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Tracking The Top 25

By Will Kimmey
May 16, 2005

1. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 1-0. Overall: 37-12, 13-2 in Big West. (7-5 vs. Top 25).
Fullerton scored seven times in the third inning Tuesday, with the big blow coming on a Brandon Tripp grand slam. Jr. LHP Ryan Schreppel returned from arthroscopic knee surgery to pitch three innings, allowing a run on two hits, in his first appearance since March 25. Fullerton leads the BWC by 1.5 games.
RESULTS:
May 10: Pepperdine: W 13-4
UPCOMING:
May 17: San Diego
May 20-22: Long Beach State

2. TULANE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 45-8, 22-5 in C-USA. (9-2 vs. Top 25).
Tulane clinched at least a share of the conference crown, its first since 2001. Every starter batted at least .308 in the series for a .381 cumulative average. Jr. LHP/RF Brian Bogusevic struck out nine batters over eight shutout innings Saturday and collected five hits in 11 at-bats for the series.
RESULTS:
May 13-15: @ St. Louis: W 16-7, W 6-0, W 15-4 (7 inn.)
UPCOMING:
May 19-21: Texas Christian

3. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 39-8, 17-4 in Pac-10 (6-5 vs. Top 25)
The Beavers tied the school record for victories in a season, set in 1986--the last time they went to regionals. OSU sits two games ahead of Arizona in the Pac-10, with UA to play Arizona State on Monday. So. RHP Dallas Buck threw a three-hit shutout Friday, recording eight strikeouts and four walks. LF Tyler Graham singled home the winning run Sunday, extending his hit streak to 12 games. So. C Mitch Canham drove in five runs in the series. Jr. CF Jacoby Ellsbury collected only one hit, but his 84th of the year set the school’s single-season record.
RESULTS
May 13-15: @ Washington: W 7-0, W 7-4, W 3-1 (10 inn.)
UPCOMING:
May 17: @ Portland
May 20-22: Southern California (21)

4. MIAMI
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 38-12-1, 19-7-1 in ACC. (6-5-1 vs. Top 25).
Down 4-1 entering the ninth inning Sunday, Miami loaded the bases but scored just twice and couldn't finish the sweep in a tight series. The Hurricanes sit 1.5 games behind Georgia Tech in the ACC race. So. 1B Danny Valencia homered for the only run Saturday as Sr. RHP Dan Touchet threw six scoreless innings while starting in place of Brandon Camardese, who missed the game with an illness. Jr. RHP Cesar Carrillo (7.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 8 K) was shaky Friday, but earned his 12th win anyway.
RESULTS:
May 13-15: @ Virginia: W 7-6, W 1-0, L 4-3
UPCOMING:
May 19-21: @ Clemson

5. TEXAS
Last Week: 2-0. Overall: 41-11, 14-9 in Big 12. (13-6 vs. Top 25).
Sophs Chance Wheeless and Carson Kainer collected three hits each in the first game, where Texas scored seven times in the eighth inning. So. 2B Clay Van Hook delivered a two-run single in the seventh inning of the nightcap to give the Longhorns the win.
RESULTS:
May 14: Dallas Baptist (DH): W 9-2, W 3-2
UPCOMING:
May 20-22: @/vs./vs. Texas A&M

6. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 37-14 21-6 in ACC. (6-1 vs. Top 25).
Georgia Tech outscored Virginia Tech 48-3 in the sweep to take a 1.5 game lead on Miami in the ACC race. The Jackets set school records for runs in the first (12) and second (11) innings Saturday. Jr. SS Tyler Greene went 8-for-12 with 10 RBIs and seven runs scored in the series. GT So. starters Lee Hyde, Blake Wood and Ryan Turner allowed one run in 18.2 innings.
RESULTS:
May 10: Coastal Carolina: L 7-6
May 13-15: Virginia Tech: W 10-0, W 27-2, W 11-1
UPCOMING:
May 19-21: @ North Carolina (24)

7. NEBRASKA
Last Week: 2-2. Overall 41-12, 16-8 in Big 12 (7-4 vs. Top 25)
A four-run eighth-inning rally allowed Nebraska to tie Sunday's game, but Texas Tech scored the game-winner in the bottom of the inning to push the Huskers two games back of Baylor in the Big 12. Eight of Nebraska's 12 losses are by one run. Fr. RHP Danny Dorn moved up to the Saturday start and responded with a career-high 11 strikeouts over eight innings. He's 4-0, 1.28 since April 16. Sr. 1B Curtis Ledbetter tallied eight hits, six RBIs and a homer in the series.
RESULTS
May 10: @ Creighton: L 5-3
May 13-15: @ Texas Tech: W 9-4, W 6-1, L 7-6
UPCOMING:
May 17-18: Northern Illinois
May 20-22: Kansas State

