Top 25 Tracker (May 19)

oregonstate1. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 41-9, 22-5 in Pac-12. (6-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 10-1.
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The Beavers won a hard-fought series against Washington to open up a two-game lead over the Huskies with one weekend to play. The Huskies took a 3-0 lead in the second inning Friday, taking advantage of some wildness from Andrew Moore (5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K), who had a walk and a hit batsman to force in one run; a second scored on a passed ball. The Beavers evened the series with a 1-0 victory in a stirring duel Saturday between UW’s Tyler Davis (8.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) and OSU’s Jace Fry (9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K). Fry won it by throwing his fourth shutout of the season, improving him to 8-1, 1.00 in Pac-12 play. Closer Troy Rallings entered and gave up a walk-off RBI double to Logan Ice, scoring Dylan Davis. Ben Wetzler (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K) followed with another shutout Sunday in his return from a five-game suspension that pushed his scheduled start from Friday back two days.
RESULTS
May 13: vs. Portland @ Keizer, Ore.: W 8-4
May 16-18: (5) Washington: L 4-2, W 1-0, W 3-0
UPCOMING
May 20: @ Oregon
May 23-25: @ Southern California


louisianalafayette2. LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
Last Week: 3-0.
Overall: 49-7, 26-4 in Sun Belt (3-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 14-0.
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The Cajuns swept ULM to tie the school record for wins in a season. It was their eighth sweep of the season and their sixth in conference play. ULL also set a new Sun Belt Conference record for regular-season wins and fewest losses in conference play. The Cajuns overcame a 9-7 deficit Thursday with three runs in the sixth and went on to a 12-9 victory. Greg Davis (2-for-5, 2 R, 5 RBI, HR) and Caleb Adams (3-for-5, R, 2 RBI) led ULL’s 13-hit attack. Greg Milhorn (2.2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER) started and struggled, but Ryan Wilson (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) turned in stellar relief for the save. Ryan Leonards (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) led the ULL offense Friday, and Matt Plitt (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) was outstanding in relief. The Ragin’ Cajuns needed 14 innings to complete the sweep Saturday. Seth Harrison delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 14th.
RESULTS
May 15-17: Louisiana-Monroe: W 12-9, W 9-1, W 6-5 (14 innings)
UPCOMING
May 21-25: @ Sun Belt tournament, Mobile, Ala.


virginia3. VIRGINIA
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 43-11, 22-8 in ACC. (6-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 11-1.
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Virginia lost its first weekend series of the year to finish as the No. 3 seed in the ACC tournament. The Demon Deacons came from behind to win the first game of Friday’s doubleheader 6-5 in 10 innings, but the Cavaliers evened the series with a 7-2 win in the nightcap. Following a solid start from Nathan Kirby (7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K), UVa. carried a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth in the opener, but Wake rallied for three runs against Whit Mayberry and Nick Howard, tying the game on Nate Mondou’s two-out, pinch-hit, two-run homer against Howard. Wake won on Conor Keniry’s walk-off single in the 10th, handing Howard his first loss. Ten different Cavaliers recorded hits as part of a 17-hit attack in the second game, led by Robbie Coman (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI), and Artie Lewicki (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R) earned the victory in his first ACC start since May of 2012. Josh Sborz, who has been the No. 2 starter just about all year, worked the final two innings, allowing two runs. Wake Forest took the lead for good Saturday with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to chase Brandon Waddell (5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K).
RESULTS
May 13: Virginia Commonwealth: W 12-3
May 16-17: @ Wake Forest: L 6-5 (10 innings), W 7-2, L 4-3
UPCOMING
May 21-25: @ ACC tournament, Greensboro, N.C.


4. FLORIDA STATEPrint
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 41-14, 21-9 in ACC (8-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 12-2.

