Top 25 Tracker (Feb. 23)

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1. VANDERBILT

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

The Commodores took two out of three from Indiana State, one week after taking two out of three from Santa Clara. The common denominator in each Vanderbilt loss has been reliever Hayden Stone. Stone, a second-team Freshman All-American a year ago, lost for the second time this year Saturday after relieving starter John Kilichowski (4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K), allowing three runs on three hits and two walks in just two-thirds of an inning. But Vanderbilt showed its resiliency in the other two games of the series. Junior right fielder Rhett Wiseman delivered Vanderbilt's second walk-off hit of the season Friday in support of righthander Carson Fullmer (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). And on Sunday, Vanderbilt bounced back from Saturday's defeat on the strength of freshman righthander Kyle Wright's (6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) outing.
RESULTS
Feb. 20-22: vs. Indiana State @ Port Charlotte, Fla.: W 3-2, L 8-1, W 6-0
UPCOMING
Feb. 24: Tennessee-Martin
Feb. 25: Western Kentucky
Feb. 27-March 1: Illinois State



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2. LOUISIANA STATE

Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.

After dropping a midweek game to Nicholls State, the Tigers fell behind early to Boston College in the first game of Friday's doubleheader. The Eagles touched up lefthander Jared Poche' (5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 K) for two runs in the first inning, then grabbed a 3-2 lead in the third. But LSU pulled away with six unanswered runs to win. In the second game of the twinbill, LSU jumped ahead early and never trailed to back freshman righthander Alex Lange (5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 9 K). The Tigers sealed the series sweep Saturday as preseason All-American shortstop Alex Bregman homered for the first time this season and touted freshman righthander Jake Godfrey (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K) earned his first career victory.
RESULTS
Feb. 18: Nicholls State: L 6-3
Feb. 20-21: Boston College: W 8-3, W 7-4, W 16-2
UPCOMING
Feb. 25: Southeastern Louisiana
Feb. 27-March 1: Princeton



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3. HOUSTON

Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in AAC (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.

After breezing to a 4-0 start against Minnesota and Texas Southern, the Cougars faced stiffer competition this weekend in the form of Alabama. On Friday, Houston's Andrew Lantrip (7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) outdueled Alabama's Taylor Guilbeau (6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K), thanks to juco transfer Chris Iriat's third home run of the season. Second-team preseason All-American Jake Lemoine (4 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) didn't have his best stuff Saturday, but the Cougars rallied for six runs in the seventh and three runs in the eighth to wrest a 14-9 win away from the Crimson Tide. However, the Cougars couldn't quite finish off the sweep, losing for the first time this season on Sunday, as senior righthander Aaron Garza (5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 5 K) struggled to contain Alabama's offense.
RESULTS
Feb. 18: Texas Southern: W 11-5
Feb. 20-22: Alabama: W 3-1, W 14-9, L 8-3
UPCOMING
Feb. 24: @ Texas State
Feb. 27-March 1: Columbia



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4. VIRGINIA

Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 7-0, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.

The Cavaliers are the only preseason top five team to remain undefeated through two weeks, and to do so, Virginia had to win the longest game in program history Sunday. Virginia and Marist battled for 18 innings before freshman Christian Lowry hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 18th. Junior lefthander Brandon Waddell (6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5) rebounded after a shaky first outing, and junior closer Josh Sborz (5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) excelled in extended work. The deep Virginia rotation lived up to its billing throughout the weekend as junior lefthander Nathan Kirby (5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) and sophomores Connor Jones (5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) and Alec Bettinger (5 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) each earned wins. Offensively, freshmen Adam Haseley, Pavin Smith and Ernie Clement continued to grow into their starting roles, with Smith and Clement both hitting their first career home runs on the weekend.
RESULTS
Feb. 20-22: Marist: W 9-1, W 7-2, W 5-4 (18 innings)
Feb. 21: La Salle: W 8-3
UPCOMING
Feb. 24: Georgia Washington
Feb. 27-March 1: Seton Hall, Hartford



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5. TEXAS TECH

Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 8-1, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.

