Southern Miss righthander Walker Powell (Aaron Fitt)

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Rogers Rewind: Trending Teams And Players, UConn Stands Out

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• Who’s Trending Up
• Who’s Trending Down
• Five Players I’m Watching
• Quick Takes: UConn-Houston


Trending Up

Indiana

The Hoosiers lost four of five games at one point with losses to Coastal Carolina, Oregon State, San Diego and Cincinnati. But they’ve been a different team since then, winning eight straight games since that point. Indiana had a strong week on the diamond, winning a slugfest against in-state rival Indiana State to begin the week before sweeping a solid Iowa club at home over the weekend. While IU did some good things offensively over the weekend, the pitching staff led the way, allowing just four runs in three games. Pauly Milto struck out 10 in 8.1 innings and Tanner Gordon struck out 12 in seven innings. IU is getting hot at the right time.

Southern Miss

It wasn’t long ago the Golden Eagles were on the struggle bus after dropping a home series to Gonzaga, but they’ve played much better since. Perhaps it was a wakeup call for Scott Berry’s club. USM has won seven straight games after sweeping Old Dominion over the weekend, while also winning 11 of its last 12 contests. The sweep against ODU was a total team effort, as the Golden Eagles outscored the Monarchs 34-4 in the three games. Walker Powell struck out six and tossed a complete game shutout in the series. It’s still entirely too early to put much stock into the RPI, but the Eagles have risen 49 spots over the past week.


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