Top 25 Showdowns
• (12) Texas at (2) Stanford: The Cardinal broke open a 1-1 game by batting around twice in a 13-run fourth inning en route to a 15-1 win and an emphatic series sweep. Stanford outscored Texas 28-5 in its first-ever three-game sweep of the annual series against the Longhorns. Stephen Piscotty (2-for-5, 2B, 4 RBI) and Kenny Diekroeger (3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) spearheaded a 17-hit attack in support of freshman John Hochstatter (6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K), who earned the win in his first collegiate start. Mike Lemaire will have more on this series on Monday's blog.
• (25) Baylor at (22) UCLA: The Bruins erased a two-run deficit with four in the eighth inning, highlighted by Cody Regis' two-run double off the glove of the diving second baseman, as the Bruins clinched the series with an 8-6 win. Regis had begun the season 2-for-22 before delivering in the eighth for UCLA, which got a big day from Pat Valaika (3-for-4, 2B, 3B, 4 RBI). Max Muncy homered twice and Logan Vick went deep once for Baylor, which had not homered in its previous 13 games dating back to last May.
Top 25 Upsets
• Valparaiso at (4) Arkansas: Valparaiso trailed 5-0 through four innings but stormed back against Randall Fant (4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) and Trent Daniel (0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 ER) and pushed across a run in the 10th against Nolan Sanburn (3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) to pull off the 10-9 upset. Dominic Ficociello went 4-for-4 in a losing cause for Arkansas, and cleanup man Will Hagel had four hits for Valpo, including the game-winning RBI single in the 10th.
• Appalachian State at (7) Louisiana State: ASU's Rob Marcello (8.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) carried a shutout into the ninth, and the Mountaineers out-hit the Tigers 14-4 in an 11-1 drubbing, clinching the stunning series upset. It was Appalachian State's first-ever three-game series win against an opponent from a Bowl Championship Series conference. ASU pitching held the Tigers scoreless for 20.2 consecutive innings until Arby Fields' RBI triple in the ninth Sunday. Tyler Zupcic (2-for-5, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI) led Appalachian's assault on Kurt McCune (3 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER) and the LSU bullpen.
Other Top 25 Results
• William & Mary at (1) Florida: Karsten Whitson left Florida's 5-3 win in the first inning; Florida sports information director John Hines said Whitson "had a groin issue in the fall" and was dealing with "normal arm tiredness, early-season stuff—all precautionary measures." Steven Rodriguez (3.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) picked up the win in relief.
• Elon at (3) South Carolina: L.B. Dantzler's three-run homer put South Carolina ahead for good in the first inning, as Colby Holmes (5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K) and three relievers combined on a three-hit shutout in a 6-0 win. The Gamecocks allowed just three runs in the three-game sweep and remained unbeaten.
• Dallas Baptist at (5) Rice: Michael Ratterree's three-run double highlighted Rice's four-run fifth inning, putting the Owls ahead for good in a 7-3 win. Taylor Wall (4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER) earned the win in relief of Jordan Stephens (3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER), as the Owls improved to 8-0 for the first time since 2001.
• Holy Cross at (6) Texas A&M: After a pair of extra-inning nail-biters the last two days, the Aggies took control of Sunday's game with a five-run second inning in support of Rafael Pineda (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) and went on to an 8-2 win in the rubber game of the series.
• Winthrop at (9) Georgia: Taylor Hicks (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) and two relievers combined on a three-hit shutout, as Georgia completed the sweep with a 3-0 win. Hicks, a redshirt freshman, has yet to allow a run in his first two career starts this year, covering 10 innings.
• Wright State at (10) North Carolina: Freshman Chris O'Brien (4 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) was better in his second start than he was in his debut a week ago, and R.C. Orlan (4 IP, 0 H, 0 R) and Michael Morin (1 IP, 2 H, 0 R) followed with stellar relief in UNC's 3-0 win, completing the sweep. Orlan retired all 12 batters he faced, helping the UNC pitching staff extend its scoreless innings streak to 20.
• Ohio State at (11) Georgia Tech: Six OSU pitchers combined to issue 14 walks, helping Georgia Tech cruise to a 13-4 win despite committing four errors. Jake Davies (3-for-4, 3 R, 4 RBI, HR) led the Jackets' offense behind Dusty Isaacs (5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER).
• UC Riverside at (13) Arizona State: Joey DeMichele (3-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR, 2B) paced a 15-hit attack in support of Trevor Williams (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER), leading the Sun Devils to an 11-2 win in the rubber game of the series.
• Albany at (14) Miami: Rony Rodriguez, Dale Carey and Michael Broad combined for eight hits and six RBIs in support of Bryan Radziewski (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER), as Miami earned a 12-5 win in a game shortened to eight innings by a travel curfew.
