Top 25 Tracker (May 12)

virginia1. VIRGINIA
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 41-9, 21-6 in ACC. (6-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 11-0.

Virginia swept Georgia Tech to remain a game behind first-place Miami in the ACC. Mike Papi hit a two-out, two-run single in the seventh to lift the Cavaliers to a 4-3 win in the opener, the 500th career victory for coach Brian O’Connor. He is the second-fastest ACC coach to reach the milestone, doing it in 672 games (Florida State’s Mike Martin did it in 664 games). Austin Young, Whit Mayberry and Nick Howard worked a combined 3.1 hitless innings of relief to nail down the win. Saturday’s game was tied 1-1 heading into the eighth, and the Yellow Jackets scored single runs in the top of the eighth and ninth innings, but Virginia answered each run with one of its own in the bottom of the frames to force extra innings. Branden Cogswell (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI) forced in the game-winning run with a bases-loaded walk in the 11th. Josh Sborz (6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision for UVa., and Mayberry (3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) picked up the win in relief. Brandon Waddell (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) picked up the win Sunday, and Nick Howard worked a perfect ninth for his 17th save.
RESULTS
May 7: (22) Liberty: W 8-2
May 9-11: Georgia Tech: W 4-3, W 4-3 (11 innings), W 3-1
UPCOMING
May 13: Virginia Commonwealth
May 15-17: @ Wake Forest


oregonstate2. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 38-8, 20-4 in Pac-12. (4-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-1.

Oregon State swept UCLA to pull a full game ahead of Washington in the Pac-12. The Beavers broke a 2-2 tie with two bases-loaded walks in the eighth inning Friday and held on for a 4-2 win. Ben Wetzler (8 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) improved to 9-1—but he was arrested overnight and charged with two misdemeanors, second-degree criminal mischief and first-degree criminal trespassing. Jeff Hendrix (3-for-5, 3 R) and Gabe Clark (2-for-4, 4 RBI) led the OSU offense Saturday in support of Andrew Moore (6.2 IP, 10 H, 3 ER). Michael Conforto (2-for-5, 2 R, 5 RBI) homered twice Sunday and set Oregon State’s all-time RBI record, while Logan Ice chipped in four hits as part of a 15-hit onslaught. Jace Fry (8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) improved to 10-1 in that one.
RESULTS
May 6: @ Oregon: W 4-3
May 9-11: UCLA: W 4-2, W 9-3, W 11-2
UPCOMING
May 13: vs. Portland @ Keizer, Ore.
May 16-18: (5) Washington


louisianalafayette3. LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
Last Week: 3-0.
Overall: 46-7, 23-4 in Sun Belt (3-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 13-0.

The Ragin’ Cajuns swept a road series at South Alabama, clinching the Sun Belt regular-season title in the first game. Caleb Adams (2-for-4, R, RBI) doubled twice to lead the ULL offense behind Austin Robichaux (7 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Greg Davis (3-for-4, 2 R, 5 RBI) and Jace Conrad (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) each homered in the second game, and Carson Baranik (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) was solid in a no-decision. Adams (4-for-4, 2 R, RBI, 2B) spearhaded a 16-hit barrage Sunday in support of Cody Boutte (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K).
RESULTS
May 10-11: @ South Alabama: W 5-2, W 8-7, W 13-3 (7 innings)
UPCOMING
May 15-17: Louisiana-Monroe


4. FLORIDA STATEPrint
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 39-12, 19-8 in ACC (8-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 11-2.
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Florida State took two of three at North Carolina, clinching the ACC Atlantic Division for the eighth straight year in the process. D.J. Stewart (3-for-4, 3 RBI) doubled three times to power the FSU offense Friday in support of Luke Weaver (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K). Mike Compton (8 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was solid Saturday, and Florida State wore down UNC pitching, which issued eight walks, hit three batters and uncorked two wild pitches. The Tar Heels built an early 3-0 lead against Dylan Silva (1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER) on Sunday, but FSU fought back to tie the score at 4-4 in the middle innings, only to see UNC score the winning run in the seventh against Gage Smith (3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER).
RESULTS
May 6: @ Stetson: W 9-4
May 9-11: @ North Carolina: W 7-0, W 10-2, L 5-4
UPCOMING
May 13: Central Florida
May 15-17: Duke


block_w5. WASHINGTON
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 36-11, 19-5 in Pac-12 (2-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 10-0.
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Washington swept a nonconference sweries against Bethune-Cookman, but Oregon State swept UCLA to move a full game ahead of the Huskies heading into next weekend’s showdown in Corvallis. Jared Fisher (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 1 K), Trevor Dunlap (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R) and Troy Rallings (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R) combined on a three-hit shutout Friday. Tyler Davis (8 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) earned a no-decision in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, as Washington won on an error in the 11th. Andrew Ely had three hits and Brian Wolfe delivered three RBIs in the finale in support of Jeff Brigham (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K).
RESULTS
May 5: Grand Canyon: W 8-7
May 8-9: Bethune-Cookman: W 4-0, W 5-4 (11 innings), W 7-1
UPCOMING
May 13: Seattle
May 16-18: @ (2) Oregon State


calpoly6. CAL POLY
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 41-10, 16-5 in Big West (9-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 11-1-1.
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Cal Poly won a big series against Big West leader UC Irvine. The ‘Eaters overcame a 2-1 deficit with two runs in the fifth Friday to beat Matt Imhof (8 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 13 K), who pitched very well in defeat. Justin Calomeni (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K), Taylor Chris (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R) and Reed Reilly (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) combined on a two-hit shutout Saturday. Jimmy Allen’s RBI single in the sixth provided the only run of the game. The Mustangs scored two runs in each of the first five innings Sunday, with Nick Torres (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) leading a 16-hit attack in support of Casey Bloomquist (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER), who improved to 11-1.
RESULTS
May 6: Pepperdine: W 5-1
May 9-11: (23) UC Irvine: L 3-2, W 1-0, W 10-3
UPCOMING
May 13: @ St. Mary’s
May 16-18: @ Cal State Northridge


miami7. MIAMI
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 38-14, 22-5 in ACC. (10-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 10-3.
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The Hurricanes swept a road series at Duke, giving them seven straight series wins, 25 wins in their last 27 games, and sweeps of each of their last four road series. The Hurricanes remain atop the ACC’s overall standings, a game ahead of Virginia and three games ahead of Florida State. Zack Collins (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI) hit his eighth homer and his 11th double to power the Miami offense Friday in support of Chris Diaz (8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K), who improved to 9-0. Dale Carey (2-for-5, HR, 5 RBI) led the offense Saturday behind Andrew Suarez (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER). Carey (3-for-5, R, RBI) and Tyler Palmer (2-for-4, 2 R, RBI) sparked the offense Saturday, and Brandon Lopez hit a tie-breaking RBI single in the eighth to help Bryan Radziewski (7 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) improve to 6-2.
RESULTS
May 7: Florida Gulf Coast: W 7-3
May 9-11: @ Duke: W 6-1, W 9-1, W 4-3
UPCOMING
May 15-17: North Carolina


florida8. FLORIDA
Last Week: 1-3.
Overall: 34-18, 19-8 in SEC (14-8 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-4.
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The Gators mustered just three runs in three games against Vanderbilt, as the Commodores won the series in Gainesville. But Florida remains three games ahead of Vandy and South Carolina in the SEC East, with three games to play. Taylor Gushue’s RBI single in the first inning Thursday provided all the scoring necessary for Logan Shore (7.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K) and Bobby Boyner (1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K). The Commodores scored all three of their runs Friday in the fifth inning against the Gator bullpen, and Florida did not get a runner to second base against Carson Fulmer until the ninth inning. Vandy chased Karsten Whitson (0.1 IP, 2 H, 5 ER, 3 BB) in an eight-run first inning Saturday; Florida pitchers issued 10 walks in the game, and the Gators committed three errors.
RESULTS
May 6: (24) Mercer: L 4-2
May 8-10: (18) Vanderbilt: W 1-0, L 3-0, L 16-2
UPCOMING
May 13: South Florida
May 15-17: @ Tennessee


Indiana9. INDIANA
Last Week: 3-0.
Overall: 35-12, 19-2 in Big Ten. (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-2.

The Hoosiers swept a road series at Penn State to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title for the second straight year. Their 19 conference victories are a program record, with three games still to play. Sam Travis homered in all three games of the series, giving him 10 on the year. Scott Donley (2-for-4, 3 RBI) led a balanced 14-hit attack Friday behind Joey DeNato (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R), who improved to 11-1. Kyle Schwarber went deep Saturday along with Travis, and Dustin DeMuth went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs in support of Christian Morris (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER). DeMuth had three more hits Sunday and Travis had three RBIs. The Hoosiers got a combined six innings of scoreless, two-hit relief from Evan Bell, Scott Effross and Jake Kelzer in that one.
RESULTS
May 9-11: @ Penn State: W 10-0, W 8-1, W 9-2
UPCOMING
May 13: @ (10) Louisville
May 15-17: Minnesota


louisville10. LOUISVILLE
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 40-12, 16-5 in AAC. (4-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-1.

The Cardinals took two of three at Temple and head into the final regular-season week in a first-place tie with UCF. Kyle Funkhouser (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 K) was brilliant in Louisville’s 2-0 win Friday, and Alex Chittenden (3-for-3, R) led the offense. The Owls snapped Louisville’s 12-game winning streak Saturday, doing most of their damage in a three-run fourth against the Louisville bullpen. Nick Burdi (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) earned the win with brilliant relief Sunday, as the Cardinals broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the 11th.
RESULTS
May 6: @ (18) Vanderbilt: W 11-7
May 9-11: @ Temple: W 2-0, L 4-2, W 6-4 (11 innings)
UPCOMING
May 13: (9) Indiana
May 15-17: Cincinnati


mississippi11. MISSISSIPPI
Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 37-15, 17-10 in SEC (7-6 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 10-3.

The Rebels took two of three from Georgia to remain atop the SEC West standings, a game ahead of Mississippi State. Eleven Rebels recorded hits as part of a 14-hit barrage Friday in support of Chris Ellis (6.2 IP, 10 H, 2 ER), as Ole Miss cruised to a 12-2 win. Georgia freshman Robert Tyler (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) smothered Mississippi’s explosive offense in a 2-0 win Saturday. Christian Trent (6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K) was solid in a no-decision, but the Bulldogs scored single runs in the eighth and ninth against Aaron Greenwood. Auston Bousfield (2-for-5, 2 RBI) hit a walk-off single in the 10th Sunday, and the Rebels got strong pitching from Sam Smith (7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER) and Jeremy Massie (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K).
RESULTS
May 9-11: Georgia: W 12-2, L 2-0, W 2-1 (10 innings)
UPCOMING
May 13: @ Arkansas State
May 15-17: @ Texas A&M


oklahomastate12. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 3-0.
Overall: 38-13, 16-5 in Big 12 (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-2.
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The Cowboys won their seventh straight series, sweeping a road set at Kansas State to take sole possession of first place in the Big 12, a game ahead of TCU with one week to play. Jon Perrin (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) was overpowering in OSU’s 8-0 win Friday, and eight Cowboys recorded hits as part of a balanced 11-hit attack. Oklahoma State did most of its scoring in a four-run fifth inning Saturday, and bullpen stalwarts Vince Wheeland (4 IP, 3 H, 0 R) and Brendan McCurry (1 IP, 2 H, 0 R) kept KSU scoreless through the final five innings. McCurry ended the game with a strikeout to strand the bases loaded. Zach Fish (3-for-5, 2 R, 5 RBI, HR) spearheaded OSU’s 17-hit attack Sunday in support of Tyler Nurdin (5.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K).
RESULTS
May 9-11: @ Kansas State: W 8-0, W 6-4, W 17-5 (7 innings)
UPCOMING
May 13: Oral Roberts
May 15-17: vs. Oklahoma @ Oklahoma City/Tulsa/Tulsa


texaschristian13. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 36-14, 15-6 in Big 12 (3-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-3.
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The Frogs won their sixth straight weekend series and have won 21 of their last 23 games. But they fell a game behind Oklahoma State in the Big 12, as the Cowboys swept Kansas State. Brandon Finnegan (4 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) returned to action Friday after a one-week layoff and earned the win in an 81-pitch outing, as the Horned Frogs stayed red-hot with a 10-2 win. Trey Teakell (4 IP, 3 H, 0 R) followed with stellar relief, while Cody Jones and Garrett Crain led the offense with three hits, two runs and two RBIs apiece. The Sooners snapped TCU’s 13-game winning streak with a 7-5 win in 11 innings Saturday. The Horned Frogs erased a 5-0 lead with a frantic five-run rally in the bottom of the ninth, only to lose in the 11th. TCU left fielder Boomer White temporarily preserved the tie in the 11th by throwing out the would-be go-ahead run at the plate, but the Sooners then scored two runs on a wild pitch by Riley Ferrell (2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER) and an error. White drove in three to lead the offense Sunday in support of Tyler Alexander (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER).
RESULTS
May 9-11: Oklahoma: W 10-2, L 7-5 (11 innings), W 9-1
UPCOMING
May 13: Texas-Arlington
May 15-17: @ Baylor


rice14. RICE
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 34-16, 20-7 in C-USA. (3-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-2.

The Owls returned from their exam break by taking two of three at UTSA, putting them a game ahead of second-place UAB heading into the final weekend. The Roadrunners broke a 2-2 tie Friday with two in the seventh to beat Kevin McCanna (6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). The Owls leveled the series with an 11-3 win Saturday behind Blake Fox (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER), who improved to 10-0. Ten Owls recorded hits as part of a balanced 13-hit attack, led by Skyler Ewing (2-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI). Michael Aquino (4-for-5, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2 2B, 3B) broke out to lead the offense Sunday, as Jon Duplantier (5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) improved to 2-2.
RESULTS
May 7: Houston Baptist: W 6-1
May 9-11: @ Texas-San Antonio: L 4-2, W 11-3, W 11-2
UPCOMING
May 13: vs. (16) Houston @ Sugar Land, Texas
May 15-17: Louisiana Tech


lsu15. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 1-1.
Overall: 36-14-1, 14-11-1 in SEC. (7-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-3-1.

Weather wreaked havoc on the LSU-Alabama series, postponing Friday’s opener and washing out Sunday’s finale. The two teams split Saturday’s doubleheader, leaving the Tigers in third place in the SEC West. In his final regular-season start at Alex Box Stadium, Aaron Nola (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K) retired the first 15 batters he faced en route to his fourth career complete-game shutout, out-dueling Spencer Turnbull (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER). Nola increased his career strikeout total to 322, ranking fourth on the school’s all-time list. Tide jumped on Alden Cartwright (1.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER) for three runs in the first inning of the second game and never looked back.
RESULTS
May 9-11: (19) Alabama: W 2-0, L 5-1, CCD
UPCOMING
May 13: Northwestern State
May 15-17: @ Auburn


Houstonlogo16. HOUSTON
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 39-13, 12-8 in AAC (5-6 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 10-1.

The Cougars swept a road series at UConn and head into the final weekend three games behind first place Louisville and UCF in the AAC. The Cougars won the series opener Saturday with a 3-1 win behind Aaron Garza (9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K), and led the second game 4-2 in the sixth before play was suspended by darkness. Houston went on to a 7-2 win in the second game when play resumed Sunday, as nine Cougars recorded hits as part of a balanced 11-hit attack in support of Jake Lemoine (5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K), and Tyler Ford (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R) followed with stellar relief. Nine Cougars posted hits in the finale as well, as Houston erased a 4-1 deficit with three runs in the eighth and four more in the ninth. Bubba Maxwell (3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R) and Chase Wellbrock (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R) provided strong relief in that one.
RESULTS
May 6: Prairie View A&M: W 6-0
May 10-11: @ Connecticut: W 3-1, W 7-2, W 8-4
UPCOMING
May 13: vs. (14) Rice @ Sugar Land, Texas
May 15-17: @ Temple


southcarolina17. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 39-13, 16-11 in SEC. (11-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-4.

The Gamecocks swept Missouri to move into a tie with Vanderbilt for second place in the SEC East, three games behind Florida. Max Schrock (3-for-4, R, RBI) led the South Carolina offense Friday in his second game back after missing nearly a month with a back injury, and Jordan Montgomery (8.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) improved to 7-4. Gene Cone added a three-run double in the fifth inning to break the game wide open. D.C. Arendas (3-for-4) led South Carolina’s balanced 11-hit attack Saturday behind Jack Wynkoop (5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER). Wil Crowe (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) was strong in a no-decision Sunday, and the Gamecocks won on Joey Pankake’s walk-off single in the ninth, driving in Schrock, who led off the frame with a triple.
RESULTS
May 7: Wofford: W 15-1
May 9-11: Missouri: W 8-2, W 3-1, W 2-1
UPCOMING
May 13: The Citadel
May 15-17: @ (18) Vanderbilt


vanderbilt18. VANDERBILT
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 38-14, 16-11 in SEC (7-6 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-4.

The Commodores took two of three in Gainesville and head into the final regular-season weekend tied with South Carolina for second place in the SEC East, three games behind the Gators. The ‘Dores were shut out on two hits Thursday, as Tyler Beede (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 6 K) fell to 7-6. Carson Fulmer (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K) threw his first career complete-game shutout Friday. In his return to his home state, Fulmer did not allow the Gators to get a runner to second base until there were two outs in the ninth inning. The Commodores scored all three of their runs in the fifth inning against the Gator bullpen. Vandy chased Karsten Whitson in an eight-run first inning Saturday and cruised from there, helping Tyler Ferguson (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K) improve to 7-3. Dansby Swanson (2-for-5, 3 R, 4 RBI, HR) led the Vandy offense, while Bryan Reynolds and Vince Conde chipped in two hits and three RBIs apiece.
RESULTS
May 6: (10) Louisville: L 11-7
May 8-10: @ (4) Florida: L 1-0, W 3-0, W 16-2
UPCOMING
May 13: Southeast Missouri State
May 15-17: (17) South Carolina


alabama19. ALABAMA
Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 32-19, 14-12 in SEC (8-9 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-4-1.

The Crimson Tide split Saturday’s doubleheader at LSU, but Sunday’s series finale was rained out, leaving the Tide a half-game behind the Tigers in the conference standings, and 2.5 games behind Ole Miss in the West. Spencer Turnbull (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) was strong in a no-decision in the opener, but he was out-dueled by LSU ace Aaron Nola, who held the Tide to five hits in a shutout. Georgie Salem (2-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) led the Alabama attack in support of Justin Kamplain (9 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) in the second game.
RESULTS
May 6: Jacksonville State: W 6-1
May 9-11: @ (15) Louisiana State: L 2-0, W 5-1, CCD
UPCOMING
May 13: @ Jacksonville State
May 15-17: (20) Mississippi State


MississippiState20. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 33-19, 16-11 in SEC (4-6 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-3-1.
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The Bulldogs won a hard-fought series against Tennessee and head into the final weekend in second place in the SEC West, a game behind Ole Miss. The Vols chased Trevor Fitts (3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER) with four runs in the fourth inning Friday. MSU got stellar pitching Saturday from Ross Mitchell (6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K) and Jonathan Holder (3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K), and C.T. Bradford doubled in the 10th and scored the winning run on Seth Heck’s walk-off single. Lucas Laster (5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) and Jacob Lindgren (5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K) were outstanding in relief Sunday, and Cody Walker drew a bases-loaded walk in the 12th to win it.
RESULTS
May 9-11: Tennessee: L 4-2, W 1-0 (10 innings), W 4-3 (12 innings)
UPCOMING
May 15-17: @ (19) Alabama


libertybaseball21. LIBERTY
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 38-11, 22-1 in Big South (0-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-0.
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The Flames swept their seventh straight conference series, clinching the Big South regular-season title in Friday’s victory. Nick Laird (4-for-5, 2 R) led the Liberty offense Friday in support of Trey Lambert (7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K). Blake Fulghum (7 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) earned the win Saturday, while Danny Grauer and Alex Close had two RBIs apiece to lead the Liberty offense. Parker Bean (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 7 K) improved to 7-1 Sunday.
RESULTS
May 7: @ (1) Virginia: L 8-2
May 9-11: Coastal Carolina: W 7-1, W 4-3, W 2-1
UPCOMING
May 13: Elon
May 15-17: @ Radford


images22. KANSAS
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 33-21, 15-9 in Big 12 (5-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-4.

