Top 25 Tracker: Week Nine

1. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 34-2, 14-1 in ACC. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-0.

The Tar Heels swept a road series at Virginia Tech to run their latest winning streak to nine games. Brian Holberton (4-for-6, 5 R), Chaz Frank (4-for-6, 2 R, 4 RBI) and Colin Moran (3-for-5, 3 R, 4 RBI) led UNC’s 21-hit onslaught in Friday’s win. The Hokies knocked around Kent Emanuel (8 IP, 14 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), but he still improved to 7-1. Cleanup man Skye Bolt exited that game in the fourth after fouling a ball off his foot; he suffered a slight fracture of the second metatarsal in his right foot and could miss four weeks, although the Tar Heels hope to have him back sooner. Moran (3-for-4, 5 R, 4 RBI) had another big day to lead UNC to a series-clinching 9-8 win in 10 innings Saturday. Moran, who hit his ninth homer of the year in the second, drew a leadoff walk in the 10th and eventually scored the winning run on a wild pitch. Trent Thornton (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) escaped a bases-loaded, no-outs jam unscathed in the eighth and went on to earn the win, improving to 8-0, 0.56 in 48 innings on the year. Hobbs Johnson (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 6 BB, 4 K), Trever Kelley (2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) and Tate Parrish (0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) combined on a three-hit shutout Sunday.

RESULTS
April 9: @ Elon: W 15-3
April 10: Liberty: W 7-5
April 12-14: @ Virginia Tech: W 21-8, W 9-8 (10 innings), W 3-0

UPCOMING
April 16: Coastal Carolina
April 17: Elon
April 19-21: Duke

2. VANDERBILT
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 33-4, 14-1 in SEC. (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-0.

Vanderbilt rode its hot bats to its third straight conference series sweep, running its winning streak to 14. Connor Harrell and Vince Conde had three hits and four RBIs apiece Friday to lead Vandy’s 17-hit attack in support of Kevin Ziomek (6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K). Tyler Beede (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) improved to 9-0, 1.07 on Saturday, and Vandy rapped out a season-high 19 hits behind him. Beede did not issue a walk for the first start in his career. Spencer Navin (4-for-4, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2B) led the Vanderbilt offense, and Jack Lupo also had four hits. Tony Kemp (4-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 3B) and Harrell (4-for-6, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2B, 3B) spearheaded an 18-hit barrage Sunday, and T.J. Pecoraro (3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER) earned his first win of the year in relief of Philip Pfeifer (4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER).

RESULTS
April 9: Tennessee-Martin: W 10-3
April 12-14: Missouri: W 11-5, W 12-1, W 16-4

UPCOMING
April 16: Tennessee Tech
April 19-21: @ Georgia

3. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week:
4-1. Overall: 34-3, 13-2 in SEC. (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0.

The Tigers went to Arkansas and won their second series of the season against a top-10 team, and their third against a team in the top 13. Sean McMullen hit a three-run homer in the fourth Friday, and Ty Ross added a two-run single in the fifth in support of Aaron Nola (9 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K), who threw his first career complete game. LSU had its 15-game winning streak snapped Saturday, as the Hogs took control of the game with four runs in the fourth against Ryan Eades (4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K), who took his first loss of the season. Alex Bregman (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI) had his 23-game hitting streak snapped Saturday, but hit a two-run homer Sunday, and the Tigers broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the 10th, highlighted by McMullen’s go-ahead sacrifice fly.

RESULTS
April 9: vs. Southern @ Metairie, La.: W 11-2
April 10: Southern: W 16-2
Aril 12-14: @ (10) Arkansas: W 6-2, L 8-3, W 5-3 (10 innings)

UPCOMING
April 17: Grambling State
April 19-21: @ Alabama

4. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 31-5, 8-1 in Big West. (6-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-0.

