DI weekend in review
Notes: Creighton ties best start in program history at 31-10
Conference baseball action really heats up in the month of May as league races come down to the wire before tournament time. Here are last weekend’s highlights in case you missed it:
• Three teams began last weekend tied for first place in the Southeastern Conference East Division standings, and the same three squads – Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Florida – all concluded the weekend in the same position after sweeping their respective opponents.
Vanderbilt swept Tennessee by a combined score of 39-5, including a 19-3 victory on May 1, marking the largest margin of victory in the series since 1899 when VU won 20-0. The Commodores have exploded for 10-plus runs in six consecutive games.
South Carolina cruised past Auburn 7-3 in the finale to maintain a share of first place in the standings and win its 11th series of the season, while Florida sophomore Mike Zunino went 4 for 4 with four RBIs in a 7-2 win against Mississippi on May 1 to spark the Gators to their first sweep of the Rebels since 2002.
• Oregon State retained sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 Conference by winning two of three games at UCLA, highlighted by left-hander Josh Osich’s no-hitter on Saturday afternoon. It was the fourth no-hitter in history for the Beavers and their first complete-game no-hitter since 1947. Osich’s no-no was also the first by a Pac-10 pitcher since 2004.
• James Madison posted its first sweep of UNC Wilmington since 2002 as the Dukes moved into a tie with Delaware for first place in the Colonial Athletic Association standings at 15-9. The Seahawks held first place in the CAA two weeks ago, but lost five consecutive games last week.
• Florida State won an Atlantic Coast Conference series at Miami as the Seminoles kept a two-game lead in the league’s Atlantic Division standings. The Seminoles notched a 2-0 shutout against the Hurricanes on April 30 to earn the series victory – FSU’s first shutout of the Hurricanes in Miami since 2003.
• Oklahoma finally snapped a 10-game losing streak in its series with Texas with a 5-2 win on Sunday, but the Longhorns still closed out the weekend tied for first place with Texas A&M in the Big 12 standings. Texas A&M escaped a sweep at the hands of Missouri by winning a 3-2, seven-inning, rain-shortened game on May 1 to keep a share of the top spot.
• Creighton has tied the best start in school history with a 31-10 record in the Bluejays’ first 41 games following a sweep of Bradley. The Bluejays also remained atop the Missouri Valley Conference standings.
• UConn continued to roll, winning a Big East series with Rutgers as the Huskies took a three-game lead in the conference standings ahead of second-place Pittsburgh. Mike Nemeth collected his 200th career RBI in a 6-2 win on Sunday, becoming the only player in school history to accomplish the feat.
• Purdue retained a share first place with Michigan State in the Big Ten standings as the Boilermakers grabbed their first sweep of Indiana since 1997.
• Florida Atlantic outscored first-place Troy 22-10 in the last two contests between Sun Belt Conference foes as the Owls inched up to a tie for second place in the league standings.
• Texas State remained tied for first place in the Southland Conference standings thanks to a monster day by junior Jeff McVaney and his three home runs in a 14-7 win against McNeese State. He is the first Bobcat to achieve the feat since 1987.
• Binghamton snapped Stony Brook’s 11-game winning streak with a 4-2 win on Sunday, but the Seawolves still are on top of the America East standings after winning two of three games from the Bearcats during the weekend.
• Hawaii took two of three games at Fresno State last weekend, but the two squads still have a game remaining in the series on Monday in their battle for first place in the Western Athletic Conference standings.
• Valparaiso swept a doubleheader with Cleveland State to move back into first place in the Horizon League standings by a half-game against Wright State.
• Dartmouth is riding a 10-game winning streak after sweeping Harvard in a four-game Ivy League series for the first time since 1995. The Big Green will play Princeton in a best-of-three Ivy Championship Series beginning May 7 with an NCAA Tournament automatic bid on the line.