1. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 1-0. Overall: 42-4, 19-3 in ACC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-0-1.
The Tar Heels were off for exams. In their midweek win against The Citadel, Colin Moran and Michael Russell each homered and combined for nine RBIs in support of Hobbs Johnson (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K), who made the start after his scheduled outing against N.C. State was rained out.
May 1: The Citadel: W 13-0
May 7-8: James Madison
May 10-12: @ Georgia Tech
Last Week: 2-0. Overall: 41-6, 21-2 in SEC. (11-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 12-0.
The Commodores won two games at South Carolina (Sunday’s series finale was rained out) to improve to 21-2 in the SEC, the best conference record ever through 23 games. They clinched the SEC East title with Saturday’s win. Spencer Navin’s two-run homer in the second inning Friday put the Commodores ahead to stay, as Kevin Ziomek (8 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) improved to 9-2. Tyler Beede (6.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning for the second time this season and went on to improve to 12-0, 1.73 in Saturday’s win. Zander Wiel (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI) led Vandy’s 14-hit barrage.
May 3-5: @ (15) South Carolina: W 3-2, W 5-2, CCD
May 8: Presbyterian
May 10-12: @ Kentucky
3. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 43-6, 19-5 in SEC. (11-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1.
The Tigers bounced back from their first series loss of the year against South Carolina by sweeping Florida for the first time since 2001. Cody Glenn (6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) was solid in a no-decision Thursday, and LSU broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth when Alex Bregman led off with a single and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly. Aaron Nola (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) threw his fourth consecutive complete game Friday to improve to 9-0, 1.92. The Tigers scored twice in the fifth to chase take control of the game. JaCoby Jones (2-for-4, R, RBI) led the LSU offense. Bregman, Sean McMullen and Christian Ibarra had three hits apiece as part of a 19-hit attack Saturday, and Jones (2-for-5, HR, 6 RBI) blasted a grand-slam off the left-field scoreboard to punctuate LSU’s eight-run sixth, helping Ryan Eades (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) improve to 8-1.
April 30: McNeese State: W 7-3
May 2-4: (21) Florida: W 3-2, W 5-0, W 18-6
May 9-11: @ Texas A&M
4. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 39-7, 15-3 in Big West. (8-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-0.
The Titans allowed just seven runs in a three-game sweep of Long Beach State, improving to 6-0 against the rival Dirtbags this year. The Titans have their best record since the 1996 team also started 39-7, and they continue to lead the Big West by a game over Cal State Northridge. Thomas Eshelman (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) won a nice duel against Shane Carle (6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K) on Friday, as Carlos Lopez (2-for-3, R) led Fullerton’s modest but sufficient five-hit attack. Justin Garza (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) improved to 10-0 in Saturday’s win, as Fullerton answered Long Beach’s run in the top of the seventh with one of its own in the bottom of the frame, then went ahead when Lopez doubled and scored in the eighth. Michael Lorenzen worked scoreless innings in each of the first two games to record his 14th and 15th saves. Lopez smacked a three-run homer to break open a 5-2 game Sunday, and Anthony Hutting contributed three hits and three RBIs in support of Grahamm Wiest (7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K).
May 3-5: Long Beach State: W 3-2, W 2-1, W 9-4
May 10-12: @ UC Riverside
5. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 37-11, 15-8 in ACC (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3-1.
N.C. State outscored Presbyterian 25-5 in a dominating three-game sweep. The Wolfpack has won 19 of its last 20 games. Ethan Ogburn (8 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) sparkled Friday. Bryan Adamentz drove in two to lead the Wolfpack offense, and Brett Austin hit his second homer of the year. Tarran Senay hit a two-run homer to spark N.C. State’s four-run fourth Saturday, and the Wolfpack never looked back. Four North Carolina State pitchers combined on a two-hitter, with Andrew Woeck (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) earning the win in relief of Anthony Tzamtzis (3.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER). Jake Fincher and Jake Armstrong had two hits and two RBIs apiece Sunday in support of Carlos Rodon (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K).
