With many schools off for final exams or taking a break from conference play, the Week 12 schedule is less compelling than usual. But there is never a break in the rough-and-tumble Southeastern Conference, which is where we begin the roundup.
The game of the night came in College Station, where Louisiana State beat Texas A&M 5-4 in 10 innings. Aaron Nola (8.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) carried a shutout and a 4-0 lead into the ninth before the Aggies chased him, then tied the game up against Joe Broussard. With the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, Blake Allemand laced what appeared to be the game-winning hit toward the left-field corner, but Jared Foster made an incredible soaring catch to save the game for LSU (around the 4-minute mark in the video above). Then, in the 10th, Andrew Stevenson doubled and went on to score the winning run on Mark Laird’s fielder’s choice. Alex Bregman (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) homered and doubled for the Tigers to help them build their 4-0 lead.
Top 25 Showdowns
(5) Florida at (12) Alabama: Casey Turgeon (3-for-4, R, RBI) and Harrison Bader (2-for-4, 2 RBI) led the Florida offense in support of Logan Shore (6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K), as the Gators won the first game of the showdown series between SEC division leaders, 7-3. Eric Hanhold worked two hitless innings for the save, entering in a tight spot in the eighth and shutting down an Alabama rally. Spencer Turnbull (6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) took the loss for the Crimson Tide, which dropped out of a tie for first place in the SEC West. The Gators are now 16-6, four games ahead of South Carolina and Vanderbilt in the East, and two games better than Mississippi in the overall standings.
(23) Central Florida at (16) Houston: The Cougars jumped out to a 4-0 lead through four innings against Aaron Garza (6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) and held on for a 4-3 win behind Eric Skoglund (6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K), who improved to 8-1. James Vasquez hit a two-run homer, and Tommy Williams had three hits for the Knights, who improved to 16-3 in the American Athletic Conference, five games ahead of fourth-place Houston.
Top 25 Upsets
(4) Cal Poly at UC Riverside: David Andriese and Thomas Walker combined for six hits and five RBIs in support of Jacob Smigelski (5.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER), as the Highlanders beat suddenly struggling Matt Imhof (3 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER) and the slumping Mustangs 7-3. Six Mustangs recorded multiple hits as part of a 13-hit attack, but Cal Poly left 11 men on base and lost its fourth straight game. Poly fell three games behind UC Irvine in the loss column.
(9) South Carolina at Georgia: Ryan Lawlor (9 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) carried a shutout into the eighth, when South Carolina tied the score at 1-1, but the Bulldogs answered with two in the bottom of the frame against Jordan Montgomery (7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER) to win 3-1. The Gamecocks made two errors in the eighth, leading to a pair of unearned runs.
(19) Texas at West Virginia: Harrison Musgrave (7 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) bested Parker French (6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER) in WVU’s 5-3 win. B.J. Boyd (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) led the offense for the Mountaineers, who have won nine of their last 10 games since snapping a seven-game losing streak.
(21) Texas Tech at Kansas: Colby Wright and Michael Suiter had four RBIs apiece in support of Jordan Piche (9 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K), as the Jayhawks blew out the Red Raiders 11-3. Ryan Moseley (5 IP, 3 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 7 K) took the loss for Texas Tech.
(25) Kentucky at Tennessee: The Volunteers evened the series with an 8-2 win behind Nick Williams (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) and Kyle Serrano (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R). Christin Stewart had four RBIs to lead the Tennessee attack against Dylan Dwyer (3 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) and Chandler Shepherd (5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K).
Other Top 25 Results
(2) Oregon State at California: Jeff Hendrix (3-for-4, 4 R, 3 RBI) fell a double shy of the cycle, and Dylan Davis added four RBIs to power the Beavers to a 10-4 win. Ben Wetzler (7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) improved to 8-1.
(3) Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas State: Michael Strentz (2-for-4, 3 RBI, HR) continued to swing a hot bat out of the No. 9 hole in ULL’s lineup, helping Austin Robichaux (5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) improve to 6-2, as the Cajuns beat second-place Arkansas State 6-5.
(7) Washington at Utah: Alex Schmidt (2-for-3, R, 3 RBI) hit one of three UW home runs in support of Jared Fisher (5 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER), as the Huskies beat Utah 8-4 to keep pace with the Beavers in the Pac-12 race.
Alabama State at (10) Miami: Alex Hernandez (3-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, 3B) led a 12-hit attack behind Chris Diaz (6 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K), as the red-hot Hurricanes pounded the SWAC-leading Hornets, 11-1.
Arkansas at (11) Mississippi: The Rebels got strong pitching from Chris Ellis (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) and Aaron Greenwood (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) in a 3-2 win, moving them into sole possession of first place in the SEC West. J.B. Woodman (3-for-3, R, RBI) led the Ole Miss offense.
Purdue at (15) Indiana: Casey Rodrigue (3-for-4, 2 R) and Kyle Schwarber (4-for-5, R, RBI) powered the Indiana offense out of the first two spots in the order, and Joey DeNato (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K) improved to 10-1, as the Hoosiers blanked the Boilermakers 6-0.
Kansas State at (17) Texas Christian: Kevin Cron (4-for-4, R, RBI, 2B) led the TCU offense in support of Preston Morrison (9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) in a 5-0 win. The Frogs tied a Big 12 record by posting their 13th shutout of the season, and they extended their winning streak to 10 games—during which they have recorded seven shutouts.
Arizona State at (18) Oklahoma State: Tanner Krietemeier (3-for-3, 2 R, RBI) doubled twice, including during a crucial four-run third inning, to lead the Cowboys to an 8-5 victory. OSU’s defense made three errors, leading to four unearned runs, but relievers Vince Wheeland and Brendan McCurry combined to work 2.2 scoreless innings to nail down the victory.
(20) Vanderbilt at Missouri: Bryan Reynolds and Jason Delay had three hits apiece to spearhead Vandy’s 16-hit attack in support of Tyler Beede (5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K), as the ‘Dores won 8-3. Walker Buehler worked three scoreless innings in relief of the inefficient Beede, who threw 108 pitches in his five-plus innings.