Top 25 Tracker: Week One




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

UNC's vaunted pitching staff allowed just two runs and eight hits in 18 innings, sweeping two games against Seton Hall (the middle game of the series was snowed out). Kent Emanuel (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) needed just 106 pitches to throw a shutout Friday. Freshman Skye Bolt singled and scored the game's only run in the sixth against Seton Hall ace Jon Prosinski (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER). Bolt (4-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI) had a huge game Sunday, as did fellow freshman Landon Lassiter (4-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI), leading a 15-hit barrage in support of Benton Moss (5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K). Colin Moran (2-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI) also posted a multi-hit game Sunday, and leadoff man Chaz Frank scored four runs.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: Seton Hall: W 1-0, CCD, W 17-2
UPCOMING
Feb. 22-24: Stony Brook

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

The Commodores cruised to a pair of wins before dropping Sunday's finale, which was shortened to eight innings by a travel curfew. Vandy took control with a five-run third inning Friday in support of Kevin Ziomek (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). The Commodores mustered just five hits Saturday but took advantage of 10 walks and four errors to earn a series-clinching 12-2 win. Tyler Beede (5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 3 K) picked up the win. The Dirtbags pounced on T.J. Pecoraro (1.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 4 ER) and Carson Fulmer (1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB) to build a 9-2 lead through three innings Sunday, then held off Vanderbilt's comeback attempt. Connor Harrell (2-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI) hit his second homer of the weekend in a losing cause.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: Long Beach State: W 10-4, W 12-2, L 13-9 (8 innings)
UPCOMING
Feb. 19: @ Belmont
Feb. 20: Central Arkansas
Feb. 22-24: Monmouth

3. ARKANSAS
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The banged-up Hogs—playing without No. 2 starter Randall Fant (pulled hamstring), reliever Colby Suggs (pulled muscle in rib cage) and second baseman Dominic Ficociello (strained oblique)—won a home series against Western Illinois but dropped Sunday's finale. Arkansas got dominant pitching Friday from Ryne Stanek (4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), Trey Killian (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R) and Tyler Wright (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R), and Eric Fisher (2-for-4, 3 RBI, HR) led the offense. Barrett Astin (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) made the start Saturday and cruised to the win. Arkansas broke open a 3-1 game with four runs in the sixth in that one. The Razorbacks made three errors in WIU's pivotal three-run fourth inning Sunday, and Trent Daniel (3.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 ER) took the loss. Brandon Moore (5.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was strong in relief, and Arkansas got multi-hit games from Matt Vinson, Tyler Spoon, Brian Anderson and Joe Serrano.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: Western Illinois: W 9-1, W 7-2, L 7-5
UPCOMING
Feb. 19-20: New Orleans
Feb. 22-24: Evansville

4. LOUISVILLE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in Big East. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.

The Cardinals went 2-1 at the Big East/Big Ten Challenge, bouncing back with a pair of convincing wins after dropping Friday's opener to Indiana. Joey DeNato (4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) and Evan Bell (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) stifled Louisville's offense Friday, and the Hoosiers pushed across runs in the fourth and fifth against Chad Green (4 IP, 7 H, 2 ER). Jeff Thompson (5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 K) was overpowering Saturday against USF, and the offense was led by Cole Sturgeon (2-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 3B). Shortstop Sutton Whiting (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) led a balanced 15-hit attack from the No. 9 hole Sunday against Purdue, and three Louisville relievers combined for five innings of hitless relief, striking out eight and walking two. Anthony Kidston (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) earned the win.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: @ Big East/Big Ten Challenge, Dunedin/Clearwater/St. Petersburg, Fla.:
vs. Indiana: L 2-0
vs. South Florida: W 10-1
vs. Purdue: W 9-4
UPCOMING
Feb. 20: Eastern Kentucky
Akron 22-24: Akron

5. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 4-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Bulldogs dominated Portland, outscoring the Pilots 31-3 in a four-game sweep. MSU hit .355 as a team and posted a 0.75 ERA on the weekend. The Bulldogs broke Friday's game open with a seven-run second inning in support of Jacob Lindgren (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER). C.T. Bradford (2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI) and Wes Rea (1-for-2, 2 RBI) homered, while Adam Frazier, Mitch Slauter and Daryl Norris combined for 10 hits, leading a 21-hit onslaught. Evan Mitchell (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) made the start Saturday and was solid in a no-decision, and the Bulldogs scratched across the winning run against talented lefty Travis Radke (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) with a run in the sixth. Kendall Graveman (6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K) shut down the Pilots in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, and Luis Pollorena (4.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) earned the win in relief of Will Cox (3 IP, 3 H, 0 R) in the finale. The Bulldogs held So. 1B Wes Rea out Sunday as a precautionary measure due to a minor leg injury.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: Portland: W 16-1, W 2-1, W 7-1, W 6-0
UPCOMING
Feb. 19: Grambling State
Feb. 22-24: Diamond Classic, Starkville, Miss.: Purdue (2), Samford (2)

