Before we get to Saturday's highlights, we have news of a significant injury to pass along. Georgia Southern junior outfielder Victor Roache, a first-team preseason All-American after hitting a nation-leading 30 homers last year, broke his wrist diving for a ball in the outfield during the Eagles' doubleheader sweep of Radford. Roache will have surgery next week and there is no timetable for his return, though he told BA's Conor Glassey on Twitter that it looks like he'll miss the rest of the season.
As for the games, Chris Beck (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) and Eddie Butler (5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 4 K) each got no-decisions in the opener of the twin bill, but the Eagles went on to win both games 7-6.
Top 25 Showdowns
• (12) Texas at (2) Stanford: The Cardinal has made short work of its rigorous early-season schedule thus far. Stanford beat Texas 6-2 on Saturday to improve to 6-0, with five of those wins coming against teams ranked in the top 12. Kenny Diekroeger (3-for-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI) led an 11-hit attack in support of Brett Mooneyham (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K), as the Cardinal took an early lead against Texas LHP Hoby Milner (4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER) and cruised from there.
• (25) Baylor at (22) UCLA: Somebody finally slowed down Baylor. Jeff Gelalich's towering two-run homer capped UCLA's three-run first against Max Garner (4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER), and the Bruins broke open a 3-3 game with five runs in the sixth en route to a 9-3 win. Beau Amaral (3-for-5, 2 RBI) was one of five Bruins to post multi-hit games in support of Nick Vander Tuig (5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER).
Top 25 Upsets
• Holy Cross at (6) Texas A&M: The Crusaders were ready to play in their first series of the year. After losing in extra innings Friday, Holy Cross scored four runs in the 10th against Kyle Martin on Saturday to pull off the 7-3 upset. Ross Stripling (6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 10 K) was solid in a no-decision for the Aggies.
• Appalachian State at (7) Louisiana State: Ryan Arrowood (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) outdueled Ryan Eades (6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K), leading the Mountaineers to a 1-0 win. It was the first time LSU was shut out by a nonconference opponent since April 6, 2004 against Tulane. Arrowood retired 16 in a row at one point, twice striking out five consecutive hitters.
• Auburn at (8) Arizona: The Wildcats and Tigers split a doubleheader, as Arizona clinched the series with a 15-4 win in the first game but Auburn salvaged the finale 8-3. Alex Mejia (3-for-5, 3 R, 3 RBI, HR) led Arizona's 17-hit onslaught in support of Konner Wade (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K) in the first game, as the Wildcats hit Slade Smith (2.2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER) hard. Daniel Koger (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R) gave Auburn a much better start in the nightcap, while Arizona starter James Farris (3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER) followed up last week's shutout by taking the loss.
• Ohio State at (11) Georgia Tech: Tim Wetzel had four hits in support of Brian King (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER), leading the Buckeyes to a 7-3 win. Three Georgia Tech errors led to four unearned runs for OSU, and Matt Grimes (2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) had a short outing.
• UC Riverside at (13) Arizona State: Eddie Orozco (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) and two relievers held the Sun Devils in check in a 3-1 win. Alex Blackford (4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) was solid in relief of Darin Gillies (2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) for ASU.
• (15) Texas Christian at Cal State Fullerton: This one is really more of a showdown than an upset, but it's still an unranked team beating a ranked team. The Titans capitalized on eight walks by four TCU pitchers and got solid work from freshmen Kenny Mathews (5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) and Koby Gauna (5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) to win 4-2 and even the series. CF/RHP Michael Lorenzen went 0-for-5 for the second straight day for Fullerton but escaped a bases-loaded, no-outs jam unscathed in the ninth thanks to a strikeout and a double play. He worked at 94-96 mph.
• Oregon at (17) Vanderbilt: Talented Fr. RHP Jake Reed (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) picked up the win for Oregon, which extended its winning streak to six games and clinched the big road series in a 7-2 victory. Sam Selman (3.2 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) struggled for the Commodores, who fell to 1-5.
• (21) Oregon State at San Diego: The Beavers got butchered for the second straight day, as Kris Bryant (3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI) and Dylan Covey (6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2 K) led the Toreros to a 13-2 win. Dan Child (3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER) started and struggled for OSU, which was beaten 18-2 on Friday by San Diego State.
• Boston College at (19) Central Florida: In a second straight back-and-forth, one-run affair, BC came from behind to beat UCF 8-7. A hit batsman, a single and four straight walks accounted for all the damage in BC's decisive three-run seventh inning.
Other Top 25 Results
• William & Mary at (1) Florida: Preston Tucker hit his fourth homer in seven games and took sole possession of Florida's all-time RBIs record in the Gators' 5-1 win. Brian Johnson (6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) earned his first win of the year.
