Tuesday in college baseball saw six top 25 teams lose, including top-ranked Virginia, which was beaten by Virginia Military Institute.
Taylor Edens and Campbell Henkel limited the Cavs to six hits and Brandon Angus’ RBI single in the eighth helped the Keydets win in Charlottesville for the first time since March 1990.
“Well, obviously this was a great win for us,” VMI coach Marlin Ikenberry said in a release. “Our guys took the lead in the fourth and held it all game. I was proud of how we stayed composed and competed, and I was so pleased with Campbell Henkel and Taylor Edens pitching the way they did against perhaps the best lineup in the country.”
Mike Papi homered for Virginia.
“It’s so different than other sports,” Virginia coach Brian O’Connor told the Lynchburg (Va.) Advance. “We play so many games. When you play this many games, crazy things happen in the game . . . Tonight, VMI just beat us.”
In Tuesday’s biggest showdown, No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette beat No. 7 Louisiana State 4-1 in a game that was called in the top of the sixth inning by rain.
The loss ended LSU’s 34-game win streak in regular-season midweek games and its 32-game win streak against Louisiana schools. The Tigers’ last loss in both came to Northwestern State on April 15, 2011, at Alex Box Stadium.
“It’s a strange feeling to lose a game when you don’t get to play the full nine innings, but those are the rules of baseball,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “I never expected us to go 56-0 this season, and there’s no shame in losing a rain-shortened game to a Top 10 team. You have to credit ULL with playing very well, and things just never seemed to go our way the whole night. We saw some issues that we need to address, so we’ll go back to practice on Thursday and start preparing for the weekend.”
Cody Glenn (4 IP, 3 ER) took the loss, LSU’s first of the season after a 7-0 start. Greg Milhorn (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) improved to 2-0 for the Cajuns, who supported him with a balanced, timely six-hit attack.
• No. 8 Vanderbilt also fell from the ranks of the unbeaten, as the Commodores could not dig out of an early three-run hole in losing to Western Kentucky, 3-2. Walker Buehler (6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER) took the loss for Vandy. Scott Wilcox (2-for-4, 2 RBI) led the WKU offense behind Josh Bartley (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). The Hilltoppers improved to 6-2.
• In another upset—or perhaps not considering the past few meetings—Sam Houston State topped No. 12 Rice 3-1. Sam Houston has won four in a row against Rice and six of the past eight. Sophomore transfer Ryan Brinley shut down the Owls on two hits over seven innings. The Bearkats are 8-1 heading into a big weekend at the Houston College Classic, where they’ll take on TCU, Texas Tech and Texas.
• Also Tuesday, UC Santa Barbara topped No. 19 UCLA 6-4 behind homers from juniors Peter Maris and Tyler Kuresa. It was the Gauchos’ first win at Jackie Robinson Stadium since 2011. The Bruins fell to 4-4 as Grant Dyer was pinned with the loss.
• Texas Arlington scored six runs in the third against Jordan Kipper (4 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER) and cruised to a 10-2 win at No. 16 Texas Christian. Derek Miller and Matt Shortall had three hits apiece in support of Brad Vachon (6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K).
• In other Top 25 action, No. 9 Oregon moved to 8-0 by beating Portland, 8-2; N.C. State defeated Davidson 7-5 behind Chance Shepard’s grand slam; and No. 11 Clemson, gearing up for its rivalry series against South Carolina, beat Presbyterian 4-2.