1. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 15-1 (4-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
UNC passed its first major test of the season with flying colors. The Tar Heels built a 6-0 lead through four innings Friday before Miami answered with five runs of its own, but the UNC bullpen threw four solid innings of relief to preserve the win. On Saturday, Fr. RHP Alex White (7.2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 7 K, 6 BB) struggled with his control early but retired 14 straight Miami hitters from the second through seventh innings. Jr. RHP Luke Putkonen surrendered four runs in the first inning Sunday, but UNC answered with five in the second, highlighted by Jr. DH Benji Johnson’s opposite-field grand slam. Eight UNC relievers allowed just one run after Putkonen departed in the fifth.
March 7: Temple: W 14-0
March 9-11: (11) Miami: W 7-5, W 3-1, W 11-7
March 13: Elon
March 14: UNC Greensboro
March 16-18: (7) Virginia
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 18-0 (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
It took the Vandy bats a little while to get going this weekend, but it hardly mattered with Jr. LHP David Price and So. RHP Nick Christiani on the mound. Price threw his second consecutive complete game Friday, a masterful 16-strikeout four-hitter. He now has a 57-7 strikeout-walk ratio through 36 innings. Christiani, who actually leads Vanderbilt with a 2.05 ERA, followed with 7.1 shutout frames Saturday, striking out eight, and Jr. 2B Alex Feinberg delivered a fifth-inning RBI double that proved the game-winner. The Commodores scored six runs in the first inning Sunday, when Jr. CF David Macias and So. 3B Pedro Alvarez combined for six of Vandy’s 18 hits.
March 6: @ Western Kentucky: W 6-4
March 9-11: Illinois-Chicago: W 2-1, W 1-0, W 14-5
March 14: @ Belmont
March 16-18: (23) Mississippi
3. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 13-2 (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Gamecocks did just fine without ace Harris Honeycutt (strained biceps) in their final tune-up before conference play begins. Fr. RHP Blake Cooper filled in admirably for Honeycutt on Friday (5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 6 K, 1 BB), and So. 1B Justin Smoak led the offense with two doubles, a homer and five RBIs. Smoak’s lone hit Saturday was another three-run homer, this one in support of So. RHP Mike Cisco (6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 8 K, 1 BB). The most important development of the weekend came Sunday, when Jr. LHP Arik Hempy looked sharp in his return from Tommy John surgery (2.2 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 4 K, 2 BB). Sr. Drew Martin’s pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh inning broke a 4-4 tie to secure the sweep.
March 6: @ College of Charleston: L 5-4 (10 innings)
March 9-11: Brown: W 13-1, W 11-2, W 9-4
March 13-14: Appalachian State
March 16-18: Louisiana State
4. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 20-0 (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.
Make it 20 straight for the Seminoles, who allowed just two runs in their final series before beginning ACC play. Sr. RHP Bryan Henry (8 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 8 K, 0 BB) improved to 5-0 on Friday, when Fr. CF D’Vontrey Richardson paced the offense with three hits. Sr. RHP Michael Hyde followed with five scoreless innings Saturday, striking out seven, and Jr. RHP Ryan Strauss delivered the best outing of the weekend Sunday (8 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 8 K, 0 BB). The ‘Noles scored 23 runs on the weekend without the benefit of a home run; they have now outscored opponents 238-63 but have hit just nine homers on the season. They do have 70 doubles.
March 9-11: Indiana: W 6-0, W 8-2, W 9-0
March 16-18: Wake Forest
5. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 17-3 (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
The Beavers quashed talk of Evansville being this year’s Oregon State with an emphatic three-game sweep in their home-opening series. After Thursday’s pre-game ceremonies to honor OSU’s 2006 national championship, the Beavers used a five-run sixth inning to help make Jr. RHP Mike Stutes (6.2 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 0 BB) a winner. Jr. C Mitch Canham hit a grand slam off the right-field foul pole in the sixth inning Friday in support of Jr. LHP Joe Paterson (7 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 7 H). Sr. OF Mike Lissman doubled home Jr. SS Darwin Barney with the go-ahead run in the seventh inning Saturday, helping Jr. RHP Daniel Turpen ( 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 6 K) improve to 5-0.