The Seminoles took two of three from Duke, in the process reaching the 40-win plateau for the 37th consecutive year (including all 35 seasons of the Mike Martin era). FSU did all its scoring in a three-run third Thursday behind Luke Weaver (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K). D.J. Stewart (4-for-4, 3 R, 3 RBI) spearheaded the FSU attack Friday in support of Mike Compton (5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K), and Duke’s furious rally in the ninth fell just short after a five-run outburst. Dylan Silva got Chris Marconcini to fly out with the tying run at second base to end the game. Duke jumped out to a 5-1 lead through three innings Saturday against Peter Miller (1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB) and Jim Voyles (2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER), then held on to win its first game in Tallahassee since 1994.
RESULTS
May 13: Central Florida: L 8-3
May 15-17: Duke: W 3-0, W 9-8, L 7-5
UPCOMING
May 21-25: @ ACC tournament, Greensboro, N.C.


calpoly5. CAL POLY
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 45-10, 19-5 in Big West (9-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 12-1-1.
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Cal Poly swept Cal State Northridge to clinch the Big West title and (and the automatic regional berth that comes along with it). The conference title is Cal Poly’s first in its 18 seasons in the Big West, but this is the program’s third trip to regionals in the last five years. Nick Torres and Brian Mundell had four hits apiece Friday, and the Mustangs got homers from Jimmy Allen (who went deep twice), Mark Mathias and Zack Zehner in a 16-10 victory. Matt Imhof (7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) improved to 9-4. Mathias (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI, 2 2B) and Allen (3-for-5, 3 R, RBI, HR) led the Cal Poly offense again Saturday in support of Casey Bloomquist (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), who improved to 12-1. Zehner (3-for-4, 2 R) led the offense Sunday, and Danny Zardona (3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief.
RESULTS
May 13: @ St. Mary’s: W 6-5
May 16-18: @ Cal State Northridge: W 16-10, W 6-3, W 3-2
UPCOMING
No games.


miami6. MIAMI
Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 40-15, 24-6 in ACC. (10-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 11-3.
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The Hurricanes took two of three from North Carolina to win the ACC’s regular-season title for the second time in program history and become the fourth team to reach 24 ACC victories in a season. The Hurricanes won their final seven regular-season series and went 27-3 over their last 30 games, giving them 40 regular-season wins for the first time since 2008. The Hurricanes outlasted UNC for a 6-5 win in 16 innings in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, but the Tar Heels bounced back with an 11-2 victory in the nightcap. Tyler Palmer (5-for-8, 2 RBI) capped his huge first game with a walk-off two-run single in the 16th, after UNC had taken the lead on Parks Jordan’s RBI single in the top of the frame. Neither team scored from the ninth through the 15th, as Miami got sterling relief work from Thomas Woodrey (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R), Bryan Garcia (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) and Javi Salas (5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER). The Tar Heels jumped on Andrew Suarez (2 IP, 9 H, 7 ER) early in the second game. David Thompson (2-for-4, R, RBI) capped his first weekend back in the lineup by leading the offense Saturday in support of Bryan Radziewski (6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K).
RESULTS
May 16-17: North Carolina: W 6-5 (16 innings), L 11-2, W 2-0
UPCOMING
May 21-25: @ ACC tournament, Greensboro, N.C.


florida7. FLORIDA
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 37-19, 21-9 in SEC (14-8 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-4.
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The Gators won two of three at Tennessee to win the SEC regular-season title by two games over West Division champion Mississippi, and three games over East runner-up South Carolina. The Gators built a 4-1 lead through five innings Thursday behind Logan Shore (5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K), but Tennessee surged back with three runs in the sixth and took the lead with another in the eighth, only to see Florida tie it in the ninth and win 6-5 in the 11th. Harrison Bader’s RBI double in the ninth tied the game, and Bader singled with one out in the 11th, stole second and scored on two errors. Taylor Gushue (3-for-4, R, RBI) led the UF attack Friday in support of A.J. Puk (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). The Gators took a 5-4 lead with three runs in the fifth Saturday, but Tennessee answered with three of its own in the bottom of the frame and held on to win. Gushue and Josh Tobias each homered in a losing cause in that one.
RESULTS
May 13: South Florida: W 8-2
May 15-17: @ Tennessee: W 6-5 (11 innings), W 4-2, L 7-5
UPCOMING
May 21-25: @ SEC tournament, Hoover, Ala.


