Top 25 Tracker: Stanford’s On The Climb

1. MIAMI

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 33-4, 17-2 in ACC. (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-0.

The Hurricanes went into Tallahassee and took two out of three from the rival Seminoles to seize control of the ACC. Jr. 2B Jemile Weeks (3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) singled to kick off Miami’s 10-run sixth inning Friday, the first time the ‘Canes have ever posted a double-figure inning against FSU. Three Miami relievers held the Seminoles to one hit over four scoreless innings in relief of Fr. LHP Chris Hernandez (5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER). On Saturday, Sr. RHP Enrique Garcia (5.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) failed to hold leads of 4-0 and 5-4, and the Hurricanes were held scoreless after the fourth. Jr. 1B Yonder Alonso homered twice Sunday, including his first career grand slam, to help So. LHP Eric Erickson (4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) pick up the win in his first start since being sidelined with elbow soreness a month ago. Miami closer Carlos Gutierrez struck out Tyler Holt with the tying run on third base to end the travel curfew-shortened game.

RESULTS

April 16: @ Florida Atlantic: W 12-10

April 18-20: @ (3) Florida State: W 11-4, L 9-5, W 11-10 (7 innings)

UPCOMING

April 23: Florida International

April 25-27: Virginia

2. NORTH CAROLINA

Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 34-7, 16-4 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0-1.

North Carolina swept its second straight conference series to stretch its winning streak to nine games. So. 2B Kyle Seager (2-for-2, 2 HR, 5 RBI) and So. OF Tim Fedroff (2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) led UNC’s four-homer, 13-hit attack Friday in support of So. RHP Alex White (6.2 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), who improved to 7-2 with an ACC-best 1.99 ERA. Jr. SS Garrett Gore’s two-run single highlighted UNC’s four-run sixth inning Saturday, breaking a scoreless tie and helping Jr. RHP Adam Warren (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 6 K) improve to 6-0, 3.83. Gore had two more hits and three more RBIs Sunday to help Fr. RHP Matt Harvey (5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) improve to 6-2, 2.39. The Tar Heels have a 2.15 team ERA, and their opponents have a 6.79 ERA. How’s that for dominance?

RESULTS

April 15: @ UNC Greensboro: W 14-3

April 16: Charlotte: W 5-4 (12 innings)

April 18-20: Boston College: W 12-3, W 6-0, W 8-2

UPCOMING

April 22: @ Charlotte

April 23: High Point

April 25-27: (3) Florida State

3. FLORIDA STATE

Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 34-5, 18-3 in ACC (5-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.

Florida State dropped its first weekend series of the year, as Miami came to Tallahassee and won a high-scoring three-game set. The FSU offense struck out a season-high 13 times Friday against four Miami pitchers, and the Hurricanes scored 10 times in the sixth inning to give So. LHP Matt Fairel (5.1 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) his first loss of the year. So. 2B Jason Stidham (4-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI) powered the Seminoles to overcome early deficits of 4-0 and 5-4 on Saturday, and relievers Jimmy Marshall, John Gast and Ryan Strauss combined to strike out seven and allow just one hit over five scoreless innings of relief. Jr. RHP Elih Villanueva (2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER) suffered his first loss of the season Sunday, though Jr. C Buster Posey (2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI) nearly led the Seminoles back from deficits of 8-1 and 11-3. Fr. CF Tyler Holt struck out with the tying run on third base to end a game shortened by a travel curfew. Posey leads the ACC in batting (.483), on-base percentage (.586) and slugging (.864).

RESULTS

April 15: Florida: W 4-2

April 16: North Florida: W 10-2

April 18-20: (1) Miami: L 11-4, W 9-5, L 11-10 (7 innings)

UPCOMING

April 25-27: @ (2) North Carolina

4. MISSOURI

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 28-10, 9-6 in Big 12. (6-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.

