Top 25 Tracker: May 2-4

1. MIAMI

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 39-5, 20-2 in ACC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-0.

The Hurricanes had a brief reprieve from conference play, sweeping St. Mary’s to run their winning streak to six games and their weekend series winning streak to 14. Led by Jr. OF Dennis Raben (7-for-13, 5 R, 2B, HR, 6 RBI), Jr. 1B Yonder Alonso (4-for-6, 6 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB) and Jr. OF Adan Severino (5-for-9, 2 2B, 6 RBI), Miami hit .378 in the series while outscoring St. Mary’s 30-9. Fr. LHP Chris Hernandez (5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) improved to 8-0 on Friday, and So. LHP Eric Erickson (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) had his best outing of the year Saturday, as Miami pitching yielded a season-low two hits. The ‘Canes have thrown three shutouts in their past six games.

RESULTS

May 2-4: St. Mary’s: W 10-6, W 5-0, W 15-3

UPCOMING

May 9-11: @ Virginia Tech

2. NORTH CAROLINA

Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 38-8, 18-5 in ACC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-0-1.

The Tar Heels were off all week for exams.

RESULTS

No games.

UPCOMING

May 6-7: North Florida

May 9-11: @ Virginia

3. ARIZONA STATE

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 37-8, 12-6 in Pac-10. (11-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.

The Sun Devils are 29-3 at home and just 6-5 on the road, but they went to UCLA and powered their way to a hard-fought series victory, slugging 10 home runs in three games even with Jr. 1B Ike Davis still sidelined by a strained rib muscle. Arizona State fell behind 5-0 through three innings Friday before tying the score with three in the eighth and exploding for five more in the ninth; leading the onslaught was So. OF Jason Kipnis (3-for-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI). The ASU bats produced just one extra-base hit Saturday in support of Sr. LHP Josh Satow (4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 1 K), who fell to 5-3, 5.59. Ten of Arizona State’s 11 runs Sunday came via the long ball, as the Devils mashed a season-high six homers, including two by Jr. 3B Brett Wallace (3-for-5, 3 R, 4 RBI). The back-and-forth affair was tied 7-7 heading into ASU’s four-run ninth, which was highlighted by Jr. C Petey Paramore’s three-run homer to right field. Wallace now leads ASU in batting (.404) and on-base percentage (.534), and his 15 homers are tied for the team lead with Davis.

RESULTS

May 2-4: @ UCLA: W 10-5, L 8-3, W 11-8

UPCOMING

May 6: @ Kansas State

May 7: @ (14) Wichita State

May 10-12: Loyola Marymount

4. FLORIDA STATE

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 39-7, 21-5 in ACC (6-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.

With the series finale yet to be played, Florida State has already clinched its three-game set against Clemson. So. LHP Matt Fairel (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 7 K) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, and the Seminoles scored all nine of their runs from the eighth through 10th innings, though Sr. RHP Ryan Strauss (1.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER) blew a two-run lead in the ninth and nearly blew a four-run lead in the 10th. Florida State pounded out 17 hits, including four home runs, on Sunday in support of Jr. RHP Elih Villanueva (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K).

RESULTS

April 29-30: @ Stetson: W 13-3, 6-3

May 3-4: @ Clemson: W 9-8 (10 innings), W 13-4

UPCOMING

May 5: @ Clemson

May 7: Jacksonville

May 9-11: Savannah State

5. NEBRASKA

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 36-8-1, 15-5-1 in Big 12 (4-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.

The ‘Huskers improved to 7-1 in one-run games this year by taking a pair of such contests against Louisiana-Lafayette. After Friday’s game was rained out, Sr. RHP Johnny Dorn (7.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 11 K) was very strong in a no-decision in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, and Nebraska cobbled together a run in the eighth to break a 3-3 tie. Jr. RHP Aaron Pribanic (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was solid in the nightcap but was in line for the loss until Sr. 2B Jake Opitz delivered an RBI single and scored the tying run on an error in the ninth to force extra innings. Relievers Mike Nesseth and Erik Bird combined to strike out 11 over 5.2 scoreless innings of relief, setting the stage for Sr. C Mitch Abeita’s game-winning RBI single in the 14th.

