Top 25 Tracker
by Will Kimmey
February 27, 2006
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 5-1, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Jr. LF Tyler Colvin went 6-for-11 in the series with five runs and three RBIs. Clemson ripped 10 doubles on the weekend, including seven in the finale. Mercer scored three runs--two unearned--in the eighth inning to win the middle game, snapping Clemson's 11-game home win streak. 5,569 fans came to Sunday's doubleheader.
Feb. 24-26: Mercer: W 5-1, L 3-2, W 9-4
March 3: @ College of Charleston
March 4-5: @/vs. (9) South Carolina
2. GEORGIA TECH
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 10-0, 0-0 in ACC. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Sr. RF Jeff Kindel homered and drove in four runs against Tennessee, as GT scored five times in the first inning against So. LHP James Adkins. Jr. 1B Whit Robbins drove in three runs in a rain-shortened win against VCU and has 20 RBIs in 10 games.
Feb. 21: East Tennessee State: W 7-3, W 5-2
Feb. 24-26: Baseball at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
(6) Tennessee: W 8-5, Virginia Commonwealth: W 8-2 (6)
March 3-5: Rutgers
3. NORTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 7-0, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The starters dominated (19 IP, 12 H, R, BB, 24 K), though the bullpen let George Washington make the first two games close (10 IP, 11 R). Jr. LHP Andrew Miller struck out 11 batters in seven innings Sunday, while Jr. RHP Daniel Bard fanned a career-best nine in six innings Saturday. So. RF Matt Spencer totaled five hits (two homers), six RBIs and three steals on the weekend. So. 1B Chad Flack missed the last two games with a foot/ankle injury.
Feb. 21: Coastal Carolina: W 15-0
Feb. 24-26: George Washington: W 11-7, W 6-5 (11), W 14-0
March 1: Gardner-Webb
March 3-5: Purdue
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 10-2, 0-0 in Conference USA. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
Rice has won five in a row. Sr. RHP Eddie Degermann (7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 9 K) out-dueled Nebraska's Joba Chamberlain. So. LHP Joe Savery dealt vs. Texas State (7 IP, 6 H, R, 0 ER, 9 K). Jr. DH Josh Rodriguez stayed hot like Hansel, going 7-for-14 with a homer and seven RBIs on the weekend, while So. OF Jordan Dodson homered twice and drove in six.
Feb. 21: Sam Houston State: W 9-3
Feb. 24-26: Crowne Plaza Invitational, Houston
St. John's: W 14-7, (25) Nebraska: W 3-2, Texas State: W 3-2
Feb. 28: @ Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
March 3-5: (7) Cal State Fullerton
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 8-3, 0-0 in SEC. (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Missouri Jr. RHP Max Scherzer dominated (7 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 8 K) in a blowout, a sign of things to come for a weekend in which Florida batted .265, posted a 5.67 ERA and made nine errors. Jr. 1B Matt LaPorta didn't play in any of the games after straining an oblique Wednesday. He's day to day. Jr. RHP Bryan Augenstein (7.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 ER) was the lone bright spot in the only win.
Feb. 22: Florida A&M: W 15-5
Feb. 24-26: Pepsi Baseball Classic in Gainesville, Fla.
(12) Missouri: L 14-5, Ohio State: W 10-3, Wake Forest: L 4-0
Feb. 28: (10) Florida State
March 3-5: Texas A&M
Last Week: 1-1. Overall: 7-2, 0-0 in SEC. (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Georgia Tech scored five times in the first against So. LHP James Adkins (4 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 K), So. CF Julio Borbon's two hits and three RBIs weren't enough. He's hit in all nine games this season and leads UT with a .421 average,
Feb. 24-26: Baseball at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
(3) Georgia Tech: L 8-5, Coastal Carolina: W 10-6
March 3-5: Oakland
7. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 8-4, 0-0 in Big West. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
Fr. DH David Cooper hasn't realized he's not supposed to have a hit in all 12 games, so he does and leads the Titans with a .424 average and 12 RBIs after five hits and five RBIs against UCLA. Sr. 2B Justin Turner has been red hot, with his own 11-game hit streak.
