Commentary

Canes win series with Florida State, close in on ACC title

Take a quick look back at last week's games and a first glance at the upcoming games for teams in Baseball America's Top 25.

Originally Published: April 21, 2008
By Aaron Fitt | Baseball America

Baseball America takes a look at how the Top 25 teams fared in the past week:

1. Miami
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 33-4, 17-2 in ACC. (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-0.
Notes: The Hurricanes went into Tallahassee and took two out of three from the rival Seminoles to seize control of the ACC. Junior 2B Jemile Weeks (3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) singled to kick off Miami's 10-run sixth inning Friday, the first time the Canes have ever posted a double-figure inning against FSU. Three Miami relievers held the Seminoles to one hit over four scoreless innings in relief of freshman LHP Nick Hernandez (5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER). On Saturday, senior RHP Enrique Garcia (5.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) failed to hold leads of 4-0 and 5-4, and the Hurricanes were held scoreless after the fourth. Junior 1B Yonder Alonso homered twice Sunday, including his first career grand slam, to help sophomore LHP Eric Erickson (4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) pick up the win in his first start since being sidelined with elbow soreness a month ago. Miami closer Carlos Gutierrez struck out Tyler Holt with the tying run on third base to end the travel curfew-shortened game.
Results:
April 16: at Florida Atlantic: W 12-10
April 18-20: at No. 3 Florida State: W 11-4, L 9-5, W 11-10 (7 innings)
Upcoming:
April 23: Florida International
April 25-27: Virginia


2. North Carolina
Last Week: 5-0.
Overall: 34-7, 16-4 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-0-1.
Notes: North Carolina swept its second straight conference series to stretch its winning streak to nine games. Sophomore 2B Kyle Seager (2-for-2, 2 HR, 5 RBI) and sophomore OF Tim Fedroff (2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) led UNC's four-homer, 13-hit attack Friday in support of sophomore RHP Alex White (6.2 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), who improved to 7-2 with an ACC-best 1.99 ERA. Junior SS Garrett Gore's two-run single highlighted UNC's four-run sixth inning Saturday, breaking a scoreless tie and helping junior RHP Adam Warren (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 6 K) improve to 6-0, 3.83. Gore had two more hits and three more RBIs Sunday to help freshman RHP Matt Harvey (5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) improve to 6-2, 2.39. The Tar Heels have a 2.15 team ERA, and their opponents have a 6.79 ERA. How's that for dominance?
Results:
April 15: at UNC Greensboro: W 14-3
April 16: Charlotte: W 5-4 (12 innings)
April 18-20: Boston College: W 12-3, W 6-0, W 8-2
Upcoming:
April 22: at Charlotte
April 23: High Point
April 25-27: No. 3 Florida State


3. Florida State
Last Week: 3-2.
Overall: 34-5, 18-3 in ACC (5-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-1.
Notes: Florida State dropped its first weekend series of the year, as Miami came to Tallahassee and won a high-scoring three-game set. The FSU offense struck out a season-high 13 times Friday against four Miami pitchers, and the Hurricanes scored 10 times in the sixth inning to give sophomore LHP Matt Fairel (5.1 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) his first loss of the year. Sophomore 2B Jason Stidham (4-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI) powered the Seminoles to overcome early deficits of 4-0 and 5-4 on Saturday, and relievers Jimmy Marshall, John Gast and Ryan Strauss combined to strike out seven and allow just one hit over five scoreless innings of relief. Junior RHP Elih Villanueva (2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER) suffered his first loss of the season Sunday, though junior C Buster Posey (2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI) nearly led the Seminoles back from deficits of 8-1 and 11-3. Freshman CF Tyler Holt struck out with the tying run on third base to end a game shortened by a travel curfew. Posey leads the ACC in batting (.483), on-base percentage (.586) and slugging (.864).
Results:
April 15: Florida: W 4-2
April 16: North Florida: W 10-2
April 18-20: No. 1 Miami: L 11-4, W 9-5, L 11-10 (7 innings)
Upcoming:
April 25-27: at No. 2 North Carolina