May 3-5: Presbyterian: W 5-1, W 8-1, W 12-3
May 7: UNC Wilmington
May 11-13: (9) Florida State
6. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 37-8, 17-4 in Pac-12 (7-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
The Beavers swept Cal to run their winning streak to eight and remain atop the Pac-12 by percentage points (.822 to .771) over Oregon. Michael Conforto and Ryan Barnes combined for five RBIs in support of a dominant Matt Boyd (8.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K), who posted double-digit strikeouts for the second straight week. Andrew Moore (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K) dazzled in the first complete game of his career Saturday, and Andy Peterson and Dylan Davis combined for five hits and five RBIs to lead the offense. Conforto (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) helped lead the OSU offense Sunday in support of Ben Wetzler (6.1 IP, 11 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K).
May 3-5: California: W 6-1, W 5-0, W 6-4
May 8: @ Portland
May 10-12: @ (25) Stanford
Last Week: 1-0. Overall: 39-8, 17-7 in ACC (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
Mike Papi (3-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB) led Virginia’s 14-hit attack in a midweek win at VCU, and the Cavaliers took the rest of the week off for exams.
April 30: @ Virginia Commonwealth: W 11-3
May 10-12: Duke
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 31-13, 14-7 in Pac-12 (4-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
UCLA swept Utah to take sole possession of third place in the Pac-12, two games ahead of Arizona State. Brian Carroll (2-for-4, 2 R, SB) led a balanced nine-hit attack behind Adam Plutko (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) on Friday. Pat Valaika (2-for-3, R, RBI) led the UCLA offense Saturday in support of Nick Vander Tuig (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). Grant Watson (5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) was solid in a no-decision Sunday, and the Bruins broke a 3-3 tie on Justin Hazard’s walk-off sacrifice fly in the ninth.
April 30: UC Irvine: W 8-1
May 3-5: Utah: W 5-2, W 5-4, W 4-3
May 7: Cal State Northridge
May 10-12: Arizona
9. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 38-9, 16-8 in ACC (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
The Seminoles got outstanding pitching in a three-game sweep of UCF, extending their winning streak to seven games. Luke Weaver (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K) was strong in a no-decision Friday, and the Seminoles answered UCF’s two-run eighth with two of their own in the bottom of the frame, sparked by Stephen McGee’s tie-breaking solo homer. Jameis Winston and Giovanny Alfonzo drove in two runs apiece Saturday in support of Brandon Leibrandt (7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K). Scott Sitz (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) turned in another strong outing in a no-decision Sunday, but the Knights took advantage of two FSU errors to score a pair of unearned runs in the top of the ninth to take a 4-2 lead. The Seminoles responded with three in the bottom of the frame, capped by McGee’s walk-off RBI single. Third baseman Jose Brizuela had two errors in that game and four on the weekend, giving him 20 on the season (.845 fielding percentage). The FSU infield made seven errors altogether in the three games against UCF.
May 3-5: Central Florida: W 4-2, W 6-1, W 5-4
May 7-8: @ Stetson
May 11-13: @ (5) North Carolina State
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 37-11, 19-5 in Pac-12 (8-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-4.
The Ducks swept a road series at Washington State and have won seven straight Pac-12 games. Brett Thomas (4-for-5, 2 R) and Mitchell Tolman (2-for-3, 3 RBI) led Oregon’s 10-hit attack Friday behind Tommy Thorpe (6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), and the Ducks broke a 3-3 tie with two in the ninth. Ryon Healy (2-for-4, 2 R, RBI) hit his 10th homer of the season Saturday, and J.J. Altobelli had three hits as part of Oregon’s balanced 12-hit attack behind Cole Irvine (7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). The Ducks got another good start Sunday from Jake Reed (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), but the Cougars forced extra innings with a run in the ninth against Jimmie Sherfy, only to see the Ducks score the winning run in the 11th win Tolman hit a two-out single and came around to score.