The Titans won two of three against UC Santa Barbara, but they saw their third 10-game winning streak of the season snapped in Sunday’s series finale, when they dropped their first home game against UCSB since 2007. After UCSB scored twice in the ninth against Michael Lorenzen to take the lead Friday, Fullerton answered with two in the bottom of the frame on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Richy Pedroza, propelling the Titans to a 4-3 win. Thomas Eshelman (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) issued his first walk of the season but was strong in a no-decision. Pedroza, J.D. Davis, Chad Wallach and Matt Chapman had two RBIs apiece Saturday, and nine Titans recorded hits as part of a balanced 16-hit attack behind Justin Garza (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K). Grahamm Wiest (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) was a hard-luck loser Sunday, as Robbie Nesovic and Greg Mahle held the Titans scoreless on four hits.

RESULTS
April 9: Southern California: W 6-4
April 12-14: UC Santa Barbara: W 4-3, W 10-2, L 2-0

UPCOMING
April 16: @ Pepperdine
April 19-21: @ Cal Poly

5. OREGON STATE
Last Week:
3-1. Overall: 28-6, 10-2 in Pac-12 (7-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.

The Beavers swept Utah to remain percentage points ahead of Oregon in the Pac-12. Tyler Smith returned to his starting shortstop job Friday and singled in the first, then scored on Dylan Davis’ RBI groundout to give Oregon State its only run. Matt Boyd (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K) was brilliant in a shutout to lead the Beavers to a 1-0 win. Boyd became just the second OSU pitcher in the last 12 years to record multiple shutouts in one season, joining Sam Gaviglio (who did it in 2011). Beau Day, who entered the game with two hits on the season, went 4-for-4 with two RBIs Saturday in support of Andrew Moore (6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). Day (2-for-3, R, 2 RBI) hit a two-run double to highlight Oregon State’s four-run third Sunday behind Ben Wetzler (6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K).
RESULTS
April 9: (16) Oregon: L 6-3
April 12-14: Utah: W 1-0, W 8-3, W 4-1

UPCOMING
April 17: @ Portland
April 19-21: @ Washington

6. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 30-6, 13-5 in ACC (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.

Florida State swept Duke to remain a game ahead of Clemson in the ACC’s Atlantic Division. Brett Knief, Marcus Davis, Jose Brizuela and John Sansone had three hits apiece and combined for 10 RBIs Friday to power FSU to a 16-2 drubbing of Duke. Luke Weaver (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) turned in a strong outing for the Seminoles. Stephen McGee and Brizuela (3-for-3, 2 R, RBI) each homered to highlight FSU’s five-run third inning in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, helping Brandon Leibrandt (7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) improve to 5-3. Brizuela (3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI) homered again in the finale, leading a 13-hit attack behind Scott Sitz (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER), who improved to 7-0.

RESULTS
April 9: Florida: L 4-3
April 12-14: Duke: W 16-2, W 8-5, W 8-3

UPCOMING
April 16: South Alabama
April 19-21: @ (7) Virginia

7. VIRGINIA
Last Week:
2-3. Overall: 31-6, 12-5 in ACC (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
Virginia lost its first series of the year, dropping a pair of one-run decisions at Georgia Tech (including a rain-shortened six-inning affair Sunday). The Yellow Jackets broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning Friday to beat Brandon Waddell (5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K). Derek Fisher (3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI) and Reed Gragnani (3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) powered the UVa. offense Saturday behind Scott Silverstein (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K), as the Cavs leveled the series with a 7-2 win. The Jackets scored twice in the fourth Sunday to chase Nick Howard (3.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K), and UVa. managed just two hits before the game was called after six innings.

RESULTS
April 8: @ Wake Forest: W 9-7
April 10: Radford: L 9-8
April 12-14: @ (20) Georgia Tech: L 2-1, W 7-2, L 3-2 (6 innings)

UPCOMING
April 17: Old Dominion
April 19-21: (6) Florida State

8. LOUISVILLE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 28-7, 7-2 in Big East. (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.

Louisville swept Elon, its third straight weekend series sweep since it lost a home series to Rutgers (though the Cardinals are 0-3 in midweek games during that stretch). The Cardinals broke a 1-1 tie with nine runs in the eighth Friday, highlighted by Coco Johnson’s solo homer and two-run single. Chad Green (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) improved to 5-2. Ty Young (3-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR) led Louisville’s 11-hit attack Saturday, and the Cardinals came from behind with three runs in the eighth to earn a series-clinching 7-5 win. Kyle McGrath (4.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) and two other relievers worked a combined 7.1 innings of hitless relief of Jeff Thompson (2.2 IP, 4 H, 5 ER), who struggled for the first time this year. Young (3-for-4, R, RBI, 2B) led the offense again Sunday behind Anthony Kidston (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K), who sparkled in the longest outing of his career. The Cardinals have swept six weekend series this year.