4. Missouri
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 28-10, 9-6 in Big 12. (6-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-2.
Notes: The Tigers won their second straight conference series despite being throttled in the run-rule-shortened finale on Sunday. The Tigers overcame a 4-1 deficit Friday with five runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth, led by sophomore 2B Greg Folgia (3-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI). Junior RHP Aaron Crow (7.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) became the nation's lone nine-game winner in that one. Sophomore RHP Kyle Gibson (7 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) was hittable Saturday, but junior RHP Steve Gray (3-for-5, 2 RBI) delivered a game-winning RBI double in the top of the 10th. Junior RHP Ian Berger (1 IP, 7 H, 7 ER) was pounded for the second straight week Sunday, causing his ERA to rise from 0.81 to 3.20 in just two weeks. Folgia finished with seven hits on the weekend.
Results:
April 16: William Woods (Mo.): W 16-9
April 18-20: at Oklahoma: W 9-4, W 6-5 (10 innings), L 22-4 (7 innings)
Upcoming:
April 22: vs. Eastern Illinois at O'Fallon, Mo.
April 23: vs. Southern Illinois at O'Fallon, Mo.
April 25-27: at No. 18 Texas A&M


5. Stanford
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 21-12-1, 8-4 in Pac-10 (8-3-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-0.
Notes: Stanford went on the road and won its 11th straight weekend series to take a one-game lead over Arizona State and California in the Pac-10 at the halfway point of the conference schedule (no Pac-10 tournament). The Cardinal scored three in the first inning Friday, which was all the support necessary for junior RHP Austin Yount (4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER) and two relievers. Senior DH Randy Molina's three-run homer highlighted a six-run fifth inning Saturday in support of senior RHP Erik Davis (9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 13 K), who threw his fourth consecutive complete game and set a career high for strikeouts, the most by a Stanford pitcher since 2004. Sophomore RHP Jeffrey Inman (2.1 IP, 4 H, 6 ER) had a rough outing Sunday as Stanford's six-game winning streak -- which included two midweek victories, at long last -- came to an end.
Results:
April 14: Santa Clara: W 3-1
April 16: San Francisco: W 11-10 (11 innings)
April 18-20: at UCLA: W 4-1, W 6-1, L 8-2
Upcoming:
April 21: at Santa Clara
April 23: St. Mary's
April 25-27: Southern California


6. Arizona State
Last Week: 1-2.
Overall: 31-6, 7-5 in Pac-10. (7-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-2.
Notes: Arizona State dropped a home series to Oregon State for the first time ever and has lost five out of its last eight games overall. Sophomore RHP Mike Leake (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) was in position to win Friday after the Sun Devils broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the eighth, but the Beavers answered with five in the ninth against relievers Tommy Rafferty and Reyes Dorado. The Beavers took advantage of four ASU errors Saturday to beat senior LHP Josh Satow (4.1 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K), and the Sun Devils mustered just one run on three hits over the first six innings against OSU freshman Tanner Robles. Junior 3B Brett Wallace (3-for-5, 3 R, 5 RBI, HR) led a 12-hit, 13-walk attack Sunday as Arizona State held on to win a back-and-forth slugfest. Dorado started Sunday and lasted just 1.1 IP, giving up six runs.
Results:
April 18-20: Oregon State: L 6-4, L 12-3, W 15-12
Upcoming:
April 22-23: at No. 15 Cal State Fullerton
April 25-27: No. 7 California


