Top 25 Tracker: May 5

virginia1. VIRGINIA
Last Week: 0-1.
Overall: 37-9, 18-6 in ACC. (5-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 10-0.

The Cavaliers dropped a midweek game against Old Dominion, then took the weekend off for exams.
RESULTS
April 29: @ Old Dominion: L 8-1
UPCOMING
May 7: (22) Liberty
May 9-11: Georgia Tech


oregonstate2. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 3-0.
Overall: 34-8, 17-4 in Pac-12. (4-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-1.

The Beavers swept a road series at Cal to remain percentage points ahead of Washington in the Pac-12 race. Jeff Hendrix (3-for-4, 4 R, 3 RBI) fell a double shy of the cycle Friday, and Dylan Davis added four RBIs to power the offense in support of Ben Wetzler (7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), who improved to 8-1. The Beavers broke a 2-2 tie Saturday with seven runs in the 10th inning to win 9-3. Andrew Moore (7.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) was solid in a no-decision, and Scott Schultz escaped a first-and-third jam in the eighth by inducing a 4-6-3 double play. Michael Conforto (3-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) led the offense Sunday behind Jace Fry (9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K), who has surrendered just two hits in his last 17 innings over two starts.
RESULTS
May 2-4: @ California: W 10-4, W 9-3 (10 innings), W 5-0
UPCOMING
May 6: @ Oregon
May 9-11: UCLA


louisianalafayette3. LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 43-7, 20-4 in Sun Belt (3-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 12-0.

The Cajuns won a road series at second-place Arkansas State, giving them a five-game lead in the Sun Belt with six games to play. Michael Strentz (2-for-4, 3 RBI, HR) continued to swing a hot bat out of the No. 9 hole Friday, helping Austin Robichaux (5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) improve to 6-2. Carson Baranik (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) bounced back strong Saturday from his first loss of the season a week earlier, improving to 9-1. The efficient Baranik needed just 84 pitches to complete his shutout. Tyler Girouard (3-for-5, R, RBI, 2B) led the offense for the Cajuns. Cody Boutte (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) was solid in a no-decision Sunday, but the Red Wolves erased a 4-2 deficit with three runs in the seventh against the ULL bullpen.
RESULTS
April 29-30: @/vs. Southeastern Louisiana: W 6-5, W 10-8
May 2-4: @ Arkansas State: W 6-5, W 7-0, L 6-4
UPCOMING
May 9-11: @ South Alabama


florida4. FLORIDA
Last Week: 3-0.
Overall: 33-15, 18-6 in SEC (13-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-3.
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Florida swept its third straight conference series—this one on the road against Alabama, which entered the weekend tied atop the SEC West standings. The Gators improved to 18-6 in the SEC, four games ahead of second-place Vanderbilt in the East and three games ahead of Ole Miss in the overall standings. Casey Turgeon (3-for-4, R, RBI) and Harrison Bader (2-for-4, 2 RBI) led the Florida offense Friday in support of Logan Shore (6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K), and Eric Hanhold worked two hitless innings for the save, entering in a tight spot in the eighth and shutting down an Alabama rally. Turgeon (3-for-3, R, RBI, 2 BB) led the Florida offense Saturday, Taylor Gushue hit a game-tying solo homer in the sixth, and A.J. Puk delivered a go-ahead RBI single later in that frame. Puk (2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R) also picked up the win in relief of Aaron Rhodes (2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER), as four Florida relievers combined to work 6.2 innings of scoreless, three-hit relief. Bader (3-for-6, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Peter Alonso (3-for-4, HR, 4 RBI) led a 16-hit attack Sunday, and Karsten Whitson (4 IP, 7 H, 1 ER) returned to the weekend rotation and earned a no-decision.
RESULTS
May 2-4: @ (12) Alabama: W 7-3, W 4-3, W 13-3
UPCOMING
May 6: Mercer
May 8-10: (18) Vanderbilt


