Top 25 Tracker: May 18-21

1. RICE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 46-10, 22-2 in CUSA USA. (10-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-0.
Rice has won 28 of its last 30 games and ends its first season in CUSA with records for win percentage (.917), fewest losses (two) and most series won (eight). Offense paved the way as Fr. LF Aaron Luna hit two grand slams and drove in 12 runs on the week, So. CF Tyler Henley tallied 11 hits, 10 RBIs and nine runs, and So. SS Brian Friday hit four homers, drove in 14 runs and extended his hit streak to 20 games.
RESULTS
May 16: @ Louisiana State: W 6-3
May 18-20: @ Marshall: W 26-6, W 14-10, W 12-0
UPCOMING
May 24-28: CUSA tournament @ Houston

2. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 39-13, 15-3 in Big West. (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 13-2.
CSF clinched at least a share of the conference title Sunday when Sr. RHP Dustin Miller threw a five-hit shutout and Sr. 2B Justin Turner homered. Miller’s win gave CSF three starters with 10 wins. Jr. LHP Ryan Paul saved the first two games in Vinnie Pestano’s stead.
RESULTS
May 16: @ San Diego State: L 9-8
May 19-21: Cal Poly: W 6-4, W 3-1, W 1-0
UPCOMING
May 23: @ Southern California
May 26-28: @ Long Beach State

3. CLEMSON
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 43-13, 21-6 in ACC. (25-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-2.
Clemson’s much hotter than Hansel right now with 15 straight wins. It won the ACC overall title for the first time since 1995. Jr. LF Tyler Colvin went 11-for-13 against Wake with three homers, six runs and 14 RBIs. Eight of Colvin’s RBIs came in Friday’s drubbing. Clemson pitching allowed one earned run and one walk in 27 innings against Wake. Jr. 1B Andy D’Alessio homered twice and has 20 on the year.
RESULTS
May 16: (21) College of Charleston: W 1-0
May 18-20: Wake Forest: W 26-1, W 6-0, W 7-3
UPCOMING
May 24-28: ACC tournament @ Jacksonville, Fla.

4. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 45-11, 22-8 in ACC. (7-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
UNC wins the Coastal Division of the ACC. The pitching staff allowed two earned runs over 36 innings on the week and held opponents to a .134 average thanks to two-hitters Tuesday and Thursday. Jr. LHP Andrew Miller (8 IP, 2 H, R, 0 ER, 11 K) became the school’s all-time strikeout leader. So. SS Josh Horton collected six hits and leads the ACC with a .405 average,
RESULTS
May 16: UNC Greensboro: W 7-0
May 18-20: Boston College: W 7-1, W 5-2, W 5-1
UPCOMING
May 24-28: ACC tournament @ Jacksonville, Fla.

5. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 38-13, 15-6 in Pac-10. (5-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
OSU clinched at least a share of its second straight Pac-10 title and has 17 wins in its last 21 games. So. C Mitch Canham drove in 10 runs on seven hits in the series. Jr. RHP Dallas Buck threw a three-hit complete game in the opener, and Jr. RHP Jonah Nickerson followed with a five-hit CG.
RESULTS
May 19-21: @ Washington State: W 16-1, W 10-2, W 13-3
UPCOMING
May 26-28: UCLA

6. TEXAS
Last Week: 0-3. Overall: 38-18, 19-7 in Big 12. (13-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-5.
Ten straight wins quickly turned to a three-game losing streak for the old Longhorns, who clinched the conference title a week ago. Jr. RHP Kyle McCulloch (6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER) left with a lead Sunday, but Mizzou scored three times in the eighth inning. Jr. CF Drew Stubbs went 7-for-11 in the series.
RESULTS
May 19-21: @ Missouri: L 6-5, L 8-5, L 7-5
UPCOMING
May 24-28: Big 12 tournament @ Oklahoma City

7. VIRGINIA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 45-11, 21-9 in ACC. (8-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
Virginia finishes the season with 20 wins in its last 22 games and sets a school record with 45 wins and 21 ACC wins. Fr. RHP Jacob Thompson threw a four-hit shutout Friday and tied a career-high with eight strikeouts. So. LHP/1B Sean Doolittle struck out six batters in as many innings in the opener and drove in five runs in the finale. Thompson and Doolittle became the third and fourth pitchers in school history to win 10 or more games.
RESULTS
May 16: @ Old Dominion: W 11-10
May 18-20: Virginia Tech: W 4-2, W 6-0, W 11-7
UPCOMING
May 24-28: ACC tournament @ Jacksonville, Fla.