7. California
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 26-10-2, 7-5 in Pac-10 (6-1-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-1.
Notes: The Golden Bears rebounded from their first series loss of the year last week at Southern California by taking two out of three from Washington. Junior 1B David Cooper (3-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) led the offense Friday in support of junior RHP Tyson Ross (7 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). Freshman RHP Kevin Miller (6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 8 K) pitched well in place of struggling junior LHP Craig Bennigson as the Saturday starter, but the Huskies scored five runs over the final two innings against Bennigson in relief. Sophomore OF/RHP Blake Smith was one of eight Bears to record hits Sunday, and he picked up the win with two scoreless innings of relief, as Cal tied the game with four in the seventh and won it on Cooper's walk-off RBI single in the ninth. Cooper is batting .392/.484/.784 with 16 homers and 46 RBIs.
Results:
April 15: at Pacific: W 14-1
April 18-20: Washington: W 10-5, L 7-4, W 5-4
Upcoming:
April 22: Cal Poly
April 25-27: at No. 6 Arizona State


8. Nebraska
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 28-7-1, 13-4-1 in Big 12 (4-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-2.
Notes: The Cornhuskers took two out of three from Kansas but fell 1.5 games behind Texas A&M in the Big 12. Senior 1B Craig Corriston hit a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning Friday to make a winner out of senior RHP Johnny Dorn (7.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 11 K). Senior C Mitch Abeita's fourth-inning grand slam Saturday helped senior RHP Thad Weber (5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) improve to 7-2. The Jayhawks broke open a 2-1 game Sunday with three in the seventh against junior RHP Aaron Pribanic (6.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 8 K).
Results:
April 15: No. 7 Wichita State: W 3-0
April 18-20: Kansas: W 7-6, W 8-6, L 6-3
Upcoming:
April 22-23: vs./at Creighton
April 25-27: at Baylor


9. Rice
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 31-10, 13-2 in CUSA (7-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-2.
Notes: Don't look now, but Rice has found its annual conference-season groove, sweeping East Carolina to stretch its winning streak to 11 games. Rice has reached double figures in hits in all 11 wins. Junior C Adam Zornes swung a hot bat for the Owls in the four wins last week against ranked teams, going 8-for-16 with two homers, a double, 10 RBIs and four runs; he extended his hitting streak to eight games. Senior 1B J.P. Padron is batting .424 during his current 14-game hitting streak. Sophomore RHP Ryan Berry (5.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) improved to 5-2 Friday, and junior RHP Matt Langwell (9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) was even better Sunday, throwing his first career complete game. On Saturday, LHPs Matt Evers and Cole St.Clair combined to strike out five and allow just two hits over five scoreless innings of relief, and freshman OF Chad Mozingo drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded walk in the 10th.
Results:
April 15: at No. 19 Texas A&M: W 11-2
April 18-20: No. 24 East Carolina: W 10-3, W 5-4 (10 innings), W 7-1
Upcoming:
April 22: Sam Houston State
April 25-27: at Central Florida


10. Georgia
Last Week: 4-0-1.
Overall: 27-12-1, 14-3-1 in SEC. (9-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-2.
Notes: The Bulldogs won 10 straight conference games before Sunday's series finale against Louisiana State ended in a tie because of a travel curfew. Junior RHP Trevor Holder (6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) improved to 5-2, 2.15 in Friday's win, and junior RHP Stephen Dodson (7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was even better in a no-decision Saturday. Junior SS Gordon Beckham blasted two homers Saturday, giving him a nation-leading 19 for the year, as the Bulldogs built an 8-1 lead, but sophomore LHP Justin Earls gave it up in LSU's seven-run eighth inning, forcing Georgia to cobble together the winning run in the ninth. On Sunday, it was Georgia's turn to erase a seven-run deficit--they scored four in the seventh, one in the eighth and two in the ninth to tie the score at 10-10, where it would remain through the 12th. Senior RHP Joshua Fields picked up the save with 1.1 scoreless IP Friday, then worked two more scoreless frames Sunday, keeping his ERA at 0.00 through 20.2 frames on the season.
Results:
April 15: East Tennessee State: W 9-8
April 16: Georgia State: W 7-5
April 18-20: at LSU: W 6-3, W 9-8, T 10-10 (12 innings)
Upcoming:
April 22: Kennesaw State
April 25-27: at Florida


