Commentary

Miami wins 15th straight weekend series, keeps top spot in rankings

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: May 12, 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: 2-1.
Overall: 41-6, 22-3 in ACC. (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 12-0.
Notes: Miami powered its way to its 15th straight weekend series win, slugging nine home runs in three games. Junior CF Blake Tekotte (6-for-11, 3 HR, 2B, 5 R, 4 RBI) led the way, slugging all three of his homers Friday in support of freshman LHP Chris Hernandez (6.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), who improved to 9-0, 2.70 with 80-14 K-BB in 77 IP. An ugly Sunday forecast caused the teams to play a doubleheader Saturday, which they split. The Hokies overcame a 6-3 deficit with three runs over the seventh and eighth innings against sophomore LHP Eric Erickson (6.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) and junior RHP Carlos Gutierrez (1.1 IP, 2 ER) in the first game. Sophomore 3B Mark Sobolewski (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) and junior OF Dennis Raben (2-for-4, R, 4 RBI, HR) led a 15-hit attack in support of senior RHP Enrique Garcia (8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) in the nightcap.
Results:
May 9-10: at Virginia Tech: W 12-4, L 7-6, W 9-2
Upcoming:
May 13: North Florida
May 15-17: No. 2 North Carolina


2. North Carolina
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 42-9, 20-6 in ACC. (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-0-1.
Notes: UNC won its first four games since returning from an eight-day break for exams, then dropped Sunday's rain-shortened series finale against Virginia. Even so, the Tar Heels won their first series against the Cavaliers since 2005, and they matched the 1983 Heels for the best 50-game record in school history with Saturday's win. Sophomore 1B Dustin Ackley (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B) led a 12-hit attack Friday in support of sophomore RHP Alex White (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 8 K). Senior RHP Rob Wooten (4.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) set a career high for innings and strikeouts in relief of junior RHP Adam Warren (4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) on Saturday. The Cavs scored twice in the bottom of the sixth Sunday before heavy rains suspended play and eventually gave UVa. a 5-4 win. Ackley went 5-for-9 on the weekend and 10-for-19 on the week to raise his average to a team-best .400, fourth-best in the ACC.
Results:
May 6-7: North Florida: W 9-2, W 11-5
May 9-11: at Virginia: W 9-3, W 5-2, L 5-4 (6 innings)
Upcoming:
May 13: Winthrop
May 15-17: at No. 1 Miami


3. Arizona State
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 40-9, 12-6 in Pac-10. (12-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-2.
Notes: The Sun Devils won the first two games of their three-game set against Loyola Marymount to reach the 40-win plateau for the fifth time in the last six years. Junior 3B Brett Wallace (2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI) led a balanced 14-hit attack Saturday in support of sophomore RHP Mike Leake (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), who improved to 8-1 three days after working 2.1 innings for a save against Wichita State. Wallace (2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) led the offense again Sunday in support of senior LHP Josh Satow (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER).
Results:
May 6: at Kansas State: L 7-6
May 7: at No. 14 Wichita State: W 6-1
May 10-11: Loyola Marymount: W 9-5, W 11-3
Upcoming:
May 12: Loyola Marymount
May 16-18: Washington


4. Florida State
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 43-8, 22-5 in ACC (6-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 10-2.
Notes: The Seminoles scored in 17 of the 18 innings they came to the plate while run-ruling Savannah State in each of the first three games of a four-game set, which concludes Monday. Junior C Buster Posey (7-for-8, 8 R, 8 RBI, 3 2B, HR) had a monstrous weekend and is now batting .471/.570/.843 with 15 homers, 20 doubles and 62 RBIs. Freshman 3B Stuart Tapley (8-for-9, 6 R, 8 RBI, 2 2B, 2 HR) might have had an even bigger weekend than Posey and raised his average to .405. FSU also got strong outings from sophomore LHP Matt Fairel (5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) and junior RHP Elih Villanueva (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) in the first two games.
Results:
May 5: at Clemson: W 4-2
May 7: Jacksonville: L 7-6
May 9-11: Savannah State: W 23-4 (7 innings), W 19-2 (7 innings), W 24-4 (7 innings)
Upcoming:
May 12: Savannah State
May 15-17: No. 20 North Carolina State


