What a weekend for Texas Christian.
The Horned Frogs completed their first sweep of No. 6 Texas since 1994, wrapping the three-game series with a 3-1 win Saturday. The run TCU allowed Saturday was Texas’ only score in the three games.
Texas loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but designated hitter Andy McGuire hit into a double play. TCU’s Riley Ferrell got the save for the third game in a row.
Senior Dylan Fitzgerald had two RBI doubles for the Horned Frogs, 26-13 overall and 10-5 in the Big 12, a half-game behind Oklahoma State.
Texas’ Nathan Thornhill (6-1) matched a season high with six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings, but took his first loss. TCU reliever Trey Teakell (2-0), who gave up only one hit in 2 1/3 innings, got the win.
Top 25 Showdown
(12) Louisiana State at (13) Mississippi: Four LSU pitchers, including starter Alden Cartwright (4 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K), combined to shut out Ole Miss for the first time this season in a 2-0 win in front of 9,741 fans at Swayze Field. The Tigers have won three straight SEC series and 10 of their past 12 games. Andrew Stevenson had an RBI single and Conner Hale homered for the Tigers. Hale had five hits in the series and scored five of the seven runs LSU scored in the three games.
“This was a tremendous team victory in which our pitching and defense were truly sensational,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said in a news release. “We were hoping to get two solid innings out of Alden Cartwright to start the game, and he exceeded our expectations with a brilliant effort. He was completely unafraid in a very hostile environment and really set the tone for the game.”
Top 25 Upsets
(7) Washington at California: Sophomore righthander Ryan Mason (7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K) was solid and the Golden Bears had 11 hits in their eighth win over a ranked opponent this season in Saturday’s 7-1 victory. The Bears scored three runs in the second inning off of Washington starter Jeff Brigham (4.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 0 K) on a two-run single by sophomore right fielder Brian Celsi and an RBI single by sophomore catcher Mitchell Kranson. Cal added two more runs in the fifth inning on junior shortstop Derek Campbell’s two-run double.
(11) South Carolina at Auburn: The teams split a doubleheader necessitated by Friday’s rainout. In Game 1, a three-run homer by Blake Austin in the first inning was all the offense Auburn would need as Dillon Ortman pitched his second complete game of the season in a 4-2 win. The Gamecocks rebounded in Game 2 and escaped a sweep, as they got RBI hits from freshmen Gene Cone and Jordan Gore in the ninth inning to pull out a 3-2 win.
(20) UNLV at Air Force: The Falcons completed the surprising sweep with a 7-6 win. It was Air Force’s first-ever sweep of a nationally ranked team and first over UNLV in 44 years, dating back to 1970. Air Force, which has won five in a row, took the lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the seventh, handing the Rebels’ Bryan Bonnell (6.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER) his third loss.
(25) Georgia Tech at Maryland: Maryland freshman righthander Mike Shawaryn struck out nine, including seven of the first 10 batters, and Tim Lewis had an RBI single in the eighth as the Terps clinched the series against Georgia Tech. Shawaryn now has seven wins.
“We’ve been putting ourselves in good position to win series, we just haven’t been able to finish it,” coach John Szefc said. ”Today, Mike (Shawaryn) was very good on the mound. That’s about as good a pitch-to-defense game as you’re going to see without it being a shutout. Shawaryn was outstanding. The bullpen was very effective.”
Other Top 25 Results
North Carolina at (1) Virginia: The Cavs clinched their 10th straight winning weekend by beating UNC 3-1, highlighted by Kenny Towns’ two-run homer. Virginia starter Josh Sborz gave up nine hits but fought through five innings to improve to 4-2. The Tar Heels had 10 hits, all in the first six innings, but left nine runners on.
(2) Louisiana-Lafayette at Texas-Arlington: The Ragin’ Cajuns scored seven runs in the final three innings to clinch their 11th winning weekend in a row with a 9-5 victory.
“We are getting a lot of different kinds of wins this year,” head coach Tony Robichaux said. “Ryan Wilson was great for us and we were able to score a lot of runs in the last three innings to take this one. We just continue to keep grinding and finding ways to pull out wins.”
Louisiana-Lafayette had 17 hits as Caleb Adams, Jace Conrad, Tyler Girouard and Blake Trahan each had three.
