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For the first time this season, there is a new No. 1 team in the Baseball America Top 25. UCLA ascends to the top of the rankings following a series win against Oregon State, the defending national champion.

UCLA displaces Vanderbilt, which had been No. 1 since the Preseason Top 25, but this weekend lost a series at Texas A&M. The Bruins are the top-ranked team in the country for the first time since they won the 2013 national championship.

In fact, the top of the rankings has a distinct 2013 feel to them. Mississippi State follows UCLA at No. 2, just as it did after the 2013 College World Series. Stanford, idle for its finals break, remains No. 3, while Texas jumps to No. 4, its highest ranking since 2014. Vanderbilt falls to No. 5.

Two new teams join the Top 25 this week. Texas A&M, fresh off its upset of Vanderbilt, debuts at No. 17. Arizona State, off to a 19-0 start, enters the Top 25 at No. 20. The Sun Devils are ranked for the first time since the end of the 2015 regular season.

Falling out of the Top 25 are Duke and Tennessee. Both were swept this weekend in conference series.

The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with 10 teams in the Top 25. The ACC follows with six representatives.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through March 17.

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Updated on: 3/18/2019
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    UCLA

    Pac-12
    Notes:

    Last week: 3-1
    Overall: 14-4, 2-1 in Pac-12 (2-2 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 4-0


    Results:
    Mar. 12: @ Long Beach State: W 2-0
    Mar. 15-17: (6) Oregon State: W 8-0, L 7-3, W 9-7
    Upcoming
    Mar. 22-24: Arizona

    In the marquee series out on the West Coast, UCLA outlasted Oregon State at home. Righthander Zach Pettway tossed a gem on Friday, throwing seven shutout innings, giving up three hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. It was a nice bounce back after he gave up six runs in 6.2 innings last weekend against Michigan. In the series finale, UCLA won a battle of the bullpens, as neither the Bruins’ Jesse Bergin nor the Beavers’ Sam Tweedt threw more than 1.1 innings. Righthander Ryan Garcia, still working his way back from injury, helped pick up some slack with 4.2 innings of relief work, and the trio of Nathan Hadley, Kyle Mora and Holden Powell closed out the final three innings, even as the Beavers continued to apply pressure. With this series win and what they’ve accomplished to this point, the Bruins are a deserving top-ranked team.
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    Mississippi State

    SEC
    Notes:

    Last week: 3-1
    Overall: 18-2, 2-1 in SEC (6-2 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 4-0


    Results:
    Mar. 13: Grambling State: W 18-1
    Mar. 15-16: @ (4) Florida: W 6-5, W 10-5, L 4-2
    Upcoming
    Mar. 19: Arkansas-Little Rock
    Mar. 20: @ Samford
    Mar. 22-24: (16) Auburn

    Mississippi State is to be taken seriously as a potential SEC champion, and they proved it again with a road series win over Florida last weekend, pushing them to an impressive 6-2 against Top 25 competition. Lefthander Ethan Small was great again in throwing six innings, giving up two hits and one run with 11 strikeouts, and freshman righthander JT Ginn acquitted himself well against perhaps his toughest test yet. He held the Gators scoreless through five innings before they got him for a single tally in the sixth and then three more in the seventh. Justin Foscue made the offense go in the two victories, with a 2-for-5 game in the opener with a home run and a matching 2-for-5 effort in Game 2. Even with a hitless third game, he’s hitting .329/.378/.598 with a team-leading six home runs.

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    Stanford

    Pac-12
    Notes:

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


    Results:

    Stanford took the week off for their finals break, as it does each year. The Cardinal will get back into it with a home series with Utah, a team that gave Arizona all it could handle last weekend.

