Commentary

Miami's ACC championship pushes Hurricanes to top spot

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: 4-0
Overall: 47-8, 23-5 in ACC (4-3 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 12-1
Notes: The Hurricanes went 4-0 to add an ACC tournament championship to their regular-season title. Sophomore RHP David Gutierrez (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER) picked up the win in the championship game against Virginia, and the rest of the team pounded out 15 hits in support.
Results:
May 21-25: ACC tournament at Jacksonville, Fla.:
Clemson: W 7-1
Georgia Tech: W 15-12
No. 20 North Carolina State: W 5-2
Virginia: W 8-4


2. Florida State
Last Week: 2-1
Overall: 48-10, 24-6 in ACC (9-5 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 11-2
Notes: The Seminoles went 2-1 at the ACC tournament and scored six runs in the ninth to come from behind against then-No. 1 North Carolina on Saturday. But Virginia won the head-to-head game against the Seminoles to advance to the conference championship game. Junior C Buster Posey homered twice Wednesday against Wake Forest, giving him 19 on the year. Posey didn't start against UNC, his first game out of the FSU lineup since he arrived on campus, but he had a two-run single in the ninth-inning rally.
Results:
May 21-25: ACC tournament at Jacksonville, Fla.:
Wake Forest: W 8-3
Virginia: L 5-3
No. 1 North Carolina: W 9-6


3. North Carolina
Last Week: 1-2
Overall: 46-12, 22-7 in ACC (4-3 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 10-0-1
Notes: The Tar Heels blew late leads Wednesday and Saturday, as the bullpen gave up two runs in the ninth against Virginia and six in the ninth against Florida State. Senior RHP Rob Wooten surrendered five earned runs in 2.1 IP.
Results:
May 21-25: ACC tournament at Jacksonville, Fla.:
Virginia: L 8-7 (11 innings)
Wake Forest: W 2-0
No. 4 Florida State: L 9-6


4. Arizona State
Last Week: 1-2
Overall: 45-11, 16-8 in Pac-10 (12-3 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 9-3
Notes: The Sun Devils clinched the Pac-10 championship when Arizona beat Stanford on Monday. To rest for the postseason, ASU did not start sophomore RHP Mike Leake against the Wildcats but did use him for 4.2 innings of relief in Friday's extra-inning loss. Leake did start the opener in right field. Arizona won the series.
Results:
May 22-24: at Arizona: W 13-6, L 4-3 (11 innings), L 7-4


5. LSU
Last Week: 4-0
Overall: 43-16, 18-11 in SEC (8-6-1 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 8-4
Notes: The Tigers stretched their incredible winning streak to 20 games with a perfect 4-0 run through the SEC tournament. Sophomore 2B Ryan Schimpf's two-run double and sophomore OF Blake Dean's two-run homer highlighted LSU's five-run fifth in the title game against Mississippi. Junior RHP Louis Coleman (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) was brilliant in relief to pick up the win in that one.
Results:
May 21-25: SEC tournament at Hoover, Ala.:
South Carolina: W 5-4 (10 innings)
Vanderbilt: W 8-2
Alabama: W 12-8
Mississippi: W 8-2


6. Oklahoma State
Last Week: 2-1
Overall: 42-16, 18-9 in Big 12 (12-7 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 9-2
Notes: The Cowboys went 2-1 in pool play at the Big 12 tournament, but Kansas State beat Oklahoma State to earn the tiebreaker and advance to the title game. Senior 1B Rebel Ridling (3-for-4, 3 R, 6 RBIs, 2 HR) led an 18-hit attack in Friday's win against Baylor.
Results:
May 21-25: Big 12 tournament at Oklahoma City:
Kansas State: L 3-2
Baylor: W 14-3 (7 innings)
No. 12 Nebraska: W 11-5


7. San Diego
Last Week: 2-0
Overall: 41-15, 16-5 in WCC (8-3 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 7-3
Notes: The Toreros swept Pepperdine to win the best-of-three WCC championship series. In the opener, junior LHP Brian Matusz (8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) improved to 11-2, 1.88 with a 131:21 K:BB ration in 96 innings pitched. USD rapped out 19 hits in the second game, led by sophomore OF Kevin Muno (5-for-6, 2B, 3 RBIs).
Results:
May 24: WCC championship series:
Pepperdine: W 10-1, W 12-4


8. Cal State Fullerton
Last Week: 2-2
Overall: 37-19, 16-8 in Big West (9-7 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 11-3
Notes: The Titans won their series opener at Long Beach behind senior RHP Jeff Kaplan (5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER), but they dropped the last two games of the series to fall into a tie with the Dirtbags atop the Big West standings. LBSU won the head-to-head tiebreaker to capture the conference title and automatic NCAA bid. Junior RHP Cory Arbiso (2.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER) was hit hard Sunday.
Results:
May 20: UCLA: W 12-8
May 23-25: at No. 25 Long Beach State: W 4-1, L 8-6, L 12-3


