Feb. 27, 2012
Weekend 2 Wrap-up
Powers struggled, but Stanford continued to
It was another very interesting weekend in
college baseball, with multiple upsets and another dominating
sweep by Stanford.
Appalachian State pulled the biggest surprise,
taking two of three at No. 8 LSU. The Mountaineers lost 4-0 on
Friday before posting a 1-0 shutout on Saturday and a dominating
11-1 victory on Sunday. It was the program’s first three-game
series win over an opponent from a BCS conference. The only
other series win was a two-game sweep of Connecticut in 1985.
The Tigers had not been held to five or less runs in a home
series since scoring three in three contests against Ole Miss in
Other series involving ranked teams that looked
to be potential sweeps on paper did not turn out that way. Maine
won its season opener at No. 16 Clemson on Friday and had
sizable leads in the other two games before the Tigers rallied.
Holy Cross got a win at No. 4 Texas A&M on Saturday after
falling in extra innings on Friday. Valparaiso dropped a one-run
decision at Arkansas on Saturday before winning in extra innings
One sweep that did occur was at Stanford, as the
third-ranked Cardinal dominated No. 9 Texas. Stanford put an
exclamation point on the weekend with a 15-1 beatdown on Sunday.
The Cardinal swept nationally-ranked Vanderbilt to open the
season and Stanford looks to be as strong as advertised.
The No. 19 Commodores continue to struggle,
getting swept at home by Oregon. The Ducks have strung together
seven straight victories after falling at Hawaii in the season
No. 20 Cal State Fullerton had an impressive
series win at home over No. 14 TCU. The Horned Frogs won 3-2 on
Friday before the Titans bounced back with a 4-2 decision on
Saturday and an 11-10 slugfest victory on Sunday.
No. 2 South Carolina swept a solid Elon squad.
No. 6 Rice took three from Dallas Baptist, a super regional
participant in 2011. Seventh-ranked North Carolina swept Wright
State and quieted the bats of a strong hitting team.
Maryland continued to impress. After taking two
of three at UCLA to open the season, the Terrapins defeated
Western Carolina, Purdue and host East Carolina in the Keith
LeClair Classic. Maryland is off to its best start since 1987.
Rhode Island had a strong showing at the Cougar
Invitational, beating host College of Charleston, Xavier and
Connecticut. The Rams rebounded nicely after dropping two of
three close games at William and Mary to start the season.
Stony Brook won twice against both Nicholls and
Alabama State to start its season 4-0. UCLA took two of three
from visiting Baylor. Southern Miss won its three-game home set
against Troy. Texas State won two of three at Houston. Bethune-Cookman won two of
three at USF.
What a difference a year makes for Bucknell. In
2011, the Bison were battered in the opening weekend at James
Madison. Bucknell was outscored 91-36 in a four-game sweep in
Harrisonburg, including 37-7 in the opener. The Dukes hit 23 of
their season total of 80 home runs that weekend. This past
weekend, the Bison took three of four from CAA-favorite JMU,
outscoring the Dukes 43-18 over the final three games. Bucknell
is 4-2, its best start since 2003, as head coach Gene Depew
coaches his final season.
Two former powers stayed undefeated in this young
season. USC swept Akron to improve to 7-0 as did Tennessee,
which won three against Seton Hall.