block_w8. WASHINGTON
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 38-13, 20-7 in Pac-12 (3-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 10-1.
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The Huskies dropped their first series of the year, losing a hard-fought set at Oregon State. UW fell two games behind OSU in the Pac-12 with three games to play. Washington snapped OSU’s 12-game winning streak Friday while extending its own win streak to nine. Jared Fisher (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) turned in a strong start to pick up the win for UW, which got characteristically strong work from relievers Trevor Dunlap (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) and Troy Rallings (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R). The Beavers evened the series with a 1-0 victory in a stirring duel between UW’s Tyler Davis (8.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) and OSU’s Jace Fry (9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K). Davis carried a shutout into the ninth before exiting with two on and one out. Rallings entered and gave up a walk-off RBI double to Logan Ice. The Huskies were shut out again Sunday by Ben Wetzler, mustering just two hits in support of Jeff Brigham (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER), who fell to 6-3.
RESULTS
May 13: Seattle: W 6-0
May 16-18: @ (2) Oregon State: W 4-2, L 1-0, L 3-0
UPCOMING
May 23-25: UCLA


Indiana9. INDIANA
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 38-13, 21-3 in Big Ten. (4-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 10-2.

The Hoosiers took two of three from Minnesota to win the Big Ten regular-season title outright and finish unbeaten in conference series. Indiana did not allow an opponent to score more than four runs in any of its 24 Big Ten games, finishing with a 1.53 staff ERA in conference action—the lowest by a Big Ten team since 1965 (Iowa, 1.17). Minnesota’s Alec Crawford (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) went toe-to-toe with IU’s Joey DeNato (9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K) in Thursday’s pitchers’ duel, and the Gophers scored a run in the 10th to win 2-1. Dustin DeMuth and Nick Ramos had two hits and an RBI apiece to lead the IU offense Friday in support of Christian Morris (5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). Sam Travis, DeMuth and Scott Donley combined for six hits, five runs and four RBIs to power the offense Saturday behind Brian Korte (5 IP, 4 H, 0 R).
RESULTS
May 13: @ (10) Louisville: W 7-2
May 15-17: Minnesota: L 2-1 (10 innings), W 7-3, W 8-0
UPCOMING
May 21-25: @ Big Ten Tournament, Omaha


mississippi10. MISSISSIPPI
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 40-16, 19-11 in SEC (7-6 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 11-3.
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The Rebels won a road series at Texas A&M to win the SEC West and reach the 40-win mark for the first time since 2009. The Rebels capitalized on three A&M errors to put up six runs (five unearned) in the fifth inning Thursday against Daniel Mengden, en route to an 8-4 win. Chris Ellis (6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER) improved to 9-0, and Ole Miss supported him with a balanced 12-hit attack. Will Allen (3-for-4, R, RBI) led the Ole Miss offense Friday in support of Christian Trent (5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER), and Scott Weathersby (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) provided sparkling relief to earn the save. The Aggies erased a 6-5 deficit Saturday with four runs in the eighth against the Ole Miss bullpen, with help from two Ole Miss errors, a wild pitch and four walks (two intentional).
RESULTS
May 13: @ Arkansas State: W 16-9
May 15-17: @ Texas A&M: W 8-4, W 4-2, L 9-6
UPCOMING
May 21-25: @ SEC tournament, Hoover, Ala.


oklahomastate11. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 41-14, 18-6 in Big 12 (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 10-2.
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Oklahoma State won the Big 12 regular-season title by winning its seventh consecutive Big 12 series, the first time it has ever done that. Jon Perrin (7.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) was strong Thursday for the Cowboys, who got three hits apiece from Gage Green and Zach Fish, along with a big three-run homer from Conor Costello in the fifth inning. Oklahoma State broke a 1-1 tie Friday with a run in the ninth, as Craig McConaughy scored the winning run from second base on an error after an infield single by Saulyer Saxon. Tyler Buffett (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) was outstanding in a no-decision for the Cowboys, and Vince Wheeland earned the win in relief to improve to 8-0. The Sooners avoided a sweep with an 8-1 win Saturday, as Garrett Williams (0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 2 ER) started and was chased in OU’s four-run first.
RESULTS
May 13: Oral Roberts: W 8-3
May 15-17: vs. Oklahoma @ Oklahoma City/Tulsa/Tulsa: W 4-2, W 2-1, L 8-1
UPCOMING
May 21-25: @ Big 12 tournament, Oklahoma City


