies (4-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI) led a 19-hit assault in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, and Jr. RHP Mark Pope (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) was overpowering in his second career complete-game shutout. Pope has thrown 16.2 consecutive scoreless innings. Jr. LHP Jed Bradley (4.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) wasn’t at his best in a no-decision in Game Two, but the bats picked him up with a balanced 13-hit attack. Fr. DH Daniel Palka (3-for-5, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI) and Davies were among four Jackets to record multiple hits Sunday behind So. RHP Buck Farmer (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K).
March 2: Georgia State: L 6-3
March 4-6: Rutgers: W 10-0, W 9-5, W 14-3
March 8: Kennesaw State
March 11-13: Maryland
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 5-6, 0-0 in Pac-10. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1-1.
The scuffling Ducks had a rough week, and their offense is largely to blame. Though Oregon pitching is holding opponents to a .216 average through 11 games, its own offense sports an identical .216 average. Jr. LHP Tyler Anderson (8 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 14 K) was superb in Friday’s win against Long Beach ace Andrew Gagnon (5 IP, 1 ER). Jr. RHP Madison Boer (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) extended his season-opening scoreless streak to 20.2 innings before giving up a run in the sixth Saturday, but closer Scott McGough (0.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 3 ER) couldn’t hold a five-run lead in the ninth, and the Dirtbags won it in 12. Oregon managed just three hits Sunday behind So. LHP Christian Jones (7 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 9 K).
March 1: Portland: L 5-3
March 4-6: @ Long Beach State: W 5-0, L 7-6, L 4-1
March 8: @ Oregon State
March 10-12: Brigham Young
UC IRVINE (25)
Last Week: 1-1. Overall: 8-1, 0-0 in Big West (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0-1.
Irvine split a pair of one-run games at St. Mary’s before Sunday’s finale was washed out. Jr. RHP Matt Summers (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) pitched well in defeat Friday, but the Anteaters mustered just four hits against Mark Anderson (9 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K). Jr. DH Jordan Leyland’s three-run homer highlighted Irvine’s four-run fifth Saturday, but the Gaels stormed back to force extra innings. Jr. SS D.J. Crumlich doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the 11th, and Sr. 3B/RHP Brian Hernandez (3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R) picked up his second career win with strong relief work.
March 4-6: @ St. Mary’s: L 1-0, W 8-7 (11 innings), CCD
March 8: (19) Connecticut
March 11-13: Sacramento State