Saturday Roundup: No-No Stinnett

Maryland righthander Jake Stinnett threw a no-hitter Saturday against Massachusetts. He struck out nine and issued just two walks in Maryland’s first no-hitter since 2008, when Scott Swinson threw one against Delaware.

Jake Stinnett struck out nine in his no-hitter against Massachusetts.

Jake Stinnett struck out nine in his no-hitter against Massachusetts.

Stinnett, a 6-foot-4, 202-pound senior, began his Maryland career as a two-way player, spending most of his freshman year as a third baseman. He became a full-time pitcher last year, when he earned all-ACC honors and posted a 2.83 ERA. He has always had a power arm, but he continues to become a more refined pitcher. A scout who has seen him this spring said his fastball sits at 90-93 and touches 94-95, and he holds his velocity deep into his outings. He pitches heavily off his heater but mixes in a solid slider and changeup, and he stands out for his good control.

Stinnett retired the final 11 batters of the game Saturday, striking out Paul Yanakopulous to end the game.

“He had pretty much everything working today,” Maryland coach John Szefc said afterward. “It doesn’t happen every day that a guy is that sharp. He’s able to throw strikes and command the zone almost on command. Whereas last year when he was still developing, I don’t think he had that kind of command. It’s hard to beat him because he’s constantly in the zone.”

Szefc’s Terrapins are off to a 7-2 start, with a three-game sweep of Northeast Conference favorite Bryant and a road win at Florida (although the Gators won the series). Stinnett is 2-1, 1.23 with 37 strikeouts and three walks in 22 innings. He is a bona fide ace who gives the Terps a chance to win against other front-line ACC pitchers like Carlos Rodon, Luke Weaver, Trent Thornton, Daniel Gossett and Nathan Kirby.

On to the roundup. We already wrote about the South Carolina-Clemson and UCLA-N.C. State games Saturday--see those reports for details on those games.

Top 25 Showdowns

Jose Brizuela had four RBIs for Florida State on Saturday.

Jose Brizuela had four RBIs for Florida State on Saturday.

(14) Miami at (2) Florida State: The Seminoles jumped on Bryan Radziewski (4.1 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 5 K) for four runs in the first inning and never looked back, winning 10-2 to level the series. Jose Brizuela (3-for-4, 4 RBI) and John Nogowski had two-run doubles in the first, and Brandon Leibrandt (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) kept the Miami offense at bay.

(5) Cal State Fullerton at (9) Oregon: The Titans clinched the series against the Ducks for the second straight year, winning 3-2 behind Justin Garza (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K). Austin Diemer’s two-run single in the second inning gave the Titans an early lead against Matt Krook (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K), and the Ducks tied the game in the middle innings, only to see Fullerton break the tie on Greg Velazquez’s sacrifice fly in the ninth.

(21) Alabama at (10) Louisiana-Lafayette: The Ragin’ Cajuns clinched the series by shutting out Alabama for the second straight day, 6-0. Carson Baranik (7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K) was stellar for the third straight week for ULL, which got three hits apiece from Blake Trahan and Greg Davis. Justin Kamplain (4 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 0 K) took the loss for ‘Bama. The Cajuns have won 10 straight and allowed just one run in their last 25 innings. Saturday’s game drew 4,004 fans.

(12) Rice vs. (16) Texas Christian: Blake Fox (6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) and Zech Lemond (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R) combined on a shutout, as the Owls earned a 1-0 victory to improve to 1-1 at the Houston College Classic. Rice got its lone run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly against Preston Morrison (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). TCU fell to 0-2 at Minute Maid.

(17) Indiana at (20) Louisville: Kyle Schwarber (2-for-2, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2B) led Indiana’s balanced 10-hit attack in support of Joey DeNato (7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K), as the Hoosiers beat Louisville 6-2. Indiana built a 4-1 lead through three innings against Kyle Funkhouser (6.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) and never looked back. Schwarber also had two hits earlier in the day behind Will Coursen-Carr (5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER), leading Indiana to an 8-3 win against Toledo in Louisville. The Hoosiers are now 4-5, and their strange weekend slate is over. The Cardinals also beat Toledo in the day’s third game, 8-2. Jeff Gardner (2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI) led the Louisville offense in support of Jared Ruxer (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 11 K).

