Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 41-6, 22-3 in ACC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 12-0.
Miami powered its way to its 15th straight weekend series win, slugging nine home runs in three games. Jr. CF Blake Tekotte (6-for-11, 3 HR, 2B, 5 R, 4 RBI) led the way, slugging all three of his homers Friday in support of Fr. LHP Chris Hernandez (6.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), who improved to 9-0, 2.70 with 80-14 K-BB in 77 IP. An ugly Sunday forecast caused the teams to play a doubleheader Saturday, which they split. The Hokies overcame a 6-3 deficit with three runs over the seventh and eighth innings against So. LHP Eric Erickson (6.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) and Jr. RHP Carlos Gutierrez (1.1 IP, 2 ER) in the first game. So. 3B Mark Sobolewski (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) and Jr. OF Dennis Raben (2-for-4, R, 4 RBI, HR) led a 15-hit attack in support of Sr. RHP Enrique Garcia (8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) in the nightcap.
May 9-10: @ Virginia Tech: W 12-4, L 7-6, W 9-2
May 13: North Florida
May 15-17: (2) North Carolina
2. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 42-9, 20-6 in ACC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-0-1.
UNC won its first four games since returning from an eight-day break for exams, then dropped Sunday’s rain-shortened series finale against Virginia. Even so, the Tar Heels won their first series against the Cavaliers since 2005, and they matched the 1983 Heels for the best 50-game record in school history with Saturday’s win. So. 1B Dustin Ackley (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B) led a 12-hit attack Friday in support of So. RHP Alex White (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 8 K). Sr. RHP Rob Wooten (4.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) set a career high for innings and strikeouts in relief of Jr. RHP Adam Warren (4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) on Saturday. The Cavs scored twice in the bottom of the sixth Sunday before heavy rains suspended play and eventually gave UVa. a 5-4 win. Ackley went 5-for-9 on the weekend and 10-for-19 on the week to raise his average to a team-best .400, fourth-best in the ACC.
May 6-7: North Florida: W 9-2, W 11-5
May 9-11: @ Virginia: W 9-3, W 5-2, L 5-4 (6 innings)
May 13: Winthrop
May 15-17: @ (1) Miami
3. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 40-9, 12-6 in Pac-10. (12-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Sun Devils won the first two games of their three-game set against Loyola Marymount to reach the 40-win plateau for the fifth time in the last six years. Jr. 3B Brett Wallace (2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI) led a balanced 14-hit attack Saturday in support of So. RHP Mike Leake (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), who improved to 8-1 three days after working 2.1 innings for a save against Wichita State. Wallace (2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) led the offense again Sunday in support of Sr. LHP Josh Satow (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER).
May 6: @ Kansas State: L 7-6
May 7: @ (14) Wichita State: W 6-1
May 10-11: Loyola Marymount: W 9-5, W 11-3
May 12: Loyola Marymount
May 16-18: Washington
4. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 43-8, 22-5 in ACC (6-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
The Seminoles scored in 17 of the 18 innings they came to the plate while run-ruling Savannah State in each of the first three games of a four-game set, which concludes Monday. Jr. C Buster Posey (7-for-8, 8 R, 8 RBI, 3 2B, HR) had a monstrous weekend and is now batting .471/.570/.843 with 15 homers, 20 doubles and 62 RBIs. Fr. 3B Stuart Tapley (8-for-9, 6 R, 8 RBI, 2 2B, 2 HR) might have had an even bigger weekend than Posey and raised his average to .405. FSU also got strong outings from So. LHP Matt Fairel (5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) and Jr. RHP Elih Villanueva (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) in the first two games.