RESULTS
April 9: @ Western Kentucky: L 6-5
April 12-14: Elon: W 10-1, W 7-5, W 4-0

UPCOMING
April 16: @ (17) Kentucky
April 19-21: @ St. John’s

9. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week:
3-1. Overall: 22-10-1, 8-7 in Pac-12 (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.

The Sun Devils took two of three at USC to climb above .500 in Pac-12 play; they are tied with Arizona for fifth place in the league, but they have won three straight series (against UCLA, Oregon and USC). Sean Silva (6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) and Brent Wheatley (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R) combined on a one-hit shutout Friday, leading the Trojans to a 5-0 win against Trevor Williams (8 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 4 ER), who surrendered double-digit hits for the second straight week and third time in his last five starts. Kasey Coffman (4-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 3B, HR) fell a double short of the cycle Saturday, and Ryan Kellogg (6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER) improved to 8-0. Dalton DiNatale and James McDonald each delivered two-run doubles to highlight ASU’s five-run second Sunday in support of Alex Blackford (6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K).

RESULTS
April 10: @ Nevada-Las Vegas: W 11-3
April 12-14: @ Southern California: L 5-0, W 6-3, W 6-5

UPCOMING
April 16: @ Arizona
April 19-21: Valparaiso

10. OREGON
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 27-8, 12-3 in Pac-12 (4-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.

Oregon followed up a midweek win at Oregon State with a road sweep of Cal, keeping the Ducks percentage points behind the Beavers in the Pac-12 standings. J.J. Altobelli hit an RBI single and scored in Oregon’s critical two-run fifth Friday, and Tommy Thorpe (7.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) turned in a strong outing in his first Friday start to lead the Ducks to a 3-2 win. Scott Heineman (3-for-5, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2B, 2 HR) had a big Saturday to lead Oregon’s 14-hit attack behind Cole Irvin (5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER). Heineman (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI) homered again and doubled Sunday, and Brett Thomas and Ryon Healy chipped in three hits apiece in support of Jake Reed (5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K).

RESULTS
April 9: @ (6) Oregon State: W 6-3
April 12-14: @ California: W 3-2, W 10-4, W 5-4

UPCOMING
April 16: @ Portland
April 19-21: (13) UCLA

11. OKLAHOMA
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 28-8, 8-4 in Big 12 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-1.

The Sooners dropped their first weekend series of the year but still lead the Big 12 by a half-game over Baylor. Cal Towey led off the ninth Friday with a walk-off homer against Jake Fisher to lift the Bears to a 2-1 win. Jonathan Gray (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) was strong in a no-decision. The Sooners scored two runs in the seventh Saturday to take the lead and went on to a series-leveling 3-1 win behind Dillon Overton (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). Oklahoma led 9-4 after four innings and 10-8 heading into the bottom of the eighth Sunday, but Towey struck again with an eighth-inning grand slam off Jacob Evans to complete the Baylor comeback. Hunter Haley (3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) was one of five Sooners to register multiple hits in a losing cause.

RESULTS
April 12-14: @ Baylor: L 2-1, W 3-1, L 12-10

UPCOMING
April 16: Arkansas-Little Rock (DH)
April 19-21: New Orleans

12. ARKANSAS
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 25-12, 9-6 in SEC. (7-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.

The Hogs dropped a hard-fought home series against LSU. Four Arkansas errors led to three unearned runs Friday, as Barrett Astin (5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) fell to 2-2. Jake Wise hit a three-run homer to break a scoreless tie in the fourth Saturday, and Ryne Stanek (6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K) turned in a strong outing to improve to 4-2. Brandon Moore (3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) and Trent Daniel (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R) provided strong relief after LSU took the lead with three runs in the third Sunday against Randall Fant (2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER), but the Tigers broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the 10th. The Hogs inserted Brett McAfee back into the starting shortstop role Saturday, and he played good defense in the final two games of the series. Dominic Ficociello moved to first base Sunday for the first time this season, and Jordan Farris (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) provided a spark at second base.