11. San Diego
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 31-11, 10-2 in WCC (7-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-2.
Notes: USD swept its third straight weekend series -- all in conference play -- and extended its season-long winning streak to 12 games. The Toreros have allowed four or fewer runs in 11 of those 12 wins. San Diego's starting pitchers did not allow an earned run while posting a 21-2 strikeout-walk mark in 21 innings over the weekend. On Friday, junior LHP Brian Matusz (8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) improved to 8-1, 1.76 with a 90-18 K-BB ratio in 67 innings. Junior LHP/OF Josh Romanski (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) improved to 7-0, 3.88 on Saturday. Freshman LHP Sammy Solis (6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) was very effective in place of freshman RHP Kyle Blair as the Sunday starter, and Blair followed with two scoreless innings of relief. Sophomore OF James Meador led the USD offense on the weekend, going 6-for-13 with a homer, a triple and six RBIs.
Results:
April 15: No. 5 UC Irvine: W 7-1
April 18-20: St. Mary's: W 9-2, W 6-0, W 5-1
Upcoming:
April 22: Long Beach State
April 25-27: Loyola Marymount


12. South Carolina
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 29-11, 11-7 in SEC. (9-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-2.
Notes: The Gamecocks are 25-0 when they out-hit their opponent in 2008, and they managed more hits than the Rebels on Friday and Sunday -- both South Carolina wins. The Cocks have won nine of their last 10. Junior 1B Justin Smoak went 4-for-4 Friday and junior 3B James Darnell smacked a third-inning grand slam against Rebels ace Lance Lynn, helping junior RHP Mike Cisco (6.2 IP, 8 H, 1 ER) improve to 5-1. South Carolina mustered just two runs on six hits Sunday, as junior LHP Will Atwood (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) took a tough-luck loss. On Sunday, sophomore RHP Blake Cooper (9 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) threw South Carolina's first complete game since Wynn Pelzer's against Evansville in the 2006 regionals. Smoak had two hits Sunday to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.
Results:
April 15: South Carolina-Upstate: W 14-4
April 16: at Clemson: W 6-0
April 18-20: No. 16 Mississippi: W 6-2, L 5-2, W 4-1
Upcoming:
April 22: at Furman
April 23: Wofford
April 25-27: at LSU


13. Oklahoma State
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 27-11, 11-7 in Big 12 (10-6 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-2.
Notes: The Cowboys became the first Big 12 team ever to sweep Texas on its home field and the first team to sweep UT at Disch-Falk Field since 1996, when Augie Garrido's Cal State Fullerton team did it. The only other time OSU has swept Texas (in Stillwater) was in 1999. Sophomore LHP Andrew Oliver (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) was excellent in a no-decision Friday, and senior 3B/RHP Matt Hague followed with three scoreless innings of relief in his second mound appearance of the year, then drove in the winning run on a sharp groundout in the 11th. Junior OF Donnie Webb (3-for-6, 2 R, RBI) hit a go-ahead RBI single to cap OSU's three-run ninth Saturday. Sophomore RHP Tyler Blandford (1 IP, 4 ER) posted his second straight short outing Sunday, and the Cowboys trailed 8-2 through five innings before storming back with eight runs over the final two frames. Senior 1B Rebel Ridling (3-for-5, 3 R, 5 RBI, 3B, 2 HR) led the onslaught.
Results:
April 15: at Texas-Arlington: L 7-3
April 16: Mid-America Christian (Okla.): W 25-1
April 18-20: at No. 20 Texas: W 2-1 (11 innings), W 8-7, W 13-10
Upcoming:
April 22: Mid-America Christian (Okla.)
April 23: No. 14 Wichita State
April 25-27: Kansas


