Top 25 Showdowns
• Mikey Reynolds had four hits out of the No. 9 hole to pace Texas A&M's 18-hit assault in support of Daniel Mengden (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K), as the ninth-ranked Aggies crushed No. 21 Sam Houston State, 10-0. Mengden, a freshman who started the year in the closer role, turned in his second consecutive strong midweek start and earned his first collegiate win. The Aggies scored in every inning from the third on.
Top 25 Upsets
• San Jose State knocked John Hochstatter out of the game before he could record an out in a three-run first inning, then took control with four runs in the fourth to upset No. 12 Stanford 8-5. Jake Stewart returned to center field for the Cardinal and went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs. Austin Wilson homered twice in defeat as well.
• Ian Tompkins (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) and three relievers combined on a four-hitter, as Western Kentucky toppled No. 22 Louisville, 8-1. Chad Green (5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision for the Cardinals, but WKU broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the sixth and tacked on three more in the seventh against Louisville's formidable bullpen.
• At the game I attended in Pearl, Miss., No. 24 Mississippi rode the longest start of freshman Josh Laxer's career (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) to a 3-0 win against Southern Miss. Laxer worked in the 90-94 range and mixed in a quality slider at 81-83. Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said the key for Laxer to turn in by far his best outing of the year was to quit trying to be so fine and get back to attacking hitters like he did in high school.
• Kyle Garlick delivered a game-tying two-run homer in the sixth, and Oregon scored the winning run on a squeeze play in the seventh to beat Gonzaga, 3-2. Connor Hofmann reached on an error to start the seventh-inning rally, then advanced to third on a hit-and-run before scoring on Aaron Payne's bunt. The Ducks got a strong start from Jordan Spencer (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) and three combined innings of two-hit, shutout relief from Thomas Thorpe and Jimmie Sherfy.
• LSU broke open a close game with six runs in the sixth inning to beat rival Tulane 9-5. The Tigers swept the two-game season series against the Green Wave for the second straight year. Austin Nola hit a go-ahead solo homer in the fifth, and LSU took advantage of two Tulane errors in their six-run outburst an inning later, highlighted by Arby Fields' two-run triple and Mason Katz's RBI double. Raph Rhymes went 2-for-3 to lift his average to .503.
• Grant Watson (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R) improved to 8-1 in UCLA's 2-1 win at Long Beach State, dropping the Dirtbags back to .500 at 21-21 overall. Trevor Brown drove in both of UCLA's runs.
• Derrick Bleeker (3-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3B, 2 2B) led the Arkansas offense in a 6-3 win against Missouri. Nolan Sanburn (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) started and pitched very well to earn the victory.
• Michael Lorenzen went 3-for-5 with a run, two RBIs and a save to lead Cal State Fullerton past bubble-dweller Southern California, 4-2. Lorenzen hit 98 mph with his final pitch, the Titans say.
• Bubble watch: Texas Christian came from behind with two runs in the eighth to tie it, then earned a 4-3 win against Oklahoma on Derek Odell's walk-off single in the ninth. Dillon Overton (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) pitched well in a no-decision for the Sooners, but relievers Damien Magnifico (1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) and Steven Okert (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER) couldn't get the job done, and two Oklahoma errors in the ninth didn't help.
• Bubble watch: Wake Forest beat Elon 7-5 in a matchup between two borderline regional contenders that need every win. Mac Williamson's fourth-inning grand slam proved decisive for the Demon Deacons, who bounced back from a three-game sweep at Boston College. The Deacs and Phoenix will go at it again Wednesday at Elon.
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