The Tigers won their second straight conference series despite being throttled in the run-rule-shortened finale on Sunday. The Tigers overcame a 4-1 deficit Friday with five runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth, led by So. 2B Greg Folgia (3-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI). Jr. RHP Aaron Crow (7.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) became the nation’s lone nine-game winner in that one. So. RHP Kyle Gibson (7 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) was hittable Saturday, but Jr. RHP Steve Gray (3-for-5, 2 RBI) delivered a game-winning RBI double in the top of the 10th. Jr. RHP Ian Berger (1 IP, 7 H, 7 ER) was pounded for the second straight week Sunday, causing his ERA to rise from 0.81 to 3.20 in just two weeks. Folgia finished with seven hits on the weekend.

RESULTS

April 16: William Woods (Mo.): W 16-9

April 18-20: @ Oklahoma: W 9-4, W 6-5 (10 innings), L 22-4 (7 innings)

UPCOMING

April 22: vs. Eastern Illinois @ O’Fallon, Mo.

April 23: vs. Southern Illinois @ O’Fallon, Mo.

April 25-27: @ (18) Texas A&M

5. STANFORD

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 21-12-1, 8-4 in Pac-10 (8-3-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-0.

Stanford went on the road and won its 11th straight weekend series to take a one-game lead over Arizona State and California in the Pac-10 at the halfway point of the conference schedule (no Pac-10 tournament). The Cardinal scored three in the first inning Friday, which was all the support necessary for Jr. RHP Austin Yount (4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER) and two relievers. Sr. DH Randy Molina’s three-run homer highlighted a six-run fifth inning Saturday in support of Sr. RHP Erik Davis (9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 13 K), who threw his fourth consecutive complete game and set a career high for strikeouts, the most by a Stanford pitcher since 2004. So. RHP Jeffrey Inman (2.1 IP, 4 H, 6 ER) had a rough outing Sunday as Stanford’s six-game winning streak—which included two midweek victories, at long last—came to an end.

RESULTS

April 14: Santa Clara: W 3-1

April 16: San Francisco: W 11-10 (11 innings)

April 18-20: @ UCLA: W 4-1, W 6-1, L 8-2

UPCOMING

April 21: @ Santa Clara

April 23: St. Mary’s

April 25-27: Southern California

6. ARIZONA STATE

Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 31-6, 7-5 in Pac-10. (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.

Arizona State dropped a home series to Oregon State for the first time ever and has lost five out of its last eight games overall. So. RHP Mike Leake (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) was in position to win Friday after the Sun Devils broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the eighth, but the Beavers answered with five in the ninth against relievers Tommy Rafferty and Reyes Dorado. The Beavers took advantage of four ASU errors Saturday to beat Sr. LHP Josh Satow (4.1 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K), and the Sun Devils mustered just one run on three hits over the first six innings against OSU freshman Tanner Robles. Jr. 3B Brett Wallace (3-for-5, 3 R, 5 RBI, HR) led a 12-hit, 13-walk attack Sunday as Arizona State held on to win a back-and-forth slugfest. Dorado started Sunday and lasted just 1.1 IP, giving up six runs.

RESULTS

April 18-20: Oregon State: L 6-4, L 12-3, W 15-12

UPCOMING

April 22-23: @ (15) Cal State Fullerton

April 25-27: (7) California

7. CALIFORNIA

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 26-10-2, 7-5 in Pac-10 (6-1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.

The Golden Bears rebounded from their first series loss of the year last week at Southern California by taking two out of three from Washington. Jr. 1B David Cooper (3-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) led the offense Friday in support of Jr. RHP Tyson Ross (7 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). Fr. RHP Kevin Miller (6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 8 K) pitched well in place of struggling Jr. LHP Craig Bennigson as the Saturday starter, but the Huskies scored five runs over the final two innings against Bennigson in relief. So. OF/RHP Blake Smith was one of eight Bears to record hits Sunday, and he picked up the win with two scoreless innings of relief, as Cal tied the game with four in the seventh and won it on Cooper’s walk-off RBI single in the ninth. Cooper is batting .392/.484/.784 with 16 homers and 46 RBIs.

