The UCLA Bruins (17-4), led by Hall of Famer progeny Carl Simms Jr., remain on top of the NCAA power rankings for the second consecutive week, following a 6-1 run where their only loss came in a walk-off 11-10 game against the Arkansas Razorbacks (7-14).
The son of Hall of Fame and Bull League career HR record holder Carl Simms was a spitting image of his father this week, ending with a three-game home run streak, where he homered in both games against Ole Miss and then again yesterday against Arizona State, totalling 5 long balls in just 3 games. He earlier tagged another last Tuesday, making 6 for the week. He now has a season total of 14 home runs.
Aside from Simms Jr, the Bruins have had some big help from Brian Sarvis, and their pitching rotation as well, which has three undefeated starters after three weeks of baseball.
Two teams from Indiana are close behind the Bruins in the power rankings. The Indiana Hoosiers (15-6) had a 6-1 week, their only shame coming from a split series with Ohio State that saw them lose Saturday at home, 6-2. The other team from the Hoosier state that’s doing well are the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-9), who are currently leading their conference in runs scored and batting. The Irish swept a Saturday double-header against Michigan Wolverines, winning 3-2, then 16-6.
Two Californian teams have also made strides in the power rankings, with the Stanford Cardinal moving up to 4th from 13th last week, and USC Trojans going from 19th to 7th.
HARRIS, FLANAGAN CAPTURE WEEK #3 PLAYER AWARDS
The Kentucky Wildcats are fortunate to have sophomore first baseman Scott Flanagan. The 20-year-old knocked in 5 home runs this week, while batting .500 and driving in 14 runs. He is now .400 on the season with 8 home runs total. Flanagan was player of the game in back-to-back wins against Auburn Tigers, on February 28 and March 1, totalling 5 hits in 8 AB’s, with 7 runs scored, 4 homers, and 10 RBIs, and catching the attention of at least one Bull League scout.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights first baseman Mo Harris was all business as well last week, picking up a player of the week trophy for his .500 average on the week. He also blasted five shots over the wall, and drove in 12 runs, improving to a .407 season average, and 7 home run total since opening day.
GOUDIE NOW 20 GAMES WITHOUT BEING DENIED A HIT
Virginia Tech‘s senior Jerry Goudie has surprised the entire NCAA circuit, hitting safely in every single game this season, thus far. His 20-game hit streak started on opening day, an 11-8 loss to Rutgers in which he was 2-for-4 with a home run, and 3 runs scored.
Since then, the Canadian from New Brunswick has hit safely in every game. In 11 of those games, he has had multiple hits, including a 4-for-7 outing against Michigan State Spartans on Friday. He was a healthy scratch for the second game against the Spartans the following day, but resumed his hit streak yesterday, at home to Northwestern.
Goudie leads the Hokies in home runs with 9, and is #2 on the team leaderboard for batting, at .378.