1. UC IRVINE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 34-11, 14-1 in Big West. (6-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-0.
The amazingly consistent Anteaters remained unbeaten in weekend series this year and improved to 14-1 in the Big West with a three-game sweep of improved Cal State Northridge. The Anteaters still lead the conference by 3.5 games over second-place Cal State Fullerton, with three conference weekends remaining. Jr. LHP Daniel Bibona (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) improved to 8-1, 2.13 with another gem Friday, the seventh straight week he’s lasted seven or more innings and allowed two or fewer runs. Jr. C Francis Larson (3-for-4, 4 R, 2B, 3B) led the offense Saturday as the ‘Eaters jumped out to an early 9-0 lead in support of Jr. RHP Christian Bergman (6.2 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). So. RHP Crosby Slaught (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) returned to the weekend rotation and got back on track in Sunday’s win.
April 28: Southern California: W 6-5
May 1-3: Cal State Northridge: W 7-1, W 12-7, W 5-2
May 8-10: @ Pacific
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 31-11, 13-5 in CUSA. (9-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
Rice took two of three at Houston and now leads East Carolina by a game in Conference USA. The Owls got a boost Wednesday with the return of ace righty Ryan Berry, who threw a scoreless inning of relief against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Berry (5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) also pitched very well in a no-decision Saturday, which gives Rice’s postseason hopes a shot in the arm. After the Rice bullpen blew a 5-1 lead Saturday, the Owls won it with two runs in the ninth. So. SS Rick Hague led the offense Sunday, hitting a pair of two-run homers, including a tie-breaking shot in the eighth. Jr. RHP Mike Ojala, who plans to pitch through a slight tear in his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, took the weekend off.
April 29: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: W 14-2
May 1-3: @ Houston: L 7-4, W 7-5, W 6-5
May 5: Texas State
May 8-10: Central Florida
3. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 36-12, 16-8 in SEC. (6-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
LSU won a huge series at Arkansas to remain tied with Ole Miss atop the SEC’s Western Division. The Tigers still must play SEC East-leading Florida next week, but they have now won series against all of the best teams they’ve played: Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. After rain postponed Friday’s opener until 5:02 p.m. Saturday, So. RHP Anthony Ranaudo (6 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) took the loss in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, but Sr. RHP Louis Coleman (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) shut down the Razorbacks in the nightcap, firing LSU’s first complete-game shutout since Greg Smith blanked Vanderbilt in 2005. LSU jumped out to a 4-0 lead through 3.5 innings Sunday behind So. RHP Austin Ross (6 IP, 10 H, 3 ER).
April 28: Tulane: W 13-2
May 2-3: @ (12) Arkansas: L 11-4, W 5-0, W 4-3
May 8-10: (11) Florida
4. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 35-11, 16-7 in ACC. (10-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Tar Heels were off for exams.
May 5: Elon
May 7: Longwood
May 8-10: @ North Carolina State
5. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 33-11, 16-5 in Pac-10 (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1.
The Sun Devils lost a road series to Oregon State but still lead the Pac-10 by three games over UCLA. Jr. RHP Mike Leake (9 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) turned in his second straight complete game Friday, his fourth CG of the season and the eighth of his brilliant career. Leake, who held the Beavers scoreless until allowing a pair of sacrifice flies in the ninth, improved to 11-1, 1.59 on the season and 35-6 in his career. So. RHP Seth Blair (4.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) moved up to the Saturday starter spot to replace Jr. LHP Josh Spence, who is still dealing with a bruised middle finger suffered before his April 18 start against Stanford. ASU broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the ninth in that one, but the Beavers responded with two in the bottom of the frame against Fr. LHP Mitchell Lambson. Fr. RHP Jordan Swagerty (6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER) got the start Sunday and pitched well in a no-decision, but OSU broke a 5-5 tie with five runs in the eighth against the ASU bullpen.
April 29: @ Arizona: W 20-3
May 1-3: @ Oregon State: W 4-2, L 4-3, L 10-5
May 5-6: San Diego
May 8-10: Winthrop
6. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 32-12, 12-6 in Big West. (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
Fullerton swept UC Santa Barbara and has won nine of its last 10 games to move into second place in the Big West, 3.5 games behind UC Irvine. It was the first Big West home series win of the year for the Titans, who improved to 12-8 at Goodwin Field. CSF jumped out to a 6-0 lead through three innings Friday in support of So. RHP Daniel Renken (8.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 10 K). Fr. RHP Noe Ramirez (8.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) pitched well in a no-decision Saturday, as the Titans came from behind to win on Jr. OF Josh Fellhauer’s walk-off, two-run single in the ninth. Fellhauer (3-for-4, 4 RBI, 2B) led the offense again Sunday in support of Fr. RHP Tyler Pill (7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K).
