Here's a rundown of some of the top stories from college baseball's opening day:
• Garrett Wittels went 0-for-4 in Florida International's 10-2 loss to Southeastern Louisiana, snapping his hit streak at 56 games. Walter Villa has details here.
• UCLA ace Gerrit Cole out-dueled San Francisco's Matt Lujan, 1-0, in a game where both pitchers went the distance. Cole needed just 104 pitches to rack up 11 strikeouts while allowing just one walk and four hits over nine scoreless frames. Lujan (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) was outstanding as well, shutting the Bruins down after the first.
• Not to be outdone, Texas' own first-team preseason All-American, Jr. RHP Taylor Jungmann also threw an opening day shutout, using just 95 pitches to strike out nine while giving up just five hits and a walk in an 8-0 win against Maryland. I heard a second-hand report that Jungmann's velocity has been up this spring—that he's touched the high 90s. Seems he's in midseason form already.
• In the day's top showdown, Stanford and Rice each got solid starting pitching from RHPs Mark Appel (5.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) and John Simms (5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), but the Cardinal won the battle of the bullpens en route to a 5-3 win. So. 1B Justin Ringo's first career homer—a two-run shot in the eighth—proved decisive.
• Florida State got a combined shutout from three pitchers in a 12-0 win against Virginia Military Institute. Jr. LHP Sean Gilmartin (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) was outstanding.
• Nolan Fontana (4-for-5) and Preston Tucker (3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI) powered top-ranked Florida past South Florida, 7-2. So. LHP/DH Brian Johnson delivered two doubles with his bat, and six shutout innings with his arm, allowing just two hits and no walks while whiffing six.
• Another All-America two-way player, Virginia LHP/DH Danny Hultzen, also had a big day in a 6-4 win against Alabama-Birmingham. Hultzen struck out 10 while allowing just one run on three hits and a walk over 6 2/3 innings, and he went 2-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the offense.
• Oklahoma ace Michael Rocha (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) was masterful in a 7-1 win against William & Mary.
• First-team preseason All-American Jackie Bradley Jr. (4-for-4, 3 R, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI) picked up where he left off in the College World Series, where he was the Most Outstanding Player. Bradley helped power defending national champion South Carolina to a 12-5 win against Santa Clara. The Gamecocks got a nice start from fellow CWS hero Michael Roth (5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K).
• Hawaii, projected as a regionals team by Baseball America, opened its season with a 4-3 upset of No. 14 Oregon. The Rainbows scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to earn the comeback win.
• Speaking of upsets, No. 9 Connecticut was dismantled 10-2 by Purdue in the shocker of the day. The Huskies committed four errors, leading to four unearned runs over the final two innings to help Purdue put the game out of reach. UConn did get three hits from Jr. SS Nick Ahmed, while Purdue got four hits from 2B Eric Charles and three RBIs apiece from Tyler Spillner and Kevin Plawecki.
• Oral Roberts upended No. 16 Baylor, 7-3, as Logan Verrett (3 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) took the loss. The Golden Eagles got a nice start from Bryce Smolen (5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER).
• Mikie Mahtook homered twice to help Louisiana State jump out to a 13-0 lead after three innings, en route to a 15-4 laugher against Wake Forest.
• Matt leeds homered and drove in six to power No. 20 College of Charleston to an 11-6 win against College of Charleston.
• Seven Johnnies posted multi-hit games, as No. 23 St. John's pounded Big Ten favorite Minnesota, 14-1.
• Miami and Rutgers dueled to a 1-1 tie until Hurricanes speed merchant Zeke DeVoss tripled and scoring the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly in the 11th. Fr. LHP Bryan Radziewski (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) did his best Chris Hernandez impression for Miami.
• In another 2-1 duel, North Carolina got a strong start from So. RHP Chris Munnelly (6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) and broke a 1-1 tie on Tommy Coyle's RBI single in the ninth to beat Cal Poly.
• Want some very early returns on the effect of the BBCOR bats? Our friends at collegesplits.com offer this nugget: On opening day 2009, home runs were hit in 2.8 percent of balls in play. In 2010, that rate was 2.9 percent. On Friday, it was 1.9 percent—barely higher than the rate in the wood-bat Cape Cod League (1.6 percent).
Lines for some other top prospects:
• Texas Christian So. LHP Matt Purke: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K in 8-2 win vs. Kansas
• Texas A&M Jr. RHP John Stilson: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K in 3-1 win vs. Le Moyne
• Coastal Carolina Jr. RHP Anthony Meo: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 9 K in 9-6 win vs. Boston College. Sr. OF Hayes Orton broke a 6-6 tie with a walk-off three-run homer in the ninth.
• Arizona So. RHP Kurt Heyer: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K in 10-0 win vs. North Dakota State
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