Top 25 Showdowns
• (1) Florida at (12) Miami: The Gators continued their recent mastery of the rival Hurricanes, pounding out a season-high 16 hits in a 13-5 win, clinching the road series. Brian Johnson struggled on the mound, allowing five runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings, but he made up for it with his bat, setting career highs for hits (four) and RBIs. Freshman Taylor Gushue went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBIs, while the top two hitters in the order—Nolan Fontana and Daniel Pigott—combined for seven hits and five runs, helping Florida overcome deficits of 3-0 and 5-3. Florida won its 10th consecutive game against Miami in front of 5,063 fans, the largest home crowd at Miami since 1999. Greg Larson (4.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) was brilliant in relief to pick up the win, while Miami starter Eric Whaley (4.1 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 7 ER) was hit hard.
• (15) Clemson at (3) South Carolina: Speaking of recent mastery, the Gamecocks mashed their way to a series-clinching 9-6 win, their 16th win in their last 22 games against Clemson since 2007. Adam Matthews (2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) led South Carolina's balanced 11-hit attack, and freshman Evan Beal (4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) picked up the win in relief, as starters Matt Price (4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) and Dominic Leone (2.1 IP, 4 H, 6 ER) struggled. A bright spot for Clemson was another big day for Richie Shaffer (2-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR).
Top 25 Upsets
• (4) Arkansas vs. Houston: Jordan Lewis (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) stymied the Razorbacks in a 4-1 win at the Houston College Classic. See my recap on the College Blog for more.
• (21) Texas vs. Tennessee: The Volunteers scored four runs in the first in support of Zack Godley (7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER) en route to a 5-4 upset at the Houston College Classic. See my recap on the College Blog for more.
• Pepperdine at (24) Louisville: The Waves and Cardinals split a doubleheader, as Pepperdine won the opener 3-2 and Louisville took the nightcap 3-1. Joe Sever (2-for-3, 2 RBI) produced two of Pepperdine's three hits in support of Jon Moscot (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) in the first game. Mason Snyder's RBI triple highlighted Louisville's three-run third in support of Jeff Thompson (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) in the second game.
• Lamar at (25) Baylor: Jonathan Dziedzic (9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) shut down the Bears and the Cardinals rode a balanced 18-hit attack to an 8-0 upset. Baylor did bounce back with a 6-1 win against UC Irvine behind Trent Blank (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER), who continued to pitch very well after moving into the weekend rotation. Baylor broke a 1-1 tie with five runs in the eighth in that one.
Other Top 25 Highlights
• (2) Stanford at Fresno State: The Cardinal avenged their first loss of the season but pounding out 18 hits behind Brett Mooneyham (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 13 K) in a 16-0 blowout. Mooneyham carried a no-hitter into the sixth, and Stephen Piscotty led the Stanford offense with four hits.
• Michigan State at (6) Texas A&M: The Aggies clinched the series with a 4-0 win behind Ross Stripling (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K).
• Southern California at (9) North Carolina: Chris Munnelly (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R) turned in his second consecutive strong start in a no-decision, and the Tar Heels finally got to Ben Mount (7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) for a run in the eighth, winning 1-0. Jacob Stallings delivered a tie-breaking RBI single against Bobby Wheatley, allowing an inherited runner to score. UNC clinched the series.
• Rutgers at (10) Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets' bats have caught fire, producing 37 hits in the last two days. Jake Davies (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) led a 14-hit attack in support of Matt Grimes (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) in Saturday's series-clinching 9-4 win. Tech has scored 49 runs in its last four games.
• Dartmouth at (14) Louisiana State: LSU also continued to swing hot bats rapping out 15 hits behind Ryan Eades (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) in a 16-3 win against Dartmouth. The Tigers have scored 60 runs in their last four games since being held to one run in two losses against Appalachian State.
• Miami (Ohio) at (16) Mississippi: The Rebels evened the series with an 11-3 win, pounding out 18 hits in support of R.J. Hively (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K).
• Long Beach State at (18) Oregon: The Ducks extended their winning streak to nine games with a 3-2 win in 13 innings. Jake Reed (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) turned in another strong start in a no-decision, and Jimmie Sherfy (5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) was stellar yet again in relief.
• Oklahoma State at (22) Texas Christian: The Horned Frogs leveled the series with a 2-0 win behind Stefan Crichton (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K).
• (23) Oklahoma at New Mexico: Cody Reine (4-for-4, 4 R, 4 RBI, 3 2B, HR) powered the Sooners to a 10-5 win, clinching the series. Steven Okert (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) turned in a strong start.
• Texas State posted its team-record fourth consecutive shutout, as Travis Ballew (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K) recorded a dominant complete-game shutout in a 6-0 win against Notre Dame. Texas State's starters have not allowed an earned run in their last six games, which include two wins at Houston, one at TCU and two against Notre Dame.
• Vanderbilt got back on track with a doubleheader sweep of Rhode Island, 9-4 and 8-0. The Commodores got a decent start from Kevin Ziomek (7.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) and a brilliant one from Drew VerHagen (8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K).
• Maryland remained red-hot, sweeping a doubleheader against Manhattan, 4-1 and 10-1. Thanks largely to its ACC-best 1.07 staff ERA, Maryland is off to an 8-1 start, its third-best since 1924.
• Purdue, whose only loss in last weekend's Keith LeClar Classic was to Maryland, has slugged its way to victories against Auburn and Southern Mississippi in the Auburn Tournament this weekend. Barrett Serrato (3-for-4, HR, 4 RBI) led Purdue's 15-hit attack in Saturday's 10-9 win against the Tigers. Purdue improved to 7-1.
• East Carolina clinched a nice series win against a quality Stony Brook club with a 2-1 win on the heels of Friday's 1-0 victory. Tyler Joyner (6.1 IP, 7 H, 1 ER) was strong in a no-decision for the Pirates.
• Hawaii is quietly playing great baseball. The Rainbows have won eight straight since losing their season-opening series to Oregon, including the first three games of their four-game set against Wichita State. Scott Squier (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) was outstanding in Saturday's 4-0 win.
• Alabama evened its series at Tulane with a 6-2 win behind Charley Sullivan (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER). The Tide scored five in the first against Tyler Mapes and never looked back.
• Gonzaga remained unbeaten with a 4-1 win against host Texas-San Antonio at the UTSA Classic. Tyler Olson (9 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) went the distance for the Zags.
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