1. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 36-7, 19-2 in ACC (5-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 11-0.
The Seminoles stepped out of conference play and swept Rhode Island to remain unbeaten in weekend series (Purdue is the only other team in the nation that has not had a losing weekend). Jayce Boyd (5-for-6, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2B, HR) went bonkers Friday, as each team pounded out 14 hits, but the Seminoles staked Brandon Liebrandt (5 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) to an 11-2 lead through three innings and cruised to the win. Mike Compton (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K) improved to 8-0 in Saturday’s win, and three relievers joined him in a two-hit combined shutout. Boyd came up big again Sunday, delivering a walk-off two-run double to cap a three-run ninth in FSU’s come-from-behind win.
April 27-29: Rhode Island: W 17-6, W 2-0, W 6-5
May 2: @ Jacksonville
Mary 5-7: Maryland
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 38-8, 18-0 in Big 12 (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1.
Baylor saw its 24-game winning streak snapped Tuesday, then bounced back to win three straight, including a two-game weekend series sweep of upstart New Mexico State. Josh Turley (7.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) and two relievers combined on a three-hit shutout Friday. Turley carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning before Tanner Waite broke it up with a one-out single. The Bears broke a scoreless tie with three in the sixth against Ryan Beck (6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), capped by Cal Towey’s two-run double. Logan Vick’s three-run homer highlighted Baylor’s seven-run fifth in Sunday’s run rule-shortened affair, and Dan Evatt (3-for-4, 2 RBI) followed with a solo shot one batter later. After Texas dropped a series against Texas A&M, the Bears’ magic number to clinch the Big 12 regular-season title dropped to one: they have a six-game lead over the Longhorns with six to play, including a three-game series between the two teams.
April 24: @ Texas-San Antonio: L 4-1
April 25: Texas-Arlington: W 6-4
April 27-28: (25) New Mexico State: W 5-0, W 15-5 (8 innings)
May 9: @ Texas State
May 11-13: @ Oklahoma
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 36-9, 14-7 in SEC (11-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1.
The Wildcats finally hit a speed bump, dropping their first series of the year on the road against Vanderbilt. Austin Cousino (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) hit his eighth homer to lead UK’s offense in support of Taylor Rogers (5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) on Friday. Jerad Grundy (5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) was decent in a no-decision Saturday, but the Commodores answered Kentucky’s three-run eighth with a run in the bottom of the frame on Spencer Navin’s game-winning RBI triple. The Wildcats mustered just five hits behind Corey Littrell (5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) on Sunday, and Connor Harrell’s grand slam against Trevor Gott highlighted Vandy’s five-run eighth.
April 24: @ Louisville: L 10-2
April 27-29: @ Vanderbilt: W 5-2, L 4-3, L 6-1
May 3-5: (7) Florida
4. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 35-10, 14-7 in SEC. (8-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
LSU earned a pair of late-innings comeback wins Friday and Saturday to clinch a series win against Georgia but dropped Sunday’s finale. Austin Nola’s two-run homer in the eighth propelled LSU to Friday’s win. Offense was the story in the showdown between Alex Wood (7 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER) and Kevin Gausman (6 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K), as the two teams combined for 23 hits. The Bulldogs put the tying run on third base with one out in the ninth, but Nick Goody escaped the jam unscathed to preserve the win. LSU erased a 4-2 deficit with six runs in the eighth Saturday, highlighted by Mason Katz’s go-ahead grand slam, and Goody struck out the side in the ninth. The Bulldogs knocked around Aaron Nola (4.2 IP, 10 H, 4 ER) a bit Sunday, taking control of the game with four runs in the fourth. Raph Rhymes went 7-for-13 with a homer in the series to keep his season average at an even .500—through 41 games.