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

The Beavers cruised to a 3-0 weekend in Palm Springs, with a fourth game to come Monday against UC Riverside. Dan Child (5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) was solid Friday against Utah Valley, and the Beavers got four combined innings of two-hit relief from Tony Bryant and Max Engelbrekt. Jake Rodriguez (2-for-4, 2 RBI) led the OSU offense in that one. The Beavers did all their damage against Marco Gonzales (6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) in a six-run fourth Saturday. OSU's own lefty, Matt Boyd (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), was strong in his first start since 2010 (and just the third of his Beaver career). OSU rode another six-run inning—the first—to Sunday's run-rule-shortened blowout against Riverside. Fr. RHP Andrew Moore (5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) earned the win in his first career start. Andy Peterson had three hits out of the leadoff spot.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: @ Palm Springs (Calif.) Tournament:
vs. Utah Valley: W 5-2
vs. Gonzaga: W 9-2
vs. UC Riverside: W 14-3 (7 innings)
UPCOMING
Feb. 16: vs. UC Riverside @ Palm Springs Tournament
Feb. 21-24: @ San Diego State

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

The Gamecocks won Friday's opener and split Sunday's doubleheader to take the series against former South Carolina assistant Jim Toman's Liberty squad. After retiring Ray Tanner's number as part of an array of pregame tributes, the Gamecocks won Chad Holbrook's head coaching debut Friday behind Jordan Montgomery (6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K). L.B. Dantzler (2-for-2, 2 RBI) homered in the second to put South Carolina up for good, and the Gamecocks scratched out two crucial insurance runs in the seventh. In the first game of Sunday's twinbill, the Flames scored four unearned runs in a six-run seventh to build a 7-0 lead, but South Carolina stormed back with three in the eighth and five in the ninth to win. Nolan Belcher (5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) was solid in defeat in the finale, but Liberty's two-run fourth proved decisive.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: Liberty: W 4-3, W 8-7, L 3-2 (7 innings)
UPCOMING
Feb. 22-24: Albany

8. MISSISSIPPI
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in SEC (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Rebels rode strong pitching to a three-game sweep of Texas Christian, exacting retribution for their loss to the Frogs in last year's regionals. Bobby Wahl (6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K) bested Brandon Finnegan (6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) in a crisp pitcher's duel, as Ole Miss pulled out a 1-0 win. Tanner Bailey and Brett Huber combined for 2.2 innings of one-hit relief for the Rebels, who pushed across the winning run on Will Jamison's squeeze bunt in the fifth. The Rebels erased a 2-1 deficit with four runs in the eighth Saturday. Tanner Mathis hit an RBI single to tie the game, then scored the go-ahead run on Auston Bousfield's RBI single. Aaron Greenwood (3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) sparkled in relief for the Rebels to earn the win. Stuart Turner (2-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI) hit a first-inning grand slam in support of Chris Ellis (4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) on Sunday, and Ole Miss never looked back. Huber saved the Friday and Saturday wins, giving him a school-record 28 in his career (he entered the season tied with Stephen Head at 26 saves).
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: (14) Texas Christian: W 1-0, W 5-2, W 5-2
UPCOMING
Feb. 20: Tennessee-Martin
Feb. 22-24: Rhode Island

9. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Tigers rode dominant pitching to a sweep of Maryland, and their bats got hot in Sunday's finale. Aaron Nola (6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K) was brilliant in Friday's win, and Chris Cotton worked 1.1 shutout frames to earn the save. Leadoff man Chris Sciambra (4-for-4) scored the game's only run on Alex Bregman's RBI single in the third against Maryland ace Jimmy Reed (5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER). The Tigers broke a scoreless tie with four runs in the seventh Saturday. Ryan Eades (6.1 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) was strong in a no-decision, and the Tigers used Cotton for the final two innings. That left Brent Bonvillain (4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) to start Sunday, when the bats did the heavy lifting. LSU broke open a 6-3 game with eight runs in the seventh. Bregman (3-for-3, 3 R, RBI), JaCoby Jones (2-for-3, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI) and Ty Ross (1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI) led a balanced 14-hit attack.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: Maryland: W 1-0, W 5-1, W 14-3
UPCOMING
Feb. 19: Lamar
Feb. 21-23: LSU Tournament, Baton Rouge: Brigham Young (2), Southeastern Louisiana

10. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 0-1. Overall: 0-1, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.

