Saturday Roundup: Carlos Rodon Stymies Florida State

Top 25 Showdowns

Carlos Rodon

Carlos Rodon (Photo by Alyson Boyer Rode)

• (9) Florida State at (5) North Carolina State: Carlos Rodon (8 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K) out-dueled Luke Weaver (7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K), as the Wolfpack won the opener of a big series, 3-1. Bryan Adametz hit a two-run single in the fourth to put N.C. State up 3-1, and Rodon took it from there. The Wolfpack moved a half-game ahead of FSU for first place in the ACC Atlantic Division.

• (6) Oregon State at (25) Stanford: Dylan Davis (3-for-5, 5 RBI, 2B) led Oregon State’s 14-hit attack in support of Andrew Moore (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER), as the Beavers clinched the series with a 10-4 win. Davis has eight RBIs in the first two games of the series. Austin Wilson hit his fifth homer in a losing cause for Stanford, which has lost four straight games at a time when it needs every win it can get to rescue its fading at-large hopes. The Beavers reached the 40-win plateau during the regular season for just the second time in program history, matching the 2005 CWS team.

Top 25 Upsets

• Northwestern at (14) Indiana: The Wildcats jumped out to an early 6-0 lead against Kyle Hart (1.2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER) and cruised to a 12-1 blowout, leveling the series. Brandon Magallones (9 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) shut down IU’s potent offense, and Jack Harvey had three hits and six RBIs to lead Northwestern.

Erik Schoenrock

Erik Schoenrock

• Memphis at (17) Rice: The Tigers clinched the series with a 3-1 win behind Erik Schoenrock (9 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). Jordan Stephens (7.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 3 K) was solid in defeat for Rice, which fell to 11-9 in Conference USA and No. 51 in the RPI. The Owls, who have lost their last two home series (against UCF and Memphis), are squarely on the at-large bubble.

• (18) Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State: Gage Green, who filled in at catcher and had three hits Friday, stole home in the eighth inning Saturday to score what proved to be the winning run, as the Cowboys clinched the Bedlam series with a 4-3 win in front of 7,108 in Oklahoma City. Tyler Nurdin (5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) bested the nation’s top draft prospect, Jonathan Gray (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K), who departed after throwing 109 pitches in five innings. Oklahoma State (11-8) moved into third place in the Big 12, a half-game ahead of Oklahoma (11-9).

• (21) Mississippi State at Mississippi: The Rebels clinched a huge series with a pair of wins, 3-0 and 10-8. Bobby Wahl struck out the side in the first inning Friday before rain suspended play, cutting his outing short. Mike Mayers (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) took the mound when play resumed and turned in a gem to beat Luis Pollorena (5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K). The Rebels got a strong start from Sam Smith (6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER) in the second game, and Ole Miss jumped out to an early lead with four runs in the first against Kendall Graveman (4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER), then extended the lead in the middle innings and held off MSU’s late comeback bid. Auston Bousfield (3-for-5, R, 5 RBI, 2B, 3B) led the Ole Miss offense, while Alex Detz and Hunter Renfroe combined for seven hits, four runs and three RBIs in a losing cause for Mississippi State. The Rebels moved a game ahead of the Bulldogs in the SEC West standings, and they will give the ball back to Wahl on Sunday.

• (23) South Florida at Seton Hall: The Pirates completed the sweep with a 4-2 win behind Josh Prevost (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K). Seton Hall went ahead for good with three runs in the fifth against Joey Lovecchio (5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER). Seton Hall improved to 16-5 in the Big East, putting it in third place, a game ahead of USF. The Pirates are No. 32 in the Warren Nolan RPI and are closing in on at-large lock status. The Bulls are down to No. 65 in the RPI and find themselves back on the wrong side of the bubble.

Other Top 25 Results

• (1) North Carolina at Georgia Tech: Michael Russell (3-for-4, R, RBI) led a nine-hit attack in support of Benton Moss (8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K), who dominated in UNC’s 3-1 win, leveling the series.

Tony Kemp

Tony Kemp (Photo by Danny Parker)

• (2) Vanderbilt at Kentucky: The Commodores swept a doubleheader, 11-3 and 5-3, to improve to 23-2 in the SEC—just two wins shy of the conference’s all-time regular-season record with four games remaining. Tony Kemp went 6-for-10 with two runs and two RBIs in the doubleheader to lead a Vanderbilt offense that pounded out 28 hits in the two games. Connor Harrell and Zander Wiel had three RBIs apiece in support of Kevin Ziomek (6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) in the opener. Tyler Beede (5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) improved to 13-0 in the nightcap. Kentucky has its back against the wall, at 10-16 in the SEC with four games remaining.