RESULTS

April 29-30: Western Illinois: W 6-4, W 6-1

May 2-3: Louisiana-Lafayette: CCD, W 4-3, W 4-3 (14 innings)

UPCOMING

May 9-11: (9) Texas A&M

6. STANFORD

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 27-15-1, 10-5 in Pac-10 (8-3-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-0.

After two straight weeks of perfect midweek play, the Cardinal’s midweek blues returned with a pair of losses, but Stanford recovered to win its 13th consecutive weekend series—albeit a two-game series against San Jose State. Jr. C Jason Castro (1-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI) and Jr. 1B Brent Milleville (4-for-5, HR, 2 RBI) led a 15-hit attack Saturday in support of Jr. RHP/3B Austin Yount (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER), who has allowed just one earned run in 19 innings over his last three outings since moving into the weekend rotation. Sr. RHP Eric Davis (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) followed with another solid outing Sunday, but the Spartans tied the score at 6-6 with four runs in the bottom of the sixth, setting the stage for Stanford’s 11-run ninth inning, during which it sent 15 batters to the plate.

RESULTS

April 28: @ Santa Clara: L 10-9

April 30: @ UC Davis: L 10-8

May 3-4: vs./@ San Jose State: W 9-1, W 17-6

UPCOMING

May 5: Pacific

May 6: @ San Francisco

May 9-11: (16) California

7. RICE

Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 34-11, 15-3 in CUSA (7-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.

The Owls were off all week for exams.

RESULTS

No games.

UPCOMING

May 6: Texas State

May 7: (10) Oklahoma State

May 9-11: Houston

8. SAN DIEGO

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 37-13, 15-3 in WCC (8-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.

Cal State Fullerton snapped USD’s 16-game winning streak Wednesday, but the Toreros bounced back over the weekend, taking two of three at rival Pepperdine to clinch a berth in the WCC championship series for the second straight year. The Toreros mustered just five hits Friday against Waves ace Nathan Newman and three relievers, as Jr. LHP Brian Matusz (6 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) lost for the first time since Opening Day. The rest of the weekend rotation picked him up, as Jr. LHP/OF Josh Romanski (9 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) joined Matusz in the nine-win club with a dominating performance in Saturday’s blowout, and Fr. RHP Kyle Blair (7.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) made USD’s pair of first-inning runs stand up Sunday.

RESULTS

April 29: @ (12) Cal State Fullerton: L 12-3

May 2-4: @ Pepperdine: L 5-2, W 9-1, W 2-0

UPCOMING

May 6: @ UCLA

May 9-11: @ San Francisco

9. TEXAS A&M

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 40-8, 18-3 in Big 12 (3-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1-1.

The Aggies took three of four games last week from Lone Star State regional contenders to become the first Division I team to reach the 40-win plateau. Sr. LHP Kirkland Rivers (2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER) started the first game of the Dallas Baptist series Thursday and was hit hard, though Sr. 3B Dane Carter (3-for-5) led A&M’s 11-hit attack in defeat. Carter was one of five Aggies to record two-hit games Friday—Jr. OF Brian Ruggiano (2-for-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI) was another—in support of Fr. LHP Brooks Raley (6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K). R-Fr. C Kevin Gonzalez (3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) hit a two-run single to cap A&M’s four-run sixth inning Saturday, and So. RHP Clayton Ehlert (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R) picked up the win in relief of Fr. RHP Barret Loux (5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER).

RESULTS

April 29: @ Texas Christian: W 3-2

May 1-3: Dallas Baptist: L 12-6, W 9-4, W 5-4

UPCOMING

May 6: @ Sam Houston State

May 9-11: @ (5) Nebraska

10. OKLAHOMA STATE

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 35-12, 14-7 in Big 12 (11-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.

The Cowboys won their first three games of the weekend before being blown out in Sunday’s finale against Utah Valley State, which improved to 13-31 with the win. OSU pounded out 40 hits over the first three games, led by Jr. SS/RHP Jordy Mercer (6-for-14, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 2B, 2 SB). So. LHP Andrew Oliver (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER), So. LHP Tyler Lyons (7.2 IP, 10 H, 3 ER) and Sr. RHP Matt Gardner (5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER) turned in steady starts over the first three games and each picked up wins, before So. RHP Tyler Blandford (3 IP, 4 H, 5 R) was hit hard Sunday.

RESULTS

May 2-4: Utah Valley State: W 13-1, W 6-3, W 9-4, L 11-3

UPCOMING

May 7: @ (7) Rice

May 9-11: Texas Tech

11. GEORGIA

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 31-15-1, 17-6-1 in SEC. (9-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.

