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Bermudez has three hits
as FIU wins at Florida State
Maine wins at Clemson, Stanford tops Texas,
TCU edges Fullerton
Tallahassee, Fla., Pablo Bermudez (right) had three hits and
scored three runs to lead FIU past No. 11 Florida State 8-5
Friday evening. Bermudez, FIU’s leadoff hitter, set the table
for the Golden Panthers (1-3) middle of the order. Adam Kirsch
(3 for 5) and T.J. Shantz (1 for 5) both had 2 RBI for FIU.
Sherman Johnson and Jayce Boyd both had two hits for the
Seminoles (4-1). FIU starter R.J. Fondon fought through a
45-minute rain delay in the second inning to put in a gutty
110-pitch performance. Fondon (1-1, 5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 BB, 4 R, 3
ER) was able to work his way out of trouble with men on base,
while FSU freshman Brandon Leibrandt (0-1, 2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 BB, 4
ER, 4 K) could not do the same and took the loss.
Maine 6, No. 16 Clemson 5
In Clemson, S.C., Fran Whitten and Mike Connolly delivered
two-out RBI singles in the top of the eighth to lift Maine over
Clemson. Starter Stephen Perakslis (6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 K)
of the Black Bears (1-0) kept the Tigers (2-2) off the
scoreboard until the bottom of the seventh, when Clemson scored
four to tie the game. Whitten (2 for 4, R, 2 RBI) and Connolly
(1 for 4, R, RBI) put the Black Bears up 6-4 in the top half of
the eighth, but Clemson rallied in the bottom of the ninth only
to have its comeback effort fall short. Colin Gay had two hits
and two RBI for Maine, while Phil Pohl and Thomas Brittle led
the way for the Clemson offense as they both tallied three hits.
No. 3 Stanford 7, No. 7 Texas 2
In Stanford, Calif., Mark Appel set a career high
with 10 strikeouts as Stanford topped Texas at Sunken Diamond.
Appel (2-0) did not allow a hit over the first four innings,
finished with three hits and one run in seven innings with three
walks. The Cardinal (5-0) scored two in the first and three in
the second to take control early. Brian Ragira had three hits,
including two doubles, and three RBI, while Jake Stewart (HR, 3
R) and Tyler Gaffner (2B, 2 R) both had three hits for Stanford.
Kevin Lusson went 1 for 3 with a double and one RBI for the
Longhorns (2-3), who have lost three straight. Nathan Thornhill
(1-1, 5 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) took the loss.
No. 14 TCU 3, No. 20 Cal State Fullerton 2
In Fullerton, Calif., Andrew Mitchell fanned a
career-high 12 in five innings as TCU edged Cal State Fullerton
in front of 2,515 fans at Goodwin Field. Mitchell allowed two
hits and one run with three walks in the no-decision. Andrew
Morrison (3 IP, 2 H, 1 K) picked up the win in relief, while
Kaleb Merck gave up an unearned run in the ninth with a
strikeout to notch his second save. The Horned Frogs (2-2)
trailed 1-0 after seven before pinch-hitter Jerrick Suiter
delivered a two-run triple with two outs in the top of the
eighth in his first at-bat of the season to give TCU the lead.
Suiter scored an insurance run on an error. Ricky Pedroza was
hit by a pitch and scored in the bottom of the ninth for the
Titans (1-3). Dylan Floro (0-1, 8 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 K) was
the hard-luck loser for Fullerton.
No. 1 Florida 4, William and Mary 1
In Gainesville, Fla., Tyler Thompson went deep in
the fifth to snap a 1-1 tie and help Florida get by William and
Mary at McKethan Stadium. Hudson Randall (1-0) allowed five hits
and one run in 6.1 innings with four strikeouts to secure the
victory. Austin Maddox worked 2.2 scoreless innings with one hit
and four strikeouts to secure his second save. Nolan Fontana
went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a run, while Taylor Gushue
added two hits and a run for the Gators (5-1). Josh Smith
homered, and Michael Katz had two hits, including a double, for
the Tribe (2-3).
No. 2 South Carolina 8, Elon 1
In Columbia, S.C., Michael Roth pitched seven
hitless innings as South Carolina came within one out of a
no-hitter against Elon at Carolina Stadium. Roth (1-0) walked
three and struck out eight. Nolan Belcher walked one in a
hitless eighth before Patrick Sullivan surrendered a home run to
Garrett Koster with two away in the ninth. Christian Walker went
2 for 2 with a homer and five RBI for the Gamecocks (4-0).
