Arizona State keeps rolling along

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

1. Arizona State
Last Week: 3-0.
Overall: 25-1, 3-0 in Pac-10. (6-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-0.
Notes: The ASU buzz saw carried over into the conference season with a sweep of Southern California. Arizona State pounded out 42 hits on the weekend, led by junior C Petey Paramore (8-for-14, 5 R, 3 RBIs). Senior RHP Tommy Rafferty appeared in all three games and threw a combined 5.2 scoreless innings of relief, picking up the win Friday and Sunday. In Saturday's win, sophomore RHP Mike Leake (7 IP, 10 K, 5 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) improved to 6-0, 3.26 with 48-2 K-BB in 47 IP. The Sun Devils will leave the state for the first time next weekend.

March 28-30: Southern California: W 16-5, W 13-5, W 5-2
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April 4-6: at No. 13 Stanford

2. Miami
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 21-2, 9-1 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 6-0.
Notes: Before Sunday's finale was washed out, the Hurricanes swept a pair of games at Duke to extend their Coastal Division lead over North Carolina to two games in the loss column. Sophomore LHP Eric Erickson did not make the trip because of elbow soreness, and freshman LHP Chris Hernandez (7 IP, 5 ER) had his worst career start in Erickson's place Friday. But junior OF Dennis Raben delivered two-run doubles in the first and 10th innings to power Miami's win. The Canes rapped out 12 hits Sunday, led by sophomore SS Ryan Jackson (3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI), and senior RHP Enrique Garcia (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) turned in his strongest outing of the year to pick up his first win.

March 25-26: Bethune-Cookman: W 10-5, W 7-6 (10 innings)
March 28-30: at Duke: W 7-5 (10 innings), W 8-1, CCD (rain)

April 1: Florida Atlantic
April 2: at Florida International
April 4-6: Clemson

3. North Carolina
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 21-5, 8-3 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-0-1
Notes: The Tar Heels had to settle for a split against rival North Carolina State after Sunday's series finale was washed out; ACC rules prohibit it from being made up. Four UNC pitchers combined to strike out 17 on Friday, led by sophomore RHP Alex White (5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 11 K), and senior 3B Chad Flack's three-run homer capped UNC's five-run fifth. Junior RHP Adam Warren (5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) was solid in a no-decision Saturday, but the Wolfpack scored six runs over the seventh and eighth innings with help from three UNC errors and a catcher's interference. Sophomore 2B Kyle Seager singled in the ninth to extend his career-best hitting streak to 22 games. UNC is 2-4 when making two or more errors and 19-1 when committing one or none.

March 25: Davidson: W 12-6
March 26: Gardner-Webb: W 13-2
March 28-30: North Carolina State: W 5-2, L 8-6, CCD (rain)

April 1: UNC Greensboro
April 2: Appalachian State
April 4-6: Georgia Tech

4. Missouri
Last Week: 2-3.
Overall: 20-5, 4-2 in Big 12. (4-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-1.
Notes: After winning Friday, the Tigers dropped the final two games against Texas Tech and sustained their first series loss of the year. Though junior RHP Aaron Crow (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 9 K) fell just short of his third straight complete-game shutout Friday, he did stretch his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 33.2. He's 6-0, 0.84 with 60-11 K-BB in 43 innings overall. Junior RHP Ian Berger (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) was brilliant again Saturday and left with a 2-1 lead, but the Mizzou bullpen surrendered two runs in the ninth. The bullpen was hit hard again Sunday after sophomore RHP Kyle Gibson (5 IP, 4 R, 3 ER) left with a 7-4 lead, as junior LHP Rick Zagone and freshman LHP Tyler Clark combined to allow 11 earned runs -- six of them in the ninth inning.

