Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 43-10, 19-8 in SEC. (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-1.
The Commodores clinched their first SEC Eastern Division title since 1974 by winning the first two games at Auburn. Jr. LHP David Price (8 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) improved to 9-0 Friday despite struggling with his command, as Vandy’s offense spotted him to an early 9-1 lead. On Saturday, the Commodores got homers from Jr. OF Dominic de la Osa (3-for-5, 2 RBI) and So. 3B Pedro Alvarez (3-for-5, RBI), and Ryan Davis doubled in the 10th and scored the winning run on a passed ball. Alvarez homered again Sunday to match de la Osa’s team-leading 15 on the season, but Auburn scored three in the eighth against relievers Nick Christiani and Casey Weathers. The ‘Dores wrap up their regular-season slate at home next weekend.
May 8: Middle Tennessee State: CCD, scheduling conflict
May 11-13: @ Auburn: W 10-5, W 6-5 (10 innings), L 5-4
May 17-19: Louisiana State
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 41-11, 19-2 in C-USA. (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1.
Rice won its second straight Conference USA regular-season title and ran its winning streak to 14 games, the longest in the nation. Fr. RHP Ryan Berry (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) dominated Friday to improve to 8-2, 2.32 on the season. Jr. LHP Bobby Bramhall picked up the win Saturday with three scoreless innings of relief of Sr. RHP Ryne Tacker (4.2 IP, 3 ER), and Jr. OF Tyler Henley doubled and homered. Jr. LHP/1B Joe Savery (5.1 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) improved to 7-1 Sunday, helping his own cause at the plate (3-for-4, 2 RBI).
May 9: Texas State: W 6-4
May 11-13: Tulane: W 8-0, W 8-3, W 7-4
May 15: Baylor
May 17-19: Memphis
3. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 43-9, 21-6 in ACC. (6-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 14-1.
FSU clinched the ACC’s Atlantic Division title with Friday’s win before dropping its first weekend series of the year. On Friday, Sr. RHP Bryan Henry went eight innings for the third time in his last four starts, allowing just one run on eight hits and no walks while striking out eight. Jr. RHP Danny Rosen (4 IP, 3 ER) ran into his first taste of adversity as a starter this season in Saturday’s loss, though closer Luke Tucker took the loss when Clemson scored three times in the top of the ninth. Jr. RHP Ryan Strauss (3.1 IP, 4 ER) fell to 8-2 Sunday. Jr. 2B Tony Thomas had a good weekend with the bat, going 7-for-11 with a homer, three doubles and four runs scored.
May 8: Jacksonville: CCD, scheduling conflict
May 11-13: (18) Clemson: W 11-1, L 7-6, L 11-6
May 17-19: @ Georgia Tech
4. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 41-11, 18-9 in ACC. (6-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
UNC took a half-game lead over Virginia in the ACC’s Coastal Division with one weekend to go. Sr. RHP Robert Woodard (7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) picked up his school record-breaking 31st career win Friday as the Tar Heels pounded out 15 hits, including the seventh home run of the year for both Fr. 1B Dustin Ackley and Jr. SS Josh Horton. Georgia Tech jumped out to a 6-1 lead against Fr. RHP Alex White before Saturday’s game was suspended by rain until Sunday, and UNC’s late rally came up short. Jr. RHP Luke Putkonen (1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER) was shelled in Sunday’s finale, but the Tar Heels won the slugfest with 19 hits and three homers.
May 8: @ Elon: W 9-0
May 9: @ East Carolina: W 5-1
May 11-13: Georgia Tech: W 10-3, L 9-5, W 14-11
May 15: Winthrop
May 18-19: @ Maryland
5. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 41-15, 18-3 in WCC. (6-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-3.
