Top 25 Tracker: Feb. 17-19


Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Clemson’s pitching staff allowed one earned run on the weekend, with 36 strikeouts in 27 innings. That included a three-man one-hitter in the second game, compliments of Jr. RHP Stephen Faris, So. LHP Daniel Moskos and Jr. RHP Steve Richard. Jr. RHP Jason Berken struck out a career-best nine batters in five scoreless innings in the opener. Jr. OF Tyler Colvin hit three homers in the series. So. 2B Taylor Harbin tweaked a hamstring in the first inning of the opener and didn’t play again. He’ll be re-evaluated this week.


Feb. 17-19: James Madison: W 8-1, W 3-0, W 6-1


Feb. 24-26: Mercer

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Florida earned its first three-game sweep of Miami and became the first team to take all three games at Mark Light Field since Florida State in 2002. Florida won the first two games because of–surprise–its pitching as Sr. RHP Bryan Ball (7 IP, ER) and So. RHP Bryan Augenstein (7 IP, ER) impressed. Jr. 1B Matt LaPorta homered for the first time in Saturday’s eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie.
Feb. 15: Mercer: L 3-2
Feb. 17-19: @ Miami: W 2-1, W 4-1, W 11-10
Feb. 22: Florida A&M
Feb. 24-26: Pepsi Baseball Classic in Gainesville, Fla.
(12) Missouri, Ohio State, Wake Forest

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 6-0, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: As in Florida’s series, it was the Georgia Tech pitching and not the hitting that made the weekend statement. After allowing 25 runs in its first three games, the staff yielded but three runs on the weekend, and none came against starters Jr. RHP Blake Wood, Jr. LHP Lee Hyde and So. LHP Tim Ladd.
Feb. 15: Georgia State: W 11-9
Feb. 17-19: Kennesaw State: W 3-2, W 7-0, W 5-1
Feb. 21-22: East Tennessee State
Feb. 24-26: Baseball at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
(6) Tennessee, Virginia Commonwealth, Coastal Carolina

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Jr. LHP Andrew Miller started the third game after all, and dominated (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 9 K). Jr. RHP Daniel Bard allowed three runs in seven innings in game two, while Jr. RHP Robert Woodard gave up one run in six innings to win his 12th straight game dating to 2004. So. 3B Reid Fronk drove in nine runs in the series on two bases-loaded doubles and a three-run homer. He collected 15 RBIs a year ago.
Feb. 17-19: Seton Hall: W 8-3, W 9-7, W 21-2
Feb. 21: Coastal Carolina
Feb. 24-26: George Washington

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 6-2, 0-0 in Conference USA. (1-2 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: It’s pitching, pitching, pitching for Rice: Sr. RHP Eddie Degerman (7 IP, H, 0 R, 11 K) dominated Oklahoma and So. RHP Bobby Bell (7.1 IP, 6 H, ER). So. LHP/1B Joe Savery took the loss against Long Beach State and has been average in his last two starts (11.1 IP, 14 H, 6 ER), though he made up for that at the plate with four hits and five walks on the weekend.
Feb. 17-19: Coca-Cola Classic: Oklahoma: W 8-2, (19) Long Beach State: L 4-1, Lamar: W 7-1
Feb. 21: Sam Houston State
Feb. 24-26: Crowne Plaza Invitational, Houston
St. John’s, (25) Nebraska, Texas State

Last Week: 2-0. Overall: 4-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Winter weather has limited Tennessee to Friday doubleheaders the last two weekends. So. LHP James Adkins (8 IP, 3 H, 7 K) and Fr. RHP Josh Lindblom (8 IP, H, 13 K) helped the Vols staff hold Morehead State to five total hits. So. C J.P. Arencibia tallied four himself, including his first homer.
Feb. 17: Morehead State: W 3-0, W 9-0
Feb. 24-26: Baseball at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
(3) Georgia Tech, Coastal Carolina, Virginia Commonwealth

