Top 25 Showdowns
• (25) New Mexico State at (3) Baylor: Josh Turley (7.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) and two relievers combined on a three-hit shutout in Baylor's 5-0 win. Turley carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning before Tanner Waite broke it up with a one-out single in the eighth. The Bears broke a scoreless tie with three in the sixth against Ryan Beck (6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), capped by Cal Towey's two-run double.
• (21) Arkansas at (5) Florida: The Gators overcame a 2-0 deficit with three runs in the sixth against Ryne Stanek (5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER), highlighted by Casey Turgeon's two-run double, as Florida won 3-2. Hudson Randall (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) returned to the Friday starter role and pitched well to improve to 4-1.
• (20) Texas at (9) Texas A&M: The Aggies held off UT's furious ninth-inning rally to win 6-5. A&M capitalized on three Texas errors and built a 6-0 lead through five innings against Nathan Thornhill (6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 2 ER), while Michael Wacha (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K) kept the Longhorns off the board for eight innings. But Texas scored five runs in the ninth against the A&M bullpen before pinch-hitter Collin Walsh grounded out with runners at second and third to end it.
• (13) Stanford at (12) UCLA: Stephen Piscotty's three-run homer off Adam Plutko (5.2 IP, 9 H, 7 ER) highlighted Stanford's four-run fifth, as the Cardinal broke open a close game en route to a 7-2 win. Mark Appel (7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) was strong for the Cardinal, improving to 6-1.
Top 25 Upsets
• (17) San Diego at Portland: Kyle Kraus (9 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) out-dueled Dylan Covey )7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) in Portland's 5-4 win. Four Pilots posted two-hit games as part of a balanced 10-hit attack.
• (19) Mississippi at Mississippi State: Chris Stratton (9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) was brilliant in a complete-game shutout, leading the Bulldogs to a 4-0 win against Bobby Wahl (6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) and the Rebels. Stratton improved to 8-0, 2.39.
• Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at (24) Sam Houston State: Trevor Foss (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 9 K) improved to 1-6 in the Islanders' 5-2 win against Caleb Smith (5 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) and the Bearkats.
Other Top 25 Results
• Rhode Island at (1) Florida State: Jayce Boyd (5-for-6, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2B, HR) went bonkers for the Seminoles in a 17-6 win. Each team pounded out 14 hits, but the Seminoles staked Brandon Liebrandt (5 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) to an 11-2 lead through three innings and cruised to the win.
• (2) Kentucky at Vanderbilt: Austin Cousino (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) hit his eighth homer to lead UK's offense in support of Taylor Rogers (5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) in a 5-2 win. T.J. Pecoraro (1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 BB) had a rough outing for Vandy, which notably moved Tony Kemp to second base in place of injured Riley Reynolds.
• Georgia at (4) Louisiana State: Austin Nola's two-run homer in the eighth propelled LSU to a come-from-behind 6-5 win. Offense was the story in the showdown between Alex Wood (7 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER) and Kevin Gausman (6 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K), as the two teams combined for 23 hits. (For more on Gausman and Wood, see the Draft Blog.) The Bulldogs put the tying run on third base with one out in the ninth, but Nick Goody escaped the jam unscathed to preserve the win. Raph Rhymes went 3-for-4 to boost his absurd batting average to .503.
• Alabama at (7) South Carolina: Thursday's game was suspended with no score in the eighth inning, breaking up a no-hit bid by Alabama's Spencer Turnbull (7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K). Adam Matthews delivered a tie-breaking homer in the eighth to propel the Gamecocks to a 1-0 win when play resumed Friday. Michael Roth (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R) was strong in a no-decision in that one. South Carolina clinched the series win another one-run win in the second game, but this one had a much different feel, with a 12-11 final score. Grayson Greiner (3-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2B, HR) drove in a run and scored the tying run in South Carolina's three-run ninth inning rally, and T.J. Costen scored the winning run on an error. The Gamecocks have won five straight series.
• California at (10) Oregon: Alex Keudell (9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) earned his sixth consecutive victory, and Aaron Jones (2-for-5, 3 RBI) returned from an eigth-game injury absence to lead the Ducks to a 4-1 win. Jones' two-run double capped Oregon's tie-breaking three-run eighth.
• East Tennessee State at (11) Arizona: In a game that featured 41 hits and an NCAA record-tying seven triples, Arizona bashed its way past East Tennessee State, 24-7. Johnny Field (5-for-6, 3 R, 4 RBI, 3B) rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown, while Bobby Brown (4-for-4, 4 R, 6 RBI) and Alex Mejia (3-for-7, 2 R, 4 RBI) had two triples apiece in support of Kurt Heyer (7.2 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 9 K).
• Memphis at (14) Central Florida: Ryan Breen (2-for-4, 2 RBI) led the UCF offense in support of Ben Lively (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R), who improved to 7-1 in the Knights' 4-3 win against Dan Langfield (6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 11 K) and the Tigers.
• Michigan State at (15) Purdue: Kevin Plawecki and Eric Charles had three hits apiece, and Barrett Serrato hit a fourth-inning grand slam to power the Boilermakers to a 6-2 win. Joe Haase (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) improved to 7-0.
• Duke at (18) North Carolina State: Anthony Tzamtzis (7.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 9 K) bested Marcus Stroman (8 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) in the Wolfpack's 4-0 win. Jake Fincher and Chris Diaz had two hits apiece to lead the N.C. State offense, which out-hit Duke 9-2.
• (23) Arizona State at Washington State: Deven Marrero and Joey DeMichele had three hits apiece in support of Brady Rodgers (6.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 K), who won despite an uncharacteristic bout of wildness, in ASU's 7-4 victory.
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