1. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0. Weekend Series: 1-0.
UNC’™s starting pitchers combined for 18.2 scoreless innings on the weekend, allowing just five hits. Sr. RHP Robert Woodard took a perfect game into the seventh inning Friday, Fr. RHP Alex White struck out five over six innings in his collegiate debut Saturday, and Jr. RHP Luke Putkonen yielded just two hits in five innings Sunday. Freshmen bats came up big for the Tar Heels, as OF/1B Dustin Ackley hit five doubles over three games, OF Drew Poulk homered in his first at-bat Friday, and 2B Kyle Seager’™s two-run single in the sixth inning provided the winning margin Saturday.
Feb. 16-18: Seton Hall: W 11-0, W 3-2, W 13-2
Feb. 21: @ UNC Wilmington
Feb. 23-25: Stony Brook
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 2-1. Weekend Series: 1-0.
Everything clicked for the Tigers in their season opener Friday, as Jr. RHP P.J. Zocchi dominated (6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) and Clemson scored 14 runs on 20 hits, three apiece for preseason All-Americans Brad Chalk and Taylor Harbin. That offense managed just two hits in Saturday’™s loss, wasting five shutout innings from starter David Kopp. Mason coach Bill Brown called it the biggest win in school history. Clemson had to come from behind to win Sunday, tying the score in the seventh inning on a two-run homer by Sr. 3B Marquez Smith, then getting the winning run in the eighth on a GMU error.
Feb. 16-18: George Mason: W 14-0, L 5-1, W 5-4
Feb. 21: High Point
Feb. 23-25: Pacific
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 6-0 (2-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Jr. LHP David Price was scratched Friday with an illness, but So. RHP Brett Jacobson had no problem filling in (5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 4 K, 3 BB), and the Commodores supported him with 16 hits, four of them by Sr. OF Matt Meingasner. Saturday’s game was postponed by weather until Sunday, when So. RHP Nick Christiani threw an eight-inning complete-game, allowing just an unearned run while striking out six. Vandy collected 16 more hits in that one, led by a pair of homers for So. 3B Pedro Alvarez. Price proved healthy enough in the nightcap Sunday (6.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 12 K, 0 BB).
Feb. 17-18: Ohio: W 10-1, W 11-1, W 5-1
Feb. 21: Lipscomb
Feb. 23-25: @ Music City Classic, Nashville: Pittsburgh, Ball State, Boston College
4. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 5-1. Weekend Series: 0-0.
The Gamecocks suffered a rare February loss Sunday, but not before a couple of emphatic wins against Liberty and Richmond. Jr. RHP Jay Brown turned in USC’s best pitching performance of the weekend on Saturday (6 IP, 2 ER, 9 K), though Jr. RHP Harris Honeycutt was solid Friday (5.1 IP, 2 ER, 4 K). Fr. OF Lonnie Chisenhall continued to hammer the ball, going 5-for-9 in the two wins, and Jr. DH Phil Disher did likewise, driving in six runs in the two wins. So. RHP Mike Cisco cruised through 6 IP Sunday before running into trouble in the seventh, and The Citadel scored five runs in the seventh and eighth innings–the last one coming against Gamecocks closer Wynn Pelzer.
Feb. 16-18: @ Charleston, S.C.:
Liberty: W 10-2; Richmond: W 9-2; The Citadel: L 7-6
Feb. 23-26: Eastern Michigan
Last Week: 2-0. Overall: 6-2. Weekend Series: 3-0.
Cold weather caused the postponements of Friday’s and Saturday’s games, but the Razorbacks swept a doubleheader Sunday. Arkansas trailed 3-2 in the seventh inning of the first game, but Jr. DH Casey Coon delivered two-run doubles in the seventh and eighth innings to key the comeback win. Jr. LHP Nick Schmidt was solid (6 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 4 K, 4 BB) in the no-decision. The Hogs scored six runs in the first inning to open the floodgates in the second game; leading the way were leadoff man Jake Dugger (4 BB, 3 R) and Jr. C Jeff Nutt (2-for-5, 5 RBI).