Koster and Quinn Bower both walked twice for the Phoenix (4-1).
No. 4 Texas A&M 3, Holy Cross 2 (11)
In College Station, Texas, Matt Juengel walked
with the bases full in the bottom of the 11th as Texas A&M
nipped Holy Cross on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. Juengel (2
for 5) had a RBI double in the first and Scott Arthur executed a
safety squeeze in the sixth as the Aggies (5-0) built a 2-0
lead. Steven Tkowski delivered a two-run single with two outs in
the top of the ninth for the Crusaders (0-1) to extend the game.
Michael Wacha allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings with
11 strikeouts for TAMU. Nate Koneski struck out nine in 5.1
innings for Holy Cross, but allowed four hits, seven walks and
two runs. Evan Ocello went 3 for 4 with a run for the Crusaders.
No. 5 Arkansas 7, Valparaiso 3
In Fayetteville, Ark., D.J. Baxendale struck out
six in six innings as Arkansas defeated Valparaiso at Baum
Stadium. Baxendale (2-0) allowed five hits, three runs and two
walks. Cade Lynch surrendered one hit and one walk over three
scoreless innings with three strikeouts to pick up his first
save. Bo Bigham (2 for 5) and Jake Wise (2 for 4, 2B) both drove
in two for the Razorbacks (6-0). Chris Manning homered and
Spencer Mahoney drove in two for the Crusaders (2-2).
No. 6 Rice 6, Dallas Baptist 5
In Houston, Michael Fuda snapped a 5-5 tie with a
leadoff homer in the bottom of the seventh as Rice nipped Dallas
Baptist at Reckling Park. Fuda also doubled and scored twice for
the Owls (6-0). Shane Hoelscher (2 for 4) had a three-run double
in a four-run fourth for Rice. Austin Elkins and Duncan McAlpine
both had two hits for the Patriots (3-2). John Simms (2-0, 3.2
IP, 2 H, 1 UE, 1 BB, 4 K) earned the win in relief, while J.T.
Chargois got the final two outs via the strikeout to secure his
No. 7 North Carolina 17, Wright State 3
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Tommy Coyle had three hits
and three RBI as North Carolina thumped Wright State at Boshamer
Stadium. The Tar Heels (3-1) scored eight in the second and
rolled from there. Cody Stubbs (2 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Michael
Russell (2 for 4, 3 R, 2 RBI) both had two doubles for UNC. Kent
Emanuel (2-0) allowed three hits and two walks in six scoreless
innings with five strikeouts to earn the win. Tristan Moore had
three hits and Corey Davis drove in two for the Raiders (1-3).
No. 8 LSU 4, Appalachian State 0
In Baton Rouge, La., Kevin Gausman (2-0) hurled
seven innings of four-hit shutout baseball as LSU beat
Appalachian State in front of 5,585 fans at Alex Box Stadium.
Gausman (2-0) increased his scoreless streak to 12 innings. The
Tigers (5-0) struck first in the bottom of the second when Ty
Ross’s (2 for 2, 2 BB, RBI) single landed just inside the right
field foul line. Seth Grant (0-1) received the loss after giving
up four runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings for the Mountaineers
No. 10 Georgia Tech 12, Ohio State 4
In Atlanta, Georgia Tech starter Buck
Farmer struck out 13 Ohio State batters and earned his first
win. Farmer (1-1, 6 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 3 ER) allowed three solo home
runs to OSU’s first baseman Josh Dezse. But the outburst could
not save the visiting Buckeyes (2-2) as the Georgia Tech (5-1)
offense was able to jump to and maintain an early lead. Brandon
Thomas, Jake Davies and Paul Kronfield all had two hits, while
Sam Dove had three for the Yellow Jackets.
No. 12 Miami (Fla.) 15, Albany 4
In Coral Gables, Fla., Eric Erickson (2-0)
pitched seven innings of four-hit baseball with nine strikeouts
as Miami defeated Albany at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light
Field. The Hurricanes (5-0) started early as they put up three
in the first and would come back in the fourth with a home run
by Esteban Tresgallo (2 for 3, 4 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB). Zach Kraham
(0-1) picked up the loss for Great Danes (0-1) as he gave up
four runs on five hits in five innings.
No. 13 Georgia 13, Winthrop 5
In Athens, Ga., Hunter Cole went 4 for 5 and
knocked in two as Georgia took care of Winthrop at Foley Field.
