• Top-ranked Florida lost its first weekend game of the season, as No. 4 South Carolina earned a 9-2 win in Gainesville. All nine starters had at least one hit for the Gamecocks, led by Peter Mooney (3-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI), and Michael Roth held the Gators to two runs over 8 1/3 innings despite allowing 10 hits. Brian Johnson (5.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER) took the loss.
• James McCann drove in two runs on an infield single in the eighth inning against Sonny Gray (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 12 K), as Arkansas came from behind to beat No. 2 Vanderbilt, 2-1. Vandy shortstop Anthony Gomez knocked down McCann's grounder up the middle, allowing Bo Bigham to score easily from third, but Matt Reynolds never stopped running from second base and was able to beat the throw. The Hogs got a strong start from Cade Lynch (6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K), and D.J. Baxendale (2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R) picked up the win in relief.
• No. 3 Virginia fared better than the two teams ranked ahead of it, riding a 10-run fourth inning to a 14-1 win against Maryland. Danny Hultzen (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) improved to 5-0, and Chris Taylor drove in four to lead the offense.
• Arizona scored all five of its runs in the final four innings to earn a come-from-behind 5-2 win against Arizona State. Kurt Heyer (7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) earned the win, and Matt Chaffee (1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) picked up his second save, perhaps providing a glimpse of things to come at the back of Arizona's bullpen. Jett Bandy and Seth Mejias-Brean had three hits apiece to lead the offense.
• Another dominant outing by Taylor Jungmann (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) wasn't enough to earn him a victory, as Texas needed 15 innings to beat Oklahoma State, 1-0. Mike Strong (8.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K) nearly matched Jungmann, and Chris Marlowe (6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 12 K) was overpowering in relief for the Cowboys, but Mark Payton stole home with two outs in the 15th to score the only run of the game. Freshman stalwart Corey Knebel (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) led the Texas bullpen's fine efforts.
• Central Florida opened Conference USA play by upsetting Rice, 7-2 in Houston. D.J. Hicks had three hits to lead the offense in support of Ben Lively, who worked around eight walks over 5 2/3 innings. The Knights broke open a close game with four runs over the final two innings against Rice's bullpen.
• Oklahoma split a doubleheader with Missouri, as the Sooners won 3-1 behind MIchael Rocha (8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K), and lost 2-1 in 11 innings. The previously high-flying Oklahoma offense is averaging just 1.8 runs per game over its last nine games, during which it is 3-6.
• Kyle Winkler (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) turned in another strong start, but Houston rallied for six runs in the ninth against the Texas Christian bullpen to stun the Horned Frogs, 7-6. Matt Creel's two-run double was the game-winner.
• North Carolina State dominated Clemson, 6-0, thanks to a gem from Cory Mazzoni (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K). Harold Riggins' three-run homer highlighted the Wolfpack's five-run fifth against Scott Weismann (4.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER).
• Mark Pope (7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) allowed his first earned run in 37 innings in the third, but Georgia Tech still cruised to an 8-3 win at Miami, as Pope improved to 6-0.
• UCLA exploded for eight runs for the second straight game in an 8-4 win at Southern California, as Gerrit Cole (6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) improved to 2-2 on the season. Steve Rodriguez drove in three runs to lead the Bruins.
• The Ramirezes—Noe (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K) and Nick (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R)—combined on a two-hit shutout, as Cal State Fullerton beat Hawaii 3-0.
• Long Beach State did all its damage against Mark Appel (6.2 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 5 ER) in the first four innings, and Andrew Gagnon (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) turned in a strong outing to lead the Dirtbags to a 6-3 upset at Stanford.
• Greg Gonzalez (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K) and two relievers combined on a one-hit shutout in Fresno State's 6-0 win against San Diego, which has lost seven straight and 12 of 13.
• Mississippi State upset Auburn, 7-6, on Cody Freeman's walk-off RBI single in the ninth. The Bulldogs are 16-6 overall and look to be significantly improved from a year ago.
• Oregon and Wichita State split a doubleheader. Tyler Anderson (7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) got the best of Tim Kelley (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) in game one's Marquee Mound Showdown, as Oregon won 2-1. The Shockers scored two in the ninth against scuffling closer Scott McGough to win the nightcap, 6-5.
• Adam Conley (6 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 5 ER) lost his second straight start, as Erik Johnson (8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K) was dominant in California's 7-0 win against Washington State.
• Southern Mississippi bludgeoned Tulane, 16-4, in the first game of a big Conference USA showdown. Kameron Brunty, Tyler Koelling and Adam Doleac had three RBIs apiece in support of Todd McInnis (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K), who improved to 5-1.
• Slumping College of Charleston lost its fifth straight game, as Georgia Southern's offense erupted in the middle innings of an 11-7 win at CofC.
• Baylor came from behind with two in the ninth to beat Kansas State, 5-4. Chris Slater capped the rally with a walk-off single.
• Connecticut finally moved Matt Barnes into the Friday starter role, and he responded with his second complete-game shutout (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) of the season in a 7-0 win against Pittsburgh. George Springer hit his third homer of the year for UConn.
• Making his first home start in 22 months (thanks to Tommy John surgery), Kent State lefthander Andrew Chafin struck out 15 in a complete-game shutout, leading the Golden Flashes to a 1-0 win against Toledo. Chafin allowed just four hits and no walks.
• Alabama's Nathan Kilcrease (9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) also threw a complete-game shutout in a 4-0 win against Alex Meyer (6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 8 K) and Kentucky.
• Ryan Carpenter (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) beat Matt Summers (7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) in Gonzaga's 4-1 win against UC Irvine.
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