Top 25 Showdowns
• (12) Texas at (2) Stanford: First-team preseason All-American Mark Appel struck out a career-high 10, carried a no-hitter into the fifth and a shutout into the eighth, leading the Cardinal to a 7-2 win. Appel scattered three hits, allowed one run and walked three. Brian Ragira (3-for-5, 3 RBI, 2 2B), Jake Stewart and Tyler Gaffney had three hits apiece for the Cardinal, which improved to 5-0. The Longhorns continued to scuffle a bit on defense, as 2B Brooks Marlowe and 3B Erich Weiss each committed an error behind Nathan Thornhill (5 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K).
• (25) Baylor at (22) UCLA: The only team that has made as much noise as Stanford so far this season is Baylor, which rocked the Bruins 15-3 on Friday to improve to 6-0. Leadoff man Nathan Orf (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 2B) and Jr. CF Logan Vick (4-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, 4 2B) led Baylor's 19-hit barrage against Bruins ace Adam Plutko (3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) and three relievers. Trent Blank (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief of Josh Turley (4 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Blank, who has found great success with a lowered slot this season, already had three wins and a 0.00 ERA in 10 innings over three appearances.
Top 25 Upsets
• Florida International at (18) Florida State: The Panthers beat Florida State 8-5, their first win against the Seminoles since 1990. Pablo Bermudez and Adam Kirsch had three hits apiece, and eight Panthers hit safely in support of R.J. Fondon (5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER). Fr. LHP Brandon Liebrandt (2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) got the start for FSU and took his first collegiate loss.
• Maine at (16) Clemson: Fran Whitten and Mike Connolly delivered RBI singles in the eighth inning, as the Black Bears broke a 4-4 tie and went on to a 6-5 upset over Clemson in their season opener. A third Massachusetts native, Colin Gay, went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs to lead the Maine offense in support of Stephen Perakslis (6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER). Kevin Brady (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was solid in a no-decision for Clemson, which lost its second straight Friday game.
• Oregon at (17) Vanderbilt: Alex Keudell (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) and Jimmie Sherfy (2 IP, 0 R, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) carried Oregon to a 4-2 win and its first five-game winning streak since the program was restored in 2009. Kevin Ziomek (4.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) pitched better than he did a week ago, but Vandy made three errors (one by Ziomek), and its bats were quiet.
• (21) Oregon State at San Diego State: Aztecs cleanup man John Spirk (3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI) led a 17-hit barrage in an 18-2 pummeling of the Beavers. Cole Baylis (4.1 IP, 7 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) got the start for OSU and got pounded.
Other Top 25 Results
• Elon at (3) South Carolina: Michael Roth threw seven hitless innings, and the Gamecocks came one out away from a combined no-hitter in an 8-1 win against the Phoenix. Christian Walker (2-for-2, HR, 5 RBI) powered South Carolina's offense, and Joey Pankake went 2-for-4 with three runs out of the No. 8 hole.
• (15) Texas Christian at Cal State Fullerton: Andrew Mitchell (5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 12 K) set a career high in strikeouts, and the Horned Frogs finally got to Dylan Floro (8 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) for three runs in the eighth to win 3-2. Freshman two-way talent Jerrick Suiter hit a pinch-hit, two-run triple on his first collegiate swing to put TCU ahead for good. Preseason All-American Michael Lorenzen accounted for five of Fullerton's 14 strikeouts.
"We didn't swing at strikes; simple as that," Fullerton coach Rick Vanderhook said afterward. "Our leadoff hitter struck out five times, four times on balls that were never in the strike zone . . . If we don't make an adjustment, it's going to be a long weekend, because I can guarantee the guy tomorrow's going to do the same thing. I would."
• William & Mary at (1) Florida: Hudson Randall (6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) earned his first win of the season in the Gators' 4-1 victory.
• Valparaiso at (4) Arkansas: Six Razorbacks posted two-hit days in support of D.J. Baxendale (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), as Arkansas stayed unbeaten with a 7-3 win.
• Dallas Baptist at (5) Rice: Michael Fuda delivered a tie-breaking solo homer in the seventh inning to power the Owls to a 6-5 win. John Simms (3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief of Austin Kubitza (4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K).
