Showdown of the day:
No. 4 Florida jumped out to an early three-run lead and held on for a 3-2 win at No. 6 South Carolina. The Gators got just 3.1 innings out of ace Alex Panteliodis, but their strong bullpen took it from there, as Jeff Barfield, Paco Rodriguez and Kevin Chapman combined to throw 5.2 innings of one-run, two-hit relief, striking out seven.
• Miami came from behind to toppled No. 1 Virginia, 5-4, in 11 innings. The Huricanes overcame a 4-2 deficit with two runs in the eighth, then won it on Fr. SS Stephen Perez's walk-off RBI single in the 11th.
• Vanderbilt over Arkansas, 4-3. Curt Casali's RBI single in the seventh broke a 3-3 tie, propelling the Commodores to their seventh straight win. The way I see it, they are one more win against Arkansas from taking a regional hosting spot away from the Razorbacks.
• Auburn over Mississippi, 5-3, in Oxford. The Tigers overcame a 3-2 deficit on Kevin Patterson's pinch-hit, three-run homer in the eighth to beat Ole Miss ace Drew Pomeranz (7 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). Auburn clinched at least a share of its first SEC West title since 1995.
• Louisiana State over Mississippi State, 14-13, in a must-win game for the Tigers. Closer Matty Ott (0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER) had another rough outing and left the game after geing hit in the foot by a comebacker, so LSU called upon Jr. RHP Anthony Ranaudo (1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) to get the final four outs of the game.
• Alabama over Tennessee, 11-3
• The Citadel over Georgia Southern, 9-4, to clinch at least a share of the SoCon regular-season title. Asher Wojciechowski threw his second straight complete game for the Bulldogs, striking out nine
• Minnesota over Ohio State, 16-2
• Northwestern State over Southeastern Louisiana, 5-3
• Florida International over Florida Atlantic, 12-4
• Western Kentucky over Middle Tennessee State, 5-1
Upset of the day:
Kentucky entered its final regular-season series at last-place Georgia locked in a four-way tie for sixth place in the SEC. But the Wildcats were stunned by a Georgia team that entered the weekend with a 3-22 record in conference games. Georgia chased So. RHP Alex Meyer (2.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER) in a four-run third and held on for an 8-6 win. Kentucky's SEC tournament hopes are still alive, as it holds the tie-breakers over Alabama and Louisiana State, but the 'Cats must hope the Crimson Tide and the Tigers do not sweep their respective series.
• Clemson came from behind with three runs in the eighth to knock off No. 7 Florida State, 9-8. Brad Miller (5-for-5, 4 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) led the offense for the Tigers.
• North Carolina over No. 12 Virginia Tech, 13-6
• UNC Wilmington over College of Charleston, 3-2
Hitter of the day:
Auburn Jr. DH Kevin Patterson: 1-for-1, HR, 3 RBI in 5-3 win at Ole Miss. Patterson delivered a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the eighth against Rebels closer Brett Huber to power the Tigers to a huge come-from-behind win. It was Patterson's 15th homer of the year in just 95 at-bats.
• Florida International So. SS Garrett Wittels: 2-for-5, 2 R, RBI, 2 R in 12-4 win at Florida Atlantic. Wittels extended his hitting streak to 46 games, which now stands alone as the third-longest streak in DIvision I history.
Pitcher of the day:
Texas State So. RHP Carson Smith: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K in 10-0 win vs. Texas-Arlington. Smith threw a complete-game shutout and held All-American Michael Choice hitless in a run-rule-shortened contest.
• Vanderbilt Jr. RHP Sonny Gray: 8 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 9 K in 4-3 win vs. Arkansas
• Florida Gulf Coast Jr. LHP Chris Sale: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K in 18-6 win vs. North Florida
• Coastal Carolina Jr. RHP Anthony Meo: 7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K in 7-2 win vs. Radford
• Georgia Tech Jr. RHP Deck McGuire: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K in 15-8 win at Boston College
• Rice Jr. RHP Jared Rogers: 7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K in 5-2 win vs. Alabama-Birmingham
• Southern Mississippi Sr. RHP Scott Copeland: 9 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K in 9-3 win vs. Memphis
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