The Bulldogs won a series against SEC West leader Mississippi but allowed Vanderbilt to pick up a game in the East standings; the gap is still 2.5 games. Jr. C Bryce Massanari became a father Thursday and delivered a go-ahead RBI single to break a 4-4 tie in the fifth inning Thursday night, as UGa. relievers Dean Weaver and Joshua Fields combined to strike out six over 3.2 scoreless innings of relief. On Friday, Jr. RHP Stephen Dodson (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) left with the score tied at 3-3, but the Rebels hung six on the Georgia bullpen in the eighth. The Bulldogs pounded out 14 hits and four home runs Sunday in support of Jr. LHP Nathan Moreau (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER), though Fields allowed his first earned run of the season in the ninth, ending his streak at 23.2 innings. Jr. SS Gordon Beckham homered Thursday and Sunday, giving him 22 longballs on the year, which still leads the nation.

RESULTS

May 2-4: Mississippi: W 5-4, L 9-4, W 11-4

UPCOMING

May 7: Georgia Tech

May 9-11: @ (18) Vanderbilt

12. CAL STATE FULLERTON

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 29-16, 13-5 in Big West (8-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.

Fullerton won its seventh straight weekend series and leads the Big West by 1.5 games over UC Riverside. Sr. 3B Joel Weeks (4-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) delivered a two-run single in Fullerton’s five-run eighth inning Friday in support of Sr. RHP Jeff Kaplan (9 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Fr. RHP Daniel Renken (3.2 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 3 ER) was hammered in Saturday’s blowout. Seven Titans recorded hits Sunday in support of Jr. RHP Cory Arbiso (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), who won his ninth straight start.

RESULTS

April 29: (8) San Diego: W 12-3

May 2-4: @ UC Santa Barbara: W 7-4, L 10-2, W 11-1

UPCOMING

May 6: Pepperdine

May 9-11: Cal Poly

13. UC IRVINE

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 30-12, 8-7 in Big West (7-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.

The Anteaters scored just six runs in three games at Cal State Northridge but did win the series. Jr. RHP Scott Gorgen (8.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) improved to 9-2 in Friday’s win and reached 296 career strikeouts, three shy of the school record. Jr. CF Ollie Linton had two of Irvine’s four hits Saturday, including a bunt single in the seventh that led to the game’s only run, helping So. RHP Bryce Stowell (7.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K) improve to 6-2. Saturday’s win was the seventh shutout of the year for the UCI pitching staff. The ‘Eaters managed just five hits Sunday in support of tough-luck loser So. LHP Daniel Bibona (6.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K).

RESULTS

April 29: @ Loyola Marymount: L 11-3

May 2-4: @ Cal State Northridge: W 4-1, W 1-0, L 4-1

UPCOMING

May 6: @ UC Riverside

May 9-11: Pacific

14. WICHITA STATE

Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 36-11, 14-4 in MVC (0-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-1.

The Shockers have gone 1-4 in midweek games against Big 12 teams over the last three weeks, but they have taken care of business on weekends, winning their last 10 weekend series since a season-opening loss at Long Beach State. Wichita State swept Northern Iowa to keep pace with Missouri State (16-5) in the MVC race. Jr. 2B Josh Workman, who had missed 14 games with a pulled muscle in his side, returned against Oklahoma and went 7-for-15 with six runs on the week to lead the offense. He had three hits Friday in support of Sr. LHP Rob Musgrave (9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K), who improved to 7-1, 2.49. Sr. OF Andy Dirks (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI) led a 13-hit attack Saturday in support of Jr. RHP Aaron Shafer (8 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 11 K), who improved to 8-2, 2.63. Jr. LHP Anthony Capra (4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER) struggled Sunday, but So. OF Ryan Jones (3-for-5, 3 RBI) delivered a walk-off two-run single in the bottom of the ninth.

RESULTS

April 29: Kansas State: L 3-2

April 30: @ Oklahoma: L 12-11 (10 innings)

May 2-4: Northern Iowa: W 6-1, W 5-3, W 6-5

UPCOMING

May 6: Central Arkansas

May 7: (3) Arizona State

May 9-11: @ Evansville

15. MISSOURI

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 31-16, 11-10 in Big 12. (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.

