Top 25 Tracker: Week Eight

1. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week:
5-1. Overall: 29-2, 11-1 in ACC. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0.

After finishing its series win against Clemson last week, the Tar Heels kept rolling with a series sweep of Maryland. Skye Bolt (3-for-4, 2B, 5 RBI) and Cody Stubbs (2-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI) led the UNC offense Friday behind Kent Emanuel (8 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). The Tar Heels erased a 3-2 deficit with three runs in the fourth Saturday, and four UNC relievers worked a combined 5.1 innings of scoreless relief, led by Chris McCue (3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K). Stubbs and Colin Moran each homered and drove in three Sunday, and Trent Thornton (4.1 IP, 7 H, 0 R) improved to 7-0 with quality relief of Hobbs Johnson (4.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER).

RESULTS
April 1: Clemson: W 6-2, L 5-4
April 3: @ UNC Wilmington: W 10-0
April 5-7: Maryland: W 12-4, W 5-3, W 8-4

UPCOMING
April 9: @ Elon
April 10: Liberty
April 12-14: @ Virginia Tech

2. VANDERBILT
Last Week:
4-0. Overall: 29-4, 11-1 in SEC. (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-0.

The Commodores swept a big road series at Ole Miss to run their winning streak to 10 games and improve to 11-1 in the SEC—their best start ever in conference play. The Commodores tied the score Friday with an unearned run in the fifth against Bobby Wahl, then scored single runs in the eighth and ninth against Tanner Bailey en route to a 3-1 win. Kevin Ziomek (7.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) improved to 6-1 for Vandy, and Brian Miller (1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R) earned his ninth save. Mike Yastrzemski scored the go-ahead run on Spencer Navin’s sacrifice fly in the eighth. Tony Kemp (3-for-5, R) led Vandy’s 10-hit attack Saturday behind Tyler Beede (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 K), who improved to 8-0. Yastrzemski, Connor Harrell and Vince Conde had three hits apiece Sunday, and Navin went 4-for-4 with two RBIs. After the Rebels scored twice in the ninth against Miller to force extra innings, Harrell doubled and scored the winning run in the 11th.

RESULTS
April 2: Middle Tennessee State: W 12-3
April 5-7: @ (17) Mississippi: W 3-1, W 2-1, W 7-6 (11 innings)

UPCOMING
April 9: Tennessee-Martin
April 12-14: Missouri

3. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week:
4-0. Overall: 30-2, 11-1 in SEC. (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.

LSU outscored Kentucky 31-6 in a dominating three-game sweep. The Tigers have won 12 straight games overall; their 30-2 record is the best 32-game record in school history, and they are off to an 11-1 start in the SEC for the first time since 1997. The Tigers broke a 1-1 tie Friday with four runs in the fifth against A.J. Reed, then extended the lead with three runs in each of the next two innings en route to an 11-1 win. JaCoby Jones (3-for-5, R, 2 RBI, 2B) led the LSU offense in support of Aaron Nola (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K). Alex Bregman extended his hitting sreak to 18 games with an RBI triple in the seventh. Bregman (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI, 2B) led LSU’s 16-hit barrage Saturday behind Ryan Eades (8.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). Bregman’s two-run triple and Jones’ two-run homer highlighted LSU’s five-run first Sunday in support of Cody Glenn (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER).

RESULTS
April 2: Alcorn State: W 7-3
April 3: vs. Southern Mississippi @ Metairie, La.: PPD
April 5-7: (7) Kentucky: W 11-1, W 9-1, W 11-4

UPCOMING
April 9: vs. Southern @ Metairie, La.
April 10: Southern
April 12-14: @ (10) Arkansas

4. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week:
4-0. Overall: 28-4, 6-0 in Big West. (6-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0.

The Titans allowed just four runs in a three-game sweep at UC Davis, their fourth straight series sweep. The Titans have won 11 straight road games and seven straight games overall. Thomas Eshelman (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) extended his career-opening walk-free streak to 58 innings in the Titans’ 3-0 win Friday. Richy Pedroza’s two-run single highlighted Fullerton’s three-run ninth Saturday, leading the Titans to a come-from-behind 4-2 win. Justin Garza (7.1 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was solid in a no-decision. Pedroza (3-for-4, 2 R, 2B) and Michael Lorenzen (2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI) led the offense Sunday in support of Grahamm Wiest (7.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K).

