Top 25 Showdowns
• (12) Louisiana State at (1) Florida: The Gators rebounded from Thursday's gut-wrenching defeat with a 7-0 win against Kevin Gausman (6.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) and the Tigers. Jonathon Crawford (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K) and three relievers combined on a four-hitter, and Mike Zunino (3-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI) snapped out of his recent slump to lead the offense. Daniel Pigott (2-for-5, 2 R) also had a nice day atop the lineup. Karsten Whitson will start Saturday's rubber game against Ryan Eades.
• (3) North Carolina at (18) Miami: Eric Erickson (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) and two relievers combined on a six-hit shutout in Miami's 8-0 win in the series opener. Chantz Mack (3-for-5, 3 RBI) and Jarred Mederos (3-for-4, 2 2B) led Miami's 14-hit attack against Kent Emanuel (6 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER) and the UNC bullpen, and Peter O'Brien (1-for-4, 3 R, 4 RBI) added at three-run homer in the eighth.
• (22) Oregon at (5) UCLA: The Ducks clinched the huge road series with an 8-3 win behind Jake Reed (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) and Joey Housey (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K). Ryon Healey (2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) and Brett Thomas (3-for-4, R, RBI) led the oregon offense, which knocked around Nick Vander Tuig (5.1 IP, 10 H, 8 ER). Oregon has now won five straight games against Pac-12 powers Arizona State and UCLA since getting swept in two midweek games at Texas State.
• (10) Mississippi at (8) Kentucky: Luke Maile and Cameron Flynn hit back-to-back doubles in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie, propelling the Wildcats to a 3-2 win. Kentucky won despite getting out-hit 13-7 and committing four errors, as Taylor Rogers (5 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) pitched out of trouble repeatedly, and UK got strong relief work from Alex Phillips (3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) and Trevor Gott (0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R). Ole Miss ace Bobby Wahl (4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) was working without his best velocity or command. "He didn't feel good tonight. He didn't feel good warming up," Rebels coach Mike Bianco said afterward, per Scout.com. "Nothing specific. No specific spot in the arm or shoulder where he was feeling pain. He just felt like his arm was kind of tired, kind of dead today."
• (20) Oregon State at (24) Arizona State: The Beavers continued their recent history of struggles against the Sun Devils, dropping a 3-2 decision and the series in Tempe. The Sun Devils scored all three runs with two outs Friday after scoring seven of their eight runs with two outs Thursday. Deven Marrero's two-run triple highlighted ASU's decisive three-run fifth against Ben Wetzler (5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K), as Trevor Williams (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) improved to 6-2.
Top 25 Upsets
• (4) Arizona at Utah: The Utes took advantage of two Arizona errors to score a pair of unearned runs in the eighth, capped by Tyler Relf's go-ahead RBI double, propelling Utah to a 7-6 win. The Utes came back from a 5-2 deficit with three runs in the seventh against Konner Wade (6.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). This was a bad loss for the Wildcats, as Utah is just 8-21 overall and 4-7 in the Pac-12.
• (6) Stanford at Washington: The Huskies jumped on Brett Mooneyham (5.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) for a run in the first and never looked back, winning 6-4 to even the series. Branden Berry added a two-run homer in the third for UW, which improved to 4-4 in the Pac-12.
• (9) Rice at Tulane: The Green Wave built a 3-0 lead through two innings against Andrew Benak (4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) and cruised to a 7-2 win, leveling the series. Nick Schneeberger (2-for-3, 3 RBI, HR) led the Tulane offense in support of David Napoli (5.2 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER).
• Tennessee at (11) South Carolina: The Volunteers overcame a one-run deficit with a run in the eighth to tie it and another in the ninth to pull off the 5-4 upset. Zach Osborne singled against Matt Price leading off the ninth, and scored later in the inning on Price's throwing error. Michael Roth (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) was solid in a no-decision for South Carolina. Drew Steckenrider (2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) turned in stellar relief work to earn the win for the Vols.