So. RHP Wes Roemer has 28 K's and no walks in 29 innings this season, and Jr. RHP Lauren Gagnier set career bests with eight K's and eight IP Saturday.
Feb. 24-26: @/vs./vs. UCLA: W 7-2, W 3-1, W 12-6
Feb. 28: @ (12) Pepperdine
March 3-5: @ (4) Rice
8. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Mississippi State allowed three earned runs on 14 hits, with a 33-2 strikeout-walk ratio in its opening series. So. RHP John Lalor (6.2 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, career-best 11 K) was the best, dominating the finale.
Feb. 24-26: Marist: W 9-3, W 3-1, W 4-2
March 3-5: Arkansas State
9. SOUTH CAROLINA
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 8-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
South Carolina's offense got healthy
against Duquense, with season bests of 15 runs and 16 hits Friday. It has won seven straight games. Jr. DH Robbie Grinestaff hit two three-run homers in the series and finished with seven RBIs and six runs scored. Fr. 1B Justin Smoak posted a 3-for-3 Sunday with two doubles, a homer and five RBIs, finishing the weekend by reaching base in seven straight plate appearances.
Feb. 24-26: Duquesne: W 15-0, W 6-3, W 12-4
March 4-5: vs./@ (1) Clemson
10. FLORIDA STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 10-1, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0-1.
FSU now has won 19 straight home games, and Mike Martin on Saturday became the eighth coach to earn win No. 1,400. Jr. C Dennis Guinn helped that cause with a 4-for-4 game that included a grand slam. The Seminoles did it all with little help from Jr. CF Shane Robinson, who went hitless in the first two games (egads!) before getting two knocks Sunday. Jr. RHP Tyler Chambliss didn't pitch; he was held back to face Florida on Tuesday. Jr. RHP Bryan Henry did pitch and struck out eight over seven scoreless innings.
Feb. 24-26: Minnesota: W 8-2, W 5-0, W 12-4
Feb. 28: @ (5) Florida
March 3-5: Brown
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 9-0, 0-0 in SEC. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
So. LHP Nick Schmidt allowed hits--three of them--for the first time in 2006, but struck out 10 batters in seven innings and allowed two runs in the middle game of the series. Two hits and three RBIs from Jr. LF Jake Dugger helped Arkansas battle back from a 5-2 deficit in the opener.
Feb. 24-25: Louisiana Tech: W 10-9, W 13-2, W 10-2
Feb. 28-March 4: Rainbow Baseball Tournament, Honolulu, Hawaii
Washington, UT-Arlington, Hawaii, TBA, TBA
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 8-6, 0-0 in West Coast. (5-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
Make it two big series wins over 2005 College World Series participants in a row for the Waves, who beat Oregon State a week ago. So. RF Donald Brown was a big reason why, with a 7-for-11 weekend that included five runs and seven RBIs thanks to a four-hit, five-RBI finale. Pepperdine reached double-figures in hits in all three games, batting .322 on the weekend.
Feb. 21: @ UCLA: L 2-0
Feb. 24-26: @ (10) Tulane: W 6-2, L 9-4, W 9-5
Feb. 28: (7) Cal State Fullerton
March 3-5: @ San Diego State
13. OREGON STATE
Last Week: 3-1. Overall: 6-4, 0-0 in Pac-10. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-1.
Sr. 3B Shea McFeely went 8-for-17 on the week with four runs, though the Beavers needed more of those hits vs. Davis, when they stranded 13 runners. Jr. CF Tyler Graham returned to action (hamstring) and hit his first career homer Saturday. So. RHP Mike Stutes punched out 10 hitters in 5.2 IP Sunday.
Feb. 23-26: River City Classic, Davis, Calif.
Brigham Young: W 12-2, UC Davis: L 2-1, Sacramento State: W 8-3, St. Mary's: W 7-5
March 3-5: Nevada
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 9-6, 0-0 in Big 12. (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-2.
Texas opened the week by dropping the finale of the Stanford series before rallying for a season-high four-game win streak. It started 16-0 last year. So. RHP Adrian Alaniz (8 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 10 K) dominated Friday, and Jr. RHP Kyle McCulloch didn't allow an earned run Saturday (7 IP, 4 H, R). Fr. 3B Bradley Suttle tallied six hits and six RBIs on the weekend and has reached base safely in all 15 games. Jr. CF Drew Stubbs has a nine-game hit streak.