RESULTS
April 9: New Mexico: L 3-0, W 4-3
April 12-14: (3) Louisiana State: L 6-2, W 8-3, L 5-3 (10 innings)

UPCOMING
April 16-17: @ Nebraska
April 19-21: Texas A&M

13. UCLA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 22-10, 7-5 in Pac-12 (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.

The Bruins rebounded from back-to-back series losses by taking two of three from Loyola Marymount. Brian Carroll’s two-run single in the second put the Bruins ahead for good Friday, as Adam Plutko (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K) cruised. The Bruins clinched the series with a 3-1 win Saturday behind Nick Vander Tuig (6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). UCLA broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the sixth, highlighted by Pat Valaika’s go-ahead RBI double. UCLA mustered just a run on five hits Sunday, and Grant Watson (5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) was solid but still took his second straight loss.

RESULTS
April 9: Hawaii: W 5-1
April 12-14: Loyola Marymount: W 2-0, W 3-1, L 4-1

UPCOMING
April 16: @ UC Irvine
April 19-21: @ (10) Oregon

14. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 26-10, 11-7 in ACC. (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.

The Yellow Jackets rebounded from a series loss at Duke by taking two of three from Virginia. Buck Farmer (9 IP, 10 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) went the distance for the second straight week Friday, and Zane Evans (2-for-4) delivered an RBI single to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth. Georgia Tech mustered just four hits Saturday, and Dusty Isaacs (4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) struggled. The Jackets broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the fourth in Sunday’s rain-shortened game, and Cole Pitts (5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) and Jonathan King (0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) combined on a two-hitter in the six-inning affair.

RESULTS
April 9: @ Georgia: W 7-5
April 12-14: (5) Virginia: W 2-1, L 7-2, W 3-2 (6 innings)

UPCOMING
April 16: Savannah State
April 19-21: (15) North Carolina State

15. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week:
4-0. Overall: 28-10, 11-7 in ACC (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-3.

N.C. State swept Boston College to run its winning streak to 10 games. The Eagles jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first two innings against Carlos Rodon (2 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, but N.C. State took advantage of four BC errors to come back in the middle innings, going ahead for good with two in the sixth. Tarran Senay had two hits and an RBI in the first game, then delivered two more hits and two RBIs in the second game, helping Ryan Wilkins (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) pick up the win in his second start of the season, and the longest outing of his career. The Wolfpack mustered just three hits Sunday but scored three runs in the eighth to win. Brad Stone (6.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) was strong in a no-decision.

RESULTS
April 9: East Carolina: W 2-0
April 12-14: @ Boston College: W 6-5, W 6-2, W 3-2

UPCOMING
April 16: @ Charlotte
April 19-21: @ (14) Georgia Tech

16. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week:
4-0. Overall: 30-9, 8-7 in SEC. (6-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-4.

Mississippi State swept a road series at Texas A&M to win its second straight series and climb above .500 in the SEC. Hunter Renfroe hit a tie-breaking solo homer in the sixth Friday, and the Bulldogs got strong pitching from Luis Pollorena (6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER) and Jonathan Holder (2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) in a 3-2 win. Adam Frazier (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B, 3B) led Mississippi State’s 15-hit attack Saturday, and Renfroe homered again in support of Kendall Graveman (9 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), who threw his third consecutive complete game. Renfroe (3-for-5, 4 R, RBI) went deep again Sunday—marking the second SEC series in which he has homered in all three games (he also did it against Kentucky). Wes Rea (4-for-5, 3 R, 4 RBI) and Nick Ammirati (3-for-5, 2 R, 5 RBI) also homered in that one, and Jacob Lindgren (5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) turned in a solid start to pick up the win. Holder worked three more scoreless innings for his 11th save.

