By Doug Kroll - March 06, 2008
Four top 15 teams go down, with a couple of real clunkers. Rice fell for the second straight night, while South Carolina got a taste of its own medicine, and Arizona State just keeps on trucking out in the desert.
Dallas Baptist 7, No. 6 Rice 6 (12 Innings)
A night after falling to Sam Houston State by a run, the Owls lost a tough one in 12 innings in Frisco, Texas to Dallas Baptist. Rice is now 6-4 on the year heading into the Rice Classic this weekend which includes Michigan State, Western Carolina and Creighton. If you remember, Wayne Graham's club struggled to start last year too. Except that was with the bats. This time around the bats are fine after pounding out 11 more hits on Wednesday evening. Another strong weekend like last week at the Minute Maid Classic could make up for this week's failures.
Arkansas State 7, No. 2 Mississippi 5
Ole Miss had to lose eventually, so this isn't that big of a deal. Logan Power hit a grand slam that accounted for basically all of the Rebels offense, the second grand salami of the season for Ole Miss. They fell behind 6-0 after Phillip Irwin didn't have it, going only 2 innings allowing 8 hits, 6 runs (4 earned). The Rebs now head to TCU this weekend for a tough series in Fort Worth.
Charlotte 11, No. 4 South Carolina 2
After a loss to Presbyterian last week, Charlotte is on a roll, and it continued last night with a win over the Gamecocks. USC took a 2-0 lead before the '49ers took over and scored the game's final 11 runs, while using six pitchers in the win. Charlotte gets High Point at home this weekend while South Carolina looks to rebound against another A-10 team in Duquesne, which continues its monster schedule after facing FSU and LSU in the first two weekends of the year.
No. 26 Cal State Fullerton 13, No. 15 UCLA 2
Last weekend the Titans were swept by Stanford, and now they have rebounded with two straight wins over the Bruins in impressive fashion. In the two wins this week, Fullerton outscored UCLA 20-3 and limited a pretty good offense to only 4 hits each night. Maybe some injuries are taking a toll on the Bruins, but these are a couple of huge wins for Fullerton. UCLA gets Saint Mary's at home this weekend while Fullerton continues a tough stretch at home against Southern Miss.
Coppin State Winless Watch
The streak continues for Coppin State as the Eagles fell at Maryland on Wednesday 12-2. The Eagles are now 0-9 and face Hofstra today.
Posted by Doug Kroll at 03:55 PM on March 06, 2008