There were three matchups between ranked teams Friday, and the higher-ranked team won all of them—with two of those wins coming on the road. Just two Top 25 team lost Friday, and several others were off for exams or bad weather. Here’s a look at Friday’s Top 25 action.
Top 25 Showdowns
• (2) Vanderbilt at (15) South Carolina: Spencer Navin’s two-run homer in the second inning put the Commodores ahead to stay, as Kevin Ziomek (8 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) improved to 9-2 in Vandy’s 3-2 win. Nolan Belcher (6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) was strong in defeat for the Gamecocks, who scored runs in the eighth and ninth to make Vanderbilt sweat.
• (21) Florida at (3) Louisiana State: The Tigers clinched the series with a 5-0 win behind Aaron Nola (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K), who threw his fourth consecutive complete game to improve to 9-0, 1.92. The Tigers scored twice in the fifth to chase Bobby Poyner (4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K) and take control of the game. JaCoby Jones (2-for-4, R, RBI) led the LSU offense.
• (14) Arkansas at (23) Kentucky: Matt Vinson and Jake Wise had two hits and on RBI apiece in support of Barett Astin (5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K), leading the Hogs to a 2-1 win. A.J. Reed (7.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) turned in a solid outing for UK but still fell to 2-6 on the year.
Top 25 Upsets
• Stanford at (8) Arizona State: Austin Wilson (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) led a 12-hit attack in support of Mark Appel (7.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 13 K), as the Cardinal won the opener of a crucial series in Tempe, 5-3. Trevor Williams (6 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) fell to 5-4 for the Sun Devils. The Cardinal need to catch fire down the stretch to salvage their postseason ambitions, and they are off to a good start this weekend after getting swept last week at Oregon.
• (19) Rice at Alabama-Birmingham: The Blazers stormed back from a 4-0 deficit and chased Austin Kubitza (5.2 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K) in a seven-run sixth, then withstood Rice’s five-run eighth-inning rally to win 10-9. Christian Stringer and Michael Ratterree combined for five hits and six RBIs to lead Rice’s 14-hit assault in a losing cause.
Other Top 25 Results
• Long Beach State at (4) Cal State Fullerton: Thomas Eshelman (7 I, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) won a nice duel against Shane Carle (6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K), as the Titans won the series opener 3-2. Fullerton improved to 4-0 against Long Beach this year.
• Presbyterian at (5) North Carolina State: Ethan Ogburn (8 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) sparkled in N.C. State’s 5-1 win. Bryan Adamentz drove in two to lead the Wolfpack offense, and Brett Austin hit his second homer of the year.
• California at (6) Oregon State: Michael Conforto and Ryan Barnes combined for five RBIs in support of a dominant Matt Boyd (8.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K), as the Beavers rolled to a 6-1 win.
• Utah at (9) UCLA: Brian Carroll (2-for-4, 2 R, SB) led a balanced nine-hit attack behind Adam Plutko (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K), as the Bruins won the series opener 5-2.
• Central Florida at (10) Florida State: Luke Weaver (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K) and Ben Lively (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K) were strong in no-decisions, and the Seminoles answered UCF’s two-run eighth with two of their own in the bottom of the frame to win 4-2. Stephen McGee’s leadoff homer in the eighth broke the 2-2 tie.
• (11) Oregon at Washington State: Brett Thomas (4-for-5, 2 R) and Mitchell Tolman (2-for-3, 3 RBI) led Oregon’s 10-hit attack behind Tommy Thorpe (6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) in a 5-3 win at Washington State. The Ducks broke a 3-3 tie with two in the ninth.
• (12) Oklahoma at West Virginia: Jonathan Gray (8 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) and Harrison Musgrave (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 11 K) each earned no-decisions in a fine duel, and the Sooners came from behind with a run in the eighth to tie it, then won it 4-3 with a run in the 10th on Craig Aiken’s RBI fielder’s choice.
• (13) Louisville at Villanova: Nick Ratajczak and Coco Johnson combined for five RBIs in support of Chad Green (7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K), leading the Cardinals to a 6-0 win.
• Air Force at (17) New Mexico: Red-hot Josh Melendez (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) capped a big game with a walk-off RBI single in the ninth, lifting the Lobos to an 11-10 win. John Pustay (2-for-2, 3 RBI) delivered a game-tying RBI single earlier in the ninth, giving him 10 hits in his last 11 at-bats, dating back to April 21 against Nevada. Melendez is riding a 24-game hitting streak. Six Lobos recorded multiple hits. “We have a heck of a lineup,” UNM coach Ray BIrmingham said afterward. “We have the best lineup in the country.”
• Middle Tennessee State at (20) South Alabama: Play was suspended by rain with MTSU leading 11-9 in the top of the 14th inning.
• (24) Mississippi at Auburn: Stuart Turner and Andrew Mistone had three hits apiece to lead a 13-hit attack behind Bobby Wahl (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K), as the Rebels won the series opener 6-1.
• (25) Virginia Tech at Boston College: Joe Mantiply (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K) and three relievers held BC scoreless on three hits for 12 innings, and the Hokies scratched out an unearned run in the 12th to win 1-0.