Monday, May 2, 2005
Trackin' the Top 25
By Will Kimmey
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: 3-0. Overall: 33-11, 11-1 in Big West. (7-5 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Fullerton has swept its last four weekend series. Soph. SS Blake Davis and Jr. 2B Justin Turner each collected four hits Sunday as the Titans rolled up 20 total. Davis added four runs and four RBI that game, and enjoyed two-hit contests on Friday and Saturday as well. Jr. RHP Ricky Romero (9-4, 2.70) allowed an earned run on three hits over eight innings. He struck out eight.
April 29-May 1: UC Santa Barbara: W 9-1, W 10-5, W 16-2
May 3: San Diego State
May 6-8: @ Cal Poly
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 38-8, 16-5 in C-USA. (9-2 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Sr. SS Tommy Manzella went 4-for-7 Friday, with a grand slam in the fifth inning and an RBI single in the 12th. Jr. 1B/DH Micah Owings delivered a two-run single in the 10th in Saturday's first game before homering twice as the Green Wave dropped the nightcap, moved up a day because of a rainy forecast.
April 26: Nicholls State: W 3-0
April 29-30: @ South Florida: W 8-7 (12 inn.), W 5-3 (10 inn.; DH G1), L 8-4 (DH G2)
May 3: New Orleans
May 6-8: Memphis
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 37-9, 13-7 in Big 12. (13-6 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Texas has won six straight conference series since getting swept by Baylor to open Big 12 play. Soph. RHP Randy Boone allowed an unearned run on four hits over a career-best eight innings Sunday. Soph. RHP Kyle McCulloch (8-2, 2.58) allowed a run over seven innings Friday and has worked at least six innings in his last six starts. Sr. SS Seth Johnston keeps on swinging, with three hits Sunday and six for the series to give him seven multi-hit games out of his last 10 and a .401 season average.
April 27: Texas State: L 2-1 (10 inn.)
April 29-May 1: No. 14 Missouri: W 4-1, L 7-2, W 6-1
May 3: UT Pan American
May 6-8: @ Kansas
4. Oregon State
Last week: 2-1. Overall: 32-8, 11-4 in Pac-10. (6-5 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Oregon State matched its best league wins total since the Pac-10 combined the Northern and Southern divisions in 1999 and reached its largest overall wins total since 1998 (35-14-1). The Beavers also set three attendance records in the series: Two single-game marks (topping out at 2,120 on Saturday) and a series mark (5,923). Jr. CF Jacoby Ellsbury drove in three runs, and Soph. RHP Jonah Nickerson and Soph. LHP Kevin Gunderson (whose two saves in the series gave him nine on the year and 12 for his career, tying two school records) combined on an eight-hitter Sunday to clinch the series. Soph. OF Mike Lissman hit a three-run homer Friday to spark a comeback.
April 29-May 1: Arizona State (17): W 6-5, L 3-1, W 5-1
May 3: Portland
May 6-8: @ UCLA
Last week: 2-1. Overall: 33-11-1, 17-6-1 in ACC. (6-5-1 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Miami struggled to earn a series victory against Maryland, dropping the final game after allowing three-run homers in the first and second innings. The loss dropped the Hurricanes a half-game behind Georgia Tech in the ACC race. Jr. 3B Ryan Braun homered in all three games to move into fifth place on the school's career list with 41. Jr. RHP Cesar Carrillo won his 22nd consecutive decision Friday. Jr. CF Danny Figueroa got hit by two pitches in the series, breaking the school record with No. 33 Saturday. Sr. RF Paco Figueroa sat out Sunday after tweaking his hamstring Saturday.
April 29-May 1: Maryland: W 4-3, W 12-8, L 11-9
May 6-8: Jacksonville
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 30-10, 13-5 in SEC. (8-6 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Florida lost its first conference series since the opening weekend of league play but maintained first place in the overall SEC standings. Florida posted a 7.33 ERA for the series, allowing a .372 average and 12 extra-base hits. Soph. 2B Adam Davis set a school record and tied an SEC mark with 10 RBI Saturday, including a grand slam and a three-run homer. Sr. RHP Connor Falkenbach appeared in all three games of the series, tying John Pricher for the most appearances in school history with 104.
April 29-May 1: No. 18 Tennessee: L 11-5, W 18-9, L 7-2
May 3: No. 22 Florida State
May 6-8: @ Arkansas
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 37-9, 12-6 in Big 12. (5-3 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Nebraska earned a series win amid the controversy surrounding Oklahoma coach Larry Cochell and moved into second place in the Big 12 on percentage points over Texas. Notably, the Huskers join Florida as the second No. 8 team to win a weekend series. The Huskers post a 1.29 ERA for the week, led by Jr. LHP Zach Kroenke holding OU to five hits in a complete game Friday. Fr. RHP Johnny Dorn improved to 7-1 Saturday in his first conference start. He hasn't allowed an earned run in 18.1 innings.
