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: 21-1, 0-0 in Big 12. (6-1 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Texas has won 22 consecutive home games dating to 200. The Horns have six shutouts this year, including two last week. OF Nick Peoples hit safely in all four games on the week to extend his hit streak to 10 games. Soph. OF/1B Thomas Incaviglia hit .375 with five runs and six RBI on the week. Soph. RHP Kyle McCulloch started Wednesday and Sunday, working nine scoreless innings with nine strikeouts. He leads the team with 38 innings and 32 strikeouts. Soph. OF Drew Stubbs hit two home runs Saturday to help secure the first win for Fr. RHP Adrian Alaniz (now in the rotation with Sr. LHP Buck Cody back in the bullpen).
March 8: No. 10 Rice: W 7-0
March 11-13: Purdue: W 9-1, W 8-6, W 8-0
March 18-20: No. 16 Baylor h/@/@
2. Cal State Fullerton
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 14-3, 0-0 in Big West. (4-2 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Jr. LHP Ricky Romero held Tulane to one hit through six innings Friday before allowing a run on two hits in the seventh. Jr. RF Sergio Pedroza hit three homers against Tulane and drove in eight runs on the week. Fullerton failed to reach double digits in hits Sunday for the first time since the season's second game, as the Titans lost to Tulane for the first time in 10 games. Fullerton still out-homered the Green Wave 10-2 in the series.
March 9: Cal State Northridge: W 7-4 March 11-13: @ No. 1 Tulane: W 15-1, W 9-8, L 13-9
March 9: Cal State Northridge
March 18-20: No. 9 Arizona
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 15-3, 0-0 in C-USA. (5-2 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Jr. CF Nathan Southard and Sr. SS Tommy Manzella collected four hits and three RBI each on Sunday as Tulane slugged enough (and turned a triple play) to avoid a sweep. Manzella totaled nine hits, including two doubles, for the week and has a 14-game hit streak. Sr. 1B/DH Scott Madden extended his hitting streak to 15 games. A school record 17,181 fans attended the Fullerton series, including 9,385 at Zephyr Field on Saturday and 4,085 at Turchin Stadium on Friday, the second-largest total ever.
March 8: @ No. 5 LSU: W 6-2
March 11-13: No. 3 Cal State Fullerton: L 15-1, L 9-8, W 13-9
March 15: Texas Southern March 18-20: No. 25 East Carolina
4. South Carolina
Last week: 3-0. Overall: 15-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The two wins against Clemson helped Gamecocks coach Ray Tanner move to 15-14 all-time vs. the in-state rival. Sr. RHP Aaron Rawl (5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R) earned the win Saturday, No. 30 for his career, and is one win shy of tying for fifth place all-time at South Carolina. Sr. OF Brendan Winn hit a two-run homer Saturday to extend his team lead to eight. Winn also delivered a double during a three-run rally in the eighth inning Sunday to raise his team-best RBI total to 24. Four South Carolina pitchers combined to one-hit Charleston Southern on Wednesday.
March 9: Charleston Southern: W 1-0
March 12-13: Clemson @/h: W 6-3, W 6-5
March 15: @ Wofford
March 18-20: No. 15 Arkansas
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 14-4, 0-0 in SEC. (0-1 vs. Top 25).
Notes: LSU scored 12 times in the fourth inning Sunday against Arizona State, hitting four consecutive home runs. Sr. Ryan Patterson hit one of those to give him a two-homer game for the second straight day. He added eight runs and seven RBI on the weekend and raised his overall average to .403. Sr. 2B Clay Harris collected eight hits, a home run and five RBI on the week. Jr. C Matt Liuzza moved back into full-time duty behind the plate after previously splitting time. He homered Sunday. Jr. OF Bruce Sprowl had surgery Thursday to repair a broken finger and could miss three weeks, while Sr. Blake Gill played his first series in the field, at 3B, after having fall shoulder surgery.