Cal State Fullerton at (3) Cal Poly: The Titans’ terrible weekend, which began with coach Rick Vanderhook being placed on administrative leave, culminated with a sweep at the hands of the Mustangs. The Titans had not been swept since LSU did it in 2011.
Sophomore righthander Casey Bloomquist (9-0) pitched his first complete game, giving up just three hits and striking out eight in a 3-0 win.
“We played extremely well in all facets of the game,” Mustangs coach Larry Lee said. “To be able to produce runs against their pitching staff was one of the keys along with outstanding starting and relief pitching and errorless defense.”
(4) Florida State at Wake Forest: Coach Mike Martin got his 1,800 win as Danny De La Calle’s RBI single in the 13th scored John Sansone for a 4-3 victory.
“Danny D did it for us with that one,” Martin said. “He did a very good job of knocking in the winning run.” Martin is just the third coach in Division I history to reach 1,800 wins, joining Texas’ Augie Garrido and former Wichita State coach Gene Stephenson on that list.
(8) Alabama at Tennessee: The Tide rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Vols 7-6. Wade Wass helped ‘Bama bounce back from the 6-1 hole by going 3-for-5 with a homer and a double.
Georgia at (9) Florida: The Gators swept UGA in a doubleheader necessitated by Friday’s wet weather. Freshman third baseman John Sternagel hit his first career homer in the fifth to snap a 2-2 tie in Game 1, and the Gators used a six-run fourth inning to cruise to an 8-1 win in the second game.
Sophomore Aaron Rhodes was solid (5.1 IP 7 H 1 R 0 BB, 4 SO) in the second game, with relief help from Kirby Snead and Dane Dunning.
“Any time you can win two games in one day, you have to feel good about it,” Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “I thought Aaron (Rhodes) gave us a good start. Kirby Snead did a really nice job at the end. That’s probably as good as Dane Dunning has thrown. That’s the Dane we saw in the preseason and the fall, so I think he’s heading in the right direction.”
South Florida at (14) Houston: The Cougars used a three-run eighth inning—in which they got just one hit but had four walks and South Florida made two errors—to win 5-3 in Saturday’s rubber match.
Alabama-Birmingham at (16) Rice: Skyler Ewing hit the game-winning homer in the 11th inning in a 5-3 win to clinch the weekend series for Rice.
(17) UC Santa Barbara at Long Beach State: Shane Bieber pitched eight innings of one-run ball as the Gauchos held on against the host Dirtbags 2-1 to salvage a game in the series.
(18) Vanderbilt at Arkansas: The Commodores held off Arkansas late in a 2-1 win that gave coach Tim Corbin his 600th career victory. John Norwood’s two-run homer was enough for Vandy starter Carson Fulmer (6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 SO).
(19) Kentucky at Texas A&M: Max Kuhn and A.J. Reed each had a home run and four hits, and Dylan Dwyer gave up one run in 6 2/3 innings in an 11-4 win. Reed’s homer was his 15th, best in Division I.
Michigan State at (21) Indiana: Casey Rodrigue singled home Will Nolden in the 12th inning as the Hoosiers knocked off the Spartans 2-1. Sam Travis went 2-for-5 with a run scored.
(22) Clemson at Pittsburgh: Junior righthander Daniel Gossett got his second career shutout, giving up just three singles and a walk with seven strikeouts in a 3-0 win. Steve Wilkerson had a two-run single in a three-run first for the Tigers.
Washington State at (23) Oregon: The Ducks scored twice in the sixth to complete the sweep with a 2-1 win. A.J. Balta tied the game with an RBI double to score Shaun Chase, and Tyler Baumgartner followed with an RBI single off Jason Monda. Oregon starter Trent Paddon (6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 6 SO) got his first win.
(24) Mississippi State at Missouri: Junior lefthader Ross Mitchell threw 142 pitches in his third complete game in six career starts as MSU clinched the series in a 6-2 win.
“We spent the bullpen yesterday (in a 3-2, 11-inning win),” MSU coach John Cohen said in allowing Mitchell to finish. “Ross was phenomenal. We didn’t make a couple of plays behind him. He helped his own cause by making a couple of really great defensive plays. We really needed another day of rest for (Jacob) Lindgren and (Jonathan) Holder, so Ross’s performance was really big for us.”
Mitchell (6-3) allowed seven hits and two runs while striking out three and walking two.