Before we get to Tuesday's highlights, we have to pass along some bad news for Oregon State: sophomore catcher Andrew Susac and talented freshman Jake Rodriguez both had surgery to repair broken hamate bones on their left hands. No timetable has been set for either's return, but Susac told the Oregonian last week that if he elected to have surgery, it would take 4-6 weeks to recover and would not require a cast.
"It's like I said last week, we can't control who we have," Beavers coach Pat Casey told the paper. "My catcher right now is Parker Berberet and Ryan Gorton and we don't have Andrew Susac and that's that."
Not having Susac did not affect the Beavers this weekend, when they swept Arizona State to vault to No. 9 in the rankings. But long term, his loss is a major blow, because he is the team's best hitter and biggest power threat. Susac was a second-team preseason All-American, and he earned our midseason All-America nod behind the plate. He is hitting .364/.496/.614 with four homers and 25 RBIs. A draft-eligible sophomore, Susac had a strong chance to be drafted in the first round this June, and this injury should not have any dramatic effect on his draft stock.
Let's get to Tuesday's action, which featured a few rivalry games and a few upsets:
• For the second year in a row, Florida State won its season series against rival Florida, three games to one. Behind seven shutout innings from Hunter Scantling, the Seminoles beat the Gators 3-1 in Tallahassee on Tuesday. Scantling, who allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out seven, will move into the Sunday starter spot this weekend, as the 'Noles look to stabilize their shaky weekend rotation. But there has been nothing shaky about their pitching in four midweek games against Florida this year. The Gators have mustered just 11 runs in the four games, and just six runs in their three losses.
• Oklahoma cruised to a 13-6 win against Texas Christian in the first of two meetings this season between the regional hosting hopefuls. Four TCU errors led to five unearned runs for the Sooners, who employed a balanced 12-hit attack.
• John Simms struck out a career high 11 batters over 7.2 shutout innings—the longest outing of his young career—to lead Rice to a 2-0 win against Texas A&M. Lefthander Tony Cingrani continued to pitch well for the Owls, working 1.1 scoreless frames for his fourth save. Anthony Rendon went 1-for-3 out of the leadoff spot.
• Georgia Tech extended its winning streak against rival Georgia to five games with its second victory over the Bulldogs this season, 5-3 in Atlanta. Freshmen led the way for Tech, as Daniel Palka hit his seventh homer and Matt Grimes (6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) set a career high for strikeouts.
• The Citadel toppled No. 3 South Carolina, 2-0, behind eight shutout innings from Logan Cribb. Lefty Steven Neff, sidelined since March 19 with a shoulder injury, returned to the mound for the Gamecocks and took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits over 3.1 innings.
• Louisiana State's tumble continued with a 5-2 loss to Northwestern State. The Demons led 4-2 after five innings when Mason Melotakis (4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) entered the game and slammed the door with utterly dominant relief work. Blue-chip freshman Ryan Eades (4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) made his first career start and took the loss for LSU, which has gone 5-11 since starting the season 16-1.
• North Carolina beat East Carolina, 5-3, to become the second team in school history to win 30 of its first 35 games (joining the 1983 club). Levi Michael (3-for-4, 2 R, 3B) led the UNC offense. ECU's middle infield committed five errors, helping lead to four unearned runs.
• Southern Mississippi won a seesaw affair at Mississippi, 8-6 in 12 innings. The Rebels scored single unearned runs in the eighth and ninth against Collin Cargill to tie it, and the teams traded two-run rallies in the 11th. Adam Doleach (4-for-6, 3 RBI) capped a big day with a game-winning two-run single in the 12th.
• Colin O'Connell (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) led Cal State Fullerton to a 5-0 win at Loyola Marymount. Anthony Trajano, still filling in at shortstop for Richy Pedroza, went 3-for-5 to lead the CSF offense.
• Jacksonville State upset Troy, 7-6, in 10 innings. The Trojans rallied with two in the ninth to force extras, but JSU's Blake Seguin (4-for-4, 3 R) tripled and scored the winning run in the 10th.
• In a matcheup of mid-major bubble dwellers, Georgia Southern pounded Jacksonville, 20-7. Midseason All-American Victor Roache (2-for-3, 3 R, 4 RBI) hit his 14th home run of the season to help lead Georgia Southern's 17-hit onslaught.
• Creighton won its final game at the CU Sports Complex, 7-6 against Kansas State. Joey Bowens drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth to win it for the Bluejays, who went 9-1 at their on-campus home this season but will play the rest of their home games at brand-new TD Ameritrade Park, starting with next week's tilt against Nebraska. Nick Martini reached safely in his 91st straight game for the Wildcats.
• In another Big 12/Missouri Valley clash between teams from Nebraska and Kansas, the Cornhuskers beat Wichita State, 5-4, behind Tyler Niederklein (6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER). The Shockers are in a funk; they are just 4-7 since starting the season 17-7.
• Kentucky evened its record at 17-17 with a 3-2 win over rival Louisville. Jordan Cooper (6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER) was solid in a no-decision for the Wildcats, who won it on Taylor Black's RBI single in the ninth. The teams meet again in two weeks in Lexington.
• Connecticut lost a rain-shortened game at Yale, 10-7 in eight innings. The Huskies blew a late seven-run lead, as Yale scored five runs in the seventh and five more in the eighth.
• UCLA rapped out 13 hits in a 6-4 win against Long Beach State. Zach Weiss (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) improved to 2-1 with a strong start.
• Central Florida's season has been a rollercoaster ride over the last three weeks. After winning at Florida in midweek action last week, the Knights lost at Florida Atlantic on Tuesday, 3-2. FAU needs to get hot to live up to its preseason regional expectations, and Tuesday's win improved the Owls to 20-13.
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