College Baseball Week 3 Top 50 Notebook

March 6, 2012
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Lamar's Jim Gilligan earned his 1,200th career win over the weekend.

A pair of marquee series headlined the third week of the 2012 college baseball series. Palmetto State rivals No. 2 South Carolina and No. 14 Clemson played their annual series with three games in three different cities, while No. 10 Miami hosted No. 1 Florida in the Sunshine State.

Meanwhile, a team just outside of the Top 50, Texas State, is now chasing history with 50 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings pitched. The all-time NCAA record is 64 straight scoreless innings.

Hundreds of other significant games involving Top 50 teams (based on the CB360 Composite National Rankings) took place around the country and their results are all listed below.

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(Overall Record, Record last week)

1. Florida (10-1, 3-0)

The #1 team in the nation swept #10 Miami this weekend in a three-game series.  They started on Friday night with a 7-5 win.  Catcher Mike Zunino went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a homer, 2 RBIs , and two runs scored.  On Saturday, the Gators won convincingly, 13-5.  First baseman Taylor Gushue went 3-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI’s, and two runs scored.   On Sunday, the Gators completed the sweep with an 8-5 win and are winners of seven straight.

2. Stanford (10-1, 3-1)

Beat UC-Davis 5-1 on Tuesday. Won two of threeg games in a weekend series at Fresno State, but suffered its first loss of the season in Friday’s 7-4 setback to the Bulldogs. Mark Appel (2-1) struck out 11, but gave-up 7 ER in 8.0 IP. Brett Mooneyham (3-0) struck out 13 in 7.0 IP to help the Cardinal bounce back with a 16-0 win Saturday. They won 9-2 on Sunday to clinch the series. Stanford pitchers tossed 16.0 shutout innings at one point.

3. South Carolina (9-1, 3-1)

Four pitchers combined for a five-hit effort, allowing only one run and one walk to Presbyterian on Tuesday in a 2-1 win.  Over the weekend the Gamecocks play in-state rival Clemson in a weekend series that saw all three games played in different cities.   On Friday, the two teams met in Charleston, SC in a game that took 11 innings to be decided but an RBI single from Connor Bright proved to be the game winner in a 3-2 victory.  On Saturday, the Gamecocks hosted Clemson and RF Adam Matthews went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer to catapult South Carolina to a 9-6 victory.  Sunday in Clemson the Gamecocks suffered their first loss of the season after blowing a 5-3 lead in the 8th inning and fell 6-5.

4. Rice (11-1, 3-1)

Beat Houston 4-1 on Tuesday. Played Texas, Texas Tech & Tennessee the Houston College Classic. Lost 11-8 to Texas on Friday for its first loss of the season. Starting pitcher Austin Kubitza walked five in just 1.2 IP. The Owls beat Texas Tech 6-2 on Saturday, as Michael Ratteree drove-in three. Sunday starter Jordan Stephens earned tournament Most Outstanding Player honors after leading the Owls to an 11-1 win over Tennessee. Stephens allowed just two hits with a career best eight strikeouts in 7.0 shutout innings. Jeremy Rathjen and Craig Manuel earned All-Tourney honors as well, batting .500 and .385, respectively, over the weekend.

5. Texas A&M (11-1, 5-0)

Outslugged Northwestern State 14-10 and 8-1 Tuesday and Wednesday. Brandon Wood led the Aggies with four hits and 4 RBIs in Tuesday’s win. Tyler Naquin had 3 RBIs to lead the Aggies to Friday’s 7-3 win over Michigan State en-route to a three-game weekend sweep. Ross Stripling (2-0) fires 8.0 shutout innings in Saturday’s 4-0 victory. A&M had to overcome an early 4-0 deficit (thanks to three first inning errors) before coming back for a 9-8 win for the sweep.

6. North Carolina (9-2, 3-1)

Th  ird baseman Colin Moran went 4-for-5 on Tuesday as the Tar Heels topped St. John’s 8-4.  Junior Cody Stubbs had four hits including two doubles and a homer as UNC topped Southern Cal 11-1 on Friday to open a three game weekend series.  On Saturday, the Tar Heels used a 7-inning one-hit performance from junior Chris Munnelly to top the Trojans 1-0.   The Tar Heels lost the finale 5-2 for only their second loss of the season.

