Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 45-6, 24-2 in SEC. (11-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 13-0.
Vanderbilt swept a road series at Kentucky to clinch the SEC regular-season championship. Vandy has won 17 consecutive weekend series dating back to last April, including 10 sweeps. The Commodores have won 12 straight, their third winning streak this season of 12 or more games. With three home games left against Alabama, the ‘Dores are one SEC win shy of South Carolina’s regular-season record. Tony Kemp went 6-for-10 with two runs and two RBIs in Saturday’s doubleheader to lead a Vanderbilt offense that pounded out 28 hits in the two games. Connor Harrell and Zander Wiel had three RBIs apiece in support of Kevin Ziomek (6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) in the opener. Tyler Beede (5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) improved to 13-0 in the nightcap. Kemp had two more hits Sunday, and Spencer Navin (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI, 2B) helped lead Vandy’s balanced 13-hit attack. Steven Rice (4.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) earned the win in relief of T.J. Pecoraro (4.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER). Vanderbilt ascends to the top of the rankings for the first time since April 11, 2011.
May 8: Presbyterian: W 5-2
May 11-12: @ Kentucky: W 11-3, W 5-3, W 10-5
May 14: Belmont
May 16-18: Alabama
2. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 45-7, 21-6 in SEC. (11-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-1.
LSU clinched the SEC West title by winning two of three at Texas A&M. The Aggies came from behind with two runs in the seventh against Cody Glenn (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) to win Thursday’s opener. Friday’s game was suspended by rain in the seventh, and the Tigers finished off a 7-4 victory when play resumed Saturday, then won the rubber game 2-1. Sean McMullen (4-for-4, R, 3 RBI, 2 2B) led a 17-hit barrage behind Aaron Nola (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) in the middle game of the series. The finale was a seven-inning game that went to extra innings, and McMullen delivered a game-winning sacrifice fly in the eighth. Ryan Eades (6.1 IP, 8 H, 1 ER) was strong in a no-decision.
May 9-11: @ Texas A&M: L 2-1, W 7-4, W 2-1
May 14: New Orleans
May 16-18: (24) Mississippi
3. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 45-6, 20-5 in ACC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1-1.
The Tar Heels blew a six-run lead in Sunday’s rubber game to lose a series to Georgia Tech for the fourth straight year. Mott Hyde broke a 4-4 tie Friday with a walk-off solo homer in the ninth against Kent Emanuel (8 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). Colin Moran hit his 13th long ball of the year in a losing cause. Michael Russell (3-for-4, R, RBI) led a nine-hit attack Saturday in support of a dominant Benton Moss (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K). Moran (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI, 2B) helped the Tar Heels build a 7-1 lead through six innings Sunday, but the Jackets rallied back against the UNC bullpen, tying the score with three in the ninth against Trent Thornton (2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER) and winning it on Zane Evans’ walk-off RBI single in the 11th. After losing its first series of the year, UNC relinquishes the No. 1 spot in the rankings after 12 weeks in the top spot.
May 7-8: James Madison: W 9-5, W 6-1
May 10-12: @ Georgia Tech: L 5-4, W 3-1, L 9-8 (11 innings)
May 14: Appalachian State
May 16-18: (7) Virginia
4. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 41-8, 17-4 in Big West. (8-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 12-0.
The Titans won a road series at UC Riverside to extend their Big West lead to two games over second-place Cal State Northridge. Carlos Lopez (4-for-6, 2 R, 3 RBI) led Fullerton’s 17-hit barrage Friday in support of Thomas Eshelman (5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K), who improved to 9-2, 1.42 with 59 strikeouts and two walks in 89 innings. Chad Wallach (2-for-3, 2 R, 5 RBI, HR) led another 17-hit onslaught Saturday behind Justin Garza (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K), who improved to 11-0, 2.12. Thirteen different Titans recorded hits, as Fullerton jumped out to an 11-0 lead through two innings and cruised to the win. The Highlanders jumped out to a 6-0 lead through two innings Sunday against Grahamm Wiest (2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) and held off Fullerton’s comeback bid.
May 10-12: @ UC Riverside: W 14-7, W 12-0, L 7-6
May 14: (8) UCLA
May 17-19: UC Irvine
5. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 39-12, 16-9 in ACC (8-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3-1 (one series pending).