After losing a midweek tilt to Nevada, pitching dominated for the Red Raiders in a four-game sweep of Northern Illinois. The Texas Tech staff combined to throw 35 scoreless innings out of 36 innings pitched in the series. None of Texas Tech's four starters allowed a run over the weekend. On Friday, sophomore righthander Ryan Moseley (6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) won the first game behind a 2-for-5, three-RBI day from first baseman Eric Gutierrez. Senior lefthander Cameron Smith (5 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 3 K) took the second game in his first start of the season. Sophomore Dylan Dusek (6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) shut down NIU in the first game Saturday, and fellow sophomore southpaw Ty Damron (6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) matched him in the second. Freshman Tanner Gardner and junior Tyler Neslony each homered for Texas Tech, with Neslony homering Friday as well.
RESULTS
Feb. 17: Nevada: L 8-4
Feb. 20-21: Northern Illinois: W 8-0, W 5-0, W 6-4, W 6-0
UPCOMING
Feb. 24: Abilene Christian
Feb. 26-March 1: Sacramento State



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6. FLORIDA

Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in SEC (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.

The Gators just narrowly edged then-No. 8 Miami in a back-and-forth rivalry series. Friday's game morphed into a battle of the bullpens as Miami lefthander Andrew Suarez was scratched and Florida's Logan Shore lasted only two batters. Senior lefthander Bobby Poyner (5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 7 K) carried the brunt of the workload for Florida, paving the way for sophomore center fielder Buddy Reed's walk-off single in the ninth. Miami returned the favor Saturday, knocking Florida lefthander A.J. Puk (2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) out of the contest early. But the Gators got the last laugh Sunday, coming out on the winning end of a pitcher's duel between Florida's Dane Dunning (5 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) and Miami's Enrique Sosa (6 1P, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K). Left fielder Harrison Bader drove in the go-ahead run with his fourth home run of the season.
RESULTS
Feb. 18: @ South Florida: W 13-3
Feb. 20-22: (11) Miami: W 4-3, L 7-2, W 2-1
UPCOMING
Feb. 24: @ Florida Atlantic
Feb. 27-March 1: Stony Brook


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7. TEXAS CHRISTIAN

Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in Big 12 (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.

The Horned Frogs passed their first test of the season, taking two of three at then-No. 18 Arizona State. On Friday, senior righthander Preston Morrison (9 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) needed just 88 pitches to breeze through the Sun Devils lineup for his fifth career shutout and third TCU shutout of the year. TCU sophomore lefthander Tyler Alexander (4.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 K) had a tougher go of it on Saturday, but the Frogs nearly came back in a one-run ninth, as top freshman Evan Skoug struck out swinging with the tying run at third base to end the game. TCU clinched the series in a Sunday thriller. Senior center fielder Cody Jones drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth with an RBI single, and preseason All-American closer Riley Ferrell threw a perfect inning to earn a save and seal the win.
RESULTS
Feb. 20-22: @ (18) Arizona State: W 3-0, L 7-6, W 3-2
UPCOMING
Feb. 25: Texas Southern
Feb. 27-March 1: Cal Poly


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8. UCLA

Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in Pac-12 (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.
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The Bruins started the season on an offensive tear, and that tear continued against a deep UNC pitching staff. Shortstop Kevin Kramer (8-for-15), first baseman Luke Persico (8-for-17) and left fielder/DH Ty Moore (8-for-14) each had an impressive series at the plate, forming a fearsome top of the order for UCLA. On Friday, they helped lead junior righthander James Kaprielian (6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 K) to victory. The then-No. 17 Tar Heels came roaring back Saturday thanks to three Bruins errors that led to four unearned runs, nullifying a solid effort from lefthander Grant Watson (5 IP, 5, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K). But the Bruins scored six runs against UNC freshman flamethrower J.B. Bukauskas in the rubber game.
RESULTS
Feb. 17: @ Cal State Northridge: W 7-3
Feb. 20-22: @ (19) North Carolina: W 8-5, L 9-6, W 12-4
UPCOMING
Feb. 24: Long Beach State
Feb. 27-March 1: Michigan State