RESULTS
April 9: vs. (23) Mississippi @ Pearl, Miss.: W 5-1
April 12-14: @ Texas A&M: W 3-2, W 9-3, W 15-4

UPCOMING
April 18-20: Auburn

17. KENTUCKY
Last Week:
2-2. Overall: 24-11, 7-8 in SEC. (4-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.

Kentucky dropped its second straight weekend series, this time losing two of three at home against a Tennessee team that carried a 3-9 conference record into the weekend. Zac Zellers hit a tie-breaking two-run double to highlight Kentucky’s four-run eighth Friday, leading the Wildcats to a come-from-behind 5-4 win. A.J. Reed (6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) was solid in a no-decision. Tennessee held off UK’s furious ninth-inning rally to win Saturday’s slugfest. Reed’s grand slam cut Tennessee’s lead to one in the ninth, and the Wildcats loaded the bases again after that, but Matt Reida flied out to end the game, stranding the bases full. Zack Godley (9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K) shut out the Wildcats on Sunday, and Corey Littrell (7.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) lost a rubber game for the first time in the last two years.

RESULTS
April 9: Austin Peay State: W 6-3
April 12-14: Tennessee: W 5-4, L 10-9, L 5-0

UPCOMING
April 16: (8) Louisville
April 19-21: @ (18) South Carolina

18. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week:
1-3. Overall: 27-10, 8-7 in SEC. (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.

South Carolina was swept at Florida in a regular-season series for just the fourth time ever. The Gamecocks made two errors behind Nolan Belcher (8 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER) on Thursday, leading to two critical unearned runs. The Gators came from behind with three runs in the eighth Friday against Adam Westmoreland (5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) to earn a series-clinching 4-3 win. Jordan Montgomery (3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER) started and earned a no-decision for the Gamecocks. Florida broke a 4-4 tie Saturday with 10 runs in the sixth en route to a 14-5 win, completing the three-game sweep. Casey Turgeon, Zack Powers and Vickash Ramjit had three hits apiece to lead Florida’s 17-hit assault. Colby Holmes (1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER) started and struggled for the Gamecocks, who were swept for the second time in the last four weeks.

RESULTS
April 9: The Citadel: W 6-5
April 11-13: @ Florida: L 3-2, L 4-3, L 14-5

UPCOMING
April 16: College of Charleston
April 19-21: (17) Kentucky

19. INDIANA
Last Week:
1-3. Overall: 26-7, 8-4 in Big Ten (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1-1.

The Hoosiers were swept at Michigan State, losing three straight one-run games in walk-off fashion. After Michigan State tied Friday’s game up with a run in the eighth against Joey DeNato (7.2 IP, 8 H, 1 ER), MSU’s Anthony Cheky hit a two-out single in the 11th, stole second and third, then scored on Jimmy Pickens’ RBI single. Kyle Schwarber returned from his knee injury to DH for Indiana, going 1-for-5. After the Hoosiers rallied back from a 5-0 deficit in the final three innings to tie Saturday’s game, Pickens hit a walk-off solo homer in the 10th. Kyle Hart (6 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 1 ER) was knocked around a bit for the Hoosiers, who lost their first series of the year. Michael Basil’s two-run double in the ninth tied Sunday’s game, but the Spartans answered with a run in the bottom of the frame, winning on Ryan Krill’s walk-off RBI single against Ryan Halstead.

RESULTS
April 9: @ Evansville: W 10-8
April 12-14: @ Michigan State: L 2-1 (11 innings), L 6-5 (10 innings), L 6-5

UPCOMING
April 17: @ Ball State
April 19-21: vs./vs./@ Butler

20. CLEMSON
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 26-11, 12-6 in ACC. (5-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.

Clemson swept Wake Forest to run its winning streak to 10 games and improve to 12-6 in the ACC, just a game behind first-place Florida State in the Atlantic Division. Ten Tigers recorded hits as part of a balanced 13-hit attack Friday in support of Daniel Gossett (6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K). Tyler Krieger’s RBI single in the fifth Saturday provided all the support necessary for Matthew Crownover (5.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K) and the Tigers, who clinched the series with a 1-0 win. Three relievers combined to work 4.2 scoreless, two-hit innings in relief of Clate Schmidt (6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER) on Sunday, and Steven Duggar (3-for-5, 4 RBI) hit a walk-off two-run homer in the 11th.