April 29: Southern California: L 9-3
May 1-3: UC Santa Barbara: W 7-2, W 5-4, W 15-3
May 5-6: Arizona
May 8-10: @ (12) Cal Poly
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 36-13, 16-8 in SEC. (5-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
Ole Miss has won three straight conference series to move into a tie with LSU atop the SEC’s Western Division. So. 1B Matt Smith (6-for-12, 4 R, 5 RBI, 3 2B, HR) led a potent Mississippi offense all weekend. The Rebels pounded out 11 hits Friday in support of So. LHP Drew Pomeranz (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K). Jr. LHP Nathan Baker (4.2 IP, 0 ER) picked up the win Saturday in relief of Jr. RHP Phillip Irwin (2.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER). Sr. OF Logan Power (5-for-6, 5 RBI, 2 2B) powered a 19-hit attack Sunday, and Sr. LHP Brett Bukvich (5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER) responded well in an emergency start after Sr. RHP Scott Bittle could not take the mound in the first due to arm tenderness.
April 28: vs. Southern Mississippi @ Pearl, Miss.: L 6-4
April 29: Arkansas-Pine Bluff: W 22-2
May 1-3: @ Auburn: W 9-2, W 8-2, W 11-4
May 8-10: Mississippi State
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 33-11-1, 15-9-1 in Big 12. (9-5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
Now that the Longhorns are finished with all Sunflower State opponents, they should be golden. Texas rebounded from a rough series against Kansas State by sweeping Baylor to reclaim first place in the Big 12, one game ahead of Texas A&M and K-State. So. OF Connor Rowe (3-for-5, 5 RBI, HR) led a 13-hit attack Friday in support of So. RHP Chance Ruffin (6 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K). Rowe had four more hits Saturday and Sr. 2B Travis Tucker had five RBIs in support of So. RHP Cole Green (7 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 10 K). Fr. RHP Taylor Jungmann (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) dominated Sunday, lowering his ERA to 1.72, tied with Sr. LHP Austin Wood for the team lead on a staff with a 2.55 ERA.
April 28: Texas State: W 12-2
May 1-3: vs./@/@ (17) Baylor: W 12-4, W 19-11, W 3-1
May 6: Texas Southern
May 8-10: @/vs./vs. (14) Texas A&M
9. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 31-11-1, 14-7-1 in ACC (5-4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2-1.
Georgia Tech bounced back from a series loss to Clemson with a sweep of Presbyterian. So. SS Derek Dietrich (7-for-13, 7 R, 9 RBI, 3 2B, 3 HR) led a Yellow Jacket offense that produced 48 runs on 48 hits (including 16 home runs) in three games. Tech now leads the ACC with 89 home runs in 43 games, 21 more long balls than second-place Florida State. The Jackets got a strong start Friday from So. RHP Deck McGuire (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K), and they got another good outing Sunday from So. RHP Brandon Cumpton (7 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. So OF/1B Chase Burnette (6-for-6, 9 RBI, 3 2B, 3 HR) had a game for the ages Sunday, setting a school record for total bases (18) and tying Tech marks for hits, doubles, homers and RBIs.
May 1-3: Presbyterian: W 16-2, W 9-8 (10 innings), W 23-3
May 6: vs. Tennessee @ Chattanooga, Tenn.
May 8-10: (16) Florida State
10. KANSAS STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 35-11-1, 12-7-1 in Big 12 (7-7-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
The Wildcats have won back-to-back conference road series against Texas and Oklahoma State to move into a tie for second place in the Big 12, one game behind the Longhorns. Impending weather caused the teams to play a doubleheader Friday, and the Wildcats took the opener behind Sr. LHP Lance Hoge (5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Jr. RHP A.J. Morris (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) improved to 11-0 in the nightcap, which was suspended in the seventh inning and never resumed due to unplayable field conditions. The series finale was canceled as well. K-State’s 35 wins are tied for most in school history, and its 12 conference wins are the most since winning 13 in 2002.
April 28-29: North Dakota: W 10-2, W 22-1
May 1-3: @ Oklahoma State: W 5-3, W 3-2 (7 innings), CCD
May 4-5: Brigham Young
May 8-10: Texas Tech
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 34-14, 16-8 in SEC (6-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.
