Trackin' the Top 25

Updated: April 5, 2006, 8:07 PM ET
By Will Kimmey | Baseball America

Take a quick look back at last week's games and a first glance at the upcoming games for the Top 25:

1. Cal State Fullerton
Last week: 4-0. Overall: 24-7, 3-0 in Big West (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 7-2.
Notes: Fullerton earns its fourth straight series sweep and sixth of the year. Junior 3B Evan McArthur collected 10 hits -- including two doubles, a triple and a homer -- and five RBI on the weekend. Senior right-hander Dustin Miller missed his Sunday start as a precaution after turning his ankle covering first base a week ago. Right-handers Wes Roemer and Lauren Gagnier each allowed a run over eight innings in the first two games. Roemer struck out 12, but he allowed his first walk of the year, snapping a string of 64.1 innings without a free pass.
Results:
March 29: @ Loyola Marymount: W 8-4
March 31-April 1: Cal State Northridge: W 2-1, W 6-1, W 14-2
This week:
April 4: @ San Diego State
April 7-9: @ UC Irvine

2. South Carolina
Last week: 4-0. Overall: 26-3, 8-1 in SEC (7-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 7-0.
Notes: Freshman 1B Justin Smoak homered twice and drove in five runs over the first two games of the series. Junior left-hander Arik Hempy left Friday's start after 4.1 IP with an injury. Senior 3B Neil Giesler's 20-game hit streak ended Sunday, a day on which sophomore right-hander Wynn Pelzer held LSU to two hits over 4.1 scoreless IP in relief.
Results:
March 28: Wofford: W 13-1
March 31-April 2: @ No. 16 Louisiana State: W 12-2, W 18-4, W 2-1
This week:
April 5: No. 7 Clemson
April 7-9: No. 14 Alabama

3. Mississippi State
Last week: 3-2. Overall: 22-3, 5-3 in SEC (4-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 5-1.
Notes: MSU lost its first series of the year, falling to a foe with similarly deep and strong pitching. Senior SS Thomas Berkery rang up five hits in the series to extend his hit streak to 22 games. Sophomore C Ed Easley delivered three hits Sunday, including an RBI double in the 11th inning.
Results:
March 28-29: Birmingham-Southern: W 5-4, W 9-2
March 31-April 2: @ Alabama: L 5-3, L 5-4, W 4-2 (11)
This week:
April 4: @ Louisiana Tech
April 5: Louisiana-Monroe (DH) @ Pearl, Miss.
April 7-9: Georgia

4. Rice
Last week: 4-0. Overall: 24-8, 6-1 in Conference USA (7-6 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 4-0.
Notes: Rice avenged its 2005 super-regional loss at Tulane with a sweep. Senior right-hander Eddie Degerman (6 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, 7 K) dominated Friday. Sophomore CF Tyler Henley won Saturday's game with a three-run homer in the eighth inning. Sophomore left-hander/1B Joe Savery didn't pitch as scheduled Sunday, but he did contribute three hits (including a double and a homer) and two RBI.
Results:
March 28: @ Texas State: W 11-1
March 31-April 2: @ No. 11 Tulane: W 3-1, W 3-2, W 9-2
This week:
April 4: @ Texas A&M
April 7-9: Alabama-Birmingham

5. North Carolina
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 23-6, 7-5 in ACC (3-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 5-1.
Notes: Junior left-hander Andrew Miller dominated Friday (7 IP, 4 H, BB, 9 K) for UNC's first-ever shutout of FSU and its fifth of the year. Sophomore SS Josh Horton has a 12-game hit streak that includes three hits Friday and the winning RBI single after two FSU errors in the ninth inning Saturday, when junior right-hander Robert Woodard threw his second career complete game.
Results:
March 28: Charlotte: W 3-1
March 31-April 2: No. 4 Florida State: W 4-0, W 4-3, L 6-5
This week:
April 4: Elon
April 5: Davidson
April 7-9: @ Miami

6. Florida State
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 27-5, 9-3 in ACC (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 7-1.
Notes: Andrew Miller outdueled junior right-hander Bryan Henry (7 IP, 10 H, 4 ER) on Friday as Henry took the first loss of the year by any FSU starter. The Seminoles took a one-run lead into the ninth Saturday before giving away the game with two errors. Sophomore 2B Tony Thomas Jr. doubled and homered to drive in three runs Sunday.
Results:
March 28: North Florida: W 14-8
March 31-April 2: @ No. 7 North Carolina: L 4-0, L 4-3, W 6-5
This week:
April 4: Jacksonville
April 7-9: @ Boston College