The Wolfpack dropped Friday's series opener to Appalachian State, before the rest of the series was canceled due to cold and snow. First-team preseason All-American Carlos Rodon (6 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) took his first collegiate loss—and his first loss since his junior year of high school in 2010—as the Mountaineers hit three home runs against him en route to a 6-3 upset. Jamie Nunn (6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) picked up the win for Appalachian State, making new coach Billy Jones (a former NCSU assistant) victorious in his first game. Reigning national stolen base champ Trea Turner (2-for-4, 2 R) hit the ground running for the Wolfpack, stealing two bases.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: Appalachian State: L 6-3, CCD, CCD
UPCOMING
Feb. 22-24: N.C. State Tournament, Raleigh: Villanova, Wagner, LaSalle

11. KENTUCKY
Last Week: 2-0. Overall: 2-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.

The Wildcats slugged their way to a pair of blowout wins, while Saturday's game against Upstate was postponed until Monday. A.J. Reed went 4-for-5 with a triple and three RBIs to lead the offense Friday, and he picked up the win with a strong start (5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K). J.T. Riddle (6-for-6, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2B, 3B) had a monster game Sunday against Niagara, and Austin Cousino hit his first career grand slam in support of Jerad Grundy (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K), who set a career high for strikeouts.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: @ USC-Upstate/Wofford Tournament:
vs. UNC Asheville: W 9-2
vs. South Carolina-Upstate: PPD
vs. Niagara: W 20-3
UPCOMING
Feb. 18: @ South Carolina-Upstate
Feb. 22-24: @ Baseball at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, S.C.: Elon, Coastal Carolina, Kansas State

12. UCLA
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Bruins bounced back from Friday's extra-inning loss with a pair of blowouts wins against Minnesota. Michael Handel (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) hit a two-run double to highlight Minnesota's four-run 10th Friday. Adam Plutko (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) carried a shutout into the seventh before Minnesota got to him for two runs in the frame. The top four hitters in the UCLA lineup—Eric Filia, Ty Moore, Kevin Kramer and Pat Valaika—combined for 11 hits, eight runs and seven RBIs Saturday in support of Nick Vander Tuig (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K). Filia, Brian Carroll, Kramer and Valaika went a combined 8-for-16 with seven runs and six RBIs out of the top four spots in the lineup Sunday, and Grant Watson (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K) cruised. David Berg threw four innings over two appearances out of the bullpen on the weekend, allowing one run.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: Minnesota: L 6-2 (10 innings), W 14-0, W 14-1
UPCOMING
Feb. 19: @ UC Santa Barbara
Feb. 22-24: @ Baylor

13. RICE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in C-USA (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

Rice pitchers held Stanford's potent offense to just four runs in three games to win the series, and the starters held Stanford hitters to a .145 average. Austin Kubitza (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 12 K) set a career high for strikeouts Friday and escaped trouble by getting inning-ending strikeouts in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth. Zech Lemond (3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) was strong in relief to earn the save. Jordan Stephens (7.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) was solid in a losing effort Saturday, when the Cardinal broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the eighth to win. John Simms (7.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K) carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning Sunday and combined with Lemond on a one-hitter. Shane Hoelscher (4-for-4, 2 RBI) hit a two-run single to highlight Rice's three-run first. The three-game series drew 12,237 fans, the largest opening weekend attendance in Reckling Park history.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: (9) Stanford: W 5-1, L 3-2, W 3-0
UPCOMING
Feb. 19: Dallas Baptist
Feb. 22-25: @ Hawaii

14. OREGON
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Ducks won the first three games of their four-game series at Hawaii. Jake Reed (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) and Christian Jones (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R) combined on a five-hit shutout Friday. Lefthander Tommy Thorpe, who made 34 relief appearances and just one start as a freshman last year, moved into the rotation Saturday and delivered five innings of one-run ball to earn the victory. Ryon Healy (3-for-3, 3 2B, R, RBI) led the Oregon offense. Healy (4-for-5, R, 3 RBI, HR) and Aaron Payne (4-for-5, 3 R) led a 16-hit attack Sunday in support of Cole Irvin (7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K).
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: @ Hawaii: W 3-0, W 5-4, W 9-5
UPCOMING
Feb. 18: @ Hawaii
Feb. 22-24: Loyola Marymount

15. STANFORD
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 1-2, 0-0 in Pac-12. (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.