Florida used two come-from-behind victories (its 20th and 21st comeback wins this year) to sweep a road series against Georgia. The Gators have won eight straight games to move into a tie with LSU and Ole Miss atop the SEC standings, and they lead the Eastern Division by two games over the Bulldogs. Florida has won three straight series against the rival Dawgs, and four straight series in Athens. Florida overcame deficits of 8-0 in the third and 9-7 in the eighth to win Friday’s opener, which was suspended in the ninth inning and resumed Saturday afternoon following Game Two. Jr. RHP Billy Bullock pitched in all three games, picking up a win and two saves; he now has 10 saves this season, the most by a Gator since 1998 (Josh Fogg). Florida overcame a three-run deficit with six in the ninth Sunday, highlighted by Fr. 1B Preston Tucker’s go-ahead, three-run homer.
May 1-3: @ (11) Georgia: W 7-6, W 10-9 (11 innings), W 10-8
May 6: Florida Gulf Coast
May 8-10: @ (3) Louisiana State
12. CAL POLY
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 32-12, 10-5 in Big West (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-1.
After rain postponed Friday’s series opener, the Mustangs saw their 16-game home winning streak snapped in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, but they rallied to win their 10th weekend series in 11 tries this year. Jr. IF/OF Adam Buschini (11-for-22, 7 RBI, 3 2B, 3B, HR in five games) led the Poly offense on the week, and he had four hits in the series opener against the Dons. The Mustangs cranked out 18 hits in the nightcap and won on a walk-off, three-run homer by Jr. OF Luke Yoder (4-for-4, 5 RBI) in the 11th. The Mustangs came from behind to force extras in that one, and the came from behind again Sunday, overcoming a 4-2 deficit with five in the eighth.
April 28: Fresno State: W 17-16 (10 innings)
April 29: @ St. Mary’s: L 7-4
May 2-3: San Francisco: L 8-5, W 12-9 (11 innings), W 7-4
May 5: @ Southern California
May 8-10: (6) Cal State Fullerton
Last Week: 1-0. Overall: 35-9-1, 13-8-1 in ACC (3-5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2-1.
Jr. LHP Matt Packer (6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) led the Cavaliers to a midweek win over Liberty, and they took the rest of the week off for exams.
April 28: Liberty: W 5-2
May 8-10: Duke
14. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 31-16, 13-8 in Big 12. (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
The Aggies have won 10 of their last 12 games, but rival Texas overtook them for first place in the Big 12 heading into next weekend’s showdown between the two teams. So. LHP/OF Brooks Raley (7.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) pitched well in a no-decision Thursday, and the Aggies won on Jr. 2B Brodie Greene’s walk-off RBI single in the ninth. Fr. LHP Ross Hales (4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER) struggled in Friday’s loss, but So. RHP Barret Loux (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) was very strong in Saturday’s win. Jr. RHP Alex Wilson picked up the win Thursday and the save Saturday, allowing just one run over 4.1 IP total.
April 28: (15) Texas Christian: W 4-3 (10 innings)
April 30-May 2: Dallas Baptist: W 4-3, L 11-10, W 8-2
May 5: Sam Houston State
May 8-10: vs./@/@ (8) Texas
15. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 29-13, 10-4 in MWC (9-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Horned Frogs swept two games against BYU to take sole possession of first place in the Mountain West, a game ahead of New Mexico, but not before dropping a tight midweek game to Texas A&M. TCU fell to 1-6 against Big 12 teams in that one, which is the biggest obstacle to its regional hosting chances. TCU hung seven runs on BYU ace Jeremy Toole in Thursday’s opener, led by Sr. 2B Corey Steglich (2-for-3, 4 RBI, 2B). The Frogs won Friday’s game on Jr. C Bryan Holaday’s walk-off, two-run homer in the 10th. Saturday’s finale was canceled by wet weather and field conditions.
April 28: @ (20) Texas A&M: L 4-3 (10 innings)
April 29: Houston Baptist: CCD
April 30-May 2: Brigham Young: W 8-5, W 5-3 (10 innings)
May 8-10: Utah
16. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 33-12, 18-7 in ACC (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
The red-hot Seminoles have taken care of business against the bottom third of the ACC, running their winning streak to 12 games, including series sweeps against North Carolina State, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. FSU now leads the ACC by one game over North Carolina heading into next weekend’s huge series at Georgia Tech, and the Seminoles have clinched their third consecutive ACC Atlantic Division title. Jr. SS Stephen Cardullo (4-for-5, 2B) led FSU’s 12-hit attack Friday in support of Fr. LHP Brian Busch (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). Jr. 2B Jason Stidham (3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2B, HR) led another 12-hit attack Saturday behind So. RHP Geoff Parker (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K). Fr. LHP Sean Gilmartin (3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER) picked up the win in relief Sunday.
