Weather continued to plague the college baseball season as top-ranked South Carolina and No. 3 Virginia were rained out, but No. 2 Florida State probably wishes its game was washed out.
The Seminoles fell to rival Florida 3-1 in a midweek rivalry game in front of season-high 5,657 fans at McKethan Stadium.
Sophomore Harrison Bader broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI triple in the sixth inning and junior Bobby Poyner closed out the win with three perfect innings for the Gators (14-7). Richie Martin doubled and scored for Florida, and Josh Tobias contributed a solo homer. The victory went to sophomore righthander Aaron Rhodes, who struck out four over three innings. Peter Miller (5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) was solid in defeat for the Seminoles, who saw their six-game winning streak snapped.
The best shot for the ‘Noles came in the third when they loaded the bases with no outs, but Gators starter Danny Young retired D.J. Stewart, Brett Knief and John Nogowski to escape the inning.
• In other top 25 action, No. 5 Louisiana-Lafayette won its eighth in a row, beating Nicholls State, 4-1. At 18-2, the Ragin’ Cajuns are off to their best start since 2000, when they were 19-1.
“Tonight was another example of this team winning in different ways,” head coach Tony Robichaux said in quotes provided by the school. “We had to play from behind and keep them from getting a big inning, and our guys did that. We got a big hit when we needed it to win the game.”
• No. 6 Vanderbilt used a pair of three-run innings to beat Belmont 8-4. Freshman Bryan Reynolds homered for the Commodores, and sophomore Walker Buehler struck out a career-best eight over six strong innings for his fourth win of the year.
• No. 11 Rice routed Texas State, 14-1. Four Rice players collected at least two hits, led by Michael Aquino, who was 3-for-4 while John Clay Reeves had three hits and drove in two runs. The red-hot Reeves has 20 hits in his last six games.
• No. 15 Texas and Lukas Schiraldi blanked Dallas Baptist, 5-0. Schiraldi allowed just two hits over eight to improve to 3-1.
• No. 18 Tennessee nipped Austin Peay State 8-7 in 12 innings as the winning run scored on Taylor Smart’s single. The win helped the Vols match the best start in school history at 18-2.
“Well I guess the only thing I can say is that was our 18th win,” said Vols coach Dave Serrano. “I am proud of the guys for what they are able to accomplish. We are winning ugly right now. There are some things we have to clean up as we continue to make our trek through the SEC but I can’t be disappointed in these guys because it is never going to be perfect what we do, but they are finding ways to win.”
Top 25 Upsets
• Georgia Southern ended an 11-game losing streak against Clemson by beating the No. 13 Tigers 14-5 on Tuesday. The Southern Eagles jumped out to a 7-0 lead, knocking out Zack Erwin. Aaron Mizell and Kody Adams hit two-run homers for the Eagles, who improved to 17-4.
“(Starter) Ryan (Frederick) did a nice job for us starting the ballgame. We made a couple of big defensive plays behind him and getting the three spot early for him to pitch with was big,” GSU coach Rodney Hennon said.
• In another surprise, No. 23 Houston, which just moved into our rankings this week, lost to Lamar 4-2. Lamar was missing head coach Jim Gilligan, who was ill but listened to the game at home.
“This was a great win,” Gilligan said. “Our kids did a great job tonight. We intended on using several kids on the mound, as we normally do in midweek games.”
Senior Lance Warren (2-0) pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief, striking out three for the win.