1. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 5-0. Overall: 39-2, 18-2 in ACC. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-0.
The Tar Heels outscored Duke 21-3 in a dominating three-game sweep, running their winning streak to 14 games. At 39-2, UNC has the best record through 41 games in ACC history. Brian Holberton (3-for-5, 2 2B, HR, RBI) led the UNC offense in support of Kent Emanuel (9 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader. Landon Lassiter (3-for-4, 2 R, 2B) sparked the offense in the second game, and Benton Moss (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) improved to 7-0. Holberton (2-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI) went deep again Sunday (his eighth long ball of the season) to lead a balanced 16-hit assault in support of Hobbs Johnson (7.1 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K). The Sunday game drew 4,255 fans, the largest crowd ever for a regular-season game at UNC.
April 16: Coastal Carolina: W 5-1
April 17: Elon: W 14-5
April 20-21: Duke: W 7-1, W 4-1, W 10-1
April 23: (23) UNC Wilmington
April 24: Charlotte
April 26-28: @ (6) North Carolina State
2. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 37-4, 15-3 in SEC. (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-0.
LSU went on the road and won a hard-fought series at Alabama, as the Tigers maintained their four-game lead over second-place Arkansas in the SEC West. Aaron Nola (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) followed up his first career complete game last week at Arkansas with a brilliant complete-game shutout Friday. Raph Rhymes (3-for-4, 3 RBI, 2B, 3B) fell a homer shy of the cycle, leading LSU’s 11-hit attack. After the Crimson Tide forced extra innings with three runs in the ninth Saturday against Chris Cotton (3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER), both teams were held scoreless until the 16th, when LSU broke through with three runs to win 11-8. Alex Bregman, JaCoby Jones and Ty Ross combined for eight hits (including homers by Bregman and Ross) and nine RBIs to lead LSU’s 18-hit barrage. Ryan Eades (4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) scuffled for the second straight week. LSU scored a run in the ninth Sunday to force extra innings again, but Alabama won it on Kyle Overstreet’s walk-off RBI single in the 10th against Joey Bourgeois. Cody Glenn (8 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 k) rebounded from his rough start at Arkansas with a strong outing in a no-decision Sunday.
April 17: Grambling State: W 4-0
April 19-21: @ Alabama: W 5-0, W 11-8 (16 innings), L 4-3 (10 innings)
April 24: Tulane
April 26-28: (15) South Carolina
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 35-6, 16-2 in SEC. (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 10-0.
The Commodores took two of three at Georgia, and they still lead the SEC East by five games over second-place South Carolina. The Bulldogs pulled off a 3-1 upset in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, but Vandy bounced back with a 15-4 blowout win in the second game. Kevin Ziomek (8 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) went the distance but took a tough-luck defeat in the opener, as five Georgia pitchers held the Commodores to one run on five hits. Redshirt freshman Zander Wiel (3-for-3, 4 R, 5 RBI, 2 HR, 2B) went bonkers in his first career start to lead Vandy’s 19-hit attack in the nightcap, helping Tyler Beede (7 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) improve to 10-0. Wiel started again Sunday in the cleanup spot and delivered an RBI double as part of a balanced 10-hit attack, and Carson Fulmer (2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) earned his first career win in relief of T.J. Pecoraro (4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K).
April 16: Tennessee Tech: L 10-9
April 19-21: @ Georgia: L 3-1, W 15-4, W 5-1
April 23: @ (12) Louisville
April 26-28: (16) Mississippi State
4. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 34-6, 10-2 in Big West. (8-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 9-0.
The Titans rebounded from Friday’s loss to win a big road series at their most dangerous Big West challenger this year, Cal Poly. The Titans now lead the conference by 2 1/2 games over second-place Cal State Northridge. The Mustangs broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the sixth Friday against Thomas Eshelman (7.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K). Matt Chapman (3-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI) and Chad Wallach (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI) led Fullerton’s 12-hit attack Saturday behind Justin Garza (7 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 8 K). Fullerton built an early 4-1 lead Sunday behind Grahamm Wiest (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K), but the Mustangs fought back to tie the score in the eighth, only to see the Titans respond with two in the ninth, highlighted by Austin Kingsolver’s tie-breaking RBI fielder’s choice.