March 5: @ Domino’s Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic, College Station, Texas:
(18) Texas A&M: W 6-5 (8 innings)
March 8-10: (25) Evansville: W 9-2, W 6-2, W 3-2
March 16-18: San Francisco
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 10-4 (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
Sr. 1B Andy D’Alessio hit a solo homer with two out in the ninth inning to force extras Friday, but Jr. closer Daniel Moskos gave up a two-run single in the 10th. D’Alessio homered again Saturday in support of So. LHP Ryan Hinson (5.2 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 6 K, 1 BB). D’Alessio went 7-for-12 on the weekend to raise his average to .300. Jr. RHP Alan Farina was wild but effective in his first start of the season Sunday (4.2 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 K, 5 BB).
March 7: (17) Coastal Carolina: W 4-0
March 9-11: Memphis: L 6-4 (10 innings), W 8-2, W 7-2
March 14: Georgia Southern
March 16-18: Duke
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 16-3. Weekend Series: 3-1.
Virginia drops its first weekend series in 10 tries, a streak dating back to last April against North Carolina State. Jr. LHP/1B Sean Doolittle (6.1 IP, 5 ER, 8 H) fell to 4-1 Friday, as Wake Forest Jr. OF Willy Fox hit a pair of home runs, including a three-run shot in the seventh to break open a 4-3 game. So. 2B David Adams led Virginia’s offensive explosion Saturday with five hits and four RBIs. So. 1B Allan Dykstra hit a pair of homers for Wake Forest on Sunday and Fox went 4-for-5 and delivered a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against UVa. closer Casey Lambert. The Cavaliers pounded out 45 hits in the three-game series but also left 39 runners on base.
March 6: @ James Madison: W 6-5
March 9-11: @ Wake Forest: L 8-3, W 13-5, L 7-6
March 13: Niagara
March 16-18: @ (1) North Carolina
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 14-7 (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
TCU chased Jr. RHP Chris Kelley in the third inning Friday, but TCU All-American Jake Arrieta couldn’t hold a 4-1 lead. The Owls put up six runs against Arrieta before piling on against the Horned Frogs bullpen in a 12-run seventh inning. Fr. RHP Ryan Berry (7 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 11 K, 2 BB) improved to 3-0 in Saturday’s win against Texas Tech. Sr. RHP Ryne Tacker threw five scoreless innings in relief of Jr. LHP Joe Savery (4 IP, 1 ER) on Sunday, and Fr. 3B Diego Seastrunk drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the eighth inning.
March 6: St. John’s: L 7-6
March 9-11: @ Whataburger College Classic, Corpus Christi, Texas:
Texas Christian: W 20-6, Texas Tech: W 5-1, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: W 2-1
March 16-18: Cal Poly
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 13-4. Weekend Series: 5-0.
The Razorbacks shifted Jr. RHP Jess Todd from the closer role to the Friday starter spot, and in his first start of the season he was dominant through 4.1 IP, striking out eight and allowing just one hit. The Jayhawks chased him with five runs in the fifth, but Arkansas responded with five runs of its own in the bottom of the frame. Jr. LHP Nick Schmidt struck out eight and allowed just three hits over eight shutout innings Saturday. Sr. 1B Danny Hamblin’s three-run homer in the sixth inning broke open Sunday’s pitching duel.
March 9-11: Kansas: W 8-7, W 4-0, W 5-2
March 13: Oral Roberts
March 16-18: @ (24) Kentucky
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 15-7. Weekend Series: 4-2.
RedHawks Jr. RHP John Ely held the Longhorns to two runs in a complete-game victory Friday, though So. OF Kyle Russell swatted his seventh and eighth homers of the year. It was Texas Jr. RHP Adrian Alaniz (9 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 7K, 0 BB) going the distance on Saturday, when Russell hit a three-run shot to lead a 14-hit attack. A six-run second inning propelled Texas to the win in Sunday’s weather-shortened game.