April 25: Southeastern Louisiana: W 4-3
April 27-29: Georgia: W 6-5, W 8-4, L 5-3
May 1: Tulane
May 4-6: @ (24) Mississippi
5. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 33-11, 14-7 in SEC. (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
The Gamecocks swept Alabama—their fifth straight series win—to move into a three-way tie with Kentucky and LSU in the race for the top seed in the SEC tournament. South Carolina has won 11 consecutive SEC games. Thursday’s game was suspended with no score in the eighth inning, breaking up a no-hit bid by Alabama’s Spencer Turnbull (7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K). Adam Matthews delivered a tie-breaking homer in the eighth to propel the Gamecocks to a 1-0 win when play resumed Friday. Michael Roth (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R) was strong in a no-decision in that one. South Carolina clinched the series win another one-run win in the second game, but this one had a much different feel, with a 12-11 final score. Grayson Greiner (3-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2B, HR) drove in a run and scored the tying run in South Carolina’s three-run ninth inning rally, and T.J. Costen scored the winning run on an error. Joey Pankake (2-for-4, 2 RBI) led South Carolina’s balanced attack, and Nolan Belcher (3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief of Patrick Sullivan (4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 0 K), who made his first start of the season.
April 26-28: Alabama: W 1-0, W 12-11, W 9-1
May 2: Davidson
May 4-6: @ (18) Arkansas
Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 30-12, 11-4 in C-USA. (3-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1-1.
The Owls were off for exams, but they took over first place in C-USA by percentage points over UCF, which lost a series to Memphis.
May 2: Texas Southern
May 4-6: Houston
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 33-12, 12-9 in SEC. (14-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-3.
Florida dropped a home series against Arkansas, its third series loss in the last five weekends. The Gators overcame a 2-0 deficit Friday with three runs in the sixth against Ryne Stanek (5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER), highlighted by Casey Turgeon’s two-run double. Hudson Randall (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) returned to the Friday starter role and pitched well to improve to 4-1. The Hogs chased Brian Johnson (4.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) with four runs in the fifth Saturday. Florida came from behind with a run in the eighth Sunday to force extra innings, but Arkansas got to Johny Magliozzi and Daniel Gibson for a pair of runs in the 10th to win it.
April 24: South Florida: L 5-3
April 25: Bethune-Cookman: W 10-1
April 27-29: (21) Arkansas: W 3-2, L 5-1, L 3-1 (10 innings)
May 3-5: @ (3) Kentucky
8. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 0-1. Overall: 26-14, 9-3 in Big West (6-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-1.
Fullerton dropped a midweek game at LMU then took the weekend off for exams, while Long Beach State won two of three to move a half-game ahead of the Titans in the Big West.
April 24: Loyola Marymount: L 6-5
May 1: Southern California
May 4-6: @ Pacific
9. TEXAS A&M
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 31-13, 11-7 in Big 12 (3-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-2.
Texas A&M snapped its five-game losing streak with a big series win against rival Texas, giving its regional hosting ambitions a significant boost. A&M capitalized on three Texas errors and built a 6-0 lead through five innings Friday, while Michael Wacha (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K) kept the Longhorns off the board for eight innings. But Texas scored five runs in the ninth against the A&M bullpen before pinch-hitter Collin Walsh grounded out with runners at second and third to end it. Scott Arthur (3-for-6, 2 R, 2 RBI) spearheaded A&M’s 14-hit attack in support of Ross Stripling (8 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) on Saturday. Rafael Pineda (7.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) was stellar in a no-decision Sunday, but the Aggies mustered just one run of support, and Texas rallied for two runs in the ninth against Kyle Martin to win the final Big 12 series between the Aggies and Longhorns.
