Our Friday roundup begins in the Pacific-10 Conference, where series began on Thursday this week due to Easter weekend.
• Trevor Bauer just might be the front-runner for College Player of the Year—or at least neck and neck with Virginia's Danny Hultzen. Bauer threw yet another masterpiece in UCLA's 4-1 win against Stanford on Friday, matching his career high with 17 strikeouts in his fourth complete game of the season. He yielded just four hits and two walks in his 135-pitch outing. On the season, Bauer is now 8-1, 1.42 with 127 strikeouts and 25 walks in 83 innings, and he has recorded double-digit strikeouts in nine of his 10 starts. No other pitcher in Division I has even 100 strikeouts (Hultzen is second with 99). Bauer leads all Pac-10 pitchers in strikeouts, wins, innings (82.2), ERA and opponent batting average (.145). The series is even at a game apiece.
• Arizona State clinched a road series win at California with a 5-0 win behind Kramer Champlin (9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K). The Sun Devils, who won in 17 innings Thursday, are tied with UCLA for second place in the Pac-10 at 10-4.
• The Pac-10's leader continues to be Oregon State (10-1), which remained unbeaten in weekend series this year with a come-from-behind 7-6 win against Washington State. The Cougars got to Sam Gaviglio (6.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) for four runs in the first and broke a 4-4 tie with two more in the seventh. But the Beavers bounced back with two in the eighth to tie it, then won it on an RBI single by Danny Hayes (3-for-5, 2 RBI) in the ninth.
• Arizona evened its series at Oregon with a 2-1 win behind Kyle Simon (9 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K).
• Texas A&M won the first game of its showdown series with Oklahoma State, cruising to an 11-2 win Friday. Krey Bratsen (3-for-4, 2 RBI) led a balanced 13-hit attack in support of John Stilson (9 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K).
• Texas clinched a road series win at Kansas with a 9-1 win behind Cole Green (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K). Tant Shepherd (4-for-5, 3 R, 3 2B) had a big day to lead the Texas offense. The Longhorns have outscored the Jayhawks 18-1 in the first two games of the series. Texas (13-4) remains a half-game ahead of Texas A&M (12-4) in the Big 12.
• Oklahoma won its series opener against Nebraska, 9-2. Garrett Buechele (3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI) led a 15-hit assault in support of Michael Rocha (9 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K). Tyler Ogle hit his eighth homer of the year for OU.
• The three heavyweights of the SEC East all won Friday games against SEC West foes. South Carolina remained a game ahead of Vanderbilt and Florida with an 8-2 win at Mississippi State. Christian Walker had four hits in support of Michael Roth (6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K), who improved to 9-1, 1.26.
• Jason Esposito, Mike Yastrzemski and Curt Casali combined for seven hits and seven RBIs in Vanderbilt's 11-3 win against Louisiana State in the series opener. Sonny Gray (7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) improved to 8-2, and the Commodores jumped on LSU ace Kurt McCune (3.2 IP, 8 H, 8 ER) with five runs in the first. The Tigers remain in the SEC West basement at 4-12.
• Florida shut out Alabama, 7-0, in the opener of that series in Gainesville. Preston Tucker hit his ninth homer of the season and drove in three runs in support of Hudson Randall (6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R).
• Mississippi evened its series at Auburn with a 10-7 win. Matt Snyder's three-run homer capped a four-run third inning for the Rebels, and they never looked back.
• Mark Pope (9 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) threw his fifth complete game and third shutout of the year in Georgia Tech's 2-0 win against Boston College. Pope improved to 9-1, 1.01 on the year.
• Clemson won its series opener against Wake Forest by the same 2-0 score, as Dominic Leone (8.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K) pitched a gem. The Tigers have taken care of business against the bottom half of the league in the last three weeks, going 6-1 against Maryland, BC and Wake to climb above .500 in the ACC (10-9).
• Sean Gilmartin (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 13 K) improved to 7-1, 1.38 in Florida State's 2-1 win against Duke. Gilmartin has 81 strikeouts and 10 walks in 72 innings.
• In the conference's biggest series of the weekend, Miami and North Carolina were postponed by rain. North Carolina State at Virginia was also washed out.
• Rice erased a 4-2 deficit with five runs in the fourth and went on to a 9-5 win at UAB. Tyle Duffey and Tony Cingrani combined for 4.2 hitless innings of relief.
• After blowing a 4-0 lead in the sixth inning, Southern Miss broke a 5-5 tie with three runs in the seventh and held on for an 8-7 win against Marshall. All nine USM starters got into the hit column.
• Houston climbed to .500 overall (20-20) and 7-4 in C-USA with a 4-2 win against East Carolina behind Jordan Lewis (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K). The Pirates fell to 7-7 in conference play.
• Central Florida scratched out two runs in the 10th to earn a big 5-4 win in the series opener at Memphis. The Knights improved to 5-8 in C-USA.
Around The Nation
• Erik Miller (7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) stepped in for injured Matt Purke and earned the win, as Texas Christian clinched a series win against UNLV with a 9-3 victory.
• Steven Fischback (9 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) went the distance to lead Cal Poly to a 4-2 upset of Cal State Fullerton. The Mustangs clinched the series against the banged-up Titans and moved into a tie with Fullerton atop the Big West (8-3). Colin O'Connell (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER) was solid in defeat for the Titans.
• Stetson clobbered Jacksonville, 14-6, in the opener of a big A-Sun showdown series. Jeff Simpson, Robert Crews and Ryan Lashley had three hits apiece to lead Stetson's 17-hit attack behind Kurt Schluter (6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K).
• Josh Poytress (8 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) led Fresno State to a 7-3 win at Sacramento State. The Bulldogs have won the first two games of the four-game set.
• All five games on the Big 12 docket were postponed by bad weather. Don't see that too often.
• George Springer (6-for-10, 3 R, 5 RBI, HR) led Connecticut to a doubleheader sweep of Georgetown, completing the three-game sweep. The Huskies (13-2) padded their Big East lead to 2.5 games over Pitt and St. John's. UConn has won nine straight games to climb to 26-12 overall.
• Ryan Wright homered twice to lead Louisville to a 7-2 win against South Florida. The Cardinals have rebounded from a six-game losing streak with back-to-back wins against USF.
• Georgia Southern beat Elon, 6-3, in the opener of a showdown series between the top two teams in the Southern Conference. Chris Beck (7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) improved to 6-1 for the Eagles.
• In our Marquee Mound Showdown, Tyler Ray (9 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) got the better of Tanner Perkins (7 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) in Troy's 6-3 win against Western Kentucky. Ray improved to 9-0 on the season, and Troy moved two games ahead of WKU in the Sun Belt.
• St. Mary's scored 11 runs in the third inning—mostly against starter Tyler Olson (2.1 IP, 8 H, 10 ER)—and went on to a 12-1 win at No. 24 Gonzaga, evening the series.
• UC Riverside shut out Cal State Bakersfield for the second straight day to win a big road series, which deals a blow to the Roadrunners' at-large hopes. Matt Andriese threw a one-hit shutout in Friday's 2-0 win.
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