Feb. 18: Wisconsin-Milwaukee: W 8-3, W 28-2
Feb. 19: Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Feb. 23-25: Illinois State
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 5-4 (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Saturday’™s 11-run outburst notwithstanding, runs continued to be scarce for the Owls, but their good pitching carried them to a three-win week. Long Beach State won Friday by pushing across a run in the 11th inning without the benefit of a hit. Jr. CF Tyler Henley produced a pair of hits out of the 8-hole Saturday, while So. 2B Aaron Luna tripled, homered and drove in four. Jr. LHP Joe Savery pitched well again Sunday (4 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 4 K, 0 BB), and the Owls scraped across runs in the third and fourth innings to win despite managing just three hits.
Feb. 13: Texas-San Antonio: W 4-3
Feb. 16-18: Long Beach State: L 4-3, W 11-2, W 2-1
Feb. 20: Dallas Baptist
Feb. 23-25: @ Coca-Cola Classic, Houston: Florida Atlantic, (19) Nebraska, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Last Week: 2-0. Overall: 4-1. Weekend Series: 1-0.
After Friday’™s game was postponed to Monday, LHP Sean Doolittle proved he can pitch just as well on Saturdays, scattering five hits while striking out five over six shutout innings. So. SS Greg Miclat was a menace out of the leadoff spot in support of Doolittle and So. RHP Jacob Thompson (6 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 6 K on Sunday), going 9-for-10 with three triples and five RBIs in the two games.
Feb. 17-18: George Washington: W 11-0, W 11-1
Feb. 19: George Washington (makeup game)
Feb. 20: William & Mary
Feb. 21: Coppin State
Feb. 23-25: Bucknell
8. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 9-0. (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Florida State has now outscored opponents 114-29, though the Seminoles has still hit just three homers in nine games. Jr. 2B Tony Thomas and Jr. SS Mark Hallberg are proving a productive tandem atop the FSU lineup, combining to go 9-for-16 with three doubles, a triple, a homer and 10 RBIs in the first two games against Hofstra. The starting pitching continues to do its part as well, as Sr. RHP Bryan Henry (6 IP, 1 ER, 6 H), Sr. RHP Michael Hyde (5 IP, 0 R, 1 H) and Jr. RHP Ryan Strauss (6 IP, 1 ER, 5 H) took care of business against the Pride.
Feb. 16-18: Hofstra: W 10-1, W 16-1, W 11-3
Feb. 20: @ Florida
Feb. 23-25: Appalachian State
9. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 9-1 (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Just when you thought the Beavers might not ever lose again, Gonzaga came from behind with solitary runs in the eighth and ninth innings against relievers Jorge Reyes and Mark Grbavac to hand OSU its first loss of the year. The Beavs rebounded Saturday, breaking open a 5-3 game with a six-run seventh, as Jr. LHP Joe Paterson kept the dangerous Arizona State offense in check (6.2 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 H). On Sunday, Oregon State scored three runs in the fifth inning against Missouri stud Fr. RHP Kyle Gibson, giving Beavers coach Pat Casey his 400th career win. So. DH Jason Ogata went 4-for-8 with six RBIs in the two wins.
Feb. 16-18: @ Coca-Cola Classic, Surprise, Ariz.:
Gonzaga: L 6-5; (13) Arizona State: W 12-4; Missouri: W 9-2
Feb. 23-25: @ River City Classic, Davis/Sacramento, Calif.: UC Davis, St. Mary’s, Cal State Sacramento
10. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 7-2. Weekend Series: 3-0.
Jr. RHP Wes Roemer and Arizona So. RHP Preton Guilmet matched each other with nine strikeouts apiece in Friday’s pitcher’s duel, but a fifth-inning RBI single by Arizona’s Erik Castro proved the winning hit, as the Titans managed just a run on five hits. They made up for it with 18 runs over the next two days, led by Jr. OF Clark Hardman, who went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs Saturday and 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and a homer Sunday. Jr. RHP Jeff Kaplan was masterful Saturday, striking out 11 in a complete-game shutout.
Feb. 16-18: Arizona: L 2-1, W 9-0, W 9-2
Feb. 20: @ San Diego State
Feb. 23-25: vs/@/@ (15) UCLA
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 4-4 (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-2.
Florida scored seven runs in each game, capitalizing on Miami’™s shaky starting pitching to stretch its winning streak against Miami to seven games before the Hurricanes salvaged Sunday’™s finale. Jr. LHP Scott Maine allowed four runs over 4.1 Friday, and Sr. RHP Danny Gil labored through three innings Saturday before the Gators broke the game open with a five-run fourth against Fr. LHP Eric Erickson. Miami scored four runs in the first inning Sunday but Jr. LHP Manny Miguelez gave the lead right back in the bottom of the inning, allowing 5 ER in 0.2 IP. The Hurricanes came back to win, led by a 4-for-5 day for So. 2B Jemile Weeks. So. 1B Yonder Alonso stayed hot, going 5-for-8 with six RBIs over the final two games.