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9. TEXAS

Last Week: 5-0.
Overall: 7-2, 0-0 in Big 12 (2-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-0-1.
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After splitting its opening series with Rice, Texas won five straight, putting together a dominant second week of the season. Every Texas starter tallied at least one hit in a 17-hit Friday night win against Minnesota. Freshman catcher Michael Cantu led the way, going 3-for-3 and driving in five with two doubles and two walks to earn ace Parker French (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) his first win of the season. After struggling in their first starts, sophomore lefthander Josh Sawyer (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) and junior righthander Chad Hollingsworth (6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) were both excellent for the Longhorns in a doubleheader sweep Saturday. And sophomore righthander Kacy Clemens' (5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) second collegiate start was a much-improved effort over his first, as he helped the Longhorns clinch the series sweep on Sunday.
RESULTS
Feb. 17: Texas-San Antonio: W 14-2
Feb. 20-22: Minnesota: W 13-2, W 5-0, W 5-0, W 8-0
UPCOMING
Feb. 24: Texas-Pan American
Feb. 27-March 1: San Diego


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10. OKLAHOMA STATE

Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 4-3, 0-0 in Big 12 (1-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 0-1.
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The Cowboys rebounded in a big way from a rough opening series against Arizona State, winning three of their four games in the Big 12/Pac-12 Challenge with gaudy scores. Senior righthander Jon Perrin (6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) was exceptional in six no-hit innings against Washington State on Friday, giving way to junior righthander Conor Costello for a three-inning save. Costello also supplied two hits and two RBIs as a DH. In another scoring barrage Saturday, sophomore first baseman Dustin Williams got Oklahoma State on the board with a solo home run, his first of the season, on a 3-for-5 day. Sunday was more of the same, as senior Gage Green homered twice to lead the Cowboys to their third straight win with double-digit runs.
RESULTS
Feb. 19-22: @ Big 12/Pac-12 Challenge, Surprise, Ariz.:
Oregon State: L 5-3, Washington State: W 11-1, Utah: W 10-2, Washington: W 12-2
UPCOMING
Feb. 25: Missouri State
Feb. 27-March 1: Western Illinois


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11. MIAMI
Last Week: 1-3.
Overall: Overall: 5-3, 0-0 in ACC (1-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-1.
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It was a tough week for the Hurricanes, who lost a midweek bout with Florida Atlantic, 5-3, and dropped two games at No. 6 Florida by one-run margins. Ace lefthander Andrew Suarez was scratched before Friday's series opener, giving way to four Miami relievers. The Hurricanes took a 3-1 lead in the sixth but couldn't hold it, losing in walk-off fashion in the ninth. Saturday was a bright spot as preseason All-American catcher Zack Collins homered for the first time this year and junior lefthander Thomas Woodrey (6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) cruised to a win. Junior righthander Enrique Sosa's (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) second straight quality outing on Sunday is also encouraging for Miami. But his efforts were wasted as the Hurricanes could only muster three hits and one unearned run.
RESULTS
Feb. 18: @ Florida Atlantic: L 5-3
Feb. 20-22: @ (6) Florida: L 4-3, W 7-2, L 2-1
UPCOMING
Feb. 25: Barry
Feb. 27-March 1: Wright State


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12. SOUTH CAROLINA

Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.
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After a delayed start to the weekend, the Gamecocks easily disposed of Northeastern. Junior southpaw ace Jack Wynkoop (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9) was stellar in game one Saturday, supported by home runs from leadoff hitter Gene Cone and first baseman Kyle Martin. Preseason Golden Spikes Award watch list member Wil Crowe (4 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 7 K) was strong in a brisk 62-pitch outing in Saturday's second game. Prized freshman Alex Destino slugged a three-run home run in a five-run fifth to lead the Gamecocks to the sweep on Sunday. Destino went 7-for-12 on the weekend, continuing his hot start to the season.
RESULTS
Feb. 17: Furman: W 5-2
Feb. 20-22: Northeastern: W 10-1, W 6-0, W 6-4
UPCOMING
Feb. 24: Davidson
Feb. 27-March 1: Clemson


