Trackin' the Top 25
Take a quick look back at last week's games and a first glance at the upcoming games for the Top 25.
Last week: 4-0. Overall: 13-1, 0-0 in C-USA. (3-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Tulane hit eight homers on the week, with four from Jr. 1B/DH Micah Owings, who also threw six scoreless innings Saturday. Sr. SS Tommy Manzella hit a grand slam in the 10th inning Friday to cap a six-RBI night and help the Green Wave rebound from an early 4-0 deficit. Jr. Brian Bogusevic hadn't played the field much because of a slightly pulled hamstring, but returned to the field for the final two games of the series, going 3-for-8 with three steals.
March 1: New Orleans: W 15-9
March 4-6: Marist: W 8-4 (10 inn.), W 24-2, W 11-5
March 8: @ No. 5 LSU
March 11-13: No. 3 Cal State Fullerton
Last week: 2-1. Overall: 17-1, 0-0 in Big 12. (5-1 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Jr. RHP J. Brent Cox earned a win Friday night by allowing one hit over 2.2 innings while Texas scored the game-winning run on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch in the top of the ninth. JBC earned a save on Sunday by leaving the bases loaded. So. OF/1B Thomas Incaviglia collected five hits and three RBI in the final two games of the series. Soph. 3B Clay Van Hook has reached bases safely in 17 of 18 games this year. Fr. LHP Jordon Street (Huston's brother) allowed one hit over five innings of relief Saturday.
March 4-6: @ Arizona (10): W 5-4. L 8-3, W 5-4
March 8: No. 10 Rice
March 11-13: Purdue
3. Cal State Fullerton
Last week: 4-0. Overall: 11-2, 0-0 in Big West. (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Jr. LHPs Ricky Romero and Ryan Schreppel continued their dominance, with Romero dealing 13 strikeouts and allowing five hits and a walk over seven shutout innings against Oklahoma after Schreppel struck out eight Nevada batters over eight scoreless frames earlier Saturday. Soph. 1B Brett Pill collected 11 hits in 20 at-bats on the week and has at least one hit in all 13 games this year to help build a .431 average. The Titans bullpen has allowed one run in its last 14.2 innings.
March 1: San Diego State: W 18-8
March 5-6: Kia Bash in Fullerton
Nevada: W 5-0, Oklahoma: W 8-0, UCLA: W 14-4
March 9: Cal State Northridge
March 11-13: @ No. 1 Tulane
4. South Carolina
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 12-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Pepperdine Sr. RHP Kea Kometani used his splitter to strike out 10 batters in 8.2 innings Friday as the Waves carried a 7-1 lead into the ninth inning. Jr. SS Steven Tolleson went 8-for-13 in the tournament, with a career-high four hits Saturday and three more Sunday. Soph. DH Jon Willard extended his hitting streak to 10 games with five hits in three games to raise his team-best average to .500.
March 2: Wofford: W 13-1
March 4-6: Dairy Queen Classic in Minneapolis
Pepperdine: L 7-5, Minnesota: W 13-6, New Orleans: W 9-3
March 9: Charleston Southern
March 12-13: @ Clemson, Clemson
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 11-3, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The Tigers have won 10 straight series, and 20 of 21 dating to the end of 2003. The Sunday loss snapped a 15-game home win streak. Soph. LHP Clay Dirks struck out seven batters over seven scoreless innings Saturday, allowing only a leadoff single in the seventh. Sr. OF Ryan Patterson scored seven runs on the week, including four on Friday. Sr. LHP Lane Mestepey earned the win Friday (5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, BB, 8 K) and needs six more to tie for the LSU career record.
March 2: @ Centenary: L 6-1
March 4-6: Alabama-Birmingham: W 12-6, W 7-3, L 4-3
March 8: No. 1 Tulane
March 11-13: Arizona State, Western Illinois
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 11-3, 0-0 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Earning a series win against Villanova was a battle, and credit the Wildcats. Sr. RHP Nick Allen held Florida to an unearned run on five hits and a walk Friday, a week after throwing a seven-inning no-hitter. It marked the worst loss at home for Florida since 1993. The Gators then needed four runs in the seventh Saturday to overcome a 5-2 deficit and four consecutive walks in the 10th inning Sunday to escape with a win. Jr. RHP Darren O'Day threw two scoreless innings for a save Saturday before getting a win Sunday with 2.1 more scoreless frames. Sr. CF Jeff Corsaletti batted .417 in the 'Nova series and has hit in six straight games. Soph. 2B Adam Davis homered from both sides of the plate Tuesday.
March 1: Mercer: W 13-1
March 4-6: Villanova: L 11-1, W 6-5, W 6-5 (10 inn.)