RESULTS
April 2: @ (10) UCLA: W 9-6
April 5-7: @ UC Davis: W 3-0, W 4-2, W 5-2

UPCOMING
April 9: Southern California
April 12-14: UC Santa Barbara

5. VIRGINIA
Last Week:
4-0. Overall: 29-3, 11-3 in ACC (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0.

The Cavaliers remained unbeaten in weekend series, clinching a road set at Wake Forest with wins in the first two games (the finale is Monday). The Cavaliers were down 6-2 heading into the ninth inning Saturday, but three straight walks loaded the bases, eventually leading to Mike Papi’s game-winning grand slam with two outs and two strikes. Reed Gragnani’s two-run homer in the eighth broke a 6-6 tie Sunday, and Austin Young (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K) earned the win with strong relief. Kyle Crockett followed with 1.2 scoreless innings to pick up his sixth save.

RESULTS
April 2: @ Liberty: W 2-0
April 3: Virginia Military Institute: W 8-6
April 5-7: @ Wake Forest: W 7-6, W 8-6

UPCOMING
April 8: @ Wake Forest
April 10: Radford
April 12-14: @ (20) Georgia Tech

6. OREGON STATE
Last Week:
3-1. Overall: 25-5, 7-2 in Pac-12 (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.

The Beavers won a big road series at UCLA and sit alone atop the Pac-12 by percentage points over Oregon. Brian Carroll’s RBI single in the seventh against Matt Boyd (6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) proved to be the game-winner Friday, as Boyd took his first loss of the season, falling to 6-1. The Beavers evened the series with a 5-0 win Saturday behind Andrew Moore (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K), who improved to 6-1. Joey Janson and Andy Peterson had two hits and two RBIs apiece for the Beavers, who rapped out 10 hits even though 3-4-5 hitters Michael Conforto, Dylan Davis and Danny Hayes went a combined 0-for-13. Conforto, Davis and Ryan Barnes had two hits apiece to lead the offense Sunday behind Ben Wetzler (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K).

RESULTS
May 2: Portland: W 7-5
May 5-7: @ (10) UCLA: L 3-2, W 5-0, W 5-2

UPCOMING
April 9: (16) Oregon
April 12-14: Utah

7. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week:
3-1. Overall: 27-5, 10-5 in ACC (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.

The Seminoles rebounded from a series loss at Virginia Tech by taking two of three at Miami. The Seminoles erased a 2-0 deficit Friday with two runs in the eighth, then scored two more in the ninth to win 4-2. Luke Weaver (5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) moved into the Friday starter job and took a no-decision for the Seminoles, who got four combined innings of one-hit, scoreless relief from Gage Smith and Robby Coles. Giovanny Alfonzo’s RBI double off Eric Nedeljkovic provided the go-ahead run in the ninth. Bryan Radziewski (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K) and Eric Whaley combined on a six-hit shutout, leading the Hurricanes to a 6-0 win, leveling the series. Brandon Leibrandt (4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) fell to 4-3 for FSU, which was shut out by Miami for the first time since 2004. Scott Sitz (8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was masterful in Sunday’s rubber game, improving to 6-0, 0.57 on the season.

RESULTS
April 2-3: Florida Gulf Coast: W 12-9, CCD
April 5-7: Miami: W 4-2, L 6-0, W 5-1

UPCOMING
April 9: Florida
April 12-14: Duke

8. LOUISVILLE
Last Week:
3-1. Overall: 25-6, 7-2 in Big East. (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.

The Cardinals swept Cincinnati to remain tied atop the Big East standings with South Florida. Nick Ratajczak (4-for-6, 2 R, 2 RBI) spearheaded Louisville’s 15-hit attack Friday, and Dace Kime earned the win with two scoreless, hitless innings of relief of Chad Green (4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER). Jeff Gardner (2-for-3, 3 RBI, 2B) led the Louisville offense Saturday in support of Jeff Thompson (7 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K), who improved to 6-0, 0.51 with 55 strikeouts and 15 walks in 53 innings this season. Ty Young (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI) led another 15-hit attack Sunday, and Anthony Kidston (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) was strong in a no-decision. The Cardinals won it with four runs in the eighth, capped by Young’s three-run homer.

