Huskies heating up
Notes: Washington on 10-game win streak; Florida has good week
The hottest college baseball team in the nation resides in the Pacific Northwest. Nope, it's not Oregon State or Oregon.
It's the Washington Huskies who own a 10-game win streak that's the longest in Division I. They're also in first place in the Pac-12, two games ahead of both the Beavers and Ducks.
A three-game sweep at Southern California gave Washington (20-5-1) a 16-1 record in March. The 8-1 start in the Pac-12 is a shocker for a team picked 10th out of 11 teams in the preseason coaches' poll; the Huskies haven't been better than .500 in the Pac-12 since 2004, when future major-leaguers Tim Lincecum and Brent Lillibridge led them to a second-place finish. That also was the last year Washington made the NCAA tournament.
The toughest part of the schedule is still to come, starting with Oregon this weekend.
Washington is second in the Pac-12 in batting (.298), with Brian Wolfe and Andrew Ely each hitting .370. Wolfe leads the Huskies with four home runs and 21 RBIs, and Robert Pehl has 10 doubles.
Nos. 2 and 3 starters Tyler Davis (5-1, 1.38 ERA) and Jeff Brigham (4-0, 1.59) lead the team in wins, and the Huskies have gotten solid relief. Troy Rallings and Trevor Dunlap have combined for seven saves.
The momentum under fifth-year coach Lindsay Meggs started in 2013. The Huskies were 24-32 overall and tied for sixth in the Pac-12 at 15-15, but they won 15 of their last 22.
Here is a look around the nation:
GATORS CHOMP ON TIGERS: Florida (19-9) had the most impressive week of any team, following a Tuesday win against Florida State with a weekend sweep of LSU. Justin Shafer hit a two-out homer in the bottom of the ninth to give Florida a 2-1 victory Saturday, and freshman Kirby Snead pitched 4 2-3 scoreless innings Sunday for his first win as a collegian. The Gators have won 13 of 16 and are tied for first in the SEC East with South Carolina.
FANTASTIC FINISHES: South Carolina (24-3) had back-to-back walkoff wins against Tennessee. Jordan Gore hit a one-out homer in the bottom of the 14th for a 3-2 win in Game 1 on Saturday. Grayson Greiner's grand slam highlighted a six-run ninth to complete the Gamecocks' comeback from a three-run deficit in a 9-6 win in Game 2.
FRY'S THE GUY: Oregon State left-hander Jace Fry flirted with a second no-hitter in 22 days when he pitched seven hitless innings in an 11-0 win at Arizona on Sunday. Fry struck out five and faced three batters over the minimum. He left after he gave up a single to open the eighth inning. Fry (5-1, 1.81 ERA ) no-hit Northern Illinois on March 8.
PITT'S A HIT: Pittsburgh (15-11, 7-5 ACC) has won 18 consecutive conference games at home since last season after sweeping nationally-ranked Georgia Tech. Matt Wotherspoon limited the Yellowjackets to two runs and six hits over seven innings in Sunday's 4-2 win. That followed a 5-0 win Saturday, with Joe Harvey and Jon Danielczyk combining on a four-hit shutout. The Panthers' home win streak will be tested this weekend when Coastal Division-leading Virginia visits.
HOOSIERS HEATING UP: Indiana (15-10) has won five of six in Big Ten play after an impressive road sweep against Ohio State. The Hoosiers banged out 42 hits in three games, their most in a series since they had 46 against Iowa in March 2013, and the pitching staff allowed five earned runs in 27 innings.
ALL THE RAGE: Louisiana-Lafayette (26-3) has won 16 of 17. The Ragin' Cajuns, who have beaten LSU once and Alabama twice, had its 14-game win streak end with a 14-3 loss to Western Kentucky on Saturday.