March 25-26: @ Minnesota: W 17-8, L 12-5
March 28-30: @ Texas Tech: W 1-0, L 3-2, L 15-11

April 1: Western Illinois
April 2: Lincoln (Mo.)
April 4-6: Oklahoma State

5. UC Irvine
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 19-3, 2-1 in Big West. (4-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-0.
Notes: Irvine went on the road to win its conference-opening series against Cal Poly. Sophomore 1B Jeff Cusick led the UCI offense on the weekend, going 6-for-12 with a double, three runs and an RBI. Sophomore 3B Casey Stevenson had two hits in his season debut Friday after finally gaining eligibility, and junior RHP Scott Gorgen (8 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 12 K) improved to 5-1, 1.39 with 55-13 K-BB in 45 IP. Sophomore RHP Bryce Stowell (6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER) took his first loss of the year Saturday. The Anteaters scored five runs over the final two innings Sunday to preserve the win for sophomore RHP Daniel Bibona (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K).

March 25: Harvard: W 5-2
March 28-30: at Cal Poly: W 12-4, L 4-2, W 10-6

April 4-6: No. 25 Cal State Fullerton

6. Florida State
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 23-3, 11-1 in ACC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-0.
Notes: After allowing 27 runs in a high-scoring, three-game sweep of Virginia Tech last weekend, the FSU pitching staff limited Wake Forest to just eight runs in another road series win. Sophomore LHP Matt Fairel (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) improved to 6-0, 1.58 on Friday, and the Seminoles supported him with 21 hits and five homers -- two of them by junior C Buster Posey. Florida State was held scoreless until the ninth Saturday, as freshman RHP Geoff Parker (6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) took a tough loss in his first career start. Both teams scored single runs in the first and 10th innings Sunday before Posey scored the winning run in the 11th on senior OF Jack Rye's sacrifice fly. Posey finished the weekend 7-for-10 with two doubles, two homers, seven runs and four RBIs.

March 25-26: Stetson: W 11-2, W 19-3
March 28-30: at Wake Forest: W 21-2, L 4-2, W 3-2 (11 innings)

April 1: vs. No. 19 Florida at Jacksonville
April 2: at Jacksonville
April 4-6: No. 14 Virginia

7. California
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 18-5-1, 2-1 in Pac-10. (6-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-0.
Notes: After losing back-to-back 10-inning road games against Washington State and Santa Clara, the Bears rebounded by sweeping Long Beach State. Junior RHP Tyson Ross (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) improved to 4-0, 1.80 on Friday, when senior 2B Josh Satin (3-for-3, R, RBI) led Cal's 12-hit attack. Satin added two doubles Saturday and junior 1B David Cooper went 3-for-5 with his 10th and 11th homers of the year, and the Cal bullpen delivered 4.2 IP of scoreless, one-hit relief. Cooper had three more hits Sunday, including a double that keyed Cal's two-run seventh, helping senior RHP Alex Rollin (5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) improve to 3-0.

March 25: at Santa Clara: L 7-5 (10 innings)
March 28-30: No. 5 Long Beach State: W 6-1, W 10-6, W 4-3

April 1: at San Francisco
April 2: Fresno State
April 4-6: Oregon State

8. Vanderbilt
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 18-6, 5-3 in SEC. (3-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-1.
Notes: Mother Nature was uncooperative in Nashville this weekend, as Friday's game was washed out and the start of Saturday's game was delayed five hours, eventually causing it to be suspended in the 12th inning by the midnight curfew. When play resumed Sunday, the Commodores scored a run in the bottom of the 12th on sophomore 3B Brian Harris' walk-off RBI double, then went on to win a seven-inning affair in the second half of the doubleheader. Senior 2B Alex Feinberg helped ensure the first game got to extra innings, going 5-for-6 with a double and three RBIs, and redshirt freshman RHP Russell Brewer threw five shutout innings in relief of sophomore LHP Mike Minor (5 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 8 K). Freshman DH Aaron Westlake (2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI) led the offense in the second game, and five Vandy pitchers limited the Razorbacks to a pair of runs. The sweep gave the Commodores their first-ever series victory over Arkansas in their 12th attempt, dating back to 1994.