RESULTS

April 15: @ Pacific: W 14-1

April 18-20: Washington: W 10-5, L 7-4, W 5-4

UPCOMING

April 22: Cal Poly

April 25-27: @ (6) Arizona State

8. NEBRASKA

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 28-7-1, 13-4-1 in Big 12 (4-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.

The Cornhuskers took two out of three from Kansas but fell 1.5 games behind Texas A&M in the Big 12. Sr. 1B Craig Corriston hit a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning Friday to make a winner out of Sr. RHP Johnny Dorn (7.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 11 K). Sr. C Mitch Abeita’s fourth-inning grand slam Saturday helped Sr. RHP Thad Weber (5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) improve to 7-2. The Jayhawks broke open a 2-1 game Sunday with three in the seventh against Jr. RHP Aaron Pribanic (6.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 8 K).

RESULTS

April 15: (7) Wichita State: W 3-0

April 18-20: Kansas: W 7-6, W 8-6, L 6-3

UPCOMING

April 22-23: vs./@ Creighton

April 25-27: @ Baylor

9. RICE

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 31-10, 13-2 in CUSA (7-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.

Don’t look now, but Rice has found its annual conference-season groove, sweeping East Carolina to stretch its winning streak to 11 games. Rice has reached double figures in hits in all 11 wins. Jr. C Adam Zornes swung a hot bat for the Owls in the four wins last week against ranked teams, going 8-for-16 with two homers, a double, 10 RBIs and four runs; he extended his hitting streak to eight games. Sr. 1B J.P. Padron is batting .424 during his current 14-game hitting streak. So. RHP Ryan Berry (5.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) improved to 5-2 Friday, and Jr. RHP Matt Langwell (9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) was even better Sunday, throwing his first career complete game. On Saturday, LHPs Matt Evers and Cole St.Clair combined to strike out five and allow just two hits over five scoreless innings of relief, and Fr. OF Chad Mozingo drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded walk in the 10th.

RESULTS

April 15: @ (19) Texas A&M: W 11-2

April 18-20: (24) East Carolina: W 10-3, W 5-4 (10 innings), W 7-1

UPCOMING

April 22: Sam Houston State

April 25-27: @ Central Florida

10. GEORGIA

Last Week: 4-0-1. Overall: 27-12-1, 14-3-1 in SEC. (9-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.

The Bulldogs won 10 straight conference games before Sunday’s series finale against Louisiana State ended in a tie because of a travel curfew. Jr. RHP Trevor Holder (6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) improved to 5-2, 2.15 in Friday’s win, and Jr. RHP Stephen Dodson (7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was even better in a no-decision Saturday. Jr. SS Gordon Beckham blasted two homers Saturday, giving him a nation-leading 19 for the year, as the Bulldogs built an 8-1 lead, but So. LHP Justin Earls gave it up in LSU’s seven-run eighth inning, forcing Georgia to cobble together the winning run in the ninth. On Sunday, it was Georgia’s turn to erase a seven-run deficit—they scored four in the seventh, one in the eighth and two in the ninth to tie the score at 10-10, where it would remain through the 12th. Sr. RHP Joshua Fields picked up the save with 1.1 scoreless IP Friday, then worked two more scoreless frames Sunday, keeping his ERA at 0.00 through 20.2 frames on the season.

RESULTS

April 15: East Tennessee State: W 9-8

April 16: Georgia State: W 7-5

April 18-20: @ Louisiana State: W 6-3, W 9-8, T 10-10 (12 innings)

UPCOMING

April 22: Kennesaw State

April 25-27: @ Florida

11. SAN DIEGO

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 31-11, 10-2 in WCC (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.