5. FLORIDA STATEPrint
Last Week: 3-0.
Overall: 36-11, 17-7 in ACC (8-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 10-2.
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The Seminoles stepped out of conference play and swept Minnesota. After Friday’s game was postponed by rain, the Seminoles swept a hard-fought doubleheader Saturday. Luke Weaver (4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) left in the fifth inning of the first game after taking a line drive off his right leg, but Billy Strode (3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) kept the Gophers at bay until the ninth, when they took the lead with three runs against Gage Smith. But FSU answered with two in the bottom of the ninth, capped by a walk-off single from John Nogowski (3-for-5, R, 2 RBI). Nogowski went 4-for-4 to pace the offense in the nightcap, and Mike Compton (7.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) improved to 5-1. Nogowski (3-for-4, R, RBI) kept swinging a hot bat Sunday, and Dylan Silva (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R) picked up the win in relief of Taylor Blatch (2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER). Closer Jameis Winston was suspended for the weekend after being cited for shoplifting food, but he was reinstated Sunday night after completing community service.
RESULTS
May 3.-4: Minnesota: W 5-4, W 3-2, W 7-1
UPCOMING
May 6: @ Stetson
May 9-11: @ North Carolina


block_w6. WASHINGTON
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 32-11, 19-5 in Pac-12 (2-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-0.
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The Huskies swept a road series at Utah to remain unbeaten in weekend series and stay percentage points behind Oregon State in the Pac-12. Alex Schmidt (2-for-3, R, 3 RBI) hit one of three UW home runs Friday in support of Jared Fisher (5 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER). Trevor Mitsui (3-for-4, 2 R, RBI) paced UW’s balanced 15-hit barrage Saturday in support of Tyler Davis (8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K), who improved to 10-1. Mitsui (4-for-6, 3 R, 6 RBI, HR) and Austin Rei (5-for-6, R, 2 RBI) spearheaded Washington’s 23-hit onslaught in Sunday’s wild slugfest, as the Huskies blew leads of 10-1 and 13-12, but came from behind with five runs in the eighth and tacked on three more in the ninth to win.
RESULTS
April 29: Seattle: L 6-3
May 2-4: @ Utah: W 8-4, W 11-1, W 21-17
UPCOMING
May 5: Grand Canyon
May 8-10: Bethune-Cookman


calpoly7. CAL POLY
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 38-9, 14-4 in Big West (7-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 10-1-1.
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The Mustangs saw their losing streak reach four games before rallying to win the final two games of their series at UC Riverside, keeping them in second place in the Big West behind UC Irvine. The Highlanders beat suddenly struggling ace Matt Imhof (3 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER) and the slumping Mustangs 7-3 on Friday. Six Mustangs recorded multiple hits as part of a 13-hit attack in that one, but Cal Poly left 11 men on base. Mark Mathias (2-for-4, 3 RBI) paced Cal Poly’s 10-hit attack Saturday, and Taylor Chris (3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R) was strong in relief to earn the win. All nine Cal Poly starters registered hits Sunday as part of a balanced 13-hit attack in support of Casey Bloomquist (6 IP, 9 H, 2 ER), who improved to 10-1.
RESULTS
April 29: @ Pepperdine: L 11-4
May 2-4: @ UC Riverside: L 7-3, W 7-5, W 7-2
UPCOMING
May 6: Pepperdine
May 9-11: (23) UC Irvine


miami8. MIAMI
Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 34-14, 19-5 in ACC. (10-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-3.
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Miami took two of three from SWAC-leading Alabama State, giving the Hurricanes 21 wins in their past 23 games. Alex Hernandez (3-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, 3B) led a 12-hit attack Friday behind Chris Diaz (6 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). In a back-and-forth game Saturday, Miami erased a three-run deficit with three in the sixth, then the teams traded two-run rallies in the seventh, but Alabama State struck the final blow with a run in the eighth to win 6-5. Miami made four errors, leading to three unearned runs, including the game-winner in the eighth against Bryan Garcia. Bryan Radziewski (6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) and Cooper Hammond (2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) held the Hornets at bay in Sunday’s win.
RESULTS
May 2-4: Alabama State: W 11-1, L 6-5, W 6-3
UPCOMING
May 7: Florida Gulf Coast
May 9-11: @ Duke