Feb. 16-18: @ Florida: L 7-2, L 7-5, W 10-7
Feb. 23-25: Elon
12. WICHITA STATE
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 1-2 (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.
The rust showed on Wichita State’s bats, which mustered just five runs in three games. So. RHP Aaron Shafer pitched well in a loss Friday (5.1 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 K, 1 BB), but not as well as Pepperdine ace Barry Enright. The Waves forced Jr. LHP Travis Banwart to reach his pitch count after just 3 IP on Saturday; their three runs off Banwart in the first inning proved sufficient for the win. Jr. LHP Rob Musgrave was efficient with his 74 pitches Sunday (7 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 4 K, 1 BB), and the Shockers scored two runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by a So. 3B Conor Gillaspie’s two-out RBI double. Next the Shockers play seven games in six days in Hawaii.
Feb. 16: @ (23) Pepperdine: L 2-0, L 10-2, W 3-2
Feb. 20-20-21-21: @ Hawaii-Hilo
Feb. 23-25: @ Hawaii
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 6-5. Weekend Series: 1-2.
Jr. LHP James Russell struck out nine and allowed just two runs over five innings of work Friday to beat Stanford ace Nolan Gallagher. The Longhorns swatted four homers in that one, including a pair by So. OF Kyle Russell, who now has five on the year. Jr. RHP Adrian Alaniz looked strong Saturday (7 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 8 K) and picked up his third win of the season, and Jr. RHP Randy Boone pitched the final two frames in relief. The Longhorns and Cardinal combined for 32 hits Sunday, when Stanford broke open a 6-6 tie with four runs in the ninth off Boone.
Feb. 13: UT-Pan American: W 19-0
Feb. 16-18: Stanford: W 5-3, W 5-2, L 10-8
Feb. 20: Texas State
Feb. 23-25: Washington State
14. ARIZONA STATE
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 7-3 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Fr. RHP Mike Leake came up with another stellar long relief outing Thursday, yielding just three hits over 4.2 shutout innings to get the win. Missouri came from behind to win Friday’s game on a three-run double in the eighth inning by 1B John McKee off ASU Sr. RHP Matt Trink, who came on in relief of Jr. LHP Josh Satow. The Sun Devils mustered just five hits Saturday as Oregon State touched starter Joey Parigi for five runs and then broke the game open with four against Jr. RHP Dustin Brader, who relieved Parigi in the seventh. Leake picked up his third win of the year Sunday, working six more innings of relief, allowing two runs on four hits.
Feb. 15: Missouri: W 7-1
Feb. 16-18: @ Coca-Cola Classic, Surprise, Ariz.:
Missouri: L 3-2; (10) Oregon State: L 12-4; Gonzaga: W 9-2
Feb. 23-25: Alabama-Birmingham
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 6-4. (2-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
The Bruins rebounded with four straight wins after being swept at Miami last weekend, but none came easily. Jr. RHP Brant Rustich has struggled of late in the closer’s role, and he nearly coughed up a 3-0 lead against UC Riverside on Tuesday, allowing two runs in the ninth. Then on Saturday, Rustich entered in the eighth with a 5-4 lead, allowed the inherited runner to score from third base, then allowed two more runs to score on two walks and two singles. UCLA retook the lead in the bottom of the inning on a grand slam by So. SS Brandon Crawford. Crawford went 8-for-15 with 8 RBIs on the week. The Bruins didn’t need Rustich on Friday, as Sr. RHP Tyson Brummett went the distance, allowing just a run on six hits while striking out nine. Rustich returned to form Sunday, inducing a game-ending double play on his only pitch in the ninth to preserve the first career win for Fr. LHP Gavin Brooks (5 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 4 K).
FEB. 13: UC Riverside:W 3-2
Feb. 16-18: East Carolina: W 6-1, W 9-7, W 7-6
Feb. 20: @ Long Beach State
Feb. 23-25: @/vs./vs. (10) Cal State Fullerton
16. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 3-3. Weekend Series: 1-1.
