Saturday Roundup: N.C. State’s Carlos Rodon Returns To Form

Top 25 Showdowns

• (4) Cal State Fullerton at (23) Cal Poly: The Titans evened the series with a 10-5 win, as Matt Chapman (3-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI) and Chad Wallach (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI) led Fullerton’s 12-hit attack behind Justin Garza (7 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 8 K). Matt Imhof (5.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) took the loss for the Mustangs.

• (6) Florida State at (7) Virginia: The Cavaliers clinched the big ACC showdown by sweeping Saturday’s doubleheader, 9-2 and 2-0. Derek Fisher and Nick Howard each homered and drove in two to lead a balanced 10-hit attack behind Brandon Waddell (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) in the opener. Luke Weaver (4.2 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) took his first loss of the year in that one. Branden Cogswell’s two-run double in the fifth inning provided all of the scoring in the second game, as Scott Silverstein (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K) was masterful, and Kyle Crockett provided with two perfect innings of relief to complete the one-hit shutout. Brandon Leibrandt (8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) went the distance in defeat for FSU.

• (13) UCLA at (10) Oregon: The Bruins clinched the huge road series with a second straight 1-0 victory. Eric Filia doubled and scored an unearned run in the first inning against Cole Irvin (9 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER), and the UCLA pitching staff took it from there. Nick Vander Tuig (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) was outstanding, and David Berg worked 1.1 innings for his second save in two days, and his 10th of the season.

Carlos Rodon

Carlos Rodon (Photo by Alyson Boyer Rode)

• (15) North Carolina State at (14) Georgia Tech: Carlos Rodon (9 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) rebounded from a rough outing at Boston College with his best outing of the season, leading the Wolfpack to a 6-2 win, clinching the big road series and extending N.C. State’s winning streak to 13. Eight NCSU starters recorded hits as part of a balanced 13-hit attack against Dusty Isaacs (5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER) and the Yellow Jackets.

• (17) Kentucky at (18) South Carolina: The Gamecocks clinched the important series by sweeping Saturday’s doubleheader, 5-2 and 7-6. South Carolina answered Kentucky’s two-run sixth in the opener with four in the bottom of the frame, helping Nolan Belcher (7.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) improve to 6-3, while A.J. Reed (5.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) fell to 2-5 for UK. Graham Saiko’s RBI single in the eighth tied the second game, and Brison Celek hit a walk-off RBI single in the 11th to score Joey Pankake (3-for-6). Reed had put the Wildcats ahead with a three-run homer in the seventh.

Top 25 Upsets

• (2) Vanderbilt at Georgia: The Bulldogs pulled off a 3-1 upset in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, but Vandy bounced back with a 15-4 blowout win in the second game. Kevin Ziomek (8 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) went the distance but took a tough-luck defeat in the opener, as five Georgia pitchers held the Commodores to one run on five hits. Redshirt freshman Zander Wiel (3-for-3, 4 R, 5 RBI, 2 HR, 2B) went bonkers in his first career start to lead Vandy’s 19-hit attack in the nightcap, helping Tyler Beede (7 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) improve to 10-0.

• (5) Oregon State at Washington: In the day’s most shocking results, Washington (which entered Saturday 9-25 overall, 3-9 in the Pac-12) swept a doubleheader against the Beavers, 5-1 and 10-3. UW’s Jared Fisher (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R) bested Matt Boyd (6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER) in the opener. Washington’s Austin Voth (7 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) and OSU’s Andrew Moore (6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) were both solid in no-decisions in the nightcap, and the Huskies erased a 3-2 deficit with eight runs in the eighth against the Oregon State bullpen. Closer Scott Schultz surrendered four runs on three hits without recording an out.

• (8) Louisville at St. John’s: The Cardinals out-hit the Red Storm 14-4, but Louisville also left 14 men on base to St. John’s four, and the Johnnies pulled off the 4-3 upset. Pat Talbut had a two-run double to lead the St. John’s offense behind Sean Hagan (6 IP, 11 H, 2 ER), and Jeff Thompson (5.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) took his first loss of the year for Louisville.

• (20) Clemson at Miami: The Hurricanes evened the series with a 2-1 win behind Bryan Radziewski (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 K). Clemson made three errors, helping Miami score two unearned runs against Matthew Crownover (4.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER). Clemson saw its 11-game winning streak snapped.

Other Top 25 Results

• Duke at (1) North Carolina: The Tar Heels swept a doubleheader, 7-1 and 4-1, to run their winning streak to 13 games and improve to an absurd 38-2 on the season.  Brian Holberton (3-for-5, 2 2B, HR, RBI) led the UNC offense in support of Kent Emanuel (9 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) in the opener. Landon Lassiter (3-for-4, 2 R, 2B) sparked the offense in the second game, and Benton Moss (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) improved to 7-0.

• (3) Louisiana State at Alabama: After the Crimson Tide forced extra innings with three runs in the ninth against Chris Cotton (3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER), both teams were held scoreless until the 16th, when LSU broke through with three runs to win 11-8, clinching the series. Alex Bregman, JaCoby Jones and Ty Ross combined for eight hits (including homers by Bregman and Ross) and nine RBIs to lead LSU’s 18-hit barrage. Ryan Eades (4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) scuffled for the second straight week.

• Valparaiso at (9) Arizona State: R.J. Ybarr’s grand slam highlighted ASU’s eight-run third inning, as the Sun Devils took control early and cruised to a 15-3 win. Ryan Kellogg (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) improved to 9-0.

• New Orleans at (11) Oklahoma: Max White (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 2B, HR) had a big day to lead OU’s 19-hit barrage in support of Dillon Overton (6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), as the Sooners cruised to a 14-5 win.

• Texas A&M at (12) Arkansas: Jordan Farris (3-for-4, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2B, HR) led a balanced 15-hit onslaught behind Ryne Stanek (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K), as the Hogs evened the series with a 12-2 win.

• Auburn at (16) Mississippi State: The Bulldogs won the rubber game of the series 6-0 behind Jacob Lindgren (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K). Nick Ammirati (2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI) led the MSU offense out of the No. 8 hole.

• Butler at (19) Indiana: The Hoosiers clinched the series with a 5-2 win behind Kyle Hart (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K).

• (21) Mississippi at Tennessee: Sikes Orvis and Will Jamison had two hits and two RBIs apiece behind Mike Mayers (6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K), who was solid in a no-decision, as the Rebels scored four runs in the final three innings to win 6-4, clinching the series.

• (22) Rice at Houston: Austin Kubitza (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K) and Zech Lemond combined on a three-hit shutout, leading the Owls to a series-leveling 4-0 win. Michael Ratterree’s two-run homer in the ninth chased Austin Pruitt (8.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) and gave Rice some breathing room.

• (24) Gonzaga at Pepperdine: Tyler Olson (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K) was masterful in Gonzaga’s 2-0 win, clinching the road series. The Zags have won 11 straight games and have taken control of the West Coast Conference at 13-4.

• (25) UNC Wilmington at George Mason: Michael Bass (4-for-5, R, RBI) led UNCW’s 17-hit attack, leading the Seahawks to a series-clinching 8-3 win. Wilmington starter Jordan Ramsey exited in the second inning after taking a line drive off the shoulder.