Indiana9. INDIANA
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 32-12, 16-2 in Big Ten. (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-2.
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Indiana cruised to a sweep of Purdue, giving the Hoosiers nine wins in their past 10 games and 19 wins in their past 21. They lead the Big Ten by three games over Nebraska and Illinois. Casey Rodrigue (3-for-4, 2 R) and Kyle Schwarber (4-for-5, R, RBI) powered the Indiana offense out of the first two spots in the order Friday, and Joey DeNato (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K) improved to 10-1. Sam Travis and Scott Donley had two hits and two RBIs apiece to lead the offense Saturday in support of Christian Morris (5.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER). Schwarber hit his eighth home run Sunday, and Dustin DeMuth (3-for-3, 2 R, 6 RBI, 2 2B) spearheaded a 17-hit barrage in support of Brian Korte (5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K), who won for the second straight Sunday.
RESULTS
April 30: @ Miami (Ohio): W 16-1
May 2-4: Purdue: W 6-0, W 7-3, W 12-3
UPCOMING
May 9-11: @ Penn State


louisville10. LOUISVILLE
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 37-11, 14-4 in AAC. (3-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-1.
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Louisville swept a road series at South Florida to run its winning streak to 10 and take over first place in the AAC by percentage points over UCF. After Friday’s opener was postponed, the Cardinals swept a doubleheader Saturday. Grant Kay (3-for-4, 2 R) and Jeff Gardner (2-for-5, 2 RBI) led the Louisville offense in the opener behind Kyle Funkhouser (7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 8 K). Gardner had two more hits and two more RBIs in the nightcap, including the game-winning RBI single in the 11th. Jared Ruxer (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K) was strong in a no-decision in that one, and Cole Sturgeon (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) earned the win. The Cards broke a 4-4 tie with three runs in the eighth Sunday, highlighted by Zach Lucas’ three-run double.
RESULTS
April 30: Ohio State: W 7-3
May 3-4: @ South Florida: W 3-1, W 3-2 (11 innings), W 9-5
UPCOMING
May 6: @ (18) Vanderbilt
May 9-11: @ Temple


mississippi11. MISSISSIPPI
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 35-14, 15-9 in SEC (7-6 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-3.

Ole Miss won two of three against Arkansas to take sole possession of first place in the SEC West, a game ahead of Mississippi State. The Rebels have now won four of their last five series since getting swept at Alabama. Mississippi got strong pitching from Chris Ellis (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) and Aaron Greenwood (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) in Friday’s win, and J.B. Woodman (3-for-3, R, RBI) led the offense. The Hogs jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first Saturday against Christian Trent (5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER), who quickly settled down and wound up earning the win, as the Rebels scored three in the bottom of the first and then surged ahead with three more in the fourth. Sikes Orvis (2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI) hit his 12th homer of the year, and Will Allen had three hits to lead the Ole Miss offense. Arkansas jumped out to a 5-1 lead through three innings Sunday against Sam Smith (3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER) and padded the lead in the late innings.
RESULTS
April 30: Southern Mississippi: L 7-6
May 2-4: Arkansas: W 3-2, W 7-4, L 11-1
UPCOMING
May 9-11: Georgia


texaschristian12. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 34-13, 13-5 in Big 12 (3-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-3.
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TCU swept its third straight series and won its fifth straight, running its winning streak to 12 games. The Frogs have won 19 of their last 20 games to draw even with Oklahoma State atop the Big 12. Kevin Cron (4-for-4, R, RBI, 2B) led the TCU offense Friday in support of Preston Morrison (9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K), as the Frogs tied a Big 12 record by posting their 13th shutout of the season, and their seventh shutout of their current winning streak. Keaton Jones’ two-run triple highlighted TCU’s three-run fourth Saturday, and Tyler Alexander (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) made it stand up. Dylan Fitzgerald (4-for-5, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2B) and Boomer White (3-for-5, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2B) spearheaded TCU’s 18-hit barrage in Sunday’s blowout, as the Frogs scored seven runs in the fifth and 10 more in the sixth to invoke the mercy rule. TCU told reporters that ace Brandon Finnegan felt fine and could have started Sunday, but the Frogs chose to rest him after winning the first two games of the series.
RESULTS
April 29: @ Stephen F. Austin State: W 14-4
May 2-4: Kansas State: W 5-0, W 3-1, W 21-7 (7 innings)
UPCOMING
May 9-11: Oklahoma


