We highlighted the pitching matchup between Indiana State’s Sean Manaea and Missouri State’s Nick Petree in Thursday’s Weekend Preview, and it lived up to its billing. Manaea is the better prospect, but Petree bested him Friday, striking out 10 in a two-hit shutout to lead the Bears to a 3-0 win. Missouri State pushed across an unearned run in the fifth to break a scoreless tie, then tacked on two more in the eighth to chase Manaea (7.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). Petree, who allowed just four baserunners in the game (two via walks), retired the final eight batters to lock down his second career shutout. The reigning national ERA champion improved to 4-0, 0.86 with 44 strikeouts and 14 walks in 42 innings this year.
Top 25 Showdowns
• (16) Notre Dame at (10) Louisville: In the marquee matchup of the year in the Big East, Louisville clinched a series win against Notre Dame with a 2-1 win. Notre Dame’s Adam Norton (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) and Louisville’s Jeff Thompson (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) each earned no-decisions in a fine duel, and the Cardinals broke a 1-1 tie on Zak Wasserman’s walk-off sacrifice fly in the ninth against Dan Slania. Coco Johnson returned from injury and went 3-for-4 to lead the Louisville offense, and Nick Burdi (1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) picked up the win with overpowering relief.
• (25) Mississippi State at (15) Arkansas: The Hogs erased a 3-2 deficit on Matt Vinson’s go-ahead three-run triple in the seventh, leading Arkansas to a 5-4 win in the series opener. Barrett Astin (5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) was solid in a no-decision for the Razorbacks, who won their sixth straight game. Hunter Renfroe was 4-for-4 for MSU, and Luis Pollorena (6.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 8 BB, 5 K) made the start in place of Jacob Lindgren, who felt some tightness in his elbow this week.
Top 25 Upsets
• (6) Florida State at Virginia Tech: The Seminoles out-hit the Hokies 11-6 but hit into four double plays and managed just two runs against Brad Markey (9 IP, 11 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), as Virginia Tech won the series opener 3-2. Sean Keselica hit an RBI double and scored in the Hokies’ critical two-run fourth against Brandon Leibrandt (4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K).
• (7) UCLA at Arizona State: Kasey Coffman homered twice and drove in five to lead ASU to a series-clinching 7-4 win. Ryan Kellogg (8 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) followed up his no-hitter with a solid start to improve to 5-0, 1.37. The Sun Devils jumped on Nick Vander Tuig (5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) for four runs in the second, and UCLA fought back to tie the score in the sixth, but ASU answered with three in the bottom of the frame, capped by Coffman’s two-run homer.
• (22) Georgia Southern at UNC Greensboro: The Spartans evened the series with a 5-4 win in walk-off fashion. Cambric Moye (3-for-5) led UNCG’s 13-hit attack and delivered a game-winning RBI single with the bases loaded in the ninth. Tyler Avera (2-for-4, 2 RBI) led the offense for GSU.
• (24) South Alabama at Florida Atlantic: Nathan Pittman (3-for-4, R, RBI) led FAU’s balanced 12-hit attack against Brandon Boyle (5 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 4 ER) and the Jaguars, as the Owls won the series opener 6-3. Austin Gomber (7 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) picked up the win for Florida Atlantic.
Other Top 25 Results
• (2) Oregon State at San Diego: Danny Hayes and Jake Rodriguez had three hits apiece to lead Oregon State’s 18-hit barrage in support of Matt Boyd (5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER), who improved to 6-0 in OSU’s 14-5 blowout victory. The Beavers broke a 3-3 tie with seven runs in the fourth.
• Tennessee at (3) Vanderbilt: Spencer Navin hit a walk-off RBI single in the 12th to lift Vanderbilt to a 4-3 win. Kevin Ziomek (7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) bounced back from his first loss of the season last week to pitch well in a no-decision, and Brian Miller (5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) shut down the Vols out of the ‘pen to earn the win. Miller is 4-0, 0.33 with 25 strikeouts and two walks in 28 innings this year, to go along with his eight saves.
• (4) Louisiana State at Missouri: Mason Katz (2-for-4) hit his 11th home run of the year to break a scoreless tie in the fourth inning, and Aaron Nola (7.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) out-dueled Rob Zastryzny (7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) in LSU’s 2-0 win.
• Pacific at (5) Cal State Fullerton: Jake Jefferies (4-for-5, 2 R, 7 RBI) hit for the cycle in Cal State Fullerton’s series-clinching 11-6 win. Jefferies began his day with a two-run single in the first, then hit a two-run double in the third, an RBI triple in the fifth and a two-run homer in the sixth. Justin Garza (6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) earned the win for Fullerton.
• Georgia at (8) Kentucky: The Bulldogs forced extra innings with a run in the ninth against closer Trevor Gott (1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER), but Max Kuhn’s bases-loaded walk in the 10th gave Kentucky a 3-2 win in the series opener. Austin Cousino had two hits and two RBIs in support of A.J. Reed (8.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K), who was very strong in a no-decision. Georgia has lost 10 of its last 11 games to fall to 9-18 overall and 0-7 in the SEC.