April 24: @ Texas Christian: W 4-1
April 27-29: vs./@/@ (20) Texas: W 6-5, W 12-4, L 2-1
May 1: @ (21) Sam Houston State
May 4-6: Texas Tech
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 30-13, 14-7 in Pac-12 (10-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Ducks bounced back from a series loss to Washington State by sweeping California to move back into a tie with Arizona atop the Pac-12. Oregon allowed just four runs in the three games. Alex Keudell (9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) earned his sixth consecutive victory Friday, and Aaron Jones (2-for-5, 3 RBI) returned from an eight-game injury absence to deliver a two-run double, capping Oregon’s tie-breaking three-run eighth. The Ducks broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the seventh Saturday in front of a capacity crowd of 3,892, buoyed by the spillover from the Oregon football spring game. Jake Reed (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) improved to 5-2 for the Ducks. Aaron Payne and Kyle Garlick had three hits and three RBIs apiece Sunday in support of Jeff Gold (7 IP, 9 H, 1 ER).
April 24: Oregon State: L 7-1
April 27-29: California: W 4-1, W 3-2, W 7-1
May 1-2: @ Gonzaga
May 4-6: @ (11) Arizona
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 29-13, 12-6 in Pac-12. (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-1.
Arizona put up a couple of football scores in a three-game sweep of East Tennessee State. Friday’s game featured 41 hits and an NCAA record-tying seven triples. Johnny Field (5-for-6, 3 R, 4 RBI, 3B) led the onslaught, while Bobby Brown (4-for-4, 4 R, 6 RBI) and Alex Mejia (3-for-7, 2 R, 4 RBI) had two triples apiece in support of Kurt Heyer (7.2 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 9 K). Mejia (3-for-5, 2 R, RBI, 3B) led a 13-hit attack behind Konner Wade (7.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) on Saturday. Nine Wildcats posted multi-hit games as part of Sunday’s season-high 27-hit blitzkreig, led by four apiece for Field, Brown and Joseph Maggi. Field had two doubles and a triple in that game, accounting for three of Arizona’s six extra-base hits. Arizona hit .504 as a team with 65 hits (22 for extra bases) in the series. Brown finished 9-for-12 with nine RBIs, while Field went 11-for-15 with seven runs and seven RBIs.
April 27-29: East Tennessee State: W 24-7, W 6-4, W 21-6
May 4-6: (10) Oregon
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 28-11, 10-8 in Pac-12. (14-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Cardinal won a big road series at UCLA. Stanford has scored seven or more runs in six of its last seven games, after scoring just eight runs total over its previous four games. Stephen Piscotty’s three-run homer highlighted Stanford’s four-run fifth Friday, as the Cardinal broke open a close game en route to a 7-2 win. Mark Appel (7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) was strong for the Cardinal, improving to 6-1. The Bruins jumped on Brett Mooneyham (4 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) for four runs in the first Saturday and never looked back. Brian Ragira and Eric Smith each had two RBIs in Stanford’s six-run fifth Sunday, and Sahil Bloom (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R) picked up the win in relief of A.J. Vanegas (4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K).
April 24: Brigham Young: W 10-9
April 27-29: @ (12) UCLA: W 7-2, L 7-4, W 7-2
May 1: @ San Jose State
May 4-6: @ Oregon State
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 34-7, 14-4 in Big Ten (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0-1.
Purdue took two of three from Michigan State to remain one of the two teams in the nation that have not had a losing weekend (top-ranked Florida State is the other). Kevin Plawecki and Eric Charles had three hits apiece Friday, and Barrett Serrato hit a fourth-inning grand slam to power the offense in support of Joe Haase (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K), who improved to 7-0. The Boilermakers got strong pitching from Lance Breedlove (7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K), Nick Wittgren (3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) and Blake Mascarello (3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R) on Saturday, and Cameron Perkins delivered a walk-off single in the 14th. Eric Charles (3-for-5, 3 RBI) had another good day in that one, then produced two of Purdue’s five hits in Sunday’s loss, as Purdue was shut out for the first time this season. Connor Podkul (4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) took his first loss in the finale.