March 6: @ Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: W 10-6
March 9-11: Miami (Ohio): L 6-2, W 10-0, W 10-4 (5 innings)
March 14: Winthrop
March 16-18: vs./@/@ Baylor
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 15-5 (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1-1.
Jr. RHP Barry Enright (7 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 8 H 8 K, 0 BB) pitched well in a no-decision Friday, but the Cowboys scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the score before pushing across the winning run in the 10th. The Waves scored three runs in the first Saturday, and So. RHP Brett Hunter made it stand up (7 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 K, 4 BB). Sunday’s game was washed out.
March 6: @ UC Santa Barbara: W 13-12
March 9-11: @ (16) Oklahoma State: L 7-6 (10 innings), W 7-3
March 13: @ (13) Cal State Fullerton
March 16-18: Minnesota
12. WICHITA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 13-4 (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
The Shockers scored four runs in the sixth to help Jr. LHP Rob Musgrave (5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER) improve to 3-0 Friday. Sr. 1B Derek Schermerhorn and So. 3B Conor Gillaspie homered Saturday in support of Jr. RHP Travis Banwart (7 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 9 K, 2 BB). So. RHP Aaron Shafer rebounded from last week’s loss with six solid innings in Sunday’s win, striking out seven and allowing just an unearned run.
March 9-11: Penn State: W 7-2, W 3-0, W 2-1
March 14: @ Kansas
March 16-18: (17) Long Beach State
13. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 0-3. Overall: 12-8 (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
In their first trip to the East Coast since 2001, the Titans saw their streak of 16 consecutive series victories end with a resounding thud. Jr. RHP Wes Roemer eclipsed last year’s loss total with his third of the season on Friday (6 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 10 H, 5 K, 2 BB), as Fullerton’s offense managed just three hits. The Titans matched that hit total Saturday, turning Jr. RHP Jeff Kaplan (6 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 4 BB) into a hard-luck loser. The Pirates scored eight times in the second inning against Fr. RHP Sean Urena on Sunday, then slammed the door on Fullerton’s comeback attempt with four runs in the eighth.
March 9-11: @ East Carolina: L 6-1, L 2-0, L 12-5
March 13: (11) Pepperdine
March 14: (22) San Diego
14. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 12-4 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
Pepperdine chased Jr. RHP Matt Gardner in the third inning Friday, but Jr. RHP Robbie Weinhardt threw five scoreless innings of relief, allowing the Cowboys to tie the score with three runs in the ninth. Jr. 3B Matt Mangini led off the 10th with a single, stole second base and scored the game-winning run on a single by Jr. 1B Rebel Ridling. Pepperdine jumped on Sr. RHP Oliver Odle with three runs in the first Saturday, and the OSU offense only managed five hits. Sunday’s game was rained out.
March 6: @ Texas-Arlington: W 19-1
March 9-11: (13) Pepperdine: W 7-6 (10 innings), L 7-3
March 13-14: Western Illinois
March 16-18: Hartford
15. COASTAL CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 15-3. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
Sr. OF Dom Duggan went 4-for-5 with three RBIs Friday, as Coastal broke a 5-5 tie with three runs in the eighth, only to give the lead back in Bethune-Cookman’s six-run ninth and then retake the lead with four runs on five walks in the bottom of the ninth. Jr. OF Tommy Baldridge went 4-for-4 with two RBIs Saturday in support of So. RHP Bobby Gagg (7 IP, 0 R, 7 H, 6 K , 0 BB). Baldridge added three more hits Sunday behind Sr. RHP John Mariotti (5 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 2 BB).
March 7: @ (6) Clemson: L 4-0
March 9-11: Myrtle Beach Hyundai-Isuzu Classic, Conway, S.C.:
Bethune-Cookman: W 9-8, Ball State: W 5-0, Georgia Southern: W 6-2
March 13: @ UNC Wilmington
March 15-17: Eastern Michigan
16. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 18-2 (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Jr. LHP David Newmann (9 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 9 K, 1 BB) outpitched Florida ace Bryan Augenstein in Friday’s win, as the Aggies broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the sixth and three more in the eighth. Five Aggies had multi-hit games in Saturday’s rout, led by So. 1B Luke Anders (4-for-5, HR, 3 RBI). Sr. RHP Kyle Nicholson made his second start of the year Sunday and improved to 4-1, allowing just one run in seven innings while striking out seven.
