College Top 25 Tracker: May 21




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1. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 43-12, 24-6 in ACC (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 13-1.
The Seminoles sustained their first series loss of the year by splitting Monday's doubleheader at Clemson but rebounded to take two of three against N.C. State. FSU won the ACC's Atlantic Division by five games and heads to the conference tournament as the top seed. The FSU bullpen failed to hold an early 4-1 lead Friday, as the 'Noles took their fifth loss in their last seven games. James Ramsey's seventh-inning sacrifice fly broke a 2-2 tie Friday; Brandon Liebrandt (5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) was strong in a no-decision, and Robert Benincasa (1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) picked up his 13th save. Josh Delph (2-for-4, 3 RBI) led the offense Saturday in support of Mike Compton (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), who improved to 10-1.
RESULTS
May 14: @ Clemson: L 9-7, W 9-5
May 17-19: (13) North Carolina State: L 10-5, W 3-2, W 6-2
UPCOMING
May 23-27: @ ACC tournament, Greensboro, N.C.

2. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 42-14, 19-11 in SEC. (12-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-4.
LSU went on the road and took two of three at South Carolina to win the SEC regular-season title outright. After Thursday's game was washed out, the two teams spilt their doubleheader Friday. Kevin Gausman (9 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) threw his second straight complete game in the opener to hand Michael Roth (8 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) his first loss of the season. Christian Walker's three-run homer highlighted South Carolina's four-run sixth against Aaron Nola (6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) in the second game. Ryan Eades (5.1 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, and Chris Cotton (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the win with strong relief work, as Mason Katz's RBI single capped LSU's two-run 10th. Raph Rhymes went 4-for-11 on the weekend to finish the regular season hitting .469.
RESULTS
May 15: Nicholls State: W 9-6
May 17-19: @ (2) South Carolina: W 5-2, L 5-4, W 3-2 (10 innings)
UPCOMING
May 23-27: @ SEC tournament, Hoover, Ala.

3. FLORIDA
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 40-16, 18-12 in SEC. (18-10 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-3.
The Gators won two of three at Auburn to finish a half-game behind South Carolina in the SEC East and earn the No. 3 seed in the SEC tournament. Florida has won its last three series and five of its last six. Hudson Randall (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) won his fourth straight start Thursday and threw the first complete game by a Florida pitcher since he went the distance on April 1, 2011. Preston Tucker went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and became Florida's all-time hits leader. Tucker homered Thursday and went deep again Friday; Mike Zunino and Vickash Ramjit also homered Friday in support of Brian Johnson (7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). Karsten Whitson (5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) left with a 4-2 lead Saturday, but Auburn stormed ahead with three in the seventh against Steven Rodriguez.
RESULTS
May 15: @ Samford: L 12-7
May 17-19: @ Auburn: W 6-0, W 10-1, L 5-4
UPCOMING
May 22-27: @ SEC tournament, Hoover, Ala.

4. RICE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 39-15, 17-7 in C-USA. (5-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-1-1.
After splitting the first two games of the series, Rice and UCF entered the final day of the regular season tied atop C-USA, and the Owls won the rubber game. Rice has won or shared a regular-season or conference tournament title for 17 straight seasons. The Knights jumped out to an 8-0 lead Thursday and held on to win after play was suspended and resumed Friday. In the second game, Michael Fuda homered and drove in three behind Austin Kubitza (6-2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K). Ford Stainback (4-for-4, R, RBI) paced the offense out of the No. 9 hole Saturday behind John Simms (5.1 IP, 7 H, 1 ER).
RESULTS
May 15: @ Sam Houston State: W 5-0
May 17-19: @ (16) Central Florida: L 8-6, W 9-2, W 5-2
UPCOMING
May 23-27: @ C-USA tournament, Pearl, Miss.