USD swept its third straight weekend series—all in conference play—and extended its season-long winning streak to 12 games. The Toreros have allowed four or fewer runs in 11 of those 12 wins. San Diego’s starting pitchers did not allow an earned run while posting a 21-2 strikeout-walk mark in 21 innings over the weekend. On Friday, Jr. LHP Brian Matusz (8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) improved to 8-1, 1.76 with a 90-18 K-BB ratio in 67 innings. Jr. LHP/OF Josh Romanski (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) improved to 7-0, 3.88 on Saturday. Fr. LHP Sammy Solis (6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) was very effective in place of Fr. RHP Kyle Blair as the Sunday starter, and Blair followed with two scoreless innings of relief. So. OF James Meador led the USD offense on the weekend, going 6-for-13 with a homer, a triple and six RBIs.

RESULTS

April 15: (5) UC Irvine: W 7-1

April 18-20: St. Mary’s: W 9-2, W 6-0, W 5-1

UPCOMING

April 22: Long Beach State

April 25-27: Loyola Marymount

12. SOUTH CAROLINA

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 29-11, 11-7 in SEC. (9-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.

The Gamecocks are 25-0 when they out-hit their opponent in 2008, and they managed more hits than the Rebels on Friday and Sunday—both South Carolina wins. The ‘Cocks have won nine of their last 10. Jr. 1B Justin Smoak went 4-for-4 Friday and Jr. 3B James Darnell smacked a third-inning grand slam against Rebels ace Lance Lynn, helping Jr. RHP Mike Cisco (6.2 IP, 8 H, 1 ER) improve to 5-1. South Carolina mustered just two runs on six hits Sunday, as Jr. LHP Will Atwood (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) took a tough-luck loss. On Sunday, So. RHP Blake Cooper (9 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) threw South Carolina’s first complete game since Wynn Pelzer’s against Evansville in the 2006 regionals. Smoak had two hits Sunday to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.

RESULTS

April 15: South Carolina-Upstate: W 14-4

April 16: @ Clemson: W 6-0

April 18-20: (16) Mississippi: W 6-2, L 5-2, W 4-1

UPCOMING

April 22: @ Furman

April 23: Wofford

April 25-27: @ Louisiana State

13. OKLAHOMA STATE

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 27-11, 11-7 in Big 12 (10-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.

The Cowboys became the first Big 12 team ever to sweep Texas on its home field and the first team to sweep UT at Disch-Falk Field since 1996, when Augie Garrido’s Cal State Fullerton team did it. The only other time OSU has swept Texas (in Stillwater) was in 1999. So. LHP Andrew Oliver (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) was excellent in a no-decision Friday, and Sr. 3B/RHP Matt Hague followed with three scoreless innings of relief in his second mound appearance of the year, then drove in the winning run on a sharp groundout in the 11th. Jr. OF Donnie Webb (3-for-6, 2 R, RBI) hit a go-ahead RBI single to cap OSU’s three-run ninth Saturday. So. RHP Tyler Blandford (1 IP, 4 ER) posted his second straight short outing Sunday, and the Cowboys trailed 8-2 through five innings before storming back with eight runs over the final two frames. Sr. 1B Rebel Ridling (3-for-5, 3 R, 5 RBI, 3B, 2 HR) led the onslaught.

RESULTS

April 15: @ Texas-Arlington: L 7-3

April 16: Mid-America Christian (Okla.): W 25-1

April 18-20: @ (20) Texas: W 2-1 (11 innings), W 8-7, W 13-10

UPCOMING

April 22: Mid-America Christian (Okla.)

April 23: (14) Wichita State

April 25-27: Kansas

14. WICHITA STATE

Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 30-7, 9-3 in MVC (0-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.

The Shockers dropped a big midweek game against Nebraska but won their eighth consecutive weekend series. Wichita State batted around against Southern Illinois ace Cody Adams in a seven-run third inning Friday to help Sr. LHP Rob Musgrave (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) pick up a complete-game shutout in a game shortened by the mercy rule. The Shockers were the ones shut out Saturday, as SIU’s Shawn Joy (9 IP, 5 H, 0 R) out-dueled Jr. RHP Aaron Shafer (9 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 12 K). Jr. OF Kenny Williams Jr. and So. SS Dusty Coleman had three hits apiece Sunday to pace Wichita’s 12-hit attack in support of Jr. LHP Anthony Capra (7.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K).

