Sunday Roundup: UCA, UNLV Make More Noise

The Top 25 is due for its first major shakeup of the season Monday after seven ranked teams had losing weekends. Nevada-Las Vegas and Central Arkansas both made noise Sunday (see below), and so did Indiana, which clinched a big road series win at Florida with a a 7-4 win. Kyle Schwarber (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR, 2B) capped a big weekend with a huge Sunday to lead IU's 14-hit barrage in support of Kyle Hart (7.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 ER). At 8-9, Florida isn't the big fish it has been in recent years, but this was still a statement weekend for Big Ten favorite Indiana, which improved to 8-3, with other wins coming against Louisville and Coastal Carolina.

On to the Sunday Top 25 Roundup:

Top 25 Showdowns

• (2) Vanderbilt at (15) Oregon: The Ducks avoided the sweep with a wacky come-from-behind 7-5 win. Oregon came back from a 5-2 deficit with five runs—on just one hit—in the eighth inning, capped by Scott Heineman's tie-breaking two-run single. The Ducks took advantage of three walks, two hit batsmen, a fielder's choice, an error and a wild pitch to tie the game, setting up Heineman's heroics.

• (14) Georgia Tech at (24) Virginia Tech: The Hokies avoided a sweep with a 6-2 win. Devin Burke (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) stifled a Georgia Tech offense that had scored in double figures in each of its previous nine games (all victories), and Brendon Hayden (2-for-4, 3 RBI) homered for the second straight day for Virginia Tech, which broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the sixth.

• (17) Oklahoma vs. (22) Notre Dame: The Irish won a back-and-forth battle, 6-5 in 11 innings. Dan Slania (3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) bounced back very strong after throwing two scoreless frames Saturday to pick up the win in relief Sunday, as the Fighting Irish forced extra innings with a run in the ninth, then won it on Kevin DeFilippis' pinch-hit, walk-off RBI single in the 11th.

Top 25 Upsets

• Central Arkansas at (3) Mississippi State: Bryce Biggerstaff (9 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) went the distance to lead UCA to a 7-3 win in the rubber game in Starkville. Michael Marietta went 3-for-4 with a triple to lead the Central Arkansas offense.

• Nevada-Las Vegas at (13) Stanford: UNLV completed a stunning sweep with a 5-1 win behind John Richy (9 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K). Stanford made three errors behind Bobby Zarubin (6.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 1 ER), helping the Rebels break a 1-1 tie with four unearned runs in the seventh. UNLV's nine-game winning streak is its longest since 2000.

• Maryland at (25) Virginia: Maryland avoided the sweep with a 4-2 win. The Terrapins took advantage of three UVa. errors, scoring three unearned runs against Nick Howard (6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K). Kevin Mooney, Bobby Ruse and Jake Stinnett turned in 6.1 innings of one-run relief for Maryland.

Other Top 25 Results

• (1) North Carolina at Wake Forest: Skye Bolt hit his third homer in three days in UNC's 6-2 win, completing the sweep. Chris McCue (3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R) earned the victory with strong work in relief of Hobbs Johnson (4 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K).

•Texas State at (4) Oregon State: The Beavers completed the sweep with a 6-4 win. Tyler Smith (2-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI) hit his fist homer of the year, a three-run shot that broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning. Scott Schultz (2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) picked up the win with strong relief.

• Alabama at (5) Louisville: The Cardinals completed the sweep with an 8-7 win in 10 innings. Louisville used a season-high eight pitchers in the back-and-forth affair, and Ty Young (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI) delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 10th.

• Rider at (6) South Carolina: South Carolina completed the sweep with a 1-0 win, its second shutout of the weekend. Nolan Belcher (7 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) extended his scoreless streak to 18 innings, and Tyler Webb worked two scoreless frames to earn his fifth save. Joey Pankake's solo homer in the fourth provided South Carolina's only run, as the Gamecocks won despite being out-hit 11-5. Pankake has four homers in his last five games—doubling his season total in 66 games last year.

• Lipscomb at (7) Mississippi: Stuart Turner's two-run single sparked Mississippi's five-run seventh, and Will Allen capped the rally with a go-ahead RBI single, giving the Rebels a come-from-behind 9-8 win. Ole Miss has opened its season with four consecutive weekend series sweeps for the first time since 2004. 

• Washington at (8) Louisiana State: LSU completed the sweep with a 7-5 win. Mark Laird (4-for-5, R, RBI), Alex Bregman (2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI) and Mason Katz (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) carried the LSU offense behind Cody Glenn (5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K), who continued to provided solid work in the No. 3 starter role.

• Clemson at (9) North Carolina State: The Wolfpack avoided a sweep with a 4-1 win. Brad Stone (4.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) turned in N.C. State's best start of the week despite not lasting five full innings. NCSU's bullpen has been strong, at least, and three relievers combined to work 4.2 scoreless innings of relief Sunday. Jake Fincher (4-for-4, 3 R, 3B) sparked the offense, and Ryan Wilkins (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) picked up his second save.

• Texas A&M at (10) Cal State Fullerton: The Titans built an early lead against an A&M staff that struggled to find the strike zone for the second straight Sunday, and Fullerton held on for a 7-6 win to take the series. Leadoff man Richy Pedroza (3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 2B) led the CSF offense Sunday behind Grahamm Wiest (5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), and Michael Lorenzen picked up his second save in as many days by getting the Aggies to strand the bases loaded in the ninth, after they had gotten to him for a pair of runs in the frame to make Fullerton sweat.

• Michigan State at (11) Kentucky: The Wildcats won the rubber game 3-1. Corey Littrell (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) set a career high for strikeouts for the second straight Sunday, and Trevor Gott worked a scoreless ninth for his 15th career save, tying the school record owned by Lorhn Frazier (1990-93).

• Southern California at (12) UCLA: The Bruins finished off the Dodgertown Classic with a 6-1 win against USC. Kevin Kramer's three-run double put the Bruins ahead for good in the sixth inning, helping Grant Watson (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) improve to 3-0.

• Boston College at (18) Florida State: The Seminoles completed the sweep with a 9-1 win. Jose Brizuela (3-for-4, R, 4 RBI, 3B) led the FSU offense behind Peter Miller (5.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K), who improved to 3-0.

• (19) Rice at Florida International: The Panthers avoided the sweep with an 11-7 win. Rice's Chase McDowell (1.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) followed up his complete-game shutout Monday against Cal with a dud Sunday, and Ford Stainback went 5-for-5 in a losing cause. Aramis Garcia (3-for-4, 5 RBI) led the FIU offense.

• Columbia at (20) Arizona: The Wildcats won a hard-fought series by taking Sunday's rubber game, 7-5. Zach Gibbons and Johnny Field had three hits apiece to lead Arizona's 13-hit attack, and Tyger Talley and Mathew Troupe each threw three scoreless innings of relief, combining to allow just one hit and one walk while striking out nine.

• Long Beach State at (23) Arizona State: ASU completed a dominating sweep with an 11-2 win. The Arizona State bullpen came up big Sunday, as three relievers turned in a combined 4.2 hitless innings of relief of Adam McCreery (4.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER). The Sun Devils broke a scoreless tie with nine runs in the fourth.

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