The Toreros stretched their winning streak to 13 games (and their West Coast Conference winning streak to 18) before dropping Sunday’s finale. USD reached the 40-win plateau for the first time in school history and clinched the WCC regular-season title with Friday’s win. So. LHP Brian Matusz (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K) improved to 10-2 on Friday and set USD’s single-season strikeout record (152). So. LHP/OF Josh Romanski (4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER) had his second straight shaky outing Saturday, but the Toreros scored four times over the final three innings to erase a 7-4 deficit. Santa Clara broke a 5-5 tie on Carl Bacon’s walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the ninth Sunday. San Diego will host Gonzaga in the best-of-three WCC championship series in two weeks.
May 8: (13) UC Irvine: W 4-1
May 11-13: @ Santa Clara: W 3-1, W 8-7 (10 innings), L 6-5
May 25-27: Gonzaga (WCC championship series)
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 39-12, 17-9 in ACC. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2-1.
The Cavaliers dropped a home series for the first time this season and fell a half-game behind North Carolina in the ACC’s Coastal Division. Friday’s game was suspended by rain with the score tied 2-2 in the eighth inning, but Virginia scored twice in the eighth when play resumed Saturday. Fr. LHP Matt Packer failed to get out of the second inning in Saturday’s regularly scheduled game, and reliever Andrew Carraway didn’t fare much better, allowing five runs over two innings of work. Jr. LHP/DH Sean Doolittle homered and drove in three runs Sunday, but the Wolfpack chased him with five runs in the fourth and broke a 6-6 tie on Ryan Pond’s two-run single in the eighth.
May 11-13: North Carolina State: W 4-2, L 10-7, L 8-6
May 15: (17) Coastal Carolina
May 17-19: @ Boston College
Last Week: 1-0. Overall: 39-14, 18-6 in Big 12. (6-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-3.
Texas tuned up for its big conference series against Texas A&M with a Saturday game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Each of UT’s three weekend starters worked two scoreless innings Saturday, and Fr. DH Russell Moldenhauer led the offense, going 3-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs.
May 12: Arkansas-Pine Bluff: W 10-4
May 18-20: @/vs./vs. (9) Texas A&M
8. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 37-12, 14-4 in Pac-10. (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-3.
Arizona State wrested first place in the Pac-10 away from UCLA with a hard-fought three-game sweep. The Sun Devils came from behind to win all three games. UCLA scored 10 runs (seven earned) over 5.1 IP against Fr. RHP Mike Leake on Friday, but ASU fired back with five in the seventh and three more in the eighth. Jr. SS Andrew Romine tied the game with a two-run triple in the eighth and scored the winning run on Sr. 3B Joe Persichina’s single. Jr. OF/LHP Matt Spencer homered twice and delivered a walk-off RBI single in ASU’s two-run ninth inning on Saturday. Arizona State trailed 7-0 heading into the fifth inning Sunday, but Jr. 2B Eric Sogard (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) led the third consecutive comeback.
May 11-13: (21) UCLA: W 16-14, W 5-4, W 11-10
May 16: Utah Valley State
May 18-20: @ (22) Oregon State
9. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 40-12, 13-10 in Big 12. (7-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
The fourth-place Aggies can’t win the Big 12 regular-season title but won a big conference series heading into their finale against Texas. Sr. RHP Kyle Nicholson (9 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) threw his second complete game of the year on Friday to improve to 11-1, 1.74. Jr. LHP David Newmann (8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) was just as good in Saturday’s pitcher’s duel, and Sr. C Craig Stinson made him a winner with a solo homer in the top of the seventh, breaking a 1-1 tie. The Aggies failed to get a third straight strong pitching performance Sunday, as Fr. RHP Scott Migl (1.1 IP, 5 H, 6 ER) was hit hard.
May 11-13: @ Kansas State: W 4-2, W 2-1, L 11-6
May 15: McNeese State
May 18-20: vs./@/@ (7) Texas
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 37-16, 17-10 in SEC. (5-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-3.
