Here's a look at Saturday's action in the power conferences, followed by some other highlights from around the nation, including all the Top 25 action:
• No. 1 Vanderbilt evened its series against No. 3 South Carolina with a 6-4 win. Leadoff man Tony Kemp (5-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R) ignited the Vandy offense, and the 'Dores got homers from Jason Esposito and Mike Yastrzemski. Grayson Garvin (6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) got the win, while Colby Holmes (4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) picked up his first loss of the year.
• Georgia upset No. 4 Florida, 7-2, to even the series in Athens. Both teams got solid starts from Brian Johnson (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) and Michael Palazzone (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). Florida tied the game at 1-1 on Bryson Smith's solo homer in the eighth, but Georgia answered with six in the bottom of the frame, highlighted by Brett DeLoach's three-run triple.
• LSU's tailspin continued with a 3-1 loss to Auburn. Cory Luckie (6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) was strong in a no-decision for Auburn, and LSU's Kevin Gausman (8.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) shined also until giving up Casey McElroy's tie-breaking two-run homer in the ninth. LSU has lost four of its first five SEC series, sinking to 3-11 in the league, while Auburn recovered from back-to-back series sweeps by winning five straight SEC road games against Kentucky and LSU.
• Arkansas surged into first place in the SEC West with a 6-1 win against Mississippi State coupled with Tennessee's doubleheader sweep of Alabama, 2-1 and 1-0. Jake Wise's three-run homer highlighted the Hogs' five-run third, and Barrett Astin (3.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) picked up the win with brilliant relief work. That's eight straight wins for the Razorbacks.
• The Crimson Tide, meanwhile, mustered just nine hits in 14 innings against four Tennessee pitchers. Steven Cruver (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) threw a seven-inning complete game in the opener, as did Bama's Jake Morgan (7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) in defeat.
• Oregon State's remarkable run continued. The Beavers beat Stanford, 8-1, to clinch a road series—their second road series win in three weeks against a ranked conference foe. The Beavers are sitting pretty at 7-1 in the Pac-10. Kavin Keyes (3-for-3, 2 RBI) led OSU's 12-hit attack Saturday in support of Josh Osich (6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 K).
• Trevor Bauer (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 13 K) became UCLA's all-time wins leader in a 4-0 shutout of Arizona, knotting up the series. We'll have much more on Bauer in Monday's Three Strikes.
• Arizona State clinched a series win against Washington State with an 8-2 win behind Kramer Champlin (6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K).
• Tony Renda (3-for-4, 3 RBI) led California's offense in support of Justin Jones (8 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER) as the Golden Bears beat Washington, 8-2, to clinch the road series.
• Austin Wood (6.1 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) turned in his second straight strong outing in Southern California's 9-2 win against Oregon and Madison Boer (5.2 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K), tying the series at a game apiece.
• Oklahoma evened up the Bedlam Series at a game apiece with a 7-5 win against Oklahoma State in Oklahoma City. Tyler Ogle (2-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI) led the offense in support of Burch Smith (5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER), who improved to 6-2.
• The two Big 12 front-runners were both upset. Dan Evatt (2-for-3, 3 R, 5 RBI) led Baylor's 14-hit assault against Michael Wacha (6.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER) and the Texas A&M bullpen, as the Bears broke open a close game in the late innings to win 12-1.
• Texas Tech scored two in the second against Cole Green (5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K), and Trey Masek (6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R) and John Neely (2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER) made it stand up, as the Red Raiders earned the 2-1 upset, evening the series.
• Nebraska won the opener of its must-win series against Kansas State, 3-2, behind Matt Freeman (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER).
• North Carolina State toppled rival North Carolina, 8-7, to win a huge series in Raleigh. The Wolfpack got to Kent Emanuel (1.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) early, then hung five unearned runs on reliever Shane Taylor. Seven NC State hitters recorded hits in a balanced attack. Colin Moran and Levi Michael went deep for the Tar Heels, who scored twice in the ninth but left the tying run on third base.
• Wake Forest upset Georgia Tech, 6-4, to knot up the series. Jed Bradley (5 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) struggled for the second straight week for the Yellow Jackets.
• Devon Travis and James Ramsey combined for five hits and seven RBIs to lead a 16-hit attack in Florida State's 15-11 win at Virginia Tech, evening the series. The Seminoles trailed 11-8 before storming ahead with four runs in the seventh.
• Clemson swept a doubleheader at Boston College to complete a much-needed series sweep on the road. The Tigers climbed back to .500 (9-9) in the conference.
• Tulane came from behind to beat Rice, 7-4, knotting up the series. Drew Zizinia (5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) was solid in a no-decision, and D.J. Ponder (3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R) picked up the win with strong relief. Down 4-2, Tulane tied the game with two runs in the seventh and surged ahead with three in the eighth.
• Central Florida knotted up its huge series at East Carolina with a 3-2 win behind Brian Adkins (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER).
• Memphis swept a doubleheader at UAB with a pair of extra-inning wins. Jacob Wilson (4-for-5, 3 RBI) hit a game-winning two-run double in the 13th in the opener, propelling the Tigers to a 6-4 win. Phillip Chapman's bases-loaded walk in the 10th gave memphis a 4-3 win in the nightcap.
Around The Nation
• Stefan Crichton (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) earned the win in relief of Matt Purke (4 IP,4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K), as Texas Christian beat San Diego State, 8-2, to clinch the road series.
• Cal State Fullerton was out-hit 12-6 but still beat UC Santa Barbara, 5-4. Jake Floethe (1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) struggled for the second straight week, but Colin O'Connell (5.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K) picked up the win with stellar relief.
• Long Beach State clinched an important series win against UC Riverside with a 7-5 win. Matt Johnson (4.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) picked up the win in relief.
• St. John's won a big series against Louisville with a 6-5 win Saturday. Jeremy Baltz hit a game-winning RBI single in the ninth, capping the Red Storm's three-run rally against closer Tony Zych (0.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER).
• Nick Rickles (3-for-4, 2 RBI) and Kurt Schluter (6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) led Stetson to a series-clinching 5-3 win over Savannah State.
• Troy split a doublehader at Middle Tennessee State. Tyler Ray (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) improved to 8-0 in an 11-1 win in the opener, and Adam Bryant (4-for-6, 2 RBI) led a 17-hit attack. But the Trojans mustered just three hits in a 1-0 loss in the nightcap. The series rubber game is today.
• Elon clinched a series win against College of Charleston with a 5-4 win. Jared Kernodle (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the win with strong relief work, and Elon overcame a 4-0 deficit with four runs in the eighth and another in the ninth.
• Texas State evened its series against Southeastern Louisiana with a 4-0 win behind Mitchell Pitts (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K).
• Loyola Marymount evened up its WCC showdown against Gonzaga with a 9-4 win. Both teams rapped out 14 hits, but Alex Gillingham (8.1 IP, 14 H, 4 ER) danced in and out of trouble to improve to 6-2.
• Fresno State swept a doubleheader against Nevada to clinch the four-game series. Josh Poytress (7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) threw his second straight complete game in an 8-1 win in the opener. Tyler Linehan (5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) picked up the win in the nightcap.
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