April 30-May 1: @ Seattle: W 12-7, L 3-2
May 3-5: @ Washington State: W 5-3, W 6-3, W 4-3 (11 innings)
May 10-12: @ Ohio State
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 32-16, 15-8 in SEC. (9-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
Arkansas went on the road and took two of three from Kentucky to remain in third place in the SEC’s overall standings. Matt Vinson and Jake Wise had two hits and one RBI apiece Friday in support of Barett Astin (5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K). The Hogs clinched the series with a 5-3 win in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, but Kentucky salvaged the finale. Brian Anderson (3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) led the Arkansas offense behind Ryne Stanek (5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) in the first game, as the Hogs beat Corey Littrell (8 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). Zac Zellers (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) delivered a walk-off RBI single in the second game, capping UK’s three-run rally in the ninth against Trent Daniel and Landon Simpson. All three runs were unearned. Randall Fant (5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision in that one.
April 30: Missouri State: W 6-3
May 3-4: @ (23) Kentucky: W 2-1, W 5-3, L 4-3
May 10-12: Tennessee
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 37-10, 14-4 in Big East. (4-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
The Cardinals swept a road series at Villanova to run their winning streak to seven games and move within a game of first-place South Florida and Pittsburgh in the Big East. Louisville has swept eight weekend series this year. Nick Ratajczak and Coco Johnson combined for five RBIs Friday in support of Chad Green (7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K). Kyle Gibson and Zak Wasserman combined for five hits and four RBIs Saturday behind Jeff Thompson (6.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 12 K). Adam Engel (3-for-5, R, RBI) stole two bases Sunday (giving him 37 on the season) and spearheaded Louisville’s 11-hit attack in support of Dace Kime (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K), who also started Tuesday against WKU and threw five scoreless innings. His start Sunday was the longest of his career, and his 10 strikeouts were a career high.
April 30: Western Kentucky: W 6-2
May 3-5: @ Villanova: W 6-0, W 6-5, W 6-2
May 7: @ Eastern Kentucky
May 8: (14) Indiana
May 11-12: @ Connecticut
13. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 30-14-1, 12-9 in Pac-12 (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
The Sun Devils lost two of three at home to Stanford, snapping their five-series winning streak. ASU avoided a sweep with a win in Sunday’s finale, keeping it in fourth place in the Pac-12. Stanford rapped out 12 hits Friday against Trevor Williams (6 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) and the ASU bullpen, and Mark Appel (7.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 13 K) kept the Sun Devil offense in check. The Cardinal came from behind with three in the seventh Saturday against Ryan Kellogg (7 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) to tie the score at 7-7, then won it 9-8 in the 11th. Arizona State stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th. Max Rossiter (2-for-4, RR, 3 RBI) hit one of Arizona State’s three home runs Sunday, leading a 13-hit attack in support of Zak Miller (5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER).
April 30: @ Arizona: W 7-5
May 3-5: Stanford: L 5-3, L 9-8 (11 innings), W 11-8
May 10-12: @ California
Last Week: 1-1. Overall: 35-9, 12-5 in Big Ten (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1-1 (one series pending).
Indiana split the first two games of a road series at Nebraska, with the rubber game slated for Monday. Sunday’s loss snapped Indiana’s nine-game winning streak. Kyle Schwarber (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) homered twice to lead Indiana’s 14-hit assault Saturday in support of Joey DeNato (6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K). Kyle Hart (5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K) was solid Sunday but took his first loss of the year, and the Indiana defense didn’t help him out, committing four errors (leading to two unearned runs).
May 4-5: @ Nebraska: W 8-6, L 3-2
May 6: @ Nebraska
May 8: @ (12) Louisville
May 10-12: Northwestern
15. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 0-2. Overall: 33-14, 13-10 in SEC. (5-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-3.
South Carolina was swept at home by Vanderbilt, although the final game of the series was rained out. The Commodores clinched the SEC East title with Saturday’s win. Spencer Navin’s two-run homer in the second inning put the Commodores ahead to stay on Friday, and Nolan Belcher (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) was strong in defeat for the Gamecocks, who scored runs in the eighth and ninth to make Vanderbilt sweat. The Commodores rapped out 14 hits Saturday against Jordan Montgomery (2.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER) and the South Carolina bullpen.