9. Rice
Last Week: 0-2
Overall: 42-13, 21-3 in C-USA (11-3 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 8-2
Notes: The Owls went two-and-barbecue at the Conference USA tournament after winning the event the past two years. Rice mustered just five hits in the elimination game against East Carolina.
Results:
May 21-25: C-USA tournament at New Orleans:
Alabama-Birmingham: L 8-2
East Carolina: L 4-3


10. Georgia
Last Week: 0-2
Overall: 35-21-1, 20-9-1 in SEC (11-6 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 9-4
Notes: The top-seeded Bulldogs went 0-2 in the SEC tournament and suffered their third loss to Alabama in the past two weeks. The Bulldogs mustered just 10 hits in the two losses. Georgia is just 7-9 in its past 16 games.
Results:
May 21-25: SEC tournament at Hoover, Ala.:
Mississippi: L 4-1
Alabama: L 5-2


11. UC Irvine
Last Week: 2-1
Overall: 38-16, 14-10 in Big West (7-5 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 10-2
Notes: The Anteaters took two of three from UC Santa Barbara to finish in a three-way tie for third place in the Big West with UCSB and UC Riverside. Junior RHP Scott Gorgen (7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) fell to 10-3 after Friday's loss. Junior DH Tony Asaro (4-for-5, 3 R, 4 RBIs, 2 2B) led a 16-hit attack in Saturday's win -- the 800th Division I victory for UCI coach Mike Gillespie.
Results:
May 23-25: UC Santa Barbara: L 6-2, W 14-7, W 2-0


12. Missouri
Last Week: 1-2
Overall: 38-19, 16-11 in Big 12 (10-6 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 9-3
Notes: The Tigers went 1-2 in pool play at the Big 12 tournament. Sophomore RHP Kyle Gibson (2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) picked up the win in relief Wednesday to give Missouri its third victory against Texas this season. But Gibson (0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER) relinquished a 3-2 lead in the ninth inning against Oklahoma, blowing a save for junior RHP Aaron Crow (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K).
Results:
May 21-25: Big 12 tournament at Oklahoma City:
No. 24 Texas: W 3-2 (10 innings)
Oklahoma: L 4-3
No. 13 Texas A&M: L 6-2


13. Nebraska
Last Week: 1-2
Overall: 40-14-1, 17-9-1 in Big 12 (6-8 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 10-3
Notes: The Cornhuskers went 1-2 in pool play at the Big 12 tournament and have lost five of their past six games overall. Senior RHP Johnny Dorn (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER) improved to 6-1 in the win against Kansas State, his 37th career victory.
Results:
May 21-25: Big 12 tournament at Oklahoma City:
Baylor: L 10-4
Kansas State: W 5-2
No. 7 Oklahoma State: L 11-5


14. Texas A&M
Last Week: 1-2
Overall: 43-16, 19-8 in Big 12 (5-4 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 8-3-1
Notes: Texas A&M's losing streak stretched to eight games as the Aggies dropped their first two games at the Big 12 tournament. But they salvaged a win against Missouri on Saturday. Freshman LHP Brooks Raley (1.2 IP, 9 H, 10 ER) was hammered in the loss against Texas, but freshman RHP Barret Loux (6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K) delivered a strong start in the win against Missouri.
Results:
May 21-25: Big 12 tournament at Oklahoma City:
Oklahoma: L 4-1
No. 24 Texas: L 15-9
No. 9 Missouri: W 6-2


15. Stanford
Last Week: 2-2
Overall: 33-21-1, 14-10 in Pac-10 (9-5-1 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 11-2
Notes: Stanford won two out of three at Washington to finish second in the Pac-10. Junior RHP/3B Austin Yount struck out 10 in a complete game Friday against Washington, and junior LHP Jeremy Bleich (2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) turned in an encouraging performance Sunday in his first start since March 28.
Results:
May 19: at Arizona: L 15-11 (8 innings)
May 23-25: at Washington: W 9-4, W 8-5, L 7-4


16. Michigan
Last Week: 3-0
Overall: 45-12, 26-5 in Big Ten (0-2 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 8-0-1
Notes: Michigan went 3-0 to add a Big Ten tournament championship to its regular-season title. Junior RHP/DH Zach Putnam (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) improved to 8-0 in the win against Illinois, and freshman RHP Tyler Burgoon (4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) picked up the win in relief in the title game against Purdue.
Results:
May 21-25: Big Ten tournament at Ann Arbor, Mich.:
Illinois: W 5-2
Purdue: W 6-1, W 3-2


17. Coastal Carolina
Last Week: 4-1
Overall: 47-12, 17-3 in Big South (2-1 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 8-1
Notes: The Chanticleers won their second straight Big South tournament championship and their record ninth overall. The Chanticleers won their first three games before Liberty pounded them 13-1 to force a decisive final game. Senior OF Tommy Baldridge (3-for-4, 3 R, 2B) led a 17-hit attack in the finale.
Results:
May 20-24: Big South tournament at Danville, Va.:
UNC Asheville: W 20-4
Virginia Military Institute: W 3-1
Winthrop: W 8-6
Liberty: L 13-1, W 9-2