May 5: @ Clemson: W 4-2
May 7: Jacksonville: L 7-6
May 9-11: Savannah State: W 23-4 (7 innings), W 19-2 (7 innings), W 24-4 (7 innings)
May 12: Savannah State
May 15-17: (20) North Carolina State
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 38-9-1, 17-6-1 in Big 12 (6-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
Nebraska won an intense, competitive series against Texas A&M to draw within 1.5 games of the Aggies in the Big 12, with one conference weekend remaining. Sr. 1B Craig Corriston’s RBI groundout in the bottom of the ninth forced extra innings Friday, and the Cornhusker bullpen followed with six scoreless innings of relief until the Aggies scored three in the 16th against Jr. LHP Dan Jennings. After rain postponed Saturday’s game, Nebraska overcame an 8-4 deficit in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader with five runs in the ninth, capped by Sr. C Mitch Abeita’s walk-off RBI single. Nebraska trailed 9-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth in the finale but scored three runs in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to win it. Sr. CF Bryce Nimmo (4-for-6, 3B, 4 RBI) led the onslaught.
May 9-11: (9) Texas A&M: L 6-3 (16 innings), W 9-8, W 13-10
May 13: @ Creighton
May 16-18: (15) Missouri
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 39-11, 18-3 in CUSA (8-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
Rice swept crosstown rival Houston to clinch the Conference USA regular-season title outright for the third straight year. The Owls have won 13 straight conference championships dating back to 1996 (regular-season or tournament). Notoriously streaky Jr. OF Aaron Luna (8-for-13, 5 R, 10 RBI, 2 2B, 2 HR) has gotten hot for Rice, raising his season line to .344/.438/.541 with eight homers and 48 RBIs. So. 3B Diego Seastrunk (10-for-15, 5 R, 7 RBI, 2B) also had a big weekend for the Owls, who pounded out 44 hits in three games. Rice also got strong pitching from So. RHP Ryan Berry (7 IP, 9 H, 3 ER), Sr. RHP Chris Kelley (6.2 IP, 8 H, 1 ER) and Jr. RHP Matt Langwell (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER).
May 6: Texas State: W 9-1
May 7: (10) Oklahoma State: W 4-2
May 9-11: Houston: W 13-6, W 8-1, W 12-6
May 15-16: @ (25) Tulane
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 33-17-1, 19-7-1 in SEC. (11-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-3.
For the third time this year, the Bulldogs dropped Game One of a conference series but stormed back to win the series, and they clinched the SEC’s regular-season title in the process. Jr. RHP Trevor Holder (6 IP, 12 H, 10 ER) was lit up Friday as the Commodores scored seven runs after the sixth inning. The Bulldogs scored two in the ninth to force extra innings Saturday, and Jr. 1B Rich Poythress doubled home Jr. SS Gordon Beckham with the go-ahead run in the 10th. Sr. OF Matt Olson (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) and So. OF Matt Cerione (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) helped Georgia build a 12-4 lead at the seventh-inning stretch Sunday, and the Bulldogs held off Vandy’s late surge.
May 7: Georgia Tech: L 11-1
May 9-11: @ (18) Vanderbilt: L 13-7, W 4-2 (10 innings), W 12-10
May 13: vs. Georgia Tech @ Turner Field
May 15-17: Alabama
8. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 32-17, 15-6 in Big West (8-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
The Titans won their eighth straight weekend series to maintain their 1.5-game Big West lead over UC Riverside. Jr. PH Brian Wilson hit tie-breaking two-run homer in the eighth inning Friday, and So. CF Josh Fellhauer followed with a solo shot one batter later to help Sr. RHP Jeff Kaplan (8.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) win his sixth straight decision. Fr. RHP Daniel Renken (2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER) lost his third straight outing in Saturday’s blowout. Jr. C Dustin Garneau (3-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 2B) and Fr. OF Gary Brown (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B) led Fullerton’s 14-hit attack in Sunday’s slugfest, helping Jr. RHP Cory Arbiso (6 IP, 11 H, 7 ER) improve to 10-2.
May 6: Pepperdine: W 9-1
May 9-11: Cal Poly: W 6-4, L 11-4, W 12-9
May 15-17: San Diego State
9. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 42-10, 19-5 in Big 12 (4-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2-1.
