Top 25 Showdowns
• No. 25 Baylor improved to 4-0 with a 7-1 win over No. 15 Texas Christian. Bears pitchers Trent Blank (4 IP, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K) and Kolt Browder (3 IP, 0 R, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K) held the Horned Frogs hitless through seven innings, but Josh Gonzales broke up the combined no-hit bid with a two-out single in the eighth off Joey Hainsfurther (2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER). Baylor had at least one hit from all nine spots in the batting order.
Top 25 Upsets
• Preston Beck (2-for-4, 3 RBI) hit a two-run homer to highlight Texas-Arlington's four-run third, propelling the Mavericks to a 7-5 upset at No. 12 Texas. Lance Day (5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) earned the win in relief for UTA, while Austin Dicharry (2.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) got the start and took the loss for Texas.
• No. 18 Florida State outslugged Jacksonville, 16-9, to drop the Dolphins to 0-4. The Dolphins jumped out to an early 6-2 lead thanks in part to a Taylor Ratliff grand slam, which chased FSU starter Luke Weaver in the second. But the Seminoles stormed back with a 14-hit barrage, led by a big day from Jayce Boyd (4-for-5, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2B). The Seminoles have allowed six or more runs in three of their first four games, but they have scored nine or more runs in all four, and they are 4-0.
• North Carolina State lefthander Carlos Rodon, the nation's No. 3 prospect in the freshman class, made his first career start and shined, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out three over five shutout innings in a 10-0 win against UNC Wilmington. Tyler McSwain (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R) turned in a quality start for the Seahawks, and the game was scoreless until the Wolfpack erupted for 10 runs in the eighth inning. Ethan Obburn gave NC State four perfect innings of relief.
• A trio of top 5 teams earned come-from-behind victories against plucky underdogs. Top-ranked Florida got two homers from Mike Zunino and one from Brian Johnson, and Preston Tucker's RBI single broke a 6-6 tie in the eighth inning, propelling the Gators past Bethune-Cookman 8-6. Austin Maddox continued to sparkle out of the Florida pen, working two scoreless frames for the win.
• No. 2 Stanford overcame an early 4-0 deficit to take a 7-4 lead at Pacific, only to see the Tigers storm back to force extra innings. But Stephen Piscotty rescued the Cardinal with a game-winning two-run homer in the 11th.
• No. 4 Arkansas overcame deficits of 4-0 and 7-4 to beat Northwestern State, 8-7. Dominic Ficociello (2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2B) and Tim Carver (3-for-4, RBI) led the Arkansas offense, and Jake Wise provided a walk-off walk in the ninth.
• Michael Fuda (4-for-5) and Jeremy Rathjen (2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI) led No. 5 Rice's 14-hit barrage, and Taylor Wall (5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) picked up the win in relief, as the Owls beat New Mexico State, 7-5.
• UCLA's offense rebounded from a rough weekend against Maryland, pounding out 16 hits in a 19-7 rout at Cal State Northridge. Tyler Heineman, Cody Keefer, Jeff Gelalich and Trevor Brown all delivered three or more RBIs for the Bruins.
• Oklahoma State earned its first win of the year, holding off a late, furious Dallas Baptist rally to win 9-7. Chase Stevens (7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) was stellar for the Cowboys, but the bullpen impoded during DBU's six-run eighth.
• In a battle of somewhat surprising unbeatens, Santa Clara earned a road victory against Cal Poly, 5-2. Pat Stover and Lucas Herbst had two hits apiece to lead the Broncos, who got a solid start from Powell Fansler (5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER) and three-hit relief from three relievers.
• Another West Coast Conference team off to a fast start, Pepperdine, improved to 3-1 win a 6-1 win over Virginia Commonwealth. Corey Miller (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) turned in a gem for the Waves.
• Southern California stayed undefeated with a 4-2 win at Long Beach State. Brandon Garcia (5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), coming off a two-homer weekend at the plate, started on the mound and picked up the win for the Trojans, who go three hits from Matt Foat.
• Louisiana-Monroe thumped Tulane, 9-3, to improve to 3-1 on the young season. Shelby Aulds (5.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) was untouchable in relief for the WarHawks, who got two homers and five RBIs from Joey Rapp.
• In a matchup between winless teams, Wichita State hammered Oral Roberts, 10-3, behind nine combined RBIs from Don Lambert and Ryan Hege.
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