The Tigers ended their five-game losing streak in Friday’s slugfest and won another high-scoring affair Saturday to win the series against Kansas State. Jr. RHP Aaron Crow (5.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) turned in his fourth straight rocky outing Friday but still improved to 10-0, 3.08 thanks to Missouri’s 18-hit, five-homer attack. Sr. OF Jacob Priday (4-for-5, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR) led the onslaught Friday and then went 3-for-5 with a double and a triple Saturday in support of So. RHP Kyle Gibson (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K). Jr. RHP Ian Berger (1.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) was hit hard in relief Saturday, continuing his recent struggles. Jr. LHP Rick Zagone (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) was solid in a no-decision Sunday, but the Tigers made two errors in the 10th to help the Wildcats scratch across the winning run.

RESULTS

April 29: vs. Kansas @ Kansas City: L 3-0

April 2-4: Kansas State: W 13-10, W 11-7, L 4-3 (10 innings)

UPCOMING

May 6: Creighton

May 7: Missouri State

May 9-11: @ Kansas

16. CALIFORNIA

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 29-15-2, 9-9 in Pac-10 (6-4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.

The Bears stopped their four-game losing streak Friday and went on to win a crucial conference series against Arizona. So. OF Brett Jackson’s seventh-inning grand slam—one of four Golden Bear homers in the game—highlighted Cal’s six-run seventh inning Friday in support of Jr. RHP Tyson Ross (8 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). Jr. LHP Craig Bennigson (4 IP, 4 R, 2 ER) moved back into the weekend rotation Saturday to modest results, but So. OF/RHP Blake Smith delivered a game-winning solo homer in the bottom of the eighth. Sr. RHP Alex Rollin (4.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER) and four relievers were hit hard Sunday, as the Wildcats out-hit the Bears 18-7.

RESULTS

April 30: @ Cal Poly: L 8-2

May 2-4: Arizona: W 11-5, W 6-5, L 16-5

UPCOMING

May 6: UC Davis

May 9-11: @ (6) Stanford

17. SOUTH CAROLINA

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 33-15, 13-11 in SEC. (9-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.

South Carolina rebounded from being swept by Louisiana State by winning a critical conference series against Florida. Red-hot Jr. 1B Justin Smoak continued his recent tear (see “Streakin’” in Friday’s Weekend Preview), going 5-for-10 with a double, a homer, three runs and four RBIs on the weekend. Jr. RHP Mike Cisco (3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 ER) had another rough outing Friday, and the Gators poured it on against the Gamecocks bullpen. Jr. 3B James Darnell (3-for-4, HR, 4 RBI) delivered a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning Saturday to make Jr. LHP Will Atwood (9 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) a winner. Sr. C Phil Disher (4-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B, HR) led the offense Sunday, and Sr. RHP Nick Godwin (5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER) picked up the win in relief of So. RHP Blake Cooper (3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 5 BB).

RESULTS

May 2-4: Florida: L 9-3, W 6-5, W 9-6

UPCOMING

May 7: @ Wofford

May 9-11: @ Arkansas

18. VANDERBILT

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 34-13, 14-9 in SEC. (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.

The Commodores came up with a big road series sweep against Tennessee to climb within 2.5 games of Georgia heading into next weekend’s showdown with the Bulldogs in Nashville. Sr. CF David Macias (4-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 2B) led a 12-hit attack Friday in support of So. LHP Mike Minor (8.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). Sr. OF Dominic de la Osa (3-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB) paced a 14-hit assault Saturday in to help R-Fr. RHP Caleb Cotham (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) improve to 7-3. Six Commodores posted multiple-hit games in Sunday’s slugfest, led by Jr. 3B Pedro Alvarez (3-for-6, 2 R, RBI), and Jr. RHP Brett Jacobson entered a ninth-inning jam and nailed down his fourth save of the year.

RESULTS

May 2-4: @ Tennessee: W 8-5, W 9-2, W 10-8

UPCOMING

May 6: vs. Memphis @ Jackson, Tenn.

May 7: Tennessee Tech

May 9-11: (11) Georgia

19. NORTH CAROLINA STATE

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 32-14, 15-8 in ACC (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2-2.