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 5-5, 0-0 in Big 12. (2-2 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Still at .500, Texas has won five of its last seven games. Jr. SS Chais Fuller hit .545 on the week to bring his average to .316 on the year, second on the team, and has reached base in nine of Texas’ 10 games. Jr. CF Drew Stubbs tallied a career-best three hits in Saturday’s win and has a four-game hit streak. Fr. LHP Austin Wood threw four scoreless innings to win Tuesday’s game and returned with 3.1 scoreless on Sunday. He hasn’t allowed a run this season. So. RHP Adrian Alaniz and Fr. LHP Joey Parigi combined on a four-hitter Saturday.
Feb. 14: UT San Antonio: W 6-1
Feb. 18-19: @ (24) Stanford: W 4-2, L 5-1
Feb. 20: @ Stanford
Feb. 22: Texas State
Feb. 24-26: Villanova

Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 3-3, 0-0 in Pac-10. (2-2 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Oregon State’s starters, so dominant a year ago, looked very average against Pepperdine, and its offense did as well. Jr. RHP Jonah Nickerson (6 IP, 6 ER) and Jr. LHP Anton Maxwell (1.1 IP, 5 ER) were knocked around after Jr. RHP Dallas Buck (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R) pitched well enough to win the opener, which OSU battled back to win after coughing up a lead. OF Cole Gillespie had three hits and three RBIs in the win.
Feb. 17-19: @ (16) Pepperdine: W 7-6, L 6-2, L 7-1
Feb. 23-26: River City Classic, Davis, Calif.
Brigham Young, UC Davis, Sacramento State, St. Mary’s

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 5-4, 0-0 in Big West. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Jr. 1B Brett Pill rang up four hits and drove in five runs Friday night. RHPs Wes Roemer (6 IP, 9K) and Lauren Gagnier (7.2 IP, 7 K) allowed two earned runs each in the first two games. Fr. DH David Cooper has a nine-game hitting streak that includes a 4-for-5 success rate as a pinch-hitter.
Feb. 17-19: @/vs./vs. UC Irvine: W 13-7, W 5-2, L 7-4
Feb. 24-26: @/vs./vs. UCLA

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in Conference USA. (1-1 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Sr. RHP Billy Mohl produced another dominant start Sunday (7 IP, H, 0 R), a week after beating Texas. So. RHP Sean Morgan struck out a career-best 11 batters Saturday, allowing four hits in six scoreless innings. So. 2B Brad Emaus tallied eight hits, including a homer, and five RBIs on the week. Fr. 3B Jonny Weiss has a hit in all seven games and leads the team with a .455 average.
Feb. 14: McNeese State: W 5-3
Feb. 17-19: Penn State: W 9-4, W 12-0, W 9-3
Feb. 21: New Orleans
Feb. 24-26: (16) Pepperdine

Last Week: 0-0. Overall: 0-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Feb. 24-26: Marist

Last Week: 2-0. Overall: 4-2, 0-0 in Big 12. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Jr. RHP Max Scherzer (6 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 6 K) and Jr. LHP Nathan Culp (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) dominated. Fr. RF Ryan Lollis recorded three hits and four runs in the doubleheader sweep.
Feb. 17: @ Louisiana-Monroe: W 5-1, W 11-0
Feb. 24-26: Pepsi Baseball Classic, Gainesville, Fla.: (2) Florida, Wake Forest, Ohio State

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 5-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: South Carolina fell out one shy of throwing three shutouts. So. RHP Wynn Pelzer struck out eight batters in 4.2 IP Saturday before reaching his pitch limit. Jr. LHP Arik Hempy fanned five in two innings Friday before a blister ended his outing. Jr. DH Robbie Grinestaff hit two home runs and drove in five runs Friday.
Feb. 17-19: Radford: W 7-0, W 5-2, W 2-0
Feb. 24-26: Duquesne

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 7-1, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Jr. CF Shane Robinson contributed seven hits, six runs and three steals on the weekend to raise his average to .567. Jr. RF Jack Rye is batting .542 following a six-hit series. Jr. RHP Tyler Chambliss continued to impress in his third start of the year (6 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 8 K)
Feb. 17-19: UNC Asheville: W 10-0, W 9-1, W 8-2
Feb. 24-26: Minnesota