March 8-9: UNC Asheville
March 11-13: Michigan State
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 13-4, 0-0 in ACC. (1-2 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Jr. RHP Cesar Carrillo recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in 7.1 innings Friday while allowing a run on three hits. Jr. 3B Ryan Braun and Soph. LF Jon Jay each stayed scorching, with eight hits in the series. Braun has hit in 16 straight games, while Jay has a hit in 14 straight, and 31 of 32 dating to 2004. Miami native Jonathan Diaz, NC State's Soph. SS, homered and drove home a career-best four runs Saturday.
March 2: Northeastern: W 5-1
March 4-6: North Carolina State: W 6-1, L 11-5, W 13-7
March 8: Pittsburgh
March 9: Quinnipiac
March 11-13: Duke
Last week: 4-0. Overall: 10-0, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Vandy matched its 1998 start, the best in school history. Sr. 3B Tony Mansolino went 4-for-4 Friday with a two-run homer while Jr. LHP Ryan Mullins enjoyed his best start of the year (7.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 7 K). Jr. RHP Jensen Lewis (7 IP, 3H, 0 R, BB, 9 K) was dominant again Saturday, and Jr. RHP Matt Buschmann threw six scoreless innings Sunday.
March 2: @ Lipscomb: W 9-3
March 4-6: Ball State: W 6-2, W 7-1, W 4-0
March 7: Oakland
March 8: Lipscomb
March 11-13: No. 19 Baylor
9. Texas A&M
Last week: 5-0. Overall: 12-4, 0-0 in Big 12. (2-2 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Jr. Coby Mavroulis hit the first homer of the year (a two-run blast) against USC on Friday as Soph. LHP Jason Meyer allowed an unearned run over eight innings to win a duel against Ian Kennedy, who fanned 10. Jr. SS Cliff Pennington fell a double shy of the cycle against Notre Dame. Fr. RHPs Chance Corgan and Jordan Chambless combined for eight shutout innings against Texas State. Pennington went 5-for-5 with a homer, four steals and five runs in sweeping Evansville, while Sr. C Justin Poulk went 6-for-6.
Feb. 28: Evansville (DH): W 3-0, W 10-2
March 4-6: Dell Diamond Classic in Round Rock, Texas
No. 23 USC: W 3-0, Notre Dame: W 13-5, Texas State: W 12-2
March 8: UT Arlington
March 11-13: UCLA
Last week: 2-1. Overall: 12-3, 0-0 in WAC. (4-1 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Rain washed away Sunday's Notre Dame game, which Rice led 4-0 in the third inning. The run-rule halted Rice's shellacking of USC. Jr. Josh Geer allowed a run on four hits over seven innings in that one, while Soph. 2B Josh Rodriguez added three hits and as many RBI. Sr. 1B Adam Rodgers collected seven hits -- five for extra bases -- and eight RBI on the week. Nebraska Fr. RHP Joba Chamberlain struck out nine Rice batters in 6.1 innings Friday to beat fellow Fr. Joe Savery.
March 1: @ Lamar: W 10-0
March 4-6: Dell Diamond Classic in Round Rock, Texas
Nebraska: L 4-3, No. 23 USC: W 12-1 (7 inn.)
March 9: @ No. 2 Texas March 11-13: No. 24 TCU
Last week: 2-1. Overall: 11-7, 0-0 in Pac-10. (3-6 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Jr. LHP Mark Romanczuk pitched his second consecutive complete game Saturday, finishing with seven strikeouts and five hits allowed to help coach Mark Marquess earn win No. 1,200. Fr. OF Michael Taylor drove in three runs Saturday before singling and scoring on a ninth-inning squeeze play in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. Cal broke its 18-game losing streak to Stanford in the nightcap.
March 5-6: California: W 10-3, W 3-2 (DH G1), L 10-4 (DH G2)
March 19-20: Pacific
Last week: 1-2. Overall: 12-5, 0-0 in Pac-10. (2-2 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Arizona lost a tight series to Texas, allowing the game-winning run on a ninth-inning hit batsman Friday and leaving the bases loaded in the ninth Sunday. Two Texas errors in the second inning Saturday helped Arizona score seven times, and Jr. 1B Jordan Brown drove in three runs. He has a 17-game hit streak, while Sr. OF Jeff Van Houten has hit in 23 straight.
March 4-6: No. 2 Texas: L 5-4, W 8-3, L 5-4
March 11-13: Mississippi State
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 7-3, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The other ranked team in Greenville was treated almost as poorly as was North Carolina. Soph. 1B Josh Morris hit a home run in each of the first two tournament games but was silent Sunday. Jr. OF Bobby Felmy collected five hits, including a homer, in the first two games before getting just one Sunday. The reason the bats stopped Sunday? ECU Jr. LHP Jeff Ostrander, who allowed two hits over 7.1 shutout innings while striking out seven. Closer Will Startup earned the win Friday, entering early to quell a second-inning rally and working 5.2 scoreless innings.
