This week’s college baseball notebook, plus a look at the nation’s longest winning and losing streaks.
COLLEGE BASEBALL WEEKLY NOTEBOOK:
Tulane, UConn, South Florida, Houston and UCF are all tied for first place in the American Athletic Conference standings with identical 9-6 records. Four of the five teams meet in head-to-head series this weekend. UConn travels to Houston and UCF plays at Tulane in a two crucial late-season series. South Florida hosts East Carolina, who is currently in last place in the league.
A trio of Butler pitchers combined on a 2-hit shutout in the Bulldogs 4-0 win over Dayton on April 25. Garrett Christman (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K), Ottavio Dattolo (0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K) and Chris Myjak (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) blanked the Flyers in a non-conference game.
Evansville pitchers issued 23 walks in a two-game series with Missouri State over the weekend. The Aces walked 10 batters in game one on Friday and added 11 free passes on Saturday.
Grand Canyon (22-21, 16-2 MWC) has won eight straight Mountain West Conference to take over the top spot in the league standings. The Antelopes are coming off a three-game sweep over second-place New Mexico State over the weekend. Grand Canyon won 11-9, 7-2 and 9-0 to take a 3.5 game lead over the Aggies in the standings.
James Madison scored 11 runs in the third inning in its 16-0 win over Longwood College on April 26.
Kent State (27-13, 12-3 MAC) is closing in on another Mid-American Conference Eastern Division championship. The Golden Flashes own a 6-game lead over second-place Ohio with nine games remaining in the regular season. Kent State travels to Eastern Michigan (18-26, 9-6 MAC West) this weekend before playing host to Miami (19-26, 5-10 MAC East) and Ohio (20-22, 6-9 MAC East) the final two weekends. Central Michigan (23-20, 10-4 MAC West) owns a 2-game lead over Eastern Michigan in the MAC Western Division. CMU closes the season with Northern Illinois (8-7 MAC West), at Toledo (7-8 MAC West) and Ball State (9-9 MAC West).
Liberty first baseman Sammy Taormina went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, two home runs and seven RBIs in the Flames 20-7 win over Longwood College.
Longwood College went 0-4 last week and was outscored 55-14 against James Madison and Liberty. The Lancers suffered a 16-0 loss to JMU on April 25 and fell 20-7 to Liberty on April 28.
Louisville’s Brendan McKay (4-for-4, 4 HR, 9 RBI) hit four home runs in the Cardinals 14-4 win at Eastern Kentucky He belted a 2-run home run in the first, second and ninth innings. He swatted a 3-run home run in the fourth inning.
Loyola-Marymount and Cal State Northridge combined for 28 runs and 33 hits in a midweek game last week. LMU posted an 18-10 win in a game where seven different players had at least three hits.
Marshall third baseman Tyler Ratliff and second baseman Sam Finfer were a combined 6-for-9 with five runs, two home runs and eight RBIs in 13-11 win over Morehead State.
Missouri State (30-13, 11-0 MVC) owns the nation’s longest winning streak (9) and longest conference winning streak (11) following a rain-shortened series sweep at Evansville this past weekend. The Bears rank second in the Missouri Valley Conference and 13th in NCAA with 58 home runs this season. MSU has homered in 15 straight games dating back to April 7. The Bears have 30 home runs during the streak.
North Carolina State head coach Elliott Avent recorded his 1,000th career win in the Wolfpack’s 13-0 win over North Carolina Central on April 25.
Oral Roberts (31-11, 19-2 Summit) is closing in on another Summit League regular-season championship. The Eagles have won 16 straight league titles and holds a 7-game lead over second-place Western Illinois with nine games remaining. The Eagles play third-place North Dakota State (12-9), fifth-place Omaha (7-12) and second-place Western Illinois (11-8) over the next three weeks.
Oregon junior left-hander David Peterson struck out a school-record 20 batters in a 2-0 win over Arizona on the series opener on April 28. Peterson has five double-figure strikeout games this season, including 17 against Miss. State on March 3 and added 14 strikeouts against Santa Clara on March 10. Peterson has compiled a 9-2 record with a 1.94 ERA in 11 starts this season. He leads the Pac 12 and ranks second in NCAA with 107 strikeouts. He leads the nation with 17.8 strikeouts per nine innings.
