Top 25 Showdowns
• No. 7 Florida completed a sweep of its annual season series against No. 1 Florida State for the first time in 54 years with a 6-3 win in Tallahassee. Mike Zunino, Nolan Fontana and Brian Johnson went deep for the Gators, and Ryan Harris (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K) picked up the win in relief of Johnson (3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Florida State built a 3-0 lead through three innings before the Gators came back against Scott Sitz (5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER), then surged ahead against the FSU bullpen. Florida swept its season series against both FSU and Miami for the first time in school history.
• Pat Valaika's RBI triple highlighted No. 17 UCLA's three-run fourth inning in support of Grant Watson (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER), leading the Bruins to a 4-2 win against No. 12 Cal State Fullerton. David Berg, Ryan Deeter and Scott Griggs worked a hitless inning apiece to nail down the victory. Koby Gauna (3.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER) started and took the loss for the Titans.
Top 25 Upsets
• Texas-Arlington pulled off a 3-2 upset at No. 2 Texas A&M. Preston Morrow (3-for-4) delivered a tie-breaking RBI single in the fifth, and three UTA relievers combined to throw five innings of shutout ball. The Mavericks, who have won eight of nine to improve to 21-12 on the year, rapped out 13 hits against A&M's stout pitching staff. Arlington now owns midweek wins at Texas, at Oklahoma, at Texas A&M and home against Baylor and Texas Christian. At No. 45 in the RPI, the Mavericks are in position to make a run at an at-large bid.
• Louisville pounded third-ranked Kentucky, 12-0, in Lexington. The Cardinals out-hit their in-state rivals 17-4, as Jared Ruxer (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K) improved to 5-0, and counterpart A.J. Reed (2.2 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) took his first collegiate loss. Six Wildcats recorded multiple hits, led by Cole Sturgeon (3-for-4, 2 R, RBI). This was a big RPI win for Louisville, which was 1-3 against the RPI top 25 entering the game.
• Damien Magnifico (8.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K) carried a shutout into the ninth, leading Oklahoma to a 4-0 win against No. 11 Arkansas. Magnifico ran his fastball into triple digits 22 times on the stadium radar gun, topping out at 103. Max White (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI) led the OU offense.
• No. 8 Baylor ran its winning streak to 15 games with a 7-5 win against Louisiana-Monroe. Max Muncy (2-for-4, 3 RBI) delivered a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth.
• No. 9 Rice came back from an early four-run deficit to beat Texas State, 6-5. Jeremy Rathjen hit a game-winning three-run triple in the seventh, and the Owls got 6.1 combined innings of three-hit, shutout relief from Taylor Wall, Tyler Duffey and J.T. Chargois.
• Grayson Greiner hit a grand slam, and Nolan Belcher (5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) cruised in No. 10 South Carolina's 8-0 win against The Citadel.
• Alex Blackford (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) picked up his first win of the year in Arizona State's 3-1 win at New Mexico. Joey DeMichele had two RBIs for the Sun Devils.
• Michael Conforto hit a pair of three-run homers, including the game-winning shot in the 10th, as Oregon State beat Nevada 10-7. Conforto has eight homers; no Beaver hit more than five in all of 2011.
• Jeff Hoffman (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) was outstanding in a no-decision, and East Carolina beat Elon 3-2 on a sacrifice fly in the 10th. The teams traded two-run rallies in the ninth.
• In a battle between Pacific Northwest at-large contenders, Gonzaga earned a big win at Washington, 8-5. Royce Bolinger and Alex Stanford had three hits apiece for the Zags, and Zach Abbruzza (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) earned the win with strong relief work.
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