Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 12-1, 0-0 in Big 12. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Longhorns avenged last year’s home series loss to Stanford by taking two of three at Sunken Diamond. So. RHP Chance Ruffin (9 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) turned in another gem Friday to improve to 3-0, 2.31 on the year. Texas mustered just five hits Saturday in support of So. RHP Brandon Workman (5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K), who took his first loss of the season as Fr. Jordan Pries got the win in his first Stanford start. The ‘Horns did all their damage in a five-run fourth Sunday behind So. RHP Cole Green (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K). Texas now has a staff ERA of 1.35, and opponents are hitting just .170 against UT pitching. Now the Longhorns begin Big 12 Conference play.
March 3: @ Texas State: W 6-5
March 6-8: @ Stanford: W 6-2, L 7-1, W 5-1
March 11: (5) Baylor
March 13-15: Missouri
2. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 10-2, 2-1 in ACC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Tar Heels have now won six of their last seven against Clemson, including consecutive regular-season series wins against the Tigers for the first time since the ACC started playing three-game sets in 1990. Jr. RHP Alex White (6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) settled down after a four-run second inning Friday, but Clemson won on a sacrifice fly in the 10th. The Tar Heels drew four bases-loaded walks in the third inning Saturday to give Sr. RHP Adam Warren (7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) all the support he needed. So. RHP Matt Harvey (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) was strong Sunday, but UNC blew a 7-1 lead over the final two innings, only to win on Greg Holt’s pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Jr. 3B Kyle Seager matched career highs with four hits and four RBIs in the finale.
March 3: Longwood: CCD
March 4: Gardner-Webb: W 10-3
March 6-8: (19) Clemson: L 5-4 (10 innings), W 5-2, W 9-8
Mach 10-11: Appalachian State
March 13-15: @ Virginia Tech
3. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 11-3, 0-0 in Big 12. (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Aggies battled to a 4-1 week, though they have had to come from behind in eight of their 11 wins this season. So. LHP/OF Brooks Raley did much of the heavy lifting this week, going 8-for-18 (.444) with a double, triple, six runs and three stolen bases at the plate, and picking up the win on the mound Friday (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). He also had a career-high four hits Friday. Jr. RHP Alex Wilson (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 14 K) notched his second 14-strikeout performance of the year in a tough-luck loss Saturday, as the Aggies were shut out and held to four hits. The offense bounced back strong Sunday behind So. RHP Barret Loux (5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K), belting six home runs and winning on a walk-off bases-loaded walk by Jr. OF Dylan Petrich.
March 3-4: Stephen F. Austin: W 2-1, W 8-3
March 6-8: Utah: W 7-2, L 2-0, W 12-11
March 10: (6) Cal State Fullerton
March 11: Northwestern State
March 13-15: @/vs./vs. (5) Baylor
4. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 10-2, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
LSU’s 25-game regular-season winning streak came to an end Friday, and the Tigers were stunned again Sunday to lose their first weekend series since last April 18-20 at Georgia, which was also the last time they lost a game in the regular season. So. RHP Anthony Ranaudo (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 12 K) was dominant in a no-decision Friday, but Sr. RHP Louis Coleman surrendered a game-winning two-run homer in the top of the ninth. So. OF Leon Landry (2-for-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI) hit one of LSU’s three grand slams Saturday, tying an NCAA record. The Tigers’ bats were held scoreless for eight innings Sunday, then rallied too little, too late. Tigers coach Paul Mainieri said Illinois starter Ben Reeser used about 75 percent changeups Sunday, but his team failed to adjust.
March 3: @ New Orleans: W 19-3
March 4: Mississippi Valley State: W 10-4
March 6-8: Illinois: L 3-1, W 22-10, L 6-2
March 10: @ Southeastern Louisiana
March 11: Louisiana-Lafayette
March 13-15: Kentucky
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 10-2, 0-0 in Big 12. (3-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Jr. OF/LHP Aaron Miller led Baylor to a 4-0 week, first throwing five shutout innings in a midweek win against Texas Christian, then going 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs Friday in support of Jr. RHP Craig Fritsch (5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Jr. RHP Kendal Volz (6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, and Jr. 1B Dustin Dickerson capped a 5-for-5 day with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. The Bears trailed 7-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth Sunday, but Jr. 3B Shaver Hansen’s three-run homer in the sixth and Miller’s grand slam in the seventh highlighted a furious comeback—Baylor’s biggest since overcoming a seven-run, seventh-inning deficit against Tulane at the 2005 College World Series. The cardiac Bears now have four wins in their last at-bat this season (they had two all of last year) and are 6-1 in one-run games.
