Kris Bryant is on some kind of a tear. Two days after he slugged three home runs (including a walk-off shot) in the series opener against Brigham Young, San Diego's first-team preseason All-American delivered another walk-off homer Saturday, a two-run blast that lifted the Toreros to a 10-9 win in 14 innings, completing the sweep. Bryant is hitting .386/.561/.986 on the season, with 12 homers and 24 RBIs.
We'll have more on Bryant's heroics in Monday's Three Strikes. On to the rest of the Saturday Roundup.
Top 25 Showdowns
• (3) Oregon State at (20) Arizona: The Beavers clinched the series in Tucson with a 4-3 win behind Andrew Moore (5.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER), who improved to 5-0 on the season. Dylan Davis and Jake Rodriguez had two RBIs apiece to lead the Oregon State offense. James Farris (5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) took the loss for the Wildcats.
• (6) Mississippi at (15) Arkansas: The Razorbacks evened the series with an emphatic 10-1 win. Joe Serrano had three hits and Tyler Spoon had three RBIs to lead a balanced Arkansas attack in support of Randall Fant (6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K). Mike Mayers (5.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) took his first loss of the year for Ole Miss.
• (7) Louisiana State at (13) Mississippi State: Ryan Eades (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) led LSU to a series-clinching 7-3 win in Starkville. Mason Katz homered for the second straight day (giving him nine on the season), and Alex Bregman added a three-run shot in the ninth to give the Tigers a more comfortable cushion. Evan Mitchell (4 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) took his first loss of the season for MSU. The Tigers have won seven straight series against Mississippi State, and five straight in Starkville.
Top 25 Upsets
• (5) South Carolina at Missouri: The Gamecocks clinched the series with a 2-0 win in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, but Missouri avoided a sweep with a 4-0 win in the finale. Nolan Belcher (8.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) dominated again in the opener, stretching his scoreless streak to 26.1 innings and improving him to 4-1, 1.25 with 36 strikeouts and one walk in 36 innings this season. Keaton Steele (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) came out of the bullpen to shut down the Gamecocks in the nightcap, leading Mizzou to its first-ever SEC victory. Colby Holmes (1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) continued to scuffle in that one, but the Gamecocks got solid relief from Adam Westmoreland (4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) and Patrick Sullivan (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R).
• (18) North Carolina State at Wake Forest: The Wolfpack got another poor outing from its starter, as Wake jumped on Brad Stone (1 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 5 ER) for five runs in the first en route to a 13-4 win. Jack Carey's grand slam highlighted the first, and the Demon Deacons pounded out 14 hits in the game in support of Justin Van Grouw (6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER).
• (22) Virginia at Clemson: The Tigers snapped their nine-game losing streak against the Cavs with a 7-6 win on Garrett Boulware's walk-off RBI single in the ninth. Zack Erwin (5 IP, 1 H, 1 ER) earned the win in relief of Clate Schmidt (4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER). Scott Silverstein (3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER) struggled for UVa., which got two RBIs apiece from Joe McCarthy and Mike Papi. Boulware went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs for Clemson.
Other Top 25 Results
• Miami at (1) North Carolina: The Tar Heels scored 11 runs in the third en route to a 14-2 thrashing of the Hurricanes, leveling the series. Colin Moran (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B), Brian Holberton (3-for-3, 3 R, 3 RBI, HR) and Michael Russell (3-for-4, R, 3 RBI, 2B) led UNC's 16-hit barrage behind Benton Moss (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K), who carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The Tar Heels snapped their six-game losing streak against Miami.
• (2) Vanderbilt at Auburn: Tony Kemp (3-for-5, R, 2B) led an 11-hit attack behind Tyler Beede (6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 6 BB, 4 K), leading Vandy to a series-clinching 8-1 win.
• Xavier at (4) Louisville: The Cardinals swept a doubleheader, 7-0 and 8-6, to complete the three-game series sweep. In the opener, Nick Ratajczak (2-for-5, 4 RBI) hit his first homer of the year in support of Jeff Thompson (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K), who improved to 5-0. Mike White's first career home run—a two-run shot to right field—broke a 6-6 tie in the eighth inning in the finale. Ty Young and Sutton Whiting had three hits apiece in that one.
• (8) Cal State Fullerton at Oral Roberts: The Titans clinched the road series with a 6-2 win behind Justin Garza (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K), who improved to 5-0, 0.99 with 30 strikeouts and four walks in 36 innings.
• Boston College at (9) Georgia Tech: Zane Evans, Kyle Wren, Sam Dove and Matt Gonzalez each homered as part of a 14-hit barrage, powering Georgia Tech to a series-clinching 11-3 win. Dusty Isaacs (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) bounced back with a nice start.
• (10) Kentucky at Florida: Austin Cousino (3-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR) led the UK offense behind Jerad Grundy (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER), as the Wildcats leveled the series with an 11-5 win. Jonathon Crawford (6 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) fell to 0-3 for the Gators.