Feb. 20: @ Stanford: L 13-9
Feb. 22: Texas State: W 7-4
Feb. 24-26: Villanova: W 8-0, W 4-1, W 9-2
March 3-5: @ Nevada-Las Vegas
Last Week: 2-2. Overall: 8-3, 0-0 in Conference USA. (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-1.
Sr. RHP Billy Mohl's strong start to the season ended Sunday (5 IP, 11 H, 5 ER). Jr. 3B Tim Guidry totaled seven hits and five RBIs in the series.
Feb. 21: New Orleans: W 10-2
Feb. 24-26: (16) Pepperdine: L 6-2, W 9-4, L 9-5
March 3-5: Manhattan
16. LONG BEACH STATE
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 9-4, 0-0 in Big West. (4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
Long Beach State held UIC scoreless in 26 of the 27 innings, with Jr. RHP Drew Carpenter throwing a complete-game one-hitter Saturday and Fr. RHP Vance Worley yielding six hits over eight scoreless innings Sunday. Neither topped 100 pitches. Sr. OF Sean "If He Can Stay Healthy" Boatright tweaked his back and missed the series.
Feb. 24-26: Illinois-Chicago: W 5-3, W 6-0, W 10-0
Feb. 28: UCLA
March 3-5: Baylor
17. LOUISIANA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 10-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-0.
Temple's matchup zone couldn't contain LSU, which topped J.J. Redick's 11-point
performance against the Owls in the finale. Jr. RHP Derik Olvey threw eight scoreless innings in the middle game to improve to 3-0, 0.39. Jr. LHP Clay Dirks threw a five-hit complete game with a career-best 12 K's in the opener. Gorillas might be an endangered species in Baton Rouge; LSU hit one homer in the series (No. 1 for Jr. 1B Jordan Mayer) and five through 11 games.
Feb. 21: Southeastern Louisiana: W 7-3
Feb. 24-26: Temple: W 4-1, W 9-0, W 14-4 (8)
March 1: Louisiana-Monroe
March 3-5: Houston
18. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Last Week: 4-0. Overall: 12-1, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
The Wolfpack offense showed it could play situational baseball, scoring eighth-inning runs that proved the difference in the final two games. Credit So. OF Ryan Pond and Jr. 1B Aaron Bates with the RBI hits. So. RHP/PF Andrew Brackman took advantage of a week off on the basketball schedule to throw 47 pitches in a Sunday start (2.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, 2 K). So. 3B Matt Mangini produced a seven-hit weekend, and his average dipped to .680.
Feb. 21: North Carolina A&T: W 9-3
Feb. 24-26: Keith LeClair Classic, Greenville, N.C.
West Virginia: W 12-4, Penn State: W 3-2, UNC Wilmington: W 9-8
Feb. 28: High Point
March 3-5: UCLA
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 9-4, 0-0 in Pac-10. (5-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 3-1.
So. RHP David Stringer went 2-0, 0.87 in two outings, a start against Nevada (5.1 IP, ER, 7 K) and a relief appearance Sunday (5 IP, 0 R, 8 K). Sr. SS Chris Minaker has a six-game hit streak and hit his team-best third homer Sunday. He and So. RF Michael Taylor, who's on a seven-game hit streak, led the team with 13 RBIs. Jr. RHP Greg Reynolds (7.2 IP, 5 H, ER, 0 BB, 11 K) dealt Friday.
Feb. 20: (7) Texas: W 13-9
Feb. 21: Nevada: W 5-2
Feb. 24-26: @ Fresno State: W 3-2, L 7-5, W 6-3
March 3-5: @ California
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 5-4, 0-0 in Big 12. (1-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Which is the real Missouri? The Friday night version, where Jr. RHP Max Scherzer dominated (7 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 8 K) and So. C Jacob Priday rang up five of the team's 22 hits, or the one that managed nine hits and five runs (and 19 strikeouts) in the next two games against seemingly inferior competition?
