Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 41-9, 17-7 in SEC. (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-1.
Vandy ran its winning streak to eight games before dropping the middle game of its series at Georgia. Jr. LHP David Price (7 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) was mortal in a 136-pitch outing Friday, but Jr. OF Dominic de la Osa picked him up with a three-run double off Bulldogs closer Joshua Fields in the ninth. The Commodores mustered just five hits Saturday as Fr. LHP Mike Minor (6 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER) suffered his first career loss. Jr. 2B Alex Feinberg (5-for-5, HR, 6 RBI) led Vanderbilt’s 23-hit onslaught Sunday, and Jr. RHP Ty Davis picked up the win with 6.2 scoreless, hitless innings of relief of Jr. RHP Cody Crowell (2.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER).
May 4-6: @ Georgia: W 8-5, L 7-0, W 15-4
May 8: Middle Tennessee State
May 11-13: @ Auburn
2. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 42-7, 20-4 in ACC. (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 14-0.
The Seminoles have won back-to-back road series in the ACC and can clinch the conference’s Coastal Division with one win against Clemson next weekend. With Dennis Guinn out for the year, Sr. DH Travis Anderson stepped up Friday, delivering two homers and four RBIs in support of Sr. RHP Bryan Henry (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K), who improved to 12-0. Anderson then hit two doubles Saturday, but Jr. SS Mark Hallberg (5-for-7, 2 2B, 4 R, 2 RBI) led the offense in a lopsided FSU win. Sunday’s matchup featured a pair of shut-down closers-turned starters, as FSU Jr. RHP Danny Rosen (7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 12 K) bested Maryland Jr. LHP Brett Cecil (7.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). Sr. RHP Luke Tucker worked a perfect ninth to pick up his first save of the year.
May 4-6: @ Maryland: W 9-3, W 20-5, W 3-2
May 8: Jacksonville
May 11-13: (18) Clemson
Last Week: 1-0. Overall: 38-10, 16-7 in ACC. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1-1.
Virginia was off this weekend. On Tuesday, Jr. 1B Sean Doolittle went 3-for-4 to lead the offense, and the Cavaliers broke a 4-4 tie when Fr. SS Tyler Cannon singled home Sr. OF Tim Henry in the bottom of the ninth. So. DH Jeremy Farrell went deep in that game for the first time this season.
May 1: Virginia Commonwealth: W 5-4
May 11-13: North Carolina State
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 37-11, 16-2 in C-USA. (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
The Owls were off all week. They’ll put their 10-game winning streak on the line Wednesday against Texas State, which handed Rice its first loss of the season back in February.
May 9: Texas State
May 11-13: Tulane
5. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 37-10, 16-8 in ACC. (6-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
The Tar Heels were off all week for exams.
May 8: @ Elon
May 9: @ East Carolina
May 11-13: Georgia Tech
6. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 38-14, 15-2 in WCC. (6-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-3.
After wrapping up their three-game sweep of Pepperdine on Monday, the Toreros extended their winning streak to nine with a sweep of San Francisco. USD’s lucky number in the WCC is now 1. So. LHP Brian Matusz (8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) out-dueled USF ace LHP Aaron Poreda (8.1 IP, 10 H, 2 ER) on Friday, as Sr. C Jordan Abruzzo singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. After the Dons put up a nine-spot in the fourth inning Saturday against So. LHP/OF Josh Romanski, San Diego responded with nine of its own in the bottom of the frame, capped by Romanski’s three-run homer. USD then scored 10 more unanswered. Romanski went 3-for-5 with three RBIs to lead a 14-hit attack Sunday in support of Jr. RHP Matt Couch (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K).
April 30: (17) Pepperdine: W 7-3
May 4-6: San Francisco: W 2-1, W 19-9, W 8-2
May 8: (13) UC Irvine
May 11-13: @ Santa Clara
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 38-14, 18-6 in Big 12. (6-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-3.
Texas lost its first Big 12 series of the year and its first weekend series in its last 12, since dropping two of three at Long Beach State on Feb. 9-11. So. OF Kyle Russell belted two homers Friday–his nation-leading 25th and 26th–but the Longhorns couldn’t hold leads of 3-0 and 4-2, as Missouri scored the winning run in the 11th on a throwing error by So. C Preston Clark. Clark did deliver three hits Friday and three more Saturday in support of Jr. RHP Adrian Alaniz (8.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K), who improved to 12-2. Russell left Sunday’s game with a jammed wrist suffered while diving for Jacob Priday’s leadoff triple in the sixth, and the Tigers went on to score three runs in the frame against Sr. LHP Joseph Krebs. The Longhorns, who have one Big 12 series remaining, still lead the conference by 2.5 games over the Tigers, who still must face Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
May 4-6: Missouri: L 7-6 (11 innings), W 5-1, L 5-4
May 18-20: @/vs./vs. (11) Texas A&M
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 36-14, 16-8 in SEC. (5-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-2.
