After three straight trips to the College World Series, Florida isn't accustomed to losing streaks. The Gators were swept out of the Top 25 by Florida Gulf Coast this weekend, and their struggles continued Tuesday with a 7-6 loss to North Florida in Gainesville.
Florida rallied from behind to force extra innings with two runs in the ninth, but Corey Bass delivered a game-winning RBI double in the 10th for the Ospreys, handing Florida its fifth straight loss. It doesn't get any easier for the Gators this weekend, as they'll host 8-0 Miami. Smoke Laval's North Florida club, meanwhile, improved to 6-2, having won series against West Virginia and The Citadel over the first two weeks.
Tuesday's slate also featured a number of ranked teams getting knocked off. Here's a roundup of the day's action:
Top 25 Upsets
• Memphis followed up its sweep of Missouri with a fourth straight win against an SEC foe, knocking off No. 8 Mississippi 4-3 in Oxford. With the score tied 3-3, the Rebels made three errors in the eighth, leading to the winning run. Keaton Aldridge (3-for-5, 2 R) led the Memphis attack.
• Andrew Freter (5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER) and two Utah Valley relievers held No. 20 Arizona to just five hits in a 3-1 win in Tucson. Colby Croft had three hits to pace the Wolverines.
• Florida Atlantic outslugged No. 23 Florida Gulf Coast, 9-8, in Boca Raton. The Owls rallied back from a 5-2 deficit with five runs in the sixth, highlighted by Sean Murrell's two-run double, then tacked on two more runs in the next two frames and held off FGCU's charge in the ninth. The Eagles scored three times in the final frame but stranded runners at second and third.
• Louisiana-Monroe topped No. 24 Southern Mississippi, 6-5. ULM first baseman Corben Green's two-run homer in the seventh tied the score at 5-5, and the Warhawks scratched out the winning run an inning later.
• Sam Houston State stopped Texas' five-game winning streak with a 5-3 win in Austin. Tyler Eppler (5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) turned in a solid start for the Bearkats, and Colt Atwood delivered an RBI single and a run in SHSU's crucial two-run seventh.
• Walker Buehler (5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) was solid, and Vanderbilt broke a 3-3 tie with four runs in the eighth to beat Arkansas State, 6-1.
• Alex Bregman (2-for-5, 4 RBI) hit a three-run homer in the third to put Louisiana State up 5-0, and the Tigers cruised to an 11-2 win against Louisiana-Lafayette. Cody Glenn (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R) was outstanding for LSU.
• Christian Jones (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) and Jeff Gold (4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) helped lead Oregon to a 3-1 win against Portland. Four Oregon pitchers combined to strike out 15 Pilots. Jones was strong in his first start since May 28, 2011 (he missed last season after having Tommy John surgery).
• Georgia Tech stormed back from a 4-1 deficit after five innings to beat Georgia Southern, 11-4. Zane Evans (3-for-5, 5 RBI) homered twice to lead Tech's 14-hit attack.
• Jack Wynkoop (5.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R) picked up his first collegiate victory in South Carolina's 5-2 win against Furman.
• UCLA broke open a two-run game with seven in the sixth, helping Cody Poteet (5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER) earn his first career win, as UCLA cruised to a 12-3 victory against UC Santa Barbara.
• Mississippi State jumped on Rhode Island with seven runs in the first and rolled to a 13-2 win. At 10-0, the Bulldogs are the SEC's lone remaining unbeaten team. MSU slugger Hunter Renfroe missed the game with what John Cohen called "a very, very slight fracture" in his right hand, but he could return this weekend, according to reports.
• A.J. Reed homered and drove in four to lead Kentucky to an 11-5 win against Murray State. Chandler Shepherd (5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) picked up the win in relief for the Wildcats.
• Johnny Locher, Danny Diekroeger and Brant Whiting had three hits apiece to pace Stanford's 15-hit assault, as the Cardinal beat St. Mary's, 7-2.
• Danny Rosenbaum hit his first career home run and drove in five to lead Louisville to a 13-4 win against Morehead State.
• Dominique Taylor and Ronnie Shaeffer combined for five hits and six RBIs to lead UC Irvine to a 10-3 win at Loyola Marymount.
• Miami overcame a 4-2 deficit against NAIA St. Thomas (Fla.), scoring two in the eighth to tie it and winning 5-4 on Alex Hernandez's walk-off RBI single in the ninth.
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