RESULTS
April 2: (7) Kentucky: L 5-4
April 5-7: @ Cincinnati: W 8-3, W 4-1, W 7-4

UPCOMING
April 9: @ Western Kentucky
April 12-14: Elon

9. OKLAHOMA
Last Week:
2-1. Overall: 27-6, 7-2 in Big 12 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0.

Hector Lorenzana

Hector Lorenzana (Photo by John Williamson)

Oklahoma won a series against rival Texas for the first time since 1998, and took a series in Austin for the first time since 1997. Jonathan Gray (6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) improved to 6-1 Friday. Matt Oberste’s school-record hitting streak ended at 30 games, but Anthony Hermelyn (2-for-3, RBI) led the OU offense in that one. Dillon Peters (7.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) and Corey Knebel combined on a two-hit shutout Saturday, as Dillon Overton (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) was a tough-luck loser for OU. The Sooners came from behind with three runs in the eighth Sunday, capped by Hector Lorenzana’s tie-breaking two-run double. Four Oklahoma relievers worked a combined 6.1 innings of two-hit, scoreless relief of Adam Choplick, with Ralph Garza (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R) leading the way.

RESULTS
April 2: Oklahoma State: CCD
April 5-7: @ Texas: W 2-1, L 1-0, W 4-2

UPCOMING
April 12-14: @ Baylor

10. ARKANSAS
Last Week:
2-1. Overall: 23-9, 8-4 in SEC. (6-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.

The Hogs won their third straight weekend series—their second on the road during that stretch—to move into a tie with Alabama for second place in the SEC West. The Hogs scored two runs in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead Thursday, and five Arkansas pitchers combined on a four-hitter, as Jalen Beeks (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief of Barrett Astin (4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K). Brian Anderson (2-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B) was one of six Hogs to record multiple hits Friday in support of Ryne Stanek (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K), who posted his second stellar start in three weeks. The Crimson Tide avoided a sweep with a 5-0 win Saturday behind Spencer Turnbull (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K). The Hogs committed five errors, contributing to the first loss of the season for Randall Fant (3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER).

RESULTS
April 4-6: @ Alabama: W 3-1, W 6-0, L 5-0

UPCOMING
April 9-10: New Mexico
April 12-14: (3) Louisiana State

11. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week:
4-1. Overall: 26-7, 8-4 in SEC. (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.

Since getting swept by Arkansas, the Gamecocks have swept back-to-back series against Texas A&M and Tennessee to move into second place in the SEC East, two games ahead of third-place Kentucky. After L.B. Dantzler reached on an error in the ninth Friday, Max Schrock delivered a tie-breaking RBI double to lift the Gamecocks to a 5-4 win. Nolan Belcher (6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) was solid in a no-decision in that one. Graham Saiko, Chase Vergason and Connor Bright had three hits apiece Saturday to spearhead South Carolina’s 17-hit attack, and Adam Westmoreland (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) picked up the win with outstanding relief work. Schrock and Grayson Greiner had four hits and four RBIs apiece to lead a 21-hit barrage Sunday in support of Jordan Montgomery (4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K), who returned from his elbow injury to pitch well in a no-decision. Colby Holmes (5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) was strong in relief to pick up the victory.

RESULTS
April 2: Charleston Southern: W 9-5
April 3: @ Furman: L 6-5
April 5-7: @ Tennessee: W 5-4, W 12-8, W 19-2

UPCOMING
April 9: The Citadel
April 11-13: @ Florida

12. INDIANA
Last Week:
3-1. Overall: 25-4, 8-1 in Big Ten (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0-1.

The Hoosiers ran their school-record winning streak to 18 games before dropping a one-run game in Sunday’s series finale against Illinois. The Hoosiers jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the first two innings Friday, and Joey DeNato (6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) and the IU bullpen made it stand up. That was the first-ever night game at Indiana, and it drew a sellout crowd of 2,757, the largest crowd in school history. Scott Donley (3-for-4, R, RBI) led Indiana’s 11-hit attack Saturday in support of Kyle Hart (7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER). Illinois broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the sixth Sunday to hand Aaron Slegers (5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER) his first loss of the year.