RESULTS

April 15: @ (9) Nebraska: L 3-0

April 17: Tabor (Kan.): W 10-1

April 18-20: Southern Illinois: W 10-0 (7 innings), L 3-0, W 8-3

UPCOMING

April 22: Kansas

April 23: @ (13) Oklahoma State

April 25-27: @ Indiana State

15. CAL STATE FULLERTON

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 23-13, 9-3 in Big West (6-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.

Fullerton won its fifth straight weekend series in convincing fashion, outscoring lowly Pacific 28-6 in a three-game sweep. The Titans scored in every inning except the eighth Friday, and Fr. OF Gary Brown (3-for-4, 3 R, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI) paced a 15-hit attack in support of Sr. RHP Jeff Kaplan (7.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 9 K). Sr. 2B Joel Weeks (3-for-3, 3 RBI) led the offense Saturday in support of Fr. RHP Daniel Renken (8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K). Fr. SS Christian Colon’s solo homer in the eighth inning Sunday broke a 1-1 tie and helped Jr. RHP Cory Arbiso (8 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) improve to 7-2.

RESULTS

April 15: Southern California: L 14-4

April 18-20: @ Pacific: W 15-4, W 11-1, W 2-1

UPCOMING

April 22-23: (6) Arizona State

April 25-27: UC Davis

16. UC IRVINE

Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 24-9, 6-6 in Big West (7-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.

The Anteaters dropped back-to-back games for the first time all season and are just 6-7 since starting the year 18-2. Jr. RHP Scott Gorgen struck out a career-high 14, including nine over the first four innings, and held UCR to two runs on three hits over seven innings to improve to 7-2, 2.23. He now has 281 career strikeouts, 18 shy of the school record. So. RHP Bryce Stowell (6.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) fell to 4-2 Saturday and is winless in his last four starts. So. LHP Daniel Bibona (5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER) cruised until UCR’s three-run sixth inning Sunday, and the Highlanders followed with four in the seventh against reliever Christian Bergman. Jr. SS Ben Orloff went 7-for-12 with two doubles, three stolen bases and five walks on the week.

RESULTS

April 15: @ (12) San Diego: L 7-1

April 18-20: UC Riverside: W 7-2, L 5-3, L 7-5

UPCOMING

April 22-23: @ Kansas State

April 25-27: @ New Mexico

17. VANDERBILT

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 28-11, 10-7 in SEC. (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.

The Commodores have won nine out of 10 since being swept at Mississippi. Friday’s series opener against Auburn was suspended by rain in the seventh inning and resumed after Saturday’s televised game was completed, but prior to the delay Auburn posted three runs to take a 5-3 lead against So. LHP Mike Minor (7 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 9 K). In Saturday’s regular game, Vandy did most of its damage in a four-run sixth inning, and R-Fr. RHP Caleb Cotham (8.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) dominated. Jr. RHP Nick Christiani (5 IP, 4 ER) improved to 5-1 on Sunday thanks largely to a big day from Jr. SS Ryan Flaherty (2-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR).

RESULTS

April 15: @ Lipscomb: W 8-1

April 16: @ Western Kentucky: W 5-1

April 18-20: Auburn: L 6-3, W 8-2, W 9-5

UPCOMING

April 22: @ Austin Peay State

April 23: @ Belmont

April 25-27: (22) Kentucky

18. TEXAS A&M

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 33-7, 15-3 in Big 12 (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1-1.