7. Clemson
Last week: 4-1. Overall: 20-7, 6-3 in ACC (10-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 5-1.
Notes: Clemson has swept its last two ACC series after taking the wrong end of the broom in its league opener. The Tigers powered past Miami behind junior 1B Andy D'Alessio's three doubles, two homers and nine RBI and senior C Adrian Casanova's two homers and six RBI. Junior right-handers Jason Berken (6.2 IP, 2 R, 0 ER) and Stephen Faris (6 IP, R, 0 ER) shut down the Hurricanes in the final two games.
Results:
March 28-29: @/vs. No. 22 Georgia: L 12-11, W 10-7
March 31-April 2: @ No. 25 Miami: W 8-6, W 6-2, W 14-1
This week:
April 4: Western Carolina
April 5: @ No. 2 South Carolina
April 7-9: Maryland

8. Nebraska
Last week: 3-2. Overall: 20-5, 4-2 in Big 12 (1-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 4-0.
Notes: Nebraska wins the series despite an ugly outing from junior right-hander Joba Chamberlain (2.2 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 4 BB). Junior RF Luke Gorsett hit two homers (and has 12 on the year) and drove in four runs in Sunday's rout, in which sophomore right-hander Johnny Dorn produced one of his best starts of the year (7 IP, 7 H, ER).
Results:
March 28-29: Northern Colorado: L 5-2, W 9-1
March 31-April 2: @ Kansas State: L 11-5, W 5-4, W 12-2
This week:
April 4: @ No. 21 Creighton
April 7-9: @ Missouri

9. Texas
Last week: 2-1. Overall: 21-11, 6-2 in Big 12 (9-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 4-3.
Notes: Junior right-hander Kyle McCulloch threw eight scoreless innings Friday, and junior CF Drew Stubbs and freshman C Preston Clark homered and drove in three runs Saturday to help Texas to a series victory. Sophomore right-hander Adrian Alaniz earned a save Friday with a scoreless inning of relief, although that might have affected his start Sunday (3.2 IP, 5 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 3 K).
Results:
March 31-April 2: @ No. 18 Oklahoma: W 2-0, W 9-4, L 12-7
This week:
April 7-9: @ Kansas State

10. Georgia Tech
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 22-6, 6-6 in ACC (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 5-2.
Notes: GT loses its first series to Maryland since the ACC went to the three-game format in 1990. Tech starters freshman left-hander David Duncan and junior left-hander Ryan Turner combined to allow nine earned runs on 12 hits in two innings over the final two games. Junior 3B Wes Hodges homered in both losses.
Results:
March 28: Western Carolina: W 19-5
March 31-April 2: @ Maryland: W 15-4, L 6-3, L 8-5
This week:
April 4-5: Georgia Southern
April 7-9: Virginia Tech

11. Oregon State
Last week: 4-1. Overall: 19-8, 1-2 in Pac-10 (2-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 3-2.
Notes: Foul weather forced the suspension of the opener -- and the completion of the entire series -- to Saturday, which meant the two teams played 25 innings and more than 10 hours of baseball on one day. Senior 2B Chris Kunda rapped three doubles among his five hits in the final game of the series. Junior right-hander Jonah Nickerson (8 IP, 8 H, R, 9 K) worked hard in the middle game as junior right-hander Dallas Buck went just 3.2 IP on the weekend after rain shortened his Friday start.
Results:
March 28: @ Pacific: W 6-4
March 29: @ San Francisco: L 8-2
March 31-April 1: UT Pan American: W 5-4 (10), W 9-1, W 14-1
This week:
April 7-9: Arizona

12. Arkansas
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 23-6, 4-5 in SEC (6-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 3-2.
Notes: Arkansas earned its first SEC series win thanks to seven home runs Sunday, including ninth-inning blasts by senior 3B Blake Parker and senior CF Craig Gentry. Tennessee hit four long balls in that game, and the 11 combined homers set an SEC record. Arkansas hit 13 big flies in the series, three by Parker and freshman DH David Hum and two by junior LF Jake Dugger. Junior left-hander Nick Schmidt dealt as usual Friday (CG, 6 H, ER, 11 K), notching his third straight double-digit punch-out game.
Results:
March 28: @ No. 17 Wichita State: W 4-3
March 31-April 2: No. 21 Tennessee: W 6-1, L 11-6, W 13-11
This week:
April 4: Missouri State
April 7-9: @ No. 16 Vanderbilt