March 5: Domino’s Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic, College Station, Texas:
(9) Oregon State: L 6-5 (8 innings)
March 9-11: Florida: W 7-1, W 13-5, W 6-1
March 16-18: Kansas
17. LONG BEACH STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 10-5. (6-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
Long Beach State took leads of 4-1 and 6-5 on Friday but Arizona State had an answer each time. So. RHP Vance Worley (4 IP, 5 ER, 10 H) struggled in a no-decision. Jr. DH Jason Corder went 4-for-5 with a homer Saturday, and the Dirtbags scored three runs in the top of the ninth after closer Bryan Shaw coughed up a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth. The Beach erased an early 4-0 deficit Sunday with 16 runs over the final six innings, keyed by a 5-for-5 day for So. SS Danny Espinosa and a 4-for-6, 4-RBI day for Fr. 3B Travis Krick.
March 9-11: @ (15) Arizona State: L 7-6, W 8-7, W 16-9
March 13: @ UCLA
March 16-18: @ (12) Wichita State
18. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 13-7 (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-2.
The Sun Devils dropped their second straight weekend series in wild fashion. Jr. 2B Eric Sogard stayed red hot on Friday, going 4-for-4 with a pair of homers, including a two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth to give ASU a 7-6 lead. Jr. OF Matt Spencer delivered a pinch-hit two-run double to give Arizona State a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the eighth Saturday, but the Dirtbags countered with three runs in the ninth. Arizona State couldn’t hold an early 4-0 lead Sunday, as Sr. RHP Matt Trink allowed seven runs in 1.2 IP after relieving starter Joey Parigi in the fourth.
March 9-11: (19) Long Beach State: W 7-6, L 8-7, L 16-9
March 13-14: Kansas State
March 16-18: Maine
19. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 15-9. (4-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
USC pounded out 21 hits in Friday’s slugfest, breaking open a 6-6 tie with a five-run eighth highlighted by So. IF Michael Torres’ two-run double. Fr. RHP Brad Boxberger (6.1 IP, 1 ER, 6 H) had another strong start Saturday but picked up a no-decision as the Trojans overcame a 1-0 deficit with two runs in the ninth off Stanford So. LHP Jeremy Bleich. Sr. RHP Paul Koss picked up saves No. 9 and 10 of the year in the first two games, but he wasn’t available Sunday and the USC bullpen blew a 7-4 lead, as the Cardinal scored four runs in the seventh and six in the eighth.
March 6: UC Riverside: L 4-1
March 9-11: @ Stanford: W 11-8, W 2-1, L 14-9
March 14: Portland
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 17-2. Weekend Series: 4-0.
So. RHP Bryan Woodall (5.2 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 4 K, 0 BB) outpitched Purdue ace Josh Lindblom on Friday, and So. DH Luke Greinke went 3-for-5 and singled in the game-winning run in the ninth. Ten different Tigers recorded hits Saturday in support of So. RHP Paul Burnside (5 IP, 0 R, 5 H) and Jr. RHP Brett Butts (4 IP of relief, 0 R, 4 H). The whole lineup got into the act again Sunday, as 10 different Tigers again recorded hits, this time in support of So. RHP Evan Crawford (5.1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H).
March 6: Davidson: W 10-4
March 9-11: Purdue: W 4-3, W 11-0, W 12-6
March 13-14: Virginia Military Institute
March 16-18: @ Georgia
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 13-5. Weekend Series: 2-0.
