Tuesday’s slate featured a couple of notable in-state showdowns and a pair of teams in the top 12 getting swept in doubleheaders. Nebraska made the most noise, sweeping a twin bill against No. 12 Arkansas, 3-0 and 4-2. Kyle Kubat (5 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K), Tyler Niederklein (2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R) and Dylan Vogt (1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) combined on a no-hitter in the first game—Nebraska’s first no-hitter since 1993 against Peru State, and its first against a Division I opponent since 1981 against Oklahoma. Nebraska’s last nine-inning no-hitter against a D-I team was in 1954, when Richard Geier threw a perfect game against Kansas.
Kubat, who had a strong freshman year in 2012, was making his season debut after missing the first 33 games with shoulder soreness. In the nightcap, Brandon Pierce (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) and five relievers held Arkansas to just two runs on seven hits.
On to the rest of Tuesday’s highlights.
Top 25 Showdowns
• Jeff Gardner (4-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR, 2 2B) and Coco Johnson (2-for-5, 3 RBI, 2B) led No. 8 Louisville’s 15-hit attack in a 12-5 win at No. 17 Kentucky. The Cardinals broke a 1-1 tie with five runs in the third against Kyle Cody (4 IP, 9 H, 8 ER), then piled on six more runs in the fifth. The two teams split the two-game midweek season series.
Top 25 Upsets
• Tennessee Tech went to Nashville and pulled off a 10-9 upset of No. 2 Vanderbilt, snapping the Commodores’ 14-game winning streak. Dylan Bosheers and Michael Morris had two hits apiece to lead the Golden Eagles’ 13-hit attack, and they also drew nine walks against six Vanderbilt pitchers. The Commodores fell into a 6-0 hole early in the game and trailed 10-8 heading into the bottom of the ninth, and Tennessee Tech closer Seth Lucio got Vince Conde to ground into a double play with the bases loaded in the ninth to end the game. Tennessee Tech, which leads the Ohio Valley Conference at 15-3 (and won a huge series at OVC favorite Austin Peay State two weeks ago), improved to 27-10 overall. But with a Ratings Percentage Index ranking of No. 142 entering the week, the Golden Eagles probably need to win the OVC’s automatic bid to get into a regional.
• Arizona won the first of its five meetings this year against rival Arizona State, coming from behind to knock off the ninth-ranked Sun Devils 10-9 in Tucson. The two teams combined to make eight errors (ASU made five) in a sloppy affair. The Wildcats trailed 8-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but they scored eight runs over the next three innings to win, capped by Scott Kingery’s go-ahead RBI double in the eighth. Augey Bill and Mathew Troupe combined to work three hitless innings to nail down the victory.
• Arkansas-Little Rock swept a doubleheader at No. 11 Oklahoma, 5-2 and 4-3. UALR, which climbed to 18-18 overall, got strong pitching performances from Travis McDonald (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) in the first game and from Ethan Schlechte (8 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) in the nightcap. Oklahoma has lost six of its last nine games.
• Southern Mississippi ran its winning streak to eight games with a 2-1 victory against No. 21 Mississippi in Pearl, Miss. Jay Myrick (3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) provided outstanding relief work to earn the victory, as USM broke a 1-1 tie in the ninth on Andrew Furr’s pinch-hit RBI single.
• Top-ranked North Carolina extended its winning streak to 10 games with a 5-1 win against Coastal Carolina, which had also carried a nine-game winning streak into the contest. Chaz Frank broke up Austin Kerr’s no-hit bid with a game-tying RBI triple in the sixth, and the Tar Heels went ahead for good on Colin Moran’s sacrifice fly later in the inning. Chris Munnelly (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) improved to 4-0.
• Pat Valaika doubled to lead off the 12th, and UCLA capitalized on two UC Irvine errors in the frame to score two runs en route to a 6-4 win at Anteater Ballpark. Brenton Allen’s two-run homer in the ninth had tied the game for UCLA, which got brilliant relief from—who else?—David Berg (4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K).
• No. 6 Florida State broke a scoreless tie in the fifth, and Peter Miller (6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) combined with three relievers on a three-hit shutout in FSU’s 2-0 win against South Alabama, which ranked No. 16 in the RPI heading into the week. Payton Gardner (6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) was strong in defeat for South Alabama.
• Mercer followed up its sweep of Florida Gulf Coast with a nice midweek win at Georgia Southern, 5-3. The top two hitters in Mercer’s lineup, Sasha Lagarde and Chesny Young, combined for five hits, four RBIs and two homers to lead an 11-hit attack.
• Michigan extended its winning streak to 10 games by beating Notre Dame twice in the last two weeks, 8-2. Kevin White went 4-for-4 with two runs behind James Bourque (7.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K), as the Wolverines handed the Irish their sixth straight loss.
• Greg Velazquez (3-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) powered the Cal State Fullerton offense in an 8-4 win at Pepperdine.
• North Carolina State won its 11th straight game, beating Charlotte 2-1 behind Ethan Ogburn (8.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K).
• Bryant won its 19th straight game—the longest winning streak of the season—by blasting Stony Brook, 10-0. The Bulldogs rapped out 14 hits in support of Joseph Michaud (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R).
• Tennessee followed up its series win against Kentucky with a 5-4 win against Virginia Tech, which has lost seven of its last eight. The Vols jumped out to a 4-0 lead through two innings behind Blake Thomas (6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K), and Andy Cox threw 2.1 hitless innings of relief.
• Florida continued to surge, and Florida Gulf Coast continued to scuffle, as the Gators went on the road and beat the Eagles 5-3, exacting a small measure of revenge for FGCU’s sweep in Gainesville earlier this year. Taylor Gushue (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI, 2B) led Florida’s 11-hit attack behind Bobby Poyner (5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K). The Gators have won six straight, while the Eagles have lost five straight.
• Campbell’s at-large hopes took a blow with a 5-1 loss at North Carolina Central, which ranked No. 212 in the RPI heading into the week. Troy Marrow had three hits and two RBis to lead the offense for the Eagles, who improved to 23-17 after going 19-32 last year.
• Austin Kubitza (4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) bounced back from his short outing Friday, helping Rice cruise to an 11-2 win against Texas Tech. Michael Ratterree (2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR) continued to swing a hot bat for the Owls.