April 27: @ Wichita State: W 4-2
April 29-May 1: @ Oklahoma: L 5-1, W 8-1, W 7-1
May 6-8: No. 17 Missouri
8. Georgia Tech
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 32-12, 18-6 in ACC. (6-1 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Georgia Tech won its first series at Clemson since 1993 to regain first place in the ACC by a half-game over Miami. Soph. 3B Wes Hodges drove in three runs Sunday to make a winner of out Soph. LHP Ryan Turner, who made his first weekend series start. Clemson scored three in the ninth Saturday to steal a win. Fr. C Matt Wieters scored three runs and drove in four with a grand slam and threw two scoreless innings for a save Friday.
April 26-27: vs. Georgia @ Turner Field: L 11-8
April 29-May 1: @ Clemson: W 18-14, L 6-5, W 6-4
May 6-8: Florida Atlantic
Last week: 2-1. Overall: 29-15, 12-3 in Pac-10. (7-6 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Arizona snapped a four-game losing streak with two wins. Nothing proved more resounding than the 13-run third inning the Wildcats produced Sunday in which eight of the nine starters scored at least one run. Jr. LF Trevor Crowe cranked two home runs and Soph. SS Jason Donald drove in five runs. Sr. RHP Kevin Guyette allowed two runs on eight hits over 7.2 innings Saturday. Jr. RHP John Meloan took his first loss in two years Friday as Arizona was shut out Friday for the second time on the year.
April 29-May 1: No. 22 USC: L 13-0, W 7-2, W 18-4
May 6-8: Utah Valley State
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 30-17, 15-6 in Big 12. (11-3 vs. Top 25).
Notes: More than 9,500 fans watched Baylor take the series and remain atop the Big 12. The Bears cranked four home runs in Sunday's clincher, including two from Jr. RF Seth Fortenberry, who now has three for his career. Jr. RHP Abe Woody earned the win in relief Sunday after taking the loss Saturday. Sr. LHP Trey Taylor threw six scoreless innings Friday but didn't earn a decision as Baylor scored five runs in the seventh to decide the outcome.
April 26: UT Arlington: W 8-5
April 29-May 1: Texas Tech: W 6-1, L 3-2, W 8-5
May 3: UT San Antonio
11. Long Beach State
Last week: 3-0. Overall: 32-14, 10-2 in Big West. (6-3 vs. Top 25).
Notes: The Beach has won five straight games after holding future Big West opponent UC Davis to one run on 13 hits for the weekend. Jr. LHP Cesar Ramos threw a 98-pitch complete game Friday, allowing five hits in his second shutout of the year. Jr. RHP Marco Estrada allowed three hits over eight shutout innings Saturday, when the Dirtbags tied a Blair Field record with four homers, two from Jr. SS Troy Tulowitzki.
April 29-May 1: UC Davis: W 4-0, W 9-0, W 9-1
May 6-8: @ UC Santa Barbara
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 32-14, 13-8 in SEC. (8-7 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Alabama kept a one-game lead in the SEC West with two comeback wins and has seven wins in its last nine games. The Crimson Tide scored six times in the eighth inning Sunday, with Sr. LF Gabe Scott's two-run homer capping the outburst. Jr. 3B Evan Bush hit a grand slam off Georgia closer Will Startup in the eighth inning Friday to give Alabama the win. Fr RHP David Robertson recorded saves with scoreless ninth innings Tuesday and Friday before making a start Sunday in which he struck out nine batters in seven innings, allowing three runs.
April 27: South Alabama: W 9-8
April 29-May 1: Georgia: W 5-3, L 4-3, W 11-9
May 4 Alabama-Birmingham
May 6-8: @ Mississippi State
Last week: 4-2. Overall: 32-14, 12-8 in SEC. (9-5 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Tennessee won its first series against a top 10 team since 1993 by registering double figures in hits in all three games while getting strong pitching performances in the bookend games from Jr. RHP Luke Hochevar (8 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER) and Soph. RHP Craig Cobb (CG, 6 H, 2 R). We won't mention the 14 walks issued by UT pitchers on Saturday. Fr. LF Julio Borbon drove in five runs on three hits Friday.
April 26: Tennessee Temple (DH): W 20-3, W 14-3
April 27: Furman: L 3-2
April 29-May 1: @ No. 4 Florida: W 11-5, L 18-9, W 7-2
May 6-8: No. 19 South Carolina
14. North Carolina
Last week: 3-2. Overall: 36-10-1, 15-6-1 in ACC. (1-2-1 vs. Top 25).