A week after sweeping UC Riverside, the Sooners acquitted themselves well on the West Coast. So. RHP Stephen Porlier (6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 8 K, 2 BB) shut down the host Aztecs on Friday, and Jr. OF Joe Dunigan went 2-for-5 with his third homer of the year. Jr. RHP Ryan Mottern didn’t make it out of the second inning Saturday against San Diego, but Jr. LHP Taylor Heath (6.1 IP, 2 ER) picked up the win in relief thanks to Oklahoma’s four-run fifth inning. Jr. 2B Aljay Davis went 3-for-5 out of the leadoff spot Sunday, but Jr. RHP Brad Burns (1.1 IP, 4 ER) couldn’t make it out of the second inning, and Sr. RHP Matt Lovelady (2.1 IP, 3 ER) couldn’t duplicate Heath’s rescue act.
March 6-7: Creighton: W 4-2, W 8-2
March 9-11: @ Tony Gwynn Classic, San Diego:
San Diego State: W 4-1, (22) San Diego: W 6-4, Michigan: L 8-5
March 13-14: Texas-Pan American
March 16-18: Michigan State
22. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 15-9 (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.
Sr. C Jordan Abruzzo went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and scored the game-winning run in San Diego’s three-run ninth on Friday, and So. LHP Brian Matusz (6 IP, 5 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 9 K, 4 BB) pitched OK. Oklahoma scored four runs in the sixth off Jr. RHP Matt Couch to take Saturday’s game. The Toreros won their sixth straight game against San Diego State on Sunday, taking advantage of four Aztecs errors to score four unearned runs.
March 6: @ UC Irvine: W 2-0
March 9-11: @ Aztec Invitational, San Diego:
Michigan: W 7-6, Oklahoma: L 6-4, San Diego State: W 6-4
March 14: @ (13) Cal State Fullerton
March 16-18: Houston
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 13-5 (5-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
Quality pitching and the brothers Henry carried the Rebels to a series win against UCLA. Jr. RHP Will Kline (6.2 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 8 K, 2 BB) improved to 3-0 with Friday’s win against Tyson Brummett, as Fr. OF Jordan Henry (3-for-5) and his brother, Jr. 2B Justin Henry (3-for-5), paced the offense out of the top two spots in the lineup. The duo combined for five more hits Saturday, but UCLA hung six runs on So. RHP Lance Lynn over the first three innings, and the Rebels couldn’t recover. Justin Henry went 4-for-4 Sunday in support of So. LHP Brett Bukvich (7.1 IP, 1 ER, 5 H).
March 6-7: Austin Peay State: W 4-3, W 9-3
March 9-11: (23) UCLA: W 8-0, L 7-6, W 4-1
March 13: @ Arkansas State
March 16-18: @ (2) Vanderbilt
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 16-0. Weekend Series: 4-0.
Kentucky swept another weak opponent en route to a school record for the best start in school history, eclipsing the 15-0 mark set by the 2000 Wildcats. Kentucky has also won 26 straight home games, the longest streak in the nation. Sr. OF Mike Brown led the high-scoring UK offense, going 12-for-19 (.632) on the week, and he has now hit safely in 23 of his last 36 at-bats. Sr. C Sean Coughlin fell a homer shy of the cycle Friday, going 4-for-5 with three RBIs. Fr. RHP Duran Ferguson departed with a 25-0 lead after six hitless, scoreless innings Saturday. Jr. RHP Greg Dombrowski (5.2 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 5 K, 1 BB) benefited from more run support Sunday to improve to 3-0.
March 7: Cincinnati: W 21-7
March 9-11: Tennessee-Martin: W 6-4, W 27-0, W 16-7
March 12: Cleveland State
March 13-14: Canisius
March 16-18: (9) Arkansas
25. EAST CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 11-6 (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
The Pirates have beaten two of the top righthanders on the West Coast on consecutive Fridays, having vanquished Pepperdine’s Barry Enright last week and Cal State Fullerton’s Wes Roemer this week. The Pirates got homers from Sr. OF Ryan Tousley and Jr. C Corey Kemp in a three-run fourth inning, giving Jr. RHP T.J. Hose (7 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 6 K, 3 BB) all the support he’d need. Jr. LHP Dustin Sasser (6.1 IP, 0 R, 3 H) stymied the Titans on Saturday, and the ECU bats came alive Sunday in an eight-run second inning. So. 1B Stephen Batts, who was 7-for-15 on the week, singled twice in Sunday’s big second inning.