After winning Friday’s 16-inning epic at Nebraska, the Aggies lost a pair of heartbreakers in Sunday’s doubleheader and failed to clinch the Big 12 regular-season title. After Nebraska pushed across a run in the bottom of the ninth against Jr. RHP Kyle Thebeau to force extra innings Friday, So. RHP Travis Starling threw eight shutout innings of relief—doubling his longest career outing. That set the stage for the 16th, when the Aggies loaded the bases on three infield hits and Sr. 3B Dane Carter delivered a game-winning, three-run double with two outs. The Aggies led 8-4 in the first game Sunday before the Cornhuskers took advantage of two A&M errors to score five in the bottom of the ninth against Thebeau. The Aggies blew a 9-4 lead in the finale, as Nebraska scored three runs in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
May 6: @ Sam Houston State: W 13-9
May 9-11: @ (5) Nebraska: W 6-3 (16 innings), L 9-8, L 13-10
May 13: @ Texas-Arlington
May 16-18: @/vs./vs. Texas
10. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 37-14, 16-8 in Big 12 (11-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
By winning the first two games against Texas Tech, the Cowboys stretched their Big 12 winning streak to eight games and captured their fifth straight conference series. So. LHP Andrew Oliver (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) pitched well in a no-decision Friday, and Jr. SS/RHP Jordy Mercer (3-for-4) delivered a game-winning RBI single in the eighth, then worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his eighth save. Mercer was one of eight Cowboys to record multiple hits Saturday in support of So. LHP Tyler Lyons (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). Ten different Cowboys got into the hit column in Sunday’s slugfest, but the Red Raiders rapped out 22 hits of their own and came from behind with four runs over the final two innings against Mercer.
May 7: @ (7) Rice: L 4-2
May 9-11: Texas Tech: W 3-2, W 13-3, L 12-10
May 13: Western Illinois
May 16-18: vs. Oklahoma @ Tulsa and Oklahoma City
11. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 39-15, 16-5 in WCC (8-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
The Toreros claimed at least a share of the West Coast Conference regular-season championship with a win Friday before dropping the final two games of the series at San Francisco. They’re off next week but will host the best-of-three WCC championship series the following weekend. Jr. LHP Brian Matusz (8.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 14 K) carried a shutout into the ninth Friday and improved to 10-2, 2.05 with 122-20 K-BB in 88 IP. Jr. LHP/CF Josh Romanski (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) was denied his 10th win of the season Saturday when the Dons scored five unearned runs in the eighth against Jr. LHP Ricardo Pecina. Freshmen RHP Kyle Blair (1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER) and LHP Sammy Solis (2.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER) were both hit hard in Sunday’s blowout.
May 6: @ UCLA: W 5-3
May 9-11: @ San Francisco: W 4-2, L 6-3, L 14-3
12. UC IRVINE
Last Week:Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 33-13, 10-8 in Big West (7-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
Though the Anteaters won their third straight weekend series, they failed to sweep either of the Big West’s bottom two teams, Cal State Northridge and Pacific, rendering their conference title hopes remote. Jr. RHP Scott Gorgen (8 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) became UC Irvine’s all-time strikeout king Friday while improving to 10-2, 1.79 on the season. Trailing 8-0 in the seventh Saturday, the ‘Eaters scored four in the seventh and five more in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, only to lose in the 10th. UCI mustered just four hits Sunday in support of So. LHP Daniel Bibona (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), but Jr. CF Ollie Linton doubled home the winning run in the eighth.
May 6: @ UC Riverside: W 10-4
May 9-11: Pacific: W 9-1, L 10-9 (10 innings), W 2-1
May 13: UCLA
May 14: Loyola Marymount
May 16-18: @ UC Davis
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 32-16-2, 11-10 in Pac-10 (8-5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
Cal won two of three at rival Stanford and has now won three of its last four weekend series (including sets against Washington and Arizona). Jr. RHP Tyson Ross (8.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) cruised until allowing two runs in the bottom of the ninth Friday, but Jr. OF Charlie Cutler (2-for-4, 2 RBI) delivered a game-winning RBI single in the 10th. Cutler had two more hits Saturday in support of Jr. LHP Craig Bennigson (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K), and Cal scored three in the seventh to make him a winner. Fr. RHP Kevin Miller (4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER) suffered his first career loss Sunday in relief of So. LHP Chris Petrini (3.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER).
May 6: UC Davis: W 13-4
May 9-11: @ (6) Stanford: W 4-3 (10 innings), W 5-2, L 8-5
May 13: @ UC Davis
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 29-18-1, 11-7 in Pac-10 (9-5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-1.