oklahomastate13. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 35-13, 13-5 in Big 12 (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-2.
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Oklahoma State won its sixth straight series, sweeping a nonconference set against Arizona State to climb inside the top 30 in the RPI. Tanner Krietemeier (3-for-3, 2 R, RBI) doubled twice Friday, including during a crucial four-run third inning. OSU’s defense made three errors, leading to four unearned runs, but relievers Vince Wheeland and Brendan McCurry combined to work 2.2 scoreless innings to nail down the victory. Donnie Walton hit a walk-off single in the 11th Saturday, and Tim Arakawa had four hits to pace OSU’s 16-hit barrage. Wheeland (4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) earned the win with strong relief work. Saulyer Saxon (4-for-6, 2 R, RBI) paced OSU’s 18-hit attack in Sunday’s slugfest, and McCurry worked two scoreless frames for his 14th save.
RESULTS
April 30: @ Wichita State: W 3-0
May 2-4: Arizona State: W 8-5, W 6-5 (11 innings), W 14-12
UPCOMING
May 9-11: @ Kansas State


rice14. RICE
Last Week: 0-0.
Overall: 31-15, 18-6 in C-USA. (3-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-2.

The Owls were off for exams.

RESULTS
No games.
UPCOMING
May 7: Houston Baptist
May 9-11: @ Texas-San Antonio


lsu15. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 35-13-1, 13-10-1 in SEC. (6-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-3.
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The Tigers dropped two of three at Texas A&M, in a hard-fought series that featured three straight one-run games. Aaron Nola (8.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) carried a shutout and a 4-0 lead into the ninth Friday before the Aggies chased him, then tied the game up against Joe Broussard. With the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, Blake Allemand laced what appeared to be the game-winning hit toward the left-field corner, but Jared Foster made an incredible soaring catch to save the game for LSU. Then, in the 10th, Andrew Stevenson doubled and went on to score the winning run on Mark Laird’s fielder’s choice. Alex Bregman (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) homered and doubled for the Tigers to help them build their 4-0 lead. Cole Lankford’s walk-off RBI single in the ninth lifted the Aggies to a 3-2 win Saturday, when Jared Poche (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K) was solid in a no-decision for the Tigers. LSU scored a run in the seventh to tie Sunday’s game, but the Aggies got to Broussard for a run in the eighth to win, handing Broussard his first loss of the year.
RESULTS
April 29: Alcorn State: W 9-7
May 2-4: @ Texas A&M: W 5-4 (10 innings), L 3-2, L 4-3
UPCOMING
May 9-11: (19) Alabama


Houstonlogo16. HOUSTON
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 35-13, 9-8 in AAC (5-6 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-1.

Houston won a huge series against first-place UCF. The Knights jumped out to a 4-0 lead through four innings Friday against Aaron Garza (6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) and held on for a 4-3 win. The Cougars erased a one-run deficit with two in the ninth to win 4-3 Saturday, as Ashford Fulmer hit a pinch-hit game-tying homer in the ninth, and Kyle Survance delivered a walk-off single. Jake Lemoine (7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was solid in a no-decision for Houston, and Bubba Maxwell (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) earned the win with strong relief. Casey Grayson (2-for-4, 3 RBI, 2B) and Connor Hollis (3-for-4, R, 2B) led the Houston offense Sunday, and Chase Wellbrock (3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) earned his 10th save with sterling relief work.
RESULTS
April 29: @ McNeese State: W 5-2, W 8-2
May 2-4: (23) Central Florida: L 4-3, W 4-3, W 5-2
UPCOMING
May 6: Prairie View A&M
May 10-11: @ Connecticut


southcarolina17. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 1-2.
Overall: 35-13, 13-11 in SEC. (11-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-4.
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South Carolina, still battling the injury bug, dropped a road series at Georgia to fall into a tie for sixth place in the SEC’s overall standings, five games behind Florida. The Gamecocks tied the score at 1-1 in the eighth Friday, but the Bulldogs answered with two in the bottom of the frame against Jordan Montgomery (7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER), as South Carolina made two errors in the inning, leading to a pair of unearned runs. The Gamecocks evened the series with a 5-2 win Saturday behind Jack Wynkoop (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) and bullpen stalwarts Cody Mincey (2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R) and Joel Seddon. Grayson Greiner hit a two-run homer in the third, and the Gamecocks broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the seventh. UGa. took control of Sunday’s game with four runs in the third against Wil Crowe (3 IP, 4 H, 5 ER).
RESULTS
May 2-4: @ Georgia: L 3-1, W 5-2, L 5-3
UPCOMING
May 7: Wofford
May 9-11: Missouri