RESULTS
April 3: @ Xavier: W 9-5
April 5-7: Illinois: W 3-2, W 7-3, L 3-2

UPCOMING
April 9: @ Evansville
April 12-14: @ Michigan State

13. KENTUCKY
Last Week:
1-3. Overall: 22-9, 6-6 in SEC. (3-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.

The Wildcats had their first losing weekend of the year, getting dominated in a three-game sweep at LSU. The Tigers broke a 1-1 tie Friday with four runs in the fifth against A.J. Reed (5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER), then extended the lead with three runs in each of the next two innings en route to an 11-1 win. The Tigers pounded out 16 hits Saturday against Jerad Grundy (6 IP, 15 H, 9 ER) and the WIldcats. LSU jumped on Corey Littrell (4 IP, 9 H, 9 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K) for five runs in the first Sunday and cruised to another blowout win.

RESULTS
April 2: @ (9) Louisville: W 5-4
April 5-7: @ (3) Louisiana State: L 11-1, L 9-1, L 11-4

UPCOMING
April 9: Austin Peay State
April 12-14: Tennessee

14. RICE
Last Week:
3-1. Overall: 23-11, 6-3 in C-USA (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0.

Rice remained unbeaten in weekend series this year by taking two of three against East Carolina. The Owls have opened conference play by winning series against the three other teams who were projected to earn regional bids in the preseason (Southern Miss, Tulane and East Carolina), with two of those series wins coming on the road. The Owls broke a scoreless tie with three unearned runs in the ninth Friday against Jeff Hoffman (8.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K). Austin Kubitza (7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K) and Zech Lemond (1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) combined on a five-hit shutout. Jordan Stephens (6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, and John Simms (5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) provided excellent relief work until the Pirates got to him in the 13th on Zach Houchins’ walk-off RBI single. Rice overcame a 5-1 deficit Sunday with five in the sixth, then answered ECU’s two-run sixth-inning rally with two of their own in the seventh on Michael Aquino’s game-winning two-run double. Lemond (3.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) came up huge again Sunday to earn the win. Lemond is 4-1, 1.57 with eight saves and a 33-8 K-BB mark in 34 innings.

RESULTS
April 1: Texas State: W 4-3
April 5-7: @ East Carolina: W 3-0, L 3-2 (13 innings), W 8-7

UPCOMING
April 9: @ Lamar
April 12-14: Central Florida

15. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week:
4-1. Overall: 19-9-1, 6-6 in Pac-12 (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.

Arizona State won its second straight home series against a ranked team, taking two of three from Oregon a week after it did so against UCLA. Freshman R.J. Ybarra’s walk-off RBI single in the 11th propelled Arizona State to a 6-5 win in Friday’s back-and-forth affair. The Sun Devils built a 5-1 lead through seven innings, but the Ducks rallied back with four runs in the eighth to chase Trevor Williams (7.1 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Michael Benjamin and Jake Peevyhouse had two hits and two RBIs apiece for ASU. Michael Benjamin (3-for-6, 3 R, 2 RBI, 3B) led ASU’s 14-hit attack Saturday in support of Ryan Kellogg (7 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). The Sun Devils continue to search for answers in the Sunday starter role, as Billy Young (2.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 0 K) started and lost Sunday, and the bullpen provided little relief. Arizona State has lost all four of its conference series finales, and five series finales overall this season.

RESULTS
April 2-3: @ Wichita State: W 4-3, W 4-2
April 5-7: (11) Oregon: W 6-5, W 14-9, L 16-3

UPCOMING
April 10: @ Nevada-Las Vegas
April 12-14: @ Southern California

16. OREGON
Last Week:
1-2. Overall: 23-8, 9-3 in Pac-12 (3-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.

The Ducks dropped a high-scoring series in Tempe; they have lost all three series they have played against ranked teams this season, though they have not been swept. The Sun Devils built a 5-1 lead against Jake Reed (5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) through seven innings Friday, but the Ducks rallied back with four runs in the eighth to chase Trevor Williams, then lost in the 11th. The Sun Devils knocked around Tommy Thorpe (4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) on Saturday and kept the heat on against the Oregon bullpen. Aaron Payne and Scott Heineman had four hits and three RBIs apiece to lead Oregon’s 20-hit onslaught Sunday in support of Cole Irvin (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER).

RESULTS
April 5-7: @ (24) Arizona State: L 6-5 (11 innings), L 14-9, W 16-3

UPCOMING
April 9: @ (6) Oregon State
April 12-14: @ California

17. UCLA
Last Week:
1-3. Overall: 19-9, 7-5 in Pac-12 (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.

The Bruins scored just five runs in three games against Oregon State, dropping their second straight weekend series. UCLA has lost five of its last seven games. Adam Plutko (7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) was outstanding in UCLA’s 3-2 win Friday, and Brian Carroll’s RBI single in the seventh against Matt Boyd proved to be the game-winner. Nick Vander Tuig (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) was solid in defeat Saturday, and the Beavers broke open a 2-0 game with three runs in the ninth. Grant Watson (3.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) struggled for the second straight Sunday, though UCLA got solid relief out of James Kaprielian (2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R) and David Berg (2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K).

