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Virginia outlasts VCU in 10
Seattle nips UW, JU knocks off Florida,
Southern Miss downs Alabama
In Richmond, Va., Brandon Downes had a leadoff
homer in the top of the 10th and VCU left the bases loaded in
each of the final three innings as top-ranked Virginia eked out
a 5-4 win Tuesday evening.at The Diamond. The Cavaliers (34-7)
built a 4-2 lead in the eighth. Bill Cullen had an RBI single in
the bottom of the eighth as the Rams (28-10) pulled within one.
In the bottom of the ninth, Cody Acker drew a one-out walk and
scored on an error to knot the score at 4-4. Derek Fisher (2 for
4) also went deep for the Cavs. Nick Howard (2-0, 1.2 IP, H, UE,
2 BB, 4 K) picked up the win, while Whit Mayberry (1 IP, H, B)
notched his second save.
Seattle 1, No. 7 Washington 0
In Seattle, Skyler Genger and Mac Acker combined
on the three-hit shutout as Seattle edged Washington. Genger
(4-0) allowed three hits and a walk in 7.1 innings with five
strikeouts to earn the victory. Acker retired the five hitters
he faced, including a pair of punchouts, for his first save. Sam
Finfer (2 for 3) singled and scored on a passed ball in the
fifth for the Redhawks (18-18) for the game’s lone run.
Jacksonville 3, No. 8 Florida 1
In Gainesville, Fla., Dylan Dillard ripped a
three-run homer in the top of the seventh, and Justin Russell
logged seven splendid innings as Jacksonville upended Florida.
Russell (5-2) allowed one run on three hits with one strikeout.
The Dolphins (14-25) got something going when Braddock Rowe and
Michael Babb were hit by pitches. After a sacrifice bunt,
Dillard’s two-out homer put Jacksonville on top. Zack Powers
went 2 for 4 with a solo homer for the Gators (27-14), who got
five scoreless innings from Karsten Whitson.
Southern Miss 6, No. 12 Alabama 3
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Mason Robbins went 4 for 4
with a homer and four RBI as Southern Miss knocked off Alabama
for the second time this season. Robbins had a pair of RBI
singles to help the Golden Eagles (25-17) build a 4-1 lead then
added a two-run homer to make it 6-1 in the eighth. Cameron
Giannini (3-2) worked into the sixth inning, allowing five hits,
four walks and a run with five strikeouts, to pick up the win.
Ben Moore went 3 for 5 with a run and an RBI for the Crimson
No. 2 Cal Poly 12, San Jose State 5
In San Luis Obispo, Calif., Tim Wise went 4 for 5
with a run and two RBI as Cal Poly downed San Jose State. Zack
Zehner (3 for 4, 2 RBI) and Brian Mundell (2 for 4) both scored
three for the Mustangs (35-5). Slater Lee (3-1, 5 IP, 5 H, R, K)
earned the victory. Brett Bautista went 3 for 4 with one run and
one RBI for the Spartans (12-29).
No. 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 8, McNeese State 0
In Lafayette, La., Matt Hicks and Ben Carter
combined on a two-hit shutout as Louisiana-Lafayette blanked
McNeese State. Hicks (5-0) allowed two hits in five innings with
no walks and five strikeouts. Carter tossed four hitless innings
with no walks and three punchouts. Jace Conrad had two hits,
including a double, and two RBI for the Ragin’ Cajuns (37-5).
Jackson Gooch had a double for the Cowboys (20-19).
No. 4 Oregon State 8, Sacramento State 1
In Sacramento, Calif., Dylan Davis had two hits,
including a home run, and drove in four as Oregon State evened
its midweek series at Sacramento State. Jeff Hendrix doubled and
knocked in two, while Nick Rulli had two hits, including a
double, and two runs for the Beavers (28-8). Zack Reser (4-0,
4.1 IP, 4 H, R, K) picked up the win in relief. Rhys Hoskins
homered for the Hornets (25-16).
No. 5 Florida State 4, Stetson 0
In Tallahassee, Fla., Billy Strode tossed six
scoreless innings, and Justin Gonzalez went 3 for 4 with an RBI
as Florida State blanked Stetson. Strode (1-1) allowed two hits
and struck out five, and Gage Smith and Jameis Winston completed
the shutout, with Winston striking out the side in the ninth.
The Hatters fell to 17-25.
No. 6 LSU 6, Tulane 0
In Baton Rouge, La., Jake Fraley had three hits
and three RBI to lead LSU past Tulane. Andrew Stevenson went 2
for 4 with two runs and one RBI for the Tigers (31-10-1). Seven
pitchers combined on the shutout, with the win going to Zac
Person (2-1, 1 IP, H, BB, K). Lex Kaplan and Jake Willsey both
had two hits for the Green Wave (15-23).
No. 10 South Carolina 8, Davidson 0
In Columbia, S.C., DC Arendas went 2 for 4 with
an RBI, and Grayson Greiner added two RBI as South Carolina used
a six-run sixth inning to beat Davidson. The Gamecocks (31-10)
led 1-0 before exploding in the sixth as the first six batters
reached to open the frame. Greiner had an RBI double, and
Arendas bunted a run homer in the big inning. Logan Koch added
two hits and a run for South Carolina. Taylor Widener (3-0)
tossed three perfect innings of relief with four strikeouts as
the Gamecocks posted their 12th shutout of the season. Sam Foy
had a pair of hits to lead the Wildcats (23-11).
No. 11 Texas 5, UTPA 4
In Austin, Texas, Mark Payton had an RBI single
in the bottom of the eighth that lifted Texas past UTPA. Ben
Johnson had two hits, including a homer, and two RBI, and Brooks
Marlow and Zane Gurwitz each contributed two hits for the
Longhorns (31-11), who beat the Broncs (17-25) for the 40th
straight time. Alberto Morales had three hits and a run for
Mississippi State 8, No. 13 Ole Miss 3
In Pearl, Miss., Wes Rea had a two-run double to
break a 3-3 tie right after a bad-hop single over the second
baseman’s head extended the sixth inning, and Mississippi State
topped Ole Miss at Trustman Park in the annual Governor’s Cup
affair. Gavin Collins had three hits and two RBI, and Brett
Pirtle added two hits, two runs and an RBI for the Bulldogs
(27-15). Lucas Laster, who tossed the first 5.1 innings, and
Vance Tatum (2-0) limited the Rebels (30-12) to three hits.
Texas A&M 6, No. 14 Rice 5
In Houston, Cole Lankford went 4 for 5 with a run
and an RBI, and Andrew Vinson stranded the tying run at third
base in the ninth inning as Texas A&M held off Rice. Logan
Taylor scored twice and drove in two as the Aggies (25-17)
scored five times in the first two innings. Corey Ray (4-0)
allowed five hits and two runs (one earned) in six innings, but
the Owls (29-14) rallied for three runs in the ninth before
Vinson entered to get the final out. Connor Teykl had a two-run
single in the ninth and finished with three RBI for Rice.
No. 15 Louisville 3, Western Kentucky 1
In Louisville, Ky., Josh Rogers tossed seven
strong innings as Louisville defeated Western Kentucky. Rogers
(1-2) surrendered three hits and one run with one walk and five
strikeouts. Nick Burdi worked a scoreless ninth for this ninth
save. Colin Lyman had a two-run single in the fifth for the
Cardinals (29-11). Regan Flaherty had two hits and a run for the