5. OREGON
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 41-14, 19-8 in Pac-12 (13-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-2.
After sweeping Seattle, the Ducks have won eight straight games and 14 of their last 15. They maintain a one-game lead over Arizona in the Pac-12 with one weekend to play. Alex Keudell (7.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) improved to 10-3, 1.80 in Friday's win. Jake Reed (6.2 IP, 10 H, 3 ER) earned a no-decision Saturday, and the Ducks scored single runs in each of the last four innings to win, capped by Aaron Jones' walk-off RBI single. Aaron Payne (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) hit his first career homer to lead the offense Sunday behind Jeff Gold (6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K).
RESULTS
May 14: Southern California: W 6-3
May 18-20: Seattle: W 6-0, W 5-4, W 6-1
UPCOMING
May 22-23: @/vs. Portland
May 25-27: @ (5) Oregon State

6. BAYLOR
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 42-12, 20-4 in Big 12 (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-2.
The Bears rebounded from their post-exam break sweep at Oklahoma by taking two of three from Texas to finish the regular season four games ahead of second-place Texas A&M. Baylor pounded out 19 hits in support of Josh Turley (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) in Thursday's blowout in Waco, as the Bears finished 29-3 at home (and 12-0 in conference home games). Baylor broke a scoreless tie with three in the seventh Friday, helping Trent Blank (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) improve to 10-1, 2.11. Texas broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the eighth inning against Ryan Smith to salvage Saturday's finale.
RESULTS
May 15: Texas-San Antonio: W 14-3
May 17-19: vs./@/@ Texas: W 16-5, W 4-0, L 2-1
UPCOMING
May 23-27: @ Big 12 tournament, Oklahoma City

7. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 39-15, 18-11 in SEC. (6-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-3-1.
South Carolina dropped two of three at home against LSU to finish a half-game behind the Tigers in the SEC, but it still won the Eastern Division by a half-game over Florida and Kentucky to earn the No. 2 seed at the conference tournament. After Thursday's game was washed out, the two teams spilt their doubleheader Friday. Kevin Gausman (9 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) threw his second straight complete game in the opener to hand Michael Roth (8 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) his first loss of the season. Christian Walker's three-run homer highlighted South Carolina's four-run sixth against Aaron Nola (6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) in the second game, and Matt Price (3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) protected the lead. Colby Holmes (6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) returned to the weekend rotation Saturday and pitched well in a no-decision, but the Tigers got to Evan Beal (2.2 IP, 0 H, 2 ER, 2 BB) for two runs in the 10th to win.
RESULTS
May 15: South Carolina-Upstate: CCD
May 17-19: (9) Louisiana State: L 5-2, W 5-4, L 3-2 (10 innings)
UPCOMING
May 23-27: @ SEC tournament, Hoover, Ala.

8. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 41-14, 16-8 in Big 12 (4-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 12-2.
The Aggies swept a road series at Oklahoma State to end the regular season with a seven-game winning streak and head into the Big 12 tournament as the No. 2 seed. In a matchup between sure-fire first-round picks, Texas A&M's Michael Wacha (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) and Oklahoma State's Andrew Heaney (8.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 12 K) each earned no-decisions Thursday, and Matt Juengel delivered a game-winning three-run homer in the 13th inning. A week after his no-hitter, Ross Stripling (7 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) was considerably more hittable Friday but still improved to 10-2, as Juengel (2-for-4, R, 3 RBI) led A&M's 13-hit attack. Daniel Mengden delivered a game-winning three-run homer in the top of the ninth Saturday, then struck out the side in the bottom of the frame, stranding two runners to earn his third save.
RESULTS
May 15: Texas State: W 5-1
May 17-19: @ Oklahoma State: W 5-2 (13 innings), W 8-7, W 5-4
UPCOMING
May 23-27: @ Big 12 tournament, Oklahoma City

9. UCLA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 38-14, 17-10 in Pac-12. (15-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-4.
The Bruins, playing without catcher Tyler Heineman (flu-like symptoms) and shortstop Pat Valaika (who took a bad-hop grounder to the face at Thursday practice and should be back), won two of three at Cal to improve to 7-1 on their current nine-game road trip. Both Heineman and Valaika should be back this week. Kevin Williams, who slid from second to short in Valaika's absence, had five hits in the first two games. The Bruins jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning Friday in support of Adam Plutko (6.1 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K), who improved to 8-3. Matt Giovinazzo (2-for-4, 3 RBI), pressed into duty at first base with Trevor Brown moving behind the plate, led the offense Saturday behind Nick Vander Tuig (5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER), who also improved to 8-3. Brown had four hits in support of Zack Weiss (6 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER) on Sunday, but Cal rallied for four runs in the eighth against David Berg and Scott Griggs to win it.
RESULTS
May 15: @ (8) Cal State Fullerton: W 6-3
May 18-20: @ California: W 7-2, W 8-5, L 6-5
UPCOMING
May 22: @ UC Irvine
May 25-27: Southern California

10. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 42-13, 22-8 in ACC. (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-2.
UNC swept Virginia Tech to finish the regular season on a 13-game winning streak and win the Coastal Division by four games over Virginia. The Tar Heels pounded out 14 hits Thursday in support of Kent Emanuel (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). Shell McCain's two-run homer in the fifth inning provided all the scoring UNC would need Friday, as Benton Moss (7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) stymied the Hokies. Hobbs Johnson (8 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) carried a perfect game into the eighth inning Saturday. Johnson, who went to just one three-game count in the game, retired the first 22 Virginia Tech hitters before giving up a seeing-eye single to Jake Atwell in the eighth.
RESULTS
May 15: @ UNC Asheville: W 10-4
May 17-19: Virginia Tech: W 13-2, W 2-1, W 6-2
UPCOMING
May 23-27: @ ACC tournament, Greensboro, N.C.

11. KENTUCKY
Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 41-15, 18-12 in SEC (12-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-3.
Kentucky, which entered the weekend atop the SEC standings, was swept at Mississippi State to end the regular season with a four-game losing streak. Kentucky heads to Hoover as the No. 4 seed. The Wildcats had a pair of four-game losing streaks sandwiched around a five-game winning streak over the past four weekends. MSU ace Chris Stratton (6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) improved to 10-1 in Thursday's win over Taylor Rogers (5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) and the Wildcats. Wes Rea's two-run single broke a scoreless tie in the fourth, giving Stratton and the MSU bullpen all the support they'd need. Darryl Norris' three-run homer in the fourth inning Friday proved decisive, and MSU's final four relievers combined to work five innings of hitless relief, retiring 15 of the final 16 Kentucky batters. Corey Littrell (4.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) fell to 8-1 Saturday, as MSU pounded out 14 hits in a blowout.
RESULTS
May 15: @ Murray State: L 7-3
May 17-19: @ Mississippi State: L 3-1, L 4-3, L 11-3
UPCOMING
May 22-27: @ SEC tournament, Hoover, Ala.

12. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 33-18, 15-6 in Big West (6-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-2.
Fullerton lost its first weekend series since opening weekend at Florida. The Titans enter their final series at Long Beach State with a one-game lead over the Dirtbags in the Big West. Dylan Floro (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) improved to 9-3 on Friday, and Michael Lorenzen earned his 16th save. Kenny Mathews (1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) had a short outing Saturday to fall to 5-2, and WIllie Kuhl (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 7 K) provided strong relief in a losing cause. Grahamm Wiest (9 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) went the distance but lost Sunday's pitcher's duel against Dylan Stuart (9 IP, 6 H, 0 R), as the Highlanders pushed across a run in the seventh.
RESULTS
May 15: (11) UCLA: L 6-3
May 18-20: UC Riverside: W 3-2, L 6-3, L 1-0
UPCOMING
May 25-27: @ Long Beach State

13. ARIZONA
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 36-16, 18-9 in Pac-12. (9-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 12-2.
The Wildcats took two of three at USC and head into the final weekend a game behind first-place Oregon in the Pac-12. Joey Rickard (3-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI) led a balanced 12-hit attack Friday in support of Kurt Heyer (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K), who improved to 10-2. Konner Wade (5.1 IP, 6 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) held the Trojans hitless through five innings Saturday, but USC chased him with six runs in the sixth. Arizona took control of Sunday's game with four runs in the third behind James Farris (6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER).
RESULTS
May 16: @ (18) Arizona State: W 10-2
May 18-20: @ Southern California: W 11-1, L 8-4, W 6-1
UPCOMING
May 25-27: (16) Arizona State

