• Tuesday's showcase showdown was Cal State Fullerton's 7-3 win against Arizona State, a game I caught at Goodwin Field. Jake Floethe (7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) got the win for the Titans, pounding the Sun Devils with his 90-92 mph fastball that peaked at 94, and mixing in an occasional changeup and slider. Nick Ramirez got the Titans going with a two-run single in the first off Jake Barrett (3.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 6 ER), and he ended the game by getting Zack MacPhee to pop out with the bases loaded. The Titans chased Barrett with four runs in the fourth; Barrett showed good stuff (sitting at 92-93 and touching 94, with an 83-86 slider), but the Titans were aggressive at the plate and on the basepaths. It looks like Fullerton's offense is coming around. The two teams play again today.
One other note: injured Arizona State freshman Cory Hahn—rehabbing a neck injury in California—attended the game, and the Sun Devils say he is in good spirits. The team spent Monday visiting him.
"It was a great day," ASU coach Tim Esmay said. "We hadn't seen him in a couple weeks. The last time we saw him, he was sitting in a hospital bed. What was neat about it was we got to go in a room, shut the door, and it was just us, sitting like we were sitting in the clubhouse. So it allowed us to be normal around him, tell some jokes and let his personality come out. He has a tremendous personality. I think it was great for our kids to see that Cory's still Cory. And Cory's still part of the brotherhood and part of the program, part of what he was before the accident happened. It was just uplifting, it really was—it was inspirational. I told Cory, you're an inspiration to all of us, just the way you are."
• South Carolina pounded reeling College of Charleston, 24-4, behind a huge day from Adam Matthews (3-for-6, 2 HR, 8 RBI). Jackie Bradley Jr. also homered and drove in three, snapping out of an 0-for-21 skid. The Cougars have lost four straight.
• Louisiana-Lafayette upset Louisiana State, 11-5, behind four hits from shortstop Greg Fontenot.
• Those plucky Seattle Redhawks continued to make waves in their second season back in Division I, upsetting No. 23 Oregon State, 5-4. Seattle scored four runs in the seventh inning against James Nygren, capped by Bryndon Ecklund's go-ahead two-run single. In case you missed it, we highlighted Seattle (9-6) in the Under The Radar section of last week's Weekend Preview.
• Jacksonville State erased a four-run deficit with four in the seventh, then went ahead on Blake Seguin's RBI single in the eighth to upset No. 22 Auburn, 5-4. Jacksonville State climbed to 15-5 on the season, with another big game coming up today, at Alabama.
• Georgia Tech continued to roll, bludgeoning rival Georgia 15-6 in Athens. Matt Skole (5-for-5, 2 HR, 8 RBI) had a huge day for the Yellow Jackets, and Matt Grimes (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) improved to 4-1. Tech has won 13 straight games—the longest active winning streak in Division I.
• Texas Christian rode freshmen Andrew Mitchell (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) and Stefan Crichton (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) to a 3-1 win against Texas State.
• Louisiana-Monroe toppled Southern Mississippi, 7-2, snapping USM's seven-game winning streak. ULM scored five runs in the second and cruised behind Wil Browning (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER).
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