18. TCU
Last Week: 4-1
Overall: 44-17, 19-5 in MWC (2-3 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 8-4
Notes: The Horned Frogs had to fight through the loser's bracket after dropping their second game to New Mexico, but they beat the Lobos twice in the finals to capture the Mountain West tournament title. Senior OF Clint Arnold went 6-for-6 with two doubles, a homer and five RBIs in the finale to end a 12-for-18 weekend.
Results:
May 20-24: MWC tournament at Forth Worth, Texas:
Nevada-Las Vegas: W 9-3
New Mexico: L 3-2
Utah: W 6-3
New Mexico: W 9-2, W 15-2


19. Texas
Last Week: 3-1
Overall: 37-20, 15-12 in Big 12 (6-10 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 7-4
Notes: The Longhorns dropped their Big 12 tournament opener against Missouri but won their next three games to capture the conference tournament championship. Sophomore OF Russell Moldenhauer (4-for-6, 2 R, 4 RBIs, 2 2B) led a 19-hit attack in the title game against Kansas State.
Results:
May 21-25: Big 12 tournament at Oklahoma State:
No. 9 Missouri: L 3-2 (10 innings)
No. 13 Texas A&M: W 15-9
Oklahoma: W 11-10
Kansas State: W 15-7


20. California
Last Week: 1-2
Overall: 33-19-2, 12-12 in Pac-10 (8-5-1 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 7-3
Notes: The Bears were shut out in consecutive games by UCLA to stretch their losing streak to four, but they salvaged a win in Sunday's finale to finish tied with Arizona for fourth place in the Pac-10. Cal blew a 3-0 lead in the final two innings Sunday, as UCLA scored four in the eighth and two in the ninth. But the Bears answered with two in the bottom of the ninth to tie it and won on senior 2B Josh Satin's walk-off homer in the 10th. Cal is just 6-9 in its past 15 games.
Results:
May 23-25: UCLA: L 8-0, L 7-0, W 7-6 (10 innings)


21. Wichita State
Last Week: 3-0
Overall: 44-15, 19-5 in MVC (0-6 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 12-1
Notes: The Shockers went 3-0 to add an MVC tournament title to their regular-season championship. Junior 3B Conor Gillaspie hit a solo home run to break a 10-10 tie in the eighth inning of the finale.
Results:
May 21-24: MVC tournament at Wichita:
Southern Illinois: W 12-0
Missouri State: W 20-3, W 12-10


22. Long Beach State
Last Week: 3-1
Overall: 37-19, 16-8 in Big West (12-10 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 10-4
Notes: The Dirtbags dropped their series opener against Cal State Fullerton but won the final two games of the series to capture the Big West title. LBSU tied Fullerton atop the standings but won the tiebreaker by winning the head-to-head series. The Dirtbags rapped out 16 hits Sunday in support of junior RHP Vance Worley (9 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K).
Results:
May 19: Oregon State: W 10-0
May 23-25: No. 6 Cal State Fullerton: L 4-1, W 8-6, W 12-3


23. Arizona
Last Week: 2-1
Overall: 38-17, 12-12 in Pac-10 (8-8 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 8-5
Notes: The Wildcats took two of three from rival Arizona State to finish tied with California for fourth in the Pac-10 (though the Golden Bears won the head-to-head series against Arizona). Sophomore DH Rafael Valenzuela delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 11th inning Saturday, and junior OF Jon Gaston drove in four runs on Sunday in support of junior LHP Eric Berger (5.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R).
Results:
May 22-24: No. 2 Arizona State: L 13-6, W 4-3 (11 innings), W 7-4


24. Kentucky
Last Week: 1-2
Overall: 42-17, 16-14 in SEC (3-6 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 8-4
Notes: Kentucky won its SEC tournament opener against Alabama but lost its next two games. Senior RHP Greg Dombrowski (4.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) suffered his first loss of the year in the elimination game against Alabama.
Results:
May 21-25: SEC tournament at Hoover, Ala.:
Alabama: W 9-3
Mississippi: L 8-7
Alabama: L 13-4


25. NC State
Last Week: 1-2
Overall: 38-20, 18-11 in ACC (7-8 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 7-3-2
Notes: North Carolina State went 1-2 in pool play at the ACC tournament. The Wolfpack pounded out 17 hits in support of junior RHP Clayton Shunick (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K) in a run rule-shortened win against Clemson, doing much of the damage in a six-run first inning.
Results:
May 21-25: ACC tournament at Jacksonville, Fla.:
Georgia Tech: L 10-9
Clemson: W 10-0 (7 innings)
No. 3 Miami: L 5-2


Dropped Out


St. John's (18)
Last Week: 0-2
Overall: 41-14, 20-7 in Big East (0-2 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 9-0-1
Notes: Top-seeded St. John's went two-and-'cue at the Big East tournament, surrendering 24 runs in a pair of losses to Villanova and Seton Hall. Junior LHP Scott Barnes (6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) took a 4-1 lead into the seventh inning against the Pirates, but SHU piled on against the bullpen in a nine-run seventh.
Results:
May 20-24: Big East tournament at Clearwater, Fla.:
Villanova: L 12-0 (7 innings)
Seton Hall: L 12-6

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