louisville12. LOUISVILLE
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 43-13, 19-5 in AAC. (4-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 10-1.
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Louisville swept Cincinnati to win the AAC regular-season title outright. Kyle Funkhouser (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) improved to 11-2, 1.74 in Thursday’s win, tying the school record for wins in a season shared by Justin Marks and Jeff Thompson. Funkhouser has not allowed an earned run in his last 40 innings dating back to April 11. Jeff Gardner (3-for-3, R, 2 RBI) powered the Louisville offense Friday in support of Josh Rogers (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K), who earned his second career victory and turned in the second double-digit strikeout performance by a Louisville pitcher this year. Cole Sturgeon (2-for-4, 3 R, RBI) spearheaded a 14-hit attack Saturday in support of Anthony Kidston (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K).
RESULTS
May 13: (9) Indiana: L 7-2
May 15-17: Cincinnati: W 5-1, W 5-1, W 10-0 (7 innings)
UPCOMING
May 22-25: @ AAC tournament, Clearwater, Fla.


texaschristian13. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 38-15, 17-7 in Big 12 (3-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-3.

TCU won its seventh consecutive weekend series and finished in second place in the Big 12, a game behind OSU. Brandon Finnegan (3.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) started and struggled Thursday, as Baylor put up three-spots in the second and fourth innings en route to a 6-3 win. The Horned Frogs evened the series with a 5-0 win Friday behind Preston Morrison (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K). Derek Odell had three hits to lead the TCU offense. Cody Jones and Derek Odell had two hits apiece to spark the offense Saturday in support of Tyler Alexander (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K), who continued to pitch very well down the stretch.
RESULTS
May 13: Texas-Arlington: CCD
May 15-17: @ Baylor: L 6-3, W 5-0, W 7-1
UPCOMING
May 21-25: @ Big 12 tournament, Oklahoma City


lsu14. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 40-14-1, 17-11-1 in SEC. (7-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-3-1.
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LSU swept a road series at Auburn to snag the No. 3 seed in the SEC tournament. LSU steamrolled Auburn 10-0 Thursday behind Jared Poche’ (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K), as the Tigers extended a team record by posting their 16th shutout of the season. Five LSU starters recorded multiple hits, and Andrew Stevenson and Tyler Moore delivered three RBIs apiece. Conner Hale (3-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI) led the LSU attack Friday in support of Aaron Nola (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K). Stevenson (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI) and Kade Scivicque (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) led the LSU offense Saturday behind Kyle Bouman (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER).
RESULTS
May 13: Northwestern State: W 27-0
May 15-17: @ Auburn: W 10-0, W 11-3, W 8-1
UPCOMING
May 21: @ SEC tournament, Hoover, Ala.


southcarolina15. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 42-14, 18-12 in SEC. (13-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 10-4.
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South Carolina went on the road and took two of three from Vanderbilt to finish in second place in the SEC East and earn a first-round bye in the SEC tournament. The Gamecocks have won four of their last five series. South Carolina made its usual ninth-inning comeback to tie Thursday’s game on Max Schrock’s RBI single, then won it 4-3 on Joey Pankake’s solo homer in the 10th. Vandy nearly won the game in the bottom of the ninth, but Tanner English threw out Rhett Wiseman at the plate to preserve the tie. Vandy took control Friday with a four-run first against Jack Wynkoop (4.2 IP, 9 H, 7 ER), and the ‘Dores broke the game open with four more in the fifth. South Carolina broke a 2-2 tie Saturday with four runs in the eighth, capped by D.C. Arendas’ two-run single. That helped Wil Crowe (7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) pick up his first win since March 30.
RESULTS
May 13: The Citadel: W 10-1
May 15-17: @ (18) Vanderbilt: W 4-3 (10 innings), L 9-3, W 6-3
UPCOMING
May 21-25: @ SEC tournament, Hoover, Ala.