Arkansas has now suffered both of its weekend series defeats at home, against Mississippi State and Louisiana State. The Razorbacks lost for the second Friday in three weeks despite five RBIs from Jr. OF Casey Coon, as Jr. LHP Nick Schmidt (7 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) was hittable in a no-decision. Jr. RHP Jess Todd (8.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K) moved up to the Saturday starter spot and was brilliant in picking up his seventh win of the year. LSU scored two runs in the seventh Sunday to beat Jr. RHP Duke Welker (7 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K).
May 4-6: Louisiana State: L 6-5, W 5-0, L 5-3
May 11-13: @ Alabama
9. WICHITA STATE
Last Week: 5-1. Overall: 41-13, 17-4 in MVC. (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-1.
Jr. RHP Travis Banwart couldn’t hold a 3-0 lead Friday, giving up four runs in the sixth inning to fall to 8-3. The Shockers broke a 2-2 tie Saturday on Jr. OF Matt Brown’s two-run double, which came after Sr. 1B Danny Jackson struck out swinging but reached first base on a passed ball to prolong the inning. Brown and Jr. 2B Damon Sublett each went 3-for-4 on Sunday as Wichita State took the lead for good with a three-run seventh. Sr. LHP Noah Booth picked up his fourth save in that one with three shutout innings of work.
April 30: Bethany (Kan.): W 13-6
May 2: Northern Colorado: W 12-6, W 8-1
May 4-6: @ Northern Iowa: L 4-3, W 4-2, W 6-4
May 8-9: South Alabama
May 11-13: Cal State Fullerton
10. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 34-12, 11-4 in Pac-10. (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
The Sun Devils got an extra week off to prepare for their huge Pac-10 showdown against UCLA next weekend.
May 11-13: (21) UCLA
11. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 38-11, 11-9 in Big 12. (7-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
A big weekend for Jr. 1B/OF Blake Stouffer helped the Aggies register a weekend series sweep for the first time since March 9-11 against Florida. Stouffer scored the game-winning run Thursday on So. DH Luke Anders’ 12th-inning double, capping a big day for Stouffer (5-for-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI). Stouffer had three more hits Friday in support of Fr. RHP Scott Migl (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K), who made a 3-0 first-inning lead stand up. Stouffer drew three walks and was hit by a pitch Saturday, but the one time he got something to hit he delivered a two-run homer, his eighth of the year, as the Aggies cruised.
May 3-5: Dallas Baptist: W 11-10 (12 innings) W 3-0, W 14-6,
May 11-13: @ Kansas State
12. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 35-14, 13-11 in SEC. (5-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
The Gamecocks returned home and stopped their two-week SEC series losing streak. Jr. LHP Arik Hempy (6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) took over the Friday starter spot and proved just as dominant as he had been on Saturdays, and home runs by Jr. 2B Travis Jones (4-for-5, 2 RBI) and So. 1B Justin Smoak (2-for-4, 3 RBI) helped make him a winner. Jr. RHP Harris Honeycutt (4 IP, 6 H, 6 ER) continued to struggle after moving to Friday starter to Saturday, losing his fourth straight start. Jones homered again Sunday–his 15th of the year–in support of Fr. RHP Blake Cooper (5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K).
May 4-6: Kentucky: W 8-1, L 8-4, W 13-8
May 9: The Citadel
May 11-13: @ Tennessee
13. UC IRVINE
Last Week: 0-1. Overall: 31-13-1, 7-5 in Big West. (4-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
The Anteaters had the weekend off, but first they dropped a midweek game against UCLA when a three-run homer by So. 3B Jermaine Curtis highlighted a four-run Bruin fifth inning.
May 1: (22) UCLA: L 4-2
May 8: @ (6) San Diego
May 11-13: @ Pacific
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 35-11, 10-5 in Pac-10 (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-3.
A visit from Liberty was just what Arizona needed to wake up its dormant offense. So. RHP Preson Guilmet (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning Friday, and the Wildcats supported him with 20 hits, led by OFs T.J. Steele (4-for-5) and Diallo Fon (3-for-5, 4 R, 4 RBI). Steele outdid himself Saturday, going 5-for-6 with two homers and five RBIs to lead Arizona’s 21-hit onslaught. Fr. DH Oliver Padre singled home the winning run in the 10th inning Sunday.