After negotiating the first seven weeks of conference play without dropping a weekend series, the Razorbacks have now lost two in a row; they trail Vanderbilt by two games in the SEC with three to play. Jr. LHP Nick Schmidt (3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) fell to 9-2 on Friday, as Arkansas’ bats were silenced by Crimson Tide ace Tommy Hunter (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R). Jr. RHP Jess Todd (6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) won his second straight Saturday start with his second straight 10-strikeout performance, and Sr. 1B Danny Hamblin supported him with his 18th and 19th homers of the season. Hamblin homered again Sunday in a losing cause, as Jr. RHP Duke Welker (5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER) lost for the second consecutive Sunday.
May 11-13: @ Alabama: L 10-0, W 12-5, L 9-5
May 17-19: Mississippi
11. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 38-15, 15-12 in SEC. (5-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-3.
After dropping their last two conference road series at Mississippi and Alabama, the Gamecocks traveled to Knoxville and pulled out the series victory. Sr. RHP Jeff Jeffords picked up the win Friday with 4.1 scoreless innings of relief of Jr. LHP Arik Hempy (4.2 IP, 3 H, 1ER, 4 BB, 5 K), and USC blasted three home runs. Jr. RHP Harris Honeycutt (6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 8 BB, 6 K) struggled with his control Saturday and lost his fifth consecutive start. Jr. DH Phil Disher (2-for-5, 5 RBI) and So. OF Andrew Crisp (4-for-5) each belted their second homers of the weekend Sunday in support of Fr. RHP Blake Cooper (6 IP, 11 H, 6 ER).
May 9: The Citadel: W 12-3
May 11-13: @ Tennessee: W 7-1, L 4-3, W 13-7
May 17-19: Georgia
12. UC IRVINE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 34-14-1, 10-5 in Big West. (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-2.
The Anteaters took care of business against Pacific to keep their Big West title hopes alive. So. OF Ollie Linton (5-for-5) led Irvine’s offense Friday, as the Anteaters overcame a 7-4 deficit with eight runs over the final three frames. Linton went 3-for-4 Saturday in support of Jr. RHP Wes Etheridge (7.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER,1 BB, 8 K), as UCI coach Dave Serrano won his 100th career game. The Anteaters erased an 8-3 deficit Sunday with an eight-run explosion in the ninth inning, highlighted by Fr. Jeff Cusick’s pinch-hit grand slam.
May 8: @ (6) San Diego: L 4-1
May 11-13: @ Pacific: W 12-7, W 4-3, W 11-8
May 15: @ (25) Pepperdine
May 18-20: Cal State Northridge
13. WICHITA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 43-15, 17-4 in MVC. (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-2.
Wichita turned out to be Upset City, as a desperate Cal State Fullerton team pulled out the road series. Jr. RHP Travis Banwart (6.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) lost his second straight start Friday, as CSF ace Wes Roemer and closer Adam Jorgenson held the Shockers to six hits. Jr. LHP Rob Musgrave (6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 13 K) dominated most of Saturday, but the Titans got to him for three runs in the fourth and the Shockers couldn’t answer. A three-run homer by Jr. OF Andy Dirks highlighted WSU’s four-run second inning Sunday, and that was all the support necessary for So. LHP Anthony Capra (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) and Sr. RHP Kyle Touchatt (4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K).
May 8-9: South Alabama: W 15-5
May 11-13: Cal State Fullerton: L 6-2, L 3-1, W 7-0
May 15: (16) Oklahoma State
May 17-19: Illinois State
Last Week: 1-1. Overall: 36-12, 11-6 in Pac-10 (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-3.
The Wildcats split the first two games of their series against USC and will play the rubber game Monday. On Saturday, So. RHP Preson Guilmet (9 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) improved to 10-1, 1.70 with 119 strikeouts and 23 walks in 111 innings. Arizona nearly fought back from a 6-1 deficit Sunday when Sr. DH Bill Rhinehart blasted a grand slam in the eighth, but the Wildcats would get no closer. Jr. LHP David Coulon (5.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER) started Sunday and took the loss.
