Central Connecticut RHP State Mike Appel tosses seventh no-hitter in Division I baseball this season; Houston SS Jake Scheiner posts monster week at the plate; Louisville, Missouri and South Florida remain red-hot; six series sweeps in SEC play; David Hollins has monster day for St. Bonaventure. Catch up on the latest news and notes in the college baseball world.
APPEL TOSSES NO-HITTER: Central Connecticut State sophomore RHP Matt Appel (Orange, CT) tossed a 9-inning no-hitter in a 2-0 victory over winless Mount St. Mary’s at CCSU Baseball Field on Saturday, March 18. Appel (9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) retired the first 13 batters he faced before a CCSU error in the fifth inning. It is the seventh no-hitter in Division I baseball this season.
HOUSTON SHORTSTOP SCHEIN(ER)S: Houston junior shortstop Jake Scheiner (Santa Rosa, CA) recorded one of the most incredible weeks in recent college baseball history. The transfer from Santa Rosa JC, went 13-for-16 (.813) with eight runs scored, one triple, six home runs and 15 RBIs in four games against McNeese State and Alabama State. He posted 2.062 slugging mark and recorded three multi-home run games for the Cougars. He went 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs in the midweek win over McNeese State. Scheiner capped the week by going 5-for-5 with four runs scored, three home runs and seven RBIs in the 19-11 win over Alabama State. He is the second player in conference history to hit three home runs in one game.
SEC SWEEPS: The opening weekend of SEC play featured six sweeps this past weekend. Arkansas (vs. Miss. State), Auburn (vs. Florida), Kentucky (at Texas A&M), LSU (vs. Georgia), Missouri (at Alabama) and South Carolina (at Tennessee) all recorded sweeps to begin the season. Ole Miss won two of three at home against Vanderbilt in the only series that did not result in a sweep. It is believed to be the first time in league history that six sweeps occurred on the same weekend. There were four sweeps on opening weekend in 2015 and four sweeps during week nine in 2016.
IT’S IN THE CARDS: Louisville (19-0, 6-0 ACC) remains the only undefeated team in Division I baseball. The Cardinals swept a 3-game home series over Boston College this past weekend. UofL is off to the best start in school history, surpassing the 1957 team that started 17-0 under Dr. John Heldman. The current 19-game winning streak is the second-longest in school history. Louisville won 22 straight games across three seasons from 1956-58. Two-way standout Brendan McKay was named ACC Pitcher of the Week for the second straight week on Monday. He has a 2-0 record and 0.36 ERA (25 IP, 41 K) in four starts on the mound. He is also hitting .481 with four home runs and 17 RBIs.
SHOW ME THE WINS: Missouri (19-1, 3-0 SEC) has tied the school record with 19 straight wins. The 1964 Missouri team also posted a 19-game winning streak en route to a 26-5-1 record and trip to the College World Series, where the Tigers fell 5-1 to Minnesota in the championship game. Missouri is hitting .318 as a team and eight everyday players are hitting over .300 for the season. Junior middle infielder Robbie Glendinning leads the Tigers with a .397 (27-for-68) average. Freshman LHP TJ Sikkema has posted a 4-0 record with three saves and 0.33 ERA in eight appearances this season. Junior RHP Tanner Houck has not allowed an earned run in his last three starts, a span of 21.2 innings.
BULL-RUN: South Florida (19-1, 0-0 American) has won 18 straight games, the second-longest active streak in the nation behind Louisville and Missouri. USF suffered its lone loss of the season against Iowa on Feb. 18. The winning streak includes four straight sweeps against Miami (Ohio), Toledo, Valparaiso and Harvard and a midweek win at Florida State. The Bulls host North Florida on Tuesday and play at red-hot Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday. USF hosts Florida A&M this weekend in Tampa.