May 3-5: (2) Vanderbilt: L 3-2, L 5-2, CCD
May 8: Wofford
May 10-12: Georgia
16. NEW MEXICO
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 30-17, 20-4 in MWC (3-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2-1.
The Lobos swept their fourth straight weekend series to clinch the Mountain West Conference regular-season title outright, as they lead the MWC by seven games over UNLV and San Diego State. Red-hot Josh Melendez (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) capped a big game with a walk-off RBI single in the ninth Friday, lifting the Lobos to an 11-10 win. John Pustay (2-for-2, 3 RBI) delivered a game-tying RBI single earlier in the ninth, giving him 10 hits in a span of 11 at-bats, dating back to April 21 against Nevada. The Lobos clinched their eighth straight MWC series victory with a 17-1 blowout Saturday. D.J. Peterson (3-for-6, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2B) and Alex Allbritton (4-for-5, R, 4 RBI, 2B, HR) helped lead UNM’s 25-hit barrage in support of Sam Wolff (7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). Mitch Garver (4-for-6, 2 HR, 6 RBI) led a 21-hit onslaught Sunday, and Melendez went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 26 games.
April 30-May 1: @ Texas Tech: L 12-8, CCD
May 3-5: Air Force: W 11-10, W 17-1, W 14-7
May 10-12: @ Fresno State
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 31-15, 11-7 in C-USA (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1.
The Owls won a road series at UAB to gain ground in Conference USA on first-place Southern Miss, which dropped two of three at ECU. The Blazers stormed back from a 4-0 deficit Friday and chased Austin Kubitza (5.2 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) in a seven-run sixth, then withstood Rice’s five-run eighth-inning rally to win 10-9. Christian Stringer and Michael Ratterree combined for five hits and six RBIs to lead Rice’s 14-hit assault in a losing cause. Ford Stainback (3-for-4, R, RBI) led Rice’s 13-hit attack Saturday behind Jordan Stephens (7.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 11 K). Michael Aquino and Geoff Perrott had three hits apiece to lead a 14-hit attack Sunday, and Blake Fox (4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R) earned the win with strong relief of John Simms (3.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K).
May 1: Lamar: W 6-1
May 3-5: @ Alabama-Birmingham: L 10-9, W 5-4, W 7-3
May 8: @ Louisiana Tech
May 10-12: Memphis
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 34-14, 11-7 in Big 12 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Sooners dropped a series at West Virginia to fall into a three-way tie atop the Big 12 with the Mountaineers and Kansas State. Jonathan Gray (8 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) and WVU’s Harrison Musgrave (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 11 K) each earned no-decisions in a fine duel Friday, and the Sooners came from behind with a run in the eighth to tie it, then won it 4-3 with a run in the 10th on Craig Aiken’s RBI fielder’s choice. With Dillon Overton sidelined with a strained muscle near his elbow, Jake Fisher (5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) started Saturday and took the loss. Jack Mayfield 5-for-5, R, 3 RBI, 2B) led Oklahoma’s 16-hit attack Sunday, but the Sooners left 13 men on base and committed four errors in a 9-6 loss. Billy Waltrip (2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) moved into the rotation and took the loss in that one.
April 30: Dallas Baptist: L 2-0
May 3-5: @ West Virginia: W 4-3 (10 innings), L 9-3, L 9-6
May 10-12: vs. Oklahoma State @ Tulsa/Oklahoma City
Last Week: 0-1. Overall: 30-15, 15-10 in ACC. (7-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4 (one series pending).
The Tigers dropped Saturday’s series opener against Maryland, but weather pushed the next two games back until a Monday doubleheader. Kyle Convissar (3-for-4, 2 R, RBI) led Maryland’s balanced 14-hit attack Saturday in support of Jimmy Reed (8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 11 K), and Daniel Gossett (2.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) struggled for the Tigers.