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13. MISSISSIPPI STATE

Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 8-0, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 0-0.
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The Bulldogs remain undefeated after rolling through four games against Marshall and Alabama A&M. Redshirt junior righthander Preston Brown (6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) put the Bulldogs in an early 2-0 deficit Friday against Marshall, but they responded with six runs from the fifth inning on to give Brown his second win of the year. Rain didn't allow the Bulldogs to complete Saturday's doubleheader, but they scored two games worth of runs in the first game against Alabama A&M in support of sophomore righthander Austin Sexton (6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K). Amid all the scoring, speedy freshman Ryan Gridley hit the Bulldogs' first inside-the-park home run since Hunter Renfroe in 2012. Gridley drove in seven, scored six times and tallied three extra-base hits in a .455/.563/.909 week. The Bulldogs closed out the weekend with two strong pitching performances from lefthanders Lucas Laster (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) and Vance Tatum (6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K).
RESULTS
Feb. 20-22: Mississippi State Tournament, Starkville, Miss.
Marshall: W 6-2, W 7-4, Alabama A&M: W 18-2, W 2-1
UPCOMING
Feb. 24: Alcorn State
Feb. 27-March 1: Arizona, Samford


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14. RICE

Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: Overall: 5-3, 0-0 in C-USA (2-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-0-1.
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Offense was a question mark for the Owls before the season began, but so far, all they've done is hit—posting double-digit hit totals in each game. On Friday, Rice put up another 14. Freshman center fielder Ryan Chandler continued his torrid start at the top of the lineup, going 3-for-5 and scoring two runs as junior Kevin McCanna (6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) earned his first win. Rice tacked on another 13 hits Saturday and should've won with closer Matt Ditman on the mound and a one-run lead in ninth. Instead, Rice committed four ninth-inning errors, allowing the winning run to come on a steal of home. But the Owls redeemed themselves Sunday, in a 10-inning, 14-hit win that included a 5-for-6 day from catcher John Clay Reeves. Freshman sinkerballer Ricardo Salinas (5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) was solid once again, and Josh Pettitte (0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) made his first-ever collegiate appearance after Tommy John surgery.
RESULTS
Feb. 17: Houston Baptist: W 5-2
Feb. 20-22: @ Arizona: W 8-5, L 7-6, W 6-4.
UPCOMING
Feb. 25: Stephen F. Austin
Feb. 27-March 1: Stanford


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15. CENTRAL FLORIDA

Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 7-0, 0-0 in AAC (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-0.
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It was a statement weekend for UCF, as the Knights won all three of their games in the South Alabama Tournament. Senior right fielder Erik Barber homered and drove in two, third baseman Tommy Williams picked up two hits and two RBIs, and freshman Kyle Marsh continued his hot start to the season, walking three times and swatting a two-run double in Friday's win against Arkansas. On Saturday, the Knights tagged Maryland lefthander Tayler Stiles for five runs on eight hits as freshman righthander Cre Finfrock (5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) turned in a solid performance and Marsh earned his first career save out of the bullpen. With another Barber home run and a quality start from sophomore righthander Robby Howell (6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K), UCF topped host South Alabama on Sunday.
RESULTS
Feb. 17: Bethune-Cookman: W 10-2
Feb. 20-22: @ South Alabama Tournament, Mobile, Ala.:
Arkansas: W 9-5, (16) Maryland: W 7-6, South Alabama: 7-5
UPCOMING
Feb. 25: @ Bethune Cookman
Feb. 27: (24) Mississippi


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16. MARYLAND

Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 5-1, 0-0 in Big Ten (0-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 0-0.