• Georgia at (13) Arkansas: Alex Wood (9 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 11 K) turned in a gem for the Bulldogs in a 4-2 win in the series opener. Georgia erased a 2-1 deficit with three runs in the fifth against Ryne Stanek (6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). The Razorbacks have lost four straight and five of seven.
• (17) North Carolina State at Maryland: Jimmy Reed has been a force in Maryland's bullpen, and he was a force in his first career start Friday, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out eight over eight innings in a 4-0 win against the Wolfpack. Tim Kiene delivered a three-run homer in the sixth against Ethan Ogburn (7 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) to lead the Terrapin offense.
• (23) Auburn at Alabama: Taylor Dugas (2-for-4, 3 RBI) and Kenny Roberts (2-for-3, 2 R, 4 RBI) led the Crimson Tide offense in a 10-6 win against Derek Varnadore (5 IP, 7 H, 7 ER) and the Tigers. Auburn out-hit its rival 16-8 but left 10 runners on base. Alabama improved to 11-19 overall and 2-8 in the SEC.
• (25) Texas at Texas Tech: The Longhorns broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the top of the 14th, but the Red Raiders answered with three in the bottom of the frame, winning on Bryant Burleson's walk-off two-run single. Scott Lejeune (4-for-7, 2 R, 3 RBI) led the Texas Tech offense, and the Red Raiders got outstanding relief work from Shane Broyles (5.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K). Corey Knebel (6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) took the loss, throwing 109 pitches a day after throwing 34 pitches.
Other Top 25 Results
• (2) Florida State at Georgia Tech: Justin Gonzalez hit a tie-breaking RBI single in the 10th to propel the Seminoles to a 2-1 win. Brandon Liebrandt (7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) and Buck Farmer (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) went head to head in a fine pitcher's duel.
• Oklahoma at (7) Texas A&M: Ross Stripling (9 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) threw his seventh career complete game in Texas A&M's series-clinching 5-2 win. The Sooners took a 2-1 lead in the fifth, but Stripling did not allow another hit after that frame, and the Aggies scored twice in each of the seventh and eighth innings to win.
• UC Davis at (14) Cal State Fullerton: The Titans came from behind with three runs in the ninth to earn a series-clinching 5-4 win. Anthony Kupbens went the distance for the Aggies, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth, but the Titans got four of their sixth hits in the ninth, capped by Anthony Hutting's walk-off RBI single. Kenny Mathews (8 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) was solid in a no-decision for Fullerton.
• Alabama-Birmingham at (15) Central Florida: The Knights committed five of their six errors in the fourth inning, leading to nine unearned runs against Brian Adkins (3.2 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K), as the Blazers won 11-4. Dillon Napoleon (6.2 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) improved to 4-1 for UAB, which got multi-hit games from seven starters.
• (16) Baylor at Missouri: The Bears ran their winning streak to 13 games with a series-clinching 5-3 win. Baylor's 11-0 start in Big 12 play is the best start in conference history by four games (Texas started 7-0 in 1999). Trent Blank (6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) improved to 8-0, 1.67 for the Bears.
• (19) Purdue at Northwestern: Joe Haase (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) delivered the second two-hit shutout by a Purdue starter in two weeks, leading the Boilermakers to a 7-0 win in the series opener. Lance Breedlove threw a two-hitter last week against Penn State. Cameron Perkins and Kevin Plawecki had three hits apiece for the Boilermakers, and Angelo Cianfrocco drove in three.
• Gonzaga at (21) San Diego: The Toreros evened the series with a 5-2 win. Paul Sewald (5 IP, 6 G, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) improved to 5-1, and USD got two innings of one-hit, shutout relief from both Drew Jacobs and Michael Wagner. Andrew Daniel and Louie Lechich each provided RBI singles in USD's three-run second, and the Toreros never looked back.
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