8. ALABAMA
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 39-17, 20-10 in SEC (9-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-4.
Alabama won its 14th SEC championship, sharing this one with Kentucky. Sr. 3B Matt Downs collected 10 hits and six RBIs in the series, including four-hit days in each of the first two games. Jr. LHP Wade LeBlanc (7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, ER, 0 BB, 6 K) improved to 9-0 with a win Friday. Fr. RHP Tommy Hunter set a freshman record with his ninth win Saturday (CG, 6 H, ER).
RESULTS
May 18-20: @ Tennessee: W 11-3, W 5-3, W 5-1
UPCOMING
May 24-28: SEC tournament @ Hoover, Ala.

9. GEORGIA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 38-17, 18-12 in SEC. (16-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-5.
The win streak ended at 13, but Georgia has won 14 of its last 15. Fr. LHP Nathan Moreau, Sr. LHP Rip Warren and So. RHP Joshua Fields combined for Georgia’s seventh shutout of the year Saturday to clinch the series and tie a school record for scoreless games. Georgia twice trailed by six runs in the opener before Sr. RF Bobby Felmy’s two-run eighth-inning single gave the Bulldogs the lead for good. Jr. 1B Josh Morris homered twice in the opener and has 20 on the year.
RESULTS
May 16: Kennesaw State @ Rome, Ga.: W 8-7
May 18-20: (7) Kentucky: W 10-9, L 8-3, W 4-0
UPCOMING
May 24-28: SEC tournament @ Hoover, Ala.

10. KENTUCKY
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 42-13, 20-10 in SEC. (14-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-3.
Despite losing the series, Kentucky won the SEC Eastern Division and shared the overall title (with Alabama) for the first time in school history. The 42 wins and 20 SEC wins each set school records. Sunday’s shutout was the first for UK in 62 games. Sr. LHP Craig Snipp struck out a career-high 11 batters Friday in his third complete game of the year.
RESULTS
May 15: Belmont: W 7-2
May 18-20: @ (11) Georgia: L 10-9, W 8-3, L 4-0
UPCOMING
May 24-28: SEC tournament @ Hoover, Ala.

11. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 42-14, 19-11 in ACC. (10-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-3.
Tech won nine of its last 11 games and finished the ACC schedule with a 13-4 run. It outslugged Miami to win the final two games, hitting seven homers. Jr. RF Wally Crancer went 7-for-14 with a homer and eight RBIs in the series. Sr. LF Jeff Kindel homered twice Friday.
RESULTS
May 16: Wofford: W 16-2
May 18-20: (22) Miami: L 8-7, W 14-5, W 12-7
UPCOMING
May 24-28: ACC tournament @ Jacksonville, Fla.

12. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 39-15, 18-9 in Big 12. (6-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-3.
OSU won its last six Big 12 series to finish second, its best finish since league play began in 1996. So. 1B Rebel Ridling homered and drove in a career-high four runs Sunday. Sr. LHP Brae Wright allowed three runs over eight innings to notch his sixth Big 12 win. So. RHP Matt Gardner won for the fourth straight weekend on Friday (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER).
RESULTS
May 16: Oral Roberts: L 13-2
May 19-21: Texas Tech: W 6-4, W 5-3, W 7-3
UPCOMING
May 24-28: Big 12 tournament @ Oklahoma City

13. OKLAHOMA
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 39-17, 17-10 in Big 12. (8-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
Oklahoma’s 39 wins are its most in the regular season since the 1994 CWS winner. Sr. RHP Daniel McCutchen earned both wins for the Sooners. The normal Friday night starter closed that game with two scoreless innings to earn a win in OU’s comeback victory and then threw eight strong innings Sunday, recording 11 strikeouts, to win that game as well. He threw 170 pitches in the series.
RESULTS
May 19-21: @ (8) Nebraska: W 3-2, L 10-4, W 6-2
UPCOMING
May 24-28: Big 12 tournament @ Oklahoma City

14. ARKANSAS
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 38-17, 18-12 in SEC. (16-10 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-4.
Arkansas earns its first sweep of Auburn to finish second in the SEC West. So. LHP Nick Schmidt recorded a career-best 15 strikeouts in eight innings Thursday. So. C Brian Walker hit two homers in support of Schmidt, and was not hit by a pitch. Fr. 2B James Ewing collected a career-high four hits in front of a season-high 8,841 fans Friday, and Jr. LF Jake Dugger drove in five runs Saturday.
RESULTS
May 18-20: Auburn: W 6-3, W 10-5, W 11-2
UPCOMING
May 24-28: SEC tournament @ Hoover, Ala.