• (3) Louisiana State at Texas A&M: The Tigers finished off a 7-4 victory in the continuation of the game that was suspended by rain Friday, then won the rubber game 2-1 to clinch their second straight SEC West title. Sean McMullen (4-for-4, R, 3 RBI, 2 2B) led a 17-hit barrage behind Aaron Nola (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) in the middle game of the series. The finale was a seven-inning game that went to extra innings, and McMullen delivered a game-winning sacrifice fly in the eighth. Ryan Eades (6.1 IP, 8 H, 1 ER) was strong in a no-decision.

• (4) Cal State Fullerton at UC Riverside: Chad Wallach (2-for-3, 2 R, 5 RBI, HR) led a 17-hit barrage behind Justin Garza (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K), who improved to 11-0, 2.12 in Fullerton’s 12-0 win. Thirteen different Titans recorded hits, as Fullerton jumped out to an 11-0 lead through two innings and cruised to the series-clinching victory.

• Duke at (7) Virginia: The Cavs clinched the series with a 17-8 blowout victory. Mike Papi (4-for-4, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2B, 3B) led Virginia’s 22-hit onslaught, helping Scott Silverstein (5 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) improve to 8-1.

• Arizona at (8) UCLA: Cody Regis (4-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 2B) led a 13-hit attack behind Nick Vander Tuig (7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K), as the Bruins cruised to a series-clinching 7-1 win. Regis entered the weekend with three extra-base hits (all doubles) in 35 games, but he has four doubles in the first two games of this series.

• (10) Oregon at Ohio State: The Ducks clinched the series with a doubleheader sweep, 3-1 (11 innings) and 4-0. Tommy Thorpe (6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) was strong in a no-decision in the opener, and Mitchell Tolman (2-for-4) delivered a game-winning two-run single in the 11th. Tolman (3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2B) led the offense again in the nightcap, and Cole Irvin (9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) threw his third complete game (and second shutout) of the year to improve to 10-2.

• Tennessee at (11) Arkansas: The Razorbacks evened the series with an 11-1 win behind Ryne Stanek (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K). Brian Anderson (4-for-4, 4 R, 3 RBI, 3B, HR) led the offense for the Hogs, who scored in each of the eighth innings in which they batted.

• (12) Louisville at Connecticut: The Cardinals clinched the road series with a doubleheader sweep, 8-0 and 6-0. Louisville’s pitching staff has thrown four shutouts in its last seven games, and 10 shutouts in 51 games this season. Chad Green (8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) improved to 8-2 in the opener, and Jeff Gardner and Cole Sturgeon combined for five hits and five RBIs. Gardner (2-for-4, 4 RBI, HR) led the offense again in the second game, helping Jeff Thompson (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K) improve to 9-1. Louisville, which has won 11 straight, moved into sole possession of second place in the Big East, a game behind Pittsburgh.

• (13) Arizona State at California: Kasey Coffman (3-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR) led Arizona State to a 10-9 victory in a wild, back-and-forth affair. ASU built a 6-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third, when Cal chased Ryan Kellogg (2.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) with six runs. The Golden Bears went ahead with three more in the fourth, but ASU tied it with three in the eighth, then won on James McDonald’s tie-breaking solo homer in the ninth.

• Georgia at (15) South Carolina: The Gamecocks clinched the series with a 7-1 win behind Jordan Montgomery (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K). Joey Pankake (2-for-4, R, RBI, 3B) led South Carolina’s balanced attack.

• (16) New Mexico at Fresno State: D.J. Peterson and Mitch Garver combined for five hits, four runs and three RBIs to lead the UNM offense in support of Sam Wolff (6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), as the Lobos clinched the series with a 7-2 win. New Mexico has won 15 of its last 16.

• Georgia Southern at (19) Clemson: Matthew Crownover (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K) dominated in Clemson’s 7-0 win, clinching the series. Steven Duggar (3-for-4, R) led Clemson’s balanced 12-hit attack.

• (20) South Alabama at Louisiana-Lafayette: The Ragin’ Cajuns took a big lead with six runs in the second, but South Alabama rallied back in the late innings, surging ahead with four in the eighth to win the series opener, 9-6. Nolan Earley and Dustin Dalken combined for five hits (including two homers) and six RBIs to lead the USA offense. Anthony Izzio (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the win with stellar relief of Jarron Cito (1.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K).

• Marist at (22) Virginia Tech: Tyler Horan (4-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 2B, 2 HR) had a huge game, and Chad Pinder hit a go-ahead two-run triple in the eighth to lead Virginia Tech to a 7-6 win in the first game of a two-game set.

• Villanova at (24) Pittsburgh: The Panthers clinched the series with a doubleheader sweep, 4-3 and 12-4. Ethan Mildren (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K) was excellent in a no-decision in the opener, as the Wildcats rallied from behind with two in the ninth to tie it, only to see Pitt win on Dylan Wolsonovich’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the frame. Wolsonovich had three hits in that game and three RBIs in the second game, helping Matt Wotherspoon (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) improve to 9-1.