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Florida State blanks Virginia to
Oregon State tops Oregon, Alabama nips South Carolina, OSU
In Tallahassee, Fla., Mike Compton and Billy
Strode combined on the 7-0 shutout as No. 5 Florida State evened
its ACC series with top-ranked Virginia Saturday evening.
Compton (4-1) scattered seven hits over 6.1 innings with one
walk and one strikeout to pick up the win. Strode gave up two
hits over the final 2.2 frames with three punchouts. John
Sansone drove in four, including a pair in the fourth to snap
the scoreless tie. Jose Brizuela (3 for 4) had a two-run double
to highlight a four-run fifth for the Seminoles (17-6, 33-10).
Joe McCarthy and John La Prise both had two hits, including a
double, for the Cavaliers (17-6, 36-8), who had not been shut
out in their past 156 games. The last time UVa was blanked was
by Liberty on Feb. 28, 2012.
No. 4 Oregon State 4, No. 9 Oregon 2
In Corvallis, Ore., Andrew Moore tossed eight
strong innings as Oregon State clinched a Pac-12 series win over
Oregon to give head coach Pat Casey his 700th career victory at
OSU. Moore (4-3) allowed four hits and two runs with three walks
and seven strikeouts. Scott Schultz recorded the final three
outs for his fourth save. The Beavers (13-4, 30-8) erased a 1-0
deficit by scoring four in the bottom of the eighth. Dylan Davis
(2 for 4) had a two-run double and Caleb Hamilton drove in a
pair with a base hit for OSU. Shaun Chase went 1 for 3 with one
walk and one RBI for the Ducks (10-7, 31-12). Jeff Gold (4 H, 2
BB, 5 K) tossed seven scoreless innings for Oregon.
No. 12 Alabama 2, No. 10 South Carolina 1
In Columbia, S.C., Justin Kamplain and Thomas
Burrows combined on a five-hitter as Alabama evened its SEC
series with South Carolina. Kamplain (4-2) surrendered four hits
and a run in 6.1 innings with two walks and four strikeouts.
Burrows worked the final 2.2 frames with one hit and three
punchouts for his ninth save. Ben Moore (2 for 4) homered in the
top of the first for the Crimson Tide (13-7, 29-14). Marcus
Mooney delivered a sacrifice fly in the third for the lone run
for the Gamecocks (11-9, 33-11). Casey Hughston’s RBI single in
the seventh plated the eventual game-winner for Alabama.
No. 19 Oklahoma State 2, No. 11 Texas 1
In Austin, Texas, four hurlers held Texas to two
hits as Oklahoma State leveled its Big 12 series. Alex Hackerott
(2-1, 1 IP, BB) relieved Tyler Buffett (4.2 IP, H, R, 5 BB) and
picked up the win. Blake Battenfield allowed one hit in two
innings with one walk and to strikeouts. Brendan McCurry pitched
the final 1.1 innings with one walk and two punchouts to record
his 12th save. The Longhorns (10-7, 32-12) scored in the second
as Zabe Gurwitz had an RBI groundout. Craig McDonaughy (2 for 4,
2 R) doubled and scored in the fifth to tie it. He singled and
came home an inning later to give the Cowboys the lead.
No. 13 Ole Miss 18, No. 18 Kentucky 5
In Lexington, Ky., Auston Bousfield went 5 for 6
with three runs and six RBI to lead Ole Miss to an SEC series
win at Kentucky. Bousfield was a triple short of the cycle. He
had an RBI double in a four-run fifth, a three-run homer in a
six-run sixth, an RBI single in a seven-run seventh and another
run-scoring single in the eighth. Austin Anderson (3 for 6, 2 R,
2B), Will Allen (2 for 5, HR) and J.B. Woodman (2 for 3, 2 R,
HR) each knocked in three for the Rebels (12-8, 33-12).
Christian Trent (6-0, 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the
victory, while Scott Weathersby (3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 K) notched
his first save. A.J. Reed went deep twice for the Wildcats
(9-11, 27-16), giving him 19 for the season.
Long Beach State 7, No. 2 Cal Poly 2
In Long Beach, Calif., Ino Patron went 4 for 5
with two RBI as Long Beach State leveled its Big West series
with Cal Poly. The Dirtbags (6-5, 19-21) scored in three of the
first four innings in building a 6-0 lead. Garrett Hampson went
2 for 3 with a double, two walks and two runs for LBSU. Josh
Frye (4-0, 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) earned the victory.
Nick Torres went 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI for the
Mustangs (12-2, 36-6).
Texas State 10, No. 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 0
In Lafayette, La., Garrett Mattlage was a triple
short of the cycle with two runs and two RBI as Texas State
evened its Sun Belt series with Louisiana-Lafayette. The Bobcats
(12-8, 24-19) scored in four of the first five innings,
including five in the fourth. Cory Geisler went 3 for 6 with a
double and two RBI for the victors. Taylor Black (4-4, 8 IP, 10
H, 3 R, 2 ER, 8 K) earned the win. Tyler Girouard went 3 for 4
with one RBI, while Caleb Adams homered for the Ragin’ Cajuns
Tennessee 6, No. 6 LSU 3
In Baton Rouge, La., Tennessee scored two in the
eighth and two in the ninth to rally past LSU and even their SEC
series. Derek Lance and Taylor Smart knocked in runs in the
eighth to give the Volunteers (8-12, 26-15) a 4-3 advantage.
