Augie Garrido has become enured to milestones. But the longtime coach was pleased by his latest achievement.
Garrido, in his 45th season as a coach and 17th at Texas, got win No. 1,894 Tuesday night as the No. 12 Longhorns topped Texas State 5-1.
“The only thing 1,894 wins proves is that you are old,” Garrido told The Daily Texan. “But it still feels good.”
Garrido surpassed Gordie Gillespie to become the winningest college baseball coach regardless of classification. Garrido got the Division I record in 2003.
Junior righthander Lukas Schiraldi (4-1) allowed only one hit in seven innings and struck out five and Ben Johnson homered for the Longhorns, who are 20-6, their best start since 22-4 in 2005.
• In what would otherwise be the lead story on a given college baseball night, Florida knocked off top-ranked Florida State 4-1 in a game made more interesting when the benches cleared after a collision along the first-base line.
In the eighth inning, FSU’s D.J. Stewart hit a slow roller up the first-base line. Florida pitcher Danny Young tried to field the ball and Stewart collided with him, knocking down Young. After Stewart touched first, Gators first baseman Zack Powers ran over and bumped Stewart with his chest, Stewart shoved Powers and benches cleared.
No punches were thrown, but Powers, Stewart and Young were all ejected. No one was injured.
After the incident, FSU rallied in the ninth but fell short.
“There’s no doubt that the testosterone and the adrenaline kicked in. Those men are very strong and very active,” FSU coach Mike Martin told reporters. “The hands got a little quicker. The motivation rose. Just very proud of our baseball team, and the way that we fought. We certainly didn’t back down from anything, and that makes every Seminole proud, because that’s what we’re about.”
It was the second win in a week for the Gators over the ‘Noles in a night of upsets.
• Tulane upended No. 8 LSU 3-2 on Richard Carthon’s single in the 11th inning, giving the Green Wave their first win over Louisiana State in four years. Jake Willsey started the rally with a double.
“You can be a hero at any point, and it can happen at any time, and Richard had a great at-bat and went out there and won the game for us,” said Tulane assistant coach Jake Gautreau in lieu of head coach Rick Jones, who missed the game with an illness. “The wind was blowing dead-in tonight, and I thought we had a lot of really good at-bats where we hit the ball really hard and had nothing to show for it, so that’s just one of those things where you continue to grind out at-bats, and know that eventually the luck should prevail. The guys stuck to it, and I was proud of them tonight, and obviously Jake hitting that double in the 11th with two outs, and Richard, after having a tough day up to that point, hitting that game-winner.”
• San Francisco used a six-run fourth to knock off No. 11 Oregon 8-4, gaining a small measure of revenge after the Ducks eliminated the Dons from regionals last June.
“I think any time your season ends in a regional where these guys beat us 6-1, we felt like, ‘Hey, if we get another chance at them, we’re going to play a little bit better.’ We played a little bit better, inspired today. We made pitches,” San Francisco head coach Nino Giarratano told reporters. “It was a rough day to start with the rain and the mist and our guys stayed with it. It’s a testament to the group. They do it all the time . . . We were rewarded today with all of our effort.”
The Dons have won four of their last five games and will return to the field on Wednesday to finish off the short two-game set with Oregon (17-6, 5-1 Pac-12) before getting ready for San Diego this weekend.
Bradley Zimmer homered for the Dons and starter Sheldon Lee was solid (5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 5 K).
• Southern Miss scored four times in the sixth to beat No. 13 Ole Miss 5-3. The Golden Eagles have now won six of the past seven against the Rebels, including three in a row. The Southern Miss pitching staff held Ole Miss hitless over the final 5.1 innings.
• No. 17 Houston topped No. 10 Rice, 6-2, at Cougar Field, behind Tyler Ford’s impressive relief (4.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R). Josh Vidales and Jordan Stadling had two RBIs apiece for the Cougars, who have won five straight and nine of their lass 10. They snapped Rice’s winning streak at nine games and improved to 2-0 against the Owls this year.
Other Top 25 Action
• Joey Pankake extended his hit streak to 11 games by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs as No. 2 South Carolina beat College of Charleston 4-2. Freshman lefthander Josh Reagan (3-0) was solid (4 IP, 2 H, 1 R) and junior righthander Cody Mincey got his first save.
• No. 4 Louisiana-Lafayette won its 13th in a row, beating Northwestern State 10-1. Ryan Leonards was 4-for-4 with a homer for the Ragin’ Cajuns. Senior Ryan Wilson (3-0) gave up eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.
“When you give this team an opening or a crack they are going to pounce through,” head coach Tony Robichaux said. “Tonight was another example of us pitching and playing defense. Every night you can do that, you give yourself a chance to win.”
• No. 16 Mississippi State beat Southeast Missouri State 3-2 on senior Demarcus Henderson’s game-winning single. Preseason All-America righthander Jonathan Holder (2-1) earned the win with two innings of scoreless relief.
• No. 18 UCLA topped Long Beach State 2-1 behind freshman Grant Dyer (6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 K). Junior David Berg got his seventh save for the Bruins.
In other action, No. 21 Auburn beat Kennesaw State, 10-5; and No. 20 Clemson beat Georgia, 16-4.
Several games were postponed by inclement weather, including No. 11 Oregon State vs. Seattle; No. 14 Louisville against Western Kentucky and No. 25 N.C. State against Campbell.