March 2: Georgia State @ East Cobb Complex: W 4-1
March 4-6; Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C.
Ohio State: W 4-3, Michigan: L 6-4, East Carolina: L 7-1
March 8-9: Tennesee Tech
March 11-13: @ Louisville
14. North Carolina
Last week: 1-3. Overall: 9-3, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The Tar Heels led Arizona State 3-1 Friday after 6 innings, but scored just one more run over the next 23 innings of baseball. It's hard to blame the starters. In order on the weekend: Soph. LHP Andrew Miller (6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, ER, 4 BB, 12 K), Soph. RHP Daniel Bard (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) and Jr. RHP Robert Woodard (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R). The team ERA moved from 1.11 to 1.16. At least the basketball team beat Duke.
March 2: Gardner-Webb: W 6-5
March 4-6: Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C.
Arizona State: L 4-3 (11 inn.), Ohio State: L 2-1, Michigan: L 1-0
March 9: No. 20 College of Charleston
March 11-13: @ Virginia Tech
15. Georgia Tech
Last week: 4-0. Overall: 11-2, 3-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Jr. LF Steven Blackwood, Tech's leader with 19 RBI, missed all four games with the flu, though the Jackets scored plenty without him. They've now won 19 straight ACC games, two shy of the conference record. Fr. C/DH Matt Wieters went an incredible 12-for-14 against Duke, with a grand slam and six RBI Sunday. Jr. RHP Jason Neighborgall delivered season-highs with 12 strikeouts and five walks over six innings.
March 1: Georgia Southern: W 9-1
March 4-6: @ Duke: W 11-3, W 11-5, W 19-3
March 8: William & Mary
March 9: Georgia Southern
March 11-13: Wake Forest
Last week: 4-1. Overall: 9-3, 0-0 in SEC. (0-1 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The 47 runs in a three-game series set an Ole Miss record; the previous mark of 40 came in 1957. Soph. LF Mark Wright and Fr. SS Zack Cozart each hit grand slams on the week. Sr. 2B Cooper Osteen went 9-for-19 with nine runs scored from the leadoff spot. He's on a seven-game hit streak, with multiple hits in six of those and has scored in eight straight games. Jr. 1B/LHP Stephen Head allowed a run over six innings Saturday while also hitting a homer and driving in four runs.
March 1-2: Northwestern State: L 9-8, W 10-1
March 4-6: Purdue: W 14-3, W 20-7, W 13-6
March 8: Southern Mississippi
March 11-13: Sam Houston State
17. Florida State
Last week: 4-0. Overall: 19-1, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Jr. LHP Barret Browning struck out 11 over 5.1 innings Saturday, and FSU recorded 18 total K's, before Fr. OF Jack Rye drove in the winning run with a pinch hit. Soph. OF Shane Robinson enjoyed another strong week, boosting his average to .494 with 11 doubles, 18 steals in 19 tries and 28 runs in 20 games. FSU's staff holds a 2.21 ERA, including a 4-0, 0.63 mark by Tyler Chambless, who has five saves.
March 4-6: @ Hawaii-Hilo: W 7-2, W 6-4 (12 inn.), W 5-2 (7 inn., DH G1), W 9-1 (7 inn., DH G2)
March 7: @ Hawaii-Hilo
March 10: @ Hawaii-Pacific
March 11-12: @ Hawaii
Last week: 3-0. Overall: 12-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Soph. 1B/DH Danny Hamblin registered six hits and five RBI in the series, including a homer and a triple that came inches from being a grand slam. Jr. RHP Charley Boyce (7 IP, H, 4 R, 0 ER) returned to his 10-3 form from 2005. Soph. OF Casey Rowlett extended his hitting streak to 13 games and increased his average to .491.
March 4-6: Illinois-Chicago: W 7-4, W 15-4, W 9-2
March 8: @ Oklahoma State
March 11-13: Eastern Illinois
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 8-6, 0-0 in Big 12. (3-1 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Baylor snapped a seven-game losing streak to Long Beach State by salvaging the final game of the series behind Jr. RHP Mark McCormick (6.1 IP, 4 H, ER, 4 BB, 8 K), who won his first game since March 30, 2004. Jr. OF Reid Brees (Drew's younger brother) drove in three runs to back McCormick. Soph. LHP Cory Van Allen took his first career home loss Saturday, allowing five runs in 3.2 innings.
