Commentary

Arizona State sweeps and conquers

Sun Devils take over No. 1 spot after split against CSF, sweep of Washington

Updated: April 6, 2009, 8:13 PM ET
By Aaron Fitt | Baseball America

In addition to its Top 25 Rankings, Baseball America's Top 25 Tracker offers an in-depth look at each team in this week's rankings.

Dropped out

New Mexico (18)
Last Week: 1-4
Overall: 25-8, 5-4 in MWC (2-3 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 6-1
The Lobos were swept out of first place in the Mountain West by league power TCU. New Mexico's potent offense was limited to eight or fewer hits in all three games; the Lobos entered the weekend averaging 15.6 hits per game. Senior LHP John Hesketh (6.2 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K), the Friday starter, was the only one of UNM's weekend starters to last longer than three innings.
Results
March 31-April 1: Texas Tech: L 8-4, W 15-7
April 3-5: @ (22) Texas Christian: L 7-3, L 4-2, L 19-3
Upcoming
April 9-11: @ Utah

Florida (20)
Last Week: 1-3
Overall: 19-11, 7-5 in SEC (3-3 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 4-3
Florida's roller-coaster season continued with a disappointing series loss at Vanderbilt in which the Gators blew a seven-run lead in the finale. The Gators battered Vandy ace lefty Mike Minor (7 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) on Friday, and junior LHP Tony Davis picked up the win with 3.1 scoreless, hitless innings of relief. Freshman LHP Nick Maronde (5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER) pitched well in a no-decision Saturday, and senior LHP Stephen Locke (5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) was solid Sunday before the bullpen imploded. Florida failed to hold a 9-2 lead through five and a half innings.
Results
March 31: vs. Florida State @ Jacksonville -- L 3-2
April 1: Stetson -- PPD
April 3-5: @ Vanderbilt -- W 8-4, L 4-3, L 16-9
Upcoming
April 7: Bethune-Cookman
April 8: Central Florida
April 10-12: @ Auburn

Minnesota (25)
Last Week: 2-2
Overall: 16-9, 3-2 in Big 10 (2-1 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 3-0-1
The Gophers posted their third straight .500 week, which included a big conference series win against an Ohio State team that entered the weekend with a 21-5 record. Senior RHP Chauncy Handran (7 IP, 2 ER) earned his fifth win of the year Friday, as Minnesota handed Ohio State ace Alex Wimmers (6.2 IP, 10 H, 7 ER) his first loss of the season. Senior RHP Tom Buske (6 IP, 2 ER) was a tough-luck loser Saturday. Senior DH Matt Nohelty (3-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI) extended his streak of games reaching base safely to 41 on Sunday, while junior 2B Derek McCallum (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI) has driven in a run in 10 straight games.
Results
April 1: Northern Iowa -- L 9-7
April 3-5: Ohio State -- W 7-5, L 3-2, W 16-3
Upcoming
April 7-8: @ Missouri
April 10-12: Northwestern

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