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    Texas

    Big 12
    Notes:

    Last week: 3-1
    Overall: 15-7, 2-1 in Big 12 (6-4 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 4-1


    Results:
    Mar. 12: Texas Southern: W 17-3
    Mar. 15-17: (9) Texas Tech: W 4-3, L 3-0, W 4-3
    Upcoming
    Mar. 19-20: (15) Arkansas
    Mar. 22-24: @ Texas Christian

    Texas bounced back in a big way after their series loss to Stanford. It was a total team effort on the mound throughout the weekend against Texas Tech. On Friday, Bryce Elder did a solid job in giving up three runs in five innings, but the bullpen duo of Ty Madden and Kamron Fields were even better in combining to throw four scoreless innings. In a loss in Game 2, they got solid work from Blair Henley, who gave up three hits and two runs in seven innings, and in the finale, the bullpen came up big after they got just 2.1 innings out of Coy Cobb to start the game. Six different relievers came in to help hold Tech at bay while the Texas offense chipped away. The Longhorns’ offense didn’t hit on all cylinders, as they collected just ten hits in the three games, but they didn’t have to.
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    Vanderbilt

    SEC
    Notes:

    Last week: 2-2
    Overall: 15-5, 1-2 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 3-1


    Results:
    Mar. 12: Samford: W 11-6
    Mar. 15-17: @ Texas A&M: W 7-4, L 8-7, L 7-0
    Upcoming
    Mar. 19: Belmont
    Mar. 21-23: (9) Florida

    Vanderbilt’s series loss makes room for a new No. 1 team for the first time this season. It was a tale of two series in their three-game set against Texas A&M, as the Commodores got off on the right foot with a 7-4 win to begin the weekend and then took a 7-2 lead to the bottom of the eighth Saturday. But after that point, A&M stormed back to win Game 2 on a walk-off hit by Jonathan Ducoff, and then came out and dominated the proceedings on Sunday. In all three games, struggles in the bullpen was a consistent theme, as Commodore relievers gave up a total of 13 runs in 9.2 innings, with only Tyler Brown’s 2.2 scoreless innings on Friday standing out. It was a jarring turn of events for Vanderbilt, which won’t have much time to recover, as they now prepare welcome in Florida for the marquee SEC series of the weekend.

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    North Carolina State

    ACC
    Notes:

    Last week: 4-1
    Overall 19-1, 5-1 in ACC (2-1 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 4-0


    Results:
    Mar. 12: vs. Charlotte (BB&T Park): W 8-5
    Mar. 13: George Mason: W 18-3
    Mar. 15-17: (5) Florida State: W 16-0, W 9-8, L 7-5
    Upcoming
    Mar. 19: Towson
    Mar. 22-24: @ Miami

    The first two games of North Carolina State’s series win over Florida State were exhilarating for the Wolfpack in different ways. In Game 1, they blitzed veteran FSU lefthander Drew Parrish early, scoring nine runs against him in his five innings, including eight runs in the second inning alone. That game wasn’t in doubt very long, but Game 2 was in doubt until the end, when center fielder Tyler McDonough singled up the middle to drive home pinch-runner Devonte Brown and hand NC State a walk-off win to secure the series victory. A loss in the Sunday game ended NC State’s run as an undefeated team, but that will likely do little to dampen spirits after this series win.

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    Oregon State

    Pac-12
    Notes:

    Last week: 2-2
    Overall: 14-3-1, 1-2 in Pac-12 (2-2-1 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-1


    Results:
    Mar. 12: Oregon: W 7-6
    Mar. 15-17: @ (2) UCLA: L 8-0, W 7-3, L 9-7
    Upcoming
    Mar. 22-24: California

    Oregon State slipped up for the first time this season, losing two of three on the road against UCLA. In each of the two losses, Oregon State starting pitching, still without righthander Kevin Abel, faltered. In Game 1, righthander Grant Gambrell allowed ten hits and six earned runs in 6.1 innings, and in Game 3, righthander Sam Tweedt retired just one batter before being lifted, with four runs eventually being charged to his ledger. Even in the win, righthander Bryce Fehmel surrendered three runs in 4.1 innings of work, but ace reliever Brandon Eisert picked him up, throwing 4.2 shutout innings with ten strikeouts. The Beavers will look to bounce back this weekend with a very winnable home series against Cal.

