Indiana’s early-season struggles weren’t entirely unexpected, given the severity of the winter that kept the Hoosiers and most Northern teams from practicing outdoors much if at all in the preseason. Nonetheless, Indiana’s series loss to Long Beach State last weekend dropped them to 9-8 and knocked them out of our Top 25 after being ranked preseason No. 3.
The Hoosiers’ offense hasn’t really hit its stride yet. They’re being carried mostly by four hitters who are batting over .300, led by Sam Travis at .352, while no other regulars are hitting over .235. Louisville seems to bring out the best in IU, however. The Hoosiers picked up their second win of the season against the No. 14 Cardinals by a 9-3 score on Wednesday in Bloomington. It was their third straight win against Louisville overall, dating back to last year’s College World Series. It was also Indiana’s third win against a ranked team this year after beating Kentucky last week.
Travis (4-for-5, 2 RBI, 3 2B) led the way once again, and the IU lineup banged out 12 hits in all. Louisville had actually carried a 3-1 lead into the fifth, before IU erupted for six runs, highlighted by RBI doubles by Travis and Scott Donley. IU sophomore Sullivan Stadler (5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) picked up his first career win.
Top 25 Upsets
• No. 24 San Diego’s ninth-inning rally came up short, as the Toreros scored once but stranded the tying run on second base in the ninth, losing 4-3 at home to Washington State. That inning typified the night for USD, which stranded 13 runners in all. San Diego’s Josh Goosen-Brown went 4-for-5 in the losing cause.
• West Virginia upset No. 17 North Carolina 5-1. Aaron Fitt was on hand and has a report you can read here.
• No-hitters feel like they’ve become just about a weekly occurrence in college baseball, though the latest was certainly unconventional. Massachusetts-Lowell pitchers Raz Bracha (6 IP, 1 K) and Garrett Cole (2 IP) combined on a no-hitter at Yale on Wednesday, yet the Riverhawks lost 1-0. Yale managed to score the game’s only run in the fifth without needing a hit, thanks to a hit-by-pitch, an error, a wild pitch and then a squeeze bunt by Brent Lawson. Three Yale pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout to get the win.
• Towson jumped on No. 3 Virginia for three runs in the first inning, but the Cavaliers came back with a four-run third and held the line from there, winning 5-3. Nick Howard went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs and then closed it out on the mound, earning his fifth save.
• Kade Scivicque (3-for-3, HR, 2 RBIs) led No. 8 Louisiana State’s offense in a 9-0 rout of South Alabama, highlighted by a seven-run sixth inning. Cody Glenn, recently deposed from LSU’s weekend rotation, started and worked two scoreless innings.
• No. 5 Louisiana-Lafayette found itself in a tight battle with Nicholls State, with the game going into extra innings tied 1-1, before the Ragin’ Cajuns’ offense broke out with six runs in the top of the 11th, capped off by Chase Compton’s two-run double. ULL improved to 19-2 with the 7-1 win.
• No. 20 Mississippi came back from a 3-1 deficit after five innings to beat Arkansas State 4-3. Scott Weathersby threw 2 1/3 innings of perfect relief to pick up the win, striking out five.
• Offense was even tougher to come by in Houston, where the No. 23 Cougars and Texas Southern, which entered the night 5-13, played to a scoreless draw through nine innings. UH finally pushed across a run in the bottom of the 10th, winning 1-0 on Casey Grayson’s walk-off single. Cougar pitchers Kirby Peek (5 IP,1 H, 0 R) and Jared Robinson (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R) combined on a two-hit shutout.