The Terrapins traveled down to Mobile, Ala., and won two of their three games in the South Alabama Tournament. Sophomore rigthhander Mike Shawaryn (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 6 K) dominated South Alabama on Friday, earning his second straight win. Before he even stepped on the mound, the Maryland offense netted him a 4-0 lead, and the Terrapins never let up. Saturday was a different story, as then-No. 22 Central Florida rocked sophomore lefthander Tayler Stiles (4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) in Maryland's first test against a ranked opponent. The Terrapins put up four runs in the final two innings but couldn't complete the comeback. On Sunday, Maryland was able to overcome a poor start by Brian Shaffer (3 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 1 K) with a nine-run sixth inning that included four Arkansas errors. Center fielder LaMonte Wade continues to be an offense igniter for Maryland, going 7-for-12 on the weekend with five RBIs.
RESULTS
Feb. 20-22: @ South Alabama Tournament, Mobile, Ala.:
South Alabama: W 8-0, (15) Central Florida: L 7-6, Arkansas: W 13-6
UPCOMING
Feb. 24: Virginia Commonwealth
Feb. 27-March 1: Appalachian State


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17. LOUISVILLE

Last Week: 1-2.
Overall: 3-3, 0-0 in ACC (0-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 0-1.
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The Cardinals narrowly avoided a sweep against Arkansas State in what's become a difficult early season stretch for Louisville. After a one-hit, 12-strikeout outing on opening day, junior righthander Kyle Funkhouser (4.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) threw a dud Friday. It all unraveled in a six-run third inning, in which Funkhouser hit two batters, walked one and allowed three hits and the Louisville defense made two costly errors. With a 4-1 loss in game one of Saturday's doubleheader, Louisville dropped its third straight game. Junior righthander Anthony Kidston (4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) took the loss as the Louisville lineup produced just four hits. In game two, starter Josh Rogers (3.1 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) put Louisville in an 8-0 hole. If not for a three-run Corey Ray home run and a six-run eighth, the Cardinals would've been staring at four straight losses.
RESULTS
Feb. 20-22: Arkansas State: L 8-2, L 4-1, W 14-8
UPCOMING
Feb. 24: Butler
Feb. 25: Eastern Kentucky
Feb. 27-March 1: Xavier


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18. ARIZONA STATE

Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: Overall: 4-3, 0-0 in Pac-12 (3-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-1.

Arizona State lefthander Brett Lilek (6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) pitched well enough to win on Friday, with a two-run second inning as his only blemish, but the Sun Devils simply couldn't touch TCU senior righthander Preston Morrison. Junior lefthander Ryan Kellogg (7.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 7 K) got some help from his offense—namely, three RBIs from DH R.J. Ybarra—to pick up his second win of the season as the Sun Devils rebounded Saturday. On Sunday, senior righthander Darin Gillies (5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) kept his team in the contest, and Ybarra fell just a triple short of the cycle.
RESULTS
Feb. 18: Oklahoma: W 7-4
Feb. 20-22: (7) Texas Christian: L 3-0, W 7-6, L 3-2
UPCOMING
Feb. 26-March 1: Phoenix Muni Classic, Phoenix:
Cal State Bakersfield, Purdue, Gonzaga


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19. NORTH CAROLINA

Last Week: 1-2.
Overall: 4-2, 0-0 in ACC (1-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-1.
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Outfielders Skye Bolt and Tyler Ramirez homered against UCLA righthander James Kaprielian in Friday's opener, but then-No. 11 UCLA came away with an 8-5 victory thanks to UNC miscues in the sixth inning. The Bruins scored on a wild pitch, passed ball and a throwing error by second baseman Preston Hudak to put up three runs and take a 6-3 lead. The next day, the Tar Heels racked up 12 hits and took advantage of three Bruins errors to rally from behind and even the series. Junior righthander Trent Thornton (5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 6 K) pitched well before running into trouble in the middle innings, leaving with a no-decision. After a head-turning debut, hard-throwing freshman righthander J.B. Bukauskas (4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) struggled in Sunday's rubber game, putting UNC in a hole it couldn't climb out of.
RESULTS
Feb. 20-22: (8) UCLA: L 8-5, W 9-6, L 12-4
UPCOMING
Feb. 24: St. John's
Feb. 25: Winthrop
Feb. 27-March 1: Rhode Island



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20. OREGON

Last Week: 5-0.
Overall: 7-1, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.