Houstonlogo16. HOUSTON
Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 41-14, 14-9 in AAC (6-6 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 10-1-1.

After completing a three-game season sweep of Rice earlier in the week, the Cougars traveled to Temple and split two games, with the series finale canceled due to Houston’s travel arrangements following a weather postponement earlier in the weekend. Jake Lemoine (3.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER) started Thursday and fell to 6-5, as UH mustered just a run on five hits and committed three errors. Kyle Survance (2-for-3, 3 R) and Justin Montemayor (3-for-5, R) led the UH offense Saturday, and Tyler Ford (5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) earned the win in relief of Aaron Garza (1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER).
RESULTS
May 13: vs. (14) Rice @ Sugar Land, Texas: W 7-3
May 15-17: @ Temple: L 4-1, W 7-5, CCD
UPCOMING
May 21-25: @ AAC tournament, Clearwater, Fla.


rice17. RICE
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 37-17, 23-7 in C-USA. (3-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-2.
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After falling to 0-3 against crosstown rival Houston earlier in the week, Rice swept Louisiana Tech to win the C-USA title outright, giving the Owls a conference title (regular-season or tournament) for the 19th consecutive season, spanning three different leagues dating back to 1996. Keenan Cook (2-for-3, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI), John Clay Reeves (2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI) and Michael Aquino (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR) led Rice’s 18-hit barrage Thursday in support of Kevin McCanna (8 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). Rice broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the seventh Friday, while Blake Fox (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K) and Matt Ditman combined on a two-hit shutout. Fox improved to 11-0. Ditman (4 IP, 4 H, 0 R) earned the win Saturday with strong relief work, and Leon Byrd delivered a walk-off single in the 11th.
RESULTS
May 13: vs. (16) Houston @ Sugar Land, Texas: L 7-3
May 15-17: Louisiana Tech: W 11-2, W 3-0, W 4-3 (11 innings)
UPCOMING
May 21-25: @ C-USA tournament, Hattiesburg, Miss.


MississippiState18. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 35-20, 18-12 in SEC (6-7 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-3-1.
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Mississippi State won its third straight weekend series to close the regular season, taking two of three on the road at Alabama. The Bulldogs broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the fifth Thursday, then tacked on three more in the sixth and two in the seventh to win. C.T. Bradford (3-for-4, 3 R, RBI) and Alex Detz (2-for-4, 5 RBI) led MSU’s 14-hit attack. Ross Mitchell (6.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R) and Jonathan Holder (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) combined on a shutout Friday, and Matthew Britton’s solo homer in the seventh provided all of the scoring. The Bulldogs got a short outing Saturday from Preston Brown (0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB).
RESULTS
May 15-17: @ (19) Alabama: W 9-4, W 1-0, L 2-1
UPCOMING
May 20-25: @ SEC tournament, Hoover, Ala.


vanderbilt19. VANDERBILT
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 40-16, 17-13 in SEC (8-8 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-5.
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Vanderbilt dropped two of three at home to South Carolina, dropping the ‘Dores to the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament. They’ll open with a single-elimination game against Tennessee on Tuesday morning. In Thursday’s opener, Tyler Beede (8.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) carried a 3-2 lead into the top of the ninth, when he issued a leadoff walk to Gene Cone. The Gamecocks bunted Cone to second, and Vandy called upon closer Brian Miller, who surrendered the game-tying single to Max Schrock and the game-winning homer to Joey Pankake an inning later. The Commodores evened the series with a 9-3 win Friday behind Carson Fulmer (5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 4 K) and Hayden Stone (3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R). John Norwood’s two-run single highlighted Vandy’s four-run first, and Zander Wiel’s two-run homer highlighted another four-run outburst in the fifth. Reliever Adam Ravenelle (2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB) took the loss Saturday, as the Gamecocks broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the eighth.
RESULTS
May 13: Southeast Missouri State: W 10-4
May 15-17: (17) South Carolina: L 4-3 (10 innings), W 9-3, L 6-3
UPCOMING
May 20-25: @ SEC tournament, Hoover, Ala.


nebraska20. NEBRASKA
Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 37-18, 18-6 in Big Ten (1-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-4.

