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: 3-1. Overall: 26-5, 4-4 in Big 12. (8-4 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Kansas State earned its first win against Texas in 17 tries Sunday, also winning its first game against a No. 1 ranked team. Sr. SS Seth Johnston put together his 16th and 17th multi-hit games of the year against K-State, batting .385 with five RBI on the week to increase his team-leading totals to .394 and 27. Soph. RHP Kyle McCulloch threw a three-hit shutout Friday, the team's seventh of the year. Soph. OF Carson Kainer scored the winning run Saturday, touching the plate safely as a throw from second base pulled the catcher off the plate.
March 29: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: W 2-1
April 1-3: Kansas State: W 8-0, W 5-4 (10 inn.), L 5-3
April 5: Texas State April 8-10: @ No. 17 Nebraska
2. Cal State Fullerton
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 20-7, 2-1 in Big West. (6-3 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Jr. OFs Sergio Pedroza and Danny Dorn each doubled twice Sunday as Fullerton clinched the series. Pedroza totaled five hits and four RBI on the weekend. Fr. RHP Wes Roemer, starting for the injured Ryan Schreppel (knee), allowed six hits over eight innings Saturday for his first win. Jr. LHP Ricky Romero lost his third straight game Friday, allowing a season-high five earned runs while working into the seventh inning.
March 29: @ UCLA: W 7-6
April 1-3: UC Irvine: L 5-1, W 6-1, W 6-5
April 5: Loyola Marymount
April 8-10: @ Cal State Northridge
Last week: 4-0. Overall: 25-5, 7-2 in C-USA. (8-2 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Tulane swept its fifth three-game series of the year, with its pitchers registering 41 strikeouts in 36 innings on the week. Jr. RHP Micah Owings rang up a career-best 11 batters Friday night, Soph. RHP Brandon Gomes punched out seven Saturday and Jr. LHP Brian Bogusevic K'd eight Sunday. Owings went 4-for-5 with a homer and two doubles Sunday, while Fr. 3B Brad Emaus collected three hits to bring his C-USA average to .541. Sr. DH Scott Madden batted .462 with seven RBI on the week. He caught the final two games of the UAB series after Greg Dini was injured.
March 29: @ Nicholls State: W 3-1
April 1-3: Alabama-Birmingham: W 11-3, W 4-3, W 13-5
April 5: @ New Orleans
April 8-10: @ Charlotte
4. Georgia Tech
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 23-6, 13-2 in ACC. (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Notes: GT won its 12th straight ACC series and leads the league with a .351 average and 11.2 runs per game. Jr. SS Tyler Greene hit a grand slam as part of an eight-RBI game Sunday, his third granny on the year. Soph. 3B Wes Hodges, Fr. 1B Matt Wieters and Jr. DH Jeremy Slayden are all batting better than .400, with Wieters hitting .636 in ACC play. Sunday's margin of victory was GT's largest since 1998, but it could have used some of those runs Saturday against Ben Pfinsgraff (7.2 IP, R, 5 H), who helped break a 16-game Turtles losing streak in Atlanta.
March 29: Western Carolina: L 8-5
April 1-3: Maryland: W 13-8, L 2-1, W 24-4
April 5: @ No. 21 Auburn
April 8-10: Winthrop
Last week: 4-0. Overall: 23-7, 6-3 in SEC. (6-4 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Florida has won six in a row, including its first at FSU since 2001 by knocking off the home team in front of 5,678 fans. Sr. CF Jeff Corsaletti is a hitting machine; he went 9-for-19 on the week with eight runs and seven RBI. He's batting .462 on the year and has hit in 27 of 29 games. Soph. 1B Matt LaPorta is a home run machine. He went deep in every game of the UK series and has 11 on the year (2nd in the SEC). Fr. RHP Stephen Locke is not a pitching machine, but he did hold FSU to a run over 5.2 IP.
March 30: @ No. 17 Florida State: W 9-2
April 1-3: Kentucky: W 10-9, W 20-11, W 11-6
April 8-10: @ Georgia
Last week: 3-0. Overall: 21-10, 5-1 in Pac-10. (3-4 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Arizona swept its first Pac-10 road series since 1999 and nudged UCLA's school-record losing streak to 13 games. Jr. RHP Kevin Guyette allowed a second-inning single, two walks and nothing else Saturday as he struck out 11 batters in a complete game. Fr. LHP Eric Berger allowed only a walk in 5 2/3 hitless innings of relief Sunday. Jr. 1B Jordan Brown drove in three runs Sunday after hitting a game-winning grand slam in the seventh inning Friday. Sr. OF Jeff Van Houten went 7-for-9 with five RBI in the Friday and Sunday games.