LEAVE IT TO BEAVERS: Oregon State (17-1, 3-0 Pac 12) has a 12-game winning streak, the fourth-longest active streak in the nation. The Beavers lead the nation with a 1.06 ERA this season. Oregon State posted a three-game sweep at Arizona State this past weekend, holding the Sun Devils to one run and nine hits (27 IP, 6 BB, 31 K) in the three-game set. It was OSU’s first 3-game sweep in Tempe since 1966. Jake Thompson (5-0, 1.08 ERA) and Luke Hemlich (4-0, 0.25 ERA) are a combined 9-0 with a 0.90 ERA in 10 starts this season. The duo has worked 50 innings and allowed five earned runs and 33 hits with 81 strikeouts and 16 walks.
STILL SEEKING FIRST WIN: Mount St. Mary’s (0-14) and St. Peter’s (0-4) are the only two winless teams in Division I baseball. Mount St. Mary’s has the nation’s longest active losing streak at 23 games, dating back to the 2016 season. Mount St. Mary’s hosts George Mason on Tuesday and LIU-Brooklyn in a three-game series this weekend. St. Peter’s plays St. J0hn’s on March 22.
COLLEGE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK:
Arizona leads the nation in both batting average (.355) and runs per game (10.4) this season.
Arkansas Pine-Bluff defeated Texas Southern 14-11 on Sunday. Both teams scored seven runs apiece in the 14-run fifth inning.
Binghamton (7-3) is riding a 7-game winning streak and owns the best record in the America East Conference. Hartford (1-9) has lost six straight games heading into the opening weekend of conference play this weekend. Sophomore third baseman Justin Yurchak leads the nation with a .545 batting average (24-for44) through 10 games. He has scored runs and added five doubles and seven RBIs. Junior RHP Joe Orlando leads the NCAA with a 0.00 ERA (one of five pitchers who have at least 1.0 IP per team game) this season. He has worked 11 innings and allowed one unearned run and eight hits with two walks and 12 strikeouts in three appearances.
Cal State Fullerton (14-5) owns seven-game winning streak after a three-game sweep against New Mexico over the weekend. The Titans have allowed just 11 runs during the winning streak with two shutouts. Cal State Fullerton opens league play at Long Beach State this weekend. Fullerton plays its next eight games on the road.
Chicago State piled up a season-high 24 runs and 26 hits in 24-10 win at Eastern Kentucky on Friday, March 17. The Cougars had eight extra base hits, including four home runs in the win. All nine starters collected at least one hit, one run and one RBI in the win over EKU.
Columbia (1-11) posted its first win of the season with an 11-5 win at Tulane on Saturday. The win snapped a 10-game losing streak to being the season for the Lions.
Cornell (6-3) and Dartmouth (6-4) are the only Ivy League teams with a winning record this season. Conference play begins on April 1.
Creighton catcher Michael Emodil went 4-for-5 with one double, one home run and seven RBIs in the Bluejays 19-5 win over Utah Valley State.
Delaware (11-7) and William & Mary (11-7) are the only teams in the Colonial Athletic Association with a winning record. Delaware owns a four-game winning streak, while William & Mary has won three straight games.
Florida A&M (14-5, 5-1 MEAC) and Bethune-Cookman (14-6, 4-2 MEAC) are the top two teams in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference this season. Bethune-Cookman has won six straight games. FAMU, winners of three straight, took two of three from Bethune-Cookman at Daytona Beach on March 10-11.
Florida Atlantic (14-5, 3-0 C-USA), Southern Miss (16-4, 3-0 C-USA) and Old Dominion (15-4, 3-0 C-USA) opened C-USA play with sweeps this past weekend. FAU extended its winning streak to four games with a series sweep over Middle Tennessee. USM has won seven straight games following its sweep over Louisiana Tech. Old Dominion has a five-game winning streak after its series sweep against Rice. Speaking of Rice, the Owls are struggling this season. Rice (6-16, 0-3 C-USA) has lost six straight games and has lost four of its five series this year. Rice’s lone series win came at home against Stanford.
Florida Gulf Coast (18-3) and North Florida (14-7) are the hottest teams in the Atlantic Sun Conference. FGCU, which sports a No. 27 RPI, has two midweek wins over Florida and Florida State, and a series win over Ohio State. FGCU has won four straight games entering Wednesday’s showdown with South Florida (18-game winning streak).