5. Nebraska
Last Week: 2-1.
Overall: 38-9-1, 17-6-1 in Big 12 (6-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 10-2.
Notes: Nebraska won an intense, competitive series against Texas A&M to draw within 1.5 games of the Aggies in the Big 12, with one conference weekend remaining. Senior 1B Craig Corriston's RBI groundout in the bottom of the ninth forced extra innings Friday, and the Cornhusker bullpen followed with six scoreless innings of relief until the Aggies scored three in the 16th against junior LHP Dan Jennings. After rain postponed Saturday's game, Nebraska overcame an 8-4 deficit in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader with five runs in the ninth, capped by senior C Mitch Abeita's walk-off RBI single. Nebraska trailed 9-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth in the finale but scored three runs in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to win it. Senior CF Bryce Nimmo (4-for-6, 3B, 4 RBI) led the onslaught.
Results:
May 9-11: No. 9 Texas A&M: L 6-3 (16 innings), W 9-8, W 13-10
Upcoming:
May 13: at Creighton
May 16-18: No. 15 Missouri


6. Rice
Last Week: 5-0.
Overall: 39-11, 18-3 in CUSA (8-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-2.
Notes: Rice swept crosstown rival Houston to clinch the Conference USA regular-season title outright for the third straight year. The Owls have won 13 straight conference championships dating back to 1996 (regular-season or tournament). Notoriously streaky junior OF Aaron Luna (8-for-13, 5 R, 10 RBI, 2 2B, 2 HR) has gotten hot for Rice, raising his season line to .344/.438/.541 with eight homers and 48 RBIs. Sophomore 3B Diego Seastrunk (10-for-15, 5 R, 7 RBI, 2B) also had a big weekend for the Owls, who pounded out 44 hits in three games. Rice also got strong pitching from sophomore RHP Ryan Berry (7 IP, 9 H, 3 ER), senior RHP Chris Kelley (6.2 IP, 8 H, 1 ER) and junior RHP Matt Langwell (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER).
Results:
May 6: Texas State: W 9-1
May 7: No. 10 Oklahoma State: W 4-2
May 9-11: Houston: W 13-6, W 8-1, W 12-6
Upcoming:
May 15-16: at No. 25 Tulane


7. Georgia
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 33-17-1, 19-7-1 in SEC. (11-6 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 9-3.
Notes: For the third time this year, the Bulldogs dropped Game One of a conference series but stormed back to win the series, and they clinched the SEC's regular-season title in the process. Junior RHP Trevor Holder (6 IP, 12 H, 10 ER) was lit up Friday as the Commodores scored seven runs after the sixth inning. The Bulldogs scored two in the ninth to force extra innings Saturday, and junior 1B Rich Poythress doubled home junior SS Gordon Beckham with the go-ahead run in the 10th. Senior OF Matt Olson (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) and sophomore OF Matt Cerione (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) helped Georgia build a 12-4 lead at the seventh-inning stretch Sunday, and the Bulldogs held off Vandy's late surge.
Results:
May 7: Georgia Tech: L 11-1
May 9-11: at No. 18 Vanderbilt: L 13-7, W 4-2 (10 innings), W 12-10
Upcoming:
May 13: vs. Georgia Tech at Turner Field
May 15-17: Alabama


8. Cal State Fullerton
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 32-17, 15-6 in Big West (8-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 10-2.
Notes: The Titans won their eighth straight weekend series to maintain their 1.5-game Big West lead over UC Riverside. Junior PH Brian Wilson hit tie-breaking two-run homer in the eighth inning Friday, and sophomore CF Josh Fellhauer followed with a solo shot one batter later to help senior RHP Jeff Kaplan (8.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) win his sixth straight decision. Freshman RHP Daniel Renken (2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER) lost his third straight outing in Saturday's blowout. Junior C Dustin Garneau (3-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 2B) and freshman OF Gary Brown (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B) led Fullerton's 14-hit attack in Sunday's slugfest, helping junior RHP Cory Arbiso (6 IP, 11 H, 7 ER) improve to 10-2.
Results:
May 6: Pepperdine: W 9-1
May 9-11: Cal Poly: W 6-4, L 11-4, W 12-9
Upcoming:
May 15-17: San Diego State