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 7-2, 0-0 in West Coast. (3-1 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Jr. RHP Josh Butler (8 IP, 4 H, 8 K) dominated Friday, while Jr. C Jordan Abruzzo and Jr. RF Shane Buschini eached homered and drove in five runs Saturday, when Sunday starter Matt Couch had to come out of the bullpen to bail out Brian Matusz. The move left USD short on arms in Sunday’s loss.
Feb. 17-19: @ Public Storage Classic, Los Angeles
Vanderbilt: W 10-0, Kansas: W 17-6, (25) Southern California: L 8-3
Feb. 21: UC Irvine
Feb. 24-26: @ Georgia

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 6-4, 0-0 in West Coast. (3-1 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Pepperdine bounced back from losing a home series to Fresno State with a strong week. So. RHP Barry Enright, beaten up in his first two starts, went 2-0 with wins Tuesday and Sunday (15 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 10 K) to reaffirm his spot in the rotation. So. CF Adrian Ortiz missed the weekend series after injuring his wrist on a slide Tuesday. The Waves hit .237 on the week, but bunched their hits in the right innings.
Feb. 14: (19) Long Beach State: W 3-2
Feb. 17-19: (6) Oregon State: L 7-6, W 6-2, W 7-1
Feb. 21: @ UCLA
Feb. 24-26: @ (10) Tulane

Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 6-0, 0-0 in SEC. (1-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Arkansas sandwiched an ugly Saturday win with two impressive performances. So. LHP Nick Schmidt threw six hitless innings Friday after doing the same last week in his debut. Jr. RHP Chris Rhoads (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 7 K) dominated Sunday. The Razorbacks had enough offense Satuday–season highs of 19 hits, 15 runs and seven steals–to overcome six errors and six walks.
Feb. 17-19: Al Ogletree Classic, Edinburg, Texas:
(18) Texas Christian: W 5-2, Stephen F. Austin: W 15-7, UT Pan American: W 13-2
Feb. 24-25: Louisiana Tech

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 6-4, 0-0 in Big West. (4-1 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Jr. RHP Andrew Carpenter (7 IP, 3 H, ER, 8 K) dominated Rice, while Fr. RHP Vance Worley (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) threw well in a loss to Oklahoma. Jr. SS Evan Longoria went 7-for-11 in Houston and showed up on Cold Pizza Monday morning.
Feb. 14: @ (16) Pepperdine: L 3-2
Feb. 17-19: Coca-Cola Classic, Houston
Lamar: W 11-6, (5) Rice: W 4-1, Oklahoma: L 2-1
Feb. 24-26: Illinois-Chicago

Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Jrs. Clay Dirks (5 IP, 3 H, ER, 8 K) and Derik Olvey (7 IP, 3 H, ER) threw well, and Sr. 3B Will Harris totaled seven hits on the week, including two home runs in Sunday’s win. Jr. C Matt Liuzza went 6-for-9 with five runs on the week.
Feb. 14: Centenary: W 15-3
Feb. 17-19: Tennessee Tech: W 9-6, W 7-2, W 8-3
Feb. 21: Southeastern Louisiana
Feb. 24-26: Temple

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 8-1, 0-0 in Pac-10. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: So. 3B Matt Mangini went 5-for-9 with three homers and five walks on the weekend–and his average slipped to .735. Sunday was his first game of the year without multiple hits. Nebraska Jr. RHP Joba Chamberlain (7.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 7 K) dominated the Wolfpack before it made things close with a three-run ninth-inning rally. Jr. RF Brian Aragon went 3-for-5 Sunday and hit two homers in the weekend.
Feb. 17-19: Homewood Suites Shootout, Charleston, S.C.:
Nebraska: L 4-3, Richmond: W 12-5, The Citadel: W 6-2
Feb. 21: North Carolina A&T
Feb. 24-26: Keith LeClair Classic, Greenville, N.C.
West Virginia, Penn State, UNC Wilmington

Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 4-3, 0-0 in Mountain West. (1-2 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Jr. LHP Brad Furnish struck out 13 batters in a seven-inning no-hitter Sunday, when he issued one walk. So. 1B Matt Carpenter drove in four runs Saturday as the offense broke a slump in which it had scored three runs in its previous two games.
Feb. 14: Texas State: L 5-1
Feb. 17-19: Al Olgetree Classic, Edinburg, Texas:
(17) Arkansas: L 5-2, UT Pan American: W 9-4, Stephen F. Austin: W 13-0 (7)
Feb. 24-26: Wright State

Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 9-3, 0-0 in Big West. (3-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Jr. RHP Gary Daley was tough to hit Friday (7 IP, 4 H, ER, 6 BB, career-high 9 K), when the 7-8-9 hitters for Cal Poly (Jacob Luque, Matt Canepa and Gilbert Gil) each homered and combined for seven hits. Jr. RHP Justin Masterson struck out 12 Mustangs Saturday, but Sr. 1B/OF Jimmy Van Ostrand’s two homers were enough. JVO hit a three-run jack Sunday, when Poly turned a 7-3 lead into a loss.
Feb. 17-19: @ San Diego State: W 11-2, W 4-1, L 10-8
Feb. 24-26: Santa Clara

Last Week: 2-0. Overall: 2-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Jr. CF Alex Presley nearly beat Saint Louis by himself. He went 7-for-10 with nine RBIs and four runs in the series, including a 5-for-5 effort with two triples and six RBIs in the second game. By comparison, Saint Louis totaled nine hits, three runs and one RBI in the two games.
Feb. 17: Saint Louis: W 9-1, W 11-2
Feb. 21-22: Samford
Feb. 24-26: Maine

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 7-4, 0-0 in Pac-10. (1-3 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Jr. RHP Ian Kennedy struck out 13 batters and fell one out shy of a no-hitter Friday against Kansas. Fr. LHP Tommy Milone held San Diego to two runs on seven hits Sunday, when Sr. DH Baron Frost drove in three runs. Jr. RF Cyle Hankerd went 8-for-14 on the weekend to extend his hit streak to 11 games. He’s hitting .522-3-19 on the year.
Feb. 14: @ UC Santa Barbara: W 16-11
Feb. 17-19: Public Storage Classic, Los Angeles
Kansas: W 10-1, Vanderbilt: L 6-2, (15) San Diego: W 8-3
Feb. 21: San Diego State
Feb. 24-26: @ Hawaii

Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 3-1, 0-0 in Big 12. (1-0 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: Jr. RHP Joba Chamberlain shut down NC State (7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 7 K), though Sr. RHP Brett Jensen made it close by allowing three runs and two homers in the ninth inning. Jensen, however, was one hero Sunday, throwing four scoreless innings as Nebraska narrowly avoided a loss. Jr. RF Luke Gorsett hit a two-run homer to tie that game in the bottom of the ninth and finished the week 8-for-16. So. RHP Johnny Dorn yielded six earned runs in 4.1 innings Saturday.
Feb. 16: @ Charleston Southern: W 11-1
Feb. 17-19: @ Homewood Suites Shootout, Charleston, S.C.
(21) North Carolina State: W 4-3, The Citadel: L 8-5, Richmond: W 5-4 (12)
Crowne Plaza Invitational, Houston
Texas State, (5) Rice, St. John’s


Last Week: 1-1. Overall: 5-3, 0-0 in Pac-10. (4-1 vs. Top 25).
NOTES: So. CF Michael Taylor drove in four runs and Matt Manship, Nolan Gallagher and Jeremy Bleich held Texas to five hits Sunday. Taylor drove in a run Saturday with a double, Stanford’s only extra-base hit of the day.
Feb. 18-19: (7) Texas: L 4-2, W 5-1
Feb. 20: (7) Texas
Feb. 21: Nevada
Feb. 24-26: @ Fresno State