Top 25 Showdowns
• (12) Louisiana State at (1) Florida: The Tigers stormed back from an early five-run deficit to win 8-7 and take the huge series in Gainesville. LSU has now won five of six games over the last two weekends against then-No. 3 Arkansas and at No. 1 Florida. Arby Fields hit an RBI triple and scored in the seventh to tie the game at 7-7, and Ty Ross hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth to score Grant Dozar with the winning run. Brent Bonvillain (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) picked up the win with brilliant relief. The pitching matchup between LSU's Ryan Eades (3 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 5 ER) and UF's Karsten Whitson (1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) was a let-down, though Gators coach Kevin O'Sullivan said after the game that Whitson was not removed due to injury. Regardless, the Gators are limping, having lost back-to-back weekend series and five of their last seven games. Their reign atop the Baseball America Top 25 rankings will end after eight weeks.
• (3) North Carolina at (18) Miami: Esteban Tresgallo hit a towering walk-off home run just fair down the left field line, and just over the outstretched glove of leaping Jordan Parks, to give the Hurricanes a 4-3 win in 14 innings, clinching the big series. E.J. Encinosa was sublime in relief for Miami, recording six strikeouts over six perfect innings to pick up the win. UNC closer Michael Morin allowed just three hits (and five walks) over seven scoreless innings before allowing Tresgallo's homer to lead off the 14th. Miami's Eric Whaley (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER) and UNC's Chris Munnelly (5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) were solid in no-decisions.
• (22) Oregon at (5) UCLA: The Bruins erased an early 5-2 deficit to win 8-6, avoiding the series sweep. Eric Filia-Snyder delivered a pinch-hit RBI single to tie the game in the seventh, then scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch later in the frame. UCLA got strong relief work from Zack Weiss (4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K), David Berg (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) and Scott Griggs (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R).
• (10) Mississippi at (8) Kentucky: Matt Snyder (2-for-3, 2 HR, 5 RBI) hit a grand slam to highlight Mississippi's eight-run fifth inning in support of Mike Mayers (7.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER), as the Rebels evened the series with a 9-3 win. A.J. Reed (3-for-4, 2 RBI) went deep in defeat for the Wildcats.
• (20) Oregon State at (24) Arizona State: The Sun Devils overcame a 1-0 deficit with five runs in the eighth to win 5-1 and complete the series sweep. Arizona State is 6-0 against the two Oregon teams in Arizona over the last two years, but 0-6 against the Oregon teams in Oregon. Four ASU relievers combined for six innings of one-hit, scoreless relief, and Max Rossiter's three-run homer off Cole Brocker capped the five-run outburst in the eighth. Jace Fry (7.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) pitched well for the Beavers until the eighth.
Top 25 Upsets
• (23) Auburn at Alabama: What do they say about throwing out the records in rivalry games? Alabama, which entered the weekend just 10-19 overall and 1-8 in the SEC, clinched a series against Auburn (17-11, 6-3 entering the weekend) with a 4-3 win Saturday. The Crimson Tide trailed 3-2 heading into the ninth, but Taylor Dugas hit a walk-off, two-run homer against Slade Smith (4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER). Trey Pilkington (3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) picked up the win in relief for Bama.
Other Top 25 Results
• (2) Florida State at Georgia Tech: The Seminoles clinched the road series by storming back from an early 5-0 deficit to win 12-7. The Jackets chased Mike Compton with four runs in the third, but the 'Noles knocked out Dusty Isaacs (4.2, 5 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 6 K) with nine runs in the fifth, highlighted by Jose Brizuela's grand slam. Brizuela and Devon Travis had three hits and four RBIs apiece for FSU.
• (4) Arizona at Utah: The Wildcats built a 7-2 lead through three innings, but the Utes came back to tie it with five runs in the fifth against James Farris (4 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), only to see the Wildcats bounce back with four unanswered runs to win 11-7. Riley Moore (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) led Arizona's balanced 14-hit attack. The Wildcats improved to 8-0 in weekend series.
• (6) Stanford at Washington: Like Arizona, the Cardinal bounced back from Friday's loss to win the rubber game on the road, 8-6. Stanford failed to hold leads of 4-2 and 6-4, but Tyler Gaffney scored the go-ahead run on a catcher's interference in the ninth, and Austin Wilson added an insurance run on a double steal. A.J. Vanegas (6 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER) returned to the weekend rotation and was solid in a no-decision for Stanford. Shortstop Lonnie Kauppila made his 12th error for the Cardinal and is fielding .907.
• Oklahoma at (7) Texas A&M: The Aggies completed the sweep with a 5-3 win. Matt Juengel's two-run double highlighted A&M's three-run fifth in support of Rafael Pineda (5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER), who improved to 5-0. Kyle Martin worked two scoreless for his first save of the year. Oklahoma's at-large hopes are in real jeopardy—this series was critical for the Sooners, who rank No. 91 in the updated WarrenNolan.com RPI rankings and lack opportunities to boost their RPI in the second half.
• (9) Rice at Tulane: Austin Kubitza (6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 2 K) returned to the Rice weekend rotation and picked up the win in the Owls' 5-0 victory, clinching the series. Kubitza and Taylor Wall combined on a one-hit shutout, and Jeremy Rathjen (3-for-5, R, 2 RBI) led Rice's 13-hit attack. "Kubitza was back, his stuff was good," Rice coach Wayne Graham said afterward.
• Tennessee at (11) South Carolina: The Gamecocks evened the series with a 2-1 win in walk-off fashion. With the score tied 1-1, Connor Bright singled leading off the ninth and went on to score the winning run on L.B. Dantzler's RBI single. South Carolina freshman lefty Jordan Montgomery (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) retired 12 in a row at one point during his first career SEC start.