Stanford saw its 13-series winning streak snapped at home by rival California. Jr. RHP/3B Austin Yount (7.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) turned in another strong outing in a no-decision Friday, as Stanford scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to tie it, only to lose in the 10th. Sr. RHP Erik Davis (7.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) fell to 7-2 in Saturday’s loss, as the Bears overcame a 2-1 deficit with three in the seventh. Jr. 1B Brent Milleville’s fifth-inning grand slam helped So. RHP Jeffrey Inman (6.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) improve to 7-2 in Sunday’s finale.
May 5: Pacific: W 7-2
May 6: @ San Francisco: L 13-9
May 9-11: (16) California: L 4-3 (10 innings), L 5-2, W 8-5
May 12: Santa Clara
May 17-19: @ Arizona
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 34-17, 13-11 in Big 12. (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
The Tigers won two of three at Kansas to remain in fourth place in the Big 12. Jr. RHP Aaron Crow (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 11 K) turned in his strongest outing in more than a month Friday, improving to 11-0, 2.82 with 103-29 K-BB in 83 IP. After rain postponed Saturday’s game, the Jayhawks broke a 6-6 tie in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader with a run in the ninth against Jr. LHP Scooter Hicks. So. C Trevor Coleman (3-for-4, 4 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) led the offense in support of So. RHP Kyle Gibson (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) in the finale.
May 6: Creighton: W 5-4
May 7: Missouri State: CCD
May 9-11: @ Kansas: W 5-3, L 7-6, W 12-1 (7 innings)
May 16-18: (5) Nebraska
16. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 35-16, 15-11 in SEC (8-6-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.
By sweeping the final regular-season series at venerable Alex Box Stadium, the Tigers put themselves in great shape to send the Box out with a home regional. LSU has won 12 straight games for the first time since the 2000 team won 13 straight at the end of its national championship run, and the Tigers have swept three consecutive conference series for the first time since their 1991 title team did it. LSU leads the SEC West by 1.5 games with one series remaining at Auburn. So. OF Jared Mitchell (4-for-5, 4 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) led LSU’s 21-hit barrage Friday, and So. 2B Ryan Schimpf (4-for-4, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR) paced a 16-hit attack Saturday in support of Jr. LHP Blake Martin (7 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). Sr. RHP Jared Bradford (6 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) moved into the rotation Sunday and improved to 9-4, 4.11.
May 9-11: Mississippi State: W 15-6, W 16-4, W 9-6
May 13: vs. New Orleans @ Metairie, La.
May 15-17: @ Auburn
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 38-11, 23-4 in Big Ten. (0-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0-1.
By sweeping three games at Minnesota, the Wolverines clinched their third straight Big Ten championship and their conference-record 35th title overall. The last time Michigan won three straight Big Ten titles was 1948-50. Jr. RHP/DH Zach Putnam sat out the weekend with strep throat, but Sr. RHP Chris Fetter (8.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 10 K) filled in nicely as the Friday starter, and Sr. C Nate Recknagel supported him with three hits, including his 19th homer of the season, tying Casey Close’s 22-year-old school record. After Saturday’s doubleheader was washed out, Jr. RHP Michael Powers (5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) picked up the win in relief in Sunday’s first game, as the Wolverines broke a 5-5 tie with six runs in the ninth. So. 1B Mike Dufek went 4-for-9 with two homers and eight RBIs during the doubleheader sweep.
May 7: @ Ball State: W 15-8
May 9-11: @ Minnesota: W 4-2, CCD, W 11-5, W 12-8
May 13: vs. Notre Dame @ Grand Rapids, Mich.
May 15-17: Northwestern
18. ST. JOHN’S
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 39-11, 18-6 in Big East (0-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-0-1.
St. John’s won its eighth straight weekend series and leads the Big East by 1.5 games over Notre Dame with one conference weekend remaining. Sr. SS Jeff Grantham went 6-for-8 with four RBIs in the Red Storm’s doubleheader sweep Saturday, and he capped the day with a walk-off homer in the 10th inning of the nightcap. Jr. LHP Scott Barnes (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) ensured no late heroics were necessary in the opener. Sr. LHP George Brown (7.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER) was strong in a no-decision in Game Two. South Florida broke open a 3-2 game with six runs in the ninth Sunday.