North Carolina State returned from a short break for exams to beat Campbell on Friday and split a pair of games against High Point. The Wolfpack scored seven runs over the first two innings Friday in support of Jr. RHP Clayton Shunick (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K), who improved to 6-4, 2.18. Jr. LHP Eric Surkamp (2 IP, 4 H, 6 ER) was hammered in Saturday’s loss, but the ‘Pack battled back to tie the score at 6-6 before the Panthers scored three in the ninth to win it. Jr. 3B Drew Martin’s two-run single highlighted NCSU’s three-run fourth Sunday in support of So. LHP Alex Sogard (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K)

RESULTS

May 2: Campbell: W 8-2

May 3-4: High Point: L 9-6, W 4-2

UPCOMING

May 6: @ Campbell

May 7: @ UNC Wilmington

May 9-11: @ Maryland

20. MICHIGAN

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 34-11, 20-4 in Big Ten. (0-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0-1.

The Wolverines took three of four from rival Ohio State to gain a little breathing room in the Big Ten race; their lead over Purdue stretched to 2.5 games. Michigan is 18-3 in regular-season games against the Buckeyes since coach Rich Maloney arrived in Ann Arbor in 2003. Jr. RHP/DH Zach Putnam (9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) improved to 6-0, 2.72 in Friday’s win, and Sr. RHP Chris Fetter (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) improved to 8-1, 2.44 in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Fr. RHP Travis Smith (0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER) failed to make it out of the first inning for the second straight week in the nightcap, and the Buckeyes broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the seventh. The Wolverines exploded for 15 runs Sunday, their most against Ohio State since 1983, and So. LHP Eric Katzman (6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K) was outstanding in his first career Big Ten start.

RESULTS

April 29: Western Michigan: W 7-4

May 2-4: Ohio State: W 4-1, W 6-1 (7 innings), L 3-2 (7 innings), W 15-1

UPCOMING

May 7: Ball State

May 9-11: @ Minnesota

21. ST. JOHN’S

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 35-10, 16-5 in Big East (0-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0-1.

The Red Storm swept West Virginia and took a one-game lead over Notre Dame atop the Big East standings. Jr. LHP Scott Barnes (6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 12 K) was stellar in a no-decision Friday, and Sr. OF Chris Anninos singled to lead off the 10th then scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly. Fr. 3B Greg Hopkins (5-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B) led a 13-hit attack Saturday in support of Sr. LHP George Brown (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER). The Red Storm trailed 5-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth Sunday, but Anninos tied the game with a three-run homer, and Jr. OF Carlos Del Rosario followed with a walk-off solo shot two batters later.

RESULTS

April 29: New York Tech: PPD

April 30: Fairleigh Dickinson: W 18-5

May 2-4: West Virginia: W 2-1 (10 innings), W 10-3, W 6-5

UPCOMING

May 6: Iona (DH)

May 9-11: South Florida

22. LOUISIANA STATE

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 32-16, 12-11 in SEC (8-6-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.

The Tigers have won nine in a row, including sweeps of South Carolina and Kentucky and midweek wins over local rivals Tulane and Louisiana-Lafayette. LSU has swept consecutive conference series for the first time in 10 years, and they did it against two ranked teams. The Wildcats were 25-2 at home before LSU swept UK in Lexington. Jr. LHP Ryan Verdugo (8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) was outstanding in a no-decision Friday, and Sr. 3B Michael Hollander doubled home a run and then scored another in the 10th. Sr. RHP Jared Bradford (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) sparkled in relief Saturday, and the Tigers rapped out a balanced 13-hit attack. The bullpen was strong again Sunday, as Fr. RHP Daniel Bradshaw and Bradford combined to throw 4.1 scoreless innings of relief, setting the stage for Jr. 1B Matt Clark’s walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.

RESULTS

April 29: Louisiana-Lafayette: W 5-3

May 3-4: @ (18) Kentucky: W 3-1 (10 innings), W 12-5, W 9-8

UPCOMING

May 9-11: Mississippi State

23. KENTUCKY

Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 34-14, 11-13 in SEC (3-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-4.

The Wildcats, who entered the weekend 25-2 at home, were swept in Lexington by streaking Louisiana State to fall into a tie for eighth place in the SEC with Tennessee, whom the Wildcats will face in Knoxville next weekend. Jr. LHP Chris Rusin (8.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) was outstanding in a no-decision in the first game of Saturday’s twin bill, but UK mustered just three hits in support, and Jr. RHP Scott Green surrendered two runs in the 10th to take the loss. So. LHP James Paxton was yanked after six pitches (all balls) in the nightcap, and the first three arms out of the bullpen allowed nine runs over the first five innings. Sr. RHP Greg Dombrowski (6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER) left with an 8-5 lead Sunday, but the Tigers scored four runs over the final two innings against Sr. LHP Andrew Albers.

