Sunday Roundup: FGCU Completes Sweep At Florida

For the second straight day, college baseball saw a combined no-hitter, as Colby Holmes (6 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER) teamed with Forrest Koumas and Josh Knab on Sunday to throw South Carolina’s first no-hitter since 1975, as South Carolina beat Albany 14-1. L.B. Dantzler homered in that one and drove in four, while Chase Vergason (3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI) also went deep to lead off South Carolina’s nine-run fifth. Dantzler (3-for-4, 2 R, RBI, 2 2B) capped his big weekend with another huge game in support of Nolan Belcher (6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) in the second game of South Carolina’s doubleheader sweep, which also included a 6-4 victory. Through six games this season, Dantzler is hitting .545 with three homers and 13 RBIs.

On to the rest of Sunday’s action:

Top 25 Showdowns

• (20) Cal State Fullerton at (22) Texas Christian: The Titans completed a dominating three-game sweep with a 7-0 win. Fullerton, which never trailed in the series, improves to 8-0, its best start since 2003, while TCU falls to 0-6. Grahamm Wiest (7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) stymied the Frogs on Sunday, and Matt Chapman (3-for-4, 2 RBI) led the Fullerton offense. TCU has faced two very good pitching staffs this season, but the Frogs have scored just eight runs in six games and are hitting .183 as a team.

Top 25 Upsets

• Florida Gulf Coast at (17) Florida: FGCU earned a thrilling 7-4 win in 11 innings to sweep the series—the first time Florida has been swept at home since 2009. The Gators had the bases loaded with no outs in the 10th but failed to score against Harrison Cooney (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K), and Sean Dwyer (4-for-6, 2 R, 3 RBI) delivered a game-winning three-run homer off Justin Shafer in the 11th.

Other Top 25 Results

• Stony Brook at (1) North Carolina: The Tar Heels won a wild back-and-forth affair in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader to complete a sweep of Stony Brook and stay unbeaten. Benton Moss (7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) was outstanding in the first game, a 7-1 win. In the finale, the Tar Heels erased a 2-0 deficit with six runs in the sixth, and Stony Brook answered with its own six-spot in the eighth, but the Tar Heels responded again, winning 9-8 on Mike Zolk’s walk-off RBI single in the ninth. Skye Bolt had two RBIs in the first game and three hits in the second game, including a one-out double to spark the ninth-inning rally. With Hobbs Johnson sidelined with a slight strain in his forearm, Chris Munnelly (4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) made the start and earned a no-decision in the series finale.

• Monmouth at (2) Vanderbilt: Kyle Smith (2-for-2, 2 R, 4 RBI, 3B) had a big game off the bench in Vandy’s 13-1 win, and Philip Pfeifer (6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) earned his second win of the week. He also threw 6.2 innings of one-run ball Tuesday against Belmont, striking out 10. Vandy outscored its opponents 48-8 during a perfect 5-0 week.

• Evansville at (3) Arkansas: Leadoff man Matt Vinson (3-for-4, 3 R, SB) spearheaded a balanced 15-hit attack in Arkansas’ 10-2 win, and Trey Killian (4.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was solid, as the Hogs ran their winning streak to five games by completing the sweep.

• Akron at (4) Louisville: With the score tied 1-1 in the eighth, Adam Engel singled, stole second and third, and scored the winning run on Nick Ratajczak’s sacrifice fly, as the Cardinals won 2-1 to complete the sweep. Jared Ruxer (5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) was strong in a no-decision Sunday, and Nick Burdi struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his first save. The Cardinals say Burdi hit 100 mph on his first three pitches and backed up his heater with a 93 mph slider.

• Samford at (5) Mississippi State: Will Cox (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) cruised in an 8-1 win, retiring 17 batters in a row at one point. Adam Frazier went 8-for-16 on the weekend with two triples, while Hunter Renfroe hit .429 on the week with a triple, two homers and six RBIs.

• (6) Oregon State at San Diego State: Dylan Davis had three hits to lead a 14-hit attack, and the Beavers got stellar relief from Brandon Jackson (4.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R) and Scott Schultz (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R) in a 7-1 win. Oregon State allowed just two runs in a four-game sweep, improving to 8-0 for the first time since 1962.

• Rhode Island at (8) Mississippi: Will Allen capped a 6-for-14 week (.429) with two hits and two RBIs Sunday in a 5-3 win, and Aaron Greenwood (3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) picked up the victory in relief of Sam Smith (3.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER). Smith filled in for Chris Ellis, who aggravated an abdominal injury he suffered in the preseason. Catcher Stuart Turner threw out 5-of-6 basestealers on the week and has gunned down seven of eight on the season.

