More Thursday Stars

We mentioned Jess Todd’s masterful performance for Arkansas last night, but that wasn’t the only standout pitching performance Thursday. In the Atlantic-10 Conference alone, there were three gems.

Charlotte righthander Adam Mills turned in a performance that would have stood out for most other pitchers; for Mills it was, well, run of the mill. The 49ers’ junior ace picked up his school-record 13th win of the season in an 11-1 romp against Rhode Island, allowing just a run on five hits while striking out four over eight innings. Fordham junior righty Cory Riordan allowed one run over 7 1/3 innings in a 3-1 win against Richmond. By striking out six, Riordan became the first Ram since 1939 to whiff 100 batters in a season. And Xavier junior righty Michael Lucas outdid both of them, allowing just four hits in a complete-game shutout as the Musketeers eliminated URI by a 3-0 score in the late game.

A few other noteworthy individual performances from Thursday to pass along: Creighton righthander Zak Moore allowed just two hits while striking out eight over eight shutout innings in a win against Bradley. Rutgers star shortstop Todd Frazier went 4-for-6 with three doubles and a home run as the Scarlet Knights pounded Villanova 11-0 to stay alive in the Big East tournament.  And Jonathan Lucroy’s sixth-inning grand slam propelled Louisiana-Lafayette to a 9-7 win against Troy. The Ragin’ Cajuns have won their first two Sun Belt tournament games and are likely safe as a regional host.