April 1-3: @ UCLA: W 8-4, W 11-0, W 12-2
April 8-10: @ Washington State
7. North Carolina
Last week: 4-0. Overall: 24-5, 7-2 in ACC. (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The Tar Heels grabbed two extra-inning wins to sweep Virginia and have won all 22 games at home this year and nine straight overall. UNC rallied twice Sunday, with Soph. DH Matt Ellington scoring the tying run in the bottom of the 10th before driving home the game-winner in the 11th. Ellington also scored the game-winning run Friday, coming home on a Jay Cox sacrifice fly. Fr. 1B Chad Flack homered Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, and Fr. Seth Williams might have earned a full-time role in CF by homering twice on the week to bring his team-best total to seven. Sr. C/3B Justin Webb collected five hits (two homers) and seven RBI in the first two games of the series.
March 29: Winthrop: W 15-5
April 1-3: Virginia: W 8-7 (14 inn.), W 10-5, W 3-2 (11 inn.)
April 6: Elon
April 8-10: @ Maryland
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 21-8, 5-4 in SEC. (3-1 vs. Top 25).
Notes: LSU lost its second straight SEC series, the first time that's happened since 2002. It hadn't lost a series to Alabama since 1999. 1B Evan Bush ended Sunday's game with a 13th-inning RBI single. Soph. LHP Clay Dirks improved to 7-0 Saturday as Blake Gill, Ryan Patterson and Dustin Weaver each homered. Patterson hit two homers on the week, including a grand slam against New Orleans, to move to 13 on the year. Jr. LHP T.J. Large threw a four-hit shutout Friday, the first time LSU had been held scoreless since the 2004 SEC tournament.
March 29: New Orleans: W 18-10
April 1-3: @ Alabama: L 4-0, W 11-2, L 5-4 (13 inn.)
April 5: @ Nicholls State
April 6: No. 11 Rice at Metairie, La.
April 8-10: No. 12 South Carolina
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 21-7, 5-4 in SEC. (3-2 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Ole Miss dropped its first three-game series of the year, and Jr. OF Brian Pettway's school record 27-game hitting streak ended Sunday with an 0-for-3 day. Jr. LHP/1B Stephen Head allowed seven runs (four earned) Saturday to cough up a 3-0 lead. He did hit home run No. 10 in the game. Jr. RHP Mark Holliman struck out nine batters over eight innings Friday as Ole Miss handed Vandy Jr. RHP Jensen Lewis his first loss of the year.
March 29: vs. No. 21 Mississippi State @ Jackson: W 5-1
April 1-3: @ Vanderbilt: W 6-2, L 7-4, L 7-2
April 5: @ Southern Mississippi
April 8-10: Alabama
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 17-9, 3-0 in Pac-10. (3-6 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Jr. 1B John Mayberry Jr. drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning Sunday to help Stanford recapture the lead and clinch a series sweep. He collected seven hits and five RBI in the series. Jr. 2B Jed Lowrie drove in eight runs in the series, including three in a two-homer performance Saturday and three more without a hit Sunday (two sac flies and a groundout). Fr. RF Michael Taylor delivered a career-best four hits (three doubles) and drove in three runs Friday.
March 29: Pacific: L 2-0 (10 inn.)
April 1-3: @ Washington State: W 14-5, W 11-4, W 8-6
April 8-10: No. 16 Oregon State
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 21-10, 4-5 in WAC. (6-3 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Playing with a 23-man travel squad (instead of 25 after using an ineligible player last week), Rice fell an inning shy of three complete games at Fresno State. Jr. RHP Josh Geer struck out a career-high 11 batters and allowed six hits Friday; Jr. RHP Eddie Degerman struck out 10 and allowed two hits Saturday; and Fr. LHP Joe Savery struck out 10 through eight innings Sunday before allowing three straight singles with none out in the bottom of the ninth to fall 2-1.