April 16: @ Pepperdine: W 8-4
April 19-21: @ (23) Cal Poly: L 2-1, W 10-5, W 6-4
April 26-28: @ Hawaii
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 35-6, 15-5 in ACC (7-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
Virginia never trailed in a sweep of Florida State—the Cavs’ first-ever three-game sweep of the Seminoles. The series drew 13,890 fans (a record for a three-game series at UVa.), including sellout crowds of 4,980 for each of the final two games. Derek Fisher and Nick Howard each homered and drove in two to lead a balanced 10-hit attack behind Brandon Waddell (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader. Branden Cogswell’s two-run double in the fifth inning provided all of the scoring in the second game, as Scott Silverstein (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K) was masterful, and Kyle Crockett provided with two perfect innings of relief to complete the one-hit shutout. Jared King (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI, 2B) hit a two-run double to highlight Virginia’s four-run third Sunday behind Howard (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K), and Crockett worked two more scoreless innings for his ninth save.
April 17: Old Dominion: W 10-9
April 20-21: (6) Florida State: W 9-2, W 2-0, W 5-2
April 23: Richmond
April 24: James Madison
April 26-28: @ Virginia Tech
6. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 32-10, 14-7 in ACC (6-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.
North Carolina State swept Georgia Tech for the first time since 1992, and swept the Jackets in Atlanta for the first time ever. In fact, N.C. State had only taken one other series at Georgia Tech, in 2001. The Wolfpack’s 14-game winning streak is tied with UNC for the nation’s longest, and is its longest winning streak since 2003, when it won 16 straight. Thanks to N.C. State’s sweep and Virginia’s sweep of Florida State, the ‘Pack surged into sole possession of first place in the ACC’s Atlantic Division. Tarran Senay (3-for-6, HR, 6 RBI) led N.C. State’s 15-hit barrage Friday, and Anthony Tzamtzis (3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R) and Grant Sasser (1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) combined to work five hitless innings in relief of Ryan Wilkins (4 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K), who took over the Friday starter duties with Carlos Rodon moved back to Saturday. Rodon (9 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) returned to form Saturday, and eight NCSU starters recorded hits as part of a balanced 13-hit attack. Grant Clyde (2-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR, 2B) doubled to lead off the ninth Sunday, and Brett Williams (4-for-5) singled him home to tie the game, then scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly.
April 16: @ Charlotte: W 2-1
April 19-21: @ (14) Georgia Tech: W 13-4, W 6-2, W 8-7
April 23: Davidson
April 26-28: (1) North Carolina
7. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 30-8, 11-4 in Pac-12 (7-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
In perhaps the weekend’s most stunning development, Washington (which entered the series 9-25 overall, 3-9 in the Pac-12) swept a doubleheader Saturday against the Beavers, but they salvaged the series finale Sunday. UW’s Jared Fisher (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R) bested Matt Boyd (6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER) in the opener. Washington’s Austin Voth (7 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) and OSU’s Andrew Moore (6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) were both solid in no-decisions in Saturday’s nightcap, and the Huskies erased a 3-2 deficit with eight runs in the eighth against the Oregon State bullpen. Closer Scott Schultz surrendered four runs on three hits without recording an out. Dylan Davis (2-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, HR, 2B) led OSU’s balanced 11-hit attack Sunday in support of Ben Wetzler (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K), who threw the first nine-inning complete game of his career.
April 17: @ Portland: W 5-1
April 20-21: @ Washington: L 5-1, L 10-3, W 8-0
April 22: @ Seattle
April 26-28: Southern California
8. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 24-12-1, 8-7 in Pac-12 (7-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
Arizona State blew out Valparaiso twice but dropped Sunday’s finale, dropping the Sun Devils to 3-6 in series finales this year. Michael Benjamin (3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 2B) led ASU’s 19-hit onslaught Friday in support of Trevor Williams (6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K), as ASU broke open a 7-3 game with nine runs in the eighth. R.J. Ybarr’s grand slam highlighted ASU’s eight-run third inning Saturday, as the Sun Devils took control early and cruised to a 15-3 win. Ryan Kellogg (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) improved to 9-0. Benjamin (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Ybarra each homered on Sunday, but the Crusaders opened up an early 7-2 lead against Alex Blackford (2.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER), and ASU’s comeback bid fell short.
