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Top 25 Tracker

by Will Kimmey
February 13, 2006

1. CLEMSON
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 0-0, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
UPCOMING:
Feb. 17-19: James Madison

2. FLORIDA
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Florida hit seven homers in crushing Cincinnati, but none came from Jr. 1B Matt LaPorta, who was walked six times and hit by a pitch. Jr. C Brian Jeroloman and Jr. LF Gavin Dickey homered twice each, while Jr. SS Adam Davis led the team with seven hits and seven RBIs.
RESULTS:
Feb. 10-12: Cincinnati: W 10-0, W 10-4, W 20-4
UPCOMING:
Feb. 15: Mercer
Feb. 17-19: @ Miami

3. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 2-0. Overall: 2-0, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: It looked a lot like 2005 for Georgia Tech, scoring plenty of runs and getting enough pitching to win. Sr. RF Jeff Kindel, Jr. 1B Whit Robbins and Jr. 3B Wes Hodges totaled 14 hits and each homered once. Tech has won 20 straight games at Georgia Southern since 1997.
RESULTS:
Feb. 11-12: @ Georgia Southern: W 13-9, W 15-7
UPCOMING:
Feb. 15: Georgia State
Feb. 17-19: Kennesaw State

4. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 0-0, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
UPCOMING:
Feb. 17-19: Seton Hall

5. RICE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 4-1, 0-0 in Conference USA. (1-1 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Rice trailed 6-2 Sunday before Jr. PH/OF Josh Rodriguez stroked a three-run homer and So. SS Brian Friday added an RBI single. Rice scored twice in the eighth and once in the ninth Saturday to take a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, where Texas' Kyle Russell hit a two-run game-ending home run off Sr. RHP Bryce Cox. Rice has lost seven straight to Texas. Fr. LF/3B Aaron Luna homered Wednesday and Friday to push his streak of homers to his first three college games before it ended vs. Texas.
RESULTS:
Feb. 7: McNeese State: W 6-2
Feb. 10-12: @ Houston Astros College Classic:
Texas Tech: W 5-1, (7) Texas: L 5-4, (21) Texas Christian: W 12-6
UPCOMING:
Feb. 17-19: Coca-Cola Classic: Oklahoma, (19) Long Beach State, Lamar

6. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in Pac-10. (1-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Oregon State looked like it had a perfect week when Sr. RF Geoff Wagner hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning against Gonzaga, but the Bulldogs scored two in the bottom of the inning against Jr. LHP Kevin Gunderson to win. Jr. LF/1B Cole Gillespie reached base in 11 of his 16 plate appearances and scored nine times in replacing Sr. Tyler Graham (leg injury) in the leadoff spot. Jr. RHP Jonah Nickerson (5 IP, 3 H) and two relievers held Arizona State to five hits.
RESULTS:
Feb. 10-12: @ Spring Training Classic, Surprise, Ariz.:
Nevada: W 12-4, (16) Arizona State: W 11-0, Gonzaga: L 6-5
UPCOMING:
Feb. 17-19: @ (16) Pepperdine

7. TEXAS
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 3-4, 0-0 in Big 12. (1-1 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Fr. OF Kyle Russell hit a two-out, two-run pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning Saturday to give Texas an exciting win before 27,134 fans. The bullpen coughed up a Kyle McCulloch (7 IP, 5 H, ER, 9 K) lead in that one. Texas has won seven in a row against Rice. Still, the Longhorns aren't gathering a lot of hits--just 21 for the weekend: five Friday and six in Sunday's loss.
RESULTS:
Feb. 8: UT-Pan American: W 15-2
Feb. 10-12: @ Houston Astros College Classic:
Houston: W 3-1, (5) Rice: W 4-3, (12) Tulane: L 4-2
UPCOMING:
Feb. 14: UT San Antonio
Feb. 17-19: @ (24) Stanford

8. TENNESSEE
Last Week: 2-0. Overall: 4-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Bad weather forced a Friday doubleheader and prohibited further action. So. LHP James Adkins (6 IP, H, ER, BB) and Fr. RHP Josh Lindblom (5 IP, 3 H, ER, 8 K) handled Eastern Michigan with aplomb.
RESULTS:
Feb. 10: Eastern Michigan: W 3-2, W 3-2
UPCOMING:
Feb. 17-19: Morehead State

9. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-3, 0-0 in Big West. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: It's back to normal for the Titans. Jr. 1B Brett Pill went 7-for-11 a week after a 1-for-12 start and hit his first home run. So. RHP Wes Roemer allowed four hits over eight innings Friday, holding UNLV without a hit until there was one out in the sixth. He struck out nine and now has 17 K's and no walks in his first 17 innings.
RESULTS:
Feb. 10-12: Nevada-Las Vegas: W 9-1, W 13-4, W 3-1
UPCOMING:
Feb. 17-19: @/vs./vs. UC Irvine