• Miami at (9) Virginia: The Cavaliers broke open a 6-4 game with nine runs in the eighth to win the series opener 15-4. Mike Papi (4-for-4, 3 R, 1 RBI, 3 2B) and Brandon Downes (2-for-4, 2 R, 5 RBI, HR) led UVa.’s 16-hit onslaught, and Austin Young (3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R) picked up the win in relief of Brandon Waddell (3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB). The Cavs have won eight straight games, and five straight in conference play.
• (11) Mississippi at Florida: Will Allen (2-for-5) doubled to lead off the 11th, and Ole Miss scored the game-winning run on an error later in the frame to beat Florida 4-3. Bobby Wahl (7.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER) was solid in a no-decision for the Rebels, and Aaron Greenwood picked up the win with two scoreless innings of relief.
• Washington at (12) Oregon: Tommy Thorpe (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K) and Jimmie Sherfy (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) combined on a three-hit shutout, leading the Ducks to a series-clinching 1-0 win. J.J. Altobelli’s squeeze bunt in the second provided all of Oregon’s scoring.
• Wake Forest at (13) Georgia Tech: Daniel Palka (4-for-5, 2 R, RBI, HR) led Georgia Tech’s 12-hit attack in support of Buck Farmer (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K), as the Yellow Jackets won the series opener, 5-1. Earlier Friday, Georgia Tech announced that senior outfielder Brandon Thomas is out indefinitely with mononucleosis. His loss is a significant blow, as he was leading the team in hitting(.441) through 23 games.
• Kansas at (14) Oklahoma: Matt Oberste (1-for-4) extended his hitting streak to 30 games and delivered a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to lead Oklahoma to a 2-1 win, clinching the series. Dillon Overton (6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) was strong in a no-decision for the Sooners, who have won 13 straight games and are off to their first 5-0 start in conference play since 1993. During the 13-game winning streak, OU’s pitchers have allowed two earned runs or fewer 11 times.
• Texas A&M at (17) South Carolina: The Gamecocks scored five runs in the first against Kyle Martin (0.1 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 3 BB) and cruised to a 6-4 win, clinching the series. Tanner English (3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2B) led South Carolina’s 11-hit attack in support of Nolan Belcher (8.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K).
• Tulane at (18) Rice: Michael Aquino and Skyler Ewing had three hits and one RBI apiece in support of Jordan Stephens (6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K), and Zech Lemond (2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R) picked up his eighth save in Rice’s 6-3 win, clinching the series.
• (20) Houston at Memphis: Daniel Poncedeleon (9 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) out-dueled Sam Moll (6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) in Houston’s 3-1 win. Houston manufactured three runs on just four hits in the game, and that was enough for Poncedeleon, who threw his first complete game and won his fourth straight start.
• UC Davis at (23) Cal Poly: Jordan Ellis and Brian Mundell had three hits and two RBIs apiece to lead Cal Poly’s 14-hit attack behind Matt Imhof (9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K), as the Mustangs clinched the series with a 7-1 win.
• Auburn got a two-run homer from Hunter Kelley and a three-run shot from Garrett Cooper, leading the Tigers to a 6-3 win against rival Alabama. Auburn finally picks up its first SEC win, improving to 1-7 and leveling the series.
• College of Charleston swept a big doubleheader against fellow Southern Conference power Samford, 9-7 (11 innings) and 13-7. Brandon Murray with 4-for-4 with two RBIs in the opener, then added three RBIs in the second game for the Cougars, who rapped out 31 hits in the twin bill.
• Central Arkansas has rebounded nicely after getting swept at Oral Roberts last weekend. The Bears have scored 33 runs in three games since then, including a midweek win at Oklahoma State and a pair of wins against fellow Southland Conference upstart Lamar. Jonathan Davis went 3-for-4, with four RBIs in Friday’s series-clinching 12-7 win.
• Florida International’s Tyler Alexander struck out 10 in a four-hit shutout, leading the Panthers to a 1-0 win against Arkansas State.
• New Mexico star D.J. Peterson tweaked a hamstring in Thursday’s 14-3 win against San Diego State, so he sat out Friday’s series-clinching 7-5 win, which brought the Lobos above .500 for the first time this season (13-12).
• Stanford, which had lost its last two series (at home against UNLV and Utah) heading into this weekend, clinched a road series win against Washington State with a 9-3 win. Danny Diekroeger had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Stanford offense, and A.J. Vanegas (1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) showed power stuff to pick up his first save of the season in his second appearance since having back surgery.
• Carlos Rodon (7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 K) returned to form in North Carolina State’s 3-2 win against Maryland. The Wolfpack scored three runs in the first (two of them unearned) against Jimmy Reed (8 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), and Rodon and two relievers made the lead stand up.