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    North Carolina

    ACC
    Notes:

    Last week: 4-1
    Overall: 16-5, 2-4 in ACC (0-3 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 4-1


    Results:
    Mar. 12: Gardner-Webb: W 18-8
    Mar. 13: @ UNC Wilmington: W 11-4
    Mar. 15-17: Miami: L 6-4, W 9-3, W 8-5
    Upcoming
    Mar. 19: @ Liberty
    Mar. 22-24: @ Virginia Tech

    North Carolina rebounded from a series-opening loss to Miami to win the final two games and capture a much-needed ACC series win. The Game 2 win featured a near-perfect relief outing from righthander Austin Love. With the Tar Heels having just taken a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, they turned things over to Love and he responded by tossing four shutout innings, giving up just one hit along the way. He now sports a 0.93 ERA in his 19.1 innings across 12 appearances. Freshman first baseman Aaron Sabato has come on of late, and he enjoyed perhaps his best game as a Tar Heel in game 3, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI. Heading into the series last weekend against Clemson, he had just one multi-hit game on his ledger. Starting with a two-hit game against the Tigers, he’s had multiple hits in four of his last six games now, pushing his line to .284/.372/.582 on the season.

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    Florida

    SEC
    Notes:

    Last week: 2-2
    Overall: 15-7, 1-2 in SEC (2-2 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 4-1


    Results:
    Mar. 12: (5) Florida State: W 20-7
    Mar. 15-16: (7) Mississippi State: L 6-5, L 10-5, W 4-2
    Upcoming
    Mar. 19: Jacksonville
    Mar. 21-23: @ (5) Vanderbilt

    Florida dropped a home series to Mississippi State, but with the way the Bulldogs have been mowing down the opposition with the one-two punch of lefty Ethan Small and righty JT Ginn on the mound, it’s clear there’s little shame in that. After losing those first two games, Florida bounced back to salvage the final game of the series, with designated hitter Nelson Maldonado leading the way in going 3-for-4 with a double and a home run. While Florida is undoubtedly disappointed to lose the series, the silver lining is that win in Game 3 will still be a valuable win on their postseason resume come May, as the metrics don’t care whether that quality win came as part of a series win, a series loss, or in the midweek.

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    Louisville

    ACC
    Notes:

    Last week: 5-0
    Overall 16-4, 5-1 in ACC (5-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 4-1


    Results:
    What a week it was for Louisville. In the midweek, the Cardinals welcomed in Ole Miss and won a pair of games from the Rebels. Then, they hit the road and secured their best series win of the season in a sweep of Duke. Lefthander Reid Detmers continues to be one of the best pitchers in all of college baseball. He threw six innings on Friday against the Blue Devils, giving up six hits and one run with one walk and nine strikeouts. On the season, he’s now 4-0 with a 0.53 ERA, 50-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and .124 opponent batting average in 33.2 innings. And now, just four weeks later, that season-opening series loss to Connecticut in Lakeland, Fla., must seem like but a distant memory to a Louisville team firing on all cylinders.

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    Georgia

    SEC
    Notes:

    Last week: 5-0
    Overall: 14-2, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 4-0


    Results:
    Mar. 13: @ Georgia State: W 6-3
    Mar. 15-17: @ (20) South Carolina: W 6-1, W 8-7, W 4-2
    Upcoming
    Mar. 19: Georgia State
    Mar. 22-24: (12) Louisiana State

    With so many other marquee series going on, Georgia’s series sweep on the road against South Carolina might go a little bit under the radar, but that’s a big statement for a Georgia team that hadn’t really been challenged in nonconference play. In the Friday win, righthander Emerson Hancock was the dominant force he’s been all season, throwing seven innings, giving up four hits and one run with two walks and 12 strikeouts. In Game 2, the Gamecocks got to lefthander C.J. Smith to jump out to a 5-1 lead, but the offense picked Smith up by chasing South Carolina righthander Reid Morgan after four innings, having hung five runs on him, on the way to plating eight runs on the afternoon. Game 3 featured a four-run Georgia ninth inning to turn a deficit into a lead. Anyone who might have doubted Georgia’s place as a top-15 team given the schedule they’ve played so far certainly shouldn’t have those same doubts now.