7. Arkansas (11-2, 4-1)

Took two midweek games from BYU, 5-0 and 8-1. Played No. 37 Texas Tech, Houston and Texas at the Houston College Classic. Sam Bates homered to lead the Razorbacks to Friday’s 3-1 win over the Red Raiders. Ryan Stanek (3-0) earned his third win with seven strikeouts in 7.0 IP. The Hogs fell 4-1 to Houston on Saturday. D.J. Baxendale (4-0) won for the fourth time in as many starts with 5.0 IP in Sunday’s 7-3 win over Texas.

8. Georgia Tech (10-2, 4-0)

The Yellow Jackets beat Kennesaw State 13-4 in a midweek game and then swept a three-game series from visiting Rutgers. GT pounded-out 23 hits in Friday’s 16-2 romp. Branden Thomas was 5-for-5 with two doubles and 2 RBIs. He was one of nine Yellow Jackets to drive-in a run. Connor Lynch drove-in four in Saturday’s 9-4 win. Sunday’s 6-3 win capped the series sweep and has head coach Danny Hall sitting just three victories away from the 1,000th of his career.

9. Florida State (9-1, 3-0)

The Seminoles outscored Maine in their three game weekend series with Maine 34-2.  On Friday, junior Seth Miller led the way with a 3-run triple as the Seminoles won 6-0.  Because of a rainout on Saturday, the two teams played a double header on Sunday.  The ‘Noles swept the double header winning 18-2 and 10-0.  Senior outfielder James Ramsey went 5-for-7 with four RBI’s, a double, triple, homerun, and six runs scored on the day.

Miami (8-3, 1-3)

The Hurricanes opened the week with a 10-5 win over Florida Atlantic.  Starting pitcher Steven Ewing struck out 8 over 7 IP to improve to 2-0.  Unfortunately for Miami, they ran into a buzz saw over the weekend, getting swept by Florida.  They dropped Friday night’s contest 7-5.  On Saturday, starting pitcher Eric Whaley went 4 1/3 innings allowing 10 hits and 8 runs, 7 of them earned, as the Hurricanes lost 13-5.  On Sunday, the Hurricanes took a 5-3 lead into the Top of the 9th but gave up five runs and lost 8-5.

Arizona (8-2, 3-0)

Kurt Heyer scattered six hits and struck out 14 in Friday’s 7-1 win over Harvard in the Crimson’s season-opener. Arizona turned four double plays in Saturday’s 3-1 victory. Konnor Wade (2-0) fanned eight and gave-up just an unearned run in 7.0 IP. Eight Wildcats had an least one RBI in Sunday’s 13-2 win for the series sweep.
Georgia (10-2, 3-2)

Downed Savannah State 5-0 on Tuesday, then suffered its first loss of the season, 5-3 to Western Carolina on Wednesday. Took two of three games in a weekend series with Western Illinois. Alex Wood (3-0) fanned 14 in 8.0 IP in Friday’s 4-1 victory. Taylor Hicks made an early exit after allowing four runs in just 2.0 IP in Sunday’s eventual 7-4 series-clinching win. Hicks hadn’t allowed a run in his first two starts. The Bulldogs had committed just two errors in their first seven games, but had six last week.
LSU (10-2, 5-0)

After struggling offensively last weekend, the Tigers woke-up their offense with 36 combined midweek runs in 17-10 and 19-10 wins over Grambling State and at McNeese State, respectively. Raph Rhymes had four hits and 6 RBIs Tuesday, Tyler Hanover had 7 RBIs in the two games and Mason Katz drove-in five with four hits Wednesday. Used a four-run 6th inning to hold-off a feisty Dartmouth team in Friday’s opener. Katz was again key with a home run and three hits. LSU won 16-3 on Saturday. Katz fell one short of an NCAA record when he reached base 17 straight times at one point.Tyler Hanover’s walk-off double in the bottom of the 9th gave the Tigers a 5-4 Sunday win for the series sweep and a perfect 5-0 week. Katz finished the week by batting .684 (13-of-19) with three home runs, 8 RBIs and 12 runs scored.