March 4: @ (13) Texas Christian: W 2-1
March 6-8: Quala-T Imprints Baylor Classic, Waco, Texas: South Alabama: W 14-4, (5) UC Irvine: W 4-3, Alabama-Birmingham: W 11-8
March 11: @ (1) Texas
March 13-15: vs./@/@ (3) Texas A&M
6. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in Big West. (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
The Titans jumped out to early leads in all three games of a sweep at Southern Miss, extending their winning streak to eight games since dropping their season-opening series against Texas Christian. Jr. OF Josh Fellhauer (4-for-5, 3 R 3 RBI) hit a three-run homer in an eight-run second Friday to help the Titans build a 13-0 lead through three innings for So. RHP Daniel Renken (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K). So. 3B Gary Brown sparked the offense with three hits out of the leadoff spot each of the next two games. Jr. RHP Kyle Witten (2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) left Saturday’s game early with discomfort in his right hip, but Fr. RHP Tyler Pill (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) turned in a strong start Sunday.
March 3: @ San Diego State: W 7-2
March 6-8: @ Southern Mississippi: W 15-2, W 11-6, W 11-3
March 10: @ (3) Texas A&M
March 13-15: @ Oklahoma State Tournament 2, Stillwater, Okla.: Rhode Island, (19) Oklahoma State (2), Rhode Island
7. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 11-1, 0-0 in Pac-10 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Sun Devils cruised to a three-game sweep of Holy Cross and have now outscored their opponents 110-24 through 12 games. Once again, Jr. OF Jason Kipnis (6-for-9, 7 R, 7 RBI, 2B, HR, 2 SB) led the offense on the weekend; he’s now batting .512/.614/1.023 with five homers, 16 RBIs and six stolen bases on the year. Jr. RHP Mike Leake (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) turned in his third straight sparkling start Friday, improving to 3-0, 0.43 with a 27-4 K-BB ratio in 21 innings. So. OF/LHP Matt Newman (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) picked up his first win of the year on Saturday.
March 5-7: Holy Cross: W 15-0, W 12-1, W 11-3
March 10-11: vs. Kansas State @ Surprise, Ariz.
March 13-15: vs. Kansas @ Surprise, Ariz.
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 12-0, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Bulldogs are off to the best start in school history at 12-0, and counting. Fr. 3B Colby May drove in four and was a triple shy of the cycle Friday in support of Sr. RHP Trevor Holder (7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K), whose pitch count dictated his departure with a no-hitter intact after seven innings Friday; the Bobcats did not muster a hit until the ninth. Jr. 1B Rich Poythress (3-for-5, 4 R, 4 RBI, HR) led a 15-hit attack Saturday behind So. RHP Justin Grimm (6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Poythress went 4-for-4 with a double in Sunday’s win, and three Georgia relievers worked 5.2 scoreless, two-hit innings of relief, striking out eight and walking none.
March 4: Wofford: W 13-6
March 6-8: Quinnipiac: W 7-0, W 19-6, W 7-2
March 10-11: Le Moyne
March 13-15: @ Alabama
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 8-4, 0-0 in CUSA. (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.
Rice got stellar pitching for the second straight weekend despite dropping Sunday’s finale against Oral Roberts. Jr. RHP Mike Ojala (6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) recorded his second straight double-digit strikeout game in a no-decision Friday, and the Owls came from behind with two in the ninth to beat Washington State, capped by Fr. OF Jeremy Rathjen’s bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to win it. Jr. RHP Ryan Berry (9 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) threw his second consecutive complete-game shutout Saturday. Fr. LHP Taylor Wall (6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) turned in another strong outing Sunday, but ORU broke a 3-3 tie with two in the ninth off previously untouchable Sr. RHP Jordan Rogers.