March 25: Belmont: W 7-3
March 26: Middle Tennessee State: W 12-10 (12 innings)
March 28-30: Arkansas: W 6-5 (12 innings), W 6-2 (7 innings), CCD

April 2: at Middle Tennessee State
April 2-6: at Mississippi

9. South Carolina
Last Week: 3-2.
Overall: 18-7, 6-3 in SEC (7-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-1.
Notes: Two of the SEC's fiercest offenses exchanged blows Friday and Saturday before the Gamecocks won a low-scoring affair Sunday. Junior RHP Mike Cisco (3 IP, 12 H, 12 ER) saw his ERA jump from 2.45 to 5.25 in Friday's fiasco. Junior 3B James Darnell (4-for-5, 3 HR, 4 R, 6 RBI) and senior DH Phil Disher (2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) led a 16-hit attack Saturday in support of junior LHP Will Atwood (6 IP, 5 ER). Sophomore RHP Blake Cooper (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER) pitched well in a no-decision Sunday, and Disher's RBI single broke a 2-2 tie and jump-started South Carolina's four-run eighth. Junior 2B Andrew Crisp extended his hitting streak to 17 games Sunday.

March 25: Furman: L 4-2
March 26: College of Charleston: W 5-3
March 28-30: No. 18 Kentucky: L 15-3, W 13-7, W 6-2

April 1: at The Citadel
April 2: Davidson
April 4-6: at Georgia

10. Long Beach State
Last Week: 1-4.
Overall: 17-7, 0-0 in Big West. (8-5 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-1.
Notes: After playing 15 of their first 20 games at home, the Dirtbags got off to an 0-4 start to their 10-game Golden State road trip. Senior RHP Andrew Liebel (7.2 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) suffered his first loss of the year Friday, as the Dirtbags were stymied by Cal ace Tyson Ross. Senior OF Jason Corder, who transferred from Cal prior to his junior year, gave the Dirtbags a 4-1 lead with a third-inning grand slam Saturday, but junior RHP Vance Worley (6 IP, 12 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) could not hold it. Freshman RHP Jake Thompson (6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) was solid in defeat Sunday, but LBSU's two-run eighth-inning rally fell short.

March 24: Harvard: W 15-0
March 25: at Pepperdine: L 7-5
March 28-30: at No. 11 California: L 6-1, L 10-6, L 4-3

March 31: at No. 13 Stanford
April 1: at Fresno State
April 4-6: at UC Riverside

11. Nebraska
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 21-4-1, 7-1-1 in Big 12 (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-1.
Notes: The Cornhuskers took two of three at Texas and sit comfortably atop the Big 12 standings. Nebraska pounded out 17 hits Friday to erase an early 4-0 deficit and help senior RHP Johnny Dorn (5 IP, 4 ER) improve to 3-0, 2.29. Senior RHP Thad Weber retired 14 of the final 15 Texas hitters Saturday en route to his first career complete game -- a two-hit shutout. Weber struck out five and ran his scoreless streak to 16 innings. Junior RHP Aaron Pribanic (6 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER) took his first loss of the year in Sunday's blowout.

March 25-26: Northern Colorado: W 10-0, W 9-4
March 28-30: at No. 13 Texas: W 14-4, W 2-0, L 12-3

April 1: at Creighton
April 4-6: Texas Tech

12. Wichita State
Last Week: 6-0.
Overall: 20-3, 3-0 in MVC (0-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-1.
Notes: Wichita State ran its winning streak to 17 games -- the second-longest active streak in the nation -- with an easy four-game sweep of North Dakota State. Sophomore OF Ryan Jones led the offense on the weekend, going 8-for-16 with a double, two triples and nine RBIs. The Shockers got strong starts from senior LHP Rob Musgrave (7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K), junior RHP Aaron Shafer (5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 K) and junior LHP Anthony Capra (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 K) in the first three games of the series.

