Thursday Roundup: Louisville Wins Opener Against Irish

It’s Easter weekend, so a number of college baseball series got started Thursday. In the day’s lone Top 25 showdown, No. 10 Louisville bounced back after losing three of its last four games, beating No. 16 Notre Dame 10-5. Ty Young (3-for-5, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2 3B) led the Louisville attack in support of Chad Green (5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER). The Cardinals knocked around Sean Fitzgerald (3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER). Eric Jagielo (3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) had a nice game in a losing cause for the Fighting Irish.

Top 25 Upsets

• (2) Oregon State at San Diego: Kris Bryant (3-for-5, 3 RBI) hit his 13th home run of the year, leading the USD offense behind Michael Wagner (5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) in a 7-4 win against the Beavers. Dan Child (3.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) started and struggled for OSU, which committed five errors, including two by Andy Peterson (who is filling in at shortstop for injured Tyler Smith).

• (7) UCLA at Arizona State: Trevor Williams (7.2 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) got back on track after a two-game skid, leading the Sun Devils to a 4-1 win. Adam Plutko (8 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) allowed just four hits in a complete game but still took the loss, as the Bruins left 10 runners on base to ASU’s 4.

• (21) Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount: In one of the weekend’s best pitching matchups, neither Colin Welmon (5.2 IP, 9 H, 4 ER) nor Macro Gonzales (6 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) shined, but LMU broke a 4-4 tie with three runs in the seventh to beat Gonzales, 7-4. Tommy Cheek (4-for-4, 2 RBI) led the LMU offense.

Other Highlights

• Ryon Healy (3-for-5, 3 RBI) hit a walk-off, two-run home run in the 10th to lift Oregon to a 5-3 win against Washington. Jake Reed (8 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision for the Ducks.

• Craig Aikin, Kolbey Carpenter and Matt Oberste had three RBIs apiece in support of Jonathan Gray (9 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 12 K), leading Oklahoma to a 12-1 win against Kansas. Oberste extended his hitting streak to a school-record 28 games with a three-run homer in the first, and Gray took a no-hitter into the seventh.

• Three South Carolina pitchers combined to strike out 17 batters in a 3-2 win against Texas A&M. Adam Westmoreland and Tyler Webb combined to work 5.2 scoreless innings of relief of Evan Beal (3.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K), and L.B. Dantzler led the South Carolina offense with two hits and two RBIs.

• Augie Garrido said in yesterday’s Weekend Preview that Texas was hoping for more production from the first base and catcher positions, and they got it Thursday. First baseman Alex Silver (2-for-3, R) and catcher Jeremy Montalbano (2-for-4, R, 3 RBI, HR) led the UT offense, and Travis Duke (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) earned the win in relief of Parker French (3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER), as the Longhorns beat Oklahoma Sate, 8-5. Jason Hursh (7 IP, 13 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) took his first loss of the season.

• Leadoff man Brian Ragira (3-for-4, 2 RBI) hit a two-run single to highlight Stanford’s three-run second, and Mark Appel (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) made the lead stand up, as the Cardinal won 3-0. Appel has recorded double-digit strikeouts in five straight games, fanning 61 batters over 42 innings in that span.

• Keenan Cook (3-for-3, R, SB) led Rice’s 10-hit attack behind Austin Kubitza (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 K) in a 4-2 win against Tulane.

• J.D. Davis and Michael Lorenzen had three hits and three RBIs apiece in support of Thomas Eshelman (8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K), leading Cal State Fullerton to a 9-2 win against Pacific.

• Joey Wagman (6 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) improved to 6-1 in Cal Poly’s 5-4 win against UC Davis.

• Dylan Stuart (7.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 0 ER) outpitched UC Irvine ace Andrew Thurman (6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) in UC Riverside’s 4-3 win.

• Nick Backlund and Austin Barrett each homered and drove in four as part of Mercer’s 14-hit barrage against ace Chris Anderson (6 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) and Jacksonville, as the Bears cruised to a 13-5 win.