Texas A&M saw its 13-game winning streak end Tuesday against Rice, but it bounced back to sweep Baylor in dramatic fashion, extending its lead over Nebraska to 1.5 games in the Big 12 standings. Fr. LHP/OF Brooks Raley (7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) and Baylor ace Kendal Volz (7.1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER) matched each other in Friday’s pitcher’s duel, but the Aggies broke the 1-1 tie kin the eighth when Baylor reliever Craig Fritsch hit Jr. 1B Luke Anders to load the bases, then plunked Sr. DH Darby Brown to force in the winning run. Anders (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Brown (2-for-4, 2 R, RBI) were two of five Aggies to homer Saturday in support of Fr. RHP Barret Loux (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K). A&M trailed 7-2 heading into the seventh Sunday, 9-4 heading into the eighth, and 12-6 heading into the ninth, but Raley’s two-run single capped a six-run outburst in the ninth that tied the score, and Sr. 2B Blake Stouffer singled home the winning run in the 11th.

RESULTS

April 15: (11) Rice: L 11-2

April 18-20: vs./@/@ Baylor: W 2-1, W 11-1, W 13-12 (11 innings)

UPCOMING

April 22: Texas State

April 25-27: (4) Missouri

19. MICHIGAN

Last Week: 6-0. Overall: 28-8, 15-1 in Big Ten. (0-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

Michigan outscored Michigan State 52-14 to sweep its second straight four-game Big Ten series and stretch its winning streak to 11 games. The Wolverines opened up a three-game lead over Purdue in the conference standings. Michigan scored 77 runs in six games last week, led by Jr. SS Jason Christian (14-for-25, 2 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI) and Sr. 1B Nate Recknagel (five home runs). Recknagel has 36 homers in three years at Michigan and 16 this season, leaving him three shy of the school’s career and single-season records. Jr. RHP/DH Zach Putnam (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) improved to 4-0, 2.47 on Friday and extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games on Sunday. Michigan’s 27-run outburst Sunday marked the most runs it has scored in a game since 1995. Sr. OF Derek VanBuskirk (4-for-5, 3 HR, 9 RBI) led the onslaught.

RESULTS

April 15-16: Eastern Michigan: W 5-3, W 20-5

April 18-20: vs./@/@/vs. Michigan State: W 8-3, W 10-4 (7 innings), W 7-1 (7 innings), W 27-6

UPCOMING

April 25-27: @ Indiana

20. COASTAL CAROLINA

Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 33-7, 10-2 in Big South (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-0.

Coastal has recorded road wins against North Carolina State, Virginia and Elon during its current nine-game winning streak. Jr. RHP Bobby Gagg (8 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) and UNC Asheville ace Alan DeRatt (8 IP, 3 ER) each earned no-decisions in Friday’s pitcher’s duel, and Jr. OF David Sappelt drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded walk in the ninth. Fr. 3B Scott Woodward (3-for-3, 2 R, 5 RBI, HR) led a 15-hit attack Saturday in support of So. RHP  Nick McCully (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R). Sr. RHP Joey Haug (7 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER) turned in another strong start in a no-decision Sunday, as Sappelt’s sacrifice fly in the eighth drove in the winning run.

RESULTS

April 15: @ Virginia: W 8-3

April 16: @ Elon: W 12-0

April 18-20: UNC Asheville: W 4-3, W 10-4, W 3-2

UPCOMING

April 22: College of Charleston

April 23: Wake Forest

April 25-27: @ Virginia Military Institute

21. MISSISSIPPI

Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 25-15, 10-8 in SEC. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-4.

Since 1999, the home team has won every series between South Carolina and Mississippi, and that held true this weekend, as the Rebels dropped the road series. Jr. RHP Lance Lynn (7 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) suffered his first loss of the season on Friday after serving up a third-inning grand slam to James Darnell. Fr. LHP Drew Pomeranz (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) and Jr. RHP Scott Bittle (3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) stymied the Gamecocks on Saturday, and Jr. 3B Cody Overbeck (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) powered the Ole Miss offense. Overbeck’s solo homer in the ninth Sunday was the only run the Rebels could manage against Blake Cooper, as Jr. RHP Cody Satterwhite (6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 K) fell to 3-3.