April 24: @ Illinois State: W 3-2
April 25: Ball State: CCD
April 27-29: Michigan State: W 6-2, W 4-3 (14 innings), L 5-0
May 5-6: @ (14) UCLA
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 28-12, 12-9 in Pac-12. (12-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-4.
The Bruins lost two of three at home against Stanford, their third series loss in the last four weekends. Stanford broke open a close game Friday with four in the fifth against Adam Plutko (5.2 IP, 9 H, 7 ER). Cody Keefer had three hits to lead the UCLA offense Saturday behind Nick Vander Tuig (5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K), as the Bruins jumped on Brett Mooneyham for four runs in the first and never looked back. Stanford erased a 2-0 deficit with six runs in the fifth Sunday, chasing Zack Weiss (4.2 IP, 3 H, 5 ER).
April 24: UC Irvine: W 9-3
April 27-29: (13) Stanford: L 7-2, W 7-4, L 7-2
May 1: @ Long Beach State
May 5-6: (13) Purdue
15. CENTRAL FLORIDA
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 35-10, 13-5 in C-USA (1-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-1.
UCF dropped a home series against Memphis, its first series loss of the year, to fall percentage points behind Rice in C-USA. Ryan Breen (2-for-4, 2 RBI) led the UCF offense Friday in support of Ben Lively (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R), who improved to 7-1. The Tigers scored five runs over the final three innings Saturday. Chris Matulis (6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) earned a no-decision for the Knights, who committed two errors leading to two costly unearned runs in the final frames. Derrick Thomas delivered a game-winning RBI single in the ninth against Joe Rogers. Brian Adkins (9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER) went the distance but took a tough loss Sunday, as Chase Joiner shut out the Knights on five hits. It was Memphis’ first road series win against a ranked opponent since 1988.
April 27-29: Memphis: W 4-3, L 6-5, L 1-0
May 2: @ Stetson
May 5-7: Presbyterian
16. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 1-1. Overall: 30-13, 13-8 in ACC. (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
North Carolina split a pair of midweek games before taking the weekend off for exams. Kent Emanuel pitched shutout ball into the ninth against East Carolina. So. 3B Colin Moran is expected back this week from his broken hand.
April 24: UNC Greensboro: L 8-4
April 25: East Carolina: W 1-0 (10 innings)
May 2: Winthrop
May 4-6: Boston College
17. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 30-12, 16-8 in ACC (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2.
N.C. State swept Duke and extended its winning streak to six games. The Wolfpack has won three straight series and four of its last five to build the second-best conference record in the ACC. Anthony Tzamtzis (7.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 9 K) bested Marcus Stroman (8 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) on Friday. Jake Fincher and Chris Diaz had two hits apiece to lead the N.C. State offense, which out-hit Duke 9-2. Diaz went 5-for-5 to lead a 15-hit barrage Saturday in support of a dominant Carlos Rodon (9 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 12 K), who needed just 110 pitches in his complete game, despite his dozen strikeouts. Logan Jernigan (1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB) had a short outing Sunday, but the Wolfpack erased a 7-3 deficit with four runs in the sixth, then won it on Logan Ratledge’s RBI single in the eighth. Danny Canela homered twice to lead the N.C. State offense.
April 25: Charlotte: W 6-3
April 27-29: Duke: W 4-0, W 8-3, W 8-7
May 4-6: Cal State Bakersfield
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 31-13, 11-10 in SEC. (5-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
The Razorbacks ended their two-series losing skid with a huge road series win at Florida. The Gators overcame a 2-0 deficit with three runs in the sixth against Ryne Stanek (5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) on Friday. The Hogs chased Brian Johnson with four runs in the fifth Saturday, and Brandon Moore (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R) sparkled in relief to earn the win. D.J. Baxendale (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) was strong in a no-decision Sunday, and Michael Gunn’s pinch-hit RBI single (in his 18th at-bat of the season) put the Hogs ahead in a two-run 10th.