The Wolfpack split the first two games of a crucial series against Florida State, with the rubber game slated for Monday night. Carlos Rodon (8 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) out-dueled Luke Weaver (7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) on Saturday, and Bryan Adametz hit a two-run single in the fourth to put N.C. State up 3-1. The Seminoles jumped out to a 6-0 lead through two innings Sunday, chasing Ethan Ogburn (1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) in the second and piling on against the N.C. State bullpen. Heading into Monday’s series finale, the top three teams in the ACC’s Atlantic Division (N.C. State, FSU and Clemson) are separated by a half-game.
May 7: UNC Wilmington: W 7-2
May 11-12: (9) Florida State: W 3-1, L 12-3
May 13: (9) Florida State
May 16-18: @ Duke
6. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 41-8, 20-4 in Pac-12 (10-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
The Beavers swept a road series at Stanford to extend their winning streak to 12 games and take sole possession of first place in the Pac-12, a game ahead of Oregon heading into next week’s Civil War series in Eugene. Oregon State’s weekend starters have delivered 18 straight quality starts (six innings or more, three earned runs or fewer) in Pac-12 play. Dylan Davis’ three-run double and Kavin Keyes’ two-run single highlighted OSU’s five-run fifth Friday against Mark Appel (5 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 4 K). Matt Boyd (6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) improved to 10-2 for Oregon State. In three wins this season against potential first-rounders Appel, Marco Gonzales and Trevor Williams, Oregon State has scored 14 earned runs in 16 innings (7.88 ERA). Davis (3-for-5, 5 RBI, 2B) led Oregon State’s 14-hit attack Saturday in support of Andrew Moore (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER). Danny Hayes (1-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI) homered Sunday to lead the offense behind Ben Wetzler (6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K).
May 8: @ Portland: W 4-3
May 10-12: @ (25) Stanford: W 7-3, W 10-4, W 5-4
May 17-19: @ (10) Oregon
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 42-8, 20-7 in ACC (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
The Cavs swept Duke to climb within a game of North Carolina (two in the loss column) heading into their regular-season finale in Chapel Hill. Nick Howard filled in at shortstop for Branden Cogswell, who will miss at least another week with a broken middle finger. He will be re-evaluated before the ACC tournament. The Cavaliers rallied from behind with three runs in the ninth Friday, winning 6-5 on Nate Irving’s walk-off RBI single. Virginia, playing its first game in nine days after breaking for exams, reached the 40-win mark for the eighth time in the last 10 years. Mike Papi (4-for-4, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2B, 3B) led Virginia’s 22-hit onslaught Saturday, helping Scott Silverstein (5 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) improve to 8-1. Papi (2-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, 3B), Joe McCarthy (4-for-5, R, 2 RBI, 2 2B) and Reed Gragnani (4-for-5, 3 R, 2B) led a 15-hit assault Sunday, and Kyle Crockett (4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief of Howard (3.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K).
May 10-12: Duke: W 6-5, W 17-8, W 14-6
May 14: Virginia Commonwealth
May 16-18: @ (3) North Carolina
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 34-14, 17-7 in Pac-12 (4-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
The Bruins swept Arizona to remain three games behind Oregon State in the Pac-12. Cody Regis hit a three-run double to highlight UCLA’s seven-run fourth inning Friday, then delivered another three-run double in the seventh, helping Adam Plutko (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) improve to 7-2. Regis (4-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 2B) led a 13-hit attack Saturday behind Nick Vander Tuig (7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K). Regis entered the weekend with three extra-base hits (all doubles) in 35 games, but he had four doubles in the first two games of the series against Arizona. Kevin Kramer and Chris Keck combined for five hits (including two homers) and seven RBIs Sunday.
May 7: Cal State Northridge: L 4-1
May 10-12: Arizona: W 10-2, W 7-1, W 12-5
May 14: @ (4) Cal State Fullerton
May 17-19: @ Southern California
9. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 41-10, 17-9 in ACC (3-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2 (one series pending).
The Seminoles split the first two games of a big series at N.C. State, keeping them a half-game ahead of the Wolfpack heading into Monday’s rubber game. NCSU ace Carlos Rodon (8 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) out-dueled Luke Weaver (7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) on Saturday, as the ‘Pack went ahead for good in the fourth. D.J. Stewart (3-for-3, 3 R), Marcus Davis and Stephen McGee had three RBIs apiece Sunday in support of Brandon Leibrandt (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K).
May 7-8: @ Stetson: W 13-5, W 14-2
May 11-12: @ (5) North Carolina State: L 3-1, W 12-3
May 13: @ (5) North Carolina State
May 16-18: (17) Clemson
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 40-11, 19-5 in Pac-12 (8-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-4.
