Baseball Weekend Review
Gamecocks threaten to knock Florida from top spot in rankings
• South Carolina’s Southeastern Conference series win at No. 1 Florida may put another team in the top spot in this week’s rankings. The No. 4 Gamecocks’ only loss to the Gators came by a 2-1 score, and South Carolina rallied back from a three-run deficit to take a 4-3 win on Sunday along with the series victory. The Gamecocks also ended Florida’s streak of 13 consecutive weekend series victories. It was also the first time South Carolina beat Florida in a series since 2008.
• No. 2 Vanderbilt took a weekend SEC series at No. 9 Arkansas, winning the Sunday finale 2-1 despite posting a season-low five hits in the contest.
• Oklahoma State won its first series against No. 6 Texas since 2008 as the Cowboys evened their Big 12 Conference record to 3-3. After losing a 1-0, 15-inning battle to the Longhorns on Friday, the Cowboys rallied for a pair of victories to take the series.
• No. 16 California was the only Pac-10 team to sweep a conference foe this weekend as the Golden Bears downed Washington State in all three games. Cal battled for a 4-3 win in 11 innings on Sunday for the sweep.
• No. 15 Georgia Tech earned its first sweep against Miami since 1967, winning three games against the Hurricanes for the first time ever in Coral Gables. The Yellow Jackets have won 16 consecutive games and improved their record to 9-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division standings.
• Gonzaga freshman Marco Gonzales tossed his second consecutive compete game to lead the Bulldogs to a 3-0 defeat of No. 11 UC Irvine to conclude a non-conference weekend sweep. The Bulldogs held the Anteaters scoreless for 26 consecutive innings, and stretched their unbeaten streak to nine games (8-0-1).
• Mississippi State put an exclamation point on a series sweep of No. 20 Auburn, blanking the Tigers 5-0 on Sunday. It was MSU’s first shutout of a SEC opponent since 2008, and the Bulldogs first league sweep since 2007, which also was accomplished against Auburn.
• UCF won its first Conference USA opening series since 2006 as the Golden Knights notched a series victory the first time in program history.
• No. 17 Fresno State’s sweep of San Diego over the weekend was highlighted by the third-longest game in NCAA Division I history on Saturday. The contest took seven hours and 12 minutes before the Bulldogs notched a 3-2 win in the 22nd inning. The Bulldogs are now 18-2.
• After suffering its first loss of the season to Southeast Oklahoma on March 22, No. 1 Emporia State charged back with five victories in a row last week, including a four-game sweep of Fort Hays State in Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association action.
• No. 2 Mount Olive stretched its winning streak to 12 games with a three-game sweep of Barton in Conference Carolinas play last weekend. The Trojans outscored Barton 19-1 in the series, marking the third time Mount Olive has held a conference foe to three runs or fewer in a series.
• No. 3 West Florida got the best of No. 15 North Alabama in a rain-shortened Gulf South Conference series, notching a pair of wins against the Lions in a Sunday doubleheader. UWF head coach Mike Jeffcoat collected his 300th and 301st career wins as a head coach. The Argonauts have won a school-record 14 consecutive games.
• No. 6 Chico State remained on top of the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings with a two-game sweep of San Francisco State, including a 3-2 comeback victory on Sunday. The Wildcats have come from behind to win 10 times this season, including seven times after trailing by two or more runs.
• No. 16 Armstrong Atlantic State ran its Peach Belt Conference winning streak to eight games with a sweep of Montevallo. The Pirates lead the PBC East Division by two games.
• No. 13 Southern Connecticut remained perfect on the season, improving to 19-0 with a 12-2 win against American International College in Northeast-10 Conference action.
• No. 3 Texas-Tyler finally had its 22-game winning streak stopped as UT-Dallas stunned the Patriots 7-0 on March 25. It was just the second time in school history the Patriots had been shutout. The Comets then split a doubleheader with UT-Tyler, earning a series victory to pull within one game of the Patriots in the American Southwest Conference East Division standings.
• Chapman won what is believed to be the first tripleheader in school history, defeating Wheaton (Ill.) in three games. The second victory gave head coach Tom Tereschuk his 300th career win. He is the first Chapman baseball coach to reach the mark, and now owns a 301-95 record in nine seasons.
• Top-ranked Shenandoah lost for the first time in 20 games, falling to Eastern Mennonite 4-3 on Friday.
• No. 5 Christopher Newport’s 26-game winning streak game to an end with a 14-1 loss to Averett University on Saturday. The Captains bounced back in the second game of the doubleheader to defeat Averett, 4-1, and improve to 28-2 on the season.
• UW-Oshkosh’s winning streak rolled to nine games with a doubleheader sweep of Scranton to conclude the Titans’ spring break trip on March 26. The Titans are 9-1.