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Friday’s Staff Coverage
Kendall Rogers’ Five
1. Team of the day: Michigan knocks off UCLA
The Wolverines tripped up against Long Beach State out on the West Coast earlier this week but responded in impressive fashion Friday night with a 7-5 win over No. 2 UCLA.
Michigan wasted no time in the win over the Bruins, scoring four runs in the first inning to take total control. Miles Lewis slapped an RBI double to start the scoring, while a sacrifice fly scored another and Jesse Franklin smacked a two-run single to make it 4-0.
Nine different Wolverines had hits in the game, with Lewis and Jordan Brewer each collecting a pair of hits. It was a tough night for UCLA righthander Zach Pettway, who scuffled on the mound. He struck out eight and walked three, but also allowed six runs on nine hits in 6.2 innings.
As for the Wolverines, junior lefthander Tommy Henry put together yet another outstanding start, striking out 10, walking two and allowing two runs on six hits in six innings. For the season, Henry now has a 0.62 ERA in 29 innings, along with 44 strikeouts and just four walks, while teams are hitting him at a .160 clip.
It was a great night for Michigan, and frankly, the Big Ten in general.
2. Upset of the day: Gonzaga knocks off No. 20 Texas A&M
We said to keep an eye on righthander Casey Legumina and Gonzaga this weekend at Texas A&M. The Aggies are coming off an emotional weekend at the Shriners College Classic, while the Bulldogs have nothing to lose coming off a road series win over Southern Mississippi.
As we suspected might happen, Legumina put together an outstanding performance against the Aggies, striking out five, walking one and allowing four hits in five shutout innings. Though the Gonzaga bullpen tried to make it interesting in the latter innings, the Zags held on with Alek Jacob closing things out. While Legumina shined on the mound, the Bulldogs touched up red-hot Aggies lefthander John Doxakis for three runs on seven hits in four innings. Austin Pinorini had two doubles to lead the offense, while Josh Bristyan had two hits and two RBIs to assist.
Gonzaga has been the ultimate road warrior throughout non-conference play, and it now has another impressive win to its resume.
3. Stanford bounces back against Texas
The Cardinal got a good wakeup call from an offensive standpoint in the series opener against the Longhorns, as UT freshman righthander Ty Madden silenced Stanford’s bats the entire night. Well, the Cardinal came out on fire and had some help Friday in an 8-1 win.
Texas righthander Bryce Elder was outstanding against LSU last week. But Friday night? Elder struck out five and only walked one, but also allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits in just 2.2 innings.
As for the Cardinal, starting pitcher Jacob Palisch was terrific, setting the tone early and striking out six, walking one and allowing just one run on four hits in six innings of work.
Tim Tawa hit a home run for the Cardinal, while Maverick Handley had two hits and knocked in three runs and Christian Robinson and Duke Kinamon each had two hits. Also worth noting, hard-hitting Brandon Wulff slugged a double and knocked in a run in the contest. Interestingly enough, the home run allowed by Texas was its first of the season.
— Stanford Baseball (@StanfordBSB) March 9, 2019
With the win, the momentum in this four-game set now shifts back to Stanford with lefthander Erik Miller slated to start Saturday’s contest.
4. Player of the day: Louisville’s Reid Detmers
ACC play began with a bang for a few teams and with total washouts or snowouts for some others around the league. One guy who wasn’t cold Friday afternoon is Louisville sophomore lefthander Reid Detmers.
Detmers had a performance to remember in a 4-0 win over Boston College, as he struck out 13, didn’t walk anyone and allowed just three hits in 7.2 innings. He also threw 108 pitches in the winning cause, while BC’s Dan Metzdorf also put together a respectable start, allowing just one run and two hits in 4.2 innings.
The toughest part of Louisville’s schedule is certainly upcoming, but Detmers has tallied impressive numbers thus far. He has struck out 41 and walked five in 27.2 innings of work, while also having a 0.33 ERA with teams hitting him at a .090 clip.
That’s what you call an impressive start to a season.
5. UCSB strikes first in the Big Easy
It’s a series between two programs trying to restore order — UC Santa Barbara and Tulane. And it was the Gauchos who struck first Friday with a 7-4 victory over the Green Wave.
UCSB scored five runs in the third and fourth innings combined to take total control over the Green Wave. Eric Yang, Thomas Rowan and Tevin Mitchell each had two hits to lead the Gauchos charge, while Tommy Jew hit a double and had three hits and two RBIs. Armani Smith also had a solid night for the ‘Chos with a hit and two RBIs.
UCSB touched up Green Wave righthander Kaleb Roper for five runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings. Roper also struggled with his command, walking five Gauchos on the evening. As for UCSB’s pitching, Ben Brecht was outstanding, striking out 11, walking two and allowing two runs on three hits in 7.1 innings.
We’ll see if Tulane will deliver a punch back on Saturday.
Aaron Fitt’s Five
1. The unbeaten quartet keeps rolling
College baseball’s last four undefeated teams keep on keeping on. In Tallahassee, No. 11 Florida State needed a walk-off three-run double from J.C. Flowers in the 10th inning to win its ACC opener against Virginia Tech, 9-8, moving the Seminoles to 12-0.
In Raleigh, No. 22 NC State came from behind with three runs in the seventh to beat Pitt, 4-3. Jason Parker (5 Ip, 2 H, 0 R) turned in another strong start for the Wolfpack (13-0).
In Knoxville, No. 25 Tennessee scored four runs in each of the first two innings en route to an 8-3 victory over Fresno State. Andre Lipcius and Alerick Soularie had three RBIs apiece to lead the offense for the 14-0 Volunteers.
And in Tempe, Lyle Lin (3-for-4, 4 RBI) hit one of four home runs for Arizona State in a 12-0 win against Xavier. Boyd Vander Kooi (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R) turned in a strong start for the 13-0 Sun Devils.
🎥| J.C. Flowers delivered! The boys brought some late night magic to Dick Howser Stadium! pic.twitter.com/p0KDPqrqCx
— FSU Baseball (@FSUBaseball) March 9, 2019
2. Big Friday for the Big Ten
As Kendall noted above, Michigan earned a marquee victory for the Big Ten at UCLