Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 45-6, 22-5 in ACC (9-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-0.
The Cavs won their 15th consecutive regular-season weekend series, taking two of three from Miami to carry a two-game lead over Georgia Tech into the final weekend of the season. The Hurricanes jumped on ace Danny Hultzen (7 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) for five runs in the first Friday—capitalizing on a pair of Virginia errors—and Bryan Radziewski (7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) made it stand up. Tyler Wilson (7.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K) dominated Saturday, and Keith Werman (2-for-4, RBI) led the UVa. offense. The Cavs broke a 1-1 tie with a four-run rally with two outs in the seventh Sunday, helping Will Roberts (7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) become the seventh Virginia pitcher to win 10 games in a season. Hultzen had an RBI double Saturday and two hits Sunday.
May 13-15: (16) Miami: L 6-2, W 3-2, W 5-4
May 17: High Point
May 19-21: @ (17) North Carolina
2. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 37-12, 16-5 in Pac-10. (13-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-0.
The Beavers won a road series at Washington to remain atop the Pac-10, increasing their lead to two games over Arizona State and UCLA with two weekends of conference play remaining. Ryan Barnes (4-for-5, 4 R, 2 RBI) and Kavin Keyes (2-for-4, 3 RBI) powered the Beavers to a win at Safeco Field on Friday. Josh Osich (3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) made his first Friday start of the year and did not factor into the decision. Sam Gaviglio (5.2 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) improved to 10-1 in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, as Keyes (2-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI) had another big game and Andrew Susac (1-for-2, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB) returned to catching duties. Susac had two more RBIs as the DH in the nightcap, but the Huskies stormed back from a 6-0 deficit and won it on a bases-loaded walk against closer Tony Bryant (2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) in the ninth.
May 10: Portland: W 13-3
May 13-14: @ Washington: W 6-4, W 9-3, L 7-6
May 20-22: Southern California
3. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 41-11, 20-7 in SEC. (8-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 12-1.
The Gamecocks won two of three from Arkansas to move back into a three-way tie with Vandy and Florida atop the SEC; South Carolina owns the tiebreaker by virtue of its head-to-head series wins against each of the other two. Michael Roth (5.1 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) fell to 10-2 in Friday’s game, which was delayed more than two hours by rain. The two teams combined for nine errors in that one—three of them by Gamecocks catcher Brady Thomas. Forrest Koumas (5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, but the Hogs tied it with two runs in the eighth against Matt Price, only to see Scott Wingo (3-for-5, 2 RBI) win it with a walk-off homer in the ninth. Steven Neff went 3-for-4 with a homer Saturday, then slugged two more homers and drove in three Sunday in support of Colby Holmes (8.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), who delivered the longest outing by a South Carolina pitcher all season, exiting after giving up a shutout-spoiling homer with two strikes and two outs in the ninth.
May 10: Presbyterian: W 6-1
May 11: Charleston Southern: W 11-1
May 13-15: (23) Arkansas: L 6-2, W 6-5, W 7-1
May 17: UNC Asheville
May 19-21: @ Alabama
4. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 39-13, 18-9 in ACC (8-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-2.
The Seminoles won a road series from N.C. State and will carry a three-game lead over Clemson in the ACC’s Atlantic Division into next weekend’s series against the Tigers. In a disjointed Friday game that featured seven errors and a 91-minute rain delay in the fourth inning, Sean Gilmartin (7.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) returned to the mound after the delay and picked up his ninth win of the season, and temporary leadoff man Rafael Lopez (3-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI) led the offense. Regular leadoff man Devon Travis was out with an ankle sprain, forcing the Seminoles to slide Sherman Johnson from third to second, and insert Lopez (a catcher by trade) at third base for just the second time this season. Lopez (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and James Ramsey (2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI) led the offense in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, and Mike McGee (5.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) earned a no-decision. Ramsey had three more hits in the finale, but the Wolfpack jumped on Hunter Scantling (2.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER) with four in the third en route to a rout.
May 10: @ Stetson: W 13-1
May 13-15: @ North Carolina State: W 9-4, W 7-5, L 12-4
May 19-21: (18) Clemson
Last Week: 2-0. Overall: 38-12, 17-7 in Big 12 (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 12-1.
Texas allowed just one run in Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of Texas Southern. Taylor Jungmann (7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) was strong in a no-decision in the opener, and the Longhorns won on Brandon Loy’s RBI double in the 11th. Texas out-hit the Tigers 12-1 in the nightcap, as Cole Green (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) improved to 6-3.
May 14: Texas Southern: W 2-1 (11 innings), W 11-0 (7 innings)
May 19-21: @/vs./vs. (11) Texas A&M
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 39-13, 20-7 in SEC. (7-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-2.
The Gators won a thrilling series at Vanderbilt to move back into a three-way tie atop the SEC heading into the final weekend. The Gators trailed 4-2 when Friday’s game was suspended, but they tied it up at 5-5 on Josh Adams’ solo homer in the ninth, then won it on Bryson Smith’s RBI double—both against Vandy closer Navery Moore, who hadn’t given up an extra-base hit all season. The Commodores pounded Brian Johnson (4.1 IP, 9 H, 8 ER) and the Florida bullpen in Saturday’s regularly scheduled game. Mike Zunino (2-for-5, 5 RBI) hit two homers Sunday, including a game-winning three-run shot in the 12th off Moore.
May 11: North Florida: W 4-1
May 13-15: @ (3) Vanderbilt: W 6-5, L 14-1, W 6-3 (12 innings)
May 17: Jacksonville
May 19-21: Kentucky
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 42-8, 20-7 in SEC. (7-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-2.
Vanderbilt dropped a hard-fought series against Florida to fall back into a three-way tie atop the SEC heading into the final weekend. The Commodores led 4-2 in the sixth inning Friday before play was suspended by rain, ending Sonny Gray’s outing (6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K). The Gators hit a homer and an RBI double in the ninth against closer Navery Moore, who had not given up an extra-base hit all season to that point. Aaron Westlake (2-for-5, HR, 5 RBI) led Vandy’s 18-hit barrage in support of Grayson Garvin (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) in Saturday’s regularly scheduled game. Taylor Hill (6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) was strong in a no-decision Sunday, but the Gators tied the game with runs in the seventh and eighth, then won it on Mike Zunino’s three-run homer against Moore in the 12th.
May 10: @ Louisville: W 5-1
May 13-15: (8) Florida: L 6-5, W 14-1, L 6-3 (12 innings)
May 19-21: @ Georgia
8. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 36-13, 14-7 in Pac-10. (10-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
The Sun Devils lost a series to USC for the first time since 2004 and fell two games behind Oregon State in the Pac-10. The Trojans jumped on ace Brady Rodgers (7 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) for five runs in the first two innings Friday, and Andrew Triggs (9 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) made it stand up. Andrew Aplin (3-for-4, 2 2B, 3B, 2 RBI) broke a 3-for-33 slump with a big game Saturday, and Mitchell Lambson (2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) earned the win in relief. The Sun Devils mustered just three hits Sunday against Logan Odom (9 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER).
May 13-15: @ Southern California: L 5-1, W 7-4, L 6-2
May 20-22: @ Washington
9. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 36-14, 17-4 in Big West. (4-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-2.
The Titans swept rival Long Beach State to maintain their 2.5-game lead over UC Irvine in the Big West. Michael Lorenzen and Richy Pedroza combined for five of Fullerton’s 10 hits Friday in support of Noe Ramirez (8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K), who bested LBSU ace Andrew Gagnon (7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) in the weekend’s Marquee Mound Showdown. That duo led the offense again in Saturday’s slugfest, combining for five hits and eight RBIs. The Dirtbags came all the way back from an early 9-0 deficit in that one with seven unearned runs against Tyler Pill (4.2 IP, 3 H, 7 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) and four earned runs against Dylan Floro to take an 11-9 lead, but the Titans answered with five runs in the late innings. Nick Ramirez had three doubles Sunday in support of Colin O’Connell (7.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), who beat the Dirtbags for the second time this season (he threw seven strong innings against them in February).
May 10: @ Pepperdine: L 7-0
May 13-15: Long Beach State: W 4-1, W 14-12, W 6-1
May 17: @ UCLA
May 18: Loyola Marymount
10. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 36-15, 17-3 in MWC. (5-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 12-1.
Even with their top three starters (Kyle Winkler, Matt Purke, Steven Maxwell) sidelined, the Frogs took two of three from Utah to clinch their sixth consecutive Mountain West regular-season title. The Horned Frogs announced they would rest Winkler this weekend, so Erik Miller (8 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) moved up a day to the Friday spot and earned a no-decision, and Utah won it on Trey Nielsen’s sacrifice fly in the 11th. Josh Elander’s three-run homer highlighted TCU’s seven-run second inning Saturday in support of Andrew Mitchell (7.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K). Nick Frey (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) pitched very well in his longest career outing Sunday, and Jason Coats scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the ninth.
May 10: Baylor: W 7-6
May 13-15: Utah: L 7-6 (11 innings), W 8-5, W 2-1
May 17: Oral Roberts
May 19-21: @ New Mexico
11. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 36-16, 18-6 in Big 12. (6-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-1.
Even with ace John Stilson sidelined with shoulder inflammation, the Aggies swept Nebraska and will carry a one-game lead over Texas into next weekend’s season-ending showdown series against the Longhorns. In the first game since both players were named to the USA Baseball collegiate national team, Tyler Naquin had three hits and Michael Wacha (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 12 K) improved to 6-3 in Friday’s win. The Aggies jumped out to a 4-0 lead through two innings Saturday, and Ross Stripling (8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) made it stand up. Brandon Parrent (4.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) earned the win Sunday with brilliant relief of Derrick Hadley (4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER).
May 10: (25) Texas State: W 15-5
May 13-15: Nebraska: W 7-3, W 5-2, W 5-1
May 17: Texas-Arlington
May 19-21: vs./@/@ (5) Texas
12. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 37-15, 20-7 in ACC (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-2.
Georgia Tech won a thrilling series against North Carolina to remain two games behind Virginia heading into the final regular-season weekend. Mark Pope (6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER) fell to 10-3 in Friday’s loss, and Jed Bradley (6 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) struggled in a no-decision Saturday. But the Yellow Jackets bailed out Bradley, overcoming an 8-4 deficit with five runs in the ninth, capped by Daniel Palka’s walk-off RBI single. Buck Farmer (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K) and Luke Bard combined on a five-hit shutout Sunday.
May 9: @ Illinois-Chicago: W 5-1
May 10: Savannah State: W 11-3
May 13-15: (17) North Carolina: L 3-2, W 9-8, W 3-0
May 17: East Tennessee State
May 19-21: @ Virginia Tech
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 39-13, 13-9 in Big 12. (7-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4-1.
The Sooners improved to 12-1 all-time against New Mexico with a four-game sweep, running their winning streak to nine games. Max White and Cale Ellis combined for seven hits and three RBIs Friday in support of Michael Rocha (9 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K). Oklahoma jumped out to an 8-1 lead through three innings in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, helping Burch Smith (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) improve to 9-3. Jordan John (7 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) picked up his fourth win with a strong outing in the nightcap. Senior captain Elliott Blair made his first start of the season Sunday on Senior Day and went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in support of Dillon Overton (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K).
May 13-15: New Mexico: W 6-2, W 8-3, W 8-3, W 6-2
May 19-21: @ Baylor
14. SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 37-13, 15-6 in C-USA (4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3-1.
Southern Miss lost a road series at Houston but still clings to a one-game lead over Rice heading into next weekend’s season-ending showdown series between the two teams. Todd McInnis (6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) was solid in a no-decision Friday, and B.A. Vollmuth’s RBI single capped USM’s three-run ninth. Houston jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning Saturday against Geoffrey Thomas (5 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 4 BB), and the Golden Eagles came all the way back to tie the game in the sixth, only to see Houston go back ahead for good in the bottom of the frame. Houston jumped on Jonathan Thompson (0.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER) for another five-spot Sunday, and Mo Wiley (9 IP, 8 H, 1 ER) shut down the Eagles.
May 13-15: @ Houston: W 6-5, L 6-5, L 6-1
May 19-21: (19) Rice
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 36-14, 20-4 in Big East (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-0.
UConn won two of three from Louisville to clinch its first-ever Big East regular-season title. The All-Americans did the heavy lifting Friday, as George Springer (2-for-4, 3 RBI) led a 15-hit attack in support of Matt Barnes (8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K). Springer hit his 11th homer of the year in the first game of Saturday’s twin bill, and UConn came from behind with three runs in the seventh to help Greg Nappo (7 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 ER) improve to 8-2. Brian Ward (7.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) was solid in a no-decision in the finale, but Louisville broke a 3-3 tie on Stewart Ijames’ three-run homer in the 10th.
May 9: South Florida: W 2-0
May 13-15: Louisville: W 6-2, W 7-5, L 6-3 (10 innings)
May 16: @ Rhode Island
May 17: @ Northeastern
May 19-21: @ Cincinnati
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 32-18, 17-9 in ACC. (4-11 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-4.
The Hurricanes dropped a hard-fought series at UVa. but remained a half-game ahead of UNC for third place in the ACC’s Coastal Division. The Hurricanes jumped on UVa. ace Danny Hultzen (7 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) for five runs in the first Friday—capitalizing on a pair of Virginia errors—and Bryan Radziewski (7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) made it stand up. Miami made three errors Saturday, leading to a pair of unearned runs against Eric Whaley (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K), and the ‘Canes managed just two hits against three Virginia pitchers. The Cavs broke a 1-1 tie Sunday with a four-run, two-out rally in the seventh against E.J. Encinosa (6.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER).
May 13-15: @ (1) Virginia: W 6-2, L 3-2, L 5-4
May 17: Florida Atlantic
May 19-21: Duke
17. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 40-12, 17-10 in ACC (5-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.
North Carolina dropped a heart-breaking road series at Georgia Tech. Colin Moran (2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI) powered the UNC offense in support of Patrick Johnson (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), and LF Chaz Frank preserved the one-run victory by crashing into the fence to catch the final out in the ninth. The Tar Heels were on the verge of clinching the road series and essentially sewing up a national seed Saturday, leading 8-4 in the ninth inning, but the Yellow Jackets stormed back for five runs in the ninth against four UNC relievers to earn a stunning win. UNC was shut out on five hits Sunday.
May 10: @ UNC Wilmington: W 11-5
May 11: UNC Asheville: W 4-2
May 13-15: @ (13) Georgia Tech: W 3-2, L 9-8, L 3-0
May 17: Appalachian State
May 19-21: (1) Virginia
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 36-16,15-12 in ACC (3-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-4.
Brad Miller (10-for-19, HR, 7 RBI), John Hinson (11-for-23, 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI) and the Clemson pitching staff (2.05 ERA) led the Tigers to a 4-1 week, including a road series win at Virginia Tech. Clemson trails Florida State by three games in the ACC’s Atlantic Division heading into next weekend’s regular season-ending series between the two teams. After Friday’s game was postponed, Clemson rapped out 14 hits behind Dominic Leone (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Hinson and Miller combined for six hits and five RBIs in the nightcap, and Justin Sarratt (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) was strong in a no-decision. Jonathan Meyer (8 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) went the distance in a tough defeat Sunday.
May 10: @ Furman (Greenville, S.C.): W 5-1
May 11: East Tennessee State: W 8-3
May 14-15: @ Virginia Tech: W 7-2, W 8-3, L 3-2
May 17: Davidson
May 19-21: @ (4) Florida State
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 35-17, 14-7 in CUSA. (4-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
Rice took two of three from Memphis to draw within a game of first-place Southern Miss heading into next weekend’s season-ending series against the Golden Eagles. Rice has won five of its last six weekend series. Shane Hoelscher (2-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI) led the offense Friday behind Austin Kubitza (6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), and Anthony Rendon hit his fifth homer of the year. The Tigers broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the 10th Saturday. The Owls came from behind with three in the ninth Sunday, capped by Michael Ratterree’s walk-off two-run single.
May 10: @ Louisiana-Lafayette: W 2-1
May 13-15: Memphis: W 10-6, L 5-3 (10 innings), W 7-6
May 17: (25) Texas State
May 19-21: @ (14) Southern Mississippi
20. FRESNO STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 36-11, 16-7 in WAC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-0-3.
Fresno bludgeoned New Mexico State 55-16 in a four-game sweep to draw within a half-game of first-place Hawaii. Fresno’s WAC season is complete, while the Rainbows travel to NMSU next weekend, needing to win at least two of the four games to win the regular-season crown. Kenny Wise (3-for-4, 3 R, 3 RBI, HR) led Fresno’s 12-hit attack in a run rule-shortened game Thursday, and Greg Gonzalez (5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) improved to 9-0. The Bulldogs erased an early 6-1 deficit Friday and cruised to a 15-7 rout, as Danny Muno (4-for-5, 2 RBI) was one of five Bulldogs to record multiple hits. Dusty Robinson (3-for-4, 2 HR, 6 RBI) led a 17-hit onslaught behind Josh Poytress (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) in another run rule-shortened game Saturday. Brennan Gowens and Pat Hutcheson each had three hits Sunday to lead the offense in support of Tom Harlan (5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K).
May 12-15: New Mexico State: W 17-4 (7 innings), W 15-7, W 17-2 (7 innings), W 6-3
May 20-22: vs./@/@ Cal State Bakersfield
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 39-13, 22-5 in A-Sun (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 12-0.
The Hatters posted their first losing week of the season but still remained undefeated in weekend series, clinching their first A-Sun regular-season title since 2007 with Saturday’s win. Stetson led 5-3 when play was suspended in the sixth inning Friday, and it padded the lead with four runs in the seventh when play resumed Saturday, helping Lindsey Caughel (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) improve to 5-1. Will Dorsey (6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER) was strong in a no-decision in Saturday’s regularly scheduled game, and Stetson won it with two runs in the ninth, highlighted by Robert Crews’ tie-breaking RBI single. Crews had two more hits in defeat Sunday, when Lipscomb broke open a 3-1 game with five runs in the fifth.
May 10: (7) Florida State: L 13-1
May 11: Florida International: L 10-9 (11 innings)
May 13-15: @ Lipscomb: W 9-5, W 6-4, L 9-3
May 17: Central Florida
May 19-21: Belmont
22. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 33-18, 13-10 in Big 12. (5-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-4.
Oklahoma State dropped a home series to Baylor, its third series loss in the last four weekends. Mike Strong (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 14 K) was brilliant Friday in a no-decision for the Cowboys, who broke a scoreless tie on Dane Phillips’ walk-off RBI double in the 10th. Baylor chased Brad Propst (5.2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) in a seven-run sixth inning Saturday. Randy McCurry (4.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) moved into the weekend rotation and took the loss Sunday.
May 10-11: @ Ohio State: W 16-3, L 3-2
May 13-15: Baylor: W 1-0 (10 innings), L 8-1, L 5-3
May 17: @ Missouri State
May 20-22: @ Texas Tech
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 33-17, 13-14 in SEC. (8-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-6.
The Razorbacks lost a road series at South Carolina—their sixth series loss of the season—and are tied with three other teams atop the SEC West heading into the final weekend. Dominic Ficociello (4-for-5, R, RBI) led Arkansas’ 14-hit attack Friday in support of D.J. Baxendale (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K), as the Hogs won a game delayed more than two hours by rain, with the final out coming at 1:22 a.m. The Razorbacks came from behind with two runs in the eighth to tie Saturday’s game, only to lose it on Scott Wingo’s walk-off homer in the ninth against Ryne Stanek (3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K). South Carolina jumped on Cade Lynch (1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB) in the first two innings Sunday and never looked back, out-hitting the Hogs 14-7.
May 13-15: @ (4) South Carolina: W 6-2, L 6-5, L 7-1
May 17: Tennessee-Martin
May 19-21: Mississippi
24. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
Last Week: 3-0-1. Overall: 35-16-1, 18-8-1 in Sun Belt (3-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-4.
Florida International ran its winning streak to 15 games before playing Arkansas State to an 8-8 tie in a travel curfew-shortened game Sunday. The Golden Panthers trail Troy by a half-game in the Sun Belt heading into the final weekend. Jeremy Patton (3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) powered the offense Friday in support of Phil Haig (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER). Mike Martinez homered and drove in three Saturday behind R.J. Fondon (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Patton had two more hits and two more RBIs Sunday, and the Panthers scored twice on sacrifice flies in the eighth to salvage a tie.
May 11: @ (15) Stetson: W 10-9 (11 innings)
May 13-15: Arkansas State: W 3-2, W 6-1, T 8-8 (8 innings)
May 19-21: Florida Atlantic
25. TEXAS STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 34-17, 23-7 in Southland. (1-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-1.
After falling to 3-9 in midweek games with Tuesday’s loss to Texas A&M, the Bobcats swept Nicholls State to clinch their third consecutive Southland Conference regular-season title. Texas State came from behind with three runs in the seventh Friday to help Carson Smith (7 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 9 K) improve to 8-3. Mitchell Pitts (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) was strong in a no-decision Saturday, as the Bobcats broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the eighth. Casey Kalenkosky (3-for-4, 3 R, 3 RBI) slugged his 18th homer of the season in Sunday’s rout, leading a 15-hit assault in support of Colton Turner (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K).
May 10: @ (11) Texas A&M: L 15-5
May 13-15: Nicholls State: W 6-4, W 4-3, W 14-3 (7 innings)
May 17: @ (19) Rice
May 19-21: @ Texas-Arlington
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 29-19, 14-7 in Pac-10. (3-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4-1.
UCLA won two of three from Cal State Bakersfield but posted a losing week overall. The Roadrunners out-hit the Bruins 10-2 on Friday, as Mike McCarthy (9 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) out-pitched Gerrit Cole (9 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). UCLA scored eight runs in the third inning Saturday in support of Trevor Bauer (9 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 13 K), who broke his own school record for strikeouts in a season and threw his sixth consecutive complete game. Bauer has 167 strikeouts, surpassing the 165 he racked up a year ago. Dean Espy (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) powered the offense Sunday in support of Adam Plutko (8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 12 K), who set a career high for strikeouts.
May 10: @ Long Beach State: L 4-2
May 11: UC Santa Barbara: L 5-4
May 13-15: Cal State Bakersfield: L 5-1, W 10-1, W 3-2
May 17: (9) Cal State Fullerton
May 20-22: California