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    Louisiana State

    SEC
    Notes:

    Last week: 4-1
    Overall: 15-5, 3-0 in SEC (0-3 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 4-1


    Results:
    Mar. 12: @ Northwestern State: L 3-1
    Mar. 13: Texas Southern: W 16-5
    Mar. 16-17: Kentucky: W 2-1 (12), W 16-4, W 7-2
    Upcoming
    Mar. 20: Nicholls State
    Mar. 22-24: @ (11) Georgia

    In Game 1 against Kentucky, pushed back to Saturday due to inclement weather, the LSU offense struggled against lefthander Zack Thompson and a bevy of UK relievers, scoring two runs on eight hits in 12 innings, but that seemed to serve only to anger the LSU offense, as they bounced back in the nightcap with 16 runs. Center fielder Zach Watson had a huge day in the blowout win, going 4-for-4 with a double, a home run, a walk, five RBI and four runs scored. That’s quite the packed box score. The Tigers are still searching for some answers on the mound, but the staff’s Game 1 performance had to be encouraging. Righthander Zack Hess walked six in seven innings, but otherwise, he was very good in allowing UK just six hits and one run. Right-handed reliever Devin Fontenot came in behind Hess and proceeded to throw five shutout innings to give the offense a chance to come around, which they did with a Giovanni DiGiacomo walk-off walk in the bottom of the 12th.

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    Texas Tech

    Big 12
    Notes:

    Last week: 1-2
    Overall: 12-4, 1-2 in Big 12 (1-3 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 3-1


    Results:
    Mar. 15-17: @ (10) Texas: L 4-3, W 3-0, L 4-3
    Upcoming
    Mar. 21-23: (23) MIchigan
    Mar. 24: Stetson

    The series between Texas Tech and Texas couldn’t have been much closer, as both of Tech’s losses were by a single run. The Red Raiders’ offense has been a bit up-and-down so far this season, and the Texas pitching staff did a good job holding them down. More than the total runs Tech scored over the weekend, it was that they weren’t able to play add-on throughout the game, as they scored runs in just four individual innings in the series. A real positive out of the series loss, though, has to be the effort of righthander Caleb Kilian on Saturday. He threw seven innings of shutout baseball, allowing just one hit and two walks. Getting him to a point where he can lead the rotation each weekend would be huge moving forward for the Red Raiders.

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    East Carolina

    AAC
    Notes:

    Last week: 3-1
    Overall: 15-6 0-0 in AAC (1-2 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 4-0


    Results:
    Mar. 12: @ (24) Duke: L 7-2
    Mar. 15-17: @ Maryland: W 9-0, W 2-1, W 3-0
    Upcoming
    Mar. 20: UNC Wilmington
    Mar. 22-24: Central Florida

    In the series finale of East Carolina’s sweep of Maryland, lefthander Jake Kuchmaner tossed a perfect game with eight strikeouts on 103 pitches, just a week after taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning at Mississippi in a midweek start. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for ECU this season, but it has yet to suffer through a losing weekend, and this sweep of the Terrapins is the most impressive weekend result to date. In the three games, Pirates pitching allowed Maryland just one run on nine hits. While it pales in comparison to Kuchmaner’s effort on Sunday, lefthander Jake Agnos was outstanding on Friday as well, throwing seven scoreless innings, giving up six hits and no walks with seven strikeouts. Over the last two weekends, factoring in his start against Marist, he’s thrown 14 shutout innings with 17 strikeouts.
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    Arkansas

    SEC
    Notes:

    Last week: 5-0
    Overall: 17-2, 3-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 5-0