March 3: @ Sam Houston State: L 8-6
March 4: vs. Dallas Baptist @ Frisco, Texas: W 13-6
March 6-8: Academy Sports & Outdoors Rice Classic, Houston: Washington State: W 2-1, Notre Dame: W 9-0, Oral Roberts: L 5-3
March 12-15: (20) San Diego
10. UC IRVINE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 7-4, 0-0 in Big West. (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Sr. DH/RHP Brock Bardeen delivered a three-run homer and a grand slam in his first two at-bats Friday to help give Jr. LHP Daniel Bibona (6.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) a nice cushion. Jr. RHP Christian Bergman (6.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, as Baylor pushed across a run in the bottom of the ninth to break a 3-3 tie. Irvine got its own walk-off win Sunday, as Jr. 2B Casey Stevenson delivered a pinch-hit, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth to cap Irvine’s comeback from a 5-2 deficit.
March 3: Loyola Marymount: L 11-3
March 6-8: @ Quala-T Imprints Baylor Classic, Waco, Texas: Alabama-Birmingham: W 13-5, (6) Baylor: L 4-3, South Alabama: W 6-5
March 10: @ Southern California
March 13-15: Tulane
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 9-3, 0-0 in WCC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Jr. 3B Colin Rooney (6-for-12, HR, 4 RBI) led the Waves to a 4-1 week. Fr. OF Brian Humphries went 7-for-20 on the week to raise his average to .271 after staring the year 1-for-17. Fr. C Nate Johnson drove in three runs Thursday, including the game-winner on a ninth-inning sacrifice fly. The Waves rapped out 16 hits Friday in support of Sr. RHP Nate Newman (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K). Fr. LHP Aaron Gates (5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) was strong in a no-decision in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, and So. RHP Cole Cook picked up the win with three perfect innings of relief, striking out four.
March 3: @ UCLA: W 5-4
March 5-7: Evansville: W 4-3, W 15-5, L 2-0, W 4-2
March 10: (24) Cal Poly
March 13-15: @ Wichita State
12. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in MWC (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Sr. 1B Matt Vern homered in all three games to help the Horned Frogs sweep Wichita State—their third consecutive quality series win. TCU overcame a 5-2 deficit Friday with four runs in the eighth, highlighted by Vern’s three-run homer. TCU’s balanced 13-hit attack Saturday helped So. RHP Sean Hoelscher (5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) improve to 2-0. Fr. RHP Kyle Winkler (2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER) moved into the weekend rotation Sunday, and the Frogs supported him with five runs in the first; three relievers then worked 6.2 scoreless innings.
March 3: @ Texas-Arlington: W 11-3
March 4: (6) Baylor: L 2-1
March 6-8: Wichita State: W 6-5, W 9-4, W 12-3
March 10: @ Texas State
March 13-15: Minnesota
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 10-2, 3-0 in ACC (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Miami used two dramatic come-from-behind victories to record its first-ever sweep of North Carolina State. Jr. 3B Chris Herrmann tied Friday’s game in the ninth inning on a wild pitch, and the Wolfpack retook a one-run lead in the top of the 12th, but Jr. DH Jason Hagerty answered with a walk-off, two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the frame. Jr. RHP David Gutierrez (6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 5 BB, 4 K) and two relievers held the ‘Pack scoreless on three hits Saturday. Miami overcame an early 7-0 deficit Sunday, with most of the damage coming in a seven-run fifth, when Sr. OF Dave DiNatale’s RBI double put the Hurricanes ahead for good. Four Miami pitchers worked seven scoreless, three-hit innings in relief of So. LHP Iden Nazario (2 IP, 7 R, 6 ER).