Oregon swept a low-scoring series at Ohio State, giving the Ducks 12 wins in their last 13 games. Tommy Thorpe (6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) was strong in a no-decision in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, and Mitchell Tolman (2-for-4) delivered a game-winning two-run single in the 11th. Tolman (3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2B) led the offense again in the nightcap, and Cole Irvin (9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) threw his third complete game (and second shutout) of the year to improve to 10-2. Jake Reed (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K) was outstanding Sunday, and Scott Heineman singled and scored the game’s only run in the fourth.
May 11-12: @ Ohio State: W 3-1 (11 innings), W 4-0, W 1-0
May 14-15: Gonzaga
May 17-19: (6) Oregon State
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 34-17, 17-9 in SEC. (9-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
The Hogs won their fourth straight weekend series, taking two of three from Tennessee. Tennessee’s eight runs and 13 hits Friday were the most allowed by the Razorbacks (which entered the game with a 1.77 ERA) in a single game this season. Barrett Astin (5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) fell to 4-3, and the Vols extended their lead with four runs against Brandon Moore. Ryne Stanek (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K) was strong Saturday, and Brian Anderson (4-for-4, 4 R, 3 RBI, 3B, HR) led the offense for the Hogs, who scored in each of the eighth innings in which they batted. James Farris’ three-run double highlighted Arkansas’ five-run first inning Sunday in support of Randall Fant (6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K).
May 10-12: Tennessee: L 8-3, W 11-1, W 10-2
May 16-18: @ Auburn
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 42-10, 17-4 in Big East. (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
Louisville allowed just one run in a three-game road sweep at UConn to run its winning streak to 12 games (tied for the longest active streak in the nation) and remain a game behind Pittsburgh in the Big East, heading into next weekend’s showdown against the Panthers in Louisville. The Cardinals threw shutouts in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader, giving them four shutouts during a seven-game span and 10 shutouts this season. Chad Green (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) improved to 8-2 in the opener, and Jeff Gardner and Cole Sturgeon combined for five hits and five RBIs. Gardner (2-for-4, 4 RBI, HR) led the offense again in the second game, helping Jeff Thompson (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) improve to 9-1. The Cards scored two runs in the seventh Sunday to help Dace Kime (6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) improve to 5-1, earning coach Dan McDonnell his 300th career victory. After making 11 straight relief appearances, Kime has made three starts in 13 days, winning all of them.
May 7: @ Eastern Kentucky: W 4-0
May 8: (14) Indiana: W 4-3
May 11-12: @ Connecticut: W 8-0, W 6-0, W 3-1
May 14: @ Ohio State
May 16-18: Pittsburgh
13. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 32-15-1, 14-10 in Pac-12 (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-3.
Arizona State rebounded from a series loss to Stanford by winning two of three at Cal. Devon Rodriguez’s two-run single highlighted Cal’s three-run eighth Friday against Trevor Williams (7.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K), who fell to 5-5 on the season. Kasey Coffman (3-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR) led Arizona State to a 10-9 victory in a wild, back-and-forth affair Saturday. ASU built a 6-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third, when Cal chased Ryan Kellogg (2.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) with six runs. The Golden Bears went ahead with three more in the fourth, but ASU tied it with three in the eighth, then won on James McDonald’s tie-breaking solo homer in the ninth. Nathaniel Causey (2-for-4, 2 R, 6 RBI) broke a 6-6 tie with a ninth-inning grand slam Sunday.
May 10-12: @ California: L 3-1, W 10-9, W 10-7
May 15: Texas Tech
May 17-19: Arizona
14. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 37-14, 16-10 in SEC. (5-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-3.
The Gamecocks dominated in a three-game sweep of Georgia, solidifying them as one of the top four teams in the SEC. Grayson Greiner (3-for-4, 2 R, RBI, 2B) led South Carolina’s balanced attack Friday behind Nolan Belcher (7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K). The Gamecocks’ seven runs were driven in by seven different players. Joey Pankake (2-for-4, R, RBI, 3B) led another balanced attack Saturday behind Jordan Montgomery (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K). Eight Gamecocks recorded hits Sunday, and six of them posted RBIs, with Pankake (3-for-3, R, RBI) leading the way again. Jack Wynkoop (5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) improved to 7-2 in that one, and Adam Westmoreland followed with three scoreless innings of relief.
May 8: Wofford: W 9-3
May 10-12: Georgia: W 7-2, W 7-1, W 8-3
May 14: Presbyterian
May 16-18: @ (24) Mississippi State
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 38-11, 15-6 in Big Ten (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1-1.