April 16: @ Arizona: L 10-9
April 19-21: Valparaiso: W 16-3, W 15-3, L 8-6
April 24: Nevada-Las Vegas
April 26-28: @ Utah
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 25-11, 9-6 in Pac-12 (4-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
UCLA rode stellar pitching to a huge road series win at Oregon. Brian Carroll drew a leadoff walk in the fifth, stole second and went on to score the only run of the game Friday, as Adam Plutko (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K) out-dueled Tommy Thorpe (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K), and David Berg (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K) picked up his ninth save. Eric Filia doubled and scored an unearned run in the first inning Saturday, and the UCLA pitching staff took it from there. Nick Vander Tuig (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) was outstanding, and Berg worked 1.1 innings for his 10th save of the season. The Bruins led 3-1 Sunday, but the Ducks surged ahead with four in the fifth to hand Grand Watson (4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) his third straight loss.
April 16: @ UC Irvine: W 6-4
April 19-21: @ (10) Oregon: W 1-0, W 1-0, L 5-3
April 23: Long Beach State
April 26-28: @ Washington State
10. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 31-9, 13-8 in ACC (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Seminoles scored just four runs in three games and were swept by Virginia for the first time ever. Coupled with North Carolina State’s sweep at Georgia Tech, the ‘Noles now find themselves tied with Clemson for second place in the ACC Atlantic Division, a game behind the Wolfpack. Luke Weaver (4.2 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) took his first loss of the year in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Brandon Cogswell’s two-run double in the fifth against Brandon Leibrandt (8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) provided all of the scoring in the second game. The Cavs took control of Sunday’s game with four runs in the third against Scott Sitz (4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K), who took his first loss of the season.
April 16: South Alabama: W 2-0
April 19-21: @ (7) Virginia: L 9-2, L 2-0, L 5-2
April 23: @ Jacksonville
April 26-28: Wake Forest
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 31-10, 8-4 in Big 12 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-1.
Oklahoma rebounded from a two-game midweek sweep at the hands of Arkansas-Little Rock by dominating New Orleans, which fell to 6-36. Slugger Matt Oberste (3-for-5, 2 R, RBI, 2B, 3B) moved to the leadoff spot Friday and led Oklahoma’s 13-hit attack behind Jonathan Gray (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K). Max White (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 2B, HR) had a big day to lead OU’s 19-hit barrage Saturday in support of Dillon Overton (6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). Anthony Hermelyn (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI) led a balanced 14-hit attack Sunday, as the Sooners hit three home runs in support of Ethan Carnes (7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K).
April 16: Arkansas-Little Rock (DH): L 5-2, L 4-3
April 19-21: New Orleans: W 14-5, W 14-3, W 14-3 (7 innings)
April 23: @ (14) Arkansas
April 26-28: Texas Tech
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 30-9, 8-4 in Big East. (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
After winning Friday’s series opener, the Cardinals lost a pair of one-run decisions at St. John’s, dropping them to third place in the Big East, two games behind first-place South Florida. Louisville erased a 4-1 deficit with two runs in the eighth and four more in the ninth Friday. The Cards plated four runs without getting a hit in the ninth, taking advantage of a walk, two hit batsmen, two wild pitches and a huge error by St. John’s shortstop Dustin Breshears that allowed three runs to score on the play. Jeff Gardner had three hits to lead the Louisville offense, and Chad Green (5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was solid in a no-decision. The Cardinals out-hit the Red Storm 14-4 on Saturday, but Louisville also left 14 men on base to St. John’s four, as Jeff Thompson (5.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) took his first loss of the year. Anthony Kidston (7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER) was strong in a no-decision Sunday, but St. John’s erased a 5-2 deficit with four runs in the eighth against the Louisville bullpen.
April 16: @ (17) Kentucky: W 12-5
April 19-21: @ St. John’s: W 7-4, L 4-3, L 6-5
April 23: (3) Vanderbilt
April 26-28: Georgetown
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 29-10, 13-5 in Pac-12 (5-8 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-4.
The Ducks dropped a home series against UCLA and have lost all four series they have played against ranked foes, though they have not been swept. Adam Plutko (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K) out-dueled Tommy Thorpe (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) on Friday, as the Bruins scored the game’s only run in the fifth. UCLA scored an unearned run in the first Saturday against Cole Irvin (9 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER), and the UCLA pitching staff shut out the Ducks for the second straight day. Oregon overcame a 3-1 deficit Sunday with four runs in the fifth, highlighted by Scott Heineman’s three-run triple. Jake Reed (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) turned in a solid start to improve to 5-3.
April 16: @ Portland: W 4-1
April 19-21: (13) UCLA: L 1-0, L 1-0, W 5-3
April 23: @ Portland
April 26-28: (21) Stanford
Last Week: 2-3. Overall: 27-15, 11-7 in SEC. (7-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-2.