• Southeastern Louisiana at (9) Louisiana State: In the resumption of a game suspended by rain in the first inning Friday, LSU routed Southeastern 13-1. The Tigers pounded out 19 hits, led by Laird (3-for-4, 4 R, 2B), Rhymes (4-for-5, 3 R, 5 RBI, 2 2B) and Mason Katz (3-for-4, 2B, HR, 6 RBI). That barrage helped Ryan Eades (6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) pick up his first win.

• Wagner at (10) North Carolina State: The ‘Pack blasted Wagner in a doubleheader sweep, 18-0 and 25-4. Brett Williams had pair of monstrous games, going a combined 7-for-9 with three homers, three doubles, five runs and 10 RBIs. Sam Morgan (7-for-10, 6 R, 6 RBI, 2 HR, 3 2B) also went bonkers in both games. Overall, N.C. State hit nine home runs in the two games. The Wolfpack got a good start from Logan Jernigan (5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) in the first game.

• (11) Kentucky at Coastal Carolina: Kentucky broke a 2-2 tie with six runs in the ninth against Coastal, highlighted by Lucas Witt’s three-run double. Trevor Gott (1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) earned the win in relief of Corey Littrell (6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 K), as the Wildcats won 8-2.

• (12) UCLA at Baylor: With the score tied 4-4, Brian Carroll walked to start the ninth and eventually scored the winning run on a passed ball, as James Kaprielian struck out the side in the bottom of the frame to lock down UCLA’s 5-4 win. Grant Watson (6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER) turned in a solid start for the Bruins.

(13) Rice at Hawaii: Shane Hoelscher and Christian Stringer (3-for-4, 4 RBI) had three hits apiece, and the Owls came from behind with three runs in the ninth to win 7-5. Kevin McCanna (1.2 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 0 K) made his season debut and struggled in that one, but Chase McDowell (6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K) provided strong relief to pick up the win. Rice won the first three games of the four-game series, dropping Hawaii to 0-7 on the year.

• Loyola Marymount at (14) Oregon: The Ducks won by a 6-1 score for the second straight day to win the series. Tyler Baumgartner’s three-run double highlighted Oregon’s four-run sixth, and Cole Irvin (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) turned in an excellent start to improve to 2-0.

• Fresno State at (15) Stanford: Stanford overcame Aaron Judge’s 5-hit, 3-RBI day to win 7-4 and complete the sweep. Bobby Zarubin (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K) picked up the win with brilliant relief of Logan James (2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER) on Sunday, as Stanford broke a 4-4 tie with three runs in the eighth, capped by Danny Diekroeger’s two-run homer.

• St. John’s at (16) Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets broke open a close game with five runs in the fifth to win the rubber game of the series, 10-1. Matt Gonzalez (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B) paced Tech’s 11-hit attack behind Cole Pitts (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K).

• New Mexico vs. (18) Oklahoma: Oklahoma coughed up an early 5-1 lead but rallied back from an 8-5 deficit to win 10-8 on Jack Mayfield’s three-run homer in the eighth. Matt Oberste (3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) had another strong day in that one and is hitting .441 with three long balls and 17 RBIs through nine games. D.J. Peterson (3-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI) fell a single shy of the cycle for New Mexico, but he struck out with the bases loaded in the sixth, when the game was tied 5-5. The Lobos fall to 2-4 on the season, while the Sooners are 9-0.

• South Florida at (19) Florida State: The Seminoles swept a doubleheader, 8-0 and 5-2, to remain unbeaten. Marcus Davis hit a two-run single to highlight FSU’s four-run first inning in the opener of Sunday’s twin bill, giving Scott Sitz (8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) more than enough support. Davis hit his fourth homer of the year in the finale, and D.J. Stewart (3-for-4, 3 RBI, 2B) led the offense behind Peter Miller (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K). Davis is hitting .455/.571/1.136 with nine RBIs through seven games.

• Alcorn State at (21) Southern Mississippi: USM pounded out 15 hits in a 7-2 win. Mason Robbins had four hits and two RBIs to lead the offense Sunday, and he earned his first win on the mound with six innings of one-run ball, scattering six hits and a walk while walking five.

• San Jose State at (23) Arizona: The Wildcats secured the sweep with a 9-4 win. Arizona overcame a 3-0 deficit with five runs in the seventh and four more in the eighth, making a winner of Stephen Manthei (7.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER).

• Delaware at (24) Virginia Tech: The Hokies secured a winning weekend with a 13-4 rout of Delaware. Chad Pinder and Sean Keselica had three hits and three RBIs apiece in support of Brad Markey (6 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K).

• California at (25) UC Irvine: The Anteaters cruised to a 9-1 win to take three of four against the Golden Bears. Taylor Sparks (4-for-5, 3 RBI) hit a two-run triple to kickstart UCI’s seven-run first behind Andrew Morales (6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER).

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