The Hoosiers won two of three against Northwestern to remain atop the Big Ten standings, a game ahead of Ohio State and Nebraska heading into next weekend’s series in Columbus. Scott Effross (4.1 IP, 3, H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) and three other relievers combined to allow just one run and four hits in seven combined innings Friday after taking over for Joey DeNato (2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K). The Wildcats jumped out to an early 6-0 lead Saturday against Kyle Hart (1.2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER) and cruised to a 12-1 blowout. The Hoosiers mustered just two hits in that one. Dustin DeMuth (4-for-4, 2 R, RBI) led IU’s 16-hit attack Sunday behind Aaron Slegers (6.2 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K).
May 6: @ Nebraska: W 10-2
May 8: @ (12) Louisville: L 4-3
May 10-12: Northwestern: W 3-1, L 12-1, W 9-2
May 14: @ Kentucky
May 16-18: @ Ohio State
16. NEW MEXICO
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 32-18, 22-5 in MWC (3-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2-1.
The Lobos won their 10th straight weekend series, taking two of three at Fresno State. Josh Walker (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) moved into the Friday starter spot and turned in his first career shutout, retiring the final 16 batters he faced and improving to 9-0 on the season. D.J. Peterson hit his MWC-leading 14th homer of the season, a two-run shot in the seventh. Peterson and Mitch Garver combined for five hits, four runs and three RBIs Saturday to lead the UNM offense in support of Sam Wolff (6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). UNM’s Mountain West-record 14-game conference winning streak ended Sunday, though Peterson and Garver each homered in a losing cause. New Mexico has won 15 of its last 17 games.
May 10-12: @ Fresno State: W 9-0, W 7-2, L 9-8
May 16-18: @ San Diego State
Last Week: 7-0. Overall: 37-15, 17-10 in ACC. (7-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-4.
Clemson won seven games in a seven-day stretch for the first time since 1996, capping the week with a sweep of Georgia Southern. The Tigers outscored their opponents 63-18 and hit .349 during the seven-game week. Shane Kennedy (12-for-24, 3B, HR, 10 R, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SB) led the Clemson offense on the week. Garrett Boulware and Mike Triller had two hits and two RBIs apiece Friday in support of Daniel Gossett (7.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 12 K), leading the Tigers to a 7-1 win. Gossett retired the first 10 batters of the game and finished with a season high for strikeouts in a game. Steven Duggar (3-for-4, R) led Clemson’s balanced 12-hit attack Saturday behind Matthew Crownover (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K). Maleeke Gibson and Tyler Krieger had two hits and two RBIs apiece to lead a balanced 14-hit attack Sunday in support of Zack Erwin (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER).
May 6: Maryland: W 3-2, W 9-5
May 7-8: vs./@ Furman: W 14-2, W 12-2
May 10-12: Georgia Southern: W 7-1, W 7-0, W 11-6
May 14: South Carolina-Upstate
May 16-18: @ (9) Florida State
18. SOUTH ALABAMA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 39-14, 19-8 in Sun Belt (0-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-2.
South Alabama won two of three at Louisiana-Lafayette to remain a game ahead of second-place Troy in the Sun Belt heading into next weekend’s regular-season finale series against the Trojans. The Ragin’ Cajuns took a big lead in Saturday’s opener with six runs in the second, but South Alabama rallied back in the late innings, surging ahead with four in the eighth to win 9-6. Nolan Earley and Dustin Dalken combined for five hits (including two homers) and six RBIs to lead the USA offense. Anthony Izzio (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the win with stellar relief of Jarron Cito (1.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K). Nick Zaharion (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 2B) was one of seven Jaguars to record multiple hits in support of Matt Bell (7 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader. South Alabama scored six in the top of the first in the finale, but Jacob Noble (1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER) and the South Alabama bullpen could not contain UL-L’s explosive offense.
May 7: Southeastern Louisiana: W 9-0
May 10-12: @ Louisiana-Lafayette: W 9-6, W 9-5, L 17-7 (7 innings)
May 16-18: Troy
19. KANSAS STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 37-15, 14-7 in Big 12 (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
The Wildcats swept a road series at Kansas, giving them three straight series wins and landing them alone atop the Big 12 by two games. Mitch Meyer (2-for-5, 2 R, RBI) led K-State’s 10-hit attack Friday behind Levi MaVorhis (5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER). Austin Fisher and Lance Miles had two hits and three RBIs apiece Saturday, and four KSU relievers turned in a combined 6.1 innings of two-hit, shutout relief after KU chased Matt Wivinis (2.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) with five runs in the third. The Wildcats completed their comeback from a 6-0 deficit with two in the seventh, then scored three in the ninth to win. Meyer (2-for-4, 3 RBI, 3B) and Ross Kivett (3-for-5, 2 R) led the offense Sunday in support of Blake McFadden (5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K).