9. Texas A&M
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 42-10, 19-5 in Big 12 (4-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-2-1.
Notes: After winning Friday's 16-inning epic at Nebraska, the Aggies lost a pair of heartbreakers in Sunday's doubleheader and failed to clinch the Big 12 regular-season title. After Nebraska pushed across a run in the bottom of the ninth against junior RHP Kyle Thebeau to force extra innings Friday, sophomore RHP Travis Starling threw eight shutout innings of relief--doubling his longest career outing. That set the stage for the 16th, when the Aggies loaded the bases on three infield hits and senior 3B Dane Carter delivered a game-winning, three-run double with two outs. The Aggies led 8-4 in the first game Sunday before the Cornhuskers took advantage of two A&M errors to score five in the bottom of the ninth against Thebeau. The Aggies blew a 9-4 lead in the finale, as Nebraska scored three runs in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
Results:
May 6: at Sam Houston State: W 13-9
May 9-11: at No. 5 Nebraska: W 6-3 (16 innings), L 9-8, L 13-10
Upcoming:
May 13: at Texas-Arlington
May 16-18: at/vs./vs. Texas


10. Oklahoma State
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 37-14, 16-8 in Big 12 (11-7 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-2.
Notes: By winning the first two games against Texas Tech, the Cowboys stretched their Big 12 winning streak to eight games and captured their fifth straight conference series. Sophomore LHP Andrew Oliver (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) pitched well in a no-decision Friday, and junior SS/RHP Jordy Mercer (3-for-4) delivered a game-winning RBI single in the eighth, then worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his eighth save. Mercer was one of eight Cowboys to record multiple hits Saturday in support of sophomore LHP Tyler Lyons (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). Ten different Cowboys got into the hit column in Sunday's slugfest, but the Red Raiders rapped out 22 hits of their own and came from behind with four runs over the final two innings against Mercer.
Results:
May 7: at No. 7 Rice: L 4-2
May 9-11: Texas Tech: W 3-2, W 13-3, L 12-10
Upcoming:
May 13: Western Illinois
May 16-18: vs. Oklahoma at Tulsa and Oklahoma City


11. San Diego
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 39-15, 16-5 in WCC (8-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-3.
Notes: The Toreros claimed at least a share of the West Coast Conference regular-season championship with a win Friday before dropping the final two games of the series at San Francisco. They're off next week but will host the best-of-three WCC championship series the following weekend. Junior LHP Brian Matusz (8.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 14 K) carried a shutout into the ninth Friday and improved to 10-2, 2.05 with 122-20 K-BB in 88 IP. Junior LHP/CF Josh Romanski (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) was denied his 10th win of the season Saturday when the Dons scored five unearned runs in the eighth against junior LHP Ricardo Pecina. Freshmen RHP Kyle Blair (1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER) and LHP Sammy Solis (2.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER) were both hit hard in Sunday's blowout.
Results:
May 6: at UCLA: W 5-3
May 9-11: at San Francisco: W 4-2, L 6-3, L 14-3
Upcoming:
No games.


12. UC Irvine
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 33-13, 10-8 in Big West (7-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-2.
Notes: Though the Anteaters won their third straight weekend series, they failed to sweep either of the Big West's bottom two teams, Cal State Northridge and Pacific, rendering their conference title hopes remote. Junior RHP Scott Gorgen (8 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) became UC Irvine's all-time strikeout king Friday while improving to 10-2, 1.79 on the season. Trailing 8-0 in the seventh Saturday, the 'Eaters scored four in the seventh and five more in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, only to lose in the 10th. UCI mustered just four hits Sunday in support of sophomore LHP Daniel Bibona (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), but junior CF Ollie Linton doubled home the winning run in the eighth.
Results:
May 6: at UC Riverside: W 10-4
May 9-11: Pacific: W 9-1, L 10-9 (10 innings), W 2-1
Upcoming:
May 13: UCLA
May 14: Loyola Marymount
May 16-18: at UC Davis


13. California
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 32-16-2, 11-10 in Pac-10 (8-5-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-2.
Notes: Cal won two of three at rival Stanford and has now won three of its last four weekend series (including sets against Washington and Arizona). Junior RHP Tyson Ross (8.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) cruised until allowing two runs in the bottom of the ninth Friday, but junior OF Charlie Cutler (2-for-4, 2 RBI) delivered a game-winning RBI single in the 10th. Cutler had two more hits Saturday in support of junior LHP Craig Bennigson (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K), and Cal scored three in the seventh to make him a winner. Freshman RHP Kevin Miller (4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER) suffered his first career loss Sunday in relief of sophomore LHP Chris Petrini (3.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER).
Results:
May 6: UC Davis: W 13-4
May 9-11: at No. 6 Stanford: W 4-3 (10 innings), W 5-2, L 8-5
Upcoming:
May 13: at UC Davis


