Wednesday Roundup: Massie, Rebels Continue Strong Start

Bad weather around the country thinned out an already fairly light schedule on Wednesday, but there were a few newsworthy games.

Top 25 Upsets

• No. 8 Vanderbilt lost at home for the second straight day, this time going down to Evansville 8-3. The Purple Aces got to T.J. Pecoraro for six runs over the first two innings and never looked back, led by three RBIs from center fielder Kevin Kaczmarski. A bright spot for the ‘Dores was the strong relief outing from freshman lefty John Kilichowski (5.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 7 K, 3 BB).

• Despite being swept at home by Louisiana-Lafayette last week, Southern Mississippi expects to be dangerous in Conference USA, and the Golden Eagles took a step back in the right direction with a 2-1 win at home against No. 21 Alabama. The Eagles’ Christian Talley (7.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 K, 1 BB) pitched well in a no-decision, and USM plated the winning run on Breck Kline’s single in the bottom of the eighth.

Other Notables

Jeremy Massie

Jeremy Massie (Photo by Alyson Boyer Rode)

• Elsewhere in the Magnolia State, Mississippi improved to 8-1 by edging Louisiana-Monroe 4-3, sweeping the two-game set with a second straight one-run win. Rebels senior Jeremy Massie, making his first career start, tossed five no-hit innings, but Ole Miss then had to rally back from a 3-2 deficit in the late innings, tying the game in the bottom of the eighth and then winning it on catcher Will Allen’s walk-off single in the ninth.

• After a disappointing four-game split with Holy Cross last weekend, No. 18 Mississippi State bounced back by sweeping a two-game midweek series from another cold-weather team, Mount St. Mary’s. Brett Pirtle’s three hits led the Bulldog offense in a 10-1 blowout on Wednesday, and MSU outscored MSM 23-2 for the two games.

• Hawaii righthander Matt Cooper turned in one of the best pitching performances of the young season with a three-hit shutout against Pepperdine. The senior, who hasn’t allowed an earned run in 21 innings to start the season, struck out 10, walked none and needed just 107 pitches to go the distance as Hawaii won 2-0.

• Georgia State defeated Georgia in Athens for the first time since 2001, 3-2. The Bulldogs’ staff carried a combined no-hitter into the seventh inning, but Chris Triplett singled to lead off the seventh and the Panthers went on to score all three of their runs in the inning. The rebuilding Bulldogs, who figured to be in for an uphill season under first-year coach Scott Stricklin, fell to 2-6.