The Cardinal mustered just four runs in a road series at Rice, dropping two of three. Ace Mark Appel (5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) struggled Friday, and the Cardinal struck out 14 times, leaving 12 runners on base. Justin Ringo's RBI double in the eighth broke a 2-2 tie Saturday, and the Cardinal got strong relief work from Daniel Starwalt (3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R) and Garrett Hughes (0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R for the save). The Owls jumped on Logan James (4 IP, 3 H, 3 ER) for three runs in the first Sunday, and Stanford was held hitless into the eighth by John Simms. Bobby Zarubin (4 IP, 4 H, 0 R) was strong in relief for the Cardinal. Austin Barr broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff double in the eighth. First-team preseason All-American Austin Wilson missed the last two games of the series with a mild strain below his elbow.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: (18) Rice: L 5-1, W 3-2, L 3-0
UPCOMING
Feb. 19: California
Feb. 22-24: Fresno State

16. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Yellow Jackets got three strong outings from their starters en route to a three-game sweep. Buck Farmer (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 14 K) needed just 97 pitches to get through eight innings despite his career-high 14 strikeouts Friday, and Sam Dove (2-for-4) drove in two of Tech's three runs. Daniel Palka (4-for-4, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) had a big game Saturday in support of Dusty Isaacs (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K). Kyle Wren and Brandon Thomas had three hits apiece Sunday behind Cole Pitts (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K).
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: Akron: W 3-0, W 10-3, W 5-3
UPCOMING
Feb. 19: Georgia State
Feb. 22-24: St. John's

17. FLORIDA
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Gators bounced back from Friday's loss to salvage a series win against Duke. The Blue Devils broke a 2-2 tie, with two runs in the eighth Friday, after Duke's Trent Swart (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) outlasted Florida ace Jonathon Crawford (3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). On Saturday, Casey Turgeon put the Gators ahead for good with a three-run homer in the first inning, and Tucker Simpson (4 IP, 2 H, 2 ER) was solid in his UF debut. Parker Danciu (3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R) picked up the victory in relief. Zack Powers smashed two grand slams and drove in nine runs Sunday, as the Gators erupted for 14 runs over their final three at-bats. Powers joins Preston Tucker as the only Gators ever to hit two grand slams in a game. In case you missed it Friday, Florida announced that talented speedster Taylor Ratliff, a transfer from Jacksonville, did not receive an eligibility waiver for 2013, so he will have to sit out this season. Cody Dent spent the weekend in center field, and he had a pair of hits Sunday.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: Duke: L 4-3, W 4-2, W 16-5
UPCOMING
Feb. 19: @ Central Florida
Feb. 20: Georgia Southern
Feb. 22-24: Florida Gulf Coast

18. OKLAHOMA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 4-0, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Sooners swept a four-game series against Hofstra, capped by back-to-back walk-off wins. Anthony Hermeyln's three-run double Friday highlighted OU's four-run first in support of Dillon Overton (7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). The Sooners swept Saturday's doubleheader with a pair of one-run wins. Garrett Carey had four hits in support of Jonathan Gray (6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) in the first game. Billy Waltrip (3.1 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) was erratic in his debut in the nightcap, but the Sooners stormed back from a 9-4 deficit and eventually tied the score on Matt Oberste's two-run single in the ninth, then won it with an unearned run in the 11th. Oberste delivered a walk-off, three-run homer in the ninth Sunday, breaking a 4-4 tie after the Pride rallied for three in the eighth to tie it. Oberste finished with nine RBIs on the weekend. Corey Copping (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) was strong in his OU debut.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: Hofstra: W 10-4, W 3-2, W 11-10 (11 innings), W 7-4
UPCOMING
Feb. 19-20: Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Feb. 22-24: @ Kleberg Bank College Classic, Corpus Christi, Texas: Iowa, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, New Mexico

19. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Seminoles rallied from behind Sunday to complete a sweep of Rhode Island. Jose Brizuela (2-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR) led the FSU offense behind Brandon Leibrandt (5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) on Friday. Scott Sitz (4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, and the Seminoles capitalized on 12 walks from URI pitching. Stephen McGee went 1-for-1 with four walks to lead the offense, and Brandon Johnson picked up the win with three innings of one-hit, shutout relief. URI built a 5-0 lead through five innings Sunday, but FSU fought back and eventually tied the score with four in the eighth, then won it on freshman D.J. Stewart's walkoff two-run homer in the 10th.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: Rhode Island: W 11-5, W 6-2, W 8-6 (10 innings)
UPCOMING
Feb. 19: Jacksonville
Feb. 22-24: South Florida

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

The Titans played well in all facets during a 4-0 weekend against three different opponents, their best start since 2007. Thomas Eshelman (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), the first Fullerton freshman to start the season opener since 1987, retired the first 14 batters he faced Friday in front of 3,508 fans, Fullerton's biggest crowd since '07. After James Roberts gave USC a 2-1 lead in the sixth, the Titans answered with two in the bottom of the frame, capped by Matt Orloff's go-ahead RBI bunt. Anthony Hutting and Michael Lorenzen homered in the first game against Nebraska, and J.D. Davis delivered an RBI in Fullerton's three-run seventh and two more in a three-run eighth, helping the Titans pull away. Davis (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B) led the offense again in the nightcap, and heralded freshman Justin Garza (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) did not disappoint in his debut. The Titans held opponents scoreless for 18 straight innings, from the eighth inning of the first game against Nebraska until the eighth inning Sunday against Bakersfield, as Koby Gauna (7.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) turned in a strong start. Davis homered twice and had six RBIs in that one, making him 7-for-16 with five runs and 11 RBIs on the weekend.
RESULTS
Feb. 15: Southern California: W 3-2
Feb. 16: Nebraska: W 10-5, W 9-0
Feb. 17: @ Cal State Bakersfield: W 8-2
UPCOMING
Feb. 19: @ Pepperdine
Feb. 22-24: @ (22) Texas Christian

21. SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in C-USA (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

Southern Miss pitchers posted a 1.33 ERA and struck out 28 batters in 27 innings during a three-game sweep of Missouri, USM's first season-opening sweep of an SEC foe since 1981. Chase Fowler had three RBIs in support of Andrew Pierce (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) on Friday. Mason Robbins smacked a three-run homer in the seventh inning Saturday, turning a one-run deficit into a 5-3 win for Southern Miss. Jake Drehoff (5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was solid in a no-decision, and three relievers provided 3.2 innings of hitless relief, striking out seven. Robbins (6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) matched the longest outing of his career Sunday, and Austin Roussel delivered a go-ahead RBI single in USM's six-run eighth.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: Missouri: W 5-2, W 5-3, W 6-1
UPCOMING
Feb. 19: @ Alabama
Feb. 22-24: Southern Miss Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss.: Eastern Illinois, Missouri State, Alcorn State

22. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 0-3. Overall: 0-3, 0-0 in Big 12. (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.

The Horned Frogs scored just four runs in three games and were swept at Ole Miss. Bobby Wahl (6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K) bested Brandon Finnegan (6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) in a pitcher's duel Friday, as the Rebels pushed across the winning run on Will Jamison's squeeze bunt in the fifth. Preston Morrison (7 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) pitched well into the eighth Saturday, but Ole Miss got to Justin Scharf and Andrew Mitchell in their decisive four-run eighth. Sunday starter Stefan Chrichton (1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER) served up a first-inning grand slam to Stuart Turner, and the Rebels never looked back. Newcomers Trevor Seidenberger (3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) and Riley Ferrell (2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R) were strong in relief.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: @ (13) Mississippi: L 1-0, L 5-2, L 5-2
UPCOMING
Feb. 22-24: (20) Cal State Fullerton

23. ARIZONA
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Wildcats ran their winning streak to 14 games—dating back to last year's regular season—with a sweep of Coppin State, during which they scored 43 runs in three games. Konner Wade (6.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K) and Nick Cunningham combined on a one-hit shutout Friday, and Johnny Field (3-for-5, 3 R, 5 RBI, 3B) led the offense. James Farris (8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) was dominant Saturday, and Ryan Koziol had two hits and four RBIs out of the No. 8 hole. Arizona scored five runs in the first Sunday, but Coppin State rallied back against starter Stephen Manthei (3 IP, 3 H, 4 ER) and reliever Tyler Hale (0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 ER). But the Wildcats broke a 9-9 tie in the fourth inning and held on for the win. Eight Wildcats had hits as part of a balanced 11-hit attack in that one.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: Coppin State: W 16-0, W 14-1, W 13-9
UPCOMING
Feb. 19-20: @ Long Beach State
Feb. 22-24: San Jose State

24. VIRGINIA TECH
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 4-0, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.