The Bulldogs (5-0) scored four in the bottom of the fifth to
erase a 4-3 deficit and added five in the eighth to put the game
away. Brett DeLoach went 3 for 5 with two doubles, three runs
and two RBI for Georgia. Alex Wood (2-0, 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 5
K) picked up the win. Leighton Daniels and Matt Lobacz both had
two hits and two RBI for the Eagles (0-5).
No. 15 Arizona 8, Auburn 1
In Tucson, Ariz., Alex Mejia had a two-run homer
in the second to ignite Arizona over Auburn at Hi Corbett Field.
Mejia finished with three hits and four RBI. A five-run second
and a one-run seven-inning gem by Kurt Heyer (2-0) is all the
Wildcats (4-1) would need. Derek Varnadore (1-1) picked up the
loss after giving up seven runs on 11 hits over six innings.
Creede Simpson went 2 for 4 with a run for the Tigers (3-3).
No. 17 Oklahoma 9, Hartford 6
In Norman, Okla., Hunter Lockwood hit
two home runs to propel Oklahoma to a victory over visiting
Hartford. The dingers by Lockwood (2-5, 3 RBI) came in the third
and sixth, the first of which put the Sooners (2-2) ahead
4-2. Hartford (0-1) had jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the
top of the third thanks to solid play from their first and
second-place hitters, Brian Estevez (2 for 4, BB, R) and Simon
Kudersnatch (4 for5, BB, 2 R, RBI). Oklahoma starter Dillon
Overton (1-0, 6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 BB, 4 ER) earned the victory.
San Diego State 18, No. 18 Oregon State 2
In San Diego, John Spirk went 3 for 4 with a
double, two runs and three RBI as San Diego State spanked Oregon
State at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Jake Romanski (2 for 5, 2 R),
Avondre Bollar (2 for 2) and Jomel Torres all drove in three for
the Aztecs (2-4). SDSU scored four in the first and put the game
away with seven in the seventh. Michael Conforto and Max Gordon
both had two hits for the Beavers (4-2).
Oregon 4, No. 19 Vanderbilt 2
In Nashville, Tenn., Brett Thomas had a pinch-hit
RBI single in the top of the sixth to snap a 2-2 tie and lift
Oregon past Vanderbilt at Hawkins Field. Alex Keudel (1-1, 7 IP,
5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K) picked up the win, while Jimmie Sherfy (2
IP, 2 K) recorded his first save. Aaron Jones doubled and drove
in a pair for the Ducks (5-1). Anthony Gomez went 1 for 4 with
one run and one RBI for the Commodores (1-4).
Arizona State 11, UC Riverside 3
In Tempe, Ariz., Brady Rodgers went seven shutout
innings as Arizona State cruised past UC Riverside at Packard
Stadium. Rodgers (2-0) allowed five hits and struck out nine for
the Sun Devils (4-0). Abe Ruiz fell a triple shy of the cycle on
his three-hit, four-RBI day. His three-run homer in the seventh
push the lead to 10-0. Dylan Stuart (1-1) was tagged with the
loss after giving up six runs on 11 hits in 5.2 innings. Clayton
Prestridge finished the day going 2 for 4 with an RBI for the
Baylor 15, UCLA 3
In Los Angeles, Logan Vick went 4 for 5 with four
doubles, three runs and two RBI as Baylor bounced UCLA at Jackie
Robinson Stadium. The Bears (6-0) led 6-2 after six before
putting the game away with eight in the seventh. Nathan Orf (4
for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Cal Towey (2 for 3, 3 RBI) both had two
doubles, while Adam Toth went 3 for 5 with three runs and two
RBI for the visitors. Trent Blank (3-0, 1 H, 1 K) earned the win
in relief. Cody Keefer and Trevor Brown both had two hits for
the Bruins (2-3). Adam Plutko (0-1, 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3
K) took the loss.
Houston 2, Texas State 1
In Houston, Jacob Lueneburg was hit by a pitch
with the bases loaded and two away in the bottom of the ninth to
give Houston the win over Texas State at Cougar Field. Both
starters were outstanding. Jared Ray allowed two hits and one
run in seven innings with four walks and seven strikeouts for
the Cougars (4-1), while Colton Turner fanned 12 in six
scoreless innings with four hits and three walks for the Bobcats
(2-3). Jordan Mannisto (1-0) pitched two hitless innings to pick
up the win. Casey Kalenkosky (2 for 3) homered in the fourth to
give Texas State the lead. Jake Runte (3 for 4) drove in the
tying run with a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh.
