Notebook: Ramos Leads the Beach
JUST BEACHY: Long Beach State€™s Cesar Ramos continued his outstanding season with a 4-1 victory over then-No. 19 Cal Poly on May 13, as The Beach took two of three from the Mustangs in the series last week.
Ramos tossed a shutout into the ninth inning, and struck out six batters in the outing. For his efforts, the junior from Pico Rivera, Calif., garnered Big West Pitcher of the Week honors for the third time this season. Ramos leads the Big West with a 2.02 ERA and boasts a 10-5 record.
No. 10 Long Beach State (35-17) concludes the regular season with a three-game series at top-ranked Cal State Fullerton. The Beach must sweep the Titans to earn a share of the Big West Conference regular season title.
CHANTS ROLL: Coastal Carolina is peaking at the right time. Coastal posted a 5-0 record last week, starting with a victory over No. 5 Georgia Tech. The Chants went on to beat No. 14 North Carolina and sweep UNC Asheville.
Sophomore Andy DeLaGarza was credited with two of the wins, and earned Big South Co-Pitcher of the Week for his performances. DeLaGarza hurled 6.1 innings as the Chants fended off Georgia Tech, and then struck out seven batters in a 5-3 win over UNC Ashville.
Coastal (42-11, 19-2) is in first-place in the Big South standings, and entered the Baseball America Top 25 at No. 23 for its recent success. The Chanticleers have won eight straight games, and 13 consecutive contests in the Big South Conference.
HOT, HOT, HOT: NC State is red hot. The Wolfpack (36-14) won four of five games last week, including a series win at Duke to extend their Atlantic Coast Conference series winning streak to six.
The Pack is 17-6 since April 1, sparked by sophomore Aaron Bates and freshman Ramon Corona. Bates is batting .481 with eight doubles, six home runs and 30 RBI in the last 23 games, while Corona is hitting .387 with six doubles and 15 RBI. The Wolfpack€™s pitching staff is also carrying its load, with six shutouts and an ERA of 3.54 in the last 23 contests.
NC State moved into the No. 22 spot in the latest Baseball America rankings with their solid play, which it hopes to continue when the Pack hosts Florida State this weekend to end the regular season.
MONSTER WEEK: Pacific€™s Justin Baum batted .813 with four home runs and 11 RBI as the Tigers defeated UC Irvine and took two of three games from Cal State Northridge last week.
Baum garnered Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week as he posted a 1.813 slugging percentage and .850 on-base percentage in the four games. The freshman from La Mesa, Calif., also contributed nine runs scored, two doubles and a triple.
During his stellar week, Baum also tied the school season record for home runs with 15, which leads the Big West Conference. Baum is batting .325 on the season and leads the league with 117 total bases.
NOTABLE: LSU€™s Ryan Patterson hit .636 with two home runs, five RBI and six runs scored as he led the Tigers to a series win against then No. 9-Tennessee. LSU now holds sole possession of first-place in the Southeastern Conference Western Division €¦ Troy€™s Adam Godwin stole seven bases last week to add to his NCAA-leading total of 76 and lead the Trojans to a 4-0 week. Godwin has swiped 104 bases in his career, which is an Atlantic Sun record.