March 29: @ Houston: W 6-2
April 1-3: @ Fresno State: W 8-2, W 8-0, L 2-1
April 6: vs. No. 8 LSU in Metairie, La.
April 8-10: @ Louisiana Tech
12. South Carolina
Last week: 5-0. Overall: 24-5, 5-4 in SEC. (2-4 vs. Top 25).
Notes: South Carolina improved to 15-4 in its last 19 games against Georgia and has swept the Bulldogs in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005. Sr. 1B Steve Pearce hit three homers on the week, including two in the Georgia series. Jr. RF Mark Stanley tallied five hits Saturday and Sunday while filling in for Brendan Winn, who missed the series with a lower back injury. Jr. 2B Chris Brown extended his hit streak to 12 games, while Jr. LF Michael Campell has hit in 11 straight. Sr. RHP Zac McCamie struck out nine over 7.2 IP Saturday to improve to 6-1, 2.27 with 54 strikeouts and 14 walks in a team-best 47.2 IP. Soph. LHP Jeff Jeffords allowed a run in 5.2 IP Sunday to earn the win after throwing five scoreless innings against Brown.
March 29: Brown: W 7-2
March 30: @ The Citadel: W 4-2
April 1-3: Georgia: W 7-5, W 17-2, W 6-1
April 6: The Citadel
April 8-10: @ No. 8 LSU
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 24-9, 8-4 in ACC. (2-4 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The Hurricanes split with Oral Roberts and are having a tough time lately when Jr. RHP Cesar Carrillo isn't on the hill. Carrillo (7-0, 0.95) struck out nine in a complete game Thursday, setting a Miami record with his 19th straight win to open his career. Miami is 28-0 when he pitches. Srs. Brendan Katin and Paco Figueroa each homered and drove in three Friday. Brian Hanson scored the game-winner on a Danny Gil wild pitch Saturday when Miami wasted a career-best eight strikeouts from Sr. Brandon Camardese. Sr. RHP Dan Touchet was touched up again Sunday, allowing seven runs in 4.2 IP.
May 31-April 3: Oral Roberts: W 1-0, W 17-6, L 4-3 (12 inn.), L 12-8
April 8-10: @ Virginia Tech
Last week: 1-2. Overall: 22-6, 4-5 in SEC. (4-5 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Arkansas has lost two straight series, and played this one without suspended Srs. Casey Rowlett and Scott Bridges. Soph. OF Jake Dugger didn't start because he was slumping but delivered a pinch-hit homer Sunday in the seventh. Soph. 1B Danny Hamblin collected two RBI in each of the final two games. Fr. LHP Nick Schmidt took his first career loss Friday, allowed four runs on five hits while walking five. Arkansas got just five hits in support of him against Arnold Hughey.
April 1-3: @ No. 23 Auburn: L 5-1, L 8-7, W 8-6
April 5-6: Northern Colorado
April 8-10: Vanderbilt
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 19-11, 6-3 in Big 12. (10-1 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Baylor has batted just .245 over its last 15 games, but has won 11 of them thanks to a 2.75 team ERA, .210 opponents batting average and 17 double plays. Mmm, pitching and defense. Ryan LaMotta earned the win Friday, striking out six batters in 3.1 IP of perfect relief. Soph. LHP Cory VanAllen (6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R) has won four straight decisions over five starts. Sr. C/DH Josh Ford has reached base safely in 25 straight games, with hits in 19 of them.
March 29: Texas Southern: W 10-3
April 1-3: Oklahoma: W 5-3, L 5-2, W 6-2
April 5: Houston
April 8-10: Kansas State
16. Oregon State
Last week: 5-0. Overall: 24-4, 3-0 in Pac-10. (1-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Oregon State has won seven straight games. As always, Jr. CF Jacoby Ellsbury led the charge with 12 hits in 22 at-bats on the week. He walked four times, was hit by two pitches, score five runs, swipe three bags and generally ruined opponents' days. BYU had won 14 of 15 before running into the Beavers. Soph. RHP Jonah Nickerson earned two wins in two starts on the week, allowing two earned runs on 10 hits while striking out 16 batters in 11 innings. Soph. RHP Dallas Buck allowed a run on four hits over six innings Friday, striking out seven batters to improve to 6-0 with 70 K's in 53.2 IP. C Mitch Canham homered and drove in three runs Saturday.
