Four Gators had at least three hits led by Bryan Johnson's 4-for-5 5RBI game, both career highs. Freshman Tyler Gushue chipped in with three hits including two HR's and a career high 4RBI. The Gators look for the series sweep today in Coral Gables.
#2 Stanford 16
Fresno St. 0
Brett Mooneyham tied a career high with 13 strikeouts as the Cardinal cruised in game two to even the series. Stephen Piscotty was 4-for-5, Tyler Garfney went 1-for-3 with 3 walks, 3 runs scored, and an RBI. Jake Stewart and Eric Smith added multi-hit games for the Cardinal who look to win the series today in Fresno.
#3 South Carolina 9
#13 Clemson 6
The Gamecocks held off a late rally by Clemson to win game two and the series in front of over 8,000 fans in Columbia, SC. Adam Mathews's 3R HR and LB Dantzler's solo HR got the offense going for the Gamecocks who were never really threatened in the game. South Carolina will go for the series sweep today.
Texas Tech 2
#4 Rice 6
Texas Tech scored two runs in the first inning and that's all they could muster as Rice answered with three runs of their own in the frame and never looked back. The Owls added two more in the second which proved to much for the Red Raiders to overcome. Michael Fuda and Derek Hamilton both were 3-for-4 on the day for the Owls. The game was played as part of the Houston College Classic.
Mich. St. 4
#5 Texas A&M 4
In a game that appeared closer than the score would indicate, Texas A&M survived as Michigan State stranded 10 men on base for the second straight day. The Spartans had their chances in the 5th, 6th, 8th, and 9th innings but couldn't capitalize. The Aggies win the series and look for the sweep today.
#6 UNC 1
Six Tarheel pitchers combined for a five-hit shutout over the Trojans. Jacob Stalling's RBI single in the 8th inning proved the difference as the Tarheels won the series and will go for the sweep today. USC's greatest threat came in the 8th when they squandered three hits and left two men on base.
#7 Arkansas 1
Cory Kay took a 3-2 fastball and drove out of the park to give Houston a 1-0 lead in the third inning and the Cougars didn't look back. Jordan Lewis was in command on the mound for Houston going six inning giving up four hits and one run. The Cougars added two in the fifth and one in the seventh to seal the victory. This was Houston's first victory over a team ranked as high as #4 since 2010 when they defeated Texas 1-0 also at the Houston College Classic.
#8 Florida State 6 - PPD
The teams will try to play a double header today.
#9 Georgia Tech 9
Daniel Palka went 3-for-4 extending his hitting streak to 10 games and Connor Lynch had a career high four runs at the Yellow Jackets won the game and the series against an overmatched Rutgers team. Sophomore Matthew Grimes went six strong innings, allowing just four hits, two runs and two walks with six strikeouts. Georgia Tech will go for the series sweep today.
Four Cal State Fullerton pitchers combined to throw a five-hit shutout against Utah Valley en route to a 2-0 victory at Goodwin Field. The Titans struggled offensively a bit as Adam Gunn kept hitters off balance with a nice mix of pitches for Utah Valley. Michael Lorenzen reached base three times for Titans including a leadoff triple in the first inning. He would score on Richy Pedroza's sacrifice fly in the very next at-bat. The Titans won the series and go for the sweep this afternoon.
In an early season pitching duel the Long Beach State Dirtbags Matt Anderson and Oregon Ducks needed 13 innings to decide the victor on the evening. Matt Anderson for LBSU and Jake Reed for Oregon were sensational for the ball clubs. Anderson went 6.2 innings allowing five hits while striking out a career high eight hitters while allowing two runs. Reed was equally impressive going 7.1 innings while striking out six and giving up five hits and one run. Down to their last out in the 9th inning, the Dirtbags rallied to force extra innings in what would become the Dirtbags longest game since 2007. A bunt single, a balk, and a base hit were enough for the Ducks to claim victory in both the game and the series. Oregon looks for the series sweep today in Eugene.
Baylor broke a 1-1 tie with five runs in the bottom of the eighth to take an unsurmountable lead against UC Irvine in a game played in the QTI Baylor Classic. Three walks and a bunt single plated the first run of the inning for the Bears, followed by three more hits and four more runs. The Anteaters went down 1-2-3 in the ninth and Baylor secured its ninth victory on the early season. The Anteaters will again play Lamar today before flying home from Texas.