Showdown of the day:
Florida State continued its recent mastery of Florida, handing the top-ranked Gators their first loss of the season, 5-3 at Tampa's Steinbrenner Field. The Seminoles have won five of the last six meetings between the two clubs, including an elimination game in last year's College World Series. FSU scored five runs in the third inning, highlighted by Jayce Boyd's two-run triple into the teeth of a 30 mph wind and off the left-field fence. RHP Scott Sitz (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) earned the win, and Mike McGee struck out the side in the ninth to end it.
• Arizona over Rice, 10-8. The Wildcats gave Friday starter Kurt Heyer the start and got 2 2/3 scoreless innings from him, but hard-throwing lefty Bryce Bandilla earned the win in relief with 1 2/3 hitless innings. Robert Refsnyder and Josh Garcia had three hits and three RBIs apiece to lead the Arizona offense, which also took advantage of two Rice errors to score six unearned runs.
• Louisiana State over Southeastern Louisiana, 7-3, behind a strong start from Tyler Jones (6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) and three hits from Mason Katz. The game's actual attendance was 7,903, a record for a midweek game at Alex Box Stadium.
• North Carolina over Charlotte, 4-2, behind Fr. LHP Kent Emanuel (8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K), who needed just 91 pitches to breeze through eight innings.
• Cal State Fullerton over Loyola Marymount, 5-1, behind RHP Jake Floethe (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER).
• College of Charleston over Jacksonville, 9-5. Jose Rodriguez (4-for-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI) powered the Charleston offense.
• UC Riverside over San Diego, 11-8. The Highlanders broke open a close game with six runs in the eighth, and the insurance was necessary, because the Toreros rallied for five in the ninth.
Upset of the day:
Dallas Baptist got a solid start from Brandon Williamson (6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER) and toppled No. 8 Texas Christian, 4-3. DBU broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the ninth against TCU closer Erik Miller, who fell to 0-3 on the season. Chris Haney earned his second save for the Patriots.
• Portland over Oregon, 5-3, behind Kyle Kraus (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER). The Pilots improved to 5-0, having opened the season with a road series sweep against Middle Tennessee State.
• Texas State over Baylor, 13-2. The Bobcats rapped out 16 hits and had three players tally three hits apiece.
• Cal Poly over Fresno State, 11-4. Mike Miller went 4-for-5, and Matt Jensen had three RBIs for the Mustangs, who improved to 1-6. The Mustangs had lost four of their first six games by one run each.
• McNeese State handed Arkansas its first loss, 8-6, but Razorbacks cleanup hitter Kyle Robinson continued his torrid start, going 4-for-4 to raise his average to .536.
• Miami continues to scuffle a bit, losing 4-2 to previously 1-5 South Florida in Tampa. 'Canes need bats to get going; hitting .241 as team.
• Texas Southern beat Lamar for the first time ever, 5-1. The Cardinals had won the first 20 meetings between the two teams. Lamar had also won its last five games this season, including a 12-7 win against Rice last week.
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