vanderbilt18. VANDERBILT
Last Week: 3-0.
Overall: 36-12, 14-10 in SEC (5-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-4.
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The Commodores swept their second straight series to climb into sole possession of second place in the SEC East. Bryan Reynolds and Jason Delay had three hits apiece to spearhead Vandy’s 16-hit attack Friday in support of Tyler Beede (5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K), as the ‘Dores won 8-3. Walker Buehler worked three scoreless innings in relief of the inefficient Beede, who threw 108 pitches in his five-plus innings. Vanderbilt scored all five of its runs in the third inning Saturday, and Carson Fulmer (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K) cruised before handing off to Hayden Stone for the final three innings. Xavier Turner’s two-run double in the third inning gave Vandy all the offense it needed Sunday, as Adam Ravenelle and Brian Miller worked 5.1 combined innings of two-hit, shutout relief.
RESULTS
May 2-4: @ Missouri: W 8-3, W 5-1, W 3-1
UPCOMING
May 6: (10) Louisville
May 8-10: @ (4) Florida


alabama19. ALABAMA
Last Week: 1-3.
Overall: 30-18, 13-11 in SEC (7-8 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-4.
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Alabama was swept at home by first-place Florida, making the Tide just 2-7 in its past nine games. Spencer Turnbull (6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) took the loss Friday, as Alabama’s eighth-inning rally fell short. The Gators erased a one-run deficit with two in the sixth Saturday to beat Justin Kamplain (5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER). Jon Keller (4.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 4 BB) was knocked around Sunday, and the ‘Bama bullpen provided little relief.
RESULTS
April 30: @ Samford: W 9-5
May 2-4: (5) Florida: L 7-3, L 4-3, L 13-3
UPCOMING
May 6: Jacksonville State
May 9-11: @ (15) Louisiana State


texasaandm20. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 30-19, 12-12 in SEC (9-8 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-5.

The Aggies continued their run of strong play by taking a thrilling series from LSU, adding to a resume that includes series wins against Florida, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State. A fine relief effort from Matt Kent (3.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R) gave the Aggies a chance to rally from a 4-0 deficit on Friday, and only a spectacular catch by the Tigers’ Jared Foster denied them the win, giving LSU a chance to win it in the 10th. Daniel Mengden (9 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was superb in a complete game effort Saturday, and the Aggies won it on Cole Lankford’s (3-for-4) walk-off single in the ninth. There were more dramatics Sunday as freshman Ronnie Gideon (3-for-4) broke a 3-3 tie with a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth, the first long ball of his college career.
RESULTS
April 29: Texas State: W 9-2
April 2-4: (8) Louisiana State: L 5-4 (10 innings), W 3-2, W 4-3
UPCOMING
May 9-11: @ Arkansas


MississippiState21. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 31-18, 14-10 in SEC (4-6 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-3-1.

The Bulldogs, who’ve spent the last four weeks alternating series wins and losses, climbed into second place in the rough-and-tumble SEC West by sweeping Auburn, holding the Tigers to only one run all weekend. C.T. Bradford and Cody Brown homered on Friday in support of Trevor Fitts (5.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K). Ross Mitchell (9 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) threw his fourth complete game of year Saturday. MSU blew open Sunday’s game with an eight-run seventh inning, as Brett Pirtle, Gavin Collins and Matthew Britton had three hits apiece to lead the offense, while Preston Brown (5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER) improved to 4-1 on the mound.
RESULTS
April 30: Jacksonville State: L 2-1
May 2-4: @ Auburn: W 3-0, W 3-0, W 12-1
UPCOMING
May 9-11: Tennessee


libertybaseball22. LIBERTY
Last Week: 0-0.
Overall: 35-10, 19-1 in Big South (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-0.

Liberty was off for exams.
RESULTS
No games.
UPCOMING
May 7: @ (1) Virginia
May 9-11: Coastal Carolina


ucirvine23. UC IRVINE
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 32-14, 14-1 in Big West (0-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-3.