May 4-6: Liberty: W 16-2, W 16-3, W 7-6 (10 innings)
May 12-14: Southern California
15. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 35-11, 7-8 in Pac-10. (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
OSU’s hopes of winning its third straight Pac-10 title took a major hit, as the Beavers dropped their second conference series of the season. Friday’s game at Safeco Park drew 10,421 fans, the largest crowd ever for a Pac-10 game, but Jr. RHP Mike Stutes (5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER) fell to 9-2. So. IF/OF Jason Ogata, who went 6-for-11 with six RBIs in the series, hit the first inside-the-park home run in the nine-year history of Husky Ballpark in a losing effort on Saturday. Fr. RHP Jorge Reyes (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) set a career high in innings and strikeouts as the Beavers salvaged Sunday’s finale.
May 4-6: @ Washington: L 6-2 (Safeco Field, Seattle), L 9-6, W 8-2
May 11-13: Washington State
Last Week: 4-2. Overall: 34-10, 17-3 in Big Ten (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0-1.
The Wolverines ran their winning streak to 10 games before dropping both halves of Saturday’s twin bill, but they bounced back Sunday to salvage a series split. So. RHP/OF Zach Putnam improved to 6-3 with a complete game Friday, allowing just three runs–two earned–on three hits while striking out six. Jr. 1B Nate Recknagel forced extra innings with a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh in Saturday’s first game, but the Illini answered with three in the top of the eighth. Putnam went 5-for-6 with a homer and three RBIs in Saturday’s doubleheader. The Wolverines rapped out 18 hits Sunday in support of So. RHP Chris Fetter (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER).
May 2: @ Western Michigan: W 4-1 (7 innings), W 9-4 (7 innings)
May 4-6: Illinois: W 4-3, L 7-4 (8 innings), L 6-3 (7 innings), W 10-5
May 9: @ Eastern Michigan (DH)
May 11-13: Penn State
Last Week: 1-1. Overall: 31-16, 10-5 in WCC. (5-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2-1.
After dropping Monday’s series finale against San Diego, completing a Toreros sweep, the Waves bounced back with a midweek win against Cal State Fullerton. Jr. RHP Barry Enright (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K) improved to 11-2 in the victory, with help from Pepperdine’s 14-hit attack. The Waves were off for the second weekend in the last three thanks to a scheduling conflict.
April 30: @ (9) San Diego: L 7-3
May 2: Cal State Fullerton: W 7-2
May 8: (21) UCLA
May 11-13: Gonzaga
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 31-16, 15-9 in ACC. (5-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
The Tigers won a weekend series but lost ground to Florida State in the ACC’s Coastal Division; they trail FSU by five games with six to play, including a three-game set in Tallahassee next weekend. Jr. LHP Daniel Moskos (7.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) pitched well in a no-decision Saturday, when Sr. 1B Andy D’Alessio’s eighth-inning homer gave the Tigers a 4-3 win. The Eagles scored five runs over the final two innings against the Clemson bullpen to win the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader. Sr. 3B Marquez Smith’s seventh-inning grand slam gave the Tigers the lead in the second game, and So. RHP Matt Vaughn picked up the win with 4.2 shutout innings of relief, allowing just two hits and striking out four.
May 5-6: Boston College: W 4-3, L 8-6, W 7-6
May 8: vs. Wofford (Greenville, S.C.)
May 9: Furman
May 11-13: @ (2) Florida State
19. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 34-13, 12-8 in Big 12. (3-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3-1.
After being swept by Texas, the Cowboys bounced back by sweeping the rival Sooners in the annual Bedlam series. After falling behind 7-3 on Friday, OSU stormed back and took the lead on back-to-back seventh-inning homers by Jr. 1B Rebel Ridling and So. SS Jordy Mercer. Mercer went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs Saturday in support of Sr. RHP Oliver Odle (6.2 IP, 9 H, 2 ER). The Sooners scored twice in the top of the ninth Sunday to take a 7-5 lead, but the Cowboys responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame, capped by Sr. OF Ty Wright’s game-winning RBI single.
May 4-6: vs. Oklahoma: W 8-7 (Tulsa, Okla.), W 10-2, W 8-7 (Oklahoma City)
May 11-13: @ Texas Tech
20. COASTAL CAROLINA
Last Week: 2-0. Overall: 38-9, 13-2 in Big South. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
The Chanticleers traveled to Nebraska and won a big RPI-boosting series, though Sunday’s finale was rained out. So. RHP/DH David Anderson (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) picked up the win Friday in relief of wild Sr. LHP Andy DeLaGarza (3 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 BB). So. SS Tyler Bornick went 2-for-2 Saturday and drove in a crucial insurance run with a ninth-inning double. So. RHP Bobby Gagg (6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) improved to 9-1 in that game.