RESULTS
April 9: @ Western Carolina: W 12-9
April 10: Presbyterian: W 5-4
April 12-14: Wake Forest: W 8-2, W 1-0, W 6-4 (11 innings)

UPCOMING
April 17: Furman
April 19-21: @ Miami

21. MISSISSIPPI
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 26-10, 7-8 in SEC (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.

Ole Miss stopped its three-series and six-game losing skids by sweeping Alabama. Bobby Wahl (6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 3 K) and Aaron Greenwood (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) combined on a two-hit shutout Friday, and Will Allen (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR) led the offense for the Rebels. Allen’s tie-breaking two-run single highlighted Mississippi’s three-run eighth Saturday. Mike Mayers (6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) was strong in a no-decision, and Ole Miss got 2.2 combined innings of one-hit relief from Tanner Bailey and Brett Huber. Huber worked a scoreless inning Sunday to earn the win, as Tanner Mathis delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 11th. Sam Smith (4.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R) started and was decent in a no-decision.

RESULTS
April 9: vs. (21) Mississippi State @ Pearl, Miss.: L 5-1
April 12-14: Alabama: W 6-0, W 5-2, W 4-3 (11 innings)

UPCOMING
April 15: vs. Memphis @ AutoZone Park, Memphis
April 16: vs. Southern Mississippi @ Pearl, Miss.
April 19-21: @ Tennessee

22. RICE
Last Week:
2-2. Overall: 25-13, 7-5 in C-USA (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.

The Owls dropped their first series of the year, losing two of three at home to UCF, though they salvaged Sunday’s series finale. Rice left 13 men on base and hit into three double plays Friday, as Chris Matulis (8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 8 BB, 4 K) bested Austin Kubitza (4 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K). The Owls scored three runs in the ninth to force extra innings Saturday, but UCF won it with four in the 12th, highlighted by Tommy Williams’ two-run single. Christian Stringer (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) led the Rice offense in a losing cause. Shane Hoelscher and Keenan Cook each delivered two-run singles to highlight Rice’s six-run seventh Sunday, and Blake Fox (3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) withstood UCF’s comeback attempts in the late innings.

RESULTS
April 9: @ Lamar: W 9-8
April 12-14: Central Florida: L 5-1, L 11-7 (12 innings), W 7-6

UPCOMING
April 16-17: Texas Tech
April 19-21: @ Houston

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

The Mustangs bounced back from a series loss at UC Santa Barbara by taking two of three from Hawaii. Nick Torres’ three-run homer highlighted Poly’s four-run first inning Friday, and Joey Wagman (9 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) went the distance. Torres drove in two of Cal Poly’s three runs Saturday with sacrifice flies, and Matt Imhof (7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) rebounded from his first loss of the season with a strong outing. Bryan Granger (1.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER) and Chase Johnson (1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) both struggled in Sunday’s loss.

RESULTS
April 9: @ Cal State Bakersfield: W 5-2
April 12-14: Hawaii: W 8-3, W 3-2, L 7-6

UPCOMING
April 16: Santa Clara
April 19-21: (4) Cal State Fullerton

24. GONZAGA
Last Week:
4-0. Overall: 23-10, 11-4 in WCC (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.

Since losing the first two games of its series at Loyola Marymount, Gonzaga has won eight straight games, including sweeps of Portland and St. Mary’s. Marco Gonzales (7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) was solid in a no-decision Friday, and Steven Halcomb (2-for-6, HR, 3 RBI) hit a game-winning RBI single in the 11th after the Gaels walked the bases loaded. After Cory Lebrun tripled to lead off the seventh Saturday, Clayton Eslick delivered a pinch-hit two-run triple to break a 2-2 tie, helping Tyler Olson (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) improve to 6-2. Halcomb (4-for-5, 2 R, RBI) and Gonzales (3-for-4, R, 3 RBI, 2B) led a 14-hit attack Sunday, as the Zags erased a 5-2 deficit with six runs in the fifth inning.