• Washington at (11) UCLA: In the resumption of a game suspended by fog in the fourth inning Friday, UCLA beat Washington 3-2 in 15 innings, then clinched the series with a 5-0 win in the nightcap. Seven UCLA relievers combined to work 11 scoreless innings of relief in the first game, led by David Berg (4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K), and Christoph Bono delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 15th. Bono (2-for-4, 2 RBI) hit his first career homer in the second game, and Nick Vander Tuig (9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K) threw his first career complete game, giving UCLA's taxed bullpen some relief.
• (12) Florida State at Maryland: The Seminoles erased an early 4-1 deficit to beat Maryland 7-6, leveling the series. Jose Brizuela and John Sansone had two RBIs apiece to help Scott Sitz (6.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 1 ER) improve to 4-0.
• Washington State at (14) Arizona State: The Sun Devils evened the series with a 4-1 win behind Ryan Kellogg (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER). ASU broke a 1-1 tie with three in the third, and Kellogg and the bullpen made the lead stand up. James McDonald, Jake Peevyhouse and David Graybill had two hits apiece for the Devils.
• (16) Oregon at Southern California: The Ducks erased a 4-2 deficit with six runs in the eighth—five unearned—to beat USC 8-4, clinching the series. Tommy Thorpe (5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER) held the Trojans scoreless until a four-run sixth inning. USC committed six errors, sabotaging a nice start by Wyatt Strahan (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K).
• (17) Notre Dame at Cal Poly: The Irish won the rubber game of the series with a 6-5 win. Rank Desico led the Notre Dame attack with three hits from the leadoff spot, and Dan Slania worked two scoreless innings to nail down the win and earn his fifth save.
• Harvard at (19) Rice: Christian Stringer's two-run triple highlighted Rice's five-run first behind Jordan Stephens (7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K), as the Owls cruised to a 9-2 win. Connor Teykl and Michael Aquino had three hits apiece to pace a 13-hit attack.
• New Mexico at (21) UNLV: The Rebels stormed back from a 6-3 deficit with five runs in the eighth and held off UNM's ninth-inning charge to win 8-7 and even the series. The Lobos scored once in the ninth and had runners at second and third with one out, but Andrew Beresford struck out the final two hitters to end it. Mark Shannon's tie-breaking two-run homer capped UNLV's eighth-inning rally.
• Northwestern State at (23) Oklahoma: Dillon Overton (7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) bounced back from his first loss of the season with a strong outing, leading the Sooners to a series-clinching 7-2 win.
• Alabama-Birmingham vs. (24) Indiana: Dustin DeMuth (4-for-5, R, 2 RBI) spearheaded Indiana's 17-hit onslaught behind Kyle Hart (5 IP, 1 H, 1 ER), as the Hoosiers cruised to a 12-3 win in Winter Haven, Fla.
• Central Arkansas followed up its series win at Mississippi State with a series win at Southern Miss. The Bears pounced on Jake Drehoff (0.1 IP, 3 H, 6 ER) in an eight-run first and cruised to a 14-3 blowout. Jeffrey Enloe (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) improved to 4-0 for UCA, which got four hits from Jonathan Davis and five RBIs from Ethan Harris, who hit a grand slam in the first. Central Arkansas improved to 17-2 on the year, while Southern Miss (a preseason Top 25 team) fell to 7-11.
• Texas Tech's Trey Masek (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) finally allowed his first run of the year in the first inning, but he followed with seven shutout frames, only to see Texas broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the ninth on Jacob Felts' walk-off RBI double against Johnathon Tripp. Dillon Peters (8.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) was strong in a no-decision for the Longhorns, who evened the series. The two teams have combined to score four runs in the first two games of the set.
• Canisius first baseman Jimmy Luppens had a huge day in the Griffs' 16-8 win against Ohio. Luppens blasted three home runs and drove in eight to lead an 18-hit attack and help coach Mike McRae pick up his 300th career win. Canisius is off to a solid start at 13-5.
• Houston improved to 15-4 with its second win of the week against Baylor, 3-2. Justin Montemayor had three hits to lead the Houston offense in support of Austin Pruitt (9 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K).
• Texas A&M clinched its inaugural SEC series with a 2-1 win against Georgia in 10 innings. Daniel Mengden (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) and Jason Jester (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) provided strong pitching for the Aggies, who won on Krey Bratsen's walk-off RBI single in the 10th.
• A couple of Sun Belt upstarts remained hot, as South Alabama clinched a big road series at Troy with a 7-5 win, and Louisiana-Lafayette clinched a series against Louisiana-Monroe with a 5-2 victory. The Jaguars are 17-3, while the Ragin' Cajuns are 15-3. And in a matchup between preseason favorites, Florida Atlantic clinched its series against Florida International with a 6-5 win.
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