(15) Texas Christian at Cal State Fullerton: TCU made four of its five errors in Fullerton's nine-run fourth inning, but the Horned Frogs stormed most of the way back from an 11-3 deficit before a travel curfew cut the game short after eight innings, giving the Titans a series-clinching 11-10 win. The Frogs had the bases loaded with one out in the eighth, but a strike-him-out- throw-him-out double play (with Josh Elander attempting to score on a wild pitch) ended the threat. After going 0-for-10 with seven strikeouts in the first two games of the series, Michael Lorenzen (4-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI) broke out for the Titans on Sunday, and J.D. Davis (4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER) earned the win in his first career start despite getting hit fairly hard.
• Maine at (16) Clemson: The Tigers won 9-6 despite committing five errors (by five different players). Steve Wilkerson (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B) led Clemson's 14-hit attack, and Scott Firth and Daniel Gossett combined for three innings of one-hit, shutout relief to nail down the series-clinching win.
• Oregon at (17) Vanderbilt: Oregon continued its hottest start since the program was reinstated in 2009, completing a sweep at Vanderbilt with a 7-6 win. Aaron Jones' two-run double capped Oregon's four-run sixth, helping Brando Tessar (5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) improve to 2-0. Vandy has begun its season by getting swept in back-to-back weekends, but Fr. DH Connor Castellano (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and reliever Steven Rice (3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) were bright spots.
• Florida International at (18) Florida State: So. RHP Peter Miller (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 4 K) earned his first career victory in FSU's 2-1 win in the rubber game of the series. The Seminoles held FIU's potent offense to two runs in the final two games of the series.
• Boston College at (19) Central Florida: In the third straight one-run game in this series, Darnell Sweeney hit a two-out, walk-off, two-run single in the ninth to give UCF a 5-4 win. Roman Madrid (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) was strong in relief for the Knights.
• UNC Wilmington at (20) Mississippi: Zach Kirksey (3-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI) was one of six rebels to record multiple hits in a 10-5 win, as Ole Miss completed the sweep. Chris Ellis (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief of Mike Mayers (5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER).
* (21) Oregon State vs. Kansas State: Danny Hayes, Michael Conforto and Jake Rodriguez each homered and combined for seven RBIs, leading the Beavers to a 13-5 win over Kansas State in the final day of a tournament in San Diego. Matt Boyd (4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) earned the win in relief.
• Hartford at (23) Oklahoma: Steven Okert (8 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) earned his first Division I win, and Oklahoma won 8-3 despite getting out-hit 11-2, as Hartford issued 12 walks and committed three errors. Fr. C Hunter Lockwood hit his fourth homer of the weekend for OU.
• Oakland at (24) Louisville: The Cardinals scored three runs in each of the first two innings, and Travis Tingle (6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER) cruised to his first win as the Cardinals completed the sweep with a 6-3 victory.
• Southern Mississippi won its rubber game against Troy, 8-1, behind Boomer Scarborough (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R).
• Upstart Maryland completed a 3-0 weekend at the Keith LeClair Classic with a 2-1 win over host East Carolina. Brett Harman (5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER) was strong for the second straight Sunday. The Terps, who beat Purdue and Western Carolina on Saturday, are off to their best start in 25 years. Maryland did not allow an earned run all weekend, and its staff ERA through two weeks is 1.24.
• San Francisco completed a sweep of Missouri with a 6-0 win behind Christian Cecilio (6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R).
• Long Beach State won its rubber game against California, 2-1, behind Ryan Strufing (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K). The Dirtbags managed just two hits against Michael Theofanopoulos and Joey Donofrio, but they cobbled together two runs in the second and Strufing made it stand up.
• Washington won a big road series at UC Irvine with a 4-3 win Sunday. Robert Pehl's two-run homer highlighted the Huskies' four-run fourth inning in support of Austin Voth (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K).
• Cal Poly finished off its four-game road sweep of Loyola Marymount with a 9-6 win. Leadoff man Mike Miller (4-for-6) led a 15-hit attack for Poly, which improved to 7-1.
• Pepperdine won its second straight big series, taking the rubber game against Fresno State 6-0 behind Corey Miller (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K). Zach Vincej and Aaron Brown had three hits apiece for the Waves.
• Portland improved to 5-0 with a 5-3 win against Creighton, sweeping a series shortened to two games by field conditions. Fr. LHP Travis Radke (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K) earned his first win for the Pilots.
• Preseason WCC favorite San Diego rebounded nicely from its season-opening series loss at Sam Houston State, completing a 4-0 weekend with a 4-3 win against Pacific. The Toreros won games against Kansas State, Oregon State, and two versus Pacific by a combined score of 38-7.
• Keep an eye on Louisiana-Monroe, which won its rubber game against afore-mentioned Sam Houston State, 8-6. ULM, which won midweek games against Tulane and Southern Miss this week, is now 6-2.
• The Dave Serrano era at Tennessee is off to a fine start, as the Volunteers beat Seton Hall 10-2 to complete a sweep and improve to 7-0. Nick Blount (6 IP, 2 H, 2 ER) earned the win for Tennessee.
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