Top 25 Showdowns
• Top-ranked Florida improved to 2-0 against No. 4 Florida State with a 4-1 win in Jacksonville in front of 10,751 fans. The Gators erased a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the sixth, highlighted by Casey Turgeon's two-run triple to center off the glove of James Ramsey. Vickash Ramjit followed with an opposite-field RBI single, then delivered another opposite-field RBI single in the eighth to give the Gators some breathing room. Johnny Magliozzi, who entered with the bases loaded and one out in the FSU sixth and induced an inning-ending double play, earned the win.
• No. 14 Arizona State won the opener of a two-game midweek series against No. 13 Cal State Fullerton, 1-0, in Tempe. Three ASU relievers combined for 4.2 hitless innings of relief of Zak Miller (4.1 IP, 7 H, 0 R), as the Fullerton offense's scoreless streak reached 19 innings. Koby Gauna (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) was solid in defeat for the Titans, but Joey DeMichele delivered the game-winning RBI single in the sixth.
Top 25 Upsets
• Richie Shaffer (3-for-6, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 2B, HR) led Clemson's 16-hit attack in a 10-5 win at No. 25 Georgia. The Tigers stopped their three-game losing streak and climbed back above .500 overall (12-11). Daniel Gossett (5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) improved to 2-2.
• Another former Top 25 team, Texas State, also snapped a three-game losing streak with an 11-3 win against No. 23 Oregon behind Taylor Black (6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K).
• No. 19 Purdue has a deserved reputation as an offensive club, but the Boilermakers got stellar pitching from Connor Podkul (6 IP, 0 H, 1 ER) and Blake Mascarello (4 IP, 5 H, 0 R) in a 2-1 win against Louisville in their home opener. Stephen Talbott delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning, helping Purdue improve to 17-4 on the year.
• Austin Kubitza (5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), temporarily demoted to the midweek starter role while he works out some kinks, earned his first win since opening day in RIce's 17-2 romp at Lamar. The Owls broke open a 3-1 game with 10 runs in the fifth.
"Austin is looking like he's pretty close to where he needs to be," Rice coach Wayne Graham said after the game. "He still has a little more work to do. I thought he threw well."
• No. 17 Central Florida cruised to an 11-3 win against Sun Belt Conference power Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton. Alex Friedrich (3-for-5, 4 RBI, 2B, 3B) led a 14-hit attack for the Knights.
• Kyle Wren returned to the lineup for Georgia Tech, but the Yellow Jackets continued to scuffle, losing 5-3 against Georgia Southern. The Eagles erased a 3-1 deficit with four runs in the seventh, highlighted by Eric Phillips' three-run double. The Jackets have lost eight of their last 13.
• Missouri State extended its winning streak to eight with a 9-8 win over Kansas. Kevin Medrano (4-for-6, 2 R, RBI) capped a big day with a walk-off RBI single in the ninth. The Bears improved to 20-6.
• New Mexico State stretched its winning streak to 13 with a 7-6 win over Texas Tech. The Aggies came from behind with two runs in the ninth, capped by Zac Fisher's go-ahead RBI single. NMSU (22-8) has been a midweek menace, winning two road games at Arizona last week and winning midweek affairs against New Mexico in each of the previous weeks.
• In its first year in Division I, Nebraska-Omaha won its first crosstown matchup against Creighton, 3-2 at TD Ameritrade Park. UNO suged ahead on Alex Mortensen's two-run single in the eighth.
• Just when it looked like Texas Christian had gotten back on track with a nine-game winning streak, the Horned Frogs have slumped again. TCU lost 4-3 in 10 innings at Texas-Arlington, their fourth loss in their last five games. After TCU went ahead on Josh Elander's homer in the top of the 10th, the Mavericks tied the game on an error in the bottom of the frame, then scored the winning run on a wild pitch. A couple of bright spots for TCU: heralded freshman Kevin Cron had two hits in his fourth game back from injury, and Jantzen Witte had two hits in his third game back. The TCU lineup is finally starting to look like we expected it to look when we heaped high expectations upon it in the preseason.
• Junior lefthander Sam Selman (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) picked up his first career victory in Vanderbilt's 6-0 win against Tennessee Tech. Selman is a great X-factor for the Commodores; the talent is there, and if he starts to perform, he could help the 'Dores (10-15) still make a run in the SEC.
• Finally, in Tuesday's most thrilling finish, Phillip Ervin (2-for-5, 2 R, 6 RBI, 2 HR) smacked a walk-off grand slam against Auburn closer Justin Bryant, giving Samford an 8-5 win. The Bulldogs are 17-8. Check out the video of the walk-off grand slam here.
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