Top 25 Showdowns
• (7) Florida at (3) Kentucky: The Wildcats avoided a sweep with a 2-1 win behind Corey Littrell (8 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K), who improved to 7-0. Matt Reida's RBI single off Brian Johnson (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) broke a scoreless tie in the fifth, and the Wildcats tacked on a crucial insurance run in the eighth against Jonathon Crawford (3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER).
• (4) Louisiana State at (24) Mississippi: The Rebels evened the series with a 7-4 win. LSU starter Ryan Eades and Ole Miss starter Mike Mayers each gave up four runs over four innings of work, but the Rebels won the battle of the bullpens, as Tanner Bailey, Chris Ellis and Brett Huber combined to work five innings of three-hit, shutout relief. Tanner Mathis (3-for-5, R, 2 RBI) broke a 4-4 tie with an RBI single in the sixth, and Auston Bousfield provided some insurance with a two-run homer an inning later.
• (5) South Carolina at (18) Arkansas: Matt Reynolds (3-for-5, 2 RBI) led a 17-hit attack and provided the eventual winning run with an RBI single in the eighth, propelling the Hogs to a series-tying 7-6 win. Christian Walker (3-for-4, 2 RBI) and Chase Vergason homered in a losing cause for the Gamecocks, who saw their SEC winning streak snapped at 12 games. The back-and-forth affair featured three lead changes.
• (10) Oregon at (11) Arizona: The Wildcats pounded out 15 hits against Jake Reed (4.2 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 8 ER) and the Ducks, leveling the series with a 12-6 win. Johnny Field (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) and Alex Mejia (4-for-5, R, RBI) led the Arizona offense, and Tyler Crawford (4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief of Konner Wade (4 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Oregon remains in first place in the Pac-12 by percentage points over Arizona.
• (13) Purdue at (14) UCLA: In a matchup between two teams that entered the day among the top six in the RPI rankings, the Bruins swept a doubleheader, 5-1 and 3-2, to clinch a big nonconference series and bolster their national seed case. Adam Plutko (8.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) retired the first 16 hitters he faced in the opener, and Cody Keefer's two-run double in the fifth put UCLA in control against Joe Haase (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER), who fell to 7-1. The Boilermakers out-hit the Bruins 10-4 in the nightcap, but the Bruins got enough timely hits early in the game against Lance Breedlove (4 IP, 3 H, 3 ER), while Nick Vander Tuig (5.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) minimized damage to improve to 6-3. Both teams got strong bullpen work in that one, as Purdue's Blake Mascarello (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R) and three UCLA relievers combined for 7.1 scoreless innings of relief.
Top 25 Upsets
• (12) Stanford at Oregon State: Jace Fry (9 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) carried a shutout into the ninth inning, leading the Beavers to a series-tying 4-2 win. Brett Mooneyham was a late scratch for Stanford due to the flu, so Dean McArdle (2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER) started and took the loss after giving up a homer to Ryan Barnes leading off the game, as the Beavers never looked back.
• (21) Sam Houston State at Texas-Arlington: The Bearkats held on to win the series opener—which had been suspended Friday night—by a score of 2-0 behind Caleb Smith (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K), but they lost the second game 7-4. Travis Sibley (3-for-4, 3 RBI) led the UTA offense against Justin Jackson (4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) and the Bearkats.
• (22) Louisville at West Virginia: The Mountaineers won the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, 4-3, but the Cardinals evened the series with a 7-6 win in the nightcap. Justin Amlung (8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) was stellar in a no-decision for Louisville in the opener, but WVU rallied for three in the ninth against Derek Self, winning on Billy Fleming's two-run double. Ryan Seiz's grand slam highlighted Louisville's five-run first in the second game in support of Jeff Thompson (5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER).
• (25) Texas at Missouri: Eric Garcia's RBI double broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth, propelling Missouri to a series-leveling 5-4 win. The Longhorns shifted Nathan Thornhill (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) to the bullpen, and he pitched well in relief of Dillon Peters (2.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER) but still took the loss to fall to 4-5.
• Dartmouth and Cornell split a doubleheader in the Ivy League championship series, setting up a winner-takes-all rubber game Sunday. Marshall Yanzick (5-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B) led Cornell's 15-hit assault in support of Connor Kaufmann (6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) in the Big Red's 11-3 win in Game One. Kyle Hunter (8.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) turned in a gem for the Big Green in the second game, a 7-1 Dartmouth win.
• Utah Valley swept a doubleheader against Houston Baptist, 7-5 and 14-8, to run the nation's longest active winning streak to 27 games (seven shy of the Division I record). Eight Wolverines posted multi-hit games in the nightcap as part of a 22-hit attack. Utah Valley improved to 34-11 overall, 19-0 in the Great West. Remarkably, the Wolverines have climbed to No. 64 in the updated WarrenNolan.com pRPI rankings—in striking distance of an at-large bid, which is an awfully impressive feat for a team in the Great West. But the remaining schedule includes four games against New York Tech (No. 295) and four against Northern Colorado (No. 278). Ouch.
• New Mexico and Texas Christian split a doubleheader in a big Mountain West Conference showdown, leaving the Lobos a game up on the Horned Frogs heading into Sunday's rubber game. A rain delay cut Andrew Mitchell's outing to one inning in the opener, but Preston Morrison (4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) provided solid relief to improve to 7-0 in TCU's 5-3 win in the opener. D.J. Peterson hit his 14th homer, a two-run shot in the third, to lead the UNM offense in a 6-5 win in Game Two.
• Ross Stripling (8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 13 K) was overpowering in Texas A&M's series-clinching 7-2 win against Texas Tech.
• San Diego completed a three-game sweep of Brigham Young with a 12-6 win. A.J. Robinson (5-for-6, 2 R, 3 RBI, 3 2B, 3B) led a 17-hit barrage in support of Calvin Drummond (5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) for the Toreros, who scored 39 runs in three games at BYU.
• Top-ranked Florida State hammered Maryland, 10-3, helping Brandon Liebrandt (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) improve to 10-3.
• Indiana State clinched a big series against fellow bubble-dweller Wichita State with a 6-3 win. Rob Ort's three-run homer highlighted the Sycamores' four-run eighth, and Sean Manaea (7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) was strong in a no-decision.
• Speaking of the bubble, Southern California's has just about burst after a second straight loss to Washington, 6-3, at Dedeaux Field. Five Huskies recorded three-hit days as part of a 19-hit attack against Andrew Triggs (5 IP, 13 H, 3 ER) and Brandon Garcia (4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER). Washington evened its Pac-12 record at 10-10 and clinched its second straight series, breathing real life into its at-large hopes.
• And in the SEC's big bubble battle, Georgia clinched its home series against Auburn with a 6-5 win in 11 innings. After the Tigers took the lead with a run in the top of the 11th, UGa. responded with two in the bottom of the frame, capped by Kyle Farmer's walk-off RBI single.
• New Mexico State has suddenly found itself in a funk. The Aggies were shut out at Hawaii, 1-0, stretching their losing streak to six games. Hawaii clinched the series and moved into first place in the WAC at 8-4. NMSU has fallen to No. 31 in the WarrenNolan.com pRPI rankings.
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