May 4-5: Maryland: L 7-2, PPD, PPD
May 6: Maryland (DH)
May 7-8: vs./@ Furman
May 10-12: Georgia Southern
20. SOUTH ALABAMA
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 36-13, 17-7 in Sun Belt (0-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
The Jaguars took two of three from Middle Tennessee State to maintain a one-game lead over Troy in the Sun Belt Conference. Sunday’s loss snapped South Alabama’s nine-game winning streak. MTSU scored three in the ninth to force extra innings in the opener, then took the lead with two in the top of the 14th, but USA answered with three in the bottom of the frame without the benefit of a hit, scoring the winning run on Dustin Dalken’s bases-loaded walk. Matt Bell (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was solid in a no-decision in the second game, and the Jaguars scored the winning run on Nolan Earley’s walk-off RBI double in the 10th. Jacob Noble (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) was solid in a no-decision Sunday, and the Jaguars rallied from behind with three runs in the ninth to make MTSU sweat, but Nick Zaharion grounded into a double play with the bases loaded to end it.
May 3-5: Middle Tennessee State: W 12-11 (14 innings), W 3-2 (10 innings), L 6-5
May 7: Southeastern Louisiana
May 10-12: @ Louisiana-Lafayette
21. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 36-13, 13-11 in SEC. (6-10 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-5.
The Bulldogs rebounded after getting swept by Vanderbilt with a sweep of their own against Alabama. Trey Porter (2-for-3, R, 4 RBI) hit a two-run double to highlight MSU’s seven-run second inning in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, and MSU got four combined innings of shutout relief from Ross Mitchell and Jonathan Holder. The bullpen came up big again in the nightcap, as Ben Bracewell and Chad Girodo combined to work four innings of scoreless relief of Kendall Graveman (6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER), and Jacob Robson (3-for-5) delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 10th. Hunter Renfroe (2-for-3, 2 R, RBI) hit his 15th homer of the season in that one. C.T. Bradford (4-for-6, 3 RBI) hit an RBI single in MSU’s three-run seventh inning Sunday, then delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 11th to win it. Jacob Lindgren (3 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) had another short outing Sunday, but Girodo (2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R) and Holder (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R) came up huge in relief once again.
May 4-5: Alabama: W 10-6, W 5-4, W 7-6 (11 innings)
May 10-12: @ Mississippi
22. VIRGINIA TECH
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 30-19, 13-14 in ACC (5-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-4.
The Hokies won a hard-fought road series at Boston College, their third straight series win. Joe Mantiply (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K) and three relievers held BC scoreless on three hits for 12 innings, and the Hokies scratched out an unearned run in the 12th to win 1-0. Ryan Burns (2-for-4, 3 RBI, 2B) led the Virginia Tech offense Saturday in support of Devin Burke (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K). Brad Markey (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision Sunday, but the Eagles rallied from behind with four runs in the eighth to beat Clark Labitan.
April 30: @ Radford: W 4-3
May 3-5: @ Boston College: W 1-0 (12 innings), W 7-5, L 5-3
May 8: High Point
May 11-12: Marist
23. SOUTH FLORIDA
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 31-16, 15-3 in Big East (0-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
The Bulls took two of three at Notre Dame and have won 17 of their last 19 games. USF, which is making its first Top 25 appearance since 1997, remains tied atop the Big East standings with Pittsburgh. The Bulls got strong pitching Friday from Jimmy Herget (7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) and five relievers (who combined to work 12 scoreless innings), and the offense finally broke through with six runs in the 19th inning to win the longest game in school history. The Bulls won their eighth consecutive extra-inning affair Saturday, as Nick Gonzalez (7 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision, and Jimmy Falla (4-for-5, RBI) delivered an RBI single to cap USF’s three-run 10th. The Irish answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame, but slugger Trey Mancini grounded out with the bases loaded to end it. Joey Lovecchio (7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) took the loss Sunday, and the Irish broke open a 4-1 game with six runs in the eighth against the USF bullpen.