The Cornhuskers took two of three from Illinois to finish in second place in the Big Ten. They won 12 of their final 14 games. Chance Sinclair (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) improved to 9-1 in Thursday’s win, and the Huskers got three hits from Ryan Boldt. Nebraska managed just a run on four hits Friday, as Aaron Bummer (5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER) took the loss. Pat Kelly (3-for-5, 2 R) hit a walk-off three-run homer in the 10th to win the rubber game. Bob Greco, Zach Hirsch and Josh Roeder combined to work six scoreless innings of relief in that one.
RESULTS
May 13: @ Creighton: CCD
May 15-17: Illinois: W 2-1, L 5-1, W 7-4 (10 innings)
UPCOMING
May 21-25: @ Big Ten tournament, Omaha


images21. KANSAS
Last Week: 1-1.
Overall: 34-22, 15-9 in Big 12 (5-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-4-1.
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Kansas split a two-game nonconference set at Michigan and heads into the Big 12 tournament as the No. 3 seed. The Jayhawks face No. 6 seed West Virginia in the first round. Michael Suiter and Dakota Smith combined for five RBIs in Saturday’s 8-2 win. Kansas was shut out on four hits Sunday.
RESULTS
May 17-18: @ Michigan: W 8-2, L 4-0
UPCOMING
May 21-25: @ Big 12 tournament, Oklahoma City


texas22. TEXAS
Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 36-16, 13-11 in Big 12 (3-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-4-1.
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Texas snapped its three-series losing streak by taking two of three at last-place Kansas State. The Longhorns finished in fifth place in the Big 12. Dillon Peters (7 IP, 0 H, 0 H, 3 BB, 8 K) and Morgan Cooper threw a combined no-hitter in the Longhorns’ 12-0 win Friday. In his first start since April 26, Peters helped Texas throw its first no-hitter since Brandon Workman threw one in 2009. Tres Barrera, Madison Carter and C.J Hinojosa had three hits apiece to pace Texas’ 19-hit barrage. The Wildcats broke their 11-game Big 12 losing streak with a come-from-behind 5-4 win Saturday, erasing a 4-2 deficit with three runs in the ninth against John Curtiss (1.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER). Ben Johnson and Barrera (3-for-6, 2 R, 3 RBI) hit solo homers in the 10th Sunday to lift the Longhorns to victory.
RESULTS
May 13: Texas State: CCD
May 16-18: @ Kansas State: W 12-0, L 5-4, W 9-8 (10 innings)
UPCOMING
May 21-25: @ Big 12 tournament, Oklahoma City


texastech23. TEXAS TECH
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 40-16, 14-10 in Big 12 (5-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-4.

The Red Raiders swept West Virginia to finish in fourth place in the Big 12. After the Mountaineers scored twice in the ninth Thursday to force extra inning, Texas Tech won it on Hunter Redman’s walk-off single in the 11th. The Red Raiders earned another walk-off win Friday, as Tim Proudfoot delivered a game-winning RBI single to break a 2-2 tie in the ninth. Cameron Smith (3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) picked up the win in relief, improving to 7-1. Dylan Dusek (6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R) and Dominic Moreno (2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R) combined on a shutout Saturday, and the offense supported them with a balanced 12-hit attack.
RESULTS
May 6: @ Dallas Baptist: W 18-3
May 15-17: West Virginia: W 4-3 (11 innings), W 3-2, W 4-0
UPCOMING
May 21-25: @ Big 12 tournament, Oklahoma City


alabama24. ALABAMA
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 34-21, 15-14 in SEC (9-11 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-5-1.
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Alabama lost a home series to Mississippi State, giving the Tide three series losses and one split in its last four weekends. The Bulldogs broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the fifth Thursday to chase Geoffrey Bramblett (4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER), then tacked on three more in the sixth and two in the seventh to win. Matthew Britton’s solo homer against Spencer Turnbull (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) broke a scoreless tie in the seventh Friday. The Crimson Tide avoided a sweep with a 2-1 win Saturday behind Justin Kamplain (5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K). Mikey White and Ben Moore hit solo homers to provide all of Alabama’s scoring, and Thomas Burrows (2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R) picked up his 10th save.
RESULTS
May 13: @ Jacksonville State: W 15-10
May 15-17: (20) Mississippi State: L 9-4, L 1-0, W 2-1
UPCOMING
May 20-25: @ SEC tournament, Hoover, Ala.


samhoustonstate25. SAM HOUSTON STATE
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 40-15, 22-8 in Southland (3-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 10-3.