14. Stanford
Last Week: 2-3.
Overall: 29-18-1, 11-7 in Pac-10 (9-5-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 10-1.
Notes: Stanford saw its 13-series winning streak snapped at home by rival California. Junior RHP/3B Austin Yount (7.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) turned in another strong outing in a no-decision Friday, as Stanford scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to tie it, only to lose in the 10th. Senior RHP Erik Davis (7.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) fell to 7-2 in Saturday's loss, as the Bears overcame a 2-1 deficit with three in the seventh. Junior 1B Brent Milleville's fifth-inning grand slam helped sophomore RHP Jeffrey Inman (6.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) improve to 7-2 in Sunday's finale.
Results:
May 5: Pacific: W 7-2
May 6: at San Francisco: L 13-9
May 9-11: No. 16 California: L 4-3 (10 innings), L 5-2, W 8-5
Upcoming:
May 12: Santa Clara
May 17-19: at Arizona


15. Missouri
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 34-17, 13-11 in Big 12. (6-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-3.
Notes: The Tigers won two of three at Kansas to remain in fourth place in the Big 12. Junior RHP Aaron Crow (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 11 K) turned in his strongest outing in more than a month Friday, improving to 11-0, 2.82 with 103-29 K-BB in 83 IP. After rain postponed Saturday's game, the Jayhawks broke a 6-6 tie in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader with a run in the ninth against junior LHP Scooter Hicks. Sophomore C Trevor Coleman (3-for-4, 4 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) led the offense in support of sophomore RHP Kyle Gibson (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) in the finale.
Results:
May 6: Creighton: W 5-4
May 7: Missouri State: CCD
May 9-11: at Kansas: W 5-3, L 7-6, W 12-1 (7 innings)
Upcoming:
May 16-18: No. 5 Nebraska


16. LSU
Last Week: 3-0.
Overall: 35-16, 15-11 in SEC (8-6-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-4.
Notes: By sweeping the final regular-season series at venerable Alex Box Stadium, the Tigers put themselves in great shape to send the Box out with a home regional. LSU has won 12 straight games for the first time since the 2000 team won 13 straight at the end of its national championship run, and the Tigers have swept three consecutive conference series for the first time since their 1991 title team did it. LSU leads the SEC West by 1.5 games with one series remaining at Auburn. Sophomore OF Jared Mitchell (4-for-5, 4 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) led LSU's 21-hit barrage Friday, and sophomore 2B Ryan Schimpf (4-for-4, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR) paced a 16-hit attack Saturday in support of junior LHP Blake Martin (7 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). Senior RHP Jared Bradford (6 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) moved into the rotation Sunday and improved to 9-4, 4.11.
Results:
May 9-11: Mississippi State: W 15-6, W 16-4, W 9-6
Upcoming:
May 13: vs. New Orleans at Metairie, La.
May 15-17: at Auburn


17. Michigan
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 38-11, 23-4 in Big Ten. (0-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-0-1.
Notes: By sweeping three games at Minnesota, the Wolverines clinched their third straight Big Ten championship and their conference-record 35th title overall. The last time Michigan won three straight Big Ten titles was 1948-50. Junior RHP/DH Zach Putnam sat out the weekend with strep throat, but senior RHP Chris Fetter (8.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 10 K) filled in nicely as the Friday starter, and senior C Nate Recknagel supported him with three hits, including his 19th homer of the season, tying Casey Close's 22-year-old school record. After Saturday's doubleheader was washed out, junior RHP Michael Powers (5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) picked up the win in relief in Sunday's first game, as the Wolverines broke a 5-5 tie with six runs in the ninth. Sophomore 1B Mike Dufek went 4-for-9 with two homers and eight RBIs during the doubleheader sweep.
Results:
May 7: at Ball State: W 15-8
May 9-11: at Minnesota: W 4-2, CCD, W 11-5, W 12-8
Upcoming:
May 13: vs. Notre Dame at Grand Rapids, Mich.
May 15-17: Northwestern