March 8: No. 1 Tulane: L 6-2
March 11-13: Arizona State: W 6-5, W 20-3, Western Illinois: W 10-8
March 15: @ New Orleans
March 18-20: @ No. 21 Georgia
Last week: 4-1. Overall: 15-4, 0-0 in SEC. (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Fr. LHP Stephen Locke started Tuesday and Sunday, going 2-0, 0.75 in 12 innings, allowing nine hits while recording 11 K's. So. C Brian Jeroloman went 8-for-16 with seven RBI and seven runs on the week, adding the second and third home runs of his career. Fr. DH Jared Kubin batted .545 with seven RBI against Michigan State. Sr. CF Jeff Corsaletti has a 10-game hitting streak. Jr. RHP Alan Horne did not pitch on the week while recovering from the flu.
March 8-9: UNC Asheville: W 8-1, L 8-5
March 11-13: Michigan State: W 17-1, W 13-2, W 10-0
March 16: Army
March 18-20: @ Mississippi
Last week: 4-0. Overall: 17-4, 5-1 in ACC. (1-2 vs. Top 25).
Notes: No Miami starter allowed an earned run during the week. Soph. RHP Ricky Orta threw 6.2 scoreless innings against Duke on Sunday after working six scoreless on Tuesday to finish the week with a pair of wins while allowing just five hits. Jr. RHP Cesar Carrillo and Sr. RHP Dan Touchet won the first two games of the Duke series. So. SS Roger Tomas missed the first two games of the Duke series with an illness but returned Sunday with three hits. Soph. LF Jon Jay's hit streak ended Sunday at 17 games. Jr. 3B Ryan Braun tied a school record with three steals in the fourth inning Friday.
March 8: Pittsburgh: W 3-0
March 11-13: Duke: W 14-3, W 12-1, W 6-1
March 16: Rutgers
March 18-20: @ Wake Forest
8. Texas A&M
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 15-5, 0-0 in Big 12. (2-2 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The Texas A&M bullpen allowed two runs in 14.2 innings against UCLA, including five scoreless innings by Fr. RHP Jordan Chambless, who earned a win and a save and has 24 strikeouts in 15.2 innings this year. Jr. SS Cliff Pennington homered and drove in three runs Sunday as A&M earned its third comeback win of the series. His double began a three-run rally in the seventh inning.
March 8: UT Arlington: L 6-4
March 11-13: UCLA: W 15-5, W 3-2, W 5-3
March 15: Texas State @ Dell Diamond in Round Rock
March 18-20: @ Texas Tech
Last week: 2-1. Overall: 14-6, 0-0 in Pac-10. (2-2 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Arizona pitchers fanned 16 batters Friday and 15 more on Saturday with starters John Meloan and Kevin Guyette recording nine each. Sr. OF Jeff Van Houten drove in five runs Sunday and extended his hit streak to 26 games. Mississippi State scored 10 second-inning runs and held on Sunday.
March 11-13: Mississippi State: W 9-3, W 7-3, L 13-12
March 15-16: UNLV
March 18-20: @ No. 2 Cal State Fullerton
10. Georgia Tech
Last week: 5-0. Overall: 16-2, 6-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Georgia Tech set an ACC record with its 22nd straight conference win Sunday, as it swept the series. The Yellow Jackets are doing it with the sticks, scoring 81 runs on a .423 batting average during the week. They've scored 15 runs or more in each of the last six games. Jr. RF Jeremy Slayden went 11-for-14 with four home runs and 17 RBI on the week. Jr. SS Tyler Greene hit two grand slams in the series, one of which was an inside the parker.
March 8: William & Mary: W 17-9
March 9: Georgia Southern: W 17-6
March 11-13: Wake Forest: W 15-5, W 16-14, W 16-5
March 18-20: NC State
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 14-5, 0-0 in WAC. (6-3 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Jr. RHP Josh Geer fired six scoreless innings Saturday to drop his ERA to 0.94. Rice got just three hits Sunday, but Jrs. Ryne Tacker and Lance Pendleton made it stand up by allowing just four hits of their own. Fr. LHP Joe Savery struck out eight batters in career-high 7.1 innings Friday, but took the one-run loss as Lance Broadway held the Owls to a run on three hits.