May 12-13: Southern California: W 5-2, L 7-5
May 14: Southern California
May 18-20: Washington
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 34-18, 17-10 in ACC. (7-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-3.
Clemson’s slim chances to win the ACC’s Atlantic Division were officially dashed with Friday’s loss, but the Tigers bounced back to take the series. Jr. LHP Daniel Moskos (5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 K) fell to 3-4, 2.63 on Friday. Jr. RHP Alan Farina (4.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) picked up the win in relief Saturday, when Jr. SS Taylor Harbin’s two-run double highlighted Clemson’s three-run ninth-inning comeback. So. RHP/OF D.J. Mitchell (6 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) made the Sunday start and improved to 4-0 with help from Sr. 1B Andy D’Alessio (3-for-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI) and Harbin (2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI).
May 8: vs. Wofford (Greenville, S.C.): W 12-3
May 9: Furman: L 6-3
May 11-13: @ (2) Florida State: L 11-1, W 7-6, W 11-6
May 15: College of Charleston
May 17-19: @ North Carolina State
16. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 37-13, 15-8 in Big 12. (3-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3-1.
The Cowboys have won six straight since being swept by Texas, and they are tied with Missouri for second place in the Big 12 heading into next weekend’s Mizzou-OSU showdown in Stillwater. Jr. 1B Rebel Ridling (3-for-5, HR, 5 RBI) powered Oklahoma State’s offense Friday, and four Cowboy relievers combined to shut out the Red Raiders over the final 5.1 innings. Sr. RHP Oliver Odle (8 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) was strong Saturday, when Sr. 2B Tyler Mach led the offense with two home runs and five RBIs. Mach homered again Sunday–his 14th of the year–and Jr. OF Corey Brown added his 19th bomb in support of Fr. LHP Andrew Oliver (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 6 BB, 8 K), who picked up his first win since March 25 against Kansas.
May 11-13: @ Texas Tech: W 13-5, W 7-0, W 10-0 (7 innings)
May 15: @ (13) Wichita State
May 18-20: (19) Missouri
17. COASTAL CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 41-10, 15-3 in Big South. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
Coastal leads Winthrop by a game in the Big South heading into next weekend’s regular-season-ending showdown in Rock Hill, S.C. Sr. LHP Andy DeLaGarza (4.2 IP, 4 ER) posted his second straight subpar outing in Friday’s loss. So. RHP Bobby Gagg (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER) improved to 10-1, 2.69 on Saturday, when the Chanticleers homered three times to help coach Gary Gilmore pick up his 700th career win. So. DH/1B David Anderson (3-for-5, 2B, RBI) paced Coastal’s offense Sunday, as Sr. RHP John Mariotti (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) improved to 6-0.
May 8: College of Charleston: W 8-7
May 11-13: @ UNC Asheville: L 5-3, W 10-2, W 3-2
May 15: @ (6) Virginia
May 18-20: @ Winthrop
18. LONG BEACH STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 34-14, 13-2 in Big West. (12-10 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-4.
Long Beach State has won 12 games in a row and maintained its one-game Big West lead over UC Riverside by sweeping UC Santa Barbara. So. 1B/LHP Shane Peterson went 3-for-4 with two RBIs Friday in support of Jr. RHP Manny McElroy (7 IP, 9 H, 2 ER). Jr. RHP Andrew Liebel (7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER) pitched well in a no-decision Saturday, but the Dirtbags trailed 8-4 going into the ninth inning before So. SS Danny Espinosa’s three-run homer highlighted LBSU’s six-run ninth. Sr. OF Robert Perry (4-for-5, HR, 3 RBI) also had a big Saturday. The Dirtbags hit three home runs in an eight-run 11th inning Sunday, highlighted by Jr. OF Chris Nelson’s grand slam. Nelson has homered in four consecutive games, giving him four long balls on the season. Peterson (5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER) turned in a solid start Sunday and also contributed three hits.
