Friday Roundup: Buck Farmer Leads Jackets Past Cavs

Friday’s marquee showdown pitted No. 3 Louisiana State against No. 10 Arkansas, and the Tigers kept rolling with a 6-2 win, their 15th straight victory. I was on hand at Baum Stadium and posted this report on LSU’s impressive performance.

Let’s round up the rest of Friday’s action.

Top 25 Showdowns

• (5) Virginia at (20) Georgia Tech: Buck Farmer (9 IP, 10 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) went the distance for the second straight week to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 2-1 win against against Brandon Waddell (5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) and the Cavs. Zane Evans (2-for-4) delivered an RBI single to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth.

Top 25 Upsets

• (9) Oklahoma at Baylor: Cal Towey led off the ninth with a walk-off homer against Jake Fisher to lift the Bears to a 2-1 win, their sixth victory in their last seven games. Jonathan Gray (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K) and Dillon Newman (8.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) were both strong in no-decisions.

• (11) South Carolina at Florida: The Gators came from behind with three runs in the eighth against Adam Westmoreland (5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER) to earn a series-clinching 4-3 win. Harrison Bader’s two-run single to left field put the Gators ahead, and four Florida relievers worked a combined 4.2 innings of two-hit, one-run ball. Jordan Montgomery (3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER) returned to the Friday starter role for South Carolina and earned a no-decision.

• (12) Indiana at Michigan State: Anthony Cheky hit a two-out single in the 11th, stole second and third, then scored on Jimmy Pickens’ RBI single to lead the Spartans to a 2-1 win. Michigan State tied the game up with a run in the eighth against Joey DeNato (7.2 IP, 8 H, 1 ER). Andrew Waszak (8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision for the Spartans. Kyle Schwarber returned from his knee injury to DH for Indiana, going 1-for-5.

• Central Florida at (14) Rice: Rice left 13 men on base and hit into three double plays, as Chris Matulis (8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 8 BB, 4 K) led UCF to a 5-1 win. Austin Kubitza (4 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) took his second loss of the season for the Owls.

• (15) Arizona State at Southern California: Sean Silva (6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) and Brent Wheatley (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R) combined on a one-hit shutout, leading the Trojans to a 5-0 win against Trevor Williams (8 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 4 ER) and the Sun Devils.

• Seton Hall at (24) Houston: The Pirates chased Daniel Poncedeleon (0.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB) with four runs in the first and cruised to an 11-1 win behind Jon Prosinski (8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K). Sal Annunziata had two hits and three RBIs to lead Seton Hall’s 14-hit attack.

• Longwood at (25) Campbell: Kyri Washington hit a tie-breaking RBI double in the eighth to lift the Lancers to a 3-2 win. Longwood’s Kyler Morgan (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER) bested Ryan Mattes (7.1 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K).

Other Top 25 Results

(1) North Carolina at Virginia Tech: Brian Holberton (4-for-6, 5 R), Chaz Frank (4-for-6, 2 R, 4 RBI) and Colin Moran (3-for-5, 3 R, 4 RBI) led UNC’s 21-hit onslaught in a 21-8 win in Blacksburg. The Hokies knocked around Kent Emanuel (8 IP, 14 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), but he still improved to 7-1. One thing to watch for North Carolina: cleanup man Skye Bolt exited the game in the fourth after fouling a ball off his foot.

• Missouri at (2) Vanderbilt: Connor Harrell and Vince Conde had three hits and four RBIs apiece to lead Vandy’s 17-hit attack in support of Kevin Ziomek (6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K), as the Commodores won 11-5.

• UC Santa Barbara at (4) Cal State Fullerton: After UCSB scored twice in the ninth against Michael Lorenzen to take the lead, Fullerton answered with two in the bottom of the frame on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Richy Pedroza, propelling the Titans to a 4-3 win. Thomas Eshelman (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) issued his first walk of the season but was strong in a no-decision.

• Utah at (6) Oregon State: Tyler Smith returned to his starting shortstop job and singled in the first, then scored on Dylan Davis’ RBI groundout to give Oregon State its only run. Matt Boyd (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K) was brilliant in a shutout to lead the Beavers to a 1-0 win. Boyd became just the second OSU pitcher in the last 12 years to record multiple shutouts in one season, joining Sam Gaviglio (who did it in 2011).

• Duke at (7) Florida State: Brett Knief, Marcus Davis, Jose Brizuela and John Sansone had three hits apiece and combined for 10 RBIs to power FSU to a 16-2 drubbing of Duke. Luke Weaver (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) turned in a strong outing for the Seminoles.

• Elon at (8) Louisville: The Cardinals broke a 1-1 tie with nine runs in the eighth, highlighted by Coco Johnson’s solo homer and two-run single, lifting Louisville to a 10-1 win. Chad Green (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) improved to 5-2.

• Tennessee at (13) Kentucky: Zac Zellers hit a tie-breaking two-run double to highlight a four-run eighth, leading the Wildcats to a come-from-behind 5-4 win. A.J. Reed (6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) was solid in a no-decision.

• (16) Oregon at California: J.J. Altobelli hit an RBI single and scored in Oregon’s critical two-run fifth, and Tommy Thorpe (7.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) turned in a strong outing in his first Friday start to lead the Ducks to a 3-2 win.

• Loyola Marymount at (17) UCLA: Brian Carroll’s two-run single in the second put the Bruins ahead for good, as Adam Plutko (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K) cruised in UCLA’s 2-0 win.

• (18) Notre Dame at Pittsburgh: Ethan Mildren (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K) shut down the Notre Dame offense in a 4-0 upset. Pat Connaughton (4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K) fell to 0-2 for the Irish, who dropped to 4-6 in the Big East and lost their third straight game overall.

• (21) Mississippi State at Texas A&M: Hunter Renfroe hit a tie-breaking solo homer in the sixth, and the Bulldogs got strong pitching from Luis Pollorena (6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER) and Jonathan Holder (2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) in a 3-2 win.

• Wake Forest at (22) Clemson: Ten Tigers recorded hits as part of a balanced 13-hit attack in support of Daniel Gossett (6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K), leading Clemson to an 8-2 win.

• Alabama at (23) Mississippi: Bobby Wahl (6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 3 K) and Aaron Greenwood (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) combined on a two-hit shutout, leading Ole Miss to a 6-0 win. Will Allen (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR) led the offense for the Rebels, who snapped their six-game losing streak.

Other Highlights

• Derrick Workman and Nick Backlund had two hits and two RBIs apiece to lead Mercer to a 7-6 win against Florida Gulf Coast in a key Atlantic Sun Conference showdown.

• Jeff Hoffman (9.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) gave up his first earned run since March 22 in the ninth inning, but East Carolina beat Tulane 3-2 on a sacrifice fly in the 13th.

• Mark Appel (8 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) improved to 6-2 in Stanford’s 7-5 win against Washington.

• Austin Davidson (2-for-3, 3 RBI, HR) led the Pepperdine offense behind Scott Frazier (7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) in a 7-4 win at San Diego. Michael Wagner (4.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) fell to 1-4 for the Toreros, who have lost three straight and five of their last seven.

• Miami’s Chris Diaz (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) and Maryland’s Jimmy Reed (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K) each got no-decisions in a fine pitcher’s duel, and Brandon Lopez delivered a game-winning RBI single in the 13th to lift the Hurricanes to a 1-0 win.