March 9: @ No.2 Texas: L 7-0
March 11-13: Texas Christian (25): L 2-1, W 15-5, W 2-1
March 15: Purdue
March 18-20: @ San Jose State
Last week: 0-0. Overall: 11-7, 0-0 in Pac-10. (3-6 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The Cardinal took the week off to prepare for exams.
March 5-6: California: W 10-3, W 3-2 (DH G1), L 10-4 (DH G2)
March 19-20: Pacific
13. North Carolina
Last week: 2-0. Overall: 11-3, 1-0 in ACC. (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The Tar Heels busted out of an offensive slump (.193 in four games in the previous week) by piling up 29 runs and batting .372 in two games, then snow and rain forced the cancellation of the final two games of the Virginia Tech series, which will not be made up. Sr. C Justin Webb homered twice and drove in seven runs Friday during a game in which North Carolina scored in seven different innings.
March 9: No. 20 College of Charleston: W 12-7
March 11: @ Virginia Tech: W 17-3
March 15-16: Princeton March 18-20: @ Clemson
Last week: 4-0. Overall: 13-3, 0-0 in SEC. (0-1 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The Rebels are streaking, with eight straight wins as a team and 16 straight games with a hit for Jr. OF Brian Pettway. Jr. RHP Mark Holliman struck out 11 batters in eight innings Friday, allowing a run on three hits. Soph. 3B Chris Coughlan hit two home runs in Sunday's win. Jr. LHP/DH Stephen Head hit his fifth home run of the year Saturday and allowed three runs over 6.1 innings to earn the win on the mound.
March 8: Southern Mississippi: W 9-1
March 11-13: Sam Houston State: W 4-2, W 12-8, W 7-3
March 15-16: Southeast Missouri State March 18-20: No. 6 Florida
Last week: 4-0. Overall: 16-1, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The Razorbacks have won 11 straight games, tied with Tennessee for the nation's best active streak. Fr. Shaun Siebert allowed three hits over five innings Sunday to win his first career start. The Hogs stole a season-high 11 bags in that one, falling one shy of the school record. Soph. OF Jake Dugger stole a career-best three bases to lead the way after hitting home runs in each of the first two games of the series. Sr. OF Casey Rowlett batted .583 with seven RBI and six steals on the week, missing Sunday's game with an illness. A nonconference record of 7,932 fans came to Saturday's game. "I'm excited to see what happens when we get into conference games," coach Dave Van Horn said.
March 8: @ Oklahoma State: W 11-7
March 11-13: Eastern Illinois: W 17-2, W 12-1, W 6-0
March 18-20: @ No. 4 South Carolina
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 11-7, 0-0 in Big 12. (6-1 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Baylor earned its first three-game sweep since 2003, and the second against a top 10 opponent in school history. RF Mike Pankratz hit a grand slam Friday to key a six-run rally in the 13th inning. Jr. RHP Abe Woody went 5.1 innings Friday, allowing four hits and a run for the win in relief. Sr. 2B Michael Griffin batted .412 with six RBI on the weekend, including a two-run single during a three-run ninth-inning rally Sunday.
March 8: Northwestern State: L 5-4
March 11-13: @ No. 8 Vanderbilt: W 9-3 (13 inn.), W 16-5, W 4-1
March 15: No. 24 TCU
March 18-20: No. 1 Texas: @/h/h
Last week: 2-3. Overall: 12-3, 0-0 in SEC. (0-3 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Off to the best start in school history, Vandy ran into the Baylor buzz saw. Mike Pankratz hit a grand slam to highlight a six-run Baylor rally in the 13th inning Friday, finding a conclusion for a game tied 3-3 after nine innings. Jr. RHP Matt Buschmann (8.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, ER) allowed only one run for the first eight innings, but took his first loss in 10 decisions dating to March 2004. Jr. LHP Ryan Mullins was suspended for violating a team rule.