May 1-3: Virginia Tech: W 10-2, W 10-4, W 9-4
May 5: Jacksonville
May 6: Florida International
May 8-10: @ (9) Georgia Tech
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 31-14, 14-9 in SEC (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
Arkansas dropped a critical home series against LSU to fall into a tie with Alabama for third place in the SEC West, 1.5 games behind the Tigers and Mississippi. The Hogs have lost three of their last four series and finish with consecutive series against Western Division powers Alabama and Ole Miss. After Friday’s opener was postponed by rain, the Hogs broke open a 5-3 affair in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader with four runs in the eighth in support of Jr. LHP Dallas Keuchel (8.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER). Arkansas was held scoreless on two hits in the nightcap by LSU senior Louis Coleman. The Tigers chased So. LHP/OF Brett Eibner (3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) in the fourth Sunday, though Jr. RHP Mike Bolsinger (4.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R) was strong in relief in the loss.
April 28: (9) Oklahoma: W 8-7
May 2-3: (5) Louisiana State: W 11-4, L 5-0, L 4-3
May 8-10: @ (21) Alabama
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 34-14, 12-9 in Big 12 (5-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2-1.
Oklahoma lost its first home series of the year but salvaged Sunday’s finale in extra innings to remain within two games of first-place Texas in the Big 12. Kansas scored four in the first Friday against Jr. RHP Andrew Doyle (3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) and held on to win. Jr. RHP Garrett Richards (0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER) and Jr. RHP Stephen Porlier (0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER) each failed to get out of the first inning the next two days, but the Sooners won Sunday’s game on So. OF Casey Johnson’s walk-off RBI double in the 10th.
April 28: @ (12) Arkansas: L 8-7 (10 innings)
May 1-3: Kansas: L 5-4, L 9-5, W 10-9 (10 innings)
May 4: Southern Utah
May 5: @ Texas-Arlington
May 8-10: vs. Oklahoma State @ Tulsa/Oklahoma City
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 31-16, 15-12 in ACC (6-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
Miami won its second consecutive ACC series and its first conference road series since mid-March at Virginia. So. C Yasmani Grandal (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR) led the offense Friday in support of So. LHP Chris Hernandez (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). Grandal homered again Saturday (team-best 14th), one of five Hurricane long balls on the day, all during the fourth and fifth innings. So. LHP Iden Nazario (2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB) struggled in Sunday’s blowout loss.
April 28: North Florida: L 10-1
April 29: Florida Gulf Coast: CCD
May 1-3: @ Boston College: W 5-1, W 7-5, L 13-3
May 8-10: Bethune-Cookman
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 32-16, 16-11 in ACC (5-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.
Clemson took two of three from Maryland, allowing the Seminoles to clinch the Atlantic Division title. Fr. SS Brad Miller (3-for-4, RBI, 2B) led a balanced 15-hit attack in Saturday’s opener. So. LHP Casey Harman (5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) pitched well in a no-decision in the opener of Sunday’s doubleheader, and the Tigers got homers from So. OF Jeff Schaus and Jr. 1B Ben Paulsen. Schaus had three more hits in the finale, but Maryland broke a 6-6 tie with two runs in the ninth against Jr. RHP Tomas Cruz.
May 2-3: Maryland: W 11-2, W 7-4, L 8-6
May 6: @ Furman
May 8-10: UNC Wilmington
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 32-15, 14-9 in SEC (4-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-4.
Alabama slugged its way to a rain-shortened series sweep at Mississippi State, its first sweep at Dudy Noble Field since 1973. The Crimson Tide has won seven of its last eight conference games and 11 of its last 14. Eight Alabama players recorded hits in a balanced attack Friday in support of Sr. RHP Austin Hyatt (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K). ‘Bama led 7-3 when Saturday’s game was suspended by rain in the fifth, and things got wild when play resumed Sunday, but Sr. OF Alex Kubal (4-for-5, 3 R, 5 RBI, HR) and Jr. 3B Brandon May (3-for-6, 3 R, 7 RBI, 2 HR) led the Tide to a win in the slugfest.
April 29: South Alabama: W 14-3 (8 innings)
May 1-3: @ Mississippi State: W 10-8, W 17-6, CCD
May 8-10: (17) Arkansas
Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 33-15, 14-10 in SEC (4-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.