RESULTS

April 15: @ Mississippi State: L 6-5

April 18-20: @ (14) South Carolina: L 6-2, W 5-2, L 4-1

UPCOMING

April 22: Murray State

April 23: @ Arkansas State

April 25-27: Arkansas

22. KENTUCKY

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 30-9, 9-9 in SEC (1-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.

The Wildcats improved to 24-2 at home (compared to a 4-7 mark on the road) in a hard-fought series win against Florida. Sr. OF Sawyer Carroll went 6-for-11 with three runs, six RBIs and a homer on the weekend to raise his overall line to .465/.551/.826 with 12 homers and 56 RBIs. R-Fr. SS Chris Wade’s two-run single capped Kentucky’s five-run eighth inning rally Friday. So. LHP James Paxton (1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) earned the start Saturday and was hit hard. Sr. RHP Greg Dombrowski (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) pitched well in a no-decision Sunday, and the Wildcats scored the winning run in the 10th on Sr. 1B Brian Spear’s walk-off walk with the bases loaded.

RESULTS

April 15: @ Cincinnati: W 9-4

April 16: Morehead State: W 6-5

April 18-20: Florida: W 11-7, L 13-7, W 3-2 (10 innings)

UPCOMING

April 22: @ Louisville

April 23: @ Western Kentucky

April 25-27: @ (17) Vanderbilt

23. ARIZONA

Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 25-11, 6-6 in Pac-10. (3-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.

The Wildcats have won 10 straight to climb back to .500 in the Pac-10. Jr. RHP Preston Guilmet (5.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER) was hittable Friday, but the Arizona bullpen delivered 6.2 innings of two-hit, scoreless relief to set the stage for So. PH Rafael Valenzuela’s walk-off RBI double in the 12th. Jr. 3B Brad Glenn hit a walk-off, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth Saturday to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 6-5 win. Jr. LHP Eric Berger (8 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) pitched well Sunday, but the Wildcats still needed late heroics to pull out the win, tying the game with a run in the seventh and going ahead with two in the eighth. Fr. OF Bobby Coyle (3-for-4, R, RBI) led the way.

RESULTS

April 15-16: @ New Mexico: W 10-6, W 4-2

April 18-20: Washington State: W 7-6 (12 innings), W 6-5, W 4-2

UPCOMING

April 22-23: New Mexico

April 25-27: @ Oregon State

24. NORTH CAROLINA STATE

Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 27-12, 12-8 in ACC (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2-1.

The Wolfpack improved to 12-8 in the ACC and have Virginia, Miami, Clemson and North Carolina in the rear-view mirror. Jr. RHP Clayton Shunick (5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) evened his record at 4-4, 2.44 on Friday as N.C. State scored exactly one run in every inning save the first. Jr. LHP Eric Surkamp (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, but the Hokies overcame a 3-0 deficit with two in the fifth and two in the sixth. Jr. OF Devon Cartwright’s pinch-hit RBI triple broke a 5-5 tie Sunday and opened the gates to the Wolfpack’s six-run ninth inning.

RESULTS

April 15: (24) East Carolina: W 7-6

April 16: Radford: W 11-2

April 18-20: @ Virginia Tech: W 8-2, L 4-3, W 11-5

UPCOMING

April 23: @ UNC Greensboro

April 25-27: Boston College

25. LONG BEACH STATE

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 23-14, 5-4 in Big West. (10-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.

After losing 10 of their previous 12, the Dirtbags recovered to win four games last week and trail first-place Cal State Fullerton by just one game in the loss column. Jr. SS Danny Espinosa (4-for-6, 3 R, 5 RBI, HR) and Sr. 3B Brandon Godfrey (3-for-4, 2 R, 6 RBI, 2B, HR) paced LBSU’s 20-hit attack Friday in support of Sr. RHP Andrew Liebel (8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K). Fr. OF Jonathan Jones and Jr. 1B Shane Peterson had three hits apiece to lead an 18-hit barrage Saturday, as Jr. RHP Vance Worley (8 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) improved to 5-2. Sunday’s offensive leader was So. OF Steve Tinoco (3-for-4, R, RBI), as Fr. RHP Jake Thompson (6.1 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) won for the first time since March 2 against Wichita State.