March 1: @ UT San Antonio: W 4-2
March 4-6: Long Beach State: L 4-2, L 7-6, W 7-1
March 8: Northwestern State March 11-13: @ No. 8 Vanderbilt
20. College of Charleston
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 10-2, 0-0 in SoCon. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The Cougars set school records with 27 hits Sunday and eight doubles Friday. Jr. 1B D.J. Wabick hit two home runs, drove in 12 runs and enjoyed two five-hit games. Phillip Coker also had five hits Sunday. Soph. Zach Piccola struck out 11 over five innings of relief Friday.
March 2: Winthrop: L 8-6
March 4-6: Lipscomb: W 19-9, W 10-8, W 22-11
March 9: @ No. 14 North Carolina March 11-13: @ Elon
21. Louisiana Lafayette
Last week: 4-1. Overall: 14-1, 0-0 in Sun Belt. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The win streak stopped at 14. The Cajuns scored four times against Wichita State's Mike Pelfrey before crushing the Shockers bullpen. LF Josh Landry drove in four runs in that one while John McCarthy went 4-for-4. McCarthy leads the team with a .404 average and .500 on-base percentage.
March 1-5: Hawaii Rainbow Baseball Classic
Wichita State: W 19-3, South Florida: W 4-1, Sacramento State: W 4-2, UC Davis: W 6-2, Hawaii: L 12-1
March 9: McNeese State
March 11-13: Metrodome Tournament: Harvard, Minnesota, St. John's
22. Texas Tech
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 14-2, 0-0 in Big 12. (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Jr. Brian Wyatt allowed an earned run in 5.2 innings of relief Saturday as TTU battled back from a 4-2 deficit, and Sr. OF Cody Fuller added three hits and leads the team with a .483 average. Jr. Madison Edwards went 3-for-4 with three RBI Sunday to tie Sr. SS Cameron Blair for the team lead at 23.
March 1: UT Arlington: W 8-0
March 4-6: Northern Iowa: L 9-7, W 6-5, W 11-5
March 8: @ No. 24 TCU
March 11-13: Public Storage Tournament in Los Angeles
No. 25 USC, UC Irvine, Wichita State
23. Oregon State
Last week: 2-1. Overall: 11-2, 0-0 in Pac-10. (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Oregon State is off to its best start since going 11-1-1 in 1968. Jr. OF Jacoby Ellsbury moved to the second and third spots in the order and delivered a .538 on-base percentage and continued his streak of hitting in every game. It's at 15 games dating to 2004. Soph. RHP Jonah Nickerson struck out seven and allowed an unearned run in 6.1 innings Sunday but got a no decision as the Beavs used five in the eighth to get the win. The team ERA stands at 2.05 and the staff has allowed more than three runs three times.
March 4-6: UC Riverside: L 3-2, W 5-2, W 7-2
March 11-13: @ Pepperdine Tournament
Cal State Northridge, Pepperdine, Winthrop
Last week: 3-0. Overall: 10-3, 0-0 in C-USA. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The Horned Frogs pulled out two close ones on the weekend. They rallied from an 8-7 deficit Sunday by scoring two times in a ninth inning that saw four Manhattan players and coaches ejected. Chad Huffman hit two homers in the game, but the winning run scored on an error. Jr. CF Ryan Pack drove in two with an 11th-inning single Friday to help TCU rebound from a 7-6 deficit. Jr. RHP Lance Broadway allowed a run over seven innings and struck out 10 in that one, getting a no decision. Fr. RHP Sam Demel struck out eight batters over seven innings Saturday, allowing a run on five hits.
March 4-6: Manhattan: W 6-5 (11 inn.), W 10-4, W 9-8
March 8: No. 22 Texas Tech March 11-13: @ No. 10 Rice
Last week: 1-2. Overall: 5-2, 0-0 in Pac-10. (3-2 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Jr. RHP Brett Bannister allowed eight runs on 10 hits over 3.1 innings Saturday as the Trojans got run-ruled. Soph. RHP Ian Kennedy struck out 10 batters Friday but lost a pitcher's duel to Jason Meyer. Jr. C Jeff Clement hit a two-run homer in the seventh Sunday to help the Trojans earn their first win of the year in a game in which they trailed after six innings.
March 1: UC Riverside: 26-4
March 4-6: Dell Diamond Classic in Round Rock, Texas
No. 15 Texas A&M: L 3-1, No. 12 Rice: L 12-1 (7 inn.), Nebraska: W 5-4
March 8: @ UC Riverside
March 11-13: Public Storage Tournament in Los Angeles
No. 22 Texas Tech, Wichita State, UC Irvine
Editor's note: Baseball America will provide weekly updates, analysis and Friday notebooks on college baseball this season.
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