The Hokies opened the season with four straight wins for just the second time since 1993, and in loud fashion against two quality teams in Wilmington. Virginia Tech has now won 22 straight nonconference games. Chad Pinder (2-for-3, HR, 2 R, 5 RBI) led the offense Friday against Kent State, when the Hokies broke a 7-7 tie with three in the ninth and held on for the win. Pinder (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI) homered again Saturday against the Golden Flashes, and Brad Markey (7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) turned in a strong start. Tyler Horan and Matt Dauby had three hits apiece in Tech's second game Saturday against UNCW, and Devin Burke (6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) was masterful. Mark Zagunis (4-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI) powered the offense Sunday, and Virginia Tech got another strong start on the mound, this time from Tanner McIntyre (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). Jake Joyce added three hitless innings of relief.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: @ UNCW Tournament:
Kent State: W 10-9, W 8-1
UNC Wilmington: W 9-0 (8 innings), W 7-2
UPCOMING
Feb. 22-24: Virginia Tech Tournament, Blacksburg, Va.: Temple (2), Holy Cross (2)

25. UC IRVINE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in Big West. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.

The Anteaters dominated Baylor in a three-game sweep, as they batted .347 and their pitchers posted a 26-3 K-BB mark. Andrew Thurman (5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) was solid Friday, and the Anteaters took control of the game with five runs in the third against Ryan Smith, highlighted by Dominique Taylor's two-run single. Veterans Matt Whitehouse (6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) and Kyle Hooper (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) combined on a three-hit shutout on Saturday, reminding the 'Eaters how much they missed the pair last season when both were injured. Taylor (3-for-4, 5 RBI, 2 2B) and Taylor Sparks (3-for-4, HR, 4 RBI) spearheaded UCI's 18-hit barrage Sunday.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: Baylor: W 6-4, W 5-0, W 15-3
UPCOMING
Feb. 22-24: California

DROPPED OUT
NEW MEXICO (21)
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 1-2, 0-0 in MWC (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.
The Lobos dropped their first two games against Oklahoma State but bounced back from Saturday's wild loss with a convincing win Sunday. The Cowboys tied the score Friday with a run in the seventh and pulled out a 4-2 win with two runs in the ninth, as pinch-hitter Tanner Krietemeier singled home a run and went on to score another. D.J. Peterson had two hits and an RBI in a losing cause for UNM. The Lobos carried a 14-6 lead into the eighth inning Saturday, but the Cowboys stormed back with four runs in the eighth and four more in the ninth to force extra innings, then pulled out a 15-14 win with a run in the 13th. Randy McCurry (5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K) shut down UNM's potent offense from the eighth inning on. Peterson (3-for-4, HR, 3B, 2 R, 5 RBI) led New Mexico's 17-hit attack. The Lobos scored five runs in the first in support of Sam Wolff (5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) and cruised to the win Sunday. Mitch Garver (4-for-5, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2B, 3B) led the offense in that one.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: Oklahoma State: L 4-2, L 15-14 (13 innings), W 9-1
UPCOMING
Feb. 22-24: @ Kleberg Bank College Classic, Corpus Christi, Texas: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Iowa, Oklahoma

SAN DIEGO (25)
Last Week: 0-3. Overall: 0-3, 0-0 in WCC (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.
San Diego State spoiled the opening of sparkling new Fowler Park with a drama-packed three-game sweep of the Toreros. Michael Cederoth (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 K) worked around spotty control to earn the win Friday, while Dylan Covey (3 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) struggled in defeat for the Toreros. Michael Wagner (6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) settled down after a shaky first to turn in a solid start in defeat Saturday. The Toreros had runners at second and third with no outs in the ninth but failed to score against freshman closer Bubba Derby. On Sunday, San Diego loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth against Justin Hepner, again facing a two-run deficit. But Derby entered and struck out USD's No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 hitters—Louie Lechich, Kris Bryant and Connor Joe—to earn a white-knuckle save.
RESULTS
Feb. 15-17: San Diego State: L 8-1, L 4-2, L 5-3
UPCOMING
Feb. 22-24: Kent State