Notes: North Carolina dropped a series in which all three games were decided in the final inning. Soph. RHP Robert Woodard allowed two hits over 6.2 shutout innings Saturday, retiring 16 of the final 17 batters he faced. Fr. 3B Reid Fronk's bases-loaded walk drove in the winning run. Fr. SS Josh Horton collected eight hits in the series, including a game-tying double in the ninth inning Friday and a game-tying triple in the eighth inning Saturday. Jr. RHP Jonathan Hovis got tagged with both losses in relief, allowing two runs in 2.1 innings Friday and a run over two innings Sunday.
April 26: @ UNC Wilmington: W 11-8
April 27: High Point: W 10-9
April 29-May 1: @ NC State: L 6-5, W 6-3 (12 inn.), L 8-7 (10 inn.)
May 11: Coastal Carolina
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 32-15, 13-8 in WAC. (6-5 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Fr. LHP Joe Savery struck out a career-best 15 batters in eight innings in Saturday's second game, allowing seven hits and a run. He also added six hits, including a homer, on the week. Soph. SS Josh Rodriguez led the team with a .462 average and five RBI on the week. Jr. RF Lance Pendleton delivered two doubles, a triple and a homer in two games Saturday.
April 26: Houston: W 10-9
April 29-30: Fresno State: W 6-4, L 8-7 (DH G1), W 10-2 (DH G2)
May 11: No. 10 Baylor
Last week: 2-1. Overall: 31-14, 12-9 in SEC. (11-7 vs. Top 25).
Notes: LSU has won seven of its last eight SEC games and three straight series. Jr. LHP Greg Smith threw his second consecutive complete-game shutout Sunday and hasn't allowed a run in 25.2 innings. Sr. RF Nick Stavinoha batted .500-2-4 in the series, driving in all three runs Sunday. He's now batting .370-14-46 on the year. Sr. CF Ryan Patterson totaled four hits, including a homer, in Saturday's doubleheader.
April 30-May 1: @ No. 25 Vanderbilt: L 9-4 (DH G1), W 9-3 (DH G2), W 3-0
May 3: Southern
May 6-8: Kentucky
Last week: 1-3. Overall: 31-13, 11-7 in Big 12. (5-3 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Missouri has gone 4-6 after a 7-1 conference start. Soph. SS Gary Arndt tallied three hits and an RBI Saturday, while Fr. RF Jacob Priday drove in three runs. Soph. RHP Max Scherzer allowed three earned runs over 6.1 innings Friday, the third time he's allowed more than a run this year. His seven hits allowed matched a season high.
April 26: Southwest Missouri State: L 2-1
April 29-May 1: @ No. 1 Texas: L 4-1, W 7-2, L 6-1
May 3: Southwest Missouri State
May 6-8: @ No. 7 Nebraska
18. Arizona State
Last week: 1-2. Overall: 29-17, 10-5 in Big 12. (10-13 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Make it two straight Pac-10 sweeps for the Sun Devils, who have won 12 of 14. Jr. RF Travis Buck batted .714 while collecting five steals, five runs and three RBI in the series. He has two or more hits in seven straight games. Fr. CF J.J. Sferra went 9-for-14 on the weekend while Soph. 2B Seth Dhaenens totaled six hits and four steals while extending his hit streak to 12 games. Sr. 1B Jeff Larish hit his Pac-10 best 15th homer.
April 29-May 1: @ No. 6 Oregon State: L 6-5, W 3-1, L 5-1
May 4: Utah Valley State
19. South Carolina
Last week: 2-1. Overall: 32-12, 12-9 in SEC. (6-6 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Sr. RF Brendan Winn drove in two runs with a double and homer Sunday and also threw out two runners at the plate to help clinch the series. Jr. LF Michael Campbell drove in two runs with a two-out ninth-inning single Saturday as the Gamecocks escaped with a win. Closer Brent Marsh earned the win there and a save Sunday, his 10th of the year. Sr. RHP Zac McCamie, the team stopper, allowed just two runs and struck out seven in 7.1 innings Saturday but didn't earn a decision.
April 29-May 1: Auburn: L 4-1, W 3-2, W 8-7
May 3: @ Furman
May 6-8: @ Tennessee
Last week: 3-1. Overall: 38-9, 11-4 in Sun Belt. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Lafayette collected 22 hits Saturday and just five Sunday. Go figure, or credit UALR's Trevor Clay for the complete-game effort. Seven of the starting nine tallied two hits Saturday, as 1B Dallas Morris and 2B Justin Merendino got four each. Jr. RHP Kevin Ardoin struck out nine batters in Friday's win, becoming the third pitcher in school history to top 300 K's. His 306 are two shy of second-place Andy Gros.