10. TULANE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in Conference USA. (1-1 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Sr. RHP Billy Mohl (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER) shut down Texas on Sunday to make it a winning weekend for the Green Wave. The first two games were decided late, with So. SS Cat Everett driving in three of the five runs Tulane scored in the game's final three innings vs. TTU.
RESULTS:
Feb. 10-12: @ Houston Astros College Classic:
(21) Texas Christian: L 5-3 (10), Texas Tech: W 6-4, (7) Texas: W 4-2
UPCOMING:
Feb. 14: McNeese State
Feb. 17-19: Penn State

11. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 0-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
UPCOMING:
Feb. 24-26: Marist

12. MISSOURI
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 2-2, 0-0 in Big 12. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: It was not a pretty season debut for Missouri's offense, which was held to four hits in the opener and needed two eighth-inning runs to edge Kennesaw State. Jr. RHP Max Scherzer didn't pitch after cutting his right middle finger when a door slammed on it.
RESULTS:
Feb. 9-12: Buccaneer Baseball Classic, Charleston, S.C.
East Tennessee State: L 3-2, Charleston Southern: W 12-4, Kennesaw State: W 5-3, Washington State: L 9-3
UPCOMING:
Feb. 17-19: @ Louisiana-Monroe

13. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: South Carolina's creaky 2005 offense looks to have carried over. The Gamecocks needed a muffed double play ball (and Jr. OF Cheyenne Hurst's five hits) to win the opener. Saturday's loss broke a 26-game February win streak. Freshmen middle infielders Reese Havens and James Darnell each delivered two hits and three RBIs Sunday.
RESULTS:
Feb. 10-12: Elon: W 5-4 (11), L 2-1, W 8-3
UPCOMING:
Feb. 17-19: Radford

14. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 1-1. Overall: 4-1, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Cold temperatures led the coaches to call off Sunday's finale. Jr. CF Shane Robinson delivered four hits and two steals Saturday, while Jr. RHP Tyler Chambliss (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) came up with his second strong start. Jr. RHP Bryan Henry was as good in the opener, but Auburn scored three times in the eighth.
RESULTS:
Feb. 10-11: @ Auburn: L 5-2, W 8-3
UPCOMING:
Feb. 17-19: UNC Asheville

15. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 5-1, 0-0 in West Coast. (3-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: We think USD would have taken 5-1 at this point if offered before the season began. Jr. RHP Josh Butler (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R), Fr. LHP Brian Matusz (5 IP, 5 H, ER) and So. RHP Matt Couch (6 IP, 9 H, 2 ER) all delivered strong starts, but the bullpen and an offense that managed three hits let down Couch on Sunday. Fr. OF/LHP Josh Romanski is batting .391 with the team's only homer and has notched two saves.
RESULTS:
Feb. 10-12: @ UC Davis: W 4-2, W 11-4, L 6-2
UPCOMING:
Feb. 17-19: @ Public Storage Classic, Los Angeles: Vanderbilt, Kansas, (25) Southern California

16. PEPPERDINE
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 3-3, 0-0 in West Coast. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: So. RHPs Barry Enright and Adam Olbrychowski allowed 13 runs (11 earned) in 11 innings of their Saturday and Sunday starts, and teams don't win series with that kind of starting pitching. So. CF Adrian Ortiz collected six hits on the weekend; he and So. Donald Brown have a hit in all six games.
RESULTS:
Feb. 10-12: @ Fresno State: W 7-2, L 9-8, L 8-3
UPCOMING:
Feb. 14: (19) Long Beach State
Feb. 17-19: (6) Oregon State

17. ARKANSAS
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: So. LHP Nick Schmidt (6 IP), Jr. RHP Brian McLelland and Sr. LHP Devin Collins combined on a no-hitter Saturday against Oklahoma State, which rang up 17 runs and 22 hits in its previous game. It marked the 12th no-no in Arkansas history and the first ever against OSU. Jr. LF Jake Dugger led the team with seven hits on the weekend, including two homers and four RBIs Sunday.
RESULTS:
Feb. 10-12: @ Jaguar Invitational, Mobile, Ala.:
George Mason: W 4-1, Oklahoma State: W 3-0, South Alabama: W 8-7
UPCOMING:
Feb. 17-19: Al Ogletree Classic, Edinburg, Texas:
(18) Texas Christian, Stephen F. Austin, UT Pan American

18. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in Mountain West. (1-1 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: So. DH Matt McGuirk's two-run 10th-inning homer made TCU a winner Friday, when So. RHP Sam Demel got a no decision despite 8 K's in 7 IP. Sr. CF Ryan Pack homered twice Sunday as TCU took a 6-2 lead, but the Frogs gave away a chance at a 3-0 weekend with four errors.
RESULTS:
Feb. 10-12: @ Houston Astros College Classic:
(12) Tulane: W 5-3 (10), Houston: W 6-4, (5) Rice: L 12-6
UPCOMING:
Feb. 14: Texas State
Feb. 17-19: Al Olgetree Classic, Edinburg, Texas:
(17) Arkansas, UT Pan American, Stephen F. Austin

19. LONG BEACH STATE
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 4-2, 0-0 in Big West. (3-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Few hits (13) meant few runs (three) and no wins in the last two games for Long Beach State, which lost a series to Cal for the second straight year. The Dirtbags allowed six homers in the series, including three solo blasts Saturday, when back-to-back ninth-inning jobs by Jr. OFs Chris Errecart and Brennan Boesch (three bombs on the weekend) ended the game.
RESULTS:
Feb. 10-12: @ California: W 7-6, L 3-2, L 4-1
UPCOMING:
Feb. 14: @ (16) Pepperdine
Feb. 17-19: Coca-Cola Classic, Houston: Lamar, (5) Rice, Oklahoma

20. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Two new faces led the way for LSU. Fr. CF Jarred Bogany hit like he'd always been a Tiger, going 8-for-11 (two doubles, two RBIs) in his debut weekend. Jr. RHP Derik Olvey, a Notre Dame transfer, held UNF without a run on four hits over 8.1 innings and 90 pitches in the second game.
RESULTS:
Feb. 10-12: North Florida: W 11-1, W 4-0, L 4-3 (10)
UPCOMING:
Feb. 14: Centenary
Feb. 17-19: Tennessee Tech

21. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 6-0, 0-0 in Pac-10. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: N.C. State rang up 55 runs on the weekend and has scored 105 times in six games while batting .460. So. 3B Matt Mangini now has hits in 20 of his 25 at-bats (that's an .800 average, math majors), and normally light-hitting Jr. SS Jonathan Diaz is batting .588. So. RHP Eryk McConnell has thrown 12 innings over two starts and allowed three hits and no runs.
RESULTS:
Feb. 10-12: Hofstra: W 19-6, W 13-2, W 23-3
UPCOMING:
Feb. 17-19: Homewood Suites Shootout, Charleston, S.C.: Nebraska, Richmond, The Citadel

22. CAL POLY
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 7-2, 0-0 in Big West. (3-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Cal Poly has rung up double-digit hits totals in its last four games, highlighted by 19 on Saturday. Jr. C Matt Canepa had three hits (two doubles) Sunday, when So. RHP Evan Reed threw five scoreless innings. Poly trailed 7-3 Friday before taking an 8-7 lead, but it couldn't hold the advantage.
RESULTS:
Feb. 10-12: @ Loyola Marymount: L 10-8, W 16-4, W 5-1
UPCOMING:
Feb. 17-19: @ San Diego State

23. MISSISSIPPI
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 0-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
UPCOMING:
Feb. 17-19: St. Louis

24. STANFORD
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 4-2, 0-0 in Pac-10. (3-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Stanford avoided its first home series sweep since 1997 with a win Sunday behind three hits from Fr. LF Joey August and three RBIs from Fr. 3B Austin Yount. The Cardinal could have used some of that offense in the first two games; it managed four hits in each of those.
RESULTS:
Feb. 10-12: Kansas: L 8-2, L 5-4, W 8-3
UPCOMING:
Feb. 17-19: (7) Texas

25. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 4-3, 0-0 in Pac-10. (0-3 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Jr. RHP Ian Kennedy (7 IP, 3 H, 10 K) started USC's first shutout since he helped dominate Arizona last April. Sr. C Baron Frost and Jr. RF Cyle Hankerd hit two homers each Sunday. Frost drove in five runs; Hankerd, four.
RESULTS:
Feb. 7: @ UC Riverside: W 13-10
Feb. 10-12: Florida International: W 12-0, W 5-4, W 13-4
UPCOMING
Feb. 14: @ UC Santa Barbara
Feb. 17-19: Public Storage Classic, Los Angeles: Kansas, Vanderbilt, (15) San Diego

DROPPED OUT

ARIZONA STATE (16)
Last Week: 0-3. Overall: 5-4, 0-0 in Pac-10. (0-1 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Yikes. Arizona State failed to pitch or hit and went winless in the Classic for the first time ever as Pat Murphy's Saturday tirade and ejection served as the club's most exciting play. So. 1B Willy Fox led the club with six hits, but the Devils didn't generate an extra-base hit until Sunday and failed to homer on the weekend.
RESULTS:
Feb. 10-12: @ Spring Training Classic, Surprise, Ariz.:
Gonzaga: L 9-1, (6) Oregon State: L 11-0, Nevada: L 12-8
UPCOMING:
Feb. 17-19: Houston

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