13. Arizona State
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 23-9, 2-1 in Pac-10 (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 7-0.
Notes: Sophomore SS Andrew Romine played for the first time since a blood clot caused a rib to be removed and went 7-for-12 on the weekend with seven RBI, including the winner in the WSU series finale. ASU ran out of pitching Sunday, giving up six runs in the final two innings to Arizona (in front of 5,201 fans at Chase Field). Freshman C Preston Paramore recorded three hits and three RBI in the middle game of the WSU series.
Results:
March 30-April 1: @ Washington State: L 6-1, W 8-3, W 2-1
April 2: Arizona @ Phoenix: L 12-8
This week:
April 7-9: Washington

14. Alabama
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 22-9, 7-2 in SEC (4-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 6-2
Notes: Junior left-hander Wade LeBlanc (CG, 8 H, 3 ER, 7 K) and junior right-hander Bernard Robert (6.1 IP, 7 H, R, 0 ER) stopped the MSU offense, helping Alabama to its third straight SEC series win. The 7-2 conference start is the best for the Tide under Jim Wells. Saturday's game drew 6,821 fans, a single-game record at Sewell-Thomas Stadium, and more than 18,000 came for the series.
Results:
March 29: Lipscomb: W 15-2
March 31-April 2: No. 1 Mississippi State: W 5-3, W 5-4, L 4-2 (11)
This week:
April 5: Alabama-Birmingham
April 7-9: @ No. 2 South Carolina

15. Old Dominion
Last week: 4-0. Overall: 29-3, 12-0 in Colonial (0-0 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 8-0
Notes: ODU has won 18 straight games, tying Mississippi State for the longest streak this year and the 1985 edition of the Monarchs for the longest streak since the program moved to Division I in 1977. It was pitching, pitching, pitching for ODU as senior right-hander Kevin Gunter (8 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 9 K), junior right-hander Jason Godin (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 10 K) and freshman right-hander Dan Hudson (7.2 IP, 4 H, ER) flummoxed a powerful JMU offense that features the nation's leading home run hitter.
Results:
March 29: Maryland: W 4-1
March 31-April 2: James Madison: W 5-3, W 8-4, W 3-1
This week:
April 7-9: @ Hofstra

16. Vanderbilt
Last week: 3-2. Overall: 19-9, 7-2 in SEC (2-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 5-0
Notes: After earning its first series win at Florida since 1996, Vanderbilt has won seven of its last 10 games. Sophomore left-hander David Price (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 13 K) continued to pitch like one of the nation's best. Freshman 3B Pedro Alvarez collected eight hits (a homer and two doubles among them) and scored nine runs on the week, finishing with a 4-for-5 game Sunday. Freshman 1B Ryan Flaherty collected seven hits to raise his team-leading average to .373.
Results:
March 28: @ Western Kentucky: L 6-4
March 31-April 2: @ No. 15 Florida W 6-0, L 6-4, W 16-2
This week:
April 5: @ Austin Peay
April 7-9: No. 12 Arkansas

17. North Carolina State
Last week: 4-0. Overall: 25-8, 8-4 in ACC (5-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 5-2.
Notes: Sophomore right-handers Andrew Brackman (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 10 K) and Eryk McConnell (8 IP, 6 H, ER) silenced Virginia in the bookend games of the series. The Wolfpack battled back from a 7-1 deficit to win Saturday, with senior CF Matt Camp capping the rally with a ninth-inning RBI double.
Results:
March 29: East Carolina: W 5-4
March 31-April 2: No. 23 Virginia: W 10-2, W 10-9, W 8-1
This week:
April 7-9: No. 20 Wake Forest

18. Tulane
Last week: 1-3. Overall: 18-12, 2-4 in Conference USA (2-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 5-2.
Notes: Tulane managed just five runs on 11 hits against a Rice staff that didn't get an inning out of Joe Savery. Sophomore right-hander Sean Morgan (7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 10 K) was strong Friday, but not better than Eddie Degerman, and junior right-hander Brandon Gomes (8.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER) led 1-0 Saturday before giving up a three-run homer in the eighth inning.
Results:
March 28: Jackson State: W 14-4
March 31-April 2: No. 6 Rice: L 3-1, L 3-2, L 9-2
This week:
April 4: @ New Orleans
April 7-9: @ Houston

19. Oklahoma
Last week: 1-3. Overall: 21-9, 3-3 in Big 12 (5-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 4-1.
Notes: Oklahoma scored 12 times on 12 hits Sunday to salvage a win against Texas in its highest offensive output vs. the Longhorns since 1998. Senior 1B Kevin Smith homered and drove in five runs in the win. Senior right-hander Daniel McCutchen (CG, 3 H, 2 R, ER) was strong Friday, but Kyle McCulloch was better for Texas.
Results:
March 28: Dallas Baptist: L 9-3
March 31-April 2: No. 10 Texas: L 2-0, L 9-4, W 12-7
This week:
April 4: UT Arlington
April 7-9: @ Texas A&M