May 4-6: @ Nebraska: W 8-3, W 5-4, PPD
May 8: College of Charleston
May 11-13: @ UNC Asheville
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 27-19, 12-3 in Pac-10. (7-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-4.
The Bruins took two of three from Cal and will carry a one-game Pac-10 lead over Arizona State into their big showdown in Tempe next weekend. Sr. RHP Tyson Brummett (6.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) added Cal ace Tyson Ross (4 IP, 11 H, 7 ER) to his impressive list of victims on Friday, as Fr. OF Gabe Cohen (4-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI) led UCLA’s 17-hit attack. Cohen homered again Saturday, and So. 1B Cody Decker added two homers and five RBIs in support of So. LHP Tim Murphy (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K). Fr. LHP Gavin Brooks (3.1 IP, 10 H, 7 ER) was hammered Sunday, as the Bruins were outhit 20-5.
May 1: @ (12) UC Irvine: W 4-2
May 4-6: California: : W 13-6, W 7-2, L 16-0
May 8: @ (17) Pepperdine
May 11-13: @ (10) Arizona State
22. LONG BEACH STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 30-14, 10-2 in Big West. (12-10 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-4.
The Beach stretched its winning streak to eight games and took over sole possession of first place in the Big West. The Dirtbags scored five runs in the sixth Friday in support of Jr. RHP Manny McElroy (7 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K). On Saturday, Jr. RHP Andrew Liebel (6.1 IP, 9 H, 4 ER) won his second straight start since moving from the bullpen to the rotation, and Sr. OF Robert Perry (3-for-5, HR, 6 RBI) paced LBSU’s 15-hit barrage. The Dirtbags erased a 4-1 deficit with a 10-run outburst in the sixth inning Sunday
May 4-6: Cal Poly: W 8-3, W 15-4, W 12-7
May 8: @ San Diego State
May 11-13: @ UC Santa Barbara
23. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 37-11, 18-2 in MWC (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-0.
TCU and Florida State are the only teams in the Top 25 that have yet to lose a weekend series. Jr. RHP Jake Arrieta (7.1 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) picked up his first win since April 13 on Friday, with help from TCU’s 13-hit attack. So. DH Hunt Woodruff (2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI) and Sr. OF Austin Adams (3-for-5, 2B, RBI) powered a Horned Frogs offense that scored all six of its runs in the first two innings Saturday. Jr. RHP Chance Corgan (6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) and two relievers held the Utes to three hits Sunday, and Jr. C Andrew Walker delivered two home runs, including a two-run shot in the 10th to win it.
May 1: Baylor: L 3-0
May 4-6: Utah: W 8-3, W 6-4, W 3-1 (10 innings)
May 11-13: Texas-Pan American
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 32-18, 13-11 in SEC. (10-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-4.
The Rebels fell into third place in the SEC’s Western Division and failed to capitalize on first-place Arkansas dropping a series to Louisiana State. Jr. RHP Will Kline (6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) and two relievers held the Volunteers to three hits Friday, but the final one was Andy Simunic’s walk-off RBI single, capping UT’s two-run ninth inning. The Vols got to So. RHP Lance Lynn for six runs in the seventh on Saturday, and Mississippi’s comeback attempt fell short when So. C Brett Basham struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth. Fr. LHP Nathan Baker (5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) improved to 6-1 Sunday.
May 2: @ Memphis: W 10-2
May 4-6: @ Tennessee: L 3-2, L 7-6, W 7-6
May 11-13: Kentucky
25. UC RIVERSIDE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 30-17, 9-3 in Big West. (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-3.
Jr. RHP James Simmons struck out 11 Friday and went nine innings for the third straight start but did not factor into the decision, as the Highlanders tied the game with a run in the ninth and won it on Fr. 1B Mark Samuelson’s RBI double in the 10th. Pacific scored four runs in the first against Sr. LHP Marc Rzepczynski on Saturday and held on for the win. The two teams combined for seven errors in Sunday’s finale, but the final one was committed by Pacific Fr. SS Josh Powers in the bottom of the ninth, allowing Jr. C Jeff Dunbar to score the game-winning run.
May 1: @ San Diego State: W 7-1
May 4-6: Pacific: W 5-4 (10 innings), L 5-3, W 8-7
May 11-13: @ Cal State Northridge