The weekend couldn't have gone much better for Oregon. Former freshman All-American lefthander Cole Irvin (3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 K) continued his comeback from Tommy John surgery, with reliever Conor Harber throwing six hitless innings behind him in Thursday's series-opening win. After homering in game one, powerful senior catcher Shaun Chase homered again Friday, driving in three to break the game wide open in support of freshman lefthander David Peterson (5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K). The Ducks doubled their 11-run total Friday with 22 runs on Saturday. Junior Matt Eureste and sophomore Austin Grebeck each drove in five runs in the second-highest scoring game in school history. The Ducks completed the sweep Sunday behind senior righthander Jack Karraker (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 8 K).
RESULTS
Feb. 16: @ Hawaii: W 3-2
Feb. 19-22: New Mexico State: W 3-1, W 11-3, W 22-7, W 6-3
UPCOMING
Feb. 24: Portland
Feb. 27-March 1: @ (22) UC Santa Barbara


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21. KENNESAW STATE

Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 5-2, 0-0 in A-Sun (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-0.
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Kennesaw State clubbed five doubles and 18 hits to compensate for another short outing from junior righthander Jordan Hillyer (3 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) on Friday. Junior shortstop Kal Simmons homered for the second time this season in a three-hit game. Catcher Brennan Morgan, DH Taylor Allum and third baseman Jeremy Howell each had three hits and three RBIs. Draft prospect Travis Bergen, a junior lefthander, dominated (7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, but the Owls faltered in an ugly game two, committing four costly errors behind righthander Gabe Friese (4 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K).
RESULTS
Feb. 18: @ Mercer: W 8-2
Feb. 20-22: @ Jacksonville State: W 14-8, W 4-2, L 11-4
UPCOMING
Feb. 25: @ Georgia
Feb. 27-March 1: Connecticut



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22. UC SANTA BARBARA
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in Big West (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.
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Senior left fielder Cameron Newell doubled, homered and drove in two, falling a triple shy of the cycle. Redshirt senior Luke Swenson tripled and doubled, and catcher Campbell Wear drove in three to make sophomore righthander Shane Bieber (8 IP, 9 H, 2 R, ER, 1 BB, 5 K) a winner Friday. Closer-turned-starter Dillon Tate earned his second win of the season in another exceptional outing (7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9K) Saturday. Tate has now gone 15 innings without allowing a run, which is the third such streak in his career. A loss on Sunday snapped the Gauchos' longest season-opening winning streak since 1984. UC Santa Barbara committed three errors behind starter Justin Jacome (4 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), saddling him with the loss.
RESULTS
Feb. 16: Brigham Young: W 5-4
Feb. 20-22: Kentucky: W 10-3, W 11-0, L 12-7
UPCOMING
Feb. 24: @ Pepperdine
Feb. 27-March 1: (20) Oregon


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23. DALLAS BAPTIST
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in Missouri Valley (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.
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On the strength of a 6-1 start to the season, the Patriots surged into the Top 25 this week. After winning a midweek bout at Baylor, Dallas Baptist traveled to San Diego and took two of three. Junior righthander Joseph Shaw (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) impressed in his second win of the season Friday, and senior right fielder Tagg Duce homered. Shortstop Camden Duzenack (3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs) and center fielder David Martinelli (three RBIS) spurred a rout of San Diego on Saturday. But the Patriots couldn't complete the sweep Sunday as junior righthander Cory Taylor (2.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) struggled.
RESULTS
Feb. 17: @ Baylor: W 9-6
Feb. 19-22: @ San Diego: W 4-1, W 9-4, L 6-1
UPCOMING
Feb. 24: Oklahoma
Feb. 27-March 1: Massachusetts-Lowell