18. St. John's
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 39-11, 18-6 in Big East (0-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-0-1.
Notes: St. John's won its eighth straight weekend series and leads the Big East by 1.5 games over Notre Dame with one conference weekend remaining. Senior SS Jeff Grantham went 6-for-8 with four RBIs in the Red Storm's doubleheader sweep Saturday, and he capped the day with a walk-off homer in the 10th inning of the nightcap. Junior LHP Scott Barnes (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) ensured no late heroics were necessary in the opener. Senior LHP George Brown (7.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER) was strong in a no-decision in Game Two. South Florida broke open a 3-2 game with six runs in the ninth Sunday.
Results:
May 6: Iona: W 4-2 (7 innings), W 15-2 (7 innings)
May 9-11: South Florida: W 8-1, W 4-3 (10 innings), L 9-2
Upcoming:
May 15-17: at Villanova


19. Vanderbilt
Last Week: 3-2.
Overall: 37-15, 15-11 in SEC. (5-6 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-4.
Notes: The Commodores -- defending SEC regular-season champions -- narrowed Georgia's conference lead to two games with a win Friday, but the Bulldogs won the next two games to clinch the conference title. Senior CF David Macias (3-for-4, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2B, HR) and senior RF Dominic de la Osa (2-for-4, 3 R, 4 RBI, 3B, HR) paced Vandy's 15-hit attack Friday in support of sophomore LHP Mike Minor (5.1 IP, 9 H, 3 ER). Junior 3B Pedro Alvarez homered in Vandy's two-run fourth Saturday, and redshirt freshman RHP Caleb Cotham (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K) made it stand up through seven, but the Bulldogs scored two in the ninth to tie it and two in the 10th to win it. Junior RHP Nick Christiani (5.1 IP, 12 H, 10 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) was hit hard Sunday, but Vandy cut a 12-4 lead down to 12-10 over the final three innings before running out of gas. Alvarez went 4-for-5 with a double and a triple in the finale.
Results:
May 6: vs. Memphis at Jackson, Tenn.: W 8-0
May 7: Tennessee Tech: W 7-2
May 9-11: No. 11 Georgia: W 13-7, L 4-2 (10 innings), L 12-10
Upcoming:
May 15-17: at Florida


20. NC State
Last Week: 3-2.
Overall: 35-16, 17-9 in ACC (6-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-2-2.
Notes: The Wolfpack won its fifth consecutive conference series by taking two out of three at Maryland. Junior RHP Clayton Shunick (6 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) fell to 6-5, 2.48 in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. Junior OF Marcus Jones (4-for-6, 2 2B, RBI) and junior C Nick Stanley (3-for-5, 3 R, 4 RBI, HR) led a 14-hit attack in the nightcap in support of freshman RHP Jake Buchanan (9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K), who replaced junior LHP Eric Surkamp in the rotation. Stanley and Jones were two of six players to record multiple hits for N.C. State in Sunday's finale.
Results:
May 6: at Campbell: W 6-3
May 7: at UNC Wilmington: L 3-2 (11 innings)
May 9-11: at Maryland: L 6-2, W 12-1, W 17-8
Upcoming:
May 13: North Carolina A&T
May 15-17: at No. 4 Florida State


21. Kentucky
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 38-14, 14-13 in SEC (3-6 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-4.
Notes: The rollercoaster year continues for the Wildcats, who won their second straight road series after being swept at home by LSU last weekend. This time, Kentucky brought the brooms to Tennessee. Senior OF Collin Cowgill (3-for-4, R, 3 RBI, HR) hit a tie-breaking two-run single in the eighth inning Friday to help junior LHP Chris Rusin (7.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) improve to 5-2. Senior RHP Aaron Lovett (6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) picked up the win Saturday in relief of sophomore LHP James Paxton (2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER), who left with a lingering Achilles injury. Junior 3B Chris McClendon (4-for-5, 4 R, 3 RBI, 3 2B) led Kentucky's 16-hit barrage in Sunday's laugher.
Results:
May 6: Wright State: W 21-3
May 9-11: at Tennessee: W 5-3, W 5-2, W 20-5
Upcoming:
May 12: vs. Murray State at Paducah, Ky.
May 15-17: Mississippi


22. Wichita State
Last Week: 2-3.
Overall: 38-14, 16-5 in MVC (0-6 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 11-1.
Notes: The Shockers won their 11th straight weekend series but dropped the middle game to last-place Evansville to move into a tie with Missouri State atop the MVC standings with one conference weekend remaining. The Shockers and Purple Aces combined to make 11 errors in Friday's ugly affair, as senior LHP Rob Musgrave yielded five unearned runs over 5.2 IP but still improved to 8-1 with help from three WSU homers. Wichita State mustered just three hits Saturday in support of junior RHP Aaron Shafer (7.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). After a four-hour pre-game rain delay Sunday, sophomore OFs Ryan Jones (3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI) and Brett Bascue (3-for-4, 2B, HR, 6 RBI) led a 16-hit barrage in support of junior LHP Anthony Capra (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER).
Results:
May 6: Central Arkansas: L 10-9
May 7: No. 3 Arizona State: L 6-1
May 9-11: at Evansville: W 15-8, L 6-3, W 16-3 (7 innings)
Upcoming:
May 13: Oral Roberts
May 15-17: Bradley