• Elon at (3) South Carolina: Matt Price (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K) dominated in the Gamecocks' 3-2 win, clinching the series. Tyler Webb (3.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) was strong in relief.
• Valparaiso at (4) Arkansas: The Hogs overcame four errors and a three-run first inning to win 4-3 behind a solid outing from Ryne Stanek (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K), clinching the series.
• Dallas Baptist at (5) Rice: Matthew Reckling (8.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 11 K) was masterful for the second straight week, leading Rice to a series-clinching 2-0 win. The Owls are 7-0.
• Winthrop at (9) Georgia: Michael Palazzone (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) pitched well in a no-decision, and Peter Verdin's tie-breaking RBI single in the eighth lifted Georgia to a 2-1 win, securing the series victory.
• Wright State at (10) North Carolina: Colin Moran (5-for-6, 3 R, 6 RBI) became the first UNC player to hit for the cycle since Tim Fedroff in 2009, leading the Tar Heels to a 14-0 shellacking of Wright State, capturing the series. Moran delivered the natural cycle, singling in the first, doubling in the third, tripling in the sixth and hitting a three-run homer in the seventh. Chris Munnelly (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R) cruised to the win in his first return to the weekend rotation.
• Albany at (14) Miami: Peter O'Brien (2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 2B) stayed hot, leading Miami to an 11-1 rout of Albany, clinching the series. Eric Whaley (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) pitched well and earned his first win of the year.
• Maine at (16) Clemson: The Tigers evened the series with a 9-5 win. Clemson overcame an early 4-0 deficit, going ahead for good in a five-run fifth inning, highlighted by Spencer Kieboom's three-run homer.
• Florida International at (18) Florida State: James Ramsey (2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI) provided half of FSU's four hits in a 3-1 win, knotting the series at a game apiece. Mike Compton (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K) won for the second straight week.
• UNC Wilmington at (20) Mississippi: Matt Snyder (3-for-4) hit a three-run double int he first inning, and Ole Miss never looked back, winning 6-4 behind a solid start from R.J. Hively (5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K). The Rebels won the series and improved to 4-1.
• Hartford at (23) Oklahoma: Jonathan Gray (2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) struggled for the second straight week, but Jordan John (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief, as the Sooners clinched the series with a 10-5 win. Freshman Hunter Lockwood homered and doubled for OU.
• Oakland at (24) Louisville: Stewart Ijames (2-for-2, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR) led a balanced 14-hit attack in support of Jeff Thompson (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K), leading the Cardinals to a series-clinching 10-7 win.
• California and UC Irvine evened their respective series against Washington and Long Beach State with a pair of one-run wins, 2-1 and 8-7. Converted closer Matt Flemer (7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER) turned in his second straight quality start for the Golden Bears.
• Southern Miss leveled its series against Troy with a 2-1 win behind freshman Jake Drehoff (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER).
• Upstart Maryland clinched its second consecutive winning weekend, beating Western Carolina 3-0 and crushing Purdue 11-1 at the Keith LeClair Classic. Tim Kiene (3-for-4, 3 RBI) hit his third homer of the season in the run rule-shortened game against the Boilermakers. The day wasn't all bad for Purdue, which did earn a 6-4 win against host East Carolina (which, in turn, beat Western Carolina).
• Logan Jernigan struck out nine over five no-hit innings, and two other N.C. State pitchers joined him in a two-hit shutout of West Virginia, 16-0.
• Gonzaga improved to 7-0 with wins over Illinois and Lamar at the YMBL Cardinal Classic.
• San Francisco clinched its series against Missouri with a 3-1 win behind Abe Bobb (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K). But WCC upstart Santa Clara was swept in a doubleheader by Illinois-Chicago, 7-6 and 12-1. And Pepperdine lost to Fresno State, 8-4, to level that series. Scott Frazier (5 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) struggled for the Waves after shutting down Oklahoma last week.
• Sticking in the WCC, Cal Poly swept a doubleheader at Loyola Marymount, and Brigham Young won its first-ever series in WCC play with a 7-3 win at St. Mary's behind live-armed RHP Adam Miller (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER).
• Mississippi State clinched its series against Kansas with a 3-1 win. Evan Mitchell and Caleb Reed combined for 4.2 scoreless, two-hit innings in relief of Nick Routt (4.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K).
• Buffalo catcher Tom Murphy went 3-for-5, but the Bulls lost to Kentucky, 9-5. Cameron Flynn homered twice for the Wildcats.
• Tennessee stayed unbeaten with a 3-2 win against reigning Big East tournament champion Seton Hall in 11 innings.
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