Jr. C/RHP Matt Wieters blew the save Tuesday, allowing the tying run in the ninth inning, but his three-run homer in the 10th won it for Georgia Tech. He added another homer Friday, as the Yellow Jackets finally got a good outing from a starting pitcher–So. David Duncan (6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 7 K). Tech led 4-2 going into the ninth Saturday, but Illinois-Chicago plated nine runs (seven of them unearned) in the final frame against relievers Brad Rulon and Tim Ladd. Sunday starter Chris Hicks walked six but allowed just one run over 3.2, and the Jackets scored four in the fourth, the big blow coming on Sr. OF Wally Crancer’s two-run homer.
Feb. 13: Kennesaw State: W 11-8
Feb. 16-18: Illinois-Chicago: W 11-2, L 11-4, W 6-3
Feb. 21: Georgia State
Feb. 23-25: Duquesne
17. OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 5-1. Weekend Series: 0-0.
Five Cowboys recorded multiple-hit games Friday in support of Jr. RHP Matt Gardner (6 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 5 K, 0 BB). Oklahoma State put up six runs against FAU ace Mickey Storey on Saturday, but OSU Sr. RHP Oliver Odle couldn’t make it out of the third inning. Sr. 2B Tyler Mach’s four hits led the Cowboys’ 18-hit attack Sunday, when Jr. OF Corey Brown homered twice and drove in six. Fr. LHP Andy Oliver (5 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 5 K, 0 BB) picked up his first collegiate victory.
Feb. 16-18: @ Florida Atlantic Tournament, Boca Raton, Fla.:
LaSalle: W 8-2; Florida Atlantic: L 9-6; Ball State: W 19-4
Feb. 23-25: @ Cal State Northridge
18. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 9-4 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
So. LHP Brian Matusz had yet another double-digit strikeout game Thursday, sitting down 10 while walking just one over seven innings, allowing three earned runs. He now has a 44-8 K-BB ratio through 25 IP. Thursday’s game was suspended by darkness, but the Toreros won it Friday on Sr. OF Shane Buschini’s RBI double in the 11th. The pesky Rams scored three times in the 10th to win the second game Friday, wasting 4.2 shutout innings of relief by Sr. RHP Anthony Slama. Jr. 2B Justin Snyder and Jr. C Logan Gelbrich combined for nine of USD’s 23 hits Saturday in support of Jr. RHP Matt Couch (7 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 9 K). Snyder and Gelbrich combined for four more hits Sunday, including two in USD’s four-run first inning.
Feb. 15-18: Virginia Commonwealth: W 5-4, L 6-4, W 20-13, W 8-2
Feb. 23-25: Wake Forest
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 3-1. Weekend Series: 0-0.
Jr. LHP Tony Watson was strong in his season debut Thursday (6 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 4 K, 4 BB), and Jr. RHP Johnny Dorn was solid Friday (5 IP, 2 R, 0 ER), but Nebraska’s bats managed just a pair of runs on five hits in support of Dorn. The Cornhuskers got a homer from Jr. SS Ryan Wehrle in Saturday’s win, and Jr. OF Andy Gerch went 5-for-5 to lead their attack Sunday.
Feb. 16-18: @ Texas-Arlington Invitational, Arlington, Texas:
New Mexico: W 6-2, L 6-2; Texas-Arlington: W 5-4; Illinois State: W 7-3
Feb. 23-25: @ Coca-Cola Classic, Houston: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, (6) Rice, Florida Atlantic
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 7-3 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
Jr. RHP Barry Enright pitched at least seven innings for his third straight start–all wins–holding the Shockers scoreless on 7 H over 7.1 IP to beat Aaron Shafer on Friday. So. RHP Brett Hunter continued to thrive in his transition from the bullpen to the rotation on Saturday (5 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 5 K, 5 BB), and Jr. SS Danny Worth and So. DH Eric Thames combined for six hits and six RBIs in the blowout. Worth provided two more hits Sunday, but the rest of the Pepperdine offense managed just four combined, and the Waves’ two-run rally in the eighth fell short.
Feb. 13: Southern California: W 8-3
Feb. 16-18: Wichita State: W 2-0, W 10-2, L 3-2
Feb. 23-25: Fresno State
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 4-2. Weekend Series: 1-1.