RESULTS
April 2: (4) Cal State Fullerton: L 9-6
April 5-7: (6) Oregon State: W 3-2, L 5-0, L 5-2

UPCOMING
April 9: Hawaii
April 12-14: Loyola Marymount

18. NOTRE DAME
Last Week:
4-1. Overall: 19-10, 4-5 in Big East (1-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.

The Fighting Irish bounced back from getting swept at Louisville by winning four straight games, capped by a series win against Villanova, though they lost Sunday’s series finale. Ricky Sanchez hit a walk-off RBI single in the 11th to lift Notre Dame to a 4-3 win Friday. Pat Connaughton (4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 1 K) moved into the Friday starter role and took a no-decision, and Dan Slania (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) earned the win with stellar relief. Trey Mancini hit a grand slam and finished with six RBIs to power the offense Saturday. Ryan Bull (3-for-4, 5 RBI) had a nice game in a losing cause Sunday, as the Wildcats broke open a 5-3 game with five runs in the seventh. Notre Dame continued to struggle in the Sunday starter spot, as Matt Ternowcheck (1.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 3 BB) had a rough outing. Erstwhile ace Sean Fitzgerald also struggled in relief Sunday, allowing three runs on four hits without recording an out.

RESULTS
April 2: Illinois-Chicago: W 6-2
April 3: Valparaiso: W 3-1
April 5-7: Villanova: W 4-3 (11 innings), W 11-8, L 10-6

UPCOMING
April 9: Michigan
April 10: Eastern Michigan
April 12-14: @ Pittsburgh

19. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week:
5-0. Overall: 24-10, 8-7 in ACC (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-3.

The Wolfpack swept Virginia Tech and has won six straight games and eight of its last nine. Grant Clyde (3-for-7, 3 R) singled to lead off the 14th Friday, advanced to second on an error, reached third on a balk and scored on a wild pitch, propelling the Wolfpack to an 8-7 victory. Chris Overman (4.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) provided outstanding relief work for N.C. State, and Carlos Rodon (5.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 10 K) reached double-digit strikeouts despite not pitching his best. Trea Turner (3-for-5, R, 2 RBI, 2 2B, SB) spearheaded N.C. State’s 16-hit attack Saturday, and the ‘Pack erased a 4-2 deficit with seven runs in the sixth. Brad Stone (6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) turned in a solid start Sunday, and Ryan Wilkins (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) picked up the win in relief after the Wolfpack broke a 3-3 tie with four runs in the eighth, sparked by Turner’s leadoff single.

RESULTS
April 2: @ East Carolina: W 6-1
April 3: Elon: W 8-6
April 5-7: (22) Virginia Tech: W 8-7 (14 innings), W 13-4, W 7-3

UPCOMING
April 9: East Carolina
April 12-14: @ Boston College

20. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week:
2-3. Overall: 23-9, 9-6 in ACC. (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.

Remember a few weeks ago when Georgia Tech had the most fearsome offense in college baseball? The Yellow Jackets scored just two runs in three games at Duke, getting shut out twice to lose their second road series in three weeks. It was the first time Georgia Tech has been shut out twice in the same weekend since Georgia did it in 1955. Duke lefthander Trent Swart (8 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) rocked Georgia Tech to sleep Friday. Tech ace Buck Farmer (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) threw 71 of 89 pitches for strikes, including the first 19 pitches of the game, but he wound up taking his first loss of the season. Dusty Isaacs (5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, and the Jackets broke a 1-1 tie on Thomas Smith’s RBI single in the eighth. Duke’s Robert Huber (9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) shut out the Jackets on five hits Sunday, besting Cole Pitts (5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER).

RESULTS
April 2: @ Mercer: L 10-1
April 3: Kennesaw State: W 9-1
April 5-7: @ Duke: L 2-0, W 2-1, L 3-0

UPCOMING
April 9: @ Georgia
April 12-14: @ (5) Virginia

21. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week:
3-1. Overall: 26-9, 5-7 in SEC. (5-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-4.