Feb. 24-26: Pepsi Baseball Classic, Gainesville, Fla.:
(2) Florida: W 14-5, Wake Forest: L 4-3, Ohio State: L 4-2
March 1: Illinois State
March 3-5: Wisconsin-Milwaukee
21. TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 6-4, 0-0 in Mountain West. (1-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-0.
Quiet bats and four errors caused a loss in the opener, and TCU took no chances in the second game, bringing in Jr. LHP Brad Furnish to close things out and burning his chance to start the finale. He earned his second save in as many games by closing out that win as well, working a scoreless ninth after TCU scored three times in the bottom of the eighth.
Feb. 24-26: Wright State: L 6-4, W 8-4, W 4-2
Feb. 28: Dallas Baptist
March 3-5: Florida Atlantic
Last Week: 4-1. Overall: 6-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-0.
Ole Miss used the weekend to explore different lineups and different pitchers, with all kinds of contributors. Jr. CF Alex Pressley batted in the middle of the order and atop it, accruing six hits in the process. Jr. RF Mark Wright added five RBIs and a homer.
Feb. 21-22: Samford: W 11-4, L 3-2
Feb. 24-26: Maine: W 9-2, W 7-5, W 13-2
Feb. 28: Arkansas State
March 3-5: Illinois-Chicago
Last Week: 2-1. Overall: 5-2, 0-0 in Big 12. (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 0-0.
Jr. RHP Joba Chamberlain was strong (6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 10 K), but Rice's Eddie Degermann was a bit better. So. CF Bryce Nimmo had four hits and five RBIs on the weekend, and Jr. RF Luke Gorsett hit two homers.
Crowne Plaza Invitational, Houston
Texas State: W 10-3, (5) Rice: L 3-2, St. John's: W 12-4
March 3-5: Dairy Queen Classic, Minneapolis, Minn.
Notre Dame, Arizona, Minnesota
Last Week: 3-0. Overall: 10-2, 0-0 in Big South. (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-0.
Jr. RHP Heath Rollins rolled up double-digit strikeouts without issuing a walk Saturday (CG, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 13 K), his second such outing in as many starts. Sr. CF Tommy Lentz recorded two hits and two RBIs in all three games and has 14 RBIs on the year. That's one behind team leader Jacob Dempsey, who drove in three on a Sunday homer.
Fe. 24-26: Xavier: W 5-1, W 5-3, W 15-3
Feb. 28: North Carolina A&T
March 3-5: Kent State
25. SAN DIEGO
Last Week: 0-4. Overall: 7-6, 0-0 in West Coast. (3-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 2-1.
San Diego has lost five straight games following its 7-1 start. USD got great pitching in the first two games from Jr. RHP Josh Butler (6 IP, ER to end his 25-inning scoreless streak) and Fr. LHP Brian Matusz (8 IP, 3 R, 11 K).
Feb. 21: UC Irvine: L 10-4
Feb. 24-26: @ Georgia: L 1-0, L 3-1, L 9-8
March 3-5: @ Cal Poly
CAL POLY (22)
Last Week: 1-2. Overall: 10-5, 0-0 in Big West. (3-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 4-1.
Pinch-hitter Bryan Kepner drove in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the ninth Sunday, snapping a three-game losing jag on a day Poly recorded just four hits. Pitching proved a problem in the first two games as Jr. RHPs Gary Dailey (1.2 IP, 9 H, 8 ER) and Bud Norris (6.1 IP, 11 H, 7 ER) got ripped.
Feb. 24-26: Santa Clara: L 15-9, L 7-5, W 3-2
March 3-5: (25) San Diego
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (24)
Last Week: 1-3. Overall: 8-7, 0-0 in Pac-10. (1-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend Series: 1-2.
USC managed a win Sunday to snap a three-game skid behind Fr. LHP Tommy Milone, now 4-0, 2.63. Jr. RHP Ian Kennedy took his second loss of the year Friday (7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K).
Feb. 21: San Diego State: L 6-1
Feb. 24-26: @ Hawaii: L 4-3, L 7-3, W 4-3
Feb. 28: @ San Diego State
March 3-5: Georgia