15. NEBRASKA
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 39-14, 17-10 in Big 12. (6-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
The skid continues for Nebraska, which lost its last three series of the year and eight of its last 11 games following a 36-6 start. It fell from first place in the league to fourth over that span. So. RHP Johnny Dorn (7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, ER) on Sunday suffered his first loss in eight career decisions with a chance to clinch a series. So. LHP Tony Watson allowed a run over 6.2 IP Saturday to get the win.
RESULTS
May 16: Creighton @ Rosenblatt Stadium: W 4-1
May 19-21: (14) Oklahoma: L 3-2, W 10-4, L 6-2
UPCOMING
May 24-28: Big 12 tournament @ Oklahoma City

16. HOUSTON
Last Week: 1-0. Overall: 36-19, 18-6 in CUSA. (4-10 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-4.
Jr. 3B Dustin Kingsbury doubled and drove in three runs against Sam Houston State.
RESULTS
May 16: @ Sam Houston State: W 10-4
UPCOMING
May 24-28: CUSA tournament @ Houston

17. MISSISSIPPI
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 36-20, 17-13 SEC (7-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-5.
Mississippi is the only team to post a winning record in SEC play each of the last four seasons and leads the league with 70 wins in that span. So. SS Zack Cozart tallied five hits against MSU, scoring the winning run in the opener. He also hit a three-run walk-off Johnson against Memphis. Fr. RHP Cody Satterwhite made three relief appearances on the week, earning two wins and a save in five total innings.
RESULTS
May 16: Memphis: W 7-5
May 18-20: Mississippi State: W 6-5 (10), L 11-1, W 13-11
UPCOMING
May 24-28: SEC tournament @ Hoover, Ala.

18. NOTRE DAME
Last Week: 3-1 Overall: 41-14-1, 21-5-1 in Big East. (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
Notre Dame wrapped up the Big East title with 21 conference wins, the second most in league history. Sr. 1B Craig Cooper enjoyed a five-hit weekend to earn his third consecutive Big East batting title; he stands as the all-time batting average leader in conference play. Starters Jeff Samardzija, Matt Manship and Tom Thornton produced a strong combined line of 21 IP, 17 H, 3 ER, BB, 15 K in the series.
RESULTS
May 16: Michigan @ Comstock Park, Mich.: L 3-1
May 18-20: @ Villanova: W 3-1, W 6-2, W 12-1
UPCOMING
May 24-27: Big East tournament @ Clearwater, Fla.

19. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 33-19, 11-10 in Pac-10. (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-3.
ASU scored 27 runs in the first two games of the series, but couldn’t get to Brad Mills in the finale and dropped a conference series for the third time in four tries. The Devils led 6-0 Saturday but couldn’t hold on. Jr. CF Colin Curtis homered twice and drove in seven runs in Friday’s win.
RESULTS
May 19-21: @ Arizona: W 15-6, L 18-12, L 5-4
UPCOMING
May 26-28: California

20. PEPPERDINE
Last Week: 2-0. Overall: 38-18, 15-6 in West Coast. (8-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-4.
So. CF Adrian Ortiz went 4-for-8 with two walks in two wins during the week. He’s got a 14-game hit streak and is batting .455 during that span. Sr. 2B David Uribes suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice Monday.
RESULTS
May 16: Southern California: W 2-1
May 17: @ UC Santa Barbara: W 10-5
UPCOMING
May 26-28: @ (23) San Francisco, best-of-3 WCC championship series

21. FRESNO STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 39-16, 18-6 WAC (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-3
Fresno State has won 11 straight games and the WAC title. Jr. LHP Eddie Romero earned his 12th win Saturday (7 IP, 9 H, 3 R, ER). So. 3B Beau Mills homered twice and drove in five runs in the opener before being suspended for the rest of the series for violating university policy.
RESULTS
May 19-21: @ Sacramento State: W 10-7, W 14-3, W 7-4
UPCOMING
May 25-28: WAC tournament @ Fresno, Calif.