March 25-26: Binghamton: W 9-2, W 13-8
March 28-30: North Dakota State: W 14-3, W 6-1 (7 innings), W 8-1 (7 innings), W 9-5

April 1: at Kansas
April 2: Oral Roberts
April 4-6: Missouri State

13. Stanford
Last Week: 3-2.
Overall: 12-7, 2-1 in Pac-10 (5-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-0.
Notes: Stanford won its conference-opening series for the first time since 2005 and has now won eight consecutive weekend series dating back to last year. It took some time for the Cardinal bats to wake up, as Washington State's Ross Humes carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning Friday. Junior LHP Jeremy Bleich (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R) left that game in the fourth with an undisclosed injury. Junior C Jason Castro (3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) led a 12-hit attack Saturday in support of senior RHP Erik Davis (9 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K). Junior 2B Cord Phelps went 3-for-4 Sunday and delivered a two-run single to cap Stanford's four-run fourth in support of sophomore RHP Jeffrey Inman (7.1 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K).

March 24: at Pacific: W 14-0
March 25: Sacramento State: L 5-3
March 28-30: Washington State: L 10-4, W 7-3, W 4-1

March 31: No. 10 Long Beach State
April 1: Hawaii
April 4-6: No. 1 Arizona State

14. Virginia
Last Week: 4-1.
Overall: 23-5, 8-4 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25
Weekend Series: 3-2.
Notes: Virginia has won six straight conference games since dropping its first two ACC series on the road. Junior 1B Jeremy Farrell (6-for-12, 3B, HR, 2 R, 6 RBI) led the offense on the weekend and leads the team in homers (five), RBIs (30), on-base percentage (.500) and slugging (.716). His .400 batting average is second-best behind freshman OF Dan Grovatt (.414), who went 5-for-11 on the weekend. Junior RHP Jacob Thompson (9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) threw his first complete game of the year Friday and improved to 4-0, 2.72 with 39-15 K-BB in 36 IP. Senior LHP Pat McAnaney (9 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 13 K) was even better Saturday, and junior RHP Andrew Carraway (5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) was strong in a no-decision Sunday.

March 25: Virginia Commonwealth: W 5-3
March 26: George Washington: L 17-5
March 28-30: Virginia Tech: W 10-1, W 9-2, W 2-1

April 1-2: Towson
April 4-6: at No. 6 Florida State

15. Rice
Last Week: 2-3.
Overall: 19-9, 4-2 in CUSA (2-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-2.
Notes: The Owls lost their first-ever Conference USA series and fell to 47-6 all-time in CUSA play; half of those six losses have come against Southern Mississippi. The series also snapped Rice's streak of 40 consecutive home-series victories, dating back to April 2001 (and including Super Regionals). Still, Rice has the same record through 28 games that it had last year, when it finished 56-14. Sophomore RHP Ryan Berry (8.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 13 K) was nearly untouchable after surrendering Trey Sutton's first-inning solo homer Friday, but USM ace Barry Bowden (8.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K) out-dueled him. Every Owl starter registered at least one hit Saturday in support of senior RHP Chris Kelley (6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K). With the score tied 7-7 in the ninth Sunday, the Golden Eagles put runners on the corners against senior LHP Cole St.Clair (3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER), then scored the winning run on a wild pitch by junior RHP Bryan Price. Rice loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but freshman OF Chad Mozingo and senior OF Jordan Dodson both struck out to end it.

March 25: at Texas State: W 13-3
March 26: at Houston: L 8-5
March 28-30: Southern Mississippi: L 1-0, W 9-0, L 8-7

April 1: at No. 16 Texas
April 2: Dallas Baptist
April 4-6: at Memphis

16. Texas
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 18-8, 5-4 in Big 12 (2-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-2.
Notes: Texas dropped its second home series of the year but salvaged Sunday's series finale against Nebraska. The Longhorns jumped out to a 4-0 lead through three innings Friday before the Cornhuskers scored 10 unanswered against six Texas pitchers. The Horns mustered just two hits Saturday against Thad Weber, and Nebraska scored twice in the sixth against junior LHP Austin Wood (6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER). Sophomore LHP Riley Boening (6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER) picked up his second straight win Sunday with help from the Longhorns' 14-hit attack, led by junior OF Kyle Russell (3-for-5, R).