May 10-12: @ Kansas: W 4-3, W 9-6, W 7-3
May 17-19: (25) Oklahoma
20. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 36-13, 11-9 in Big 12 (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2-1.
The Cowboys posted their fourth straight winning weekend, taking two of three from rival Oklahoma in the Bedlam series. Jason Hursh (9 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) threw 134 pitches in a gritty complete game Friday, and Gage Green (3-for-4, R, RBI) delivered a tie-breaking RBI single in the eighth. Green stole home in the eighth inning Saturday to score what proved to be the winning run, and Tyler Nurdin (5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) bested the nation’s top draft prospect, Jonathan Gray (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K). Green (3-for-4, R, RBI) capped his big weekend with another strong game in a losing cause Sunday, but the Cowboys failed to hold an early 4-0 lead, as OU surged ahead for good with two unearned runs in the sixth.
May 10-12: vs. Oklahoma @ Tulsa/Oklahoma City: W 4-3, W 4-3, L 5-4
May 14: @ Wichita State
May 16-18: West Virginia
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 40-11, 18-3 in Big East (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1.
Pittsburgh swept its fifth straight weekend series to remain atop the Big East standings by a game over Louisville heading into next weekend’s showdown against the Cardinals. The Panthers, who have won 20 of their last 22 games, reached the 40-win mark for the first time in program history. The Panthers clinched the series with a doubleheader sweep Saturday. Ethan Mildren (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K) was excellent in a no-decision in the opener, as the Wildcats rallied from behind with two in the ninth to tie it, only to see Pitt win on Dylan Wolsonovich’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the frame. Wolsonovich had three hits in that game and three RBIs in the second game, helping Matt Wotherspoon (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) improve to 9-1. Stephen Vranka (3-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 3B) led a 14-hit attack Sunday in support of Rhys Aldenhoven (8 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K).
May 8: Ohio: W 6-5
May 11-12: Villanova: W 4-3, W 12-4, W 10-2
May 14: Kent State
May 16-18: @ (12) Louisville
22. VIRGINIA TECH
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 33-19, 13-14 in ACC (5-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-4.
Virginia Tech swept a hard-fought two-game nonconference set against Marist. Tyler Horan (4-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 2B, 2 HR) had a huge game Saturday, and Chad Pinder hit a go-ahead two-run triple in the eighth to lead Virginia Tech to a 7-6 win. Horan (2-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI) led the offense again Sunday, but the Red Foxes rallied from behind with two in the eighth and two more in the ninth to force extra innings. Mark Zagunis delivered a walk-off solo homer in the 10th.
May 8: High Point: W 11-4
May 11-12: Marist: W 7-6, W 7-6 (10 innings)
May 16-18: Wake Forest
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 35-17, 14-13 in SEC (7-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-5.
The Rebels won a crucial series against rival Mississippi State, though they blew a six-run lead Sunday to miss out on the sweep. Bobby Wahl struck out the side in the first inning Friday before rain suspended play, cutting his outing short. Mike Mayers (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) took the mound when play resumed and turned in a gem. The Rebels got a strong start from Sam Smith (6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER) in the second game, and Ole Miss jumped out to an early lead with four runs in the first, then extended the lead in the middle innings and held off MSU’s late comeback bid. Auston Bousfield (3-for-5, R, 5 RBI, 2B, 3B) led the Ole Miss offense in that one. Wahl (5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 6 K) returned to the mound Sunday, and the Bulldogs chased him in a five-run sixth, then went ahead for good with two runs in the seventh.
May 10-12: (21) Mississippi State: W 3-0, W 10-8, L 7-6
May 14: @ Southern Mississippi
May 16-18: @ (2) Louisiana State
24. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 37-15, 14-13 in SEC. (6-10 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-6.