The Bulldogs ended their four-series losing streak by taking two of three from Florida. Mississippi State took control with four runs in the third Friday against Jonathon Crawford (5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 K), and Luis Pollorena (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) improved to 5-1. MSU scored two runs in the first Saturday, and Kendall Graveman (9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K) made it stand up, throwing his second straight complete-game gem. The Gators chased Jacob Lindgren (4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) in a decisive eight-run fifth Sunday.

RESULTS
April 2: @ South Alabama: W 6-4
April 5-7: Florida: W 7-3, W 2-0, L 8-3

UPCOMING
April 9: vs. (23) Mississippi @ Pearl, Miss.
April 12-14: @ Texas A&M

22. CLEMSON
Last Week:
5-1. Overall: 21-11, 9-6 in ACC. (5-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.

The Tigers swept a road series at Boston College and sit alone in second place in the ACC’s Atlantic Division, one game behind Florida State. Joe Costigan’s three-run double highlighted Clemson’s six-run seventh Friday, helping Daniel Gossett (6.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 7 BB, 7 K) pick up the win. Shane Kennedy (2-for-4, 2 RBI) led a balanced 12-hit attack Saturday in support of Clate Schmidt (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2 K). Leadoff man Tyler Slaton went 3-for-3 Sunday—giving him eight hits on the weekend—and Matthew Crownover (6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) improved to 4-0.

RESULTS
April 1: @ (1) North Carolina: L 6-2, W 5-4 (11 innings)
April 3: Gardner-Webb: W 4-1
April 5-7: @ Boston College: W 7-5, W 9-2, W 1-0

UPCOMING
April 9: @ Western Carolina
April 10: Presbyterian
April 12-14: Wake Forest

23. MISSISSIPPI
Last Week:
0-3. Overall: 23-9, 4-8 in SEC (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.

The Rebels were swept at home by Vanderbilt, their third straight weekend series defeat. Ole Miss has lost five straight games and seven of their last nine. The Commodores tied the score Friday with an unearned run in the fifth against Bobby Wahl (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 8 K), then scored single runs in the eighth and ninth against Tanner Bailey en route to a 3-1 win. Mike Mayers (4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 5 K) fell to 2-4 in Saturday’s low-scoring affair. Stuart Turner had four hits in a losing cause Sunday, including a leadoff single to spark Mississippi’s two-run rally in the ninth to force extra innings, but the ‘Dores scored a run against Brett Huber (2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) in the 11th to win.

RESULTS
April 2: @ Memphis: PPD
April 5-7: (2) Vanderbilt: L 3-1, L 2-1, L 7-6 (11 innings)

UPCOMING
April 9: vs. (21) Mississippi State @ Pearl, Miss.
April 12-14: Alabama

24. HOUSTON
Last Week:
1-3. Overall: 24-9, 6-3 in C-USA (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.

The Cougars dropped their first series of the year, losing two of three at Marshall, but they snapped their four-game losing streak with a win in Sunday’s series finale. In a slugfest that featured a combined 39 hits, Marshall bludgeoned its way to a 19-13 win Friday. Eric Escobedo (3-for-6, 4 R, 3 RBI) and Sergio Leon (2-for-5, HR, 6 RBI) led the Marshall onslaught against Daniel Poncedeleon (3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) and the Cougars. Frankie Ratcliff (3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI) homered for Houston, which had all nine starters record hits as part of a balanced 18-hit attack. Aaron Blair (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K) and Josh King combined on a two-hit shutout Saturday, as Austin Pruitt (7.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) took the loss for Houston. Caleb Barker (3-for-6, 3 RBI) led UH’s balanced 13-hit attack Sunday in support of Jake Lemoine (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K).

RESULTS
April 3: Sam Houston State: L 4-1
April 5-7: @ Marshall: L 19-13, L 4-0, W 9-1

UPCOMING
April 12-14: Seton Hall

25. CAMPBELL
Last Week:
5-0. Overall: 28-5, 9-3 in Big South (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1-1.

The Camels rebounded from a series loss to Radford with a 5-0 week, during which they allowed just seven runs. Ryan Mattes (6.1 IP, 7 H, 0 R) was solid in a no-decision Friday, and Ryan Thompson (4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) picked up the win with strong relief, as the Camels broke a 1-1 tie with six runs in the 11th. David Olson (3-for-5, 4 R, 3 RBI, HR) and Michael Felton (4-for-5, 3 R, RBI) led a 19-hit barrage Saturday in support of Hector Cedano (7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER). Olson had three more hits and worked a scoreless inning to earn the win in relief Sunday, as Elijah Trail broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run homer in the ninth. Heath Bowers (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision in that one.