14. Wichita State
Last Week: 3-2.
Overall: 30-7, 9-3 in MVC (0-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-1.
Notes: The Shockers dropped a big midweek game against Nebraska but won their eighth consecutive weekend series. Wichita State batted around against Southern Illinois ace Cody Adams in a seven-run third inning Friday to help senior LHP Rob Musgrave (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) pick up a complete-game shutout in a game shortened by the mercy rule. The Shockers were the ones shut out Saturday, as SIU's Shawn Joy (9 IP, 5 H, 0 R) outdueled junior RHP Aaron Shafer (9 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 12 K). Junior OF Kenny Williams junior and sophomore SS Dusty Coleman had three hits apiece Sunday to pace Wichita's 12-hit attack in support of junior LHP Anthony Capra (7.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K).
Results:
April 15: at No. 9 Nebraska: L 3-0
April 17: Tabor (Kan.): W 10-1
April 18-20: Southern Illinois: W 10-0 (7 innings), L 3-0, W 8-3
Upcoming:
April 22: Kansas
April 23: at No. 13 Oklahoma State
April 25-27: at Indiana State


15. Cal State Fullerton
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 23-13, 9-3 in Big West (6-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-2.
Notes: Fullerton won its fifth straight weekend series in convincing fashion, outscoring lowly Pacific 28-6 in a three-game sweep. The Titans scored in every inning except the eighth Friday, and freshman OF Gary Brown (3-for-4, 3 R, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI) paced a 15-hit attack in support of senior RHP Jeff Kaplan (7.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 9 K). Senior 2B Joel Weeks (3-for-3, 3 RBI) led the offense Saturday in support of freshman RHP Daniel Renken (8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K). Freshman SS Christian Colon's solo homer in the eighth inning Sunday broke a 1-1 tie and helped junior RHP Cory Arbiso (8 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) improve to 7-2.
Results:
April 15: Southern California: L 14-4
April 18-20: at Pacific: W 15-4, W 11-1, W 2-1
Upcoming:
April 22-23: No. 6 Arizona State
April 25-27: UC Davis


16. UC Irvine
Last Week: 1-3.
Overall: 24-9, 6-6 in Big West (7-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-2.
Notes: The Anteaters dropped back-to-back games for the first time all season and are just 6-7 since starting the year 18-2. Junior RHP Scott Gorgen struck out a career-high 14, including nine over the first four innings, and held UCR to two runs on three hits over seven innings to improve to 7-2, 2.23. He now has 281 career strikeouts, 18 shy of the school record. Sophomore RHP Bryce Stowell (6.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) fell to 4-2 Saturday and is winless in his last four starts. Sophomore LHP Daniel Bibona (5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER) cruised until UCR's three-run sixth inning Sunday, and the Highlanders followed with four in the seventh against reliever Christian Bergman. Junior SS Ben Orloff went 7-for-12 with two doubles, three stolen bases and five walks on the week.
Results:
April 15: at No. 12 San Diego: L 7-1
April 18-20: UC Riverside: W 7-2, L 5-3, L 7-5
Upcoming:
April 22-23: at Kansas State
April 25-27: at New Mexico


17. Vanderbilt
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 28-11, 10-7 in SEC. (3-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-2.
Notes: The Commodores have won nine out of 10 since being swept at Mississippi. Friday's series opener against Auburn was suspended by rain in the seventh inning and resumed after Saturday's televised game was completed, but prior to the delay Auburn posted three runs to take a 5-3 lead against sophomore LHP Mike Minor (7 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 9 K). In Saturday's regular game, Vandy did most of its damage in a four-run sixth inning, and redshirt freshman RHP Caleb Cotham (8.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) dominated. Junior RHP Nick Christiani (5 IP, 4 ER) improved to 5-1 on Sunday thanks largely to a big day from junior SS Ryan Flaherty (2-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR).
Results:
April 15: at Lipscomb: W 8-1
April 16: at Western Kentucky: W 5-1
April 18-20: Auburn: L 6-3, W 8-2, W 9-5
Upcoming:
April 22: at Austin Peay State
April 23: at Belmont
April 25-27: No. 22 Kentucky