March 24: Oral Roberts: W 5-4 (10 innings)
March 28-30: No. 19 Nebraska: L 14-4, L 2-0, W 12-3

April 1: No. 15 Rice
April 2: Texas Southern
April 4-6: at Oklahoma

17. San Diego
Last Week: 3-3.
Overall: 19-10, 1-2 in WCC (6-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-2.
Notes: After junior LHP Brian Matusz threw his customary weekly masterpiece, the Toreros dropped the next two games of their WCC-opening series against Santa Clara. USD gave Matusz (9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K) all the support he'd need with a run in the first on freshman 3B Victor Sanchez's RBI single. He improved to 5-1, 1.81 with 63-12 K-BB in 45 IP. Senior C Logan Gelbrich had four hits Saturday in a losing effort, as freshman RHP Kyle Blair (2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 1 K) was hit hard. Fresh off a no-hitter Monday against Harvard, junior LHP/CF Josh Romanski (7.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) pitched well in a no-decision Sunday, but the Broncos scored three times against closer A.J. Griffin over the final two innings.

March 24: Harvard: W 12-0
March 25: at Cal State Fullerton: L 6-3
March 27: Harvard: W 14-4
March 28-30: Santa Clara: W 1-0, L 12-10, L 6-4

April 2: Southern California
April 4-6: Gonzaga

18. Arizona
Last Week: 1-4.
Overall: 14-9, 2-4 in Pac-10. (3-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-2.
Notes: Arizona's losing streak stretched to six games -- equaling its longest skid since 1998 -- before the Wildcats salvaged Sunday's series finale against UCLA. Junior OF Jon Gaston went 4-for-5 Friday and junior RHP Preston Guilmet (7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was solid in a no-decision but yielded the tying run in the eighth. On Saturday, the Bruins clobbered senior LHP David Coulon (2.1 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 5 ER) and relievers Mike Colla (1.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) and Cory Burns (4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER). Junior LHP Eric Berger (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) stopped the bleeding Sunday, and junior 3B Brad Glenn (2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI) led the offense.

March 25-26: at Oklahoma State: L 10-2, L 3-2
March 28-30: No. 23 UCLA: L 4-3 (10 innings), L 20-8, W 8-4

April 4-6: at Washington

19. Florida
Last Week: 3-2.
Overall: 20-6, 7-2 in SEC (4-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-1.
Notes: Florida has won its first three SEC series under first-year coach Kevin O'Sullivan. A three-run homer by sophomore C Buddy Monroe highlighted Florida's six-run seventh inning Friday, helping make a winner out of sophomore RHP Billy Bullock (7 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 2 ER). The Gators jumped out to a 5-0 lead through three innings Saturday, and that proved more than enough support for junior RHP Patrick Keating (9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). Freshman RHP Tommy Toledo (5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) sustained his first collegiate loss Sunday.

March 25-26: vs./at Jacksonville: W 11-6, L 8-5
March 28-30: Louisiana State: W 8-5, W 7-1, L 6-3

April 1: vs. No. 6 Florida State at Jacksonville
April 2: North Florida
April 4-6: at Tennessee

20. UNC Wilmington
Last Week: 4-0.
Overall: 21-4, 12-0 in CAA (2-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 5-0.
Notes: The Seahawks own a 20-game winning streak, the longest in the nation this year, and have beaten Coastal Carolina in midweek games twice during the past two weeks. Senior OF Jason Appel (4-for-4, 2B, 3B, 4 R, 3 RBI) paced UNCW's 20-hit attack Friday to help sophomore RHP Seth Frankoff (5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER) improve to 5-0, 2.95. Freshman C David Shambley's pinch-hit RBI single gave the Seahawks the winning run in the eighth inning Saturday, and Appel's RBI single in the ninth broke a 5-5 tie Sunday. Appel finished the weekend 8-for-13 and is hitting .406/.474/.545 with a team-best 9-for-9 stealing bases.

