College Baseball Top 25 Recap: March 14th-16th

Corey GautreauxSenior Analyst IMarch 17, 2008

No. 1 Arizona won two of three from No. 20 Cal State Fullerton

No. 2 Arizona State swept Troy

No. 3 North Carolina swept Virginia Tech

No. 4 Missouri swept Toledo in four games

No. 5 Ole Miss won two of three at Mississippi State

No. 6 Vanderbilt won two of three against No. 8 South Carolina

No. 7 Miami won two of three against N.C. State

No. 9 Long Beach State swept USC in four games

No. 10 Baylor won two of three against No. 23 Oklahoma State

No. 11 UCLA won two of three against Cal Poly

No. 12 Cal won three of four against Loyola Marymount

No. 13 UC Irvine swept Hawaii

No. 14 Florida State swept Georgia Tech

No. 15 Rice swept Winthrop

No. 16 Virginia lost the weekend series against Duke, winning only Saturday’s game

No. 17 Kentucky swept Alabama

No. 18 Stanford was idle

No. 19 Texas won two of three against Kansas

No. 21 San Diego State swept BYU

No. 22 Oregon State split the two games against Nevada, the third was canceled

No. 24 Wichita State swept TCU

No. 25 Michigan won three of their four Centex Homes Invitational games



Around the SEC 


Alabama at Kentucky


Kentucky swept Alabama to remain undefeated and ended Alabama’s six-game win streak.  Kentucky is hoping to match its perfect 19-0 start from last year; they are 18-0 going into Tuesday’s game against Morehead State.


It was Kentucky’s first sweep of the Crimson Tide since 1996.


Ole Miss at Mississippi State


Ole Miss pounded out 21 hits to beat the Bulldogs 15-6 in the season opener.  The Rebels continued on Saturday with a pair of back-to-back homers to win the series 11-6.


However, Sunday would belong to State’s Ricky Bowen.  He pitched a complete game, and had a no-hitter going into the ninth inning with two outs.  He ended the day giving up two hits, one walk, and retiring the first 14 batters he faced.


State prevented the sweep, winning 4-0.


Georgia at Arkansas


Arkansas opened the season with a 5-1 win over the Bulldogs, but it would be their only win of the series.


Georgia, trailing 10-1 in the fifth inning of game two, bounced back to win the game 15-11 with the help of 19 hits.  Georgia would keep the bats hot on Sunday, winning 13-2.


South Carolina at Vanderbilt


It was supposed to be the series of the weekend in the SEC, and it lived up to the hype.  The Gamecocks and Commodores battled for 13 innings Friday night, with the Commodores securing the 4-3 victory.


Saturday was loaded with offense, leading the Gamecocks to 18 hits and a 16-7 victory, but the Commodores bounced back Sunday with a 10-4 win, taking the series.


Auburn at Florida


Florida was able to shut down the Tigers on Friday, cruising to a 7-1 victory.


Saturday offered a rare triple play by the Gators in the fourth inning, stopping the Tiger threat.  Florida went on to win Saturday's contest 12-8, and 6-2 on Sunday.


The sweep by Florida is their fourth in five meetings against the Auburn Tigers.


LSU at Tennessee


Friday’s game would go down to the wire, with the Tigers falling to the Volunteers 6-5, after the Tigers got runners on the corners with two outs. 


Saturday’s game was postponed because of rain, causing a seven-inning double header on Sunday. 


In game one on Sunday, Tennessee rallied with two outs several times, scoring a total of five runs, and ultimately winning 7-3. 


The Tigers fought hard in game two, keeping the game tied at two into the bottom of the seventh, but Tennessee would hit a walk off grand slam to win the game by the same score of 7-3. 


The Tigers entered the series on a two-game losing streak—at the time, the longest of their season.


The Tigers now lead the SEC with the longest losing streak of five games.  Tennessee picked up its first ever three-game sweep of LSU, and is currently on an eight-game win streak.