March 3: Rhode Island: L 3-0
March 4: Mount St. Mary’s: W 14-3
March 6-8: North Carolina State: W 7-6 (12 innings), W 4-0, W 9-7
March 10: St. Joseph’s
March 11: Pittsburgh
March 13-15: Duke
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 7-3, 0-0 in SEC. (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
Ole Miss won two blowouts and a pitcher’s duel against Vermont. The Rebels got a huge weekend from Jr. SS Kevin Mort (9-for-12, 8 RBI) out of the bottom of the order, and So. 1B Matt Smith homered twice Saturday—his first two homers of the year. Jr. RHP Aaron Barrett (3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER) struggled Friday, but So. LHP Drew Pomeranz (5 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) and Jr. RHP Phillip Irwin (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) turned in strong outings on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
March 3: @ Arkansas State: W 11-5
March 6-8: Vermont: W 20-4, W 15-3, W 3-2
March 10-11: Austin Peay State
March 13-15: @ Vanderbilt
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 12-3, 0-0 in Big 12 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0-1.
The Sooners swept a tight three-game series against UCLA. A three-run homer by Jr. SS Bryant Hernandez capped Oklahoma’s six-run sixth inning Friday in support of Jr. RHP Andrew Doyle (6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER). The Sooners trailed 6-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth Saturday, but Fr. 3B Garrett Buechele’s two-run single capped a four-run outburst in the frame. Oklahoma tagged UCLA freshman phenom Gerrit Cole (3 IP, 9 H, 6 R) on Sunday, and Jr. RHP Garrett Richards (7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) turned in the longest start of his career to pick up his first win of the season. The Bruins fell to 2-10 despite five no-hit innings from LHP Gavin Brooks in relief of Cole.
March 3: Arkansas-Little Rock: W 11-7, W 16-6 (8 innings)
March 6-8: UCLA: W 6-5, W 7-6, W 6-4
March 9: California
March 10-11: Houston Baptist
March 13-15: @ Bulls Baseball Classic, Tampa: Bethune-Cookman, South Florida, Eastern Illinois
16. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 9-1, 3-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Yellow Jackets cruised to a sweep of Maryland in the first weekend of conference play. So. RHP Deck McGuire (6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K) dominated again Friday to improve to 3-0, 0.42 with a 28-4 K-BB ratio in 22 innings. The Yellow Jackets have reached double figures in all three starts this year by Jr. RHP Zach Von Tersch (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K); on Saturday, they scored 24 runs on 21 hits, including five homers. So. OF Chase Burnette delivered a pinch-hit, three-run homer to break a 7-7 tie in the eighth inning Sunday.
March 6-8: Maryland: W 5-1, W 24-3, W 10-7
March 10: Mercer
March 11: Kennesaw State
March 13-15: Boston College
17. COASTAL CAROLINA
Last Week: 6-0. Overall: 12-1, 0-0 in Big South (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
Coastal bludgeoned its way to a 6-0 week, capped by a school-record 36-run explosion Sunday against Stony Brook. Of all Coastal’s offensive heroes on the week, Sr. 2B Tyler Bortnick stood out most, going 9-for-14 with eight runs and four RBIs to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. The Chanticleers also got plenty of strong pitching this weekend, particularly from Fr. RHP Anthony Meo (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 8 K) against Albany and So. LHP Cody Wheeler (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) in the first win against Stony Brook. Coastal put up 11 in the first inning of Sunday’s massacre, then two in the second, eight in the third and 10 in the fourth. Coastal’s reserves checked in early and accounted for 18 of the team’s 33 hits.
March 4: The Citadel: W 3-1
March 5: IPFW: W 14-2
March 6-8: Caravelle Resort Tournament 2, Conway, S.C.: Albany: W 12-0 (7 innings), Stony Brook: W 9-0, Creighton: W 8-7, Stony Brook: W 36-3
March 10: Creighton
March 11: South Carolina-Upstate
March 13-15: @ UNC Asheville
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Razorbacks took two of three from Cal to improve to 5-1 against the Pac-10 this year. Leading the offense was Sr. OF Chase Leavitt (9-for-12, 2 R, 7 RBI, 2 2B, SB, 5 BB), who reached base in 11 straight plate appearances at one point during the weekend and raised his batting average 129 points to a team-best .419. Sr. 2B Ben Tschepikow’s two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth Friday forced extra innings, and Arkansas scored the winning run on a squeeze play in the 10th. Three Arkansas errors led to eight unearned runs in Saturday’s loss. Leavitt had four hits and five RBIs Sunday, and So. OF Brett Eibner added a grand slam.