March 7: Oakland: W 8-3
March 8: Lipscomb: W 11-1
March 11-13: No. 19 Baylor: L 9-4 (13 inn.), L 16-5, L 4-1
March 16: Murray State
March 18-20: @ Mississippi State
18. College of Charleston
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 13-3, 3-0 in SoCon. (0-1 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Charleston pitchers struck out 30 Elon batters and walked four in the series, posting a 2.03 ERA. Brett Harker fired four perfect innings of relief, with nine strikeouts, to earn a win and a save in the series. Sr. OF Byron Barber hit .417 with two doubles in the series after missing the midweek game with a hamstring injury. Jr. 1B D.J. Wabick raised his average to .500 and leads the SoCon in that stat as well as RBI, slugging and on-base percentage.
March 9: @ No. 14 North Carolina: L 12-7
March 11-13: @ Elon: W 6-2, W 6-5, W 8-4
March 15: @ Charleston Southern
March 18-19: Western Carolina
19. Louisiana Lafayette
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 17-2, 0-0 in Sun Belt. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Sr. LHP Austin Faught allowed a run on four hits over 8.1 innings Sunday as the Ragin' Cajuns wrapped up the title in the Metrodome Tournament. Jr. RHP Anthony Vavaro struck out 13 batters in seven innings for St. John's, but took the loss in allowing two runs on three hits. 1B Dallas Morris delivered an RBI single in the 10th inning Saturday for the win. RHP Kevin Ardoin struck out 11 batters (getting every Minnesota hitter at least once) in seven innings for a no decision. He allowed a run on three hits. Sr. C Justin Morgan tied a school record with five hits and three doubles Friday.
March 9: McNeese State: L 4-3
March 11-13: Metrodome Tournament
Harvard: W 14-2, Minnesota: W 3-2 (10 inn.), St. John's: W 3-1
March 16: @ Southeastern Louisiana
March 18-20: LeMoyne
20. Florida State
Last week: 2-3. Overall: 21-4, 0-0 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The 13-game win streak came to a screeching halt with a three-game sweep against Hawaii in a series in which Florida State committed eight errors and struck out 25 times. Soph. CF Shane Robinson did extend his hit streak to 30 games. Michael Hyle allowed 10 of the team's season-high 19 hits and 10 of the season-high 15 runs Thursday. Hawaii scored five runs over the last three innings Friday, including a walk-off single.
March 7: @ Hawaii-Hilo: W 11-5 (8 inn.)
March 10: @ Hawaii-Pacific: W 9-1
March 10-12: @ Hawaii: L 15-0, L 7-6, L 9-6
March 18-20: Virginia Tech
Last week: 3-2. Overall: 10-5, 0-0 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Louisville scored six runs in the first against Soph. RHP Brooks Brown on Sunday and held on to win the series. The Bulldogs left 13 men on base and went 1-2 for the second straight weekend. Soph. 1B Josh Morris registered two homers and four RBI Saturday in the blowout win. He drove in 10 runs on the week. Louisville scored two runs against Jr. RHP Mitchell Boggs with two outs in the ninth inning during the first game Saturday. Despite that, Boggs (1-1, 1.38) could move into the rotation next weekend because of the struggles of Sean Ruthven and Brown, who haven't gotten out of the fourth inning in their last two starts.
March 8-9: Tennessee Tech: W 12-2, W 5-2
March 12-13: @ Louisville: L 7-6 (DH G1), W 14-3 (DH G2), L 7-4
March 15-16: @ Georgia Southern
March 18-20: No. 5 LSU
22. Oregon State
Last week: 2-1. Overall: 13-3, 0-0 in Pac-10. (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Oregon State has allowed more than three runs four times this year, most recently in its only loss of the weekend, against Pepperdine. In that same game, the Beavers, who entered with five homers on the year, hit three against the Waves. Soph. RHP Dallas Buck struck out eight Northridge batters in eight innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits. He hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 19 innings. Sr. OF Chris Campos went 5-for-6 with three doubles and four RBIs on the weekend. Soph. RHP Jonah Nickerson (7+ IP, 3 H, ER, 6 K) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning Sunday, and a shutout into the eighth.
