DI Baseball weekend review
Notes: Cal Poly stuns Fullerton; SEC standings bunched on top
There was not much ironed out in the SEC standings last weekend as both the East and West Divisions have three teams tied at the top. Vanderbilt and Florida served up sweeps against LSU and Alabama, respectively, while South Carolina took two of three from Mississippi State, concluding the weekend in a deadlock in the East Division. Auburn, Alabama and Mississippi are also in a three-way tie in the West Division with 9-9 marks.
Since getting swept at Oregon State two weeks ago, Arizona State has been on a tear, winning six consecutive games, including a three-game sweep of No. 19 California for the first time in Berkeley since 2003. The Sun Devils shut out the Golden Bears in the final two games of the series with Kramer Champlin and Jake Barrett each tossing complete-game shutouts in their outings. ASU improved to 11-4 in Pac-10 play -- just a half-game behind the league-leading Beavers.
Texas A&M took over sole possession of first place in the Big 12 Conference standings with a sweep of No. 17 Oklahoma State as the Aggies improved to 14-4 in league play. Sophomore outfielder Tyler Naquin stretched his hitting streak to 16 games, and fell a double short of hitting for the cycle in a 3-for-4 outing in the 8-1 win on April 24. The Aggies are a full-game ahead of Texas in the Big 12 standings.
Cal Poly has been surging of late, and the Mustangs proved it was no fluke with a series victory against No. 6 Cal State Fullerton. The Mustangs won the first two games of the series before falling to the Titans, 9-3, on Saturday, ending their seven-game winning streak. Cal Poly moved above .500 for the first time this season with the series win, and is currently tied for second place with UC Irvine, one game behind Fullerton. The Mustangs are 5-1 against Top 25 teams this season after winning just their second series against Fullerton in the last 38 years.
• Southern Miss collected another sweep in Conference USA play with three wins against Marshall, as the Golden Eagles took a 1.5 game over second-place Rice in the league standings.
• Georgia Tech swept Boston College during the weekend as the Yellow Jackets remained in contention in the ACC Coastal Division. GT is one game behind top-ranked Virginia, picking up one game during the weekend with a Cavaliers loss to NC State.
• Connecticut ran its winning streak to nine games with a sweep of Georgetown as the Huskies took a two-game lead in the Big East standings against second-place Pittsburgh. UConn’s George Springer is riding an 18-game hitting streak after a 3-for-5 outing in the series finale against the Hoyas.
• Troy clinched its eighth consecutive 30-win season with a weekend sweep of Western Kentucky in Sun Belt play. The Trojans have a three-game lead against second-place Florida Atlantic in the league standings.
• Bethune-Cookman has won 39 consecutive games against MEAC opponents following a three-game sweep of Coppin State. The Wildcats are 12-0 in MEAC play, and have outscored league foes 135-50 this season.
• Stephen F. Austin used a power surge, belting a school-record six home runs, to lift the team to an 11-6 win in the series finale at McNeese State. Hunter Dozier has blasted homer in four straight games, the first time a Lumberjack has accomplished the feat since 2007. SFA remained in a first-place tie with Texas State at the top of the Southland Conference standings – three games ahead of the rest of the league.