Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 10-1, 0-0 in Pac-10. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Wildcats have won 10 straight since dropping their season opener against Georgia, and they have homered in every game this season. They went deep eight times in five games last week, led by Sr. 1B C.J. Ziegler, who socked three homers to raise his team-leading total to eight. So. OF Diallo Fon (10-for-21, 6 R, 3 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 6 RBI) had another big week, as did Sr. 2B Colt Sedbrook (7-for-14, 6 R, HR, 7 RBI). But Arizona’s arms also took care of business, shutting out three straight opponents at the Whataburger Classic. Jr. RHP Preston Guilmet (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K) dominated South Alabama on Friday, Sr. LHP David Coulon (8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K) was perfect into the fifth Saturday against host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and Jr. RHP Ryan Perry (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) submitted his first strong start of the year Sunday against Notre Dame.
March 4-5: Nevada-Las Vegas: W 6-5, W 16-6
March 7-9: @ Whataburger Classic, Corpus Christi, Texas: South Alabama: W 18-0, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: W 3-0, Notre Dame: W 16-0
March 14-16: (20) Cal State Fullerton
2. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 12-0, 0-0 in Pac-10. (4-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
The unbeaten Sun Devils have scored in double digits in their last five games, and eight of their 12 games overall. UMass actually kept Friday’s game close, trailing just 6-4 until ASU scored seven runs in the bottom of the eighth, highlighted by a three-run double by So. RHP/DH Jason Jarvis, batting cleanup. On Saturday, Jr. RHP Stephen Sauer (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K) sparkled in relief of Fr. RHP Seth Blair (0.2, 3 ER), and ASU’s offense was led by the usual suspects: Jr. 1B/LHP Ike Davis (4-for-5, 2 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI) and Jr. 3B Brett Wallace (4-for-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI). So. OF Jason Kipnis (3-for-5, 2 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) paced ASU’s 18-hit attack Sunday, though the Minutemen piled on against Blair (1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 0 ER) in the meaningless ninth inning.
March 4-5: New Mexico: W 18-1, W 10-1
March 7-9: Massachusetts: W 13-4, W 13-4, W 17-9
March 11-12: Arkansas
March 14-16: Troy
3. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 10-2, 2-1 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
North Carolina might have beaten Duke on the hardcourt Saturday, but the Blue Devils pulled off an upset by beating the rival Tar Heels in the first game of Saturday’s baseball doubleheader after Friday’s game was rained out. Duke jumped on So. RHP Alex White (3.2 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) en route to 13 runs, its most in a game against UNC since 1994. So. OF Tim Fedroff contributed five hits out of the leadoff spot in Saturday’s games, including two in the nightcap in support of Jr. RHP Adam Warren (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K). Fedroff had three more hits including a homer Sunday, and So. LHP Rob Catapano (4 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) and three relievers shut out the Devils.
March 4: William & Mary: W 10-2
March 7-9: @ Duke: L 13-4, W 9-3, W 9-0
March 11: Coastal Carolina
March 12: Virginia Commonwealth
March 14-16: Virginia Tech
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in Big 12. (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Cold weather kept the Tigers from playing their home opener until Saturday, when Jr. RHP Aaron Crow (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K) improved to 3-0 with help from Jr. OF Ryan Lollis (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI). Jr. RHP Ian Berger (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) pitched well in a no-decision in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader before the Sycamores posted seven runs against the Mizzou bullpen, but the Tigers answered with five in the bottom of the seventh and scored the game-winning run on So. DH Greg Folgia’s walk-off double in the ninth. So. OF Aaron Senne homered twice and drove in five for Missouri in that one. So. RHP Kyle Gibson (7.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) picked up his third win of the year in the nightcap.
March 4: Western Illinois: CCD, weather
March 7-9: Indiana State: W 5-1, W 9-8, W 6-2
March 14-16: Toledo
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 10-3, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
Ole Miss left Swayze Field for the first time this year and found Texas Christian to be an inhospitable host. Jr. RHP Lance Lynn (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) improved to 3-0 Friday with help from Mississippi’s three-run fourth inning and four scoreless, one-hit innings of relief from Jr. RHP Scott Bittle. Jr. RHP Cody Satterwhite (3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) struggled Saturday, but the Rebels scored two in the eighth to tie the score before Jr. CF Michael Hubbard dropped a fly ball with two outs in the ninth, allowing TCU to score the winning run. So. LHP Nathan Baker (5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) pitched well Sunday, but not as well as Horned Frogs Fr. RHP Greg Holle (6.2 IP, 1 ER).