8. ARIZONA
Last Week: 1-1. Overall: 33-16, 13-4 in Pac-10. (8-7 vs. Top 25).
Arizona sits two games behind Oregon State in the Pac-10 race, but is even in the loss column. Sr. RF Jeff Van Houten tallied two home runs and five RBIs Sunday, passing Terry Francona for second on Arizona's all-time RBIs list. Jr. LF Trevor Crowe hit his 12th triple of the year Sunday, equaling the school mark in that category. Arizona posted just six hits Saturday.
RESULTS:
May 14-15: @ Arizona State (18): L 6-2, W 16-7
UPCOMING:
May 16: @ Arizona State (17)
May 20-22: @ Stanford

9. BAYLOR
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 34-18, 18-6 in Big 12. (11-4 vs. Top 25).
Baylor's fifth sweep of the year gives it a two-game lead in the Big 12. It's the first time Baylor has ever swept Texas and Texas A&M in the same year. Baylor came back from down 8-0 Friday, scoring three times in the ninth inning. Trey Taylor and Abe Woody held A&M to two infield singles Saturday. Jr. C/DH Zach Dillon totaled six hits and six RBIs in the series, while Woody retired all 16 A&M batters he faced to record a save Saturday and win Friday.
RESULTS:
May 11: @ Rice (15): L 7-0
May 13-15: vs./@/@ Texas A&M: W 10-9, W 3-1, W 6-4
UPCOMING:
May 17: Texas State
May 20-22: Missouri (20)

10. LONG BEACH STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 35-17, 13-5 in Big West. (6-3 vs. Top 25).
Long Beach State earned a victory in a tight series, moving to within 1.5 games of Fullerton. Sr. relievers Brian Anderson and Neil Jamison combined for 3.2 scoreless innings Sunday to nail down the win. Jr. LHP Cesar Ramos reached double-digit victories for the second straight season Friday, when he took a shutout into the ninth inning. CF Sean Boatright's hit streak ended Saturday at 27 games, second longest in school history.
RESULTS
May 13-15: Cal Poly: W 4-1, L 4-1, W 2-1
UPCOMING:
May 20-22: @ Cal State Fullerton (1)

11. TENNESSEE
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 36-16, 16-10 in SEC (13-7 vs. Top 25)
Tennessee lost its first SEC series in a month to fall a half-game behind Florida for the overall lead. Jr. RHP Luke Hochevar struck out 10 batters over eight innings Friday, allowing two first-inning runs and nothing more. The rest of the normally great pitching staff faltered, with So. RHP Craig Cobb and Fr. LHP James Adkins allowing seven earned runs each. Jr. RF Eli Iorg collected eight hits in the series.
RESULTS:
May 13-15: @ Louisiana State (16): W 9-2, L 9-3, L 14-4
UPCOMING:
May 17: Lipscomb
May 20-22: Georgia

12. RICE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 36-15, 16-8 in WAC. (7-5 vs. Top 25).
Rice holds a three-game lead in the WAC with six to play. Fr. CF Tyler Henley tallied nine hits, eight runs and six RBIs on the week, including three hits and a homer Friday. Jr. LHP Eddie Degerman allowed a run on five hits over eight strong innings Saturday. Rice is batting .314 in WAC play, holding opponents to .209.
RESULTS:
May 11: Baylor (10): W 7-0
May 13-15: @ Nevada: W 9-3, W 16-3, W 12-3
UPCOMING:
May 17: @ Houston
May 20-22: Hawaii

13. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 35-17, 16-11 in SEC. (13-8 vs. Top 25).
Look out. LSU has won 11 of its last 14 SEC games (and five straight series) to move into first place in the Western Division. Sr. OF Ryan Patterson totaled seven hits (two homers), five RBIs and six runs in the series. He tied a school record with five hits Sunday to raise his average to .397. Eleven of his 19 homers have come in SEC play. Jr. LHP Greg Smith won his fifth straight SEC start with six scoreless Sunday innings and has a 1.79 SEC ERA. Seven of LSU's 17 losses have come in series openers.
RESULTS:
May 13-15: Tennessee (9): L 9-2, W 9-3, W 14-4
UPCOMING:
May 17: @ New Orleans
May 20-22: @ Mississippi State

14. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 46-14, 18-9 in ACC. (6-6 vs. Top 25).
Florida State became the first ACC team to sweep North Carolina since 2001, when the Seminoles also brushed away the Tar Heels. FSU has won 10 straight games, topping its 2004 wins total and moving into third in the ACC. Sr. C Aaron Cheeseman's 11th-inning single Sunday capped a rally from a 6-2 deficit after five innings. So. 3B Ryne Malone jacked a three-run walk-off homer with two outs and two strikes Saturday. He totaled eight hits (two homers) and nine RBIs in the series and has five home runs and 15 hits in seven career games vs. UNC.
RESULTS:
May 10-11: Stetson: W 9-4, W 8-4
May 13-15: North Carolina (14): W 9-4, W 6-5, W 7-6 (11 inn.)
UPCOMING:
May 17: Jacksonville
May 19-21: @ North Carolina State (22)

15. FLORIDA
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 34-18, 17-10 in SEC. (9-9 vs. Top 25).
Florida wins the series to retake first place in the SEC by a half-game over Tennessee. Jr. RHP Bryan Ball held MSU to two runs over 8.2 innings Friday for his first win since March 18. Jr. RHP Alan Horne struck out nine batters in a complete game Saturday. So. 1B Matt LaPorta drove in three runs and clubbed homer No. 20 Friday.
RESULTS:
May 10-11: Stetson: L 11-5, L 8-7
May 13-15: @ Mississippi State: W 8-2, W 2-1, L 6-5
UPCOMING:
May 18: Stetson
May 20-22: @ Vanderbilt

16. ALABAMA
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 35-18, 15-12 SEC (8-7 vs. Top 25)
Alabama lost consecutive SEC series for the first time this season. It sits a game behind LSU in the SEC West. Alabama totaled 17 hits in the series, including five in each of the last two games. Jr. RHP T.J. Large went 2.1 Sunday, allowing two runs. Sr. 2B Rocky Scelfo's two-run home run proved the difference Saturday.
RESULTS
May 13-15: Arkansas: L 5-4, W 5-2, L 3-2
UPCOMING:
May 20-22: @ Auburn

17. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 1-1. Overall: 30-19, 11-6 in Pac-10. (11-14 vs. Top 25).
Erik Averill, Pat Bresnehan and Zech Zinicola limited Arizona to six hits Saturday while Jr. RF Travis Buck paced the offense with two hits and a run scored. He has recorded two or more hits in 11 of his last 13 games. Arizona State made a season-worst six errors Sunday and did not record an extra-base hit for the second consecutive game.
RESULTS:
May 13-15: Arizona (8): W 6-2, L 16-7
UPCOMING:
May 20-22: @ Washington

18. LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 44-12, 15-6 in Sun Belt (0-0 vs. Top 25)
The Ragin' Cajuns need two wins to clinch their first outright Sun Belt title since 1997. Sr. 3B Phillip Hawke homered Sunday to move into a tie for fourth place in school history in that category. He later received an intentional walk to set ULL season and career marks in that stat. Sr. CF John Coker tripled twice and drive in five runs Saturday.
RESULTS
May 10: Southeastern Louisiana: W 11-0
May 13-15: Middle Tennessee State: L 10-1, W 16-3, W 16-7
UPCOMING:
May 17: @ Nicholls State
May 20-22: @ Western Kentucky

19. MISSISSIPPI
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 37-16, 15-12 in SEC. (4-4 vs. Top 25).
Mississippi received three strong pitching efforts to win the series and move into a second-place tie in the SEC West. Jr. LHPs Matt Maloney (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 8 K) and Eric Fowler (6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 11 K) earned wins in the final two games after Jr. RHP Mark Holliman struck out a career-high 13 batters in a complete-game loss Friday. Jr. LHP/1B Stephen Head recorded a save Saturday with three scoreless innings and also notched three hits.
RESULTS:
May 13-15: South Carolina: L 2-0, W 7-2, W 8-4
UPCOMING:
May 20-22: @ Arkansas

20. MISSOURI
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 34-17, 14-10 Big 12 (6-5 vs. Top 25)
Missouri received 5.2 innings of scoreless relief Sunday from Jr. Taylor Parker as it overcame a 3-0 deficit, scoring the game-winner of a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning to take the series. So. RHP Max Scherzer struck out 10 batters over seven scoreless innings Friday. His 117 K's on the year rank third in Missouri annals, and he needs 11 more to set the record.
RESULTS:
May 13-15: Kansas: W 8-0, L 9-3, W 4-3
UPCOMING:
May 17: Southern Illinois @ O'Fallon, Mo.
May 18: Illinois @ O'Fallon, Mo.
May 20-22: @ Baylor (9)

21. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 32-15, 12-6 in Pac-10. (7-7 vs. Top 25).
Jr. SS Blake Sharpe went 9-for-13 in the series with a triple, homer and seven RBIs. So. RHP Ian Kennedy struck out 14 batters in seven innings Friday, allowing a run on four hits. He's 7-0, 1.05 in his last seven starts, performing like the Pac-10's pitcher of the year. Jr. LHP Jack Spradlin struck out a career-high 10 batters in seven innings Sunday to complete the sweep.
RESULTS:
May 10: San Diego State: W 10-6
May 13-15: Washington State: W 9-1, W 15-3, W 7-2
UPCOMING:
May 17-18: @ Notre Dame
May 20-22: @ Oregon State (3)

22. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 36-14, 15-12 ACC (3-6 vs. Top 25)
So. 1B Aaron Bates drove in 11 runs on nine hits (two homers) for the weekend. Jr. RF Brian Aragon drove in six runs in Friday's laugher as So. RHP Gib Hobson allowed four hits over eight shutout innings. Fr. RHP Andrew Brackman allowed three hits in five scoreless innings Sunday to clinch the series.
RESULTS:
May 10: @ East Carolina: W 3-0
May 11: The Citadel: W 8-5
May 13-15: @ Duke: W 22-0, L 14-10, W 11-4
UPCOMING:
May 17: Campbell
May 19-21: Florida State (14)

23. COSTAL CAROLINA
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 42-11, 19-2 in Big South. (3-0 vs Top 25)
Coastal reached 40 wins for the fifth straight season and sits in first place in the Big South. Jr. RHP/DH Mike Costanzo hit a two-run homer and earned the save against Georgia Tech while So. OF Chris Raber homered and drove in five runs against North Carolina as the Chanticleers dropped two ranked teams on the road in consecutive games. Costanzo earned another save (his 12th) and blasted another homer (his 11th) in the Asheville series, though his 20-game hit streak didn’t survive the weekend.
RESULTS:
May 10: @ Georgia Tech (7): W 7-6
May 11: @ North Carolina (14): W 14-5
May 13-15: @ UNC Asheville: W 8-2, W 5-3, W 7-3
UPCOMING:
May 20-22: @ Winthrop

24. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 1-4. Overall: 37-14-1, 15-9-1 in ACC. (1-5-1 vs. Top 25).
North Carolina ended up on the wrong end of the ACC broom for the first time since 2001 at Florida State. The Tar Heels dropped to fifth place in the ACC. Four of their last five ACC losses have come in the opponent's final at-bat, including defeats on Saturday (a three-run game-ending homer from Ryne Malone with two outs and two strikes) and Sunday, a game in which UNC led 6-2 after five innings. So. LHP Andrew Miller allowed six runs (five earned) and a career-high 12 hits Friday. Fr. SS Josh Horton collected three hits Sunday and seven in the series. Fr. 1B Chad Flack hit two home runs and collected seven RBIs Tuesday.
RESULTS:
May 10: Winthrop: W 13-5
May 11: Coastal Carolina: L 14-5
May 13-15: @ Florida State (17): L 9-4, L 6-5, L 7-6 (11 inn.)
UPCOMING:
May 17: East Carolina
May 19-21: Georgia Tech (6)

25. ST. JOHN’S
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 35-14, 16-4 in Big East. (0-0 vs. Top 25)
It's tough to lose a game in a week in which you don't allow an earned run. Still, St. John's remains in first place in the Big East with a magic number of one. Red Storm pitchers allowed 10 hits in 25 innings, recording 23 strikeouts and eight walks. Sr. RHP Jim Wldayka threw five no-hit innings to open the doubleheader and So. Anthony Sullivan won his fifth straight decision in the nightcap, allowing four hits in five innings.
RESULTS
May 12: New York Tech: L 1-0
May 14: Farleigh Dickinson (DH): W 3-0, W 11-0.
UPCOMING:
May 17: Manhattan
May 19-21: @ Villanova

DROPPED OUT

STANFORD (21)
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 29-19, 10-8 in Pac-10. (4-8 vs. Top 25).
Jr. 2B Jed Lowrie tallied three hits and three RBIs in Sunday's series clincher. C John Hester's RBI double capped a three-run ninth-inning rally Friday to snap a three-game losing streak and make a winner of Jr. RHP Jeff Gilmore, who threw a complete game.
RESULTS:
May 9: @ California: L 9-5
May 10: @ Santa Clara: L 6-5 (12 inn.)
May 13-15: UCLA: W 3-2, L 4-3, W 11-1
UPCOMING:
May 17: St. Mary's
May 20-22: Arizona (8)

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