May 6: Iona: W 4-2 (7 innings), W 15-2 (7 innings)
May 9-11: South Florida: W 8-1, W 4-3 (10 innings), L 9-2
May 15-17: @ Villanova
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 37-15, 15-11 in SEC. (5-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-4.
The Commodores—defending SEC regular-season champions—narrowed Georgia’s conference lead to two games with a win Friday, but the Bulldogs won the next two games to clinch the conference title. Sr. CF David Macias (3-for-4, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2B, HR) and Sr. RF Dominic de la Osa (2-for-4, 3 R, 4 RBI, 3B, HR) paced Vandy’s 15-hit attack Friday in support of So. LHP Mike Minor (5.1 IP, 9 H, 3 ER). Jr. 3B Pedro Alvarez homered in Vandy’s two-run fourth Saturday, and R-Fr. RHP Caleb Cotham (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K) made it stand up through seven, but the Bulldogs scored two in the ninth to tie it and two in the 10th to win it. Jr. RHP Nick Christiani (5.1 IP, 12 H, 10 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) was hit hard Sunday, but Vandy cut a 12-4 lead down to 12-10 over the final three innings before running out of gas. Alvarez went 4-for-5 with a double and a triple in the finale.
May 6: vs. Memphis @ Jackson, Tenn.: W 8-0
May 7: Tennessee Tech: W 7-2
May 9-11: (11) Georgia: W 13-7, L 4-2 (10 innings), L 12-10
May 15-17: @ Florida
20. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 35-16, 17-9 in ACC (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2-2.
The Wolfpack won its fifth consecutive conference series by taking two out of three at Maryland. Jr. RHP Clayton Shunick (6 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) fell to 6-5, 2.48 in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Jr. OF Marcus Jones (4-for-6, 2 2B, RBI) and Jr. C Nick Stanley (3-for-5, 3 R, 4 RBI, HR) led a 14-hit attack in the nightcap in support of Fr. RHP Jake Buchanan (9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K), who replaced Jr. LHP Eric Surkamp in the rotation. Stanley and Jones were two of six players to record multiple hits for N.C. State in Sunday’s finale.
May 6: @ Campbell: W 6-3
May 7: @ UNC Wilmington: L 3-2 (11 innings)
May 9-11: @ Maryland: L 6-2, W 12-1, W 17-8
May 13: North Carolina A&T
May 15-17: @ (4) Florida State
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 38-14, 14-13 in SEC (3-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.
The rollercoaster year continues for the Wildcats, who won their second straight road series after being swept at home by LSU last weekend. This time, Kentucky brought the brooms to Tennessee. Sr. OF Collin Cowgill (3-for-4, R, 3 RBI, HR) hit a tie-breaking two-run single in the eighth inning Friday to help Jr. LHP Chris Rusin (7.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) improve to 5-2. Sr. RHP Aaron Lovett (6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) picked up the win Saturday in relief of So. LHP James Paxton (2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER), who left with a lingering Achilles injury. Jr. 3B Chris McClendon (4-for-5, 4 R, 3 RBI, 3 2B) led Kentucky’s 16-hit barrage in Sunday’s laugher.
May 6: Wright State: W 21-3
May 9-11: @ Tennessee: W 5-3, W 5-2, W 20-5
May 12: vs. Murray State @ Paducah, Ky.
May 15-17: Mississippi
22. WICHITA STATE
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 38-14, 16-5 in MVC (0-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-1.
The Shockers won their 11th straight weekend series but dropped the middle game to last-place Evansville to move into a tie with Missouri State atop the MVC standings with one conference weekend remaining. The Shockers and Purple Aces combined to make 11 errors in Friday’s ugly affair, as Sr. LHP Rob Musgrave yielded five unearned runs over 5.2 IP but still improved to 8-1 with help from three WSU homers. Wichita State mustered just three hits Saturday in support of Jr. RHP Aaron Shafer (7.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). After a four-hour pre-game rain delay Sunday, So. OFs Ryan Jones (3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI) and Brett Bascue (3-for-4, 2B, HR, 6 RBI) led a 16-hit barrage in support of Jr. LHP Anthony Capra (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER).
