Top 25 Showdowns
• No. 18 Georgia cruised to a 7-1 win in its first game this season against No. 15 Georgia Tech. Brett DeLoach's solo homer leading off the second sparked a four-run outburst for Georgia, highlighted by Conor Welton's two-run single, and the Bulldogs never looked back. David Sosebee (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R) was the first of six Georgia pitchers in the game, combining for 11 strikeouts. UGa. has won five of its last six since getting swept by UCLA.
Top 25 Upsets
• New Mexico State overcame a 4-3 deficit with four runs over the final three innings against the Arizona bullpen, upsetting the No. 5 Wildcats 7-4. Arizona committed four errors, leading to three unearned runs. The Aggies got four innings of two-hit, shutout relief from Evan Mott and Robert Roher, and three hits from Kurt Snowley.
• Southern Mississippi utterly dominated No. 17 Mississippi, 10-0, in Oxford. Blake Brown (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 3B, HR) led USM's 17-hit barrage, while Boomer Scarborough (4.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 2 K) and three relievers held the Rebels to just three hits. Ole Miss also committed three errors (leading to four unearned runs), while USM played error-free ball.
• East Carolina snapped No. 20 North Carolina State's six-game winning streak with a 6-5 victory in Greenville. The Pirates snapped a 4-4 tie with two runs in the sixth, highlighted by Philip Clark's RBI single, and the ECU bullpen held on for the win, as Andy Smithmyer (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) shined in relief.
• Seth Miller (4-for-6, 2 R, 6 RBI, 2 2B, HR), Devon Travis (4-for-5, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 2B) and James Ramsey (2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) powered No. 6 Florida State to a 17-6 shellacking of Stetson, which had carried a 15-4 record into the game. FSU erased a 2-1 deficit with five runs in the fourth, then poured it on with eight runs in the seventh.
• No. 23 Texas State won its second midweek game against Texas Christian this year, 8-4. Five TCU errors led to four unearned runs, helping the Bobcats build a 7-0 lead through four innings. Brooks Orton led the Texas State offense with three hits, and Isaac Nuti drove in two.
• No. 8 South Carolina rebounded from its three straight losses at Kentucky with an 8-5 win at Furman. Evan Marzilli (4-for-5, 4 R, 3 RBI, HR) and Joey Pankake (5-for-6, R, 2 RBI, 2B) went bonkers to spark the offense from the first two slots in the batting order. It was South Carolina coach Ray Tanner's 1,100th career win.
• No. 9 Rice also rebounded from its loss to Grambling this weekend, pounding Texas-San Antonio, 10-1. Andrew Benak started and threw three scoreless innings, but more encouraging for Rice was the relief work of John Simms (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) and J.T. Chargois (1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER). Simms had gotten off to a rough start to the year and needed an outing like that to get back on track, while Chargois returned to the mound after spraining his ankle.
• Colin Moran (4-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI) led No. 4 North Carolina's 15-5 win against Princeton in a game shortened to six innings by weather.
• After losing six out of eight games (including tight series losses to South Carolina and North Carolina), Clemson has gotten back on track with four straight wins. The Tigers beat Elon, 6-2, on Tuesday, as leadoff man Steve Wilkerson (4-for-4, 2 RBI) led the offense behind Jonathan Meyer (5 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K).
• Vanderbilt's hole keeps getting deeper. The Commodores lost 5-3 to Evansville, their fourth straight loss, dropping them to 7-14 overall. Evansville is 14-7.
• Alabama also saw its losing streak reach four games, as the Crimson Tide was blanked 9-0 at Troy. 'Bama is 8-13.
• San Diego improved to 18-6 with a 5-1 win against crosstown rival San Diego State. Austin Bailey (2-for-4, 4 RBI, 3B) led the offense, and four USD pitchers held the Aztecs to just five hits.
• Fellow WCC upstart Pepperdine also kept rolling with a 12-2 win against Long Beach State. Matt Maurer (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R) improved to 4-0 for the Waves, who improved to 16-5.
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