• Georgia at (13) Arkansas: Jimmy Bosco's grand slam highlighted the Hogs' five-run third against Michael Palazzone (4 IP, 6 H, 5 ER), and Arkansas went on to an 8-3 win, leveling the series. Barrett Astin (4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) moved from the closer role into the rotation and earned a no-decision for Arkansas, as Brandon Moore (3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) picked up the win in relief.
• UC Davis at (14) Cal State Fullerton: The Titans used a balanced 13-hit attack in support of Grahamm Wiest (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R) to win 11-0 and complete the series sweep. Michael Lorenzen and Anthony Hutting had two hits and two RBIs apiece.
• Alabama-Birmingham at (15) Central Florida: The Knights played errorless ball a night after their six-error debacle, and they beat UAB 7-3 to even the series. Jeremy Matos broke open a 4-2 game with a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the seventh. Ben Lively (2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief of Chris Matulis (4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K).
• (16) Baylor at Missouri: The Bears slugged their way to a 12-7 win (shortened to eight innings by a travel curfew) to complete the sweep and improve to 12-0 in the Big 12. Baylor has won 14 straight games. Baylor broke a 6-6 tie with four runs in the seventh, sparked by Dan Evatt's leadoff homer. Adam Toth (4-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) led the Baylor offense. This was a huge home series for Missouri; at 16-14 overall, 3-6 in the league and No. 107 in the WarrenNolan.com RPI, the Tigers' at-large hopes suddenly look just about sunk.
• (17) North Carolina State at Maryland: The Wolfpack evened the series with a 3-2 win. Trea Turner (4-for-4, 2 R) and Danny Canela (1-for-3, 3 RBI) led the Woflpack offense in support of Carlos Rodon (9 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K), who notched his first career complete game to improve to 5-0, 1.41 with 67 strikeouts and 15 walks in 57 innings.
• (19) Purdue at Northwestern: The Boilermakers clinched the series with a 3-1 win behind Lance Breedlove (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER).
• Gonzaga at (21) San Diego: The Toreros won the rubber game of the big WCC showdown series, 5-3. USD broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the eighth, highlighted by Kris Bryant's two-run triple. Dylan Covey (8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) improved to 4-2 for San Diego, and Michael Wagner picked up his 14th save.
• (25) Texas at Texas Tech: The Longhorns pounded out 19 hits to win the rubber game 14-3 in Lubbock. Erich Weiss (4-for-6, 3 R, 2 RBI) was one of seven 'Horns to record multiple hits in support of Ricky Jacquez (5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K).
• Cal Poly completed a sweep of UC Irvine with an 8-1 win behind Kyle Brueggemann (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER). David Amendariz (2 R, 2 RBI, HR) led the offense for the Mustangs, who rank 44th in the RPI and gave their at-large resume a major boost this weekend. UCI, meanwhile, finds itself behind the 8-ball for an at-large spot, with a No. 67 RPI and a 1-9 record against the top 50.
• Indiana State continued to assert itself in the Missouri Valley Conference, beating Creighton 2-0 in 12 innings to clinch the road series. The Sycamores improved to 26-6 overall and an MVC-best 6-2 in conference play. Sean Manaea (9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K) was brilliant in a no-decision for Indiana State—but not as brilliant as Erik Mattingly, who departed after nine no-hit innings for Creighton.
• Elon split a doubleheader at Furman to drop the series. The Phoenix have series wins against the two other top SoCon contenders—College of Charleston and Appalachian State, who are going head-to-head this weekend. The Mountaineers clinched that series with an 8-2 win today behind Seth Grant (8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. At 9-2 in the league (and 24-5 overall), Appalachian State is in the SoCon catbird seat. Elon is 12-6; CofC is 11-6.
• Sam Houston State extended its winning streak to 12 games with a 5-3 win against Northwestern State, completing a sweep. The Bearkats improved to 13-2 in the Southland Conference, while Texas State dropped its series finale at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to fall to 8-7 in the SLC. SHSU has a four-game lead over second-place Northwestern State.
• Florida Atlantic improved to 10-1 in the Sun Belt with a 10-7 win against South Alabama, clinching the series. Dylan Seigel went 4-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs for FAU.
• Southern California won in walk-off fashion for the second consecutive day, 3-2 to win a big series against California. After Cal scored a run in the top of the ninth to tie it, USC answered with a run in the bottom of the frame on Garrett Stubbs' pinch-hit, bases-loaded walk. At 2-7 in the Pac-12 and 4-8 against the top 50, Cal's at-large hopes are in peril. USC, meanwhile, strengthened its at-large resume, improving to 5-6 in the conference and climbing to No. 35 in the RPI.
• Anthony Gomez hit a game-winning RBI single in the 12th to give Vanderbilt a 4-3 win at Mississippi State, leveling the series. Tyler Beede (6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) continued to pitch very well in the rotation for the Commodores, who improved to 3-15 (that is not a typo) against the top 50 in the Warren Nolan RPI.
• Portland swept a doubleheader against San Francisco, 5-3 and 2-1, to complete a three-game series sweep. And Pepperdine won its rubber game at St. Mary's, 6-4.
• New Mexico State rallied from behind with three runs in the ninth to win its rubber game against Nevada, 7-6. The Wolf Pack committed two errors and a balk in the ninth. Meanwhile, preseason WAC favorite Fresno State dropped its first conference series at Hawaii with a 3-2 win in 10 innings. The Bulldogs fell below .500 overall at 15-16.
• File this under most unexpected score of the day: After outscoring Air Force 28-2 in the first two games of the series, New Mexico dropped a 1-0 decision in the series finale Saturday. Evan Albrecht threw a four-hit, complete-game shutout.
• North Dakota State swept a doubleheader at Nebraska-Omaha to run the nation's longest active winning streak to 16 games.
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