18. Texas A&M
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 33-7, 15-3 in Big 12 (0-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-1-1.
Notes: Texas A&M saw its 13-game winning streak end Tuesday against Rice, but it bounced back to sweep Baylor in dramatic fashion, extending its lead over Nebraska to 1.5 games in the Big 12 standings. Freshman LHP/OF Brooks Raley (7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) and Baylor ace Kendal Volz (7.1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER) matched each other in Friday's pitcher's duel, but the Aggies broke the 1-1 tie kin the eighth when Baylor reliever Craig Fritsch hit junior 1B Luke Anders to load the bases, then plunked senior DH Darby Brown to force in the winning run. Anders (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Brown (2-for-4, 2 R, RBI) were two of five Aggies to homer Saturday in support of freshman RHP Barret Loux (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K). A&M trailed 7-2 heading into the seventh Sunday, 9-4 heading into the eighth, and 12-6 heading into the ninth, but Raley's two-run single capped a six-run outburst in the ninth that tied the score, and senior 2B Blake Stouffer singled home the winning run in the 11th.
Results:
April 15: No. 11 Rice: L 11-2
April 18-20: vs./at/at Baylor: W 2-1, W 11-1, W 13-12 (11 innings)
Upcoming:
April 22: Texas State
April 25-27: No. 4 Missouri


19. Michigan
Last Week: 6-0.
Overall: 28-8, 15-1 in Big Ten. (0-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-0.
Notes: Michigan outscored Michigan State 52-14 to sweep its second straight four-game Big Ten series and stretch its winning streak to 11 games. The Wolverines opened up a three-game lead over Purdue in the conference standings. Michigan scored 77 runs in six games last week, led by junior SS Jason Christian (14-for-25, 2 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI) and senior 1B Nate Recknagel (five home runs). Recknagel has 36 homers in three years at Michigan and 16 this season, leaving him three shy of the school's career and single-season records. Junior RHP/DH Zach Putnam (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) improved to 4-0, 2.47 on Friday and extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games on Sunday. Michigan's 27-run outburst Sunday marked the most runs it has scored in a game since 1995. Senior OF Derek VanBuskirk (4-for-5, 3 HR, 9 RBI) led the onslaught.
Results:
April 15-16: Eastern Michigan: W 5-3, W 20-5
April 18-20: vs./at/at/vs. Michigan State: W 8-3, W 10-4 (7 innings), W 7-1 (7 innings), W 27-6
Upcoming:
April 25-27: at Indiana


20. Coastal Carolina
Last Week: 5-0.
Overall: 33-7, 10-2 in Big South (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-0.
Notes: Coastal has recorded road wins against NC State, Virginia and Elon during its current nine-game winning streak. Junior RHP Bobby Gagg (8 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) and UNC Asheville ace Alan DeRatt (8 IP, 3 ER) each earned no-decisions in Friday's pitcher's duel, and junior OF David Sappelt drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded walk in the ninth. Freshman 3B Scott Woodward (3-for-3, 2 R, 5 RBI, HR) led a 15-hit attack Saturday in support of sophomore RHP Nick McCully (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R). Senior RHP Joey Haug (7 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER) turned in another strong start in a no-decision Sunday, as Sappelt's sacrifice fly in the eighth drove in the winning run.
Results:
April 15: at Virginia: W 8-3
April 16: at Elon: W 12-0
April 18-20: UNC Asheville: W 4-3, W 10-4, W 3-2
Upcoming:
April 22: College of Charleston
April 23: Wake Forest
April 25-27: at Virginia Military Institute


21. Ole Miss
Last Week: 1-3.
Overall: 25-15, 10-8 in SEC. (4-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-4.
Notes: Since 1999, the home team has won every series between South Carolina and Mississippi, and that held true this weekend, as the Rebels dropped the road series. Junior RHP Lance Lynn (7 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) suffered his first loss of the season on Friday after serving up a third-inning grand slam to James Darnell. Freshman LHP Drew Pomeranz (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) and junior RHP Scott Bittle (3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) stymied the Gamecocks on Saturday, and junior 3B Cody Overbeck (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) powered the Ole Miss offense. Overbeck's solo homer in the ninth Sunday was the only run the Rebels could manage against Blake Cooper, as junior RHP Cody Satterwhite (6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 K) fell to 3-3.
Results:
April 15: at Mississippi State: L 6-5
April 18-20: at No. 14 South Carolina: L 6-2, W 5-2, L 4-1
Upcoming:
April 22: Murray State
April 23: at Arkansas State
April 25-27: Arkansas