Mississippi State lost two of three at Ole Miss to fall into a tie with the Rebels for fifth place in the SEC. The Rebels clinched the series with a doubleheader sweep Saturday. Friday’s game was suspended by rain in the first inning, and Luis Pollorena (5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) was solid in defeat when play resumed Saturday. Ole Miss jumped out to an early lead in the second game with four runs in the first against Kendall Graveman (4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER), then extended the lead in the middle innings and held off MSU’s late comeback bid. Alex Detz and Hunter Renfroe combined for seven hits, four runs and three RBIs in a losing cause in that one. Jacob Lindgren (1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER) continued to struggle Sunday, but the Bulldogs rallied back from a 6-0 deficit with five runs in the sixth to chase Bobby Wahl, then went ahead in the seventh on a two-run single by Adam Frazier (3-for-4, 4 RBI).
May 10-12: @ Mississippi: L 3-0, L 10-8, W 7-6
May 14: Oral Roberts
May 16-18: (14) South Carolina
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 35-16, 12-9 in Big 12 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
The Sooners lost two of three in the Bedlam series against rival Oklahoma State, dropping them two games behind Kansas State in the Big 12. Oklahoma has lost two straight series and six of its last eight games. Gage Green (3-for-4, R, RBI) delivered a tie-breaking RBI single in the eighth to lift the Cowboys to a 4-3 win Friday. Jake Fisher (4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) started the opener and lost, and Hector Lorenzana’s three-run homer in the fourth provided all of OU’s scoring. Green stole home in the eighth inning Saturday to score what proved to be the winning run, as the Cowboys clinched the Bedlam series with a 4-3 win in front of 7,108 in Oklahoma City. OSU’s Tyler Nurdin (5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) bested Jonathan Gray (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K), who departed after throwing 109 pitches in five innings. Dillon Overton (4 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) returned to action Sunday and earned a no-decision, as Kolbey Carpenter (3-for-4, 2 RBI) helped the Sooners overcome an early 4-0 deficit, and OU got a combined 4.2 scoreless innings of relief from Ralph Garza and Jacob Evans.
May 10-12: vs. Oklahoma State @ Tulsa/Oklahoma City: L 4-3, L 4-3, W 5-4
May 14: Dallas Baptist
May 17-19: @ (19) Kansas State
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 33-17, 12-9 in C-USA (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
Rice dropped a home series to Memphis, its second home series loss in the last four weeks. The Owls are tied with East Carolina and Central Florida for third place in C-USA, two games behind first-place Southern Miss. The Tigers broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the sixth Friday to chase Austin Kubitza (5 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 7 K), and Sam Moll (7.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) kept the Rice offense in check. The Tigers clinched the series with a 3-1 win Saturday behind Erik Schoenrock (9 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). Jordan Stephens (7.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 3 K) was solid in defeat for Rice. Shane Hoelscher’s RBI single in the sixth provided Rice’s only run Sunday, but that was enough support for John Simms (6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) and Zech Lemond (2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K).
May 8: @ Louisiana Tech: W 15-2
May 10-12: Memphis: L 6-3, L 3-1, W 1-0
May 14: @ Texas State
May 16-18: Marshall
SOUTH FLORIDA (23)
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 32-19, 15-6 in Big East (0-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-3.
USF was swept at Seton Hall, dropping the Bulls from first place to fourth in the Big East, three games behind first-place Pittsburgh. SHU’s Giuseppe Papaccio delivered a tie-breaking RBI single in the eighth Friday to beat Jimmy Herget (7.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER). In the nightcap, Sal Annunziata’s two-run single highlighted SHU’s four-run first in support of Greg Terhune (7.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K), and the Pirates held off USF’s comeback bid. USF made three errors, leading to four unearned runs against Nick Gonzalez (6.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 1 ER). Seton Hall went ahead for good Sunday with three runs in the fifth against Joey Lovecchio (5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER).
May 7: Bethune-Cookman: W 7-3
May 10-11: @ Seton Hall: L 3-2, L 5-4, L 4-2
May 14: @ Florida Gulf Coast
May 16-18: Rutgers
Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 26-20, 11-13 in Pac-12 (3-10 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-5.
Stanford was swept for the third time this year (the second time at home). The Cardinal has lost five straight and eight of its last 11 games. OSU took control of Friday’s game with a five-run fifth against Mark Appel (5 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 4 K). Austin Wilson hit his fifth homer in a losing cause Saturday, but Stanford got a poor start out of John Hochstatter (2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 0 K). Wilson went 2-for-4 with two RBIs Sunday, but the Beavers built a 5-0 lead through five innings against Sam Lindquist (4 IP, 2 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K) and held off Stanford’s comeback bid.
May 7: San Francisco: L 4-3
May 10-12: (6) Oregon State: L 7-3, L 10-4, L 5-4
May 14: Santa Clara
May 17-19: @ California