Arkansas snapped its four-game losing streak with back-to-back wins Saturday and Sunday, as Dave Van Horn won his first SEC series against former assistant Rob Childress. (Van Horn also was named USA Baseball’s College National Team head coach for 2014.) Jonathan Moroney’s pinch-hit grand slam off Chris Oliver in the eighth inning lifted the Aggies to a come-from-behind 5-3 win Friday. Barrett Astin (5.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K) left with a 3-0 lead, but the Hogs’ bullpen could not hold it. Jordan Farris (3-for-4, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2B, HR) led a balanced 15-hit onslaught Saturday behind Ryne Stanek (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K). Brian Anderson drove in both Arkansas runs Sunday, and Randall Fant (6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) teamed with three relievers on a three-hitter.
April 16-17: @ Nebraska: L 3-0, L 4-2
April 19-21: Texas A&M: L 5-3, W 12-2, W 2-1
April 23: (11) Oklahoma
April 26-28: @ Georgia
15. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 31-10, 11-7 in SEC. (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-2.
The Gamecocks paid Kentucky back for UK’s sweep of South Carolina last year, sweeping the three-game series to move into sole possession of second place in the SEC East, five games behind first-place Vanderbilt. South Carolina answered Kentucky’s two-run sixth in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader with four in the bottom of the frame, helping Nolan Belcher (7.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) improve to 6-3. Graham Saiko’s RBI single in the eighth tied the second game, and Brison Celek hit a walk-off RBI single in the 11th to score Joey Pankake (3-for-6). L.B. Dantzler’s two-run homer in the fourth put South Carolina ahead for good Sunday, as Jack Wynkoop (8 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) turned in a strong start.
April 16: College of Charleston: W 10-6
April 20-21: (17) Kentucky: W 5-2, W 7-6 (11 innings), W 3-1
April 23: vs. Gardner-Webb @ Shelby, N.C.
April 26-28: @ (2) Louisiana State
16. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 32-10, 10-8 in SEC. (6-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-4.
The Bulldogs won their third straight weekend series, taking two of three from Auburn. MSU is tied with Ole Miss for third place in the SEC West, five games behind first-place LSU. The Bulldogs won the the series opener (which was suspended Thursday and resumed Friday) 6-3, but the Tigers pulled off a 3-1 upset in the second game. Ross MItchell (3 IP, 4 H, 0 R) and Jonathan Holder (2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) provided stellar relief in the opener, and Wes Rea had two RBIs to lead the MSU offense. Kendall Graveman (7 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was solid in defeat in the second game, but Michael O’Neal (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K) held the Mississippi State offense in check. Nick Ammirati (2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI) led the MSU offense out of the No. 8 hole on Sunday, and Jacob Lindgren (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K) turned in a gem.
April 18-20: Auburn: L 3-1, W 6-3, W 6-0
April 23: vs. Memphis @ Autozone Park, Memphis
April 26-28: @ (3) Vanderbilt
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 29-8, 8-4 in Big Ten (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1-1.
Indiana snapped its four-game losing streak Friday and went on to a dominating sweep of Butler. Sam Travis and Dustin DeMuth had three hits and two RBIs apiece Friday, and Scott Donley went 4-for-4 with two RBIs in support of Joey DeNato (7 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K). Leadoff man Will Nolden (2-for-3, 2 R) sparked the offense Saturday behind Kyle Hart (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K). DeMuth and Casey Smith had three hits and two RBIs apiece to lead a 16-hit attack Sunday in support of Aaron Slegers (6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K).
April 17: @ Ball State: L 5-3
April 19-21: vs./vs./@ Butler: W 12-2, W 5-2, W 10-3
April 23: Eastern Kentucky
April 24: Indiana State
April 26-28: Michigan
Last Week: 3-2. Overall: 29-12, 10-8 in SEC (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
The Rebels swept their second straight SEC series, though they dropped two midweek games in between. Bobby Wahl (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning Friday and went on to throw the first complete game of his collegiate career. Stuart Turner and Christian Helsel had three hits apiece to lead Mississippi’s 14-hit attack. Sikes Orvis and Will Jamison had two hits and two RBIs apiece Saturday behind Mike Mayers (6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K), who was solid in a no-decision, as the Rebels scored four runs in the final three innings to win 6-4. Sam Smith (5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) was strong in a no-decision Sunday, and the Rebels rallied from behind with three runs in the ninth, sparked by Turner’s leadoff double. The Sunday win was Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco’s 600th.