March 3-4: Valparaiso: W 7-3, W 9-6
March 6-8: California: W 5-4, L 12-6, W 13-3
March 10-11: @ Centenary
March 13-15: Florida
19. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in Big 12 (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
The Cowboys won three straight in Palm Springs before dropping Sunday’s weekend finale against UC Riverside. So. SS Tom Belza had four hits Thursday against Gonzaga in support of Jr. LHP Tyler Lyons (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K). Belza had four more hits against Oregon State, and Jr. 1B Doug Kroll drove in four runs to help Jr. LHP Andrew Oliver (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) improve to 3-0 on the year. OSU scored four in the fifth against San Francisco to make a winner out of Jr. RHP Tyler Blandford (6 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 10 K). The Cowboys were shut out on three hits Sunday by Highlanders Jr. LHP Paul Applebee, who struck out six and walked none.
March 5-8: @ Palm Springs Baseball Invitational, Palm Springs, Calif.: Gonzaga: W 14-5, (24) Oregon State: W 7-5, San Francisco: W 6-4, UC Riverside: L 7-0
March 10-11: @ Arizona
March 13: Oklahoma State Tournament 2: (6) Cal State Fullerton, Rhode Island, (6) Cal State Fullerton, Rhode Island
20. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 8-6, 0-0 in WCC. (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.
The Toreros dropped three of four against cross-town rival San Diego State and fell to 2-7 against the Aztecs over the last two years. USD struck out 20 times Thursday against SDSU ace Stephen Strasburg and closer Addison Reed. The Toreros took a 4-3 lead with a run in the top of the 10th Friday, but the Aztecs answered in the bottom of the frame on Cory Vaughn’s three-run homer off Jr. RHP A.J. Griffin. San Diego rapped out 14 hits Saturday, but So. LHP Sammy Solis (6 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) still took the loss. USD put up seven runs in the fourth Sunday, but the Aztecs nearly rallied back against Jr. RHP Matt Thomson (8 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 9 K).
March 3: Western Carolina: W 14-7
March 5-8: vs./@/vs./@ San Diego State: L 5-2, L 6-4 (10 innings), L 6-5, W 10-7
March 10: @ Long Beach State
March 12-15: @ (9) Rice
21. KENT STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 7-2, 0-0 in MAC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Kent State had a 2-2 weekend, splitting two games with Wright State and two with UNC Wilmington. The Golden Flashes got a second straight strong start from So. LHP Kyle Hallock (6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) Friday against Wright State, and they won on an error in the 10th. Sr. OF Jason Patton’s three-run homer in the sixth gave Jr. RHP Brad Stillings (7.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) all the support he needed in the win against UNCW. The Flashes wasted a strong outing by Jr. RHP Kyle Smith (6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) in the loss to the Raiders, as the Kent State bullpen blew a 6-3 lead over the final three frames. The Flashes were shut out on five hits in Sunday’s finale against the Seahawks.
March 6-8: @ UNCW Seahawk Round Robin, Wilmington, N.C.: Wright State: W 4-3 (10 innings), UNC Wilmington: W 5-2, Wright State: L 7-6, UNC Wilmington: L 3-0
March 10: @ Marshall
March 13-15: @ Kennesaw State
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 6-4, 1-2 in ACC (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
The Tigers lost a tough series at North Carolina to start ACC play. Sr. 3B Matt Sanders hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the 10th Saturday, and Jr. RHP Tomas Cruz picked up the win with three scoreless innings of relief. Clemson pitchers issued four bases-loaded walks in UNC’s four-run third inning Saturday, and the Tigers mustered just three hits. Clemson overcame a 7-1 deficit with seven runs over the final two innings Sunday, capped by So. DH Jeff Schaus’ go-ahead, three-run home run in the ninth, but an error on a bunt helped UNC answer with two runs in the bottom of the frame. Schaus went 4-for-9 with a pair of homers in the series.