May 8: @ San Diego State: W 6-3
May 11-13: @ UC Santa Barbara: W 8-3, W 10-8, W 12-4 (11 innings)
May 15: @ Loyola Marymount
May 18-20: (21) UC Riverside
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 35-14, 16-8 in Big 12 (4-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-1.
The Tigers won their fourth consecutive Big 12 series and are tied with Oklahoma State for second place in the conference heading into next weekend’s showdown in Stillwater. Jr. DH Jacob Priday (4-for-4, 2 HR, 6 RBI) had a huge Friday in support of So. RHP Aaron Crow (8 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K). So. LHP Rick Zagone (6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER) pitched well in defeat Saturday. Fr. OF Aaron Senne had a monstrous Sunday, driving in six runs and falling just a single shy of the cycle. His RBI triple helped key Missouri’s four-run seventh inning.
May 11-13: Oklahoma: W 13-3, L 5-0, W 10-8
May 15: vs. Illinois (Sauget, Ill.)
May 18-20: @ (16) Oklahoma State
20. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 40-11, 18-2 in MWC (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 12-0.
The Horned Frogs got a second straight strong outing Friday from Jr. RHP Jake Arrieta (7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K), who improved to 8-3, 3.46 with help from Sr. OF Austin Adams (two-run homer in the sixth that proved the game winner). Jr. RHP Chris Johnson (6.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R) cruised to his 10th win of the season Saturday, as TCU pounded out nine runs on 11 hits. Jr. RHP Chance Corgan (5 IP, 4 H, 0 R) gave the Frogs a third straight strong weekend start on Sunday, and Adams homered again–this time a three-run shot. Rain cut the contest short after seven innings.
May 11-13: Texas-Pan American: W 4-3, W 9-2, W 6-1 (7 innings)
May 15: Texas-Arlington
May 17-19: New Mexico
21. UC RIVERSIDE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 33-17, 12-3 in Big West. (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-3.
The Highlanders have won 11 of 12 and trail first-place Long Beach State by one game heading into next weekend’s pivotal three-game series. Jr. RHP James Simmons (5.2 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) was hittable Friday, but the Highlanders bailed him out with eight runs in the top of the ninth, highlighted by Jr. 2B Ben Price’s grand slam. UCR matched its season-high 18-run output on Saturday, pounding out 24 hits in support of So. RHP Matt Montgomery (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER), who picked up a win in his first career start. The Highlanders secured Sunday’s win with three runs in the top of the ninth, capped by Price’s two-run single.
May 11-13: @ Cal State Northridge: W 18-10, W 18-1, W 7-4
May 18-20: @ (18) Long Beach State
22. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 36-13, 7-8 in Pac-10. (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
After losing their second straight weekend series to a Pacific Northwest foe, the Beavers trail Arizona State by six games in the Pac-10 with six to play. Jr. RHP Mike Stutes (6 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) suffered his second consecutive loss Friday, falling to 9-3, 3.52. Sr. OF Mike Lissman’s three-run homer highlighted OSU’s five-run seventh Saturday, helping Jr. RHP Daniel Turpen (3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) pick up the win in relief of Jr. LHP Joe Paterson (4.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER). Fr. RHP Jorge Reyes (5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER) suffered his first career loss Sunday, as Oregon State’s bid to overcome a 5-1 deficit in the ninth inning fell short.
May 11-13: Washington State: L 5-4, W 11-5, L 5-3
May 18-20: (8) Arizona State
23. ST. JOHN’S
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 36-14, 18-6 in Big East (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
The Red Storm has won seven straight Big East series since dropping its conference opener at Connecticut. The Johnnies are tied with Rutgers atop the league standings, but St. John’s won the head-to-head series against the Scarlet Knights. So. LHP Scott Barnes (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) improved to 5-2, 3.15 with a gem in Friday’s blowout. The Red Storm left the tying run on third base in the bottom of the ninth Saturday. St. John’s pounded out 15 runs on 18 hits Sunday in support of Jr. LHP George Brown (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K).