RESULTS
April 8: @ Portland: W 2-1
April 12-14: St. Mary’s: W 8-7 (11 innings), W 4-2, W 10-6

UPCOMING
April 16: Washington State
April 19-21: @ Pepperdine

25. UNC WILMINGTON
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 26-11, 9-2 in CAA (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-0-1.

The Seahawks won a big CAA showdown against Delaware to remain atop the league standings by a half-game over William & Mary. Michael Bass returned from his ankle injury to go 4-for-5 out of the leadoff spot in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, and Mat Batts (9 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) went the distance. RBI singles by Tyler Molinaro and Luke Dunlap highlighted UNCW’s three-run third in the second game, and that was enough support for Jordan Ramsey (8.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). Hunter Ridge and Terence Connelly had two hits apiece in a losing cause Sunday, but the Seahawks made five errors, leading to six unearned runs.

RESULTS
April 10: @ Elon: W 8-5
April 13-14: Delaware: W 4-2, W 3-2, L 11-7

UPCOMING
April 16: @ East Carolina
April 19-21: @ George Mason

DROPPED OUT

NOTRE DAME (18)
Last Week:
0-4. Overall: 19-14, 4-8 in Big East (1-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-2.

The Fighting Irish are suddenly ice cold, getting swept by Pittsburgh to extend their losing streak to five games and drop them to a 4-8 in the Big East, miring them in ninth place. Ethan Mildren (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K) shut down the Notre Dame offense Friday, and Pat Connaughton (4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) fell to 0-2 for the Irish. Boo Vazquez (2-for-3, 2 R, RBI, HR) led the Pitt offense Saturday in support of Matt Wotherspoon (8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K), as the Panthers clinched the series with a 4-2 win against Adam Norton (7.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER) and the Irish. Eric Jagielo’s two-run homer in the fourth provided all of the scoring for Notre Dame. The Panthers broke a scoreless tie Sunday with three runs in the fifth against Matt Ternowcheck (5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER), and the Irish were held scoreless until the ninth. Notre Dame has scored just six runs in its last four games.

RESULTS
April 9: Michigan: L 4-1
April 10: Eastern Michigan: PPD
April 12-14: @ Pittsburgh: L 4-0, L 4-2, L 12-3

UPCOMING
April 16: @ Michigan
April 17: Bowling Green State
April 19-21: Quinnipiac

HOUSTON (24)
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 25-11, 6-3 in C-USA (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-2.

Houston lost two of three at home, its second straight series loss. The Cougars have dropped six of their last eight games. The Pirates chased Daniel Poncedeleon (0.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB) with four runs in the first Friday and cruised to an 11-1 win behind Jon Prosinski (8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K). Austin Pruitt (9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K) was masterful in Houston’s 4-0 win Saturday, and Michael Pyeatt’s two-run single highlighted Houston’s three-run sixth, giving Pruitt some breathing room. The Pirates chased Jake Lemoine (3 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 K) with three runs in the fourth Sunday and piled on with seven runs in the sixth against the Houston bullpen.

RESULTS
April 12-14: Seton Hall: L 11-1, W 4-0, L 15-1

UPCOMING
April 16: Texas Southern
April 17: McNeese State
April 19-21: (22) Rice

CAMPBELL (25)
Last Week:
3-2. Overall: 31-7, 11-4 in Big South (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1-1.

After splitting two midweek games against N.C. A&T and Savannah State, the Camels took two of three against Longwood. Kyri Washington hit a tie-breaking RBI double in the eighth to lift the Lancers to a 3-2 win Friday. Longwood’s Kyler Morgan (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER) bested Ryan Mattes (7.1 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). Elijah Trail’s sixth-inning RBI single provided all the scoring in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, as Heath Bowers (9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K) shined in Campbell’s 1-0 win. Ben McQuown (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI, SB) led Campbell’s balanced 10-hit attack in the finale, helping Hector Cedano (5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) improve to 7-2.

RESULTS
April 9: North Carolina A&T: W 10-2
April 10: Savannah State: L 8-1
April 12-13: Longwood: L 3-2, W 1-0, W 5-2

UPCOMING
April 16: @ North Carolina Central
April 17: vs. Appalachian State @ Thomasville, N.C.
April 19-20: Virginia Military Institute

 

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