22. Kentucky
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 30-9, 9-9 in SEC (1-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-3.
Notes: The Wildcats improved to 24-2 at home (compared to a 4-7 mark on the road) in a hard-fought series win against Florida. Senior OF Sawyer Carroll went 6-for-11 with three runs, six RBIs and a homer on the weekend to raise his overall line to .465/.551/.826 with 12 homers and 56 RBIs. Redshirt freshman SS Chris Wade's two-run single capped Kentucky's five-run eighth inning rally Friday. Sophomore LHP James Paxton (1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) earned the start Saturday and was hit hard. Senior RHP Greg Dombrowski (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) pitched well in a no-decision Sunday, and the Wildcats scored the winning run in the 10th on senior 1B Brian Spear's walk-off walk with the bases loaded.
Results:
April 15: at Cincinnati: W 9-4
April 16: Morehead State: W 6-5
April 18-20: Florida: W 11-7, L 13-7, W 3-2 (10 innings)
Upcoming:
April 22: at Louisville
April 23: at Western Kentucky
April 25-27: at No. 17 Vanderbilt

23. Arizona
Last Week: 5-0.
Overall: 25-11, 6-6 in Pac-10. (3-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-3.
Notes: The Wildcats have won 10 straight to climb back to .500 in the Pac-10. Junior RHP Preston Guilmet (5.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER) was hittable Friday, but the Arizona bullpen delivered 6.2 innings of two-hit, scoreless relief to set the stage for sophomore PH Rafael Valenzuela's walk-off RBI double in the 12th. Junior 3B Brad Glenn hit a walk-off, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth Saturday to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 6-5 win. Junior LHP Eric Berger (8 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) pitched well Sunday, but the Wildcats still needed late heroics to pull out the win, tying the game with a run in the seventh and going ahead with two in the eighth. Freshman OF Bobby Coyle (3-for-4, R, RBI) led the way.
Results:
April 15-16: at New Mexico: W 10-6, W 4-2
April 18-20: Washington State: W 7-6 (12 innings), W 6-5, W 4-2
Upcoming:
April 22-23: New Mexico
April 25-27: at Oregon State

24. NC State
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 27-12, 12-8 in ACC (6-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-2-1.
Notes: The Wolfpack improved to 12-8 in the ACC and have Virginia, Miami, Clemson and North Carolina in the rear-view mirror. Junior RHP Clayton Shunick (5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) evened his record at 4-4, 2.44 on Friday as NC State scored exactly one run in every inning save the first. Junior LHP Eric Surkamp (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, but the Hokies overcame a 3-0 deficit with two in the fifth and two in the sixth. Junior OF Devon Cartwright's pinch-hit RBI triple broke a 5-5 tie Sunday and opened the gates to the Wolfpack's six-run ninth inning.
Results:
April 15: No. 24 East Carolina: W 7-6
April 16: Radford: W 11-2
April 18-20: at Virginia Tech: W 8-2, L 4-3, W 11-5
Upcoming:
April 23: at UNC Greensboro
April 25-27: Boston College

25. Long Beach State
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 23-14, 5-4 in Big West. (10-8 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-3.
Notes: After losing 10 of their previous 12, the Dirtbags recovered to win four games last week and trail first-place Cal State Fullerton by just one game in the loss column. Junior SS Danny Espinosa (4-for-6, 3 R, 5 RBI, HR) and senior 3B Brandon Godfrey (3-for-4, 2 R, 6 RBI, 2B, HR) paced LBSU's 20-hit attack Friday in support of senior RHP Andrew Liebel (8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K). Freshman OF Jonathan Jones and junior 1B Shane Peterson had three hits apiece to lead an 18-hit barrage Saturday, as junior RHP Vance Worley (8 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) improved to 5-2. Sunday's offensive leader was sophomore OF Steve Tinoco (3-for-4, R, RBI), as freshman RHP Jake Thompson (6.1 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) won for the first time since March 2 against Wichita State.
Results:
April 15: No. 23 Pepperdine: W 10-0
April 18-20: at Cal State Northridge: W 16-2, W 9-2, W 4-1
Upcoming:
April 22: No. 11 San Diego
April 25-27: Pacific