Clemson (5-4, 1-2)

The Tigers were part of a weekend series with South Carolina that saw them play three games in three different cities.  On Friday night in Charleston, they fell 3-2 in 11 innings despite 6 strong innings from starting pitcher Kevin Brady who finished with seven strikeouts.  On Saturday in Columbia, Tigers starting pitcher Dominic Leone only lasted 2 1/3 IP and gave up 6 earned runs as the Tigers fell 9-6.   The Tigers pulled on out on Sunday as they came back from a 5-3 deficit to score two runs in the eighth inning before receiving an RBI single from Steve Wilkerson in the bottom of the 9th to give them a 6-5 win.

Cal State Fullerton (8-3, 5-0)

Beat San Diego State 3-0 on Tuesday and Loyola Marymount 6-2 on Wednesday. Hosted a weekend series with Utah Valley. Dylan Floro (1-1) earned his first win with 8.0 five-hit innings in Friday’s 6-1 triumph. Richy Pedroza drove-in both runs in Saturday’s 2-0 win. Sunday’s 11-3 win clinched the series sweep and sent the Titans to their seventh straight win. Fullerton plays a midweek game at USC and then heads to Texas A&M for a weekend series.
Arizona State (8-2, 3-1)

ASU played in the Coca Cola Classic in Surprise, AZ Thursday-Sunday. Brady Rodgers (3-0) fired a complete game and Joey DeMichele had 5 RBIs in Thursday’s 9-1 win over St. Louis. Abe Ruiz’s walk-off single gave the Sun Devils a 4-3 win over Northern Illinois Friday at Alex Blackford struck out 10 in 7.0 innings. DeMichele had 5 RBIs again Saturday in a 17-2 romp over Winthrop. The Sun Devils left 16 runners on base in Sunday’s 11-inning 4-3 loss to St. Mary’s.
Oklahoma (7-3, 3-1)

Lost 10-3 to UT-Arlington on Wednesday. Swept a three-game series at New Mexico. Jack Mayfield had the game-winning single in Friday’s 7-6 win in 10 innings. Cody Reine was 4-for-4 with three doubles, a HR, four runs and 4 RBIs in Saturday’s 10-5 win. Jonathon Gray (1-0) earned his first win and Jordan John pitched the last 4.0 innings for his first save in Sunday’s 4-0 victory for the weekend sweep. OU is 15-1 all-time in series vs. the Lobos. Their only loss was in 1988.
UCLA (8-3, 4-0)

Beat Long Beach State 9-1 on Tuesday and then swept a three-game home series with Sacramento State. Adam Plutko (1-1) finally got his first win of the season with nine strike outs in 6.0 IP in Friday’s 5-2 victory. The Bruins took game two 6-2, behind Nick Vander Tuig’s (2-0) 8.0 IP. He allowed just an unearned run with seven strike outs. Jeff Gelalich was 3-for-3 with three RBI doubles to pace the Bruins to Sunday’s 11-2 win for the sweep. UCLA hit .319 and posted a 1.33 staff ERA with 27 strikeouts in 27.0 IP for the weekend.
Texas (4-7, 2-2)

Beat Houston Baptist 2-0 on Tuesday. Played Rice, Tennessee and Arkansas at the Houston College Classic. The Longhorns used a six-run 5th inning to beat Rice 11-8 on Friday for their only win of the weekend. Tim Maitland, Jordan Etier and Alex Silver each had 2 RBIs. Texas starter Hoby Milner (1-2) gave-up four first inning runs in Saturday’s 5-4 loss to Tennessee. Arkansas used a four run fifth inning to beat UT 7-3 on Sunday.
20. Oregon (10-1, 3-0)

Swept a three-game home series with Long Beach State, winning all three in walk-off fashion. The Ducks got a walk-off win, 5-4, Friday. Vernell Warren scored the winning run from second base after a throwing error on a ground ball to shortstop. Kyle Garlick’s pinch-hit single in the bottom of the 13th sent Oregon to a 3-2 win. Warren again scored the game-winner. The Ducks overcame a five-run deficit and won Sunday’s finale 8-7 thanks to a two-out game-winning single from Aaron Jones. Since losing its season-opener at Hawaii, Oregon has rattled-off 10 straight wins. The Ducks have five one-run victories this season to equal their total in such games from a year ago.
21. Louisville (8-3, 2-2)

