Top 25 Showdowns
• (5) Rice at (2) Stanford: The Cardinal clinched its third series win against an opponent ranked inside the top 15, mashing its way to an 11-6 win against Rice. Brian Ragira (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Austin Wilson (2-for-4, R, 4 RBI) both homered in support of Brett Mooneyham (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 9 K), who improved to 4-0. Austin Kubitza (3 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) struggled for the third straight week for the Owls, who got a nice day from Michael Fuda (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR, 2B) in defeat. Noteworhty: Stanford Jr. OF Jake Stewart missed his second straight game with a back injury and is considered day to day.
• (8) North Carolina at (20) Clemson: The Tar Heels broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the ninth to clinch a big road series with a 6-3 win. Tommy Coyle (3-for-5, 2 R) and Parks Jordan (2-for-3, R, 2 RBI) led the UNC offense, and Michael Morin worked a scoreless ninth for his fourth save in five days.
• (16) UCLA at (9) Georgia: The Bruins, like the Tar Heels, clinched the road series with a 7-6 win, extending their winning streak to nine games. Red-hot Jeff Gelalich went 3-for-4 to lead the UCLA offense, boosting his season line to .500/.574/.780 in 50 at-bats. The Bulldogs moved Sr. RHP Michael Palazzone to the bullpen with closer Tyler Maloof sidelined for at least another month, and Palazzone (2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER) took the loss in relief of Pete Nagel (5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER), as four Georgia errors led to four unearned runs.
• (19) Cal State Fullerton at (6) Texas A&M: Play was postponed with the score tied 5-5 heading into extra innings. Krey Bratsen has gotten on track for the Aggies; his two-run triple highlighted A&M's three-run second inning, but the Titans took their first lead of the series in the sixth, thanks in part to a pair of A&M errors.
• (22) Oklahoma at (17) Oregon: Max White (3-for-4, RBI) and Tanner Toal (1-for-4, 2 RBI) powered Oklahoma offense in support of Jonathan Gray (7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K), leading the Sooners to a 3-2 win over the host Ducks in the Nike College Showcase. White also had three hits behind Dillon Overton (9 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) in Oklahoma's 5-2 win against West Virginia on Saturday. Oregon also beat the Mountaineers, 12-0, on Saturday behind Aaron Jones (3-for-4, 3 RBI) and Jeff Gold (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K).
Top 25 Upsets
• (10) Georgia Tech at North Carolina State: Chris Diaz (3-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI) powered the Wolfpack offense behind Carlos Rodon (7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) in an 8-5 win, knotting up the series at a game apiece. Tech Fr. RHP Josh Heddinger made an emergency start for Matthew Grimes ("arm," according to a Georgia Tech release) and failed to record an out in N.C. State's four-run first inning.
• (11) Arizona State at Long Beach State: The Dirtbags snapped their streak of five consecutive heartbreaking losses with a 7-3 win behind Matt Anderson (6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER). Matt Duffy (2-for-3, 3 RBI) led the LBSU offense.
• Mercer at (23) Mississippi State: Nick Backlund (4-for-4, 2 R, RBI) led Mercer's 14-hit attack in support of Brandon Barker (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER), as the Bears pulled off the 6-1 upset, leveling the series.
• (24) Louisville at Alabama: Jon Kelton's RBI bunt single in the eighth inning propelled the Crimson Tide to a 7-6 win. Taylor Guilbeau (6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER) was solid in a no-decision for Alabama, and fellow freshman Jake Hubbard (1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief.
• (25) Maryland at Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons clinched the series with a 9-6 win. Charlie Morgan's two-run single highlighted Wake's three-run fifth inning, helping the Deacons erase a two-run deficit. Michael Dimock worked two hitless innings for the save, striking out four.
• (12) Florida State at Duke: Mike Compton (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K) led the Seminoles to a 5-0 win, clinching their conference-opening road series.
• Boston College at (15) Miami: The Hurricanes also clinched their first ACC series with a 5-3 win thanks to a three-run eighth inning, highlighted by Stephen Perez's two-run triple.
• Houston at (14) Mississippi: Matt Snyder (4-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) led a 15-hit attack in support of R.J. Hively (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K), leading the Rebels to a series-clinching 9-0 win.
• Look out for Liberty. The Flames improved to 16-1 with a doubleheader sweep of Big East power St. John's, clinching the four-game series. The Liberty bullpen was brilliant in the two games Saturday, as four relievers combined to allow just one run in 11 innings of work.
• Oregon State split two games in the Nike College Showcase, beating Illinois 8-2 but losing to Connecticut 6-3. L.J. Mazzilli (2-for-4, 2 RBI) led the Huskies to the upset.
• Sr. LHP Kyle Anderson struck out a career-high 11 in Cal Poly's first complete-game shutout in five years, leading the Mustangs to a series-clinching 2-0 win against Washington. Anderson scattered six hits without allowing a walk and improved to 3-0, 0.70.
• Nebraska leveled its series against California with a 12-5 win, as Rich Sanguinetti and Richard Stock combined for seven RBIs to lead the Husker offense.
• New Mexico beat Gonzaga for a second straight day, 2-1 in 10 innings. Austin House (9 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) was strong in a no-decision for the Lobos, who won it on Kyle Stiner's bases-loaded walk in the 10th.
• San Diego evened its series at Vanderbilt with a 2-1 win behind Paul Sewald (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K).
• Sean Potkay (3-for-4, 5 RBI, 2 HR) powered Tulane to a 7-3 win at Wichita State, evening the series.
• How's this for an upset? Florida A&M swept a doubleheader from Bethune-Cookman, 3-2 and 5-4, to snap the Wildcats' 46-game MEAC winning streak and hand B-CU its first conference series loss since 2005.
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