Sacred Heart won three of four from Mount St. Mary’s this weekend in Northeast Conference play. Sacred Heart outscored Mount St. Mary’s 43-15 in it three wins. Mount St. Mary’s lone win was a 7-0 shutout. Sacred Heart third baseman PJ DeFlippio was 4-for-6 with three runs, two home runs and seven RBIs in 19-7 win over Mount St. Mary’s on April 28.
Saint Peter’s (0-27, 0-18 MAAC) remains the only winless college baseball team in the nation. The Peacocks have lost 28 straight games dating back to last year. St. Peter’s went 0-4 last week and were outscored 50-14 in a three-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference series sweep against Marist. The Peacocks own the nation’s second-longest conference losing streak (15 games) and third-longest road losing streak (19 games). St. Peter’s has 11 games remaining this season, including two midweek games with Fairleigh Dickinson (Tuesday) and Lehigh (Wednesday). The final three conference series are against Siena (5-10 MAAC), Iona (10-5 MAAC) and at Manhattan (7-8 MAAC).
Samford tied a 104-year old school record in a 31-1 win over Alabama A&M on April 25. The Bulldogs tied the school record with 31 runs scored in the win over the Bulldogs to match the school record previously set in a 31-0 win over Albertville on 1913. Sophomore right fielder Jordan Fucci went 4-for-6 with six runs and two RBIs in the win.
Stetson head coach Steve Timper recorded his 500th career win in the Hatters 6-0 win at South Florida on April 26.
Tennessee Tech (32-14, 18-3 OVC) has opened up a 4.5-game lead in the Ohio Valley Conference standings over second place Morehead State. The Golden Eagles won two of three this past weekend against SE Missouri State, while Morehead State (28-16, 13-7 OVC) dropped a home series to Eastern Illinois. Tennessee Tech hosts Belmont (14-10 OVC) and travels to Eastern Kentucky (8-13 OVC) the next two weeks, before hosting Morehead State on the final weekend.
Texas Tech and New Mexico split a two-game series in Albuquerque last week. The teams combined for 62 runs in the two-game set. New Mexico State opened the series with a 16-5 win, while Texas Tech gained a split with a 27-15 win in the finale on April 26. The teams combined for 42 runs and 45 hits in the four-plus hour game. Texas Tech second baseman Brian Klein went 4-for-6 with two runs scored, one double, one home run and six RBIs. New Mexico third baseman Carl Stajduhar reached base six times (3-for-3, HR, 3 BB) and had seven RBIs.
UT Arlington (26-17, 16-5) owns a 2.5-game lead over UL Lafayette in the Sun Belt Conference standings. The Mavericks just completed a three-game sweep over the Ragin’ Cajuns for the first time in school history. It was UTA’s first series win over ULL since 1976. UTA won 5-4, 10-2 and 9-3 this past weekend in Arlington to extend its winning streak to eight games. UTA also has midweek wins this season over Texas Tech and Texas A&M this season.
Utah third baseman Dallas Carroll and first baseman Hunter Simmons both had five RBIs in the Utes 23-3 win over Utah Valley State. Centerfielder DaShawn Keirsey, Jr., went 5-for-7 with four runs scored and four RBIs.
Western Kentucky posted a 22-17 win over Austin Peay on April 25 in Clarksville. The teams combined for 39 runs and 39 hits in the game and both teams scored seven runs in the first inning. WKU hit eight home runs in the game. The two teams also used 17 different pitchers in the four-hour, 20-minute game.
Here are the nation’s longest winning and losing streaks.
Longest Winning Streaks
Missouri State 9
UT Arlington 8
Longest Losing Streaks
St. Peter’s 28
New York Tech 14
The Citadel 7
Longest Conference Winning Streaks
Missouri State 11
Grand Canyon 8
UT Arlington 7
Longest Conference Losing Streaks
New Jersey Tech 33
St. Peter’s 15
Western Kentucky 10
James Madison 8
Longest Home Winning Streaks
NC State 7
Longest Home Losing Streaks
St. Peter’s 8
Western Kentucky 7
UL Monroe 7
New Jersey Tech 6
UC Irvine 6
Longest Road Winning Streaks
Long Beach State 6
UT Arlington 6
Longest Road Losing Streaks
New York Tech 32
St. Peter’s 19
New Jersey Tech 13
Abilene Christian 13
Penn State 13