The Bearkats swept Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to win the Southland regular-season title outright. SHSU has won 14 of its last 15 games to climb to No. 31 in the RPI. Corey Toups (3-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) and Travis Lee (3-for-3, 4 RBI, 2B) led the offense Thursday in support of Tyler Eppler (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). Ryan O’Hearn and Anthony Azar combined for six hits, six runs and five RBIs to lead the Bearkats Friday. Colt Atwood (3-for-5, 3 RBI) sparked the offense Saturday in support of Sam Odom (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER).
RESULTS
May 13: @ Texas A&M: L 3-1
May 15-17: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: W 9-2, W 13-3, W 9-1
UPCOMING
May 21-25: @ Southland tournament, Conway, Ark.


DROPPED OUT

libertybaseballLIBERTY (21)
Last Week: 1-3.
Overall: 39-14, 23-3 in Big South (0-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-1.

Liberty lost its first series of the year, dropping two of three at Radford. The two teams split a doubleheader Friday, with Radford taking the opener 4-1 but Liberty answering with a 9-4 win in the nightcap. The Highlanders took a 3-0 lead in the first three innings against Liberty ace Trey Lambert (4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER) and held on to win the opener, as Michael Costello (4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) earned the win in relief. Nick Lacik, Will Shepherd and Alex Close had two RBIs apiece to lead the Liberty offense in the second game, and Shawn Clowers (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief to improve to 8-0. The Highlanders jumped out to a 3-0 lead through three innings Saturday against Parker Bean (3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) and never looked back.
RESULTS
May 13: Elon: L 7-6
May 15-17: @ Radford: L 4-1, W 9-4, L 4-2
UPCOMING
May 20-25: @ Big South tournament, Rock Hill, S.C.


pepperdinePEPPERDINE (23)
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 36-16, 18-9 in WCC (1-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-3-1.

Pepperdine dropped two of three at Gonzaga but still won the WCC regular-season title outright. The Bulldogs won the series opener 6-5, as Brandon Bailey (6.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) beat Corey Miller (6.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 1 K). Bryan Langlois (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI) and Aaron Barnett (3-for-5, R, 2 RBI) led the offense Saturday for Pepperdine, and A.J. Puckett (3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER) earned the win in relief of Aaron Brown (3 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K). Barnett (4-for-5, R, 2 RBI) led the offense again in a losing cause in Sunday’s slugfest.
RESULTS
May 13: UC Santa Barbara: W 12-5
May 16-18: @ Gonzaga: L 6-5, W 8-6, L 13-10
UPCOMING
May 22-25: @ WCC tournament, Stockton, Calif.


ucirvineUC IRVINE (24)
Last Week: 1-3.
Overall: 35-19, 15-6 in Big West (1-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-5.

The Anteaters were swept at home by Cal State Fullerton, allowing Cal Poly to clinch the Big West title. Andrew Morales (5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) took his first loss of the season Friday, falling to 9-1. Elliot Surrey (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K) was strong in a no-decision Saturday, and the Anteaters carried a 1-0 lead into the ninth, when Keegan Dale’s RBI single against national saves leader Sam Moore (2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) tied the game. Jared Deacon won it with an RBI single in the 10th. The Titans rallied from behind again Sunday, erasing a 3-1 deficit with three runs in the eighth.
RESULTS
May 13: UCLA: W 10-2
May 16-18: Cal State Fullerton: L 9-1, L 2-1 (10 innings), L 4-3
UPCOMING
May 22-24: @ Long Beach State