    Results:
    Mar. 12-13: Western Illinois: W 8-0, W 11-1
    Mar. 15-17: Missouri: W 2-0, W 4-3, W 3-2
    Upcoming
    Mar. 19-20: @ (4) Texas
    Mar. 22-24: @ Alabama

    Arkansas got a tough test from a competitive Missouri team last weekend, but it took care of business in sweeping the series. It’s still fairly early, sure, but righthander Isaiah Campbell looks like he’s taken a huge jump. Against Missouri, he tossed seven shutout innings, giving up two hits and one walk with 11 strikeouts. He’s walked zero or one batters in four out of his five starts, and this was the third consecutive start with double digit strikeouts. In the Game 2 win, the Razorbacks’ offense did a nice job of getting to lefthander T.J. Sikkema, scoring single runs in the first and second innings and then two runs in the fourth, Three of those runs, one by sac fly and two by single, came off the bat of Christian Franklin, giving him a team-leading 19 RBI on the season.
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    Auburn

    SEC
    Notes:

    Last week: 4-0
    Overall: 18-2, 3-0 in SEC (3-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 5-0


    Results:
    Mar. 12: @ South Alabama: W 6-2
    Mar. 15-17: (25) Tennessee: W 2-0, W 5-2, W 5-3
    Upcoming
    Mar. 19: @ Alabama-Birmingham
    Mar. 22-24: @ (2) Mississippi State

    Tennessee came into this SEC-opening series riding high as a newly-minted Top 25 program, and the way they competed in this series proved that they are, in fact, a much-improved team, but it was Auburn that came away with this key sweep. There’s not much that can be said about Tanner Burns’ performances this season that hasn’t already been said, so perhaps just laying the numbers out there will suffice. Against the Volunteers, he threw 6.2 shutout innings, giving up four hits and one walk with nine strikeouts. That gives him a 0.54 ERA on the season with a 48-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio and .133 opponent batting average in 33.1 innings of work. One potentially negative note for the Tigers coming out of the series win is an apparent injury to lefthander Jack Owen, who has been an outstanding complement to Burns in the rotation. He was two pitches into the fifth inning when the trainer was called and he was removed. Early indications from head coach Butch Thompson suggest that it was nothing more than shoulder tightness and that his removal was mostly precautionary, but that’s a situation to monitor moving forward.
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    Texas A&M

    SEC
    Notes:

    Last week: 2-2
    Overall: 17-5, 2-1 in SEC (4-1 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 4-0


    Results
    Mar. 12: @ Dallas Baptist: L 5-4
    Mar. 15-17: (1) Vanderbilt: L 7-4, W 8-7, W 7-0
    Upcoming
    Mar. 19: Rice
    Mar. 22-24: @ Kentucky

    Taking a series win over the top-ranked team in the country is one way to propel a team into the rankings, and that’s the path Texas A&M took after winning two of three at home over Vanderbilt. After dropping the opening game, A&M mounted a huge comeback to score a wild Game 2 win. Trailing 7-2 going into the bottom of the eighth, the Aggies scored five runs in the eighth, including three on a Cam Blake bases-clearing triple, and then walked it off in the ninth on an RBI single by Jonathan Ducoff. The Sunday game was a comprehensive win for A&M, with righthander Christian Roa tossing seven shutout innings to lead the way on the mound and Ducoff enjoying another big game with a four-RBI day at the plate.
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    Mississippi

    SEC
    Notes:

    Last week: 2-3
    Overall: 14-6, 2-1 in SEC (0-3 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 4-0-1


    Results:
    Mar. 12-13: @ (13) Louisville: L 4-3, L 10-8
    Mar. 15-17: Alabama: W 1-0, L 8-6, W 12-2
    Upcoming
    Mar. 19-20: Arkansas-Pine Bluff
    Mar. 22-24: @ Missouri