Lost 3-2 to Eastern Illinois on Tuesday. Won two of three in a three-game series with No. 42 Pepperdine. After dropping the first game 3-2 Louisville won game two 3-1. Jeff Thompson (3-0) allowed just a run in 7.0 IP. Stewart Ijames had 3 RBIs in Sunday’s 7-3 win. Louisville played error-free in all three games vs. Pepperdine – its longest stretch without an error for the Cardinals since they went four straight without an error during the 2010 NCAA Regional
22. TCU (4-6, 2-2)

Lost 1-0 to Texas State on Tuesday. Took two of three games at home vs. Oklahoma State. The Horned Frogs fell 6-4 in Friday’s opener for their fourth straight loss, but then bounced-back with Saturday and Sunday wins. Stefan Crichton (1-0) scattered four hits in 8.0 IP in Saturday’s 2-0 win. Davy Wright’s 10th inning RBI double plated the winning run in Sunday’s series clincher. The Horned Frogs tied the game in the 9th thanks to an OSU error.
23. Ole Miss (9-2, 4-1)

Beat Memphis 7-2 and Jackson State 13-1 Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Zach Kirksey homered and had 5 RBIs vs. JSU. Took two of three games from Miami (OH). Miami used a six-run third inning to shock the Rebels 9-8 in Friday’s opener. Kirksey homered with 3 RBIs and R.J. Hively (2-0) pitched 6.0 shutout innings in Saturday’s 11-3 win. Mike Mayers (1-1) had 7.0 scoreless frames, while Brett Huber earned his fourth save in Sunday’s 2-1 series-clincher.
24. California (8-2, 4-0)

Beat San Francisco 5-3 on Tuesday and swept a weekend series from Lehigh by finals of, 9-3, 10-0 and 18-3. Cal starting pitchers Justin Jones, Matt Flemer and Kyle Porter combined for 11 Ks and 2 BB in 15.0 IP. Porter, a freshman, pitched just an inning in the planned staff outing. The Golden Bears totaled 40 hits for the weekend.
25. Baylor (9-4, 3-2)

Defeated Sam Houston State 6-2 on Tuesday. Hosted the Baylor Classic, with two games each against Lamar and UC Irvine. Beat Irvine 4-2 on Friday after plating all four runs in the first two innings. The Bears also downed the Anteaters 6-1 on Saturday. Lost to Lamar 8-0 on Saturday and 8-7 on Sunday as Cardinals head coach Jim Gilligan earned his 1,200th career victory. Max Muncy’s 28-game on-base streak ended Saturday.
26. Stetson

Beat Bethune-Cookman 7-1 on Tuesday. Hosted the Bright House Invitational, going 2-1. Beat Penn 14-1, lost 11-8 to Southern Illinois and beat Georgia State 5-0.
27. Virginia

Blanked 8-0 by Liberty on Tuesday. Hosted a tournament, with two games each against Wright State and Seton Hall.
28. Central Florida

Pounded South Florida 12-1 on Tuesday and beat Bethune-Cookman 8-4 on Wednesday. Swept a weekend three-game series with Sienna by scores of 12-4, 6-4 and 15-2.
29. Oregon State (8-4, 3-1)

Lost 5-4 on Thursday to St. Mary’s and then won three games at the Coca Cola Classic in Surprise, AZ. The Beavers used a five-run 8th inning to overcome Winthrop 9-4 on Friday, beat St. Louis 6-5 on Saturday and defeated Northern Illinois 11-3 on Sunday.
30. USC

Lost 7-2 to Pepperdine on Tuesday to see its season-opening seven-game winning streak halted. Lost two of three games at North Carolina. On Saturday, the Trojans received a strong outing from RHP Ben Mount.  Mount went 7 2/3 innings and struck out six and allowed only a run, it just happened to be the only run of the game as the Trojans lost 1-0.   On Sunday, the Trojans used a 5-run fifth inning to top the Tar Heels 5-2.  LHP Stephen Tarpley struck out eight and allowed two runs over 6 IP.
31. UC Irvine (6-5, 2-2)

Beat Lamar twice and Lost to Baylor twice at the Baylor Classic in Waco, TX. The wins were by finals of 17-0 and 4-1, the losses were scores of 4-2 and 6-1.
32. Cal Poly (9-3, 2-2)

