Showdown of the Day:
No. 18 Rice over No. 13 Stanford, 7-1, to even the series. The Owls scored seven runs over the second and third innings against Chris Reed, highlighted by three RBIs from Fr. SS Derek Hamilton. Rice starter Matthew Reckling (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R) made the lead stand up. Freshman Austin Wilson belted his first career homer in the seventh for Stanford, but that was all the scoring for the Cardinal.
• Cal State Fullerton over Long Beach State, 2-1, behind a strong start from Noe Ramirez (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER)
• Virginia over Auburn, 13-2, behind six shutout innings from Tyler Wilson and a three-double, three-RBI day for Danny Hultzen
• St. John's over Michigan, 13-6, behind three RBIs from Jeremy Baltz
• A day after putting up 37 runs against Bucknell, James Madison scored 35 more over 16 innings Saturday in a doubleheader sweep of the Bison. The nightcap, a 26-15 affair, featured 11 total home runs, including two from Alex Foltz (3-for-4, 4 R, 5 RBI). David Herbek has five homers in three games for JMU. A scout who was on hand Saturday reported a fierce wind gusting straight out.
Upset of the Day:
Maryland over Texas, 10-1 (seven innings). The Terrapins nearly swept No. 6 Texas in a Saturday doubleheader, but the Longhorns rallied back from a 4-1 deficit with a run in the seventh and five in the eighth, primarily against closer Chuck Ghysels. Still, Erik Bakich's team made a statement Saturday that it should not be taken lightly. The In the first game of the twin bill, the Terps got a strong start from David Carroll (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) and a three-run homer from Tomo Delp in the first inning, en route to the blowout win against preseason All-American Cole Green (4 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 6 ER).
• Eastern Michigan over No. 10 Clemson, 7-6
• North Carolina over No. 8 Cal State Fullerton, 4-3 (11 innings)
• Hawaii over No. 14 Oregon, 11-10
• Minnesota over No. 10 Connecticut, 3-2, dropping the Huskies to 0-2 at the Big East/Big Ten Challenge
• Rutgers over No. 24 Miami, 6-5 (10 innings)
• Cal State Bakersfield over Washington State, 11-10
• Marshall over Kentucky, 6-4
Pitcher of the Day:
UC Riverside Sr. RHP Matt Larkins struck out 11 over eight shutout innings in a 3-0 win against Loyola Marymount, evening the series. Larkins allowed just five his and no walks. But LMU took the second game of the doubleheader 4-2 behind 5 1/3 strong innings from Martin Viramontes to win the series in Riverside.
• Texas Christian Jr. RHP Kyle Winkler: 7 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K in 2-1 win vs. Kansas
• UCLA Jr. RHP Trevor Bauer: 7.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 10 K in 4-1 win vs. San Francisco
• Arizona Jr. RHP Kyle Simon: 7.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 13 K in 12-1 win vs. North Dakota State
• Oklahoma State Fr. LHP Andrew Heaney: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K in 13-0 win vs. Bryant
• Bethune-Cookman Jr. LHP Ali Simpson: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 14 K in 13-1 win vs. Alabama A&M
• Mississippi State So. RHP Chris Stratton: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K in 2-0 win vs. Lamar
• Louisville So. RHP Justin Amlung: 7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K in 2-0 win vs. Ohio State
Hitter of the Day:
Mercer Sr. OF Joe Winker: 5-for-6, 4 R, 5 RBI, 3 HR in 17-5 win vs. Liberty. He also doubled and drove in two in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader sweep for the Bears, who have won the first three games of the series against the Flames.
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