March 3: Furman: L 4-2 (14 innings)
March 4: UNC Asheville: W 17-2
March 6-8: @ (3) North Carolina: W 5-4 (10 innings), L 5-2, L 9-8
March 10: Michigan State
March 11: @ Spartan Classic, Greenville, S.C.: Michigan State
March 13-15: Wake Forest
23. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 7-3, 0-0 in Pac-10 (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0-1.
Oregon State went 3-1 at the Palm Springs Invitational, with Jr. SS Joey Wong’s six hits leading a steady offensive attack on the weekend. The Beavers erased a 6-4 deficit against San Francisco with five runs in the seventh, then tacked on two much-needed insurance runs in the eighth. Oklahoma State handed So. RHP Tyler Waldron (5 IP, 8 H, 7 ER) his first loss as a Beaver on Friday. Oregon State did all of its damage in a five-run fourth inning against UC Riverside. Jr. RHP Jorge Reyes (6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER) was decent in a no-decision Sunday, and the Beavers scored four in the seventh to beat Texas Tech and coach Dan Spencer, who had been O-State’s pitching coach and recruiting coordinator through 2006.
March 5-8: Palm Springs Baseball Invitational, Palm Springs, Calif.: San Francisco: W 11-9, (23) Oklahoma State: L 7-5, UC Riverside: W 5-1, Texas Tech: W 9-6
March 13-15: @ Pape Grand Slam, Portland, Ore.: Missouri State
24. CAL POLY
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 8-2, 0-0 in Big West (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Cal Poly improved to 4-2 on the year against Conference USA teams from Houston, following its season-opening home series win against Rice with a road series win against Houston. Fr. 2B Matt Jensen (4-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 2B) paced Poly’s 20-hit attack Friday, and Jr. RHP Kevin Castner struck out five over three scoreless innings of relief. Jensen and Sr. OF Ryan Lee each hit two-run homers to power the Mustangs to their eighth straight win Saturday, and Jensen (an unsigned 11th-round pick of the Mariners) has five homers already to lead the team; no Mustang hit more than nine all of last season. Jr. RHP D.J. Mauldin (8 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 13 K) was outstanding in defeat Sunday.
March 3: @ San Jose State: PPD (rain)
March 6-8: @ Houston: W 13-5, W 13-9, L 3-2
March 10: @ (11) Pepperdine
March 11: @ San Jose State
March 11: @ California
25. UC SANTA BARBARA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in Big West (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
The Gauchos swept a four-game series against Loyola Marymount to crack the top 25 for the first time since 2001. Sr. 1B Eric Oliver doubled home the lone run in the eighth inning Friday to help So. LHP Mario Hollands (9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) improve to 2-1, 2.35 with a 24-5 K-BB ratio in 23 innings. The Gauchos made four errors in Game Two behind Jr. RHP Joe Gardner (7 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K), but they scored six runs in the eighth to pull out a comeback win. UCSB used another six-spot (in the fifth inning) to win Saturday’s nightcap. Jr. 2B Matt Valaika (3-for-5, 3 RBI, 2B) paced a 13-hit attack Sunday in support of Jr. RHP Mike Ford (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K).
March 6-8: Loyola Marymount: W 1-0, W 12-9, W 9-5, W 10-3
March 10: @ UCLA
March 13-15: @ St. Mary’s
FLORIDA STATE (22)
Last Week: 1-4. Overall: 7-5, 1-2 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
For the first time since joining the ACC in 1992, Florida State lost its conference-opening series. The Seminoles had been 43-5 in games during the ACC’s opening weekend and had swept six straight opening series. The weekend started off all right for FSU, which got a strong start Friday from Fr. LHP Sean Gilmartin (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). Florida State’s starters—So. RHP Geoff Parker (1.1 IP, 7 H, 9 ER) and So. LHP John Gast (3.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER)—got shelled each of the next two games, and Boston College piled on against the bullpen both days.
March 3: @ Jacksonville: L 9-4
March 4: North Florida: L 5-4
March 6-8: Boston College: W 4-1, L 14-6, L 12-5
March 10-11: High Point
March 13-15: @ Virginia