14. STANFORD
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 36-14, 17-10 in Pac-12. (14-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-3.
Stanford allowed just two runs in a road sweep at Utah, running its winning streak to seven and climbing within two games of first-place Oregon. Mark Appel (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 13 K) recorded double-digit strikeouts for the second straight week and threw his fourth complete game of the season on Friday. Brian Ragira (2-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) led an 11-hit attack Saturday behind Brett Mooneyham (8.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K). Alex Blandino's two-run homer broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth Sunday, helping Stephen Piscotty (6.1 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) win for the second straight week. Piscotty has allowed just one earned run and lasted 6.1 innings in each of his first two career starts over the last two weeks. A.J. Vanegas (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) shut down the Utes to earn his fifth save.
RESULTS
May 15: San Francisco: W 6-3
May 18-20: @ Utah: W 6-0, W 8-1, W 4-1
UPCOMING
May 22: @ Santa Clara
May 25-27: California

15. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 38-15, 19-11 in ACC (4-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
The Wolfpack won its series opener at Florida State but dropped the next two games. N.C. State heads to the ACC tournament as the No. 3 seed. Ryan Mathews (2-for-4, 3 R, 4 RBI) blasted two homers Thursday, including a three-run shot to highlight N.C. State's four-run fifth inning, helping the 'Pack erase an early 4-1 deficit. Mathews extended the ACC's longest active hitting streak to 21 games over the next two days, slugging his sixth homer in the last seven games Saturday (his 14th on the season). Carlos Rodon (6.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 9 BB, 6 K) struggled mightily with his control but still gutted his way into the seventh inning Thursday to improve to 9-0. Ethan Ogburn (6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER) was solid in a no-decision Friday, but the Seminoles took the lead for good with a seventh-inning sacrifice fly. The 'Pack made four errors Saturday, and Anthony Tzamtzis (1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 1 K) struggled.
RESULTS
May 15: UNC Greensboro: W 7-0
May 17-19: @ (1) Florida State: W 10-5, L 3-2, L 6-2
UPCOMING
May 23-27: @ ACC tournament, Greensboro, N.C.

16. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 35-18, 17-10 in Pac-12. (6-10 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-3.
Arizona State swept its third straight weekend series to climb within two games of first-place Oregon in the Pac-12. Seven Sun Devils got into the hit column in a balanced attack Friday in support of Brady Rodgers (7 IP, 8 H, 5 ER), who wasn't at his best but still improved to 10-2. Deven Marrero had three hits while Abe Ruiz and Beau Maggi drove in three runs apiece to lead the offense Saturday behind Trevor Williams (8 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K), who improved to 11-2. Marrero (3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI) fell a homer shy of the cycle Sunday, leading ASU's 15-hit barrage.
RESULTS
May 16: (14) Arizona: L 10-2
May 18-20: Washington: W 7-5, W 8-4, W 9-6
UPCOMING
May 25-27: @ (13) Arizona

17. VIRGINIA
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 36-16, 18-12 in ACC (3-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
UVa. took two of three at Maryland to finish the regular season with four straight weekend series wins. Branden Kline (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) was solid in a no-decision Thursday, and Virginia's three-run eighth-inning rally proved decisive. Maryland built a 3-0 lead through four innings Friday, but Nick Howard (5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R) kept the game close, and the Cavs surged ahead with an eight-run ninth, punctuated by Chris Taylor's grand slam. The Cavs scored a run in the top of the ninth to take the lead in Saturday's back-and-forth affair, but the Terps answered with two in the bottom of the frame against closer Justin Thompson.
RESULTS
May 15: Virginia Commonwealth: CCD
May 17-19: @ Maryland: W 7-6, W 10-3, L 6-5
UPCOMING
May 24-27: @ ACC tournament, Greensboro, N.C.