• Holy Cross at (6) Texas A&M: Michael Wacha (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K) was brilliant in a no-decision, but the Crusaders forces extra innings with two runs in the ninth against freshman closer Daniel Mengden. Matt Juengel's bases-loaded walk gave the Aggies a 3-2 win in the 11th.
• Appalachian State at (7) Louisiana State: Kevin Gausman (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) and Aaron Nola (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) combined on a four-hit shutout, leading LSU to a 4-0 win.
• Auburn at (8) Arizona: Alex Mejia (3-for-5, 2B, HR, 4 RBI) led a 14-hit attack in support of Kurt Heyer (7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), as the Wildcats cruised to an 8-1 win.
• Winthrop at (9) Georgia: Freshman Hunter Cole (4-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 SB) led a 16-hit barrage behind Alex Wood (6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K), leading Georgia to a 13-5 win.
• Wright State at (10) North Carolina: Eight Tar Heels recorded multiple hits in support of Kent Emanuel (6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K), as UNC bludgeoned the Raiders, 17-3.
• Ohio State at (11) Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets overcame three homers by Josh Desze, as Tech rapped out 15 hits in support of Buck Farmer (6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 13 K) in a 12-4 win over the Buckeyes.
• UC Riverside at (13) Arizona State: Abe Ruiz (3-for-4, HR, 2B, 4 RBI) led a 14-hit attack behind Brady Rodgers (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K) in ASU's 11-3 win.
• Albany at (14) Miami: Eric Erickson (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K) improved to 2-0 in Miami's 15-4 rout of the Great Danes.
• Boston College at (19) Central Florida: Ben Lively (6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 11 K) was strong in a no-decision, Ryan Breen's RBI double in the seventh propelled UCF to a 6-5 win in a back-and-forth contest.
• UNC Wilmington at (20) Mississippi: Bobby Wahl (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K) dominated and improved to 2-0 in the Rebels 2-0 win over the Seahawks.
• Hartford at (23) Oklahoma: Freshman Hunter Lockwood homered twice and drove in three in support of Dillon Overton (6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 7 K), leading the Sooners to a 9-6 win.
Oakland at (24) Louisville: The Cardinals scored five runs in the fifth in support of Justin Amlung (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) and went on to win 7-4.
• Tyler Ray (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K0 and Nate Hill combined on a six-hit shutout at Southern Miss, as Troy won 3-0.
• Washington upset UC Irvine, 3-0, behind a strong start from Aaron West (6 Ip, 3 H, 0 R).
• Ino Patron had three of Long Beach State's 10 hits in a 7-4 win against California.
• Chris Stratton (6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K) was overpowering in relief, and Wes Rea broke a scoreless tie with a walk-off double in the ninth, giving Mississippi State a 1-0 win against Kansas.
• Kyle Zimmer (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision, and San Francisco scored twice in the eighth to beat Missouri 3-1.
• Barrett Barnes hit a three-run, inside-the-park home run in the seventh inning to lead Texas Tech to a 4-1 win over St. John's. Duke von Schamann (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) beat Kyle Hansen (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K).
• Colton Turner (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 12 K) dazzled in a no-decision for Texas State, but the Bobcats fell to Houston 2-1. Jared Ray (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) turned in a strong outing for the Cougars, who won on a bases-loaded hit batsman in the ninth.
• Surprising Santa Clara improved to 5-0 with a 9-3 win against Illinois-Chicago behind Tommy Nance (7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K).
• Creighton's Ty Blach (8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) and Portland's Kyle Kraus (8 IP, 9 H, 2 ER) faced off in a nice pitcher's duel, and the Pilots came from behind with two in the ninth, then won 3-2 on Kris Kauppila's RBI single in the 10th.
• In the season's first series of conference play, Brigham Young evened its series at St. Mary's with a 4-1 win behind Mark Anderson (6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K).
• Pepperdine remained hot with a 3-2 win against Fresno State. The Waves broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the eighth on a wild pitch, helping Jon Moscot (8 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) improve to 1-1.
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