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24. MISSISSIPPI
Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 4-2, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.
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The Rebels join the Top 25 after back-to-back weekend series wins against William & Mary and Wright State, respectively. Junior lefthander Christian Trent (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) picked up his second win of the season Friday against Wright State, supported by senior first baseman Sikes Orvis, who homered and drove in four. The Rebels split Saturday's doubleheader to win the series. Making his second start back from a torn labrum, sophomore righthander Brady Bramlett (6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) was brilliant yet again in Mississippi's game one loss, setting a new career high in strikeouts. He's fanned 19 in 12 innings this year. Sophomore center fielder J.B. Woodman's RBI double in the fifth sealed a narrow win for Mississippi in the shortened seven-inning nightcap.
RESULTS
Feb. 20-22: Wright State: W 10-3, L 3-1, W 3-2 (7)
UPCOMING
Feb. 25: Central Arkansas
Feb. 27-March 1: @ (15) Central Florida


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25. FLORIDA STATE

Last Week: 1-3.
Overall: 4-3, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-1.
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It was an ugly week for the Seminoles, starting with a midweek loss to Jacksonville and a series loss to Georgia in Athens. Junior lefthander Dylan Silva made things interesting in relief of Mike Compton (4 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) on Friday, surrendering four runs in the sixth inning to give Georgia the lead. But Florida State came rushing back for three runs in the seventh for their only win of the week. For the second straight start, freshman righthander Boomer Biegalski (7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) pitched well enough to win Saturday, but Georgia's Ryan Lawlor (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) proved mystifying for the Florida State offense. In game two, prized freshman Cobi Johnson—No. 92 on BA's Top 500—struggled in the middle innings (4 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) for the first loss of his career. D.J. Stewart was a lone bright spot for the Seminoles, picking up three hits and homering Saturday.
RESULTS
Feb. 17: @ Jacksonville: L 5-3.
Feb. 20-22: @ Georgia: W 7-5, L 4-1, L 10-5
UPCOMING
Feb. 24: Jacksonville
Feb. 27-March 1: UNC Wilmington


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FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
Last Week: 2-3.
Overall: 4-4, 0-0 in C-USA (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 1-0.

Florida International's reign in the Top 25 was a brief one. After joining the rankings last week, the Panthers proceeded to lose a midweek game to Stetson and a pair of games in South Carolina on Saturday, falling to Georgia Tech and N.C. State. The Panthers went into the ninth inning against Georgia Tech with a 9-8 lead, having battled back from an early 6-0 deficit. But the potent Yellow Jacket offense—led by senior A.J. Murray's six RBIs—put up eight runs in the ninth to shock FIU. In game two, the Panthers could only muster three hits against N.C. State, with their lone run coming from a homer by Eddie Silva. The Panthers did manage to salvage what was left of the weekend on Sunday, sweeping a doubleheader against N.C. Central.
RESULTS
Feb. 18: @ Stetson: L 12-2.
Feb. 20-22: @ Caravelle Resort Baseball at the Beach, Conway, S.C.:
Georgia Tech: L 16-9, North Carolina State: L 3-1, N.C. Central: W 4-0, W, 7-5
UPCOMING
Feb. 27-March 1: Manhattan College


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

It's safe to say the Flames did not enjoy their trip to Greenville, N.C., for the Keith LeClair Classic. Liberty lost both games it played Saturday, leaving eight men on base in the first game against St. John's and scoring its lone run on a double play ball. In the second game, two-way star Ashton Perritt allowed five earned runs in the ninth inning to hand UNC-Greensboro a win. Behind sophomore righthander Parker Bean (5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) and a home run from first baseman Andrew Yacyk, the Flames were at least able to come away with a win Sunday against host East Carolina.
RESULTS
Feb. 20-22: @ Keith LeClair Classic, Greenville, N.C.:
St. John's: L 4-1, UNC Greensboro: L 6-5, East Carolina: W 4-3
UPCOMING
Feb. 27-March 1: Bryant

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