Top 25 Showdowns
• (5) Rice at (2) Stanford: Justin Ringo's walk-off, two-run homer in the 10th inning gave the Cardinal a 4-2 win. Mark Appel (9 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 14 K) was overpowering in a no-decision for Stanford, and Matthew Reckling (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) turned in another strong outing for Rice, as each team managed just five hits. Appel reitred the final 11 batters he faced, finishing his outing by strikeout out the side to set a new career high for strikeouts.
• (19) Cal State Fullerton at (6) Texas A&M: Tyler Naquin (3-for-4, 2 RBI) led a 13-hit attack in support of Michael Wacha (6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K), as the Aggies won the series opener 6-1. The Titans mustered just four hits, and Dylan Floro (4 IP, 8 H, 4 ER) wasn't his best.
• (16) UCLA at (9) Georgia: Trevor Brown's two-run homer in the fourth inning provided all the support Adam Plutko (9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K) needed in UCLA's 2-0 win. Jeff Gelalich went 4-for-4 for the Bruins, who handed Alex Wood (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) his first loss.
• (8) North Carolina at (20) Clemson: The Tar Heels broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the sixth and held on for a 4-3 win. Kent Emanuel (7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) improved to 4-0, while Kevin Brady (5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) took his first loss, as Clemson lost its fourth straight Friday game.
Top 25 Upsets
• Illinois vs. (17) Oregon: Kevin Johnson (9 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) won a fantastic pitcher's duel against Alex Kuedell (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) in the Illini's 2-1 win. Jordan Parr's RBI triple in the sixth proved decisive.
• Connecticut vs. (22) Oklahoma: That wasn't the only upset at the Nike College Showcase in Eugene. Brian Ward (6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) won a nice matchup between quality lefthanders against Steven Okert (7 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K), as the Huskies held off a late rally to beat the Sooners 8-7. The Sooners scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth but stranded the tying run at third.
• (25) Maryland at Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons erased a 5-2 deficit with seven runs in the fifth en route to a 10-5 win, snapping Maryland's 10-game winning streak. Pat Blair singled to start the fifth-inning rally and capped it with an RBI double.
• Florida Gulf Coast at (1) Florida: Mike Zunino blasted two more homers (giving him seven on the season) and drove in all four of Florida's runs in a 4-2 win.
• Princeton at (3) South Carolina: Michael Roth (8.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) turned in a gem in the Gamecocks' 2-1 win, helping coach Ray Tanner pick up his 700th win at South Carolina.
• Binghamton at (4) Arkansas: Ryne Stanek (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) continued to overpower for the Hogs in a 4-0 win.
• Eastern Michigan at (7) Arizona: Kurt Heyer (8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) improved to 4-0 in Arizona's 9-2 win.
• (11) Arizona State at Long Beach State: Brady Rodgers (9 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) and Shawn Stuart (9 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) squared off in a stellar pitcher's duel, and Jake Barrett (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R) picked up the win in relief, as Andrew Aplin delivered a game-winning RBI single in the 11th, giving the Sun Devils a 3-2 win.
• Michigan at (13) Louisiana State: Kevin Gausman (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K) overpowered the Wolverines in LSU's 6-0 win.
• Houston at (14) Mississippi: Bobby Wahl (6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K) was masterful in the Rebels' 8-0 win.
• Favorites mostly got off to good starts in the ACC's opening day, as UNC, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Miami all won. But there were two upsets: Wake's win against Maryland and Virginia Tech's 10-8 win at Virginia in 11 innings. Chad Morgan had three RBIs for the Hokies, including one on a sac fly in the 11th, helping the Hokies improve to 12-2 overall (UVa. is 7-5).
• Tyler Linehan (7.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) bested Kyle Zimmer (6 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) in Fresno State's 6-2 win against San Francisco.
• New Mexico pounded out 16 hits to hand Gonzaga its first loss, 11-6. The Lobos erased a 6-4 deficit with two runs in the seventh and five more in the eighth.
• Kevin Ziomek (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K) led Vanderbilt to a 7-0 win against San Diego.
• Elon improved to 3-1 in the SoCon with a 4-3 win against Chris Beck (8 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) and Georgia Southern. Kyle Webb (8.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) picked up the win for the Phoenix.
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