Top 25 Upsets

Wright State at (4) Oregon State: The Beavers and Raiders split a doubleheader, with OSU winning the opener 6-4 and WSU taking the second game 6-2. Dylan Davis (3-for-5, 2 RBI) led Oregon State’s offense behind Jace Fry (8.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) in the first game. Wright State’s Robby Sexton (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 3 K) stranded 10 OSU baserunners in the second game, beating Scott Schultz (6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER). The Beavers lead the four-game set 2-1, and senior lefty Ben Wetzler is slated to make his season debut Sunday after returning from his 11-game NCAA suspension.

Jordan Brink allowed just one hit over seven innings against Texas A&M.

Jordan Brink allowed just one hit over seven innings against Texas A&M.

(23) Texas A&M at Fresno State: The Bulldogs swept a doubleheader, 5-0 and 6-5, to clinch the series. Jordan Brink (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K) was dominant in a win against A&M ace Daniel Mengden (7 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) in the opener. Fresno overcame a 5-1 deficit in Game Two with five runs in the sixth to chase Parker Ray (5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K). Fresno State improved to 8-2, with series wins at UC Irvine and home against Nevada and A&M.

South Alabama at (24) Arkansas: The Jaguars swept a doubleheader against the Hogs, 2-1 and 5-3. Arkansas righty Chris Oliver (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) was solid in a no-decision in the first game, but Locke St. John (8.1 IP, 8 H, 1 ER) was even better for South Alabama, which pushed across a crucial insurance run in the seventh. Arkansas sophomore righty Trey Killian (2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) struggled in his season debut in the second game (he had missed the first two weeks while serving an NCAA suspension). Kevin Hill (8 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) earned the win in that one for USA.

Other Top 25 Results

Monmouth at (1) Virginia: Nate Irving’s three-run homer in the third put UVa. in control, and Nathan Kirby (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was strong in the Cavs’ 6-3 win.

Yale at (7) Louisiana State: Mark Laird (3-for-4, R, 2B) led the LSU offense behind Kyle Bouman (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) in a 3-0 win.

Stanford at (8) Vanderbilt: The Commodores clinched the series with a 5-1 win behind Jared Miller (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K), who improved to 3-0. Hayden Stone, Adam Ravenelle and Brian Miller worked four combined innings of no-hit relief for Vandy.

(13) Cal Poly at Southern California: Saturday’s game was rained out again, setting up a Sunday doubleheader.

Houston vs. (15) Texas: The Longhorns knocked the Cougars from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 3-2 win behind Parker French (7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K). Two Houston errors in the third led to two unearned runs against Jake Lemoine (7 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). The Longhorns are 2-0 at the Houston College Classic, after beating Rice and Houston.

Eastern Illinois/Michigan State at (18) Mississippi State: The Bulldogs earned a pair of wins Saturday, beating Eastern Illinois 4-3 and Michigan State 7-1. Trevor Fitts (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) turned in the longest outing of his career in the first game, and MSU broke a 3-3 tie on Reid Humphreys’ walk-off infield single in the ninth. Five Bulldogs recorded multiple hits as part of a balanced 13-hit attack against Michigan State, as Austin Sexton (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K) picked up his first win.

North Florida at (22) North Carolina: The Tar Heels clinched the series with a 5-1 win behind Benton Moss (9 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K). Korey Dunbar powered the UNC offense with a sixth-inning grand slam.

Florida Gulf Coast at (25) Florida: The Gators, who had lost their first two games at their home tournament, shut out FGCU 4-0 on Saturday. Karsten Whitson (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K) continued his progress, posting an economical 65-pitch outing to pick up his first win of the year. Aaron Rhodes (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) followed with stellar relief work.