April 24: Oral Roberts: W 6-1
April 27-29: @ (5) Florida: L 3-2, W 5-1, W 3-1 (10 innings)
May 1-2: Missouri
May 4-6: (5) South Carolina
19. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 33-11, 10-5 in WCC (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
The Toreros dropped two of three at Portland but remain atop the WCC standings by a game over Loyola Marymount. Dylan Covey (7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) assumed the Friday starter job but was out-pitched by Pilots ace Kyle Kraus (9 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) in the opener. Paul Sewald (6 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) improved to 7-1 in Saturday’s win, as the Toreros broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the seventh on Cory LeVier’s RBI single and tacked on an insurance run in the eighth. USD mustered just a run on six hits Sunday, and Calvin Drummond (4.2 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) fell to 7-4.
April 24: UC Riverside: W 6-5
April 27-29: @ Portland: L 5-4, W 3-1, L 4-1
May 3-5: @ Brigham Young
20. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 26-17, 11-10 in Pac-12. (6-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
The Sun Devils rebounded from last week’s sweep at Stanford by taking two of three at Washington State. Deven Marrero and Joey DeMichele had three hits apiece Friday in support of Brady Rodgers (6.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 K), who won despite an uncharacteristic bout of wildness. Trevor Williams (9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) improved to 8-0 with his second complete game of the season Saturday. ASU rallied back from a 6-2 deficit with two in the seventh and two more in the ninth to tie Sunday’s game, but Washington State answered with a run in the bottom of the ninth against Jake Barrett to avoid the sweep.
April 27-29: @ Washington State: W 7-4, W 2-0, L 7-6
May 4-6: Utah
21. SAM HOUSTON STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 31-12, 19-5 in Southland (4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-1.
Sam Houston State won its eighth straight conference series to maintain its four-game lead in the Southland. The Islanders surged ahead with three in the fifth Friday against Caleb Smith (5 IP, 4 H, 4 ER). Luke Plucheck and Kevin MIller combined to go 7-for-7 with four runs and three RBIs Saturday, and Plucheck scored the winning run on a ninth-inning balk after reaching on a hit-by-pitch, advancing to second on a wild pitch and heading to third on a sacrifice. Miller’s two-run single helped spark Sam Houston State’s five-run fourth Sunday, and relievers Allen Scott, Brandon Bergen and Michael Burchett combined for five innings of three-hit, shutout relief.
April 24: Houston Baptist: W 8-3
April 27-29: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: L 5-2, W 8 -7, W 6-3
May 1: (9) Texas A&M
May 4-6: @ Texas-Arlington
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 31-13, 12-6 in Big East (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
After completing a sweep of its two-game season series against Kentucky, Louisville took two of three from UConn to move into a three-way tie for second place in the Big East with the Huskies and South Florida, two games behind St. John’s. Justin Amlung (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) and Matt Koch combined on a five-hit shutout Friday. Ty Young (3-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI) led the offense Saturday, and Dace Kime (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) picked up his first win in relief of Jeff Thompson (4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 ER). Nick Ratajczak had three hits in a losing cause Sunday, and Jared Ruxer (5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER) turned in a solid start in a no-decision, but the Huskies got to the Louisville bullpens for six runs in the final two frames, including four against Koch in the ninth.
April 24: (2) Kentucky: W 10-2
April 27-29: Connecticut: W 5-0, W 14-6, L 7-4
May 1: @ Western Kentucky
May 5-6: @ West Virginia
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 30-14, 13-10 in ACC (3-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.
The Cavaliers clinched a road series at Miami with the series finale scheduled for Monday. Virginia has won three of its last four series. UVa. erased a one-run deficit with five unearned runs in the sixth Saturday in support of Branden Kline (5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 8 K), and Kyle Crockett (3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) provided strong relief. Colin Harrington and Nate Irving had two hits and two RBIs apiece Sunday, and Shane Halley (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) earned the win in relief of Scott Silverstein (2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K). Virginia capitalized on five Miami errors to score six unearned runs in that one.