Vincent Jackson added a two-run homer in the ninth for UT.
Hunter Martin (3-2, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, K) picked up the win in
relief, while Andrew Lee worked a hitless ninth for his second
save. Alex Bregman went 2 for 5 with a double, a run and an RBI
for the Tigers (11-8-1, 32-11-1).
No. 8 Florida 5, Missouri 0
In Gainesville, Fla., Aaron Rhodes pitched a
one-hit shutout as Florida secured an SEC series victory. Rhodes
(5-2) walked two and struck out six. The lone hit for the Tigers
(6-14, 19-23) was a double by Dillon Everett in the second.
Casey Turgeon had two hits and two RBI, while Zack Powers
homered for the Gators (14-6, 29-15).
No. 14 Rice 3, Southern Miss 2
In Hattiesburg, Miss., Rice scored twice in the
top of the seventh to snap a 1-1 tie and secure a Conference USA
series win at Southern Miss. Charlie Warren went 2 for 4 with
one RBI, while Keenan Cook and Shane Hoelscher both had two hits
and a run for the Owls (18-5, 31-14). Blake Fox (9-0, 6.2 IP, 8
H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K) recorded the win, while Trevor Teykl retired
the final seven hitters in order to register his third save.
Matt Durst had a pair of sacrifice flies for the Golden Eagles
No. 15 Louisville 6, Connecticut 1
In Louisville, Ky., Jared Ruxer pitched six solid
innings as Louisville clinched an American series win over
Connecticut. Ruxer (7-1) allowed five hits and a run with one
walk and five strikeouts. Drew Harrington gave up two hits and
fanned a pair over the final 2.2 innings to notch his first
save. The Cardinals (10-4, 32-11) scored five times in the
middle three innings to take control. Cole Sturgeon went 2 for 3
with one run and two RBI for Louisville. Max McDowell had two
hits and a run for the Huskies (5-8, 21-21).
No. 16 Miami 3, Clemson 2 (12)
In Clemson, S.C., Miami scored twice in the top
of the 12th and held on to clinch an ACC series win at Clemson.
Tyler Palmer (2 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B) had an RBI double in the 12th
and scored on a base hit by Zack Collins (2 for 3) to give the
Hurricanes (18-5, 31-13) a 3-1 advantage. Steven Duggar had a
leadoff single in the bottom of the frame and scored on a double
play for the Tigers (12-10, 25-18). Willie Abreu had three hits
and one RBI for Miami. Both starters were outstanding through
nine innings. Andrew Suarez scattered eight hits with one run,
no walks and seven strikeouts for the Hurricanes. Daniel Gossett
allowed seven hits, four walks and one run with 13 punchouts.
Thomas Woodrey (3-0) pitched a perfect 11th to pick up the win,
while Bryan Garcia (1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 K) notched his 13th save.
Cincinnati 3, No. 17 Houston 0
In Cincinnati, Ohio, Connor Walsh tossed seven
innings of two-hit scoreless baseball as Cincinnati evened its
American series with Houston. Walsh (4-6) walked three and
fanned six. Austin Woodby gave up one hit and one walk over the
final two frames for his first save. Justin Glass (2 for 4)
drove in two and Matt Williams (1 for 3) scored twice for the
Bearcats (4-13, 16-24). Casey Grayson went 1 for 4 with a double
for the Cougars (7-7, 30-12).
No. 20 Vanderbilt 12-11, Georgia 9-12
In Nashville, Tenn., Carson Fulmer tossed seven
scoreless innings in Game 2 as Vanderbilt took a pair from
SEC-rival Georgia. Fulmer (2-1) allowed two hits with three
walks and eight strikeouts. Dansby Swanson had two hits and
three RBI, John Norwood was 2 for 3 with three runs and two RBI,
and Xavier Turner tagged a three-run homer in the eighth for the
Commodores (10-10, 32-12). Stephen Wrenn went 1 for 3 with a
walk for the Bulldogs (7-12-1, 21-21-1). In the completion of
Friday’s suspended contest, Tyler Beede (6-5) tossed five
scoreless innings with two hits, three walks and seven
strikeouts to earn the victory. Bryan Reynolds went 3 for 4 with
two doubles and four RBI for the Commodores, who led 12-0 before
Georgia plated two in the eighth and seven in the ninth. Nelson
Ward had three hits and two RBI for the Bulldogs.
Kansas 10, Baylor 2
In Waco, Texas, Aaron Hernandez went 3 for 4
with two runs and one RBI as Kansas clinched a Big 12 series win
over Baylor and earned head coach Ritch Price his 1,000th career
victory. The Jayhawks (8-9, 25-20) used a six-run second to take
control. Michael Suiter drove in three, while Connor McKay went
2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI for Kansas. Robert Kahana
(3-5, 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the win. Hayden
Ross and Grayson Porter both had two hits for the Bears (5-11,