March 28-29: Brigham Young: W 12-5, W 11-6
April 1-3: California: W 11-1, W 5-2, W 4-2
April 8-10: @ No. 10 Stanford
Last week: 4-0. Overall: 25-3, 5-1 in Big 12. (2-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Nebraska has won 17 of 18 games The Huskers held Oklahoma State scoreless for the final 21 innings of the series to hand the Cowboys their first back-to-back shutouts since 1976. Jr. LHP Brian Duensing allowed three hits in a complete-game effort Sunday, while Jesse Boyer drove in a career-high four runs. Jr. LHP Zach Kroenke threw his own three-hit complete-game Saturday, recording seven strikeouts while Jr. 3B Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer, his Big 12-leading 11th. Sr. 1B Curtis Ledbetter hit a two-run home run to break a 4-4 tie Friday, and Sr. OFs Daniel Bruce and Brandon Fusilier also went deep.
March 29: Creighton: W 10-2
April 1-3: Oklahoma State: W 8-4, W 6-0, W 10-0
April 5: @ Creighton
April 8-10: No. 1 Texas
18. Texas A&M
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 22-10, 4-5 in Big 12. (2-2 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Coby Mavroulis, John Infante and Austin Boggs all collected two hits Sunday, and Fr. RHP Chance Corgan allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings as the Aggies earned a series victory. Every A&M starter had one hit by the fourth inning Saturday as the team totaled 19 of them, including three each by Cliff Pennington and Keith Stein. Sr. OF Andrew Baldwin hit two homers against Lamar and has batted .514-3-9 since earning a start on March 22.
March 29: Lamar: W 7-6
April 1-3: Kansas: L 7-5, W 12-4, W 7-5
April 5: Sam Houston State
April 8-10: @ No. 23 Missouri
19. College of Charleston
Last week: 3-0. Overall: 23-4, 12-0 in SoCon. (0-1 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Fun stats to show CofC's dominance in conference: the hitters have 123 strikeouts against 120 walks while the pitchers have recorded 263 strikeouts against 81 walks. The 12-0 conference start is the school's best in seven years as a SoCon member and has won 10 straight overall. A 10-run fourth inning Friday set a school record. Brett Anderson captured first place on the school RBI list with No. 154 over the weekend. Brett Gardner leads the conference with a .463 average after a .500 week and a nine-game hit streak, while D.J. Wabick has hit in eight straight and leads the league with 40 RBI.
April 1-3: Appalachian State: W 24-4, W 19-3, W 7-2
April 5: @ Coastal Carolina
April 8-10: @ Georgia State
20. Florida State
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 29-7, 7-2 in ACC. (0-1 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Soph. Shane Robinson's hit streak ended at 40 games Sunday, falling one game shy of the ACC record. "We were all sad to see it end," said coach Mike Martin, who had the field named for him before Saturday's game. "In the 40 years I have been around Florida State baseball and whoever is around for the next 40, they will never again see another 40-game hitting streak. It is an accomplishment. It is the toughest thing to do in all of baseball. To do what Shane did is incredible." Robinson scored the game-winning run on an Aaron Cheeseman safety squeeze in the bottom of the ninth of the first game of the doubleheader. Soph. RHP Tyler Chambliss earned his ACC-leading eighth save Saturday and then improved to 5-1 with a win Saturday.
March 30: No. 7 Florida: L 9-2
April 2-3: Clemson: W 3-1, W 5-4 (DH G1), L 7-3 (DH G2)
April 6: Jacksonville
April 8-10: Wake Forest
21. Long Beach State
Last week: 3-0. Overall: 21-10, 3-0 in Big West. (6-3 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The Dirtbags have won five of six and 16 of 20 (and 21 of 31, for that matter). It's all pitching, as usual, with a 2.14 ERA on the year. Jr. LHP Cesar Ramos threw his third straight complete game Friday (9 K's, BB) to pass Abe Alvarez as the school's winningest left-hander (24 wins). C Chris Jones drove in the only run Saturday with a bases-loaded single with one out in the ninth. He's batting .372 on the year with hits in 17 of his last 18 games. Soph. RHP Jared Hughes allowed a run over seven innings Sunday, a day after Jr. RHP Marco Estrada threw seven scoreless innings but got a no decision. Jr. SS Troy Tulowitzki went 4-for-9 with four runs.