March 26: at No. 22 Coastal Carolina: W 10-7
March 28-30: at Virginia Commonwealth: W 17-4, W 3-2, W 6-5

April 1: Wake Forest
April 4-6: at Northeastern

21. Kentucky
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 22-4, 5-4 in SEC (1-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-2.
Notes: The Wildcats have dropped back-to-back conference road series since winning their first 19 games -- 16 of them at home. Junior LHP Chris Rusin (8.2 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) improved to 4-1 on Friday with help from five Kentucky homers, two of them courtesy of sophomore C Marcus Nidiffer. Junior RHP Scott Green (3 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) was hammered Saturday and fell to 2-1, 4.85 with 38-10 K-BB in 30 IP. Senior RHP Greg Dombrowski (5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) held the Gamecocks in check for a while Sunday before senior RHP Brock Baber surrendered four runs in the eighth.

March 25: Xavier: W 5-2
March 28-30: at No. 10 South Carolina: W 15-3, L 13-7, L 6-2

April 2: Western Kentucky
April 4-6: Mississippi State

22. Michigan
Last Week: 5-0.
Overall: 14-6, 4-0 in Big Ten. (0-2 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.
Notes: After Friday's Big Ten opener was postponed, Michigan swept doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday to get its conference schedule started with a bang. RHP/DH Zach Putnam (8 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K; 3-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) struck out the side three times in a no-decision and then hit a walk-off double in the 10th inning of the first game. Michigan has won six straight and 10 of its last 11. In Saturday's second game, Putnam smashed a go-ahead two-run homer to cap Michigan's five-run fifth in support of junior RHP Chris Fetter (7 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). Sophomore C/1B Nate Recknagel, whose 15-game hitting streak was snapped in the second game, bounced back Sunday, going 4-for-7 with four RBIs in the doubleheader. He drove in the winning run in the finale with an RBI single in the seventh.

March 24: Oakland: PPD
March 25: Bowling Green State: PPD
March 26: IPFW: W 4-2
March 28-30: Iowa: W 4-3 (10 innings), W 5-3 (7 innings), W 6-3 (7 innings), W 3-2

April 2: at Central Michigan
April 4-6: at Penn State

23. UCLA
Last Week: 2-2.
Overall: 12-10, 2-1 in Pac-10. (2-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-1-1.
Notes: UCLA snapped its four-game losing streak by taking the first two games at Arizona before dropping Sunday's finale. Junior 3B Jermaine Curtis (9-for-14, 2B, 3B, 4 R, 3 RBI) caught fire in the series, raising his batting average from .224 to .289 in three games. He tripled and scored the winning run in the 10th Friday. On Saturday, sophomore 1B Casey Haerther became the first Bruin ever to record seven hits in a game; he went 7-for-7 with four doubles, four runs and four RBIs, and junior SS Brandon Crawford (4-for-7, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI) also contributed to UCLA's 22-hit barrage. Haerther led the Bruins with two hits (including a homer) Sunday, but it wasn't enough to prevent sophomore LHP Gavin Brooks (6.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) from losing his second straight start.

March 25: at San Diego State: L 6-3
March 28-30: at No. 6 Arizona: W 4-3 (10 innings), W 20-8, L 8-4

April 1: San Diego State
April 4-6: Southern California

24. Coastal Carolina
Last Week: 3-2.
Overall: 21-6, 2-1 in Big South (2-1 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 2-0.
Notes: The Chanticleers are just 7-5 since getting off to a 14-1 start, but they pulled out a hard-fought, conference-opening series on the road. Senior RHP Joey Haug (5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R) was brilliant in relief of junior RHP Bobby Gagg (5.1 IP, 3 ER) on Friday, and senior OF Tommy Baldridge delivered a game-winning, two-run single in the 12th. Coastal out-hit Liberty 15-11 on Saturday but also left 15 men on base, and sophomore RHP Austin Fleet (3.2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 2 K) struggled. Sophomore OF Adam Rice had four hits Sunday in support of sophomore RHP Nick McCully (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER).