RESULTS

April 15: (23) Pepperdine: W 10-0

April 18-20: @ Cal State Northridge: W 16-2, W 9-2, W 4-1

UPCOMING

April 22: (11) San Diego

April 25-27: Pacific

DROPPED OUT


TEXAS (20)

Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 23-16, 8-10 in Big 12 (3-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-4.

Texas was swept at home by a Big 12 team for the first time ever. The last time it was swept at Disch-Falk Field was 1996, when Augie Garrido’s Cal State Fullerton team did it. The Longhorns have lost consecutive conference series and six of their last seven games overall, and they trail Big 12 leader Texas A&M by seven games in the loss column. Fr. RHP Chance Ruffin (10 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) turned in an exceptionally efficient 104-pitch outing in a no-decision Friday, but the Cowboys scratched across the winning run in the 11th. Fr. RHP Brandon Workman (0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K) had another short, rough start Saturday, and Texas stormed back to take a 7-4 lead only to blow it over the final two innings. Jr. OFs Kyle Russell (2-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR) and Jordan Danks (4-for-4, 4 R, 2 RBI, 3 2B, 3B) helped Texas build an 8-2 lead through five innings Sunday, but Jr. LHP Austin Wood (5 IP, 5 H, 5 ER) and the Texas bullpen—including Workman and Ruffin—couldn’t hold it, and OSU scored eight times over the final two innings.

RESULTS

April 16: Texas-Arlington: L 4-3

April 18-20: (18) Oklahoma State: L 2-1 (11 innings), L 8-7, L 13-10

UPCOMING

April 22: @ Baylor

April 23: Texas-San Antonio

April 25-27: @ Kansas State

PEPPERDINE (23)

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 25-13, 8-3 in WCC (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1-1.

Pepperdine won its third straight conference series but now trails San Diego by 1.5 games in the WCC. The Waves left the bases loaded with one out in the 10th Friday before Loyola Marymount got the winning run in the bottom of the inning. Pepperdine scored 11 runs in the first Saturday en route to 22 runs on 21 hits, led by Jr. OF Eric Thames (4-for-6, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR) and Jr. SS Chase d’Arnaud (4-for-5, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2 2B, HR). D’Arnaud had three more hits including another homer Sunday and Jr. 3B Bryce Mendonca went 4-for-6 in support of Fr. LHP Matt Bywater (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R). Still no sign of injured ace righty Brett Hunter over the weekend for Pepperdine, but the Waves are off next weekend for exams.

RESULTS

April 15: @ Long Beach State: L 10-0

April 18-20: @ Loyola Marymount: L 6-5 (10 innings), W 22-3, W 10-1

UPCOMING

No games.

EAST CAROLINA (24)

Last Week: 1-4. Overall: 27-13, 8-7 in CUSA (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.

The Pirates dropped four road games on the week, including three against CUSA superpower Rice. Sr. RHP T.J. Hose (5 IP, 9 H, 5 ER) dropped to 2-4 in Friday’s blowout. ECU overcame an early 4-1 deficit to force extra innings Saturday behind the bat of Jr. 2B Ryan Wood (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, but Sr. LHP Josh Ruhlman walked in the winning run in the 10th. Jr. RHP Justin Bristow (4 IP, 9 H, 5 ER) fell to 5-2 on Sunday, and Sr. C Corey Kemp saw his hitting streak snapped at 16 games.

RESULTS

April 15: @ North Carolina State: L 7-6

April 16: The Citadel: W 4-3 (10 innings)

April 18-20: @ (11) Rice: L 10-3, L 5-4 (10 innings), L 7-1

UPCOMING

April 22: UNC Wilmington

April 23: @ Campbell

April 25-26: Presbyterian

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