Played San Diego State, San Diego, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and San Francisco at the Aztec Invitational. Lost 4-3 to SDSU on Thursday to see a four-game winning streak end. Lost 5-4 to San Diego, beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee 6-2 and beat San Francisco 11-9.
33. Maryland (9-1, 4-0)

Swept a four-game series from Manhattan by finals of 3-2, 4-1, 10-1, and 9-0. Maryland is holding opponents to a .180 average through its first 10 games.
34. College of Charleston

Beat Jacksonville 7-0 on Tuesday.
35. Vanderbilt (4-7, 3-1)

Lost 9-3 to Louisiana Tech on Wednesday for its fourth straight defeat. Swept a three-game series from Rhode Island by finals of 9-4, 8-0 and 12-8.
36. Charlotte (9-3, 4-1)

Beat Winthrop 7-2 on Tuesday. Took three of four games from Wagner. The wins were by finals of 7-4, 7-3 and 11-0. The loss was 11-4. The 49ers have won 20 straight home series.
37. Texas Tech (9-3,1-2)

Played Arkansas, Rice and Houston at the Houston College Classic. Lost 3-1 Friday to Arkansas, lost to Rice 6-2 on Saturday and beat Houston 10-4 on Sunday.
38. East Carolina (8-2, 3-0)

Swept three games from Stony Brook by finals of 1-0, 2-1 and 4-3.
39. Mississippi State (10-2, 4-1)

Lost 7-6 to Memphis on Wednesday. Won two games each against Connecticut and Lipscomb. The UConn wins were by finals of 5-4 and 3-1. The Lipscomb decisions were 6-4 and 16-6.
40. Purdue (8-1, 3-0)

Won three games at the Auburn Tournament for the program’s best start since 1959. Beat host Auburn 9-8 and Southern Miss 10-9. Nick Wittgren finished Sunday’s 5-2 win over Charleston Southern to become the program’s saves leader with 15.
41. Florida Atlantic (8-4, 2-2)

Split a four-game series with Princeton. Won 9-1 and 6-2 and lost 11-4 and 8-5.
42. Pepperdine (8-4, 2-2)

Beat USC 7-2 on Tuesday, but lost two of three at No. 21 Louisville. Won 3-2 and lost 3-1 and 7-2.
43. Gonzaga (10-0, 3-0)

Beat Louisiana 6-1, UT San Antonio 4-1 and Kansas 7-2 in San Antonio, TX.
44. St. John’s (3-6, 1-1)

Blanked UNC-Wilmington 3-0 on Wednesday. Lost 4-0 Friday to Illinois at the Coastal Carolina Invitational, as ace Kyle Hanson suffered his third loss in as many starts to open the season. The Red Storm’s two other schedule games were rained-out.
45. Tulane (10-2, 3-1)

Pounded #49 Southeastern Louisiana 12-1 on Tuesday. Won two of three from Alabama at home. Won the first and third games 9-7 and 7-2, respectively. Lost the middle game 6-2.
46. Georgia Southern (6-6, 1-4)

Lost 12-4 to Mercer on Tuesday. Lost three of four games to North Florida. The losses were by finals of 8-5, 7-4 and 7-5. The lone win was 9-5.
47. Tennessee (8-3, 1-3)

Lost 5-2 to Middle Tennessee State on Tuesday for its first setback of the season. Played Houston, Texas and Rice at the Houston College Classic. Beat Texas 5-4, lost to Houston 7-4 and lost to Rice 11-1.
48. Southern Mississippi (8-4, 4-1)

Beat Mississippi Valley State 5-1 on Tuesday and rolled past Alabama 14-2 on Wednesday. And then played three games at the Auburn Tournament. Beat Charleston Southern 16-2 and Auburn 5-4, but lost to Purdue 10-9.
49. Southeastern Louisiana (9-2, 2-2)

Lost 12-1 to #45 Tulane on Tuesday. Beat Central Michigan 8-1 and topped McNeese State 9-1, but lost 7-6 to Central Michigan. The Lions stole a school record 10 bases in the 8-1 victory.

 

49. UNC Greensboro (8-2, 1-2)

Lost two of three games to Radford at home. Dropped a pair of 7-3 decisions and won 7-4.

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