April 1-3: UC Riverside: W 6-1, W 1-0, W 4-1
April 5: UCLA
April 8-10: @ UC Irvine
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 21-10, 5-4 in SEC. (5-2 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The Tigers have defeated LSU and Arkansas the last two weekends, and this marked their first home SEC series win since 2003. Jr. OF Clete Thomas hit for the cycle in Sunday's loss, becoming the second Auburn player to accomplish the feat. He collected eight hits and four steals in the final two games of the series. Jr. C Josh Bell extended his hit streak to 10 games, batting .450-4-15 during that span.
March 29: Samford: L 9-6
April 1-3: No. 9 Arkansas: W 5-1, W 8-7, L 8-6
April 5: Georgia Tech
April 8-10: @ Mississippi State
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 23-5, 5-1 in Big 12. (1-1 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The Tigers extended their winning streak to 15 games before dropping the series finale. Soph. RHPs Max Scherzer and Michael Cole combined on Missouri's first no-hitter since 1981 on Friday. Scherzer struck out a career-high 14 batters in seven innings. Missouri's 25 runs tied its season high and marked the third time it had topped 20 on the year. The Tigers have scored double-digit runs in 17 of its 27 games. Soph. Hunter Mense went 4-for-4 Sunday.
March 29: Saint Louis W 16-8
April 1-3: Texas Tech: W 25-0, W 7-2, L 5-3
April 6: Southeast Missouri State
April 8-10: No. 18 Texas A&M
24. Arizona State
Last week: 3-0. Overall: 21-13, 2-1 in Pac-10. (6-11 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Arizona State has won 15 of its last 19 games and has scored 10 or more runs four times in its last five games. Fr. RF Rocky Laguna collected seven hits, seven RBI, six runs and four steals in a series sweep in which all kinds of Sun Devils enjoyed a pleasant time. Sr. LF Jeff Larish hit his 13th home run Sunday with three RBI. He's now fifth in ASU history with 41 homers and 204 RBI.
April 1-3: Wright State: W 13-1, W 11-3, W 14-1
April 8-10: @ California
Last week: 2-1. Overall: 20-8, 5-3 in SEC. (4-4 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Rain forced the three-game series with MSU into a pair of seven-inning doubleheaders Sunday, where Jr. RHP Luke Hochevar and Fr. LHP James Adkins each allowed seven hits in complete-game efforts. Jr. OF Eli Iorg went 3-for-3 and scored the game-winning run in the first game. He leads the club with a .393 average. Sr. Alex Suarez hit a walk-off single in game two.
March 30: UNC-Asheville: L 13-10
April 3: Mississippi State: W 2-1, W 2-1
April 5: Eastern Kentucky
April 8-10: @ Kentucky
21. Mississippi State
Last week: 4-1. Overall: 17-4, 4-4 in SEC. (5-5 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The Bulldogs batted .190 on the week, scoring three runs in 23 innings. Rain forced the three-game series at Tennessee into a pair of seven-inning doubleheaders Sunday, where UT's duo of Jr. RHP Luke Hochevar and Fr. LHP James Adkins each allowed seven hits in complete-game efforts. Jr. OF Joseph Hunter didn't get a hit in either of those games, and his 17-game hit streak went kaput.
March 29: vs. Mississippi in Jackson, Miss.: L 5-1
April 3: @ Tennessee: L 2-1 (7 inn.), L 2-1 (7 inn.)
April 5: Samford @ Jackson, Miss.
April 6: Birmingham-Southern @ Jackson, Miss.
April 8-10: No. 21 Auburn
25. Central Florida
Last week: 2-1. Overall: 25-5, 9-3 in A-Sun 12. (1-2 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Soph. 2B/DH Matt Horwath homered in every game on the week; OF John-Michael Howell went deep Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; and Sr. OF Dee Brown homered on both Friday and Saturday. UCF scored 18 runs on 21 hits Saturday when 2B Matt Ray and Howell each had three and Jr. 1B Ryan Bono scored four runs. Stetson RHP Ryan Dixon held UCF scoreless for six innings Friday.
March 28: Jacksonville: L 10-9
April 1-3: Stetson: L 10-4, W 18-11, W 14-7
April 5: @ South Florida
April 8-9: Lipscomb
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