April 30: Bethune-Cookman: PPD
May 1: Stetson: CCD
May 3-5: @ Notre Dame: W 8-2 (19 innings), W 4-3 (10 innings), L 10-1
May 7: Bethune-Cookman
May 10-11: @ Seton Hall
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 36-11, 15-3 in Big East (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
The Panthers have swept their last four weekend series since getting swept at South Florida in early April, and they moved into
a tie with USF atop the Big East standings this weekend. Boo Vazquez (5-for-6, R, 4 RBI, 2 2B) had a big game to lead Pitt’s 16-hit attack Friday in support of Ethan Mildren (8 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). Dylan Wolsonovich (4-for-5, 3 R, 3 RBI, HR) led a 14-hit attack Saturday behind Matt Wotherspoon (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). Stephen Vranka had two hits and two RBIs Sunday—giving him six hits on the weekend—and the Panthers got another strong start from Rhys Aldenhoven (7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K), who improved to 7-0.
April 30: @ West Virginia: W 7-6
May 1: Akron: L 6-1
May 3-5: @ Georgetown: W 8-3, W 13-3, W 6-2
May 8: Ohio
May 10-12: Villanova
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 26-16, 11-10 in Pac-12 (3-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.
The Cardinal bounced back from getting swept at Oregon with a huge road series win at Arizona State, giving Stanford five series wins in the last six weekends. Austin Wilson (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RB) led a 12-hit attack in support of Mark Appel (7.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 13 K) on Friday. Brian Ragira’s two-run single in the 11th Saturday put Stanford ahead, and Sam Lindquist (4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the frame after ASU scored a run. The Cardinal had come from behind with three in the seventh to tie it. John Hochstatter (1.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) was chased in ASU’s eight-run second inning Sunday, and Stanford’s comeback bid fell short, despite three hits apiece from Justin Ringo and Danny Diekroeger, and the first career homer for Austin Barr (a three-run shot in the seventh).
April 30: St. Mary’s: W 9-1
May 3-5: @ (8) Arizona State: W 5-3, W 9-8 (11 innings), L 11-8
May 7: San Francisco
May 10-12: (6) Oregon State
Last Week: 0-3. Overall: 25-23, 12-12 in SEC (9-11 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-6.
The Gators were swept by LSU to fall back to .500 in the SEC, with two series remaining against the last-place teams in the SEC’s two divisions (Georgia and Auburn). Jonathon Crawford (5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) was decent in a no-decision Thursday, but the Tigers broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the eighth against the UF bullpen. The Tigers scored twice in the fifth Friday to chase Bobby Poyner (4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K) and take control of the game, as the Gators were shut out on four hits by Aaron Nola. Danny Young (2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) struggled in Saturday’s blowout, and the bullpen provided no relief.
May 2-4: @ (3) Louisiana State: L 3-2, L 5-0, L 18-6
May 6: Florida A&M
May 7: Florida Atlantic
May 10-12: Auburn
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 27-19, 10-14 in SEC. (7-12 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-5.
Kentucky dropped a home series to Arkansas, its fourth series loss in the last five weeks. A.J. Reed (7.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) turned in a solid outing Friday but still fell to 2-6 on the year. The Hogs clinched the series with a 5-3 win in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, but Kentucky salvaged the finale, 4-3. The Hogs beat Corey Littrell (8 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) in the first game. Zac Zellers (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) delivered a walk-off RBI single in the second game, capping UK’s three-run rally in the ninth. Kyle Cody (7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision in that one.
May 3-4: (14) Arkansas: L 2-1, L 5-3, W 4-3
May 7: Wright State
May 10-12: (2) Vanderbilt
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 33-16, 12-12 in SEC (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-5.
Ole Miss dropped two of three at SEC West basement-dweller Auburn, the second straight series loss for the Rebels. Stuart Turner and Andrew Mistone had three hits apiece to lead Mississippi’s 13-hit attack Friday behind Bobby Wahl (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). Blake Austin (4-for-4, 2 R, RBI) led Auburn’s balanced 12-hit attack Saturday against Mike Mayers (5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER) and the Ole Miss bullpen. Auston Bousfield (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI) led the Ole Miss offense in defeat. Sikes Orvis (5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) was solid in a no-decision Sunday, but the Tigers scored four runs in the late innings against relievers Tanner Bailey and Brett Huber.
May 1: Saint Louis: W 8-7
May 3-5: @ Auburn: W 6-1, L 8-5, L 5-4
May 10-12: (21) Mississippi State