March 4: Southern Mississippi: W 8-5
March 5: Arkansas State: L 7-5
March 7-9: @ Texas Christian: W 3-1, L 5-4, L 2-1
March 11-12: Western Kentucky
March 14-16: @ Mississippi State
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 8-3, 0-0 in SEC. (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
So. LHP Mike Minor (9 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) carried a shutout into the ninth inning Thursday before Jake Carr hit a two-out, two-run double to give Illinois-Chicago a 2-1 win. Fr. RHP Taylor Hill (5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) pitched well Friday, but Vandy needed four runs in the ninth to steal a comeback victory of its own, capped by Jr. SS Ryan Flaherty’s walk-off two-run single. Snow caused the cancellation of Saturday’s game, but the Commodores rolled Sunday behind three-hit games by Flaherty, Sr. OF David Macias and So. 1B Andrew Giobbi. Jr. RHP Steven Schwartz picked up his first win as a Commodore with 3.2 perfect innings in relief of Jr. RHP Nick Christiani (4.1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER).
March 4: Louisville: W 17-6
March 6-9: Illinois-Chicago: L 2-1, W 5-4, W 9-3
March 11-12: Western Carolina
March 14-16: (8) South Carolina
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 9-1, 3-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
There was no miracle in Miami this weekend, as the Hurricanes swept their conference-opening series against Boston College. In Miami’s seven-run seventh on Friday, Jr. 1B Yonder Alonso hit his first homer of the year and Jr. 2B Jemile Weeks swatted his third, helping So. LHP Eric Erickson (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) improve to 3-0. Alonso added two more homers and four RBIs Saturday, when three Miami pitchers threw 4.2 shutout innings in relief of Sr. RHP Enrique Garcia (4.1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER). Weeks added three hits Sunday, making him 7-for-12 on the weekend, and Fr. LHP Chris Hernandez (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) turned in another solid effort to improve to 2-0.
March 4: Lehigh: W 9-2
March 7-9: Boston College: W 10-7, W 8-3, W 7-1
March 11: Penn State
March 12: Maine
March 14-16: @ North Carolina State
8. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 8-2, 0-0 in SEC. (4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
South Carolina had no trouble sweeping hapless, winless Duquesne. Jr. SS Reese Havens continued to swing a hot bat Friday and Saturday, going 4-for-9 with a double, triple and six RBIs, and he got help lower in the lineup from So. OF DeAngelo Mack (6-for-9, 2B, HR over the first two games). Jr. RHP Mike Cisco (7 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) turned in his third straight solid outing in Friday’s win, and So. RHP Blake Cooper (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) outdid him Sunday, when So. C Kyle Enders paced the offense with three hits and three RBIs.
March 4: Gardner-Webb: CCD (rain)
March 5: Charlotte: L 11-2
March 7-9: Duquesne: W 15-4, W 10-2, W 9-2
March 10: Presbyterian
March 11-12: Yale
March 14-16: @ (6) Vanderbilt
9. LONG BEACH STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in Big West. (5-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Dirtbags have scored more than five runs in a game just twice this year, but their exceptional pitching and defense has them off to a 9-2 start; they swept Hawaii to run their winning streak to seven games. For the third straight Friday, Sr. RHP Andrew Liebel (8 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) struck out at least nine in a no-decision, and for the third straight Friday the Dirtbags won in extra-innings. Fr. C John Hill, in his first collegiate at-bat, delivered a game-tying, two-run, two-out, pinch-hit single in the eighth, and Jr. 1B Shane Peterson (3-for-5, 2 RBI) hit a walk-off RBI double in the 12th. Jr. RHP Vance Worley struck out a career-high 11 over eight strong innings Saturday, making LBSU’s three-run first stand up. Hill hit an RBI single to tie Sunday’s game in a five-run eighth inning, and four LBSU relievers allowed just one hit over 4.2 scoreless innings of work. The Dirtbag bullpen has allowed only one earned run so far this season.
March 4: Loyola Marymount: W 5-2
March 7-9: @ Hawaii: W 4-3 (12 innings), W 4-2, W 8-4
March 11: Western Illinois
March 14-16: vs./@/vs. Southern California
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 10-1, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Inclement weather forced the Bears to play a doubleheader Sunday and pushed the series finale until Monday, but Baylor coach Steve Smith picked up his 500th career victory with Sunday’s doubleheader sweep in Starkville, where he spent five years as an assistant to Ron Polk from 1990-94. So. 1B Dustin Dickerson hit a go-ahead two-run single with two outs in the seventh inning of the first game to help So. RHP Kendal Volz (7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) improve to 3-0. R-Fr. RHP Shawn Tolleson (5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER) picked up his first career victory in the back-and-forth second game, when the Bears out-walked the Bulldogs 17-10 (the game took 3:32). Jr. OF Ben Booker (3-for-5, 2 R, 5 RBI) led the offense out of the leadoff spot.
