Baseball Weekend Review
Top three ACC squads take care of business with weekend wins
NC State notched its first sweep of North Carolina since 1997, upending the No. 5 Tar Heels in Atlantic Coast Conference action capped off by a 10-2 win in the series finale on April 17. The Tar Heels fell to fourth place with a 12-6 league mark in the closely-contested ACC Coastal Division race, while the three teams in front of UNC – Virginia, Georgia Tech and Miami – all took care of business by winning their respective weekend series.
No. 2 Virginia posted a sweep against Duke, earning its sixth consecutive ACC series win and improving to 16-2 in ACC play. Junior Steven Proscia batted .571 with two home runs and eight RBI on the week as the Cavaliers stretched their winning streak to five games, and took sole possession of first place in the ACC Coastal Division.
No. 3 South Carolina claimed its second series win against a No. 1 team this season as the Gamecocks took two of three games from Vanderbilt to take over sole possession of first place in the Southeastern Conference East Division standings with a 12-3 mark. The Gamecocks have won all of their nine three-game series this season.
Oregon State continued its red-hot play, extending its winning streak to nine games with a three-game sweep of Stanford to remain in control of first place in the Pac-10 standings. It was OSU’s first sweep of Stanford in school history as the Beavers kept the nation’s longest active winning streak alive. After claiming three wins from Arizona State last weekend, it gives the Beavers consecutive league series sweeps for the first time since 2006. Kavin Keyes pushed his hitting streak to 14 games, and went 6-for-11 with six RBI in the series.
No. 21 Oklahoma State won its first Bedlam Series since 2008 as Davis Duran’s RBI-single in the 10th inning on Sunday lifted the Cowboys to an 11-10 win against No. 10 Oklahoma. It was the Cowboys second walk-off win of the weekend, and helped OSU remain in third place in the Big 12 Conference standings with a 10-5, one game behind co-leaders Texas and Texas A&M.
UNC Wilmington took over first place in the Colonial Athletic Association standings following a sweep of William & Mary over the weekend. The Seahawks won their sixth consecutive game as they got clutch home runs from Andrew Cain and Hunter Ridge.
Stetson continued to sizzle by sweeping a three-game series against Savannah State last weekend as the Hatters pushed their winning streak to nine games against the non-conference opponent. After a midweek contest at South Florida, the Hatters will restart Atlantic Sun Conference action at Jacksonville -- the league’s second place squad.
No. 9 Cal State Fullerton won its sixth consecutive game as the Titans rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 5-4 win against Big West Conference foe UC Santa Barbara to close out the series sweep. Anthony Trajano and Blake Barber both belted RBI-base hits in the ninth inning as the Titans remained on top of the Big West standings at 8-1.
After starting the season 3-8, Valparaiso has won 11 of its last 13 games to move into second place in the Horizon League standings. The Crusaders have won eight consecutive games and have swept two Horizon League opponents in a row.