23. Coastal Carolina
Last Week: 3-0.
Overall: 41-11, 15-3 in Big South (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-1.
Notes: Coastal swept High Point to secure at least a share of its 11th Big South regular-season crown. After going 0-for-5 in Friday's opener, junior 1B/RHP David Anderson went bananas in the final two games of the series, going 8-for-10 with five homers and nine RBIs as the Chanticleers rapped out 36 hits, including 10 homers, in two games. Senior OF Tommy Baldridge delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 11th to win Friday's game, even though ace RHP Bobby Gagg missed the game with an oblique strain. Freshman LHP Cody Wheeler (6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) and sophomore RHP Austin Fleet (5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER) turned in solid starts Saturday and Sunday.
Results:
May 9-11: High Point: W 7-6 (11 innings), W 17-8, W 12-3
Upcoming:
May 15-17: at Radford


24. TCU
Last Week: 2-0.
Overall: 35-16, 16-5 in MWC (2-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 7-4.
Notes: TCU won the first two games of its three-game series against Texas-Pan American and will try to extend its winning streak to seven games Monday, its final tuneup before its regular-season finale against New Mexico, which is tied with the Horned Frogs atop the MWC standings. TCU mustered just three hits Saturday but scored four runs in the sixth inning with help from two walks and an error, and flame-throwing junior RHP Andrew Cashner (4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) picked up the win in relief. The Frogs exploded for 15 hits Sunday, led by junior 2B Ben Carruthers (3-for-4, 2B, 3B, RBI) and senior OF Steve Ellington (2-for-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI).
Results:
May 10-11: Texas-Pan American: W 4-3, W 13-3
Upcoming:
May 12: Texas-Pan American
May 15-17: at New Mexico


25. Tulane
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 36-15, 13-6 in CUSA (2-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-2-1.
Notes: Tulane has won four consecutive weekend series, book-ended by series wins against Southern Mississippi and a sweep at East Carolina. Junior 2B Seth Henry (3-for-5, R, RBI) led a 12-hit attack Friday to help junior RHP Shooter Hunt (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) improve to 9-1, 1.97 with 105-42 K-BB in 78 IP. Henry went 4-for-5 with two RBIs in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, and sophomore RHP Preston Claiborne (4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) picked up the win in relief. Freshman 3B/RHP Rob Segedin (2-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2B, HR) led Tulane's four-homer attack in the nightcap, and freshman RHP Nick Pepitone (3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R) picked up the win in relief.
Results:
May 6: New Orleans: L 9-8
May 7: at Southern: W 10-3
May 9-11: at East Carolina: W 5-4, W 10-8, W 10-8
Upcoming:
May 15-16: No. 6 Rice


Dropped Out

South Carolina (17)
Last Week: 1-3.
Overall: 34-18, 13-14 in SEC. (9-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 8-4.
Notes: The Gamecocks have lost four of their five SEC road series this year and been swept in three of them. South Carolina dropped to 4-11 against Arkansas since 2003, Dave Van Horn's first year in Fayetteville. Junior LHP Will Atwood (6.1 IP, 13 H, 7 R, 6 ER) moved into the Friday starter spot and was hit hard, and redshirt freshman RHP Parker Bangs (2.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) served up a walk-off grand slam to pinch-hitter Jacob House in the bottom of the ninth. Senior RHP Nick Godwin (6.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER) moved into the rotation and took the loss Saturday, as Arkansas scored four in the seventh. Sophomore RHP Blake Cooper (7.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) was solid in defeat Sunday, but the Gamecocks were held scoreless until junior 3B James Darnell hit a two-run homer in the ninth. The weekend dropped South Carolina to fifth place in the SEC's Eastern Division.
Results:
May 7: at Wofford: W 10-5
May 9-11: at Arkansas: L 12-11, L 6-3, L 4-2
Upcoming:
May 13: The Citadel
May 15-17: Tennessee

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