March 4-5: Louisiana Tech: L 9-6, W 7-6
March 7-9: @ Mississippi State: W 5-4, W 16-11, PPD (weather)
March 10: @ Mississippi State
March 11-12: @ Oral Roberts
March 14-16: (23) Oklahoma State
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 7-4, 0-0 in Pac-10. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0-1.
The Bruins rebounded from a pair of midweek blowout losses to Cal State Fullerton by winning a weekend series against St. Mary’s, though they dropped Sunday’s finale. Jr. LHP Tim Murphy (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 11 K) moved to the Friday starter spot and dominated, and the Bruins supported him with 14 hits, led by Sr. 2B Alden Carrithers (4-for-5, 3 R, 2B) and So. OF Gabe Cohen (2-for-4, 1 R, 2B, 3B, 6 RBI). So. LHP Gavin Brooks (4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) was erratic Saturday in his return from blisters on his throwing hand, but Jr. C Ryan Babineau’s two-run pinch-hit double in the seventh gave UCLA the lead for good. Jr. LHP Brendan Lafferty (3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) pitched well in relief Sunday, but the Bruins were held to six hits and are hitting just .236/.352/.346 as a team.
March 4-5: @/vs. Cal State Fullerton: L 7-1, L 13-2
March 7-9: St. Mary’s: W 14-0, W 7-6, L 4-2
March 11: Pepperdine
March 13-15: @ Cal Poly
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 9-1-1, 0-0 in Pac-10 (3-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
The Golden Bears have outscored opponents 45-12 during their current six-game winning streak. So. LHP Chris Petrini (7 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) was once again a strong fill-in for injured ace Tyson Ross on Friday, and Jr. 1B David Cooper doubled twice in support. Jr. LHP Craig Bennigson (6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 K) improved to 3-0 Saturday, when Cal took advantage of five Minnesota errors. Cooper (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) and Sr. 2B Josh Satin (2-for-5, R, 3 RBI, HR) led Cal’s 20-hit barrage Sunday in support of Sr. RHP Alex Rollin (5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER).
March 4: Stanford: W 8-3
March 7-9: @ Metrodome Tournament: Northern Iowa: W 11-3, Minnesota: W 4-1, New Mexico: W 12-2
March 11: San Francisco
March 14-16: Loyola Marymount
13. UC IRVINE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 10-1, 0-0 in Big West (4-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
UC Irvine’s pitching staff saw its streak of consecutive scoreless innings snapped at 38 on Friday, when Tulane ace Shooter Hunt turned the tables on Jr. RHP Scott Gorgen (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K), but the Anteaters won a road series against a ranked foe. Irvine jumped out to a 6-0 lead through three and a half innings Saturday, with Jr. CF Ollie Linton (2-for-3, HR, 4 RBI) doing much of the damage. Linton (2-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 SB) led the offense again Sunday in support of So. RHP Christian Bergman (6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K), who ran his scoreless innings streak to 13. Irvine’s team ERA is 1.38, and Eaters pitchers are limiting opponents to a .197 average.
March 4: San Diego: W 4-0
March 7-9: @ Tulane: L 2-0, W 7-3, W 5-1
March 11: @ Southern California
March 12: Western Illinois
March 14-16: Hawaii
14. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 12-0, 3-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
After starting 23-0 in 2007, the Seminoles are more than halfway to that same start in 2007. FSU’s ACC-opening sweep of Maryland included a pair of one-run victories sandwiched around a blowout. Jr. RHP Elih Villanueva (9 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) withstood Maryland’s two-run ninth inning to pick up a complete-game win in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. The Seminoles rapped out 14 hits in the second game in support of So. LHP Matt Fairel (7 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K). Jr. C Buster Posey (3-for-5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI) led the Florida State offense Sunday, but Fr. 3B Stuart Tapley (2-for-5, 2 RBI) drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded single in the ninth.
March 4-5: UNC Asheville: W 11-4, W 10-5
March 7-9: Maryland: W 5-4, W 16-0, W 9-8
March 11-12: Georgia
March 14-16: Georgia Tech
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 8-5, 0-0 in CUSA (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.