Jr. RHP Sean Morgan struck out 11 and allowed just one run over seven innings Friday, and Fr. RHP Preston Claiborne struck out four more in two scoreless innings of relief. So. OF Warren McFadden went 3-for-4 with a double and a homer in that one, and the entire Tulane offense got into the act Saturday, led by Jr. SS Cat Everett and So. 3B Seth Henry (four hits apiece) and Jr. 2B Brad Emaus (2 HR, 4 RBI). Just as they did Friday, Green Wave pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts again Sunday, as So. RHP Shooter Hunt whiffed 10 over 5.2 IP and closer Daniel Latham added four strikeouts over 2.1. Emaus had three hits and two more RBIs in the finale.
Feb. 16-18: North Florida: W 5-1, W 20-5, W 5-1
Feb. 23-25: @ Southern California
22. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 6-1. Weekend Series: 2-0.
Jr. RHP Jake Arrieta cruised through six shutout innings Friday, striking out eight and yielding just four hits and a walk, and a fifth-inning RBI double by Jr. SS Bryan Kervin made Arrieta a winner. Jr. RHP Chance Corgan surrendered five runs over four innings Saturday, but TCU scored five times in the eighth on a two-run homer by Kervin and a three-run shot by Sr. OF Austin Adams. Kervin added three more hits and two more RBIs Sunday, as TCU broke open a close game with four runs in the sixth.
Feb. 13: Dallas Baptist: W 6-5
Feb. 16-18: Oral Roberts: W 2-1, W 10-8, W 8-4
Feb. 23-25: @ Baseball at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, S.C.: Coastal Carolina, UNC Wilmington, Notre Dame, North Carolina State
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 7-2 (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
So. RHP Alex Wilson pitched well Friday (7.1 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 6 K, 0 BB), and the Eagles scored the winning run on a ninth-inning RBI single by Fr. 3B Kevin Nolan. Nolan added three more hits Saturday out of the three-hole, and Winthrop broke open a 2-2 tie with six runs in the seventh, making a winner out of Jr. RHP Ryan Schwartz (7.2 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 K). So. RHP Jason Franzblau had the best outing of the weekend on Sunday (8.1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 8 K, 0 BB).
Feb. 16-18: Xavier: W 3-2, W 8-2, W 3-2
Feb. 23-25: Miami (Ohio)
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 4-1 (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Jr. LHP Will Kline (6 IP, 2 ER, 8 K) outpitched Evansville ace Ben Norton on Friday, when So. OF Logan Power provided much of the offense with three hits and a pair of RBIs. So. RHP Lance Lynn pitched very well Saturday (6 IP 2 ER, 9 K), but Ole Miss stranded 11 runners and managed just one run. Jr. 2B Justin Henry’s four hits Sunday paced the Rebels’ 14-hit attack, and So. C Brett Basham drove in the tying and go-ahead runs in the middle innings. So. RHP Scott Bittle filled in admirably for injured closer Cody Satterwhite in that one, allowing just one hit over three scoreless innings to save the win for So. LHP Brett Bukvich (6 IP, 1 ER, 4 H).
Feb. 16-18: (21) Evansville: W 6-4, L 2-1, W 4-1
Feb. 20: Memphis
Feb. 23-25: Wright State
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 3-3. Weekend Series: 1-1.
Ole Miss scored five runs over five innings against Evansville ace Sr. RHP Ben Norton on Friday, and the Purple Aces couldn’t make it up. Evansville scored single runs in the first two innings Saturday, and seniors Kai Tuomi (5 IP, 0 R), Mark Murray (3 IP, 1 R) and Matt Brinkman (1 IP, 0 R) made it stand up. Sr. RHP Fred Jones pitched well Sunday ( 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER), but the Rebels scored three times against the Evansville bullpen, and the Aces managed just five hits, one of them an RBI triple by Fr. 3B Jared Baehl.
Feb. 16-18: @ Mississippi: L 6-4, W 2-1, L 4-1
Feb. 23-25: @ Dunn Hospitality Diamond Classic, Evansville: Chicago State, Toledo, Eastern Illinois
Last Week: 1-1. Overall: 3-5. (0-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1-1.
Sr. RHP Craig Cobb had his second straight strong outing Friday (9 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 K), as Fr. OF Jeff Lockwood went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs from the nine-hole. Weather caused the cancellation of Saturday’s game, and Bethune-Cookman waited until Jr. LHP James Adkins had finished his five innings to pounce on the Tennessee bullpen Sunday, scoring seven runs in the sixth through eighth innings.
Feb. 16-18: Bethune-Cookman: W 4-3, L 8-4
Feb. 23-25: Indiana-Purdue University-Fort Wayne