Top 25 Showdowns
• No. 21 Texas State kept rolling, extending its winning streak to seven with a 3-2 win against No. 5 Rice on Tyler Sibley's two-run, walk-off single in the ninth. Mitchell Pitts (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) became Texas State's eighth consecutive starting pitcher to avoid giving up an earned run, stretching Texas State's scoreless streak to 57 2/3 innings (six shy of the NCAA record) before the Owls broke through with a run in the eighth against reliever Dylan Adamek. Andrew Benak (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) turned in another midweek gem in a no-decision for Rice, striking out 10 for the second time in three starts.
• James Ramsey (4-for-5, R, 2 RBI) had two hits in No. 12 Florida State's decisive seven-run sixth inning, as the Seminoles erased an early 4-0 deficit to beat No. 18 Central Florida, 7-6. Chris Taladay had three hits and two RBIs in a losing cause for the Knights.
Top 25 Upsets
• Texas Tech broke open a 4-1 game with four runs in the seventh to knock off No. 11 Arizona State, 8-4. John Neely (3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) picked up the win with solid relief work, and the Red Raiders made good use of a balanced 10-hit attack.
• Southern California snapped No. 19 Cal State Fullerton's seven-game winning streak with a 7-4 win at Dedeaux Field. The Trojans trailed 4-0 after five innings but got on the board against Fullerton starter Koby Gauna with two runs in the sixth, then stormed ahead with four in the seventh against the CSF bullpen. Kevin Roundtree had two hits and three RBIs to lead USC's 14-hit assault; the Titans mustered just five hits.
• In a matchup of rivals who entered the game with a combined record of 21-3, freshman Aaron Nola (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K) dazzled in No. 13 Louisiana State's 5-0 win at Tulane. Tyler Hanover (3-for-4, 2 R) led LSU's balanced 12-hit attack.
• In a battle between Lone Star State teams that dropped out of the Top 25 this week, Texas Christian came from behind with six runs in the eighth (aided by four consecutive walks) to beat Baylor, 9-4. Jason Coats and Jerrick Suiter had three hits and four RBIs apiece for the Frogs, who started the game without five injured regulars after Kyle Von Tungeln suffered a mild concussion when a pickoff throw hit him in the head Sunday. To make matters worse, Josh Elander left the game after fouling a ball off his his arm in the first inning, but X-Rays were negative. TCU won despite tying an NCAA record by hitting 10 batters. The two teams set a new NCAA record by combining to hit 13 batters. Also notable, Coats became TCU's all-time doubles leader (60).
• The third Lone Star State team that dropped out of the rankings this week, Texas, earned a hard-fought 2-1 win against Dallas Baptist in 12 innings. Tim Maitland drove in both of UT's runs, capped by a walk-off single in the 12th.
• Mike Zunino (3-for-3, 2 R, 5 RBI) homered in each of the first two innings to lead No. 1 Florida to a 16-1 pounding of Florida Atlantic. Tyler Thompson also homered and drove in five.
• No. 2 Stanford got a very encouraging start from A.J. Vanegas (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K) in a 5-0 win at St. Mary's. Stephen Piscotty had three hits and Kenny Diekroeger had two hits and three RBIs.
• No. 9 Georgia needed a walk-off RBI single from Kyle Farmer in the ninth to beat Kennesaw State, 3-2.
• Zach Kirksey homered twice and drove in seven to headline No. 14 Mississippi's 20-4 thrashing of Tennessee-Martin.
• Michael Boyden (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K) and three relievers combined on a four-hit shutout in No. 25 Maryland's 2-0 win against Delaware. The Terrapins have allowed just 1.3 runs per game, fewest in the nation.
• Vanderbilt followed its weekend sweep of Rhode Island by losing to Belmont, 6-5, to fall to 4-8. William Dodd homered and drove in five for the Bruins.
• Tanner Gaines and Caleb Reed combined to throw 6.1 hitless innings of relief in No. 23 Mississippi State's 7-3 win against Penn State.
• Santa Clara earned its second midweek win against fellow West Coast upstart Cal Poly with an 11-6 win in Santa Clara. The Broncos pounded out 18 hits.
• Grant Watson (5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R) and four relievers combined on a four-hit shutout in No. 16 UCLA's 4-0 win against UC Riverside.
• Keep an eye on Alabama-Birmingham, which knocked off Sun Belt Conference power Troy, 9-7. The Blazers, who opened the season with a win against Clemson, are 9-3.
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