The Owls played four one-run games on the week, dropping the first two but winning the final two to halt a three-game losing streak. So. RHP Ryan Berry (4.2 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) was roughed up in Friday’s loss to Michigan State, and Sr. RHP Chris Kelley (2.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 3 ER) didn’t fare any better Saturday. But the Owls erased an early 7-1 deficit against Western Carolina and scored the winning run when Sr. OF Derek Myers doubled home Fr. SS Rick Hague in the ninth. The Owls made five errors Sunday behind Jr. RHP Matt Langwell (6 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 2 ER), but they scored two in the eighth to pull out another comeback win, this time against Creighton.
March 4: @ Sam Houston State: L 13-12
March 5: Dallas Baptist: L 7-6 (12 innings)
March 7-9: Rice Classic, Houston: Michigan State: L 9-3, Western Carolina: W 12-11, Creighton: W 7-6
March 11: (19) Texas
March 12: @ Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
March 14-17: Winthrop
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 11-2, 1-2 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
After Friday’s opener was postponed by rain, the Cavaliers won the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader but dropped their first conference series. Jr. RHP Jacob Thompson (6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) was dominant after a rocky first inning in the first game, and Fr. DH Phil Gosselin’s two-run homer in the 10th gave Virginia the win. The Cavaliers were held to three hits in the second game by N.C. State starter Clayton Shunick, making Sr. LHP Pat McAnaney (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) a tough-luck loser. The Cavs mustered just four hits Sunday in support of Jr. RHP Andrew Carraway (6 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K).
March 4: @ Virginia Military Institute: PPD (rain)
March 7-9: @ North Carolina State: W 5-3 (10 innings), L 2-0, L 4-2
March 11: Radford
March 12: Navy
March 14-16: @ Duke
Last Week: 2-0. Overall: 11-0, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Wildcats were limited to just one game this weekend thanks to lousy weather, and they were held to just three runs by Purdue ace Matt Bischoff and two relievers after scoring in double digits in each of their previous 10 contests. But Kentucky still got the win behind another strong outing from Jr. RHP Scott Green (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K). So. OF Keenan Wiley’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth broke a 2-2 tie. The series concludes Monday.
March 5: Evansville: W 15-1
March 7-10: Purdue: W 3-2, PPD, PPD
March 10: Purdue
March 11: Eastern Michigan (DH)
March 14-16: Alabama
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 8-4, 0-0 in Pac-10 (5-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
After starting the season with home series wins against Nebraska and Cal State Fullerton, the Cardinal went on the road for its annual series against Texas and emerged with another series victory, even after losing the opener. Jr. LHP Jeremy Bleich (6 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 4 K) took the loss Friday, when Fr. 3B Zach Jones’ costly error opened the door to Texas’ three-run third inning. Fr. RHP Drew Storen picked up the win Saturday with 3.2 shutout innings of relief, as Jr. C Jason Castro’s two-run homer in the seventh inning proved to be the game-winner. In Sunday’s curfew-shortened game, Jr. OF/LHP Sean Ratliff (4-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI) had a monstrous day to lead the Stanford offense, and Fr. RHP Alex Pracher got the save by inducing a game-ending double play with the bases loaded in the eighth. Ratliff also was credited with his second victory in as many relief outings this season.
March 4: @ (18) California: L 8-3
March 5: @ St. Mary’s: suspended by darkness (7-7, bottom 9)
March 7-9: @ (16) Texas: L 5-2, W 6-5, W 12-9 (8 innings)
Off for exams until March 21
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 9-4, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
The Longhorns dropped their annual series against visiting Stanford despite winning Friday’s opener behind a strong start from Jr. LHP Austin Wood (7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K). The Texas bullpen, which had been nearly untouchable until this weekend, gave up the lead Saturday, when the Cardinal scored twice in the seventh against So. RHP Marcus Tackett. On Sunday, the Cardinal jumped out to a 5-0 lead against Fr. RHP Cole Green (0.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER), and the Longhorns’ late comeback bid was cut short by Stanford’s travel curfew. Jr. OF Jordan Danks (3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) and So. 1B Brandon Belt (4-for-4, 2 RBI) led the Texas offense Sunday.