The Anteaters passed the first big test on their very backloaded schedule with flying colors, sweeping UC Santa Barbara to maintain first place in the Big West, 1 1/2 games up on Cal Poly. UCI ace Andrew Morales (7.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) improved to 8-0 in the series opener. The ‘Eaters had to come from behind on Saturday, tying the game with two runs in the seventh and then plating the winning run on Taylor Sparks’ RBI single in the bottom of the eighth. Sunday’s win was far more comfortable as Irvine scored five runs in the first inning, while Evan Brock (7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) and two relievers combined on a shutout.
RESULTS
April 29: @ Southern California: W 6-2
April 2-4: UC Santa Barbara: W 6-2, W 3-2, W 8-0
UPCOMING
May 6: @ San Diego
May 9-11: @ (7) Cal Poly


mercerbaseball24. MERCER
Last Week: 0-0.
Overall: 34-11, 16-5 in A-Sun (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-3.

Mercer was off for exams.
RESULTS
No games
UPCOMING
May 6: @ (4) Florida
May 9-11: Stetson


texas25. TEXAS
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 34-15, 11-10 in Big 12 (3-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-4-1.
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The Longhorns dropped their third straight series to fall into a tie for fifth place in the Big 12 with one series remaining (at Kansas State in two weeks). Harrison Musgrave (7 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) bested Parker French (6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER) in WVU’s 5-3 win Friday. Chad Hollingsworth (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief of Nathan Thornhill (4 IP, 7 H, 0 R) on Saturday, and John Curtiss worked three scoreless for his eighth save. The Mountaineers jumped on Lukas Schiraldi (2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER) early Sunday and broke it open against Morgan Cooper (1.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER).
RESULTS
April 29: Prairie View A&M: W 6-3
May 2-4: @ West Virginia: L 5-3, W 2-0, L 12-6
UPCOMING
No games


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texastechTEXAS TECH (21)
Last Week: 1-3.
Overall: 36-15, 11-10 in Big 12 (5-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-4.

Texas Tech was swept at Kansas to fall into a tie with Texas for fifth place in the Big 12. Ryan Moseley (5 IP, 3 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 7 K) took the loss in Friday’s blowout, and Chris Sadberry (3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) struggled Saturday. The Red Raiders got another short start Sunday from Corey Taylor (2.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER), and their offense mustered just a run on five hits against Frank Duncan.
RESULTS
April 29: @ Oral Roberts: W 4-1
May 2-4: @ Kansas: L 11-3, L 6-4, L 4-1
UPCOMING
May 6: @ Dallas Baptist


centralfloridaCENTRAL FLORIDA (23)
Last Week: 1-2.
Overall: 29-18, 16-5 in AAC (4-7 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-3.

The Knights saw their seven-series winning streak snapped, dropping two of three at Houston to fall percentage points behind Louisville in the AAC race. UCF jumped out to a 4-0 lead through four innings Friday and held on for a 4-3 win behind Eric Skoglund (6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K), who improved to 8-1. James Vasquez hit a two-run homer, and Tommy Williams had three hits for the Knights. The Cougars erased a one-run deficit with two in the ninth to win 4-3 Saturday. Houston took the lead for good Sunday with three runs in the third against Tanner Olson (3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER).
RESULTS
April 30: North Florida: PPD
May 2-4: @ (16) Houston: W 4-3, L 4-3, L 5-2
UPCOMING
May 6-7: vs./@ Florida Atlantic
May 9-11: Presbyterian


kentuckyKENTUCKY (25)
Last Week: 1-2.
Overall: 28-19, 10-14 in SEC (8-8 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-5.

The Wildcats dropped two of three at Tennessee, making them 2-6 in their past eight games. At 10-14 in the SEC, they are tied with the Volunteers for 10th place in the conference. A.J. Reed smacked his 20th home run and threw eight innings of one-run ball to improve to 8-2 in Thursday’s opener. But the rest of Kentucky’s pitching staff struggled, as Dylan Dwyer (3 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) and Chandler Shepherd (5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) were not sharp in Friday’s loss. Andrew Nelson (4.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER) fell to 1-5 in Saturday’s defeat.
RESULTS
May 1-3: @ Tennessee: W 15-1, L 8-2, L 5-1
UPCOMING
May 9-11: Auburn