Dropped Out


Texas (20)
Last Week: 0-4.
Overall: 23-16, 8-10 in Big 12 (3-9 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-4.
Notes: Texas was swept at home by a Big 12 team for the first time ever. The last time it was swept at Disch-Falk Field was 1996, when Augie Garrido's Cal State Fullerton team did it. The Longhorns have lost consecutive conference series and six of their last seven games overall, and they trail Big 12 leader Texas A&M by seven games in the loss column. Freshman RHP Chance Ruffin (10 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) turned in an exceptionally efficient 104-pitch outing in a no-decision Friday, but the Cowboys scratched across the winning run in the 11th. Freshman RHP Brandon Workman (0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K) had another short, rough start Saturday, and Texas stormed back to take a 7-4 lead only to blow it over the final two innings. Junior OFs Kyle Russell (2-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR) and Jordan Danks (4-for-4, 4 R, 2 RBI, 3 2B, 3B) helped Texas build an 8-2 lead through five innings Sunday, but junior LHP Austin Wood (5 IP, 5 H, 5 ER) and the Texas bullpen -- including Workman and Ruffin -- couldn't hold it, and OSU scored eight times over the final two innings.
Results:
April 16: Texas-Arlington: L 4-3
April 18-20: No. 18 Oklahoma State: L 2-1 (11 innings), L 8-7, L 13-10
Upcoming:
April 22: at Baylor
April 23: Texas-San Antonio
April 25-27: at Kansas State


Pepperdine (23)
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 25-13, 8-3 in WCC (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-1-1.
Notes: Pepperdine won its third straight conference series but now trails San Diego by 1.5 games in the WCC. The Waves left the bases loaded with one out in the 10th Friday before Loyola Marymount got the winning run in the bottom of the inning. Pepperdine scored 11 runs in the first Saturday en route to 22 runs on 21 hits, led by junior OF Eric Thames (4-for-6, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR) and junior SS Chase d'Arnaud (4-for-5, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2 2B, HR). D'Arnaud had three more hits including another homer Sunday and junior 3B Bryce Mendonca went 4-for-6 in support of freshman LHP Matt Bywater (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R). Still no sign of injured ace righty Brett Hunter over the weekend for Pepperdine, but the Waves are off next weekend for exams.
Results:
April 15: at Long Beach State: L 10-0
April 18-20: at Loyola Marymount: L 6-5 (10 innings), W 22-3, W 10-1
Upcoming:
No games.


East Carolina (24)
Last Week: 1-4.
Overall: 27-13, 8-7 in CUSA (2-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-3.
Notes: The Pirates dropped four road games on the week, including three against CUSA superpower Rice. Senior RHP T.J. Hose (5 IP, 9 H, 5 ER) dropped to 2-4 in Friday's blowout. ECU overcame an early 4-1 deficit to force extra innings Saturday behind the bat of junior 2B Ryan Wood (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, but senior LHP Josh Ruhlman walked in the winning run in the 10th. Junior RHP Justin Bristow (4 IP, 9 H, 5 ER) fell to 5-2 on Sunday, and senior C Corey Kemp saw his hitting streak snapped at 16 games.
Results:
April 15: at North Carolina State: L 7-6
April 16: The Citadel: W 4-3 (10 innings)
April 18-20: at No. 11 Rice: L 10-3, L 5-4 (10 innings), L 7-1
Upcoming:
April 22: UNC Wilmington
April 23: at Campbell
April 25-26: Presbyterian

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