March 11-13: @ Pepperdine Tournament
Cal State Northridge: W 4-1, Pepperdine: L 9-4, Winthrop: W 8-2
March 18-20: Sacramento State
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 14-2, 0-0 in Big 12. (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Only Southern California has scored more than four runs against the Big 12 leader in ERA (1.55). The Huskers set a school and conference record with five home runs in the fourth inning Sunday. Seniors Curtis Ledbetter and Brandon Fusilier hit two each that inning to tie an NCAA record. Jr. 3B Alex Gordon went 8-for-12 with two doubles, five walks and eight runs in the series, including 6-for-6 Saturday.
March 11-13: South Dakota State: W 7-2, W 15-1 (DH G1), W 15-3 (DH G2), W 17-4
March 15-17: Northern Colorado
March 18-20: Seton Hall
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 12-5, 0-0 in C-USA. (2-2 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Jr. RHP Lance Broadway out-dueled Rice's Joe Savery on Friday, allowing three hits and an unearned run while notching eight strikeouts in a complete game. Soph. LHP Brad Furnish also went the distance Sunday, striking out six, but came out on the wrong end of the 2-1 score despite allowing three hits and an earned run.
March 8: No. 22 Texas Tech: W 9-2
March 11-13: @ No. 10 Rice: W 2-1, L 15-5, L 2-1
March 15: @ No. 16 Baylor
March 18-20: Southern Mississippi
25. East Carolina
Last week: 4-0. Overall: 11-4, 0-0 in C-USA. (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The Pirates have won 11 of their last 12. Sr. SS Billy Richardson went 9-for-19 on the week, hitting for the cycle Sunday while also making his pitching debut that game in relief. He leads the team with a .429 average. Jr. LHP Jeff Ostrander struck out seven batters in five scoreless innings Sunday. RHP Mike Flye earned his fourth win of the season Saturday by allowing a run on six hits over five innings.
March 8: North Carolina A&T: W 16-5
March 11-13: Navy: W 6-5, W 17-4, W 14-0
March 15: High Point March 16: @ UNC Wilmington March 18-20: @ No. 3 Tulane
22. Texas Tech
Last week: 1-3. Overall: 9-6, 0-0 in Big 12. (4-4 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Wichita State scored twice with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning Sunday to upset Texas Tech. The Red Raiders were the rally makers Saturday, scoring nine times in the sixth inning to erase a 9-3 deficit against UC Irvine. They piled up 22 hits, including five from Jr. 3B Joey Callendar and four from Sr. SS Cameron Blair.
March 8: @ No. 24 TCU: L 9-2
March 11-13: Public Storage Tournament in Los Angeles
No. 25 USC: L 6-1, UC Irvine: W 14-10, Wichita State: L 6-5 (10 inn.)
March 15: Houston in Midland, Texas
March 18-20: No. 8 Texas A&M
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 9-6, 0-0 in Pac-10. (4-4 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The All-America combo of Soph. RHP Ian Kennedy (6.2 IP, 4 H, R, 4 BB, 9 K) and Jr. C Jeff Clement (2 HRs, 4 RBI) carried the Trojans to victory Friday. Clement has thrown out 7 of 16 runners (44%) on the year, including two Saturday. Jr. SS Blake Sharpe collected 10 hits on the week, including five Saturday.
March 8: @ UC Riverside: L 8-3
March 11-13: Public Storage Tournament in Los Angeles
No. 22 Texas Tech: W 6-1, Wichita State: W 6-4, UC Irvine: L 8-2
March 15: @ San Diego
March 18-20: UC Irvine Tournament: Nevada, Stony Brook, UC Irvine
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