Baseball Weekend Review
Oregon State leads several ranked teams with big weekend wins
• No. 19 Oregon State swept No. 5 Arizona State for the first time since 1966--and the first-ever time in Corvallis--sparked by Ryan Dunn’s outstanding offensive performances. It was also the first time the Sun Devils have been swept by a Pac-10 opponent since 1999. Dunn went 6 for 11 with three doubles, a home run and six RBIs in the series. The Beavers moved into second place in the Pac-10 standings, just a half-game behind first-place UCLA.
• Kansas State upset No. 9 Oklahoma, as the Wildcats claimed their first series win against the Sooners since 2001 with a 6-2 win in the finale on April 10. It was also the Wildcats’ first series victory against a top-10 team since taking two games at No. 2 Texas in 2009.
• No. 2 Virginia won a key series in the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division against No. 11 Georgia Tech, but the Yellow Jackets were able to conclude the series on a winning note with a 10-8 victory on April 10. The loss ended a 12-game winning streak for the Cavaliers. For the Yellow Jackets, junior Jake Davies went 4 for 4 with three RBIs, while sophomore pitcher Buck Farmer notched his sixth consecutive victory. Virginia stands one game ahead of Georgia Tech and North Carolina in the competitive ACC Coastal Division standings.
• No. 22 Arkansas won in walk-off fashion for the second consecutive day, fending off No. 15 LSU 5-4 en route to a three-game sweep of the Tigers in Southeastern Conference action. It was the Razorbacks' first sweep of the Tigers since 2004, and moved Arkansas into second place in the SEC West Division standings, one game behind divisional leader Alabama.
• No. 1 Vanderbilt helped Arkansas in the SEC West Division race as the Commodores earned their first sweep of Alabama since 1986. VU has won a school-record eight consecutive SEC games, and is tied with South Carolina for first place in the SEC East.
• After falling to No. 16 UC Irvine 15-3 in Friday night’s match-up, No. 13 Cal State Fullerton bounced back with consecutive victories against the Anteaters to win the Big West Conference series and grab first place in the league standings.
• Charlotte senior outfielder Cory Tilton posted a season-best four hits along with three RBIs as he led the 49ers to an 11-1 win against Saint Joseph’s as they stretched their winning streak to seven. The 49ers have won 14 of their last 15 games and stand on top of the Atlantic 10 with an 8-1 mark.
• Stetson remained on top of the Atlantic Sun Conference standings with a sweep of Kennesaw State as the Hatters extended their winning streak to five games. It was also the Hatters’ fifth A-Sun series win in five chances.
• Kent State cruised to a series sweep of Eastern Michigan in Mid-American Conference play as the Golden Flashes ran their winning streak to nine consecutive to maintain control of first place in the MAC East Division standings.
• No. 1 West Florida stretched its winning streak to 20 games with a three-game sweep of West Alabama in Gulf South Conference action, highlighted by a junior Ben Hawkins’ no-hitter on April 9. Hawkins struck out 12 batters and issued just two walks in the complete-game outing as he tossed WFU's second no-hitter as a Division II school. The Argonauts continue to hold on to first place in the GSC standings.
• No. 3 Mount Olive clinched the Conference Carolinas regular-season title for the fourth time in five years with a doubleheader split against Erskine on April 9. The Trojans will be the No. 1 seed in the league tournament which begins April 14. They will face host Barton in the first round of the six-team, double-elimination tournament. The winner advances to the NCAA Southeast Regional.
• No. 12 UNC Pembroke claimed its’ first-ever sweep of No. 9 Georgia College as the Braves stretched their winning streak to six games. Jason Coker played a key role in the win with a 4 for 4 outing and three runs scored. Georgia College has lost four consecutive games.
• No. 21 UC San Diego claimed three victories in a four-game series at No. 16 Sonoma State, moving into a tie for second place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings alongside Cal State L.A. at 17-11. The Tritons have 12 games left on their CCAA schedule, while first-place Chico State (16-6) has 18 contests remaining.
• No. 14 Barry won its fifth consecutive Sunshine State Conference series, taking two of three games from Nova Southeastern to remain on top of the league standings with a 13-2 mark. Dean Green flexed some muscle during the weekend, batting .500 with three home runs, four RBIs, four runs and 15 total bases.
• No. 21 Catawba claimed South Atlantic Conference regular-season title with a sweep of Carson-Newman behind a two-homer, seven RBI outing by Chris Dula that led the Indians to a 7-2 win to clinch the championship. It is the first regular-season title since 2008 for the Indians. Catawba has won either a regular-season or tournament title in all but two seasons since 2002.
• No. 1 Shenandoah captured its’ first-ever USA South Conference regular-season title, posting a two-game series sweep against Averett. Senior All-America Greg Van Sickler belted three home runs on the weekend as the Hornets claimed the top seed in the USA South Conference Tournament, which begins April 14. Shenandoah will play the loser of No. 4 Averett and No. 5 Greensboro.
• Swarthmore notched what is believed to be the program’s first-ever win against a ranked opponent, downing No. 24 Johns Hopkins in a doubleheader sweep on April 10. It was the first time since 2000 the Garnet has defeated the Blue Jays, ending a 21-game losing streak in the series.
• No. 5 Texas-Tyler took two of three games from Louisiana College in an important American Southwest Conference East Division series, giving the Patriots a half-game lead ahead of the Wildcats. Senior right-hander Chad Sherman shined, striking out a career-high 13 batters in eight innings as the Patriots opening the series with a 4-2 win on April 8.
• St. John Fisher stretched its winning streak to 18 games behind a school-record 16 strikeouts by pitcher Josh Cox in 10-6 win against Utica on April 10. However, the Pioneers bounced back for a 9-7 win in the second game of the doubleheader, ending Fisher’s streak.
• No. 18 Trinity (Texas) clinched the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference West Division regular-season title with a sweep of Millsaps during the weekend, finishing off the Majors with an 18-7 defeat on April 10. Trinity outfielder Dylan Early belted two home runs and tied a school mark with eight RBIs in the series finale.
• No. 23 Thomas More College won a tripleheader against Saint Vincent College in Presidents’ Athletic Conference action on April 10. In game two, freshman Jake Samad held the Bearcats to just one hit in an 11-1 victory for the Saints. This was the third consecutive year Thomas More has played a tripleheader against Saint Vincent, compiling an 8-1 record in those games.