Navy (12-7) owns a 9-game winning streak. The Midshipmen posted a midweek win over Delaware State and swept a 4-game series from NJIT last week. Navy plays at Delaware State on Wednesday and hosts Princeton in 4-game series this weekend.
New Mexico (11-8, 6-0 MWC) has the No. 5 RPI this week despite being only three games over the .500 mark. UNM lost all five games last week to Oklahoma State (0-2) and Cal State Fullerton (0-3). The Lobos were shut out three times in those five games. UNM hosts plays Grand Canyon and Utah Valley State this week.
North Carolina (15-5, 6-2 ACC) leads the ACC Coastal Division after two weekends of league play. The Tar Heels are the only team in the division with a winning record in conference play. Clemson (16-4, 5-1 ACC) and Wake Forest (15-6, 4-2 ACC) join Louisville as the top three teams in the Atlantic Division. Clemson opened conference play with a sweep of Notre Dame and then won two of three this past weekend against Virginia. The Tigers play their first ACC road series this weekend at Boston College.
Oral Roberts (12-7, 3-0) and South Dakota State (9-7, 3-0) opened Summit Conference play with sweeps this past weekend. ORU swept a three-game series with North Dakota State, while South Dakota State swept Omaha.
Sam Houston State (15-5, 6-0) and McNeese (15-5, 6-0) are undefeated after two weekends of Southland Conference play. Sam Houston State extended its winning streak to seven games with a three-game sweep over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. McNeese State swept Stephen F. Austin this past weekend.
St. Bonaventure junior third baseman David Hollins was named Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week on Monday after his record-setting performance at Davidson over the weekend. Hollins went 8-for-12 (.667) in the three-game series with a .714 on-base percentage and 1.214 slugging mark. He has reached base in nine straight plate appearances. In the Bonnies 17-4 win on Sunday, Hollins went 6-for-6 with three runs scored, three doubles, one home run and eight RBIs. The six hits and eight RBIs are program records.
St. Louis (15-4) is the only team in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a winning record. The Billikens host St. Bonaventure in the conference opener this weekend.
Tennessee Tech (15-6, 6-0 OVC) and Morehead State (13-6, 5-1 OVC) are the top two teams in the Ohio Valley Conference through two weeks of league play. Tech swept SIU Edwardsville and Morehead State won two out of three against Belmont this past weekend.
Texas Tech (17-4, 3-0 Big 12) sits stop the Big 12 standings following its three-game sweep at Texas over the weekend. Oklahoma State (14-6) owns a 7-game winning streak. The Cowboys host Oklahoma in Bedlam Series on Tuesday (game does not count in Big 12 standings) before opening league play at TCU this weekend.
UNC Greensboro (12-8) is averaging 14 runs per game during its current 5-game winning streak. The Spartans scored double figures in three of the four wins over Lafayette this weekend. Link Jarret’s club posted a 25-7 win over the Leopards in the series opener, the second-most runs scored in one game in school history.
UT Rio Grande Valley (16-7) is riding a 6-game winning streak following its four-game sweep of Buffalo. The Vaqueros have been a streaky team his season. UTRGV opened the season with an eight-game winning before suffering its first loss at Houston on Feb. 28. The 4-2 setback to the Cougars spiraled UTRGV to seven losses in the next nine games to fall to 10-7.
Virginia Tech (13-9, 3-3 ACC) had an eye-popping series win over Florida State this weekend in Blacksburg. Tech dropped the opener 9-2 and found itself in 10-2 hole in the fourth inning in game two on Saturday. The Hokies rallied for five runs in the fourth inning and scores four more in the sixth inning to take an 11-9 lead. Tech added two more runs in the eighth to take a 13-10 lead. The two runs proved big as the Noles scored two in the ninth. Tech blanked the Seminoles 17-0 on Sunday, by scoring 10 runs in the sixth inning and six runs in the seventh inning.
Wright State (12-6, 3-0 Horizon), Northern Kentucky (6-10, 3-0 Horizon) and Illinois-Chicago (10-6, 2-0 Horizon) all recorded sweeps this past weekend. Wright State swept Valparaiso and Northern Kentucky swept Milwaukee. UIC extended its winning streak to six games with a 2-game sweep over Youngstown State.