April 15: vs. Memphis @ AutoZone Park, Memphis: L 4-0
April 16: vs. Southern Mississippi @ Pearl, Miss.: L 2-1
April 19-21: @ Tennessee: W 5-0, W 6-4, W 4-3
April 23: @ Arkansas State
April 25-27: Kentucky
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 28-14, 9-6 in C-USA (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 8-1.
Rice won two of three at crosstown rival Houston to remain a game behind Southern Miss in the C-USA standings. Rice has won 15 of its last 16 series against Houston since the two teams began competing for the Silver Glove Trophy in 1998. The Cougars chased Jordan Stephens (4 IP, 7 H, 7 ER) with five runs in the fifth and tacked on a crucial insurance run in the seventh en route to an 8-7 win Friday. Austin Kubitza (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K) and Zech Lemond combined on a three-hit shutout Saturday; Michael Ratterree’s two-run homer in the ninth chased Austin Pruitt (8.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) and gave Rice some breathing room. Ratterree (2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI) went deep again Sunday as part of a balanced 12-hit attack behind John Simms (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K), who went the distance in the run rule-shortened affair.
April 16-17: Texas Tech: W 11-2, CCD
April 19-21: @ Houston: L 8-7, W 4-0, W 11-1 (7 innings)
20. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 27-13, 11-10 in ACC. (5-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
Georgia Tech was swept at home by N.C. State for the first time ever. The Yellow Jackets fell to 11-10 in the ACC, 7.5 games behind first-place UNC in the Coastal Division, and are just 10-11 since a 17-2 start. The Wolfpack pounded out 15 hits Friday against Buck Farmer (5 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) and the Georgia Tech bullpen. The ‘Pack rapped out 13 more hits Saturday against Dusty Isaacs (5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER) and the Yellow Jackets, whose offense was stymied by Carlos Rodon. The Jackets carried a 7-6 lead into the ninth Sunday, but closer Zane Evans—who escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by inducing a double play—surrendered two runs in the final frame.
April 16: Savannah State: W 14-1
April 19-21: (15) North Carolina State: L 13-4, L 6-2, L 8-7
April 23: vs. Georgia @ Turner Field, Atlanta
April 26-28: @ (25) Clemson
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 22-12, 9-6 in Pac-12 (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-3.
Stanford won its fourth straight weekend series, taking two of three from Arizona, keeping the Cardinal tied with UCLA for third place in the Pac-12. Stanford overcame a 3-0 deficit Friday, as Austin Wilson hit a two-run single in the fifth, and Alex Blandino delivered a tie-breaking RBI double in the sixth, helping Mark Appel (6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) improve to 7-2. Brian Ragira (4-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2B, 3B) had a big day in Saturday’s slugfest, but the Wildcats chased Dean McArdle (3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) in a five-run fourth and eventually won on Brandon Dixon’s tie-breaking homer in the ninth against Daniel Starwalt (4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Austin Slater (3-for-5, 3 R, 5 RBI, 2B, 3B) led Stanford’s 12-hit attack Sunday, and Sam Lindquist (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K) picked up his first win with strong relief work. Three Stanford errors led to seven unearned runs in the second inning, but the Cardinal answered with four in the bottom of the frame and five more in the fourth.
April 16: @ Pacific: W 9-2
April 19-21: Arizona: W 4-3, L 10-9, W 12-8
April 23: @ San Jose State
April 26-28: @ (13) Oregon
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 26-11, 13-5 in WCC (3-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-1.
The Bulldogs won two of three at Pepperdine to open up a 2.5-game lead over the Waves, San Diego, San Francisco and Loyola Marymount (all of whom are 9-6) in the WCC. The Zags broke open a 2-1 game with four in the sixth Friday, helping Marco Gonzales (7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) improve to 5-2. Tyler Olson (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K) was masterful in Gonzaga’s 2-0 win Saturday, and Cory Lebrun (2-for-3, R, RBI) led the offense. The Waves chased Zach Abruzza (2.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) in the third Sunday and cruised to the 10-4 win behind Aaron Brown (9 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). That snapped Gonzaga’s 11-game winning streak.
April 16: Washington State: W 4-3
April 19-21: @ Pepperdine: W 6-3, W 2-0, L 10-4
April 23-24: Washington
April 25-27: Brigham Young
23. UNC WILMINGTON
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 30-11, 12-2 in CAA (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-0-1.