March 4-5: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: W 16-7, W 22-3
March 7-9: Stanford: W 5-2, L 6-5, L 12-9 (8 innings)
March 10: Dallas Baptist
March 11: @ (15) Rice
March 14-16: Kansas
20. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 8-4, 0-0 in Big West (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
After being swept at Stanford, the Titans rebounded with a pair of midweek wins against UCLA and a sweep of visiting Southern Mississippi. Fr. LHP Jason Dovel (5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) was brilliant in relief of Sr. RHP Adam Jorgenson (2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) on Friday, and Jr. 1B Jared Clark (2-for-2, 2B, RBI, 2 BB) led the offense. The Titans jumped out to a 3-0 lead Saturday in support of Jr. RHP Cory Arbiso (5.1 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 Bb, 7 K) in a game that featured the first collegiate home run by Fr. SS Christian Colon. Sr. RHP Jeff Kaplan (5.2 IP, 10 H, 5 ER) proved hittable in a no-decision Sunday, but Fullerton busted open a 5-5 game with five runs in the sixth and seven in the seventh. Offensive heroes for CSF included Clark (3-for-4, HR, 4 RBI), Colon (3-for-5, 3 R, 2B, RBI), Jr. OF Eric Komatsu (3-for-4, HR, 5 RBI) and So. OF Josh Fellhauer (4-for-5, 4 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI).
March 4-5: vs./@ (3) UCLA: W 7-1, W 13-2
March 7-9: Southern Mississippi: W 4-1, W 8-3, W 19-6
March 11: @ (21) San Diego
March 14-16: @ (1) Arizona
21. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 7-7, 0-0 in WCC (5-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
San Diego dropped its first game of the weekend against Santa Clara to extend its losing streak to three games, then rebounded with a pair of wins against ranked teams before getting blown out by Loyola Marymount on Sunday. Jr. OF/LHP Josh Romanski gave up six runs in relief Thursday, and the Broncos scored the winning run in the eighth in a game shortened by darkness. Jr. LHP Brian Matusz (8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K) shut down Oklahoma State’s potent offense Friday. Fr. 3B Victor Sanchez (2-for-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI) led the offense Saturday, as the Toreros broke a 5-5 tie against Oregon State with four runs in the seventh. Fr. RHP Kyle Blair (5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) took the loss Sunday, and LMU piled on against the USD bullpen.
March 4: @ (19) UC Irvine: L 4-0
March 6-9: San Diego State Tournament, San Diego: Santa Clara: L 7-6 (8 innings), (21) Oklahoma State: W 7-2, (12) Oregon State: W 10-5, Loyola Marymount: L 13-3
March 11: (20) Cal State Fullerton
March 13: Western Illinois
March 15-17: @ Hawaii-Hilo
22. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 5-5, 0-0 in Pac-10. (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Oregon State needed a comeback win Sunday against Santa Clara to avoid an 0-3 start at the SDSU Tournament, which wraps up Monday when the Beavers face the host Aztecs. Sr. RHP Mike Stutes (5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) took the loss against Loyola Marymount, which broke open a one-run game with a six-run seventh against five ineffective OSU relievers, with help from three Beavers errors in the frame. They made three more errors Saturday against San Diego, leading to three unearned runs against So. RHP Jorge Reyes (5.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 ER), but the Toreros broke a 5-5 tie with four runs in the seventh against that beleaguered OSU bullpen. On Sunday, Santa Clara jumped out to a 10-2 lead through three innings against Fr. RHP Greg Peavey (2.1 IP, 2 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K), but the Beavers stormed back into the game with six in the fourth and completed the comeback with a three-run eighth. So. C Ryan Ortiz (3-for-6, HR, 5 RBI) led the Beaver bats.
March 4: Portland: W 16-0
March 7-9: @ San Diego State Tournament, San Diego: Loyola Marymount: L 13-3, (17) San Diego: L 10-5, Santa Clara: W 12-10
March 10: @ San Diego State Tournament, San Diego: San Diego State
March 14-16: @ Nevada
23. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 9-3, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
So. LHP Andrew Oliver (7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K) posted his third straight strong outing in a no-decision Thursday against Loyola Marymount, but the game was knotted at 1-1 until Sr. OF Donnie Webb’s one-out triple sparked Oklahoma State’s two-run ninth. San Diego ace Brian Matusz held the Cowboys scoreless until the eighth inning Friday, and So. LHP Tyler Lyons (6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER) took his first loss. Jr. SS Jordy Mercer’s two-run homer in the first gave OSU a lead it would not relinquish Saturday, and So. OF Dylan Brown (2-for-4, 2 RBI) later added his first homer of the year. Brown went 3-for-4 in a losing effort Sunday, as San Diego State jumped out to an 11-0 lead through three innings, with the first five coming against starter Matt Gardner.