22. TULANE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 39-17, 15-9 in CUSA. (2-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-3.
Tulane’s 10-game win streak came to an end in crushing fashion Saturday, as it blew leads of 8-0 and 10-1 and surrendered a 10-run eighth inning. So. 2B Brad Emaus has a 13-game hit streak during which he’s batting .400 with 13 RBIs. That’s good at a time when No. 3 and No. 4 hitters Warren McFadden and Mark Hamilton each walked eight times in a series.
RESULTS
May 18-20: @ Alabama-Birmingham: W 8-6 (11), W 17-8, L 20-11
UPCOMING
May 24-28: CUSA tournament @ Houston

23. SAN FRANCISCO
Last Week: 1-0. Overall: 37-19, 15-6 WCC (3-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-4
USF has wins in 13 of its last 14 games. Sr. RF Stephan Gatrell and So. DH Luke Sommer each drove in four runs on two hits.
RESULTS
May 16: Hawaii: W 15-1.
UPCOMING
May 26-28: (20) Pepperdine @ best-of-3 WCC championship series

24. HAWAII
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 40-13, 17-6 WAC (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 12-2
Hawaii starters allowed one earned run over 23 innings. Jr. RHP Steven Wright dominated the opener (7 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, 7 K) before Sr. RHP Justin Costi threw a complete-game shutout Saturday and Jr. LHP Ian Harrington allowed the only earned run Sunday (7 IP, 5 H, ER, 7 K).
RESULTS
May 16: @ San Francisco: L 15-1.
May 19-21: @ San Jose State: W 11-1, W 6-0, W 3-1
UPCOMING
May 25-28: WAC tournament @ Fresno, Calif.

25. ELON
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 42-14, 21-6 in SoCon. (1-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 12-2.
Elon won its first SoCon title and set a school record with 42 wins. Jr. 1B Chris Vasami and Sr. SS Paul Bennett each drove in three runs in the series-clinching win Saturday. Bennett had three hits and Vasami two RBIs in the Friday loss.
RESULTS
May 16: Campbell: W 13-7
May 18-20: @ UNC Greensboro: W 7-4, L 5-3, W 11-6
UPCOMING
May 24-27: SoCon tournament @ Charleston, S.C.

DROPPED OUT

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (21)
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 39-15, 20-7 in SoCon (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-2.
CofC needed two wins against local rival The Citadel to win its third straight SoCon title, but only managed one. The Citadel scored one in the seventh inning and two in the eighth to win the opener and then hung a nine-spot in the seventh inning Saturday to take the finale.
RESULTS
May 16: @ Clemson: L 1-0
May 18-20: The Citadel: L 4-2, W 7-5, L 11-10
UPCOMING
May 24-27: SoCon tournament @ Charleston, S.C.

MIAMI (22)
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 35-19, 17-13 ACC. (6-12 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-6.
Miami held on to win the opener before getting pounded in the final two games, in which it allowed seven homers. Hurricanes starting pitchers allowed 13 runs on 15 hits in 10.2 IP over the three games. Jr. RF Tommy Giles tallied seven hits on the weekend, including his eighth homer.
RESULTS
May 18-20: @ (12) Georgia Tech: W 8-7, L 14-5, L 12-7
UPCOMING
May 24-28: ACC tournament @ Jacksonville, Fla.

WINTHROP (23)
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 42-14, 17-7 Big South. (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-4.
Winthrop dropped the series and cost itself the regular season title in the Big South, and possibly a No. 1 seed in regionals. Fr. RHP Alex Wilson won his 12th game of the year Thursday (7 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER).
May 19-21: @ Virginia Military: W 10-5, L 10-4, L 7-3
UPCOMING
May 24-27: Big South tournament @ Conway, S.C.

BAYLOR (25)
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 34-22, 13-14 in Big 12. (9-10 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-6.
Baylor won just three of its final 17 road games. The weekend marked the first time Baylor was swept by Kansas State and the first time Baylor has finished below .500 in Big 12 play. Sr. C Zach Dillon went 8-for-12 in the series and finished with a .421 average in Big 12 play. That led the league and set a Baylor record.
RESULTS
May 16: Dallas Baptist: W 15-6
May 19-21: @ Kansas State: L 4-2, L 3-1, L 3-2
UPCOMING
May 24-28: Big 12 tournament @ Oklahoma City

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