    It was a strange week for Mississippi. On the one hand, they won a road series in SEC play, always a difficult thing to do no matter the opponent, but on the other hand, when you consider their two midweek losses against Louisville, it was a losing week overall, albeit one against good competition. The pitching performance of the weekend came from righthander Will Ethridge, who threw six shutout innings with nine strikeouts. They also got a good Game 3 outing from freshman righthander Gunnar Hoglund, who tossed five innings, giving up two hits and one run with two walks and eight strikeouts. Shorstop Grae Kessinger had a big weekend, going 6-for-13 with six RBI.
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    Coastal Carolina

    Sun Belt
    Notes:

    Last week: 3-1
    Overall: 16-4-1, 0-0 in Sun Belt (0-1-1 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series 1-0


    Results:
    Mar. 13: @ (18) Clemson: L 8-5
    Mar. 15-17: @ Louisiana-Monroe: W 13-3, W 14-2, W 15-7
    Upcoming
    Mar. 22-24: Troy

    Coastal Carolina jumped out to a quick start in Sun Belt play with a dominant series sweep over Louisiana-Monroe on the road. Their offensive performance in the series could be described as comprehensive, as the Chanticleers scored 42 runs on 37 hits, while also taking advantage of free passes from ULM pitching, particularly in Game 2, when 14 walks were issued to Coastal hitters. In Game 1, CCU didn’t need much help from opposing pitchers to score runs in bunches, as they flexed their muscles to the tune of four home runs, one each from Cory Wood, Zach Biermann, Jared Johnson and Jake Wright. Wood went 5-for-12 in the series and is now hitting .342/.500/.506.
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    Arizona State

    Pac-12
    Notes:

    Last week: 4-0
    Overall: 19-0, 3-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 5-0


    Results:
    Mar. 13: New Mexico State: W 7-3
    Mar. 15-17: Washington State: W 6-0, W 8-7, W 6-5
    Upcoming
    Mar. 20: California Baptist
    Mar. 22-24: @ Oregon

    Arizona State, 19-0 on the season, is the last undefeated team in college baseball. Lefthander Alec Marsh got the Sun Devils off to a quick start in Game 1, throwing 6.1 shutout innings with third baseman Gage Workman doing heavy lifting on offense with a 2-for-4 game with two homers and four RBI. Game 2 ended in more dramatic fashion, with catcher Sam Ferri hitting a walk-off solo shot after Spencer Torkelson and Hunter Bishop had homers earlier in the day. In Game 3, shortstop Alika Williams was the star, going 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
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    Florida State

    ACC
    Notes:

    Last week: 1-3
    Overall: 14-4, 3-3 in ACC (1-3 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 4-1


    Results:
    Mar. 12: @ (4) Florida: L 20-7
    Mar. 15-17: @ (21) North Carolina State: L 16-0, L 9-8, W 7-5
    Upcoming
    Mar. 19: Central Florida
    Mar. 20: Florida International
    Mar. 22-24: @ Notre Dame

    The Seminoles suffered three difficult-to-swallow losses last week. In the midweek, they opened up a 6-0 lead over rival Florida before dropping that game 20-7. Then they traveled to Raleigh to take on NC State, only to drop the series opener 16-0. They looked poised to get back in the win column when they took an 8-5 lead to the bottom of the eighth of Game 2, but the Wolfpack had others ideas, as Brad Debo connected for a three-run homer in the eighth to tie it and Tyler McDonough walked it off in the ninth. The Seminoles came away with a win in the series finale with the help of two-hit days from four different players - Reese Albert, J.C. Flowers, Nico Baldor and Nander De Sedas.