March 6-9: @ San Diego State Tournament, San Diego: Loyola Marymount: W 3-2, (17) San Diego: L 7-2, Santa Clara: W 9-5, San Diego State: L 12-4
March 11: Missouri State
March 14-16: @ (10) Baylor
24. WICHITA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 7-3, 0-0 in MVC (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
The Shockers swept a three-game series after Friday’s game was postponed by cold weather. Sr. LHP Rob Musgrave (7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 13 K) picked up his first win of the year in the first game Saturday, and the Shockers pounded out 16 hits in support. Jr. RHP Aaron Shafer (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K) was brilliant in a no-decision in the second game, but the WSU bullpen gave up 10 runs over the eighth and ninth innings, forcing the Shockers to score five runs in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. They got the winning run in the 10th on a wild pitch. So. SS Dusty Coleman (4-for-5, 3 R, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI) and Sr. OF Andy Dirks (2-for-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI) led the Wichita offense in that one. Coleman drove in three runs Sunday without registering a hit, and Jr. LHP Anthony Capra (4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K) was sharp in his first start since having an appendectomy on Feb. 23.
March 4: Le Moyne: W 9-8
March 7-9: Harvard: W 16-3, W 11-10 (10 innings), W 13-2
March 12: Washington State
March 14-16: Texas Christian
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 5-5, 0-0 in Big Ten. (0-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
For the second straight weekend, the Wolverines salvaged a win Sunday to avoid going winless in a weekend tournament. Rain Friday forced Michigan to play two games on a blustery, cold Saturday, beginning with a loss to Georgia Southern when Jr. LHP Mike Wilson (3.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER) struggled for the third straight start. Jr. RHP/DH Zach Putnam (6.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K; 2-for-4, RBI) pitched fairly well in his first extended start of 2008 against host East Carolina, and Jr. 3B Adam Abraham went 4-for-4, but Putnam gave up the lead in the seventh and the Pirates scored the winning run against reliever Mike Powers in the eighth. Sr. RHP Chris Fetter (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K) picked up the Wolverines with a masterful start Sunday against Pittsburgh, and Jr. SS Jason Christian and Sr. C Nate Recknagel each homered.
March 7-9: @ Keith LeClair Classic, Greenville, N.C.: Georgia Southern: L 12-3, East Carolina: L 6-5, Pittsburgh: W 7-0
March 14-16: @ Centex Homes Invitational, Conway, S.C.: Presbyterian, Coastal Carolina, Ball State, Coastal Carolina
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 8-5, 0-0 in CUSA (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
Jr. RHP Shooter Hunt (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 11 K) out-dueled UC Irvine ace Scott Gorgen in Friday’s series opener, but the Anteaters stormed back to take the next two games, and the series. So. SS Josh Prince’s two-run single in the third gave Hunt all the support he needed Friday. So. LHP Aaron Loup (1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K) was chased in Irvine’s four-run second inning Saturday. Fr. RHP Robby Broach (6.2 IP, 5 ER) suffered his first collegiate loss Sunday, as Jr. C Jared Dyer (3-for-4) was one of Tulane’s lone offensive bright spots.
March 4: New Orleans: L 4-2
March 5: Southern: W 14-6
March 7-9: (19) UC Irvine: W 2-0, L 7-3, L 5-1
March 11-12: Northwestern State
March 14-16: Oakland
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 7-4, 1-2 in ACC (0-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-2.
Clemson’s strength was supposed to be its pitching, but the Tigers gave up 29 runs in three games in an ACC-opening series loss to Wake Forest. Jr. LHP Ryan Hinson (4 IP, 9 H, 8 ER) was hammered in the weather-delayed opener Saturday, and Clemson’s comeback bid fell short. So. LHP Matt Zoltak (3.2 IP, 9 H, 10 R, 8 ER) got the start and was hit even harder in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, but Fr. DH Kyle Parker (5-for-5, 5 R, 3 HR, 2B, 7 RBI) brought the Tigers back nearly singlehandedly. His three-run homer in the ninth tied the score at 11, and Jr. SS Stan Widmann followed with a game-winning RBI single later in the inning. The Demon Deacons did most of their damage against Jr. RHP D.J. Mitchell (5.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) in a four-run sixth inning Sunday.
March 5: Wofford: W 9-7
March 7-9: @ Wake Forest: L 13-11, W 12-11, L 5-3
March 11-12: UNC Greensboro
March 14-16: Boston College