Landon Appling had two hits and two runs for UH.
Troy 3, Southern Miss 0
In Hattiesburg, Miss., Tyler Ray and Nate Hill
combined on the six-hit shutout as Troy blanked Southern Miss in
front of 3,339 fans at Pete Taylor Park. Ray (2-0) allowed six
hits in seven innings with no walks and three strikeouts, while
Hill worked two hitless innings with two walks and two
strikeouts to record his first save. Ray has 29 career victories
and 14 straight without a loss, top marks among active Division
I pitchers. Boone Shear had a RBI single in the top of the first
to give the Trojans (3-1) the early lead. Tyler Hannah added a
run-scoring single in the second and walked with the bases full
in the ninth for Troy. Mason Robbins had two hits for the Golden
Eagles (2-3). Jay Myrick struck out nine in 6.2 innings of
relief with two hits, two walks and one unearned run.
Ole Miss 2, UNC Wilmington 0
In Oxford, Miss., Bobby Wahl allowed one hit and
struck out nine as Ole Miss edged UNC Wilmington in front of
8,010 fans at Swayze Field. Wahl (2-0) walked two in seven
scoreless innings. Brett Huber got a strikeout and two
groundouts in the ninth for his second save. Mat Batts (0-2)
surrendered seven hits and one earned run in seven innings with
two walks and seven strikeouts for the Seahawks (2-3). Tanner
Mathias scored both runs for the Rebels (3-1). He singled and
scored on a base hit by Alex Yarbrough (2 for 4) in the third,
and reached on an error and came in on a base hit by Auston
Bousfield (2 for 3) in the seventh. Michael Bass had both hits
for UNCW and also drew a walk. The game took 2:05 to play.
Minnesota 1, Milwaukee 0
In Minneapolis, T.J. Oakes and Kevin Kray
combined on the three-hit shutout as Minnesota edged Milwaukee
at the Metrodome. Oakes (2-0) allowed two hits and one walk in
seven innings with four strikeouts, while Kray gave up one hit
and struck out one in two innings to register his first save.
The Gophers (2-2) put two of their four hits together to get
their one run. With two away in the bottom of the fifth, Matt
Halloran doubled and scored on a triple by Michael Handel. Drew
Pearson had two hits for the Panthers (0-4). Eric Semmelhack
(0-2, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K) was the tough-luck loser for
Oklahoma State 7, Bowling Green 2
In Stillwater, Okla., Andrew Heaney struck out a
career-high 12 as Oklahoma State topped Bowling Green to give
head coach Frank Anderson his 300th career victory at OSU.
Heaney (1-1) allowed seven hits, two walks and one run in 7.1
innings. Gage Green has a RBI single to spark a four-run second
for the Cowboys (3-3). Aaron Cornell had a pair of sacrifice
flies for OSU. Logan Walker and Andrew Kubuski both had two hits
for the Falcons (0-3).
Pittsburgh 22, Wofford 12
In Spartanburg, S.C., Elvin Soto went 3 for 5
with two homers, four runs and four RBI as Pittsburgh pounded
Wofford at King Field. The Panthers (2-3) scored seven in both
the second and fifth. Casey Roche (3 for 6, 2 2B, 2 R, 5 RBI),
Stephen Vranks (4 for 6, 3 R, 2 RBI), Sam Parente (2 for 4, 2 R,
3 RBI) and Rick Devereaux (2 for 4, HR, 4 R, 2 RBI) all had big
days for Pitt. Taylor Rozier doubled twice and scored two, while
Mac Doyle drove in three for the Terriers (2-2). All but one of
the Pitt runs were earned.
San Francisco 3, Missouri 1
In San Francisco, Kyle Zimmer allowed two hits in
five scoreless innings as San Francisco edged Missouri at
Benedetti Diamond. Zimmer did not walk a batter and struck out
five. Adam Clear had a run-scoring single in the bottom of the
eighth to snap a 1-1 tie for the Dons (3-2). Matt Chavez had a
RBI single later in the frame for an insurance run. Brannon
Champagne has a RBI groundout in the top of the eighth for the
Tigers (2-2) that evened the score at 1-1. Elliott Waterman
(1-0) allowed one hit over the final 1.2 innings with one
strikeout to earn the victory. Ben Turner had two of his team’s
four hits for Missouri.
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