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    UC Irvine

    Big West
    Notes:

    Last week: 3-0
    Overall: 12-4, 0-0 in Big West (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 5-0


    Results
    Mar. 15-17: @ Utah Valley: W 15-0, W 17-4 (10), W 17-4
    Upcoming
    Mar. 22-24: Washington State

    UCI continues to roll along as it prepares for Big West play. Scores of 15-0, 17-4 and 17-4 might suggest that the sweep of Utah Valley was routine for the Anteaters. In the case of Games 1 and 3, that would be an accurate assessment. In Game 1, UCI jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings before playing add-on for the rest of the game and ace righthander Andre Pallante held Utah Valley to just one hit through seven shutout innings. And in Game 3, the Anteaters were up 11-2 after four innings. But Game 2 was deceivingly wacky. UVU actually held a 4-1 lead going into the eighth inning, but UCI answered back to score one in the eighth and two in the ninth to send the game into extra innings. In that extra frame, Irvine batted around twice and scored 13 runs, forcing Utah Valley to use four pitchers just to get off the field.
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    Michigan

    Big 10
    Notes:

    Last week: 4-0
    Overall: 13-4, 0-0 in Big Ten (1-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series 4-0


    Results:
    Mar. 14-17: Manhattan: W 5-1, W 23-2, W 16-7, W 4-0 (7)
    Upcoming
    Mar. 19: Western Michigan
    Mar. 21-23: @ (13) Texas Tech
    Mar. 23: vs. Stetson (Lubbock, Texas)

    Michigan got to enjoy a weekend at the friendly confines of Ray Fisher Stadium for the first time this season, and it suited them well in a four-game sweep of visiting Manhattan. First baseman/outfielder Jordan Brewer had a massive first three games of the series, going 6-for-14 with three home runs and 12 RBI. With it being a four-game series, it presented an opportunity for someone outside of the typical rotation to get a start on the weekend, and redshirt freshman righthander Isaiah Page took advantage, throwing five shutout innings with only two hits allowed in his first start of the season. The Wolverines have a big test coming up this weekend in Lubbock, Texas, as they take on Texas Tech and Stetson in a series of games that begins Thursday.
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    South Carolina

    SEC
    Notes:

    Last week: 1-3
    Overall: 14-6, 0-3 in SEC (2-4 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 4-1


    Results:
    Mar. 12: @ The Citadel: W 10-9
    Mar. 15-17: (15) Georgia: L 6-1, L 8-7, L 4-2
    Upcoming
    Mar. 19: @ Furman
    Mar. 22-24: @ Tennessee

    Starting pitching has been a concern for South Carolina so far this season, particularly after the injury to Carmen Mlodzinski, but for the most part, they had been able to overcome that. In their series against Georgia last weekend, they simply weren’t able to. Righthander Wesley Sweatt allowed five runs (four earned) in five innings in game one to put the Gamecocks behind the eight ball, and the usually steady righthander Reid Morgan got touched up for five runs (four earned) in four innings in Game 2. In Game 3, however, they did get four shutout innings in an abbreviated start from righthander T.J. Shook. The bullpen has been solid all year, and it was again last weekend. A quintet of relievers combined to hold Georgia to one run over the final four innings in game one, and four relievers limited the damage to just one earned run in the last five innings on Saturday.

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    Clemson

    ACC
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: 2-2
    Overall: 14-5, 4-2 in ACC (5-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series 3-2


    Results
    Mar. 13: (19) Coastal Carolina: W 8-5
    Mar. 15-17: Notre Dame: L 9-2, W 5-1, L 4-2 (10)
    Upcoming
    Mar. 19-20: vs./@ College of Charleston
    Mar. 22-24: @ Boston College

    One weekend after making a huge statement with a series sweep over North Carolina, Clemson dropped two out of three to a suddenly-hot Notre Dame team. On Friday, defense betrayed the Tigers a bit, as the Irish scored three unearned runs in the second inning to jump out to a quick lead on the way to a 9-2 win. In the loss on Sunday, the Clemson offense simply wasn’t able to solve Notre Dame’s pitching, led by 7.1 quality innings from righthander Cameron Junker. A positive from the weekend was the performance of lefthander Mat Clark, who has done a nice job since being inserted into the weekend rotation. This time around, he threw seven shutout innings, giving up three hits and no walks with seven strikeouts.
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