May 9: Iona (DH): W 2-0 (7 innings), W 17-2 (7 innings)
May 11-13: Cincinnati: W 10-0, L 5-4, W 15-0
May 15: @ New York Tech
May 17-19: @ South Florida
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 36-13, 18-6 in Big Ten (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1-1.
Michigan dropped its first weekend series of the year and allowed second-place Minnesota to hang around in the race for the Big Ten regular-season title. So. RHP/OF Zach Putnam (6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) improved to 7-3 in Saturday’s first game, but the Nittany Lions pushed across a run in the top of the ninth to claim the nightcap. So. RHP Chris Fetter (3.2 IP, 10 H, 5 ER) was hit hard in Sunday’s first game, and Fr. LHP Jeff DeCarlo (1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER) failed to get an out in the second inning of Sunday’s second game, before Penn State poured it on against the Wolverine bullpen.
May 9: @ Eastern Michigan: W 8-6
May 1213: Penn State: W 11-5, L 5-4, L 9-3 (7 innings), L 15-5
May 15: @ Notre Dame
May 18-20: @ Iowa
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 32-19, 11-7 in WCC. (5-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3-1.
Pepperdine’s string of four consecutive West Coast Conference titles and its streak of eight straight WCC championship series appearances were both snapped by Gonzaga. Jr. RHP Barry Enright (8 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) carried a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning Friday, but the Zags scored three against him and closer Jason Dominguez in the final frame. The Waves mustered just a run on five hits against Bulldogs Sr. RHP Clayton Mortensen on Saturday. Dominguez blew a save Sunday by allowing a run in the ninth, but he shut Gonzaga down over the next two innings to pick up a win on Jr. OF Adrian Ortiz’ walk-off RBI single in the 11th.
May 8: (21) UCLA: L 4-1
May 11-13: Gonzaga: L 5-3, L 7-1, W 4-3 (11 innings)
May 15: (12) UC Irvine
May 18-20: @ Portland
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 28-22, 12-6 in Pac-10. (8-12 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-5.
The Bruins fell out of first place in the Pac-10 after a tough three-game sweep at Arizona State. UCLA stormed back from a 7-1 deficit Friday with 13 runs over the fourth through sixth innings, but Sr. RHP Tyson Brummett (6.2 IP, 14 H, 12 R, 8 ER) and two relievers failed to hold the lead. So. LHP Tim Murphy (8 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 14 K) was untouchable to everyone by Matt Spencer on Saturday, but Jr. RHP Brant Rustich couldn’t close it out, allowing two runs in the ninth. Fr. LHP Gavin Brooks (5.1 IP, 9 H, 9 ER) couldn’t hold a 7-0 lead through four innings Sunday, though Fr. RHP Charles Brewer (2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER) took the loss in his second appearance of the season. So. SS Brandon Crawford (3-for-5, HR, 5 RBI) paced UCLA’s offense in that one.
May 8: @ (17) Pepperdine: W 4-1
May 11-13: @ (10) Arizona State: L 16-14, L 5-4, L 11-10
May 18-20: @ Washington State
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 33-20, 14-13 in SEC. (10-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-5.
Ole Miss remained in third place in the SEC’s Western Division after dropping its second straight conference series. Jr. RHP Will Kline (6.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) picked up his second loss of the year Friday, as the Rebels were stymied by Kentucky So. LHP Chris Rusin (9 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER). The Mississippi offense woke up Saturday, pounding out 14 hits in support of So. RHP Lance Lynn (7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K). The Rebels fell behind 8-3 on Sunday and stormed back with four runs in the seventh before their comeback bid ran out of steam.
May 11-13: Kentucky: L 8-1, W 9-2, L 9-7
May 17-19: @ (10) Arkansas