Georgia was swept at home by Florida, falling into second place in the SEC’s Eastern Division, two games behind the Gators. The Bulldogs have now lost six straight games, including five in conference play. The Bulldogs blew leads of 8-0 in the third and 9-7 in the eighth to lose Friday’s opener, which was suspended in the ninth and concluded Saturday after Game Two. Jr. LHP Alex McRee (4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) took the loss in Game Two. Jr. 1B Rich Poythress hit his 21st home run of the year Sunday, and Jr. OF Matt Cerione homered twice, but the Bulldogs coughed up a 7-4 lead heading into the ninth inning, when the Gators exploded for six against the UGa. bullpen.
April 29: Jacksonville State: L 16-8
May 1-3: (24) Florida: L 7-6, L 10-9 (11 innings), L 10-8
May 8-10: Vanderbilt
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 33-16, 12-9 in Big 12 (11-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-4.
The Jayhawks have won three of their last four weekend series and are tied with Oklahoma for fifth place in the Big 12, just two games behind first-place Texas. Kansas won its first road series against a ranked team since 2006, taking two of three from Oklahoma. The Jayhawks jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first Friday behind Jr. LHP Shaeffer Hall (5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER). Seven Jayhawks recorded hits in a balanced attack Saturday in support of So. RHP T.J. Walz (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K). S. 3B Tony Thompson (2-for-5, 6 RBI, 2 HR) had a big day Sunday, but Kansas lost in extra innings.
April 28: Chicago State: W 11-5, W 9-1
May 1-3: @ (9) Oklahoma: W 5-4, W 9-5, L 10-9 (10 innings)
May 6: @ Wichita State
May 8-10: @ Missouri
24. EAST CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 35-14, 12-6 in CUSA (3-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.
Pitching carried the Pirates to their fourth weekend sweep of the year. For the first time this season, all three weekend starters lasted seven or more innings: Jr. RHP Chris Heston (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K) on Friday, So. RHP Seth Maness (7.2 IP, 1 ER) on Saturday, and So. RHP Brad Mincey (7 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) on Sunday. Sr. 2B Ryan Wood led the offense on the week, hitting three home runs and extending his hitting streak to nine games.
April 28: @ Elon: L 10-8
May 1-3: Louisiana-Lafayette: W 7-1, W 3-1, W 9-4
May 8-10: @ Houston
25. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 27-12, 11-7 in Pac-10 (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3-1.
The Beavers recovered from consecutive series losses to USC and UCLA by winning a big series against Arizona State. They’re third in the Pac-10 behind ASU and—wait for it—UCLA. So. LHP Tanner Robles (5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) was solid in defeat Friday, but the Beaver bats were silenced by ASU ace Mike Leake. The Sun Devils broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the ninth Saturday, but OSU responded with two in the bottom of the frame, capped by Sr. OF Koa Kahalehoe’s walk-off RBI single. Jr. SS Joey Wong (2-for-3, 2 RBI) led a balanced 10-hit attack Sunday, as the Beavers broke open a 5-5 game with five runs in the eighth.
April 28: Oregon: W 10-2
May 1-3: (3) Arizona State: L 4-2, W 4-3, W 10-5
May 5: @ Portland
May 8-10: @ Washington
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 26-20, 10-13 in Big 12. (5-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3-1.
Baylor’s tailspin continued with a three-game sweep at the hands of Texas. The Bears have lost seven consecutive Big 12 games, their longest conference losing streak since an eight-game skid in Southwest Conference play in 1994. Seven Baylor errors Friday led to six unearned runs, and Jr. RHP Kendal Volz (6.1 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 9 K) was very hittable. Jr. LHP/OF Aaron Miller (1.1 IP, 3 H, 6 ER) had his second straight bad start Saturday. Jr. RHP Willie Kempf (5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) finally gave Baylor a respectable pitching performance in a loss Sunday.
April 28: Texas-San Antonio: W 8-7
May 1-3: @/vs./vs. (8) Texas: L 12-4, L 19-11, L 3-1
KENT STATE (23)
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 35-11, 14-6 in MAC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2-1.
The Golden Eagles dropped a road series at Buffalo but still lead the MAC’s Eastern Division by 1.5 games. Kent State’s offense continued to mash, but its pitching continued to struggle. Jr. RHP Brad Stillings (4 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 2 BB, 7 K) was bombed for the third straight week in Friday’s slugfest, So. LHP Kyle Hallock (4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER) struggled Saturday, and Fr. RHP Ryan Mace (3.1 IP, 8 H, 7 ER) was hammered Sunday.
April 29: @ Duquesne: W 14-12 (7 innings), W 13-0 (7 innings)
May 1-3: @ Buffalo: L 15-14, L 10-6, W 16-8
May 5: @ Akron
May 8-10: Akron