The Seahawks swept a road series at last-place George Mason, increasing their lead over second-place Delaware to three games in the CAA. Ryan LaGrange (4-for-4, R, RBI) led the UNCW offense behind Mat Batts (6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) on Friday. Michael Bass (4-for-5, R, RBI) led UNCW’s 17-hit attack Saturday; Wilmington starter Jordan Ramsey exited in the second inning after taking a line drive off the shoulder. Bass (4-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2B) spearheaded a 14-hit attack Sunday, and Jack Lane (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief.
April 16: @ East Carolina: W 7-2
April 19-21: @ George Mason: W 4-2, W 8-3, W 10-2
April 23: @ (1) North Carolina
April 26-28: @ Towson
24. NEW MEXICO
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 24-16, 14-4 in MWC (3-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-2-1.
The Lobos swept a road series at Nevada to run their winning streak to seven games, giving them their sixth straight weekend series victory and padding their lead in the Mountain West Conference to three games over second-place UNLV. Josh Melendez, who extended his hitting streak to 19 games this weekend, went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the offense Friday against likely first-rounder Braden Shipley (7.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K), and the Lobos got a solid start from Drew Bridges (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Melendez had three more hits (including a homer) Saturday, and Alex Albritton went 5-for-5 in support of Sam Wolff (6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 2 K). The top three hitters in the lineup—Chase Harris, Sam Haggerty and D.J. Peterson—combined for eight hits (four doubles), five runs and 10 RBIs in Sunday’s slugfest.
April 17: New Mexico State: W 13-6
April 19-21: @ Nevada: W 5-2, W 7-2, W 15-11
April 26-28: Nevada-Las Vegas
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 27-13, 13-8 in ACC. (5-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 6-4.
The Tigers scored just two runs in three games and dropped a series at Miami. Thomas Brittle’s RBI groundout in the sixth inning Friday gave Clemson its only run against Chris Diaz (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), and that proved to be enough support for Daniel Gossett (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K) and the Clemson bullpen. Bryan Radziewski (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 K) stymied the Clemson offense Saturday, and the Tigers made three errors, helping Miami score two unearned runs against Matthew Crownover (4.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER). That snapped Clemson’s 11-game winning streak. The Hurricanes took an early lead Sunday against Clate Schmidt (3.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER), and Andrew Suarez (9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) shut down the Tigers again.
April 17: Furman: PPD
April 19-21: @ Miami: W 1-0, L 2-1, L 7-0
April 24: Western Carolina
April 26-28: (20) Georgia Tech
Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 24-15, 7-11 in SEC. (4-9 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 5-3.
The Wildcats are in a funk. They were swept at South Carolina and have lost six straight games, and nine of their last 11. South Carolina answered Kentucky’s two-run sixth in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader with four in the bottom of the frame, chasing A.J. Reed (5.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K), who fell to 2-5. Reed put the Wildcats ahead in the second game with a three-run homer in the seventh, but the Gamecocks tied it in the eighth and won it in the 11th against Trevor Gott (2.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER). L.B. Dantzler’s two run homer in the fourth against Corey Littrell (7.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 K) gave the Gamecocks the lead for good Sunday, as Kentucky’s offense produced 10 hits but left nine men on base.
April 16: (8) Louisville: L 12-5
April 20-21: @ (18) South Carolina: L 5-2, L 7-6 (11 innings), L 3-1
April 23: @ Western Kentucky
April 25-27: @ (18) Mississippi
CAL POLY (23)
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 26-11, 7-5 in Big West (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 7-3.
Cal Poly won the opener of its big series against Cal State Fullerton, but it dropped the next two games to fall three games behind the Titans in the Big West. Jordan Ellis (3-for-4, 3B) scored both of Cal Poly’s runs Friday, as Joey Wagman (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) improved to 8-2 for the Mustangs, who broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the sixth. Matt Imhof (5.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) took the loss Saturday, as Fullerton rapped out 12 hits. The Titans jumped on Bryan Granger (2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) with four runs in the third inning Sunday, but Cal Poly rallied back to tie the score in the eighth, only to see the Titans score two in the ninth against closer Reed Reilly (2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER).
April 16: Santa Clara: W 7-2
April 19-21: (4) Cal State Fullerton: W 2-1, L 10-5, L 6-4
April 23: @ California
April 26-28: @ Long Beach State