April 27: @ McNeese State: W 6-2
April 29-May 1: Arkansas-Little Rock: W 9-5, W 17-1, L 7-2
May 4: Sam Houston State
May 6-8: @ New Mexico State
Last week: 5-0. Overall: 32-13, 12-9 in SEC. (4-4 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Mississippi's first three-game sweep of Mississippi State since 1978 was its second straight league series win and helped it tie LSU for second place in the SEC West. Jr. LHP Matt Maloney's two-hit shutout Saturday clinched the series before Jr. LHP Eric Fowler allowed a run on three hits over six innings Sunday to finish off the sweep. Fr. SS Zack Cozart homered in the bookend games of the series.
April 26-27: vs/@ Memphis: W 13-4, W 6-5
April 29-May 1: Mississippi State: W 11-4, W 5-0, W 9-1
May 3: Southeastern Louisiana
May 4: Murray State
May 6-8: @ Auburn
22. Florida State
Last week: 2-1. Overall: 37-14, 12-9 in ACC. (2-6 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Soph. 3B Ryne Malone hit a three-run homer Sunday and a three-run double Friday to help Florida State take the series. Soph. RHP Bryan Henry won his third start in eight days Friday, holding Virginia to a run on four hits over eight innings. FSU lost its 11-game home win streak in Sunday's first game.
April 29-May 1: Virginia: W 8-1, L 6-2 (DH G1), W 7-2 (DH G2)
May 3: @ No. 6 Florida
May 6-8: @ Maryland
23. NC State
Last week: 2-1. Overall: 32-13, 13-11 in ACC. (3-6 vs. Top 25).
Notes: NC State won a tough series in which each game was decided in the winner's final at-bat before sell-out crowds. OF Bryan Kinneberg collected the game-winning single Sunday, while Sr. 3B Matt Devine did the honors Friday night to make a winner out of his younger brother, Jr. RHP Joey Devine, who coughed up leads in the first and second games of the series. The best Wolfpack pitcher proved to be Fr. RHP Andrew Brackman, who struck out a career-high 12 batters against two walks while allowing three runs on four hits Friday in his first ACC start. Soph. 1B Aaron Bates delivered a grand slam Sunday.
April 29-May 1: No. 10 North Carolina: W 6-5, L 6-3 (12 inn.), W 8-7 (10 inn.)
May 10: @ East Carolina
Last week: 0-1. Overall: 24-15, 7-5 in Pac-10. (4-8 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Soph. 3B Adam Sorgi had three of Stanford's six hits and drove in a run for the Cardinal, which stranded 10 runners.
April 26: Santa Clara: L 7-5
May 2: @ UC Davis
May 3: @ Nevada
May 6-8: @ California
Last week: 1-3. Overall: 27-15, 9-6 in Pac-10. (7-7 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Soph. RHP Ian Kennedy struck out 14 batters and allowed three hits in eight innings Friday as USC became the second team to shut out Arizona this year (UT Pan American was the other). Soph. 2B Hector Estrella went 4-for-5 with three RBI. The weekend was ugly from there, the only highlight coming from Fr. Lucas Duda, who returned earlier than expected from a wrist injury and served as the DH.
April 26: Loyola Marymount: L 5-3
April 29-May 1: @ No. 9 Arizona: W 13-0, L 7-2, L 18-4
May 10: San Diego State
Last week: 1-3. Overall: 33-13, 9-12 in SEC. (5-10 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Arkansas has lost three straight series after becoming the first SEC team to lose a series to Kentucky this year. Soph. LF Chris Hollensworth extended his hit streak to 10 games, including a pair of home runs in Saturday's loss and two hits Sunday. Fr. LHP Nick Schmidt won his sixth game, allowing two runs on six hits over six innings.
April 26: Oral Roberts: W 5-2
April 30-May 1: @ Kentucky: W 8-5 (DH G1), L 11-8 (DH G2), L 7-1
May 6-8: No. 6 Florida
Last week: 2-2. Overall: 29-14, 10-11 in SEC. (7-11 vs. Top 25).
Notes: Fr. SS Dominic de la Osa collected three hits, three runs and three RBI in the win Saturday. He helped Jr. RHP Jensen Lewis reach a career-best with his seventh victory. 3B Alex Feinberg went 3-for-4 in the second game Saturday, when Jr. LHP Ryan Mullins allowed four runs on five hits over 2.1 innings.
April 26: @ Middle Tennessee State: W 9-3
April 30-May 1: No. 16 LSU: W 9-4 (DH G1), L 9-3 (DH G2), L 3-0
May 6-8: @ Georgia
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