RESULTS

April 30: Marshall: W 9-6

May 2-4: Louisiana State: L 3-1 (10 innings), L 12-5, L 9-8

UPCOMING

May 6: Wright State

May 9-11: @ Tennessee

24. COASTAL CAROLINA

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 38-11, 12-3 in Big South (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.

The Chanticleers dropped a tough non-conference series at Georgia Tech, their first series loss since April 6-8, 2007 at Troy. Jr. RHP Bobby Gagg (5.1 IP, 6 H, 7 ER) was hit hard Friday, as the Yellow Jackets out-homered Coastal 4-2 despite being out-hit 12-9. Jr. OF David Sappelt (3-for-4, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR) and Sr. OF Tommy Baldridge (4-for-5, 2 R) led Coastal’s 14-hit attack in Saturday’s slugfest. Jr. 1B/RHP David Anderson (4.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER) got the start Sunday and took the loss.

RESULTS

April 30: The Citadel: W 9-1

May 2-4: @ Georgia Tech: L 10-6, W 10-9, L 11-4

UPCOMING

May 9-11: High Point

25. TEXAS CHRISTIAN

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 33-16, 16-5 in MWC (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-4.

Since April 1, the Horned Frogs have gone 19-4 and won five consecutive weekend series to open up a 1.5 game lead over New Mexico in the Mountain West. The Frogs scored all five of their runs over the sixth, seventh and eighth innings Friday to make So. RHP Tyler Lockwood (8.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) a winner. TCU posted a five-run third inning Saturday in support of Fr. RHP Sean Hoelscher (6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K). Sr. OF Clint Arnold’s two-run homer highlighted a decisive three-run seventh Sunday, and Fr. RHP Trent Appleby (5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) picked up the win in relief of Fr. RHP Greg Holle (2.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER).

RESULTS

April 29: (10) Texas A&M: L 3-2

April 30: @ Texas-Arlington: W 5-2

May 2-4: Utah: W 5-2, W 6-3, W 6-4

UPCOMING

May 10-12: Texas-Pan American

DROPPED OUT

OREGON STATE (23)

Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 20-18, 8-9 in Pac-10 (6-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3-1.

So much for all that talk of hosting a regional. The Beavers likely blew their chance at that with an 0-4 week in eastern Washington, though their series finale in Pullman is Monday. Sr. RHP Mike Stutes (6 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) was shelled for the second straight week Saturday and fell to 2-6, 6.09 on the year. Fr. LHP Tanner Robles (1.1 IP, 5 H, 9 ER, 4 BB, 0 K) was even worse Sunday after beating Arizona and Arizona State over his previous two starts, though Fr. RHP Greg Peavey (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) turned in an encouraging relief performance.

RESULTS

April 29-30: @ Gonzaga: L 11-6, L 4-2

May 3-4: @ Washington State: L 10-3, L 11-5

UPCOMING

May 5: @ Washington State

May 7: Portland (resumption of April 15 game; 3-0 Oregon State, bottom 4)

May 9-11: UCLA

LONG BEACH STATE (25)

Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 27-17, 9-6 in Big West. (10-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.

Long Beach State dropped two of three to UC Davis and has yet to win a conference series this year against a team other than Cal State Northridge or Pacific, who are a combined 8-28 in Big West play. Jr. 1B Shane Peterson (4-for-5, R) led a 15-hit attack Friday in support of Sr. RHP Andrew Liebel (9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K), who improved to 6-2, 1.87. Jr. RHP Vance Worley (6.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER) pitched well Saturday before running into trouble in Davis’ decisive three-run seventh inning. Fr. RHP Jake Thompson (6.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K) was excellent in a no-decision Sunday, but the Aggies came back with three in the eighth against Jr. RHP Bryan Shaw.

RESULTS

May 2-4: @ UC Davis: W 6-0, L 5-4, L 3-2

UPCOMING

May 6: Fresno State

May 9-11: UC Santa Barbara

College | #2008 #Top 25 Tracker

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