RESULTS
April 2: @ North Carolina A&T: W 10-2
April 3: Old Dominion: W 8-0
April 5-7: @ Presbyterian: W 7-1 (11 innings), W 14-3, W 3-1

UPCOMING
April 9: North Carolina A&T
April 10: Savannah State
April 12-13: Longwood

DROPPED OUT

CAL POLY (21)
Last Week:
1-2. Overall: 21-8, 4-2 in Big West (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.

The Mustangs dropped a road series at UC Santa Barbara, falling to 3-3 in six games against the Gauchos over the last three weekends. Austin Pettibone (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) bested Joey Wagman (6 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) on Friday. Robbie Nesovich (4-for-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI) led UCSB’s 16-hit attack against Matt Imhof (5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER) and the Gauchos on Saturday. Denver Chavez (5-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI) led the Poly offense Sunday in support of Bryan Granger (6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K), and the Mustangs held off UCSB’s late rally.

RESULTS
April 5-7: @ UC Santa Barbara: L 4-2, L 13-2, W 7-6

UPCOMING
April 9: @ Cal State Bakersfield
April 12-14: Hawaii

VIRGINIA TECH (22)
Last Week:
1-3. Overall: 21-12, 7-8 in ACC (3-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-3.

Virginia Tech’s rollercoaster season continued, as the Hokies followed their series win against Florida State by getting swept at N.C. State. Grant Clyde (3-for-7, 3 R) singled to lead off the 14th Friday, advanced to second on an error, reached third on a balk and scored on a wild pitch, propelling the Wolfpack to an 8-7 victory. Andrew Rash (3-for-7, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) led the offense for the Hokies. Devin Burke (5.2 IP, 9 H, 8 ER) was knocked around in Saturday’s blowout. Joe Mantiply (6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER) was solid in a no-decision Sunday, but the Wolfpack broke a 3-3 tie with four unearned runs in the eighth against Clark Labitan.

RESULTS
April 2: Virginia Commonwealth: W 11-5
April 5-7: @ North Carolina State: L 8-7 (14 innings), L 13-4, L 7-3

UPCOMING
April 9: Longwood
April 12-14: (1) North Carolina

SAN DIEGO (23)
Last Week:
1-2. Overall: 19-12, 5-4 in WCC (3-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-3.

The Toreros, who have alternated series wins and series losses over the last four weeks, dropped two of three at Loyola Marymount. Colin Welmon (8 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K) stymied the USD offense Friday, and Michael Wagner (6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) fell to 1-3. Kris Bryant’s two-run triple in the ninth broke a 2-2 tie Saturday, and Max Homick worked three scoreless innings of relief to earn the win. LMU got to Max MacNabb (4.2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 K) for three runs in the fifth Sunday, and the Toreros mustered just one run against three Loyola Marymount pitchers.

RESULTS
April 5-7: @ Loyola Marymount: L 4-0, W 4-2, L 3-1

UPCOMING
April 9: UC Irvine
April 12-14: Pepperdine

FLORIDA ATLANTIC (25)
Last Week:
2-2. Overall: 21-11, 8-4 in Sun Belt (3-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.

FAU dropped two of three at Louisiana-Monroe. Nathan Pittman and Mitch Morales had two hits and two RBIs apiece Friday in support of Austin Gomber (7 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 9 K), leading the Owls to an 8-6 win. The Warhawks jumped on Kevin Alexander for four runs in the first and went on to an 8-5 win Saturday. Pittman, Ricky Santiago and Billy Endris all homered in a losing effort for FAU. Pittman (2-for-5, 2 RBI) and Levi Meyer (3-for-5, RBI) led the FAU offense Sunday, but Jeremy Strawn (1.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER) struggled in his follow-up to his complete-game shutout against South Alabama.

RESULTS
April 2: Lynn (Fla.): W 7-6
April 5-7: @ Louisiana-Monroe: W 8-6, L 8-5, L 8-4

UPCOMING
April 9: @ Florida Gulf Coast
April 12-14: Middle Tennessee State

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