The ranks of the Division I unbeaten are down to three—counting 3-0 Dartmouth. Third-ranked Oregon State took its first loss of the season Tuesday against visiting San Francisco, which scored two runs in the first against Dan Child (2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB) and went on to a 5-1 win.
Sidewinding lefty Christian Cecilio started and threw four innings of one-hit, shutout ball for USF. In two outings against Pac-12 powers Oregon State and Arizona this season, Cecilio has allowed just one run and three hits in 9.2 innings, striking out eight while walking two. Zachary Turner (3-for-5, 2 R, RBI, 2B) led USF's 10-hit attack against the team that led the nation with a 1.17 ERA entering the game. OSU's ERA climbed to 1.43 after Tuesday's loss.
On to some of Tuesday's other highlights:
• The two remaining undefeated teams who have played full schedules are No. 1 North Carolina and No. 12 Florida State, both of whom stayed perfect with wins Tuesday. Trent Thornton (7.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K) lost his no-hit bid with two outs in the eighth inning in UNC's 12-0 win against Gardner-Webb. Florida State, meanwhile, beat rival Florida in Gainesville for the first time since 2007, winning 4-1 behind Luke Weaver (6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). Giovanny Alfonzo had two hits and two RBIs to lead the offense for FSU, which snapped a three-game losing streak against Florida.
• There was just one other Top 25 upset Tuesday—UC Santa Barbara's 7-2 win against No. 17 Notre Dame. Tyler Kuresa (3-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI) led the Gauchos' offense behind Greg Mahle (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K), as UCSB rebounded nicely after getting swept at Texas this weekend.
• Fresh off its first series loss to Duke since 1966—in Coral Gables—Miami was throttled by Illinois State, 17-6. Chad Hinshaw (4-for-6, 3 R, 4 RBI, 3B, HR) fell a double short of the cycle to lead Illinois State's 20-hit onslaught, and Brock Stewart chipped in with five RBIs. One-time Miami weekend starter ERic Whaley (2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER) made his first start of the season and continued to scuffle mightily, falling to 0-1, 12.15 in four appearances. The Redbirds improved to 6-7.
• Speaking of teams that are off to disappointing starts, Southern Mississippi took its sixth loss in its last seven games, 13-5 against Mississippi State in Pearl, Miss. Hunter Renfroe (3-for-5, 2 R, 6 RBI, 2 2B, HR) continued to mash for the Bulldogs, who got four shutout innings of relief from Ross Mitchell. Mason Robbins (0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) started and was shelled for Southern Miss, which fell to 7-9 on the year.
• After moving John Simms from the Sunday starter spot into the bullpen Friday at Florida International, Rice started Simms again Tuesday against Louisiana Tech, and he responded with his first career complete game in a 4-2 win. Simms scattered five walks and four hits while striking out a career-high 12. Connor Teykl had four hits to pace the Rice offense.
• Dominic Ficociello returned to the Arkansas lineup and drove in three runs (but also made two errors at second base) in the Hogs' 20-2 shellacking of overmatched Alabama A&M (2-16).
• Ryon Healy hit a game-tying homer in the sixth, and Ryan Hambright followed with a go-ahead RBI single to lead Oregon to a 4-3 win against Texas State. Jeff Gold (6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) improved to 3-0.
• Georgia Southern won a nice battle of Peach State mid-major powers against Mercer, 10-8. Chase Griffin, T.D. Davis and Robbie Dodds had two hits and two RBIs apiece for the Eagles.
• UNC WIlmington coach Mark Scalf picked up his 700th career win in a 7-3 victory against Elon behind Blaze Tart (7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K).
• Alabama's losing streak reached five games with a 6-0 loss to Memphis. Jake Little (3-for-4, 3 RBI, HR) powered the Memphis attack behind Alex Gunn (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K). The Tigers are 10-5 overall and 5-0 against Southeastern Conference teams, with a sweep against Missouri and midweek road wins against Mississippi and 'Bama.
• The only other Conference USA team that has not been at least somewhat disappointing so far is Houston, which improved to 13-4 with a 5-3 win at Baylor. Aaron Garza (5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER) was solid to pick up the win, and Dylan Rucker worked 3.1 perfect innings for the save. The Bears have lost four straight.
• Southeastern Louisiana topped Tulane, 7-4. Sam Roberson (3-for-4, R) led Southeastern's balanced 11-hit attack, as the Lions chased Randy LeBlanc (5.2 IP, 9 H, 7 ER) with five runs in the sixth.
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