18. PURDUE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 41-12, 17-7 in Big Ten (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2-1.
The Boilermakers, who clinched the Big Ten regular-season title a week ago, dropped their first conference series of the season at Iowa to finish a game ahead of Indiana in the standings. Cameron Perkins homered twice and drove in four to lead Purdue's 17-hit barrage Thursday in support of Joe Haase (5.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K), who improved to 9-1. Perkins had two more hits in a losing cause Friday, as Lance Breedlove (4.1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER) fell to 7-5. The Boilermakers trailed 7-0 after six innings Saturday but rallied to make things interesting.
RESULTS
May 15: Indiana State: W 2-1 (10 innings)
May 17-19: @ Iowa: W 11-8, L 6-1, L 7-6
UPCOMING
May 24-27: @ Big Ten tournament, Columbus, Ohio

19. CENTRAL FLORIDA
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 41-14, 16-8 in C-USA (2-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 12-2.
After splitting the first two games of the series, Rice and UCF entered the final day of the regular season tied atop C-USA, and the Owls won the rubber game. The Knights jumped out to an 8-0 lead Thursday and held on to win after play was suspended and resumed Friday. After Rice cut into UCF's 8-0 lead with six runs in the fifth inning, Roman Madrid and Joe Rogers worked two scoreless innings apiece to preserve the lead. Ben Lively (5.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 8 K) fell to 8-2 in the second game. The Owls chased Brian Adkins (1.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER) in the second inning Saturday and never looked back, though Bryan Brown (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) was solid in relief for UCF.
RESULTS
May 15: Stetson: CCD
May 17-19: (5) Rice: W 8-6, L 9-2, L 5-2
UPCOMING
May 24-27: @ C-USA tournament, Pearl, Miss.

20. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 35-17, 18-6 in MWC (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-2-1.
The Horned Frogs took two of three from San Diego State but had to share the MWC regular-season title with New Mexico, which swept its final series against Air Force. The Aztecs jumped on Andrew Mitchell (6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 9 K) for three runs in the first Friday, and the Frogs were shut out on six hits by three SDSU pitchers. Kyle Von Tungeln (4-for-5, 2 RBI, 2B) spearheaded TCU's 16-hit attack Saturday, and Preston Morrison fired a one-hit shutout to improve to 9-0. Brett Johnson (4-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, HR) led the TCU attack Sunday behind Stefan Crichton (5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER).
RESULTS
May 15: @ Oklahoma: W 1-0
May 18-20: San Diego State: L 3-0, W 4-0, W 10-2
UPCOMING
May 24-27: @ MWC tournament, Las Vegas

21. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 1-0. Overall: 39-13, 14-7 in WCC (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
San Diego won a midweek game at UC Irvine and then took the weekend off for exams. USD heads into its final series at Pepperdine tied with the Waves for first place in the WCC.
RESULTS
May 15: @ UC Irvine: W 4-3
UPCOMING
May 25-27: @ Pepperdine

22. LOUISVILLE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 38-18, 18-9 in Big East (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-1.
The Cardinals took two of three at Pitt to finish tied with St. John's atop the Big East standings, but Louisville won the head-to-head tie-breaker to earn the top seed in the conference tournament. Four Louisville relievers combined to work 6.1 scoreless innings Friday, and Stewart Ijames' bases-loaded walk drove in the winning run in the 12th. Jeff Thompson (2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB) lost for the second straight week Friday, as the Panthers took control of the game in the early innings. Five Cardinals recorded multiple hits Saturday in support of Jared Ruxer (72. IP, 10 H, 3 ER).
RESULTS
May 15: Morehead State: W 8-3
May 17-19: @ Pittsburgh: W 6-5 (12 innings), L 8-2, W 9-5
UPCOMING
May 23-27: @ Big East tournament, Clearwater, Fla.

23. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 35-18, 15-12 in Pac-12. (6-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
The Beavers went on the road and won two of three at Washington State, their third straight series win and fifth in the last six weekends. Danny Hayes (2-for-3, 2 HR, 5 RBI) powered the offense Friday, and Matt Boyd (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) dominated in relief to pick up the win. Hayes (3-for-4, 3 RBI) went deep again in a losing cause Saturday, but P.J. Jones hit a walk-off grand slam in the ninth off Boyd to give the Cougars the win. Michael Conforto hit a three-run homer in the third inning Sunday to break the OSU single-season RBI record (69) and help lead coach Pat Casey to his program record-tying 613th win.
RESULTS
May 15: Portland: W 12-4
May 18-20: @ Washington State: W 10-2, L 9-5, W 7-5
UPCOMING
May 25-27: (5) Oregon

24. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 34-21, 16-14 in SEC (8-11 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-5.
The Bulldogs swept Kentucky for the first time since 2001 to finish with their most wins in SEC play since 2003, when they went 17-12. Mississippi State won four of its last five series and earned the No. 7 seed in the SEC tournament. Chris Stratton (6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) improved to 10-1 Thursday, as Wes Rea's two-run single broke a scoreless tie in the fourth, giving Stratton and the MSU bullpen all the support they'd need. Ross Mitchell provided 2.1 innings of one-hit, shutout relief before handing off to freshman closer Jonathan Holder, who recorded the final out for his fifth save. Darryl Norris' three-run homer in the fourth inning proved decisive Friday, and MSU's final four relievers combined to work five innings of hitless relief, retiring 15 of the final 16 Kentucky batters. Sam Frost (3-for-4, R, RBI) was one of six Bulldogs to record multiple hits as part of a 14-hit attack Saturday, and Jacob Lindgren (5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) earned the win in relief of Evan Mitchell (2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER).
RESULTS
May 15: Central Arkansas: L 2-0
May 17-19: (4) Kentucky: W 3-1, W 4-3, W 11-3
UPCOMING
May 22-27: @ SEC tournament, Hoover, Ala.

25. ARKANSAS
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 39-17, 16-14 in SEC. (6-10 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-5.
Arkansas swept a road series at Tennessee to finish with a winning record in the SEC and land the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament. Matt Reynolds and Derrick Bleeker had three hits and three RBIs apiece Thursday in support of D.J. Baxendale (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K). Bo Bigham (4-for-4, 2 R, RBI) led a 14-hit attack Friday, and the Hogs broke open a 3-1 game with six runs in the sixth. Ryne Stanek, returning to the rotation after a one-week absence due to back stiffness, was hit on the shoulder by a line drive in the first inning and was forced to miss the game, but he is expected back for the SEC tournament. Brian Anderson (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) led the offense Saturday, as the Razorbacks broke open a 2-2 game with six runs in the final three innings.
RESULTS
May 15: vs. Louisiana Tech @ North Little Rock, Ark.: W 6-5 (10 innings)
May 17-19: @ Tennessee: W 8-0, W 10-3, W 8-2
UPCOMING
May 22-27: @ SEC tournament, Hoover, Ala.

DROPPED OUT

24. APPALACHIAN STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 38-15, 21-9 in SoCon (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-3.
The Mountaineers lost their final series at Western Carolina and finished tie with College of Charleston atop the SoCon (Appalachian State earned the top seed in the conference tournament based on the head-to-head tie-breaker). The Mountaineers erased a 5-0 deficit with five runs in the seventh in the opener, then took the lead with a run in the eighth, but WCU answered with three in the bottom of the frame to win it. Tyler Zupcic (3-for-5, R, RBI) led ASU's 12-hit attack Friday; half of those dozen hits came in a five-run ninth inning, which also included three WCU errors. Daniel Kassouf hit his 17th homer in Saturday's loss.
RESULTS
May 15: Gardner-Webb: W 5-3
May 17-19: @ Western Carolina: L 8-6, W 5-4, L 9-7
UPCOMING
May 23-27: @ SoCon tournament, Greenville, S.C.

25. MISSISSIPPI
Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 34-22, 14-16 in SEC. (7-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-6-1.
The Rebels were swept at Vanderbilt to finish the regular season with a four-game losing streak, dropping them to the No. 9 seed in the conference tournament. Bobby Wahl (7.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) and Tanner Bailey held the Commodores to three hits Thursday, but Vandy was shut out on five hits by T.J. Pecoraro. Mike Mayers (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) was strong in defeat Friday, but the Ole Miss offense was quiet again, mustering just two runs in the final two innings, snapping an 18-inning scoreless streak. R.J. Hively (3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) made the start and took the loss Saturday.
RESULTS
May 15: @ Arkansas State: L 10-5
May 17-19: @ Vanderbilt: L 3-0, L 6-2, L 6-3
UPCOMING
May 22-27: @ SEC tournament, Hoover, Ala.