April 24: Radford: W 3-2 (11 innings)
April 25: @ Virginia Commonwealth: W 7-5
April 28-29: @ (22) Miami: W 7-3, W 7-4
April 30: @ Miami
May 1: Mount St. Mary’s
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 28-16, 10-11 in SEC. (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-4-1.
The Rebels dropped two of three at Mississippi State and have lost road series in three of the last four weekends, sandwiched around a home series win against Arkansas. Chris Stratton (9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) was brilliant for MSU in a complete-game shutout Friday, out-dueling Bobby Wahl (6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). The Rebels scored two in the seventh and two more in the ninth to win Saturday. R.J. Hively (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief of Mike Mayers (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K). Matt Snyder had a two-run homer in that one, then hit an RBI double off the center-field wall Sunday and also had a homer taken back by a leaping Hunter Renfroe. Tanner Bailey got the start Sunday and failed to record an out, as MSU scored four runs on just one hit in a sloppy first inning. The Bulldogs mustered just one more in thereafter, but their pitching held the Ole Miss offense at bay.
April 24: @ Memphis: L 4-2
April 27-29: @ Mississippi State: L 4-0, W 6-2, L 4-2
May 1: vs. Southern Miss @ Pearl, Miss.
May 4-6: (4) Louisiana State
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 25-16, 12-6 in Big 12 (6-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3-1.
The Longhorns dropped two of three against rival Texas A&M, snapping their streak of five straight conference series wins. After getting shut out for eight innings Friday by Michael Wacha, Texas scored five runs in the ninth against the A&M bullpen before pinch-hitter Collin Walsh grounded out with runners at second and third to end it. Three Texas errors helped the Aggies build a 6-0 lead against Nathan Thornhill (6 IP, 8 H, 6, R, 2 ER) in that one. Erich Weiss committed three of UT’s five errors Saturday; starter Parker French (3.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 ER) had the other two. The ‘Horns were again shut out for eight innings Sunday, but Dillon Peters (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) and Corey Knebel (5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) kept them in it, and they rallied for two runs in the ninth to win.
April 24: Central Arkansas: W 4-2
April 27-29: @/vs./vs. (9) Texas A&M: L 6-5, L 12-4, W 2-1
May 1: Prairie View A&M
May 4-6: @ Missouri
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 27-16, 12-11 in ACC (4-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-5.
Miami is in a serious funk. The Hurricanes dropped the first two games of a home series against Virginia with the finale scheduled for Monday. Miami has lost three straight series and four of its last five. Miami made three errors behind Eric Erickson (5.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 2 ER) in the sixth inning Saturday, leading to five unearned runs. Deposed closer E.J. Encinosa hit two batters and walked another in that frame. Saturday was just as ugly for Miami, which committed five more errors—two by shortstop Stephen Perez, who has 18 on the year. The defensive miscues led to six unearned runs, contributing to the first loss of the year for Steven Ewing (5 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 1 ER). Peter O’Brien remains sidelined for Miami, but coach Jim Morris told the Miami Herald he hopes O’Brien can return for the Wake Forest series in two weeks.
April 24: Florida Atlantic: W 3-1
April 28-30: Virginia: L 7-3, L 7-4
April 30: (23) Virginia
NEW MEXICO STATE (25)
Last Week: 0-2. Overall: 30-13, 7-2 in WAC (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1-1.
The Aggies lost their first weekend series of the year, getting swept in a two-game set at Baylor. The Bears broke a scoreless tie Friday with three in the sixth against Ryan Beck (6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). Baylor erased a 4-2 deficit and chased Adam Mott (3.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 4 BB) in a five-run fifth inning Saturday, then poured it on against the New Mexico State bullpen.
April 27-28: @ (3) Baylor: L 5-0, L 15-5 (8 innings)
May 1: Texas Tech
May 3-5: @ Hawaii