March 6: North Carolina A&T: W 7-4
March 9-11: (7) Cal State Fullerton: W 6-1, W 2-0, W 12-5
March 13-14: Radford
Marc 16-17-17: Michigan
Last Week: 1-4. Overall: 10-9 (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-3.
Rough week for the Hurricanes, who opened the week with a stunning loss to St. Bonaventure’s and finished it by getting swept in Chapel Hill. Jr. LHP Scott Maine’s up-and-down season continued Friday, as he allowed six runs (three earned) over three innings, though Miami managed to make a 6-0 game into a 6-5 game before its comeback attempt ran out of gas. The Hurricanes managed just five hits Sunday, wasting a solid outing from Fr. LHP Eric Erickson (7 IP, 2 R, 1 ER). So. OF Dennis Raben had his second two-homer game in eight days on Sunday, but Sr. RHP Manny Miguelez (3 IP, 7 ER) couldn’t make Raben’s three-run first-inning blast hold up.
March 6: St. Bonaventure: L 5-2
March 7: LaSalle: W 7-2
March 9-11: @ (1) North Carolina: L 7-5, L 3-1, L 11-7
March 13: Maine
March 14: Rutgers
March 16-18: Maryland
GEORGIA TECH (21)
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 9-8. Weekend Series: 3-2.
Georgia Tech is a bit of a ramblin’ wreck right now after dropping its ACC opener at home against Virginia Tech. So. LHP David Duncan (7 IP, 5 R, 4 ER) pitched OK Friday, but the vaunted Georgia Tech offense couldn’t overcome a 5-0 deficit. Jr. C/RHP Matt Wieters had a huge day Saturday (4-for-5, 2 HR, 2B, 6 RBI) and Sr. RHP Jared Hyatt picked up the win with five scoreless innings in relief of Jr. RHP John Goodman. Georgia Tech managed just five hits Sunday, as the Hokies scored three runs in the ninth against Wieters.
March 9-11: Virginia Tech: L 5-3, W 19-4, L 5-4
March 14: @ Kennesaw State
March 16-18: Boston College
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 8-9. (3-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-3.
Having last weekend off didn’t cure UCLA’s woes, as the Bruins dropped their second straight weekend series and third in their last four. Sr. RHP Tyson Brummett (6 IP, 7 ER) had a rough outing Friday. The Bruins spotted So. OF/LHP Tim Murphy (5 IP, 4 ER, 9 H, 7 K, 0 BB) to a 6-1 lead through three innings Saturday, and Sr. RHP Brant Rustich tossed three scoreless innings of relief to nail down the win. The UCLA bats managed just a run on five hits Sunday.
March 9-11: @ Mississippi: L 8-0, W 7-6, L 4-1
March 13: (17) Long Beach State
March 16-18: @ San Diego State
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 9-7. Weekend Series: 2-2.
Offense continued to be a problem for the Purple Aces, who scored six runs in a three-game sweep at the hands of Oregon State, a week after they scored just eight runs in a three-game sweep of Miami (Ohio). Sr. RHP Ben Norton (5 IP, 8 R, 7 ER) struggled in Thursday’s loss. Sr. RHP Matt Brinkman did not provide much relief for starter Fred Jones on Friday, entering the game with the bases loaded in the sixth inning and surrendering Mitch Canham’s grand slam off the right-field foul pole. Sr. RHP Kai Tuomi (6 IP, 2 ER) pitched well in a no-decision Saturday, but Brinkmann gave up the go-ahead run in the seventh.
March 6: @ Murray State: W 19-1
March 8-10: @ (9) Oregon State: L 9-2, L 6-2, L 3-2
March 13: Oakland City
March 14: Louisville
March 16-18: @ Ball State Invitational, Muncie, Ind: Ball State, Bowling Green State, LeMoyne