20. Wake Forest
Last week: 4-0. Overall: 23-7, 8-4 in ACC (4-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 3-3
Notes: Welcome to the Top 25, Deacons. Thank freshman OF Allan Dykstra and junior 3B Matt Antonelli. Dykstra went 7-for-11 on the week with five home runs and 11 RBI. He hit three of his ACC-best 11 homers Tuesday against Davidson. Leadoff man Antonelli scored 10 runs on 9-for-13 hitting, adding three homers. Sophomore right-hander Ben Hunter hasn't allowed an earned run in 26 innings as Wake's closer.
Results:
March 28: @ Davidson: W 14-6
March 31-April 2: Virginia Tech: W 12-1, W 7-3, W 13-5
This week:
April 4: Coastal Carolina
April 5: @ No. 25 Winthrop
April 7-9: @ No. 17 North Carolina State

21. Creighton
Last week: 2-1. Overall: 18-6, 3-3 in Missouri Valley (2-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 4-2.
Notes: Bluejays pitching held WSU to 16 hits in 28 innings. Senior right-hander Scott Reese held WSU to one hit in 4.1 IP of scoreless relief Friday before junior OF Justin Mosley drove in the winning run on his first career hit. Junior left-hander Marc Lewis (5 IP, 2 H) and sophomore right-hander/left-hander Pat Venditte (4 IP, 2 H) combined for a shutout Saturday.
Results:
March 31-April 2: No. 17 Wichita State: W 2-1 (11), W 3-0, L 3-1 (8)
This week:
March 4: No. 8 Nebraska
March 7-9: Illinois State

22. Pepperdine
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 20-13, 1-2 in West Coast (6-3 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 6-3.
Notes: Pepperdine has won eight of its last 10 despite the series loss. Senior 2B David Uribes has a hit in 12 straight games, including a game-winning two-run single in the top of the ninth Sunday that helped avoid a sweep. The Waves rallied from an 8-3 deficit Saturday only to lose in the bottom of the ninth after a bases-loaded walk and a fielding error.
Results:
March 29: @ Southern California: W 2-1
March 31-April 1: @ Loyola Marymount: L 8-1, L 11-10, W 8-7
This week:
April 7-9: San Francisco

23. Kentucky
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 22-7, 5-4 in SEC (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 4-1.
Notes: UK lost a series and consecutive games for the first time all year. Junior 2B John Shelby hit two homers and two doubles to drive in four runs in the opener. Freshman left-hander Evan Crawford (5 IP, 2 H, ER) helped hold the explosive Wildcats offense to three hits Saturday.
Results:
March 28: Morehead State: W 15-4
March 31-April 2: Auburn: W 8-7, L 5-1, L 12-6
This week:
April 5: Louisville
April 7-9: Florida

24. Kansas
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 20-11, 3-3 in Big 12 (6-9 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Sophomore 3B Erik Morrison hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning Saturday to pull Kansas ahead to stay. Morrison homered again Sunday, when senior 1B Jared Schweitzer also went deep and drove in three runs. Junior left-hander Nathan Culp shut out Kansas on three hits Friday night.
Results:
March 29: No. 17 Wichita State: W 8-2
March 31-April 2: Missouri: L 3-0, W 3-2, W 9-6
This week:
April 5: Wichita State
April 7-9: Texas Tech

25. Winthrop
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 23-7, 4-2 in Big South. (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 6-2.
Notes: Sophomore left-hander Blake Martin (CG, 4 H, 2 R) outdueled sophomore right-hander Josh McDonald (6.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R) Sunday, holding Winthrop to a season low in hits. Freshman right-hander Alex Wilson (6.2, 10 H, 7 R) took his first career loss Friday. Junior right-hander Heath Rollins evened the series Saturday (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 9 K).
Results:
March 29: @ The Citadel: W 7-1
March 31-April 2: Birmingham-Southern: L 10-6, W 4-3, L 3-2
This week:
April 4: @ College of Charleston
April 5: No. 20 Wake Forest
April 7-9: @ Coastal Carolina

