Showdown of the Day:
No. 3 Vanderbilt over No. 8 Stanford, 2-1. Vandy Jr. RHP Sonny Gray (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) won a pitcher's duel against So. RHP Mark Appel (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER), as Anthony Gomez delivered a tie-breaking RBI single in the sixth, and three Vanderbilt relievers combined to throw three innings of two-hit, shutout ball to seal the win.
• No. 4 Texas Christian over No. 12 Cal State Fullerton, 4-1, behind another sterling start from Jr. RHP Kyle Winkler (7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER). Fullerton's Noe Ramirez (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) pitched well in defeat.
• California over Coastal Carolina, 17-0, in Myrtle Beach. RHP Kevin Miller carried a no-hitter into the eighth for the Golden Bears, finishing with 10 strikeouts over 7 1/3. OF Chad Bunting homered twice and drove in seven to lead Cal's 18-hit onslaught, as the Golden Bears demolished Coastal All-American Anthony Meo (5 IP, 10 H, 9 ER).
• Virginia over East Carolina, 10-1, behind first-team All-American two-way star Danny Hultzen, who struck out a career-high 15 without issuing a walk over seven masterful innings. He gave up just one run on three hits and retired 19 straigth hitters from the first to the seventh. Hultzen, who was featured in our Week One Golden Spikes Spotlight, also went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs at the plate. The Pirates, meanwhile, made five errors, leading to eight unearned runs, six of them against ace Seth Maness (3.1 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 3 ER).
• Texas over Hawaii, 2-0. Longhorns ace Taylor Jungmann threw his second consecutive complete-game shutout, allowing just four hits while striking out nine.
• Texas A&M over Gonzaga, 1-0 (11 innings). The Marquee Mound Showdown from BA's Weekend Preview lived up to its billing, as Gonzaga LHP Ryan Carpenter (7.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K) and Texas A&M RHP John Stilson (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K) were both brilliant. Brandon Wood singled home the winning run in the 11th.
• Georgia Tech over No. 23 St. John's, 13-0. Matt Skole's three-run homer keyed Tech's 10-run first inning, and Mark Pope threw six scoreless for the Yellow Jackets.
• Troy over Southern Mississippi, 4-3, behind a solid start from Tyler Ray (7.1 IP, 9 H, 3 ER). The Trojans chased USM ace Todd McInnis after three innings.
• Southeastern Louisiana over Alabama, 6-2, behind ace Brandon Efferson (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER). The Lions are 4-1, with a series win at talented Florida International and a midweek win against Tulane also on their resume.
• Baylor over Georgia, 4-2, in Athens. Baylor ace Logan Verrett (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) earned his first win of the season, and the Bulldogs dropped to 1-4.
Upset of the Day:
Delaware over No. 9 Arizona State, 7-3. Cleanup hitter Jimmy Yezzo's two-run single highlighted Delaware's six-run second inning, and ASU took its first loss of the season despite five innings of no-hit relief from Fr. RHP Mark Lambson.
• St. Mary's over No. 15 Oregon, 3-2. Ducks ace Tyler Anderson (7.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 12 K) dominated into the eighth, when the Gaels stormed back with three runs to pull off the upset.
• Appalachian State over No. 25 Miami, 7-5. Jeremy Dowdy's three-run homer in the fifth put the Mountaineers ahead 6-5, and they held off Miami's comeback attempt.
• Long Beach State over No. 18 Arizona, 2-1, behind a sterling start from Jr. RHP Andrew Gagnon (7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K). Arizona starter Kurt Heyer balked in what proved to be the winning run in the seventh.
• Oregon State over No. 14 Connecticut, 2-0, behind a brilliant complete-game shutout from Jr. RHP Sam Gaviglio (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K).
• Radford over Auburn, 8-6 (13 innings)
• Stony Brook over Florida Atlantic, 5-0, behind six innings of shutout, three-hit ball from Nick Tropeano.
• Kennesaw State's Ronnie Freeman extended his nation-leading hitting streak to 35 games in a 5-4 loss to Memphis. Old Dominion's Chris Baker extended his hitting streak to 34 games in a 3-2 win against Wright State.
• No. 1 Florida over Boston College, 9-3, to clinch the series. Preston Tucker and Brian Johnson combined for six hits and five RBIs.
• No. 2 UCLA's game against San Jose State was suspended by rain until Saturday, with the Bruins leading 1-0 in the second. Ace Gerrit Cole's outing was interrupted prematurely, and it will be interesting to see how the Bruins use him over the rest of the weekend.
• Highly touted freshman Ryne Stanek (5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) moved into the Friday starter role for Arkansas and pitched well in a no-decision. The Hogs went on to beat Utah, 3-2.
• Another of the country's top freshmen, Louisiana State RHP Kevin Gausman (6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K), also had success moving into the Friday role, leading the Tigers to a 12-3 win against Holy Cross. Fr. 2B JaCoby Jones added four hits to lead the offense.
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