March 25: at The Citadel: W 6-1
March 26: UNC Wilmington: L 10-7
March 28-30: at Liberty: W 5-3 (11 innings), L 9-6, W 2-1

April 1: at Elon
April 2: at Wake Forest
April 4-6: Winthrop

25. Cal State Fullerton
Last Week: 3-1.
Overall: 15-9, 2-1 in Big West (4-3 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 4-2.
Notes: The Titans dug deep to win their conference-opening series against UC Riverside, who swept them a year ago. Fullerton trailed 6-1 heading into the ninth inning Friday before exploding for five runs, capped by junior OF Eric Komatsu's game-tying two-run triple. Komatsu, who went 5-for-7 in the game, tripled again in the 16th and scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly. Senior RHP Adam Jorgenson (6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 14 K) was magnificent in relief, setting the stage for Komatsu's heroics. The Titans dropped Saturday's elongated affair when the Highlanders scored twice against sophomore RHP Travis Kelly in the 12th. Fullerton's seven-run third inning took the drama out of Sunday's game, helping junior RHP Cory Arbiso (9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 12 K) improve to 4-2.

March 25: at No. 14 San Diego: W 6-3
March 28-30: UC Riverside: W 7-6 (16 innings), L 6-4 (12 innings), W 12-1

April 1: at Loyola Marymount
April 4-6: at No. 5 UC Irvine

Dropped Out

15. Mississippi
Last Week: 1-3.
Overall: 16-11, 4-5 in SEC. (0-0 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-3.
Notes: The Rebels dropped five straight before salvaging the second game of Sunday's doubleheader and have lost three of their last four weekend series. Junior RHP Lance Lynn (5.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) couldn't hold an early 3-0 lead Friday but got a no-decision, as Alabama scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth against closer Scott Bittle. Saturday's game was suspended by rain until Sunday with Ole Miss leading 3-2 in the third, and when play resumed the Crimson Tide saddled freshman LHP Drew Pomeranz (5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) with his first career loss. Junior RHP Cody Satterwhite (6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K) turned in his best start of the year in the finale, and the Rebels broke a 1-1 tie on junior OF Logan Power's RBI single in the ninth.
March 25: at Southern Mississippi: L 3-2 (10 innings)
March 28-30: at Alabama: L 6-5, L 5-3, W 2-1

April 1-2: at/vs. Memphis
April 4-6: No. 8 Vanderbilt

20. Baylor
Last Week: 3-2.
Overall: 16-9, 3-6 in Big 12 (2-4 vs. Top 25).
Weekend Series: 3-2.
Notes: Baylor's Big 12 losing streak stretched to five games before the Bears salvaged Sunday's series finale against Oklahoma. Sophomore RHP Kendal Volz (2.1 IP, 9 H, 9 ER) was roughed up for the second straight week, and the Bears lost the third straight game he's started. Sophomore DH Dustin Dickerson went 3-for-3 Saturday and redshirt freshman RHP Shawn Tolleson (8.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) turned in another strong start, but the Sooners tied the game with a solo homer against him in the ninth, then won it against the bullpen in the 10th. Baylor broke a 2-2 tie Sunday with five runs over the final three innings to help sophomore RHP Willie Kempf (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) improve to 4-1. Junior SS Beamer Weems had three hits to lead Baylor's offense in that one.
March 25: Houston Baptist: W 12-4
March 26: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: W 11-8
March 28-30: at Oklahoma: L 11-2, L 3-2 (10 innings), W 7-3

April 1: at Texas Christian
April 2: Texas-San Antonio
April 4-6: Kansas

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