May 6: Central Arkansas: L 10-9
May 7: (3) Arizona State: L 6-1
May 9-11: @ Evansville: W 15-8, L 6-3, W 16-3 (7 innings)
May 13: Oral Roberts
May 15-17: Bradley
23. COASTAL CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 41-11, 15-3 in Big South (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
Coastal swept High Point to secure at least a share of its 11th Big South regular-season crown. After going 0-for-5 in Friday’s opener, Jr. 1B/RHP David Anderson went bananas in the final two games of the series, going 8-for-10 with five homers and nine RBIs as the Chanticleers rapped out 36 hits, including 10 homers, in two games. Sr. OF Tommy Baldridge delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 11th to win Friday’s game, even though ace RHP Bobby Gagg missed the game with an oblique strain. Fr. LHP Cody Wheeler (6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) and So. RHP Austin Fleet (5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER) turned in solid starts Saturday and Sunday.
May 9-11: High Point: W 7-6 (11 innings), W 17-8, W 12-3
May 15-17: @ Radford
24. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 2-0. Overall: 35-16, 16-5 in MWC (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.
TCU won the first two games of its three-game series against Texas-Pan American and will try to extend its winning streak to seven games Monday, its final tuneup before its regular-season finale against New Mexico, which is tied with the Horned Frogs atop the MWC standings. TCU mustered just three hits Saturday but scored four runs in the sixth inning with help from two walks and an error, and flame-throwing Jr. RHP Andrew Cashner (4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) picked up the win in relief. The Frogs exploded for 15 hits Sunday, led by Jr. 2B Ben Carruthers (3-for-4, 2B, 3B, RBI) and Sr. OF Steve Ellington (2-for-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI).
May 10-11: Texas-Pan American: W 4-3, W 13-3
May 12: Texas-Pan American
May 15-17: @ New Mexico
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 36-15, 13-6 in CUSA (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2-1.
Tulane has won four consecutive weekend series, book-ended by series wins against Southern Mississippi and a sweep at East Carolina. Jr. 2B Seth Henry (3-for-5, R, RBI) led a 12-hit attack Friday to help Jr. RHP Shooter Hunt (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) improve to 9-1, 1.97 with 105-42 K-BB in 78 IP. Henry went 4-for-5 with two RBIs in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, and So. RHP Preston Claiborne (4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) picked up the win in relief. Fr. 3B/RHP Rob Segedin (2-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2B, HR) led Tulane’s four-homer attack in the nightcap, and Fr. RHP Nick Pepitone (3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R) picked up the win in relief.
May 6: New Orleans: L 9-8
May 7: @ Southern: W 10-3
May 9-11: @ East Carolina: W 5-4, W 10-8, W 10-8
May 15-16: (6) Rice
SOUTH CAROLINA (17)
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 34-18, 13-14 in SEC. (9-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-4.
The Gamecocks have lost four of their five SEC road series this year and been swept in three of them. South Carolina dropped to 4-11 against Arkansas since 2003, Dave Van Horn’s first year in Fayetteville. Jr. LHP Will Atwood (6.1 IP, 13 H, 7 R, 6 ER) moved into the Friday starter spot and was hit hard, and R-Fr. RHP Parker Bangs (2.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) served up a walk-off grand slam to pinch-hitter Jacob House in the bottom of the ninth. Sr. RHP Nick Godwin (6.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER) moved into the rotation and took the loss Saturday, as Arkansas scored four in the seventh. So. RHP Blake Cooper (7.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) was solid in defeat Sunday, but the Gamecocks were held scoreless until Jr. 3B James Darnell hit a two-run homer in the ninth. The weekend dropped South Carolina to fifth place in the SEC’s Eastern Division.
May 7: @ Wofford: W 10-5
May 9-11: @ Arkansas: L 12-11, L 6-3, L 4-2
May 13: The Citadel
May 15-17: Tennessee