Dropped out
15. Florida
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 19-13, 3-6 in SEC (2-7 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 4-3.
Notes: Florida has lost six of its last eight games and dropped its first home series to Vandy since 1996. Sophomore left-hander David Price threw eight scoreless innings and recorded 13 strikeouts Friday, and Vandy exploded for a season-high 18 hits Sunday. Junior SS Adam Davis recorded four hits Sunday, and junior 1B Matt LaPorta hit homer No. 4 Saturday.
Results:
March 29: South Florida: W 6-5
March 31-April 2: Vanderbilt: L 6-0, W 6-4, L 16-2
This week:
April 4: North Florida @ Jacksonville, Fla.
April 7-9: @ No. 23 Kentucky

16. Louisiana State
Last week: 1-3. Overall: 20-10, 2-7 in SEC (2-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 5-3.
Notes: LSU got swept at home by South Carolina for the second straight year. Junior right-hander Derik Olvey was about the only LSU pitcher who threw well (CG, 4 H, 2 R, ER, 11 K), but he took a tough-luck loss Sunday. The Tigers collected just 17 hits in the series.
Results:
March 28: @ New Orleans: W 6-5 (11)
March 31-April 2: No. 4 South Carolina: L 12-2, L 18-4, L 2-1
This week:
April 4: Southern
April 7-9: @ Tennessee

17. Wichita State
Last week: 1-4. Overall: 22-9, 2-4 in Missouri Valley (0-1 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 5-2.
Notes: WSU has lost six of eight after a 20-3 start. Freshman right-hander Aaron Shafer earned the only win of the week (7 IP, 2 H, 8 K), helping coach Gene Stephenson avoid the first five-game losing streak of his 28-year career. Sophomore right-hander Damon Sublett's scoreless streak ended Friday at 28.1 IP on a throwing error, although he still hasn't allowed an earned run. WSU managed 16 hits in 28 innings against Creighton.
Results:
March 28: No. 13 Arkansas: L 4-3 (11)
March 29: @ Kansas: L 8-2
March 31-April 2: @ Creighton: L 2-1 (11), L 3-0, W 3-1 (8)
This week:
April 5: No. 24 Kansas
April 7-9: @ Evansville

21. Tennessee
Last week: 1-3. Overall: 18-10, 2-6 in SEC (1-5 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 5-2.
Notes: Tennessee has lost five of its last six games and gave up 13 homers to Arkansas in the series, including seven on Sunday. Two of those long balls came in the ninth inning off junior right-hander Sean Watson, who failed to hold a one-run lead. Freshman SS Tony Delmonico collected eight hits in the series, including four in Saturday's win.
Results:
March 29: East Tennessee State: L 9-8
March 31-April 2: No. 13 Arkansas: L 6-1, W 11-6, L 13-11
This week:
April 5: @ East Tennessee State
April 7-9: Louisiana State

22. Georgia
Last week: 1-4. Overall: 18-9, 3-6 in SEC (6-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 4-3.
Notes: Georgia had made its living on pitching, but got swept by Ole Miss and has lost four straight games after a week in which it allowed 49 runs in five games. Junior 1B Josh Morris hit two homers in the series to move into third place in school history with 37. Senior RF Bobby Felmy's 15-game hit streak ended Sunday.
Results:
March 28-29: vs./@ No. 9 Clemson: W 12-11, L 10-7
March 31-April 2: Mississippi: L 6-4, L 11-10, L 11-4
This week:
April 4: Gardner-Webb
April 7-9: @ No. 3 Mississippi State

23. Virginia
Last week: 2-3. Overall: 25-8, 6-6 in ACC (4-2 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 4-2.
Notes: Senior DH Tom Hagan had three hits and two RBI Saturday, but NC State scored six runs combined in the final two innings for a comeback victory. The Wolfpack didn't let the other two games get nearly that close, taking advantage of five Virginia errors to serve early exits to starting left-handers Sean Doolittle (4 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 ER) and Mike Ballard (3 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 2 ER).
Results:
March 28: Coppin State: W 12-1
March 29: Norfolk State: W 13-2
March 31-April 2: @ North Carolina State: L 10-2, L 10-9, L 8-1
This week:
April 5: @ Richmond
April 7-9: @ Duke

25. Miami
Last week: 0-3. Overall: 23-10, 8-4 in ACC (0-4 vs. Top 25). Weekend series: 8-2.
Notes: The sweep marked Miami's seventh straight loss to Clemson since May 2005. Hurricanes pitchers struggled to stop the Tigers offense, especially sophomore right-hander Carlos Gutierrez (5 IP, 7 H, 7 ER) and sophomore left-hander Scott Maine (0.1 IP, 5 H, 7 ER) in the bookend games.
Results:
March 31-April 2: No. 9 Clemson: L 8-6, L 6-2, L 14-1
This week:
April 4: Southern
April 7-9: No. 5 North Carolina

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