Tuesday Roundup: Georgia Southern Stings Yellow Jackets

Ninth-ranked Georgia Tech has college baseball's most explosive offense, but the Yellow Jackets were held to fewer than seven runs for just the second time in their last 15 games Tuesday. Reliever Matt McCall (4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) led a group of four Georgia Southern pitchers that held the Jackets in check, as the Eagles pulled off the 5-4 upset in Atlanta. T.D. Davis (2-for-4, 2 RBI) hit his sixth homer of the year to lead the GSU offense, while Zane Evans smacked his ninth long ball for Tech, which was averaging 10 runs per game during its first 19 games this season.

On to the rest of the Tuesday roundup.

Other Top 25 Upsets

• Ryan Huck (3-for-5, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI) powered Western Kentucky to a 6-3 win at No. 10 Kentucky. The Wildcats rapped out 11 hits and drew seven walks but left 15 men on base.

• No. 16 North Carolina State continued to be plagued by short starts on the mound, as Logan Jernigan (0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 0 K) failed to get through the first inning in an 8-5 loss to UNC Greensboro. The Wolfpack carried a 4-2 lead into the eighth inning, but the Spartans scored three in the top of the eighth, then won it with three more in the 11th. T.J. Spina (2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI) led the UNCG offense.

• No. 20 Arizona State got outstanding pitching during its 11-2 start, but the Sun Devils have suddenly gone cold on the mound. ASU allowed 25 runs during its two losses to Washington State this weekend, and the Devils allowed eight more runs Tuesday at Texas Tech, losing a back-and-forth affair 8-7. The Red Raiders scored two runs in the ninth without the benefit of a hit, as ASU freshman closer Ryan Burr walked four and hit another batter. Scott LeJeune's walk-off walk on a close 3-and-2 pitch ended it. The Red Raiders, coming off a series win at Texas, improve to 15-8. They also split a pair of midweek games at Arizona two weeks ago.

Other Highlights

• In the longest game of the Sunny Golloway era at Oklahoma, the Sooners came from behind to beat Oral Roberts 9-8 in 15 innings. Oklahoma trailed 8-4 after five innings but scored two in the sixth and two more in the seventh to tie it, then eventually won it on Mac James' RBI single in the 15th. Jacob Evans (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K) provided sterling relief to pick up the win, after Jake Fisher threw three innings of one-hit, shutout ball.

• Cal State Fullerton came back from an early 4-0 deficit to beat Nebraska 8-7 in 11 innings. Michael Lorenzen had three hits and three RBIs for the Titans, who won it on Jared Deacon's bases-loaded walk in the 11th. Willie Kuhl and Tyler Peitzmeier combined to work 6.2 innings of four-hit relief, allowing just one unearned run, to give Fullerton a chance to win.

• The hottest team in Conference USA—heck, just about the only hot team in Conference USA—is Houston, which improved to 17-4 with a 4-3 win against inconsistent Texas. The Cougars got strong mound work from Aaron Garza (5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) and Chase Wellbrock (3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R), and Kyle Survance hit a two-run single to highlight Houston's three-run second inning. The Longhorns, coming off a home series loss to Texas Tech, are 12-8.

• On the other end of the C-USA spectrum, Tulane took a bad loss to New Orleans, 5-4. The Privateers entered the game with a 3-18 record, but UNO relievers Blake Prest (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R) and Stone Speer (5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) stifled the Tulane offense after the first inning, and the Privateers took the lead for good with five runs in the second against Emerson Gibbs. Tulane falls to 12-11.

• In the first meeting between cross-state rivals Marshall and West Virginia in more than five years, Thundering Herd ace Aaron Blair struck out 11 over six innings of no-hit ball, leading Marshall to an 8-0 win.

• Luke Weaver (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) was strong in a no-decision, and Florida State took advantage of two dropped fly balls in a four-run eighth inning to beat Stetson, 5-3. Jameis Winston worked two hitless innings to pick up the win. Weaver is 3-0, 1.00 with 30 strikeouts and four walks in 27 innings, and afterward  Mike Martin said he is on the verge of forcing his way into the weekend rotation. "We've always tried to give the ball to the guy that's throwing the best," Martin told BA. "I must say that Luke Weaver is throwing in the top three. I guess that's all I need to say. I think that there is a good chance you're going to see Luke Weaver on weekends if he has another good outing the next time he pitches."

• South Alabama continued its boffo first half, earning a quality road win at Southeastern Louisiana, 13-7. Jordan Patterson, Robby Campbell and Nolan Earley combined to go 11-for-16 with 11 RBIs to lead the Jaguars' 21-hit onslaught. South Alabama improved to 18-4.

• Furman rebounded from a series loss to Davidson by beating Georgia, 7-5. Alex Abrams had four hits for the Paladins, who improved to 15-6. The Bulldogs drop to 8-13 with their fifth straight loss.

• Grayson Long (5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) and three relievers combined on a three-hit shutout, leading Texas A&M to a 2-0 win against Dallas Baptist.

• John Simms (5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) was strong, but No. 18 Rice needed 10 innings to beat Stephen F. Austin State, 3-2, on MIchael Aquino's walk-off RBI single. The Owls have won six straight.

• Louisville stormed back from a 6-3 deficit with six runs in the sixth, then tacked on four more runs in the eighth to beat Southern California 13-6. Kyle Gibson (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) led Louisville's 16-hit attack.

• South Carolina earned a solid midweek road win against The Citadel, 9-5. Joey Pankake (2-for-4, 3 RBI) led the South Carolina offense behind Jack Wynkoop (5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K).

• Marc Zagunis and Andrew Rash each homered and drove in four runs apiece, leading Virginia Tech to a 16-6 win against Liberty.

• Red-hot Kyle Schwarber (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI) hit his fifth homer of the year in Indiana's 11-2 win at Miami (Ohio). Schwarber is hitting a team-best .427 for the Hoosiers, who wrapped up their season-opening 17-game road trip with a 14-3 record.

• Tim Zier (4-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) led San Diego State's 17-hit attack in a 12-2 win against Long Beach State.

• New Mexico followed up its big road series win at UNLV by splitting a doubleheader against Missouri State. D.J. Peterson hit a game-tying home run in the seventh inning of game one, and Mitch Garver hit a walk-off RBI single in the 11th, giving the Lobos a 6-5 win. Peterson shifted from third base to first, in a move that UNM coach Ray Birmingham foreshadowed last week. Koby Peebles had three hits to lead the Missouri State to an 8-2 win in the second game. Matt Hall (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) turned in a solid start for the Bears.