The Jayhawks swept their third straight series (following a road sweep of Baylor and a home sweep of Texas Tech) to lock up third place in the Big 12. Michael Suiter and Tucker Tharp each hit two-run homers Friday in support of Jordan Piche’ (7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER), and Stephen Villines worked the final two innings to earn the win. Villines saved the next two games, throwing a scoreless inning in each. Dakota Smith (3-for-4, R, 3 RBI, 2B) led the offense Saturday behind Robert Kahana (6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER). Tharp and fellow senior Ka’iana Eldrege delivered two hits and three RBIs apiece to lead the Jayhawks to victory on Senior Day Sunday.
RESULTS
May 7: @ Missouri State: L 5-3
May 9-11: West Virginia: W 5-3, W 5-2, W 9-8
UPCOMING
May 17-18: @ Michigan


pepperdine23. PEPPERDINE
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 34-14, 17-7 in WCC (1-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-2-1.

The Waves won a big WCC showdown series against rival San Diego, keeping them atop the conference standings, two games ahead of Loyola Marymount and Gonzaga. Corey Miller (7.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER) was solid in a no-decision Friday, and the Waves scored two runs in the ninth to force extra innings, only to lose in the 11th. Pepperdine rallied in the ninth again Saturday, tying the game with a run in the frame, then winning it on Brandon Caruso’s walk-off three-run homer in the 10th. Aaron Brown (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) sparkled Sunday, improving to 10-1 on the mound while also driving in one of Pepperdine’s three runs.
RESULTS
May 6: @ (7) Cal Poly: L 5-1
May 9-11: San Diego: L 5-4 (11 innings), W 6-3 (10 innings), W 3-0
UPCOMING
May 13: UC Santa Barbara
May 16-18: @ Gonzaga


ucirvine24. UC IRVINE
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 34-16, 15-3 in Big West (1-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-4.
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Irvine won Friday’s opener but lost the next two games of a big series against Cal Poly, though the Anteaters remain in first place. Andrew Morales (8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) improved to 9-0 Friday, and Sam Moore worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his 23rd save. The Irvine bats went quiet Saturday, as Cal Poly infielder Jimmy Allen’s RBI single in the sixth against Elliot Surrey (8 IP, 8 H, 1 ER) provided the only run of the game. Evan Brock (2.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 4 ER) was whacked around in Sunday’s loss.
RESULTS
May 6: @ San Diego: W 16-11
May 9-11: @ (7) Cal Poly: W 3-2, L 1-0, L 10-3
UPCOMING
May 13: UCLA
May 16-18: Cal State Fullerton


texas25. TEXAS
Last Week: 0-0.
Overall: 34-15, 11-10 in Big 12 (3-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-4-1.

RESULTS
No games.
UPCOMING
May 13: Texas State
May 16-18: @ Kansas State


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texasaandmTEXAS A&M (20)
Last Week: 1-2.
Overall: 31-21, 13-14 in SEC (9-8 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-6.

Texas A&M dropped a road series at Arkansas but salvaged Sunday’s finale. The Aggies and Hogs are tied for eighth place in the SEC’s overall standings with one week to play. Trey Killian (8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning Friday, and Arkansas won 3-2 on Joe Serrano’s walk-off single in the ninth. Daniel Mengden (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 K) was strong in a no-decision for the Aggies. Arkansas broke a 3-3 tie with four runs in the eighth Saturday against A&M relievers Matt Kent and Corey Ray. Logan Nottebrok (3-for-4, 2 R, RBI) hit a game-winning solo homer in the 10th Sunday after the Aggies scored twice in the ninth to force extra innings.
RESULTS
May 9-11: @ Arkansas: L 3-2, L 7-3, W 6-5 (10 innings)
UPCOMING
May 13: Sam Houston State
May 15-17: (11) Mississippi


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Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 36-13, 17-7 in A-Sun (2-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-4.

The Bears followed up a big midweek win at Florida by dropping a home series against Stetson, moving Mercer into second place in the A-Sun, a game behind Florida Gulf Coast. The Bears surged ahead with two runs in the sixth Friday and held on for a 4-2 victory. Brandon Barker (5.2 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) was strong in a no-decision for Mercer, which won despite getting out-hit 13-6. The Hatters overcame a 2-0 deficit Saturday with a run in the eighth and two more in the ninth to level the series with a 3-2 win. Mercer’s Grant Papelian (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision. Eric Nyquist (7 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) fell to 7-1 in Sunday’s loss.
RESULTS
May 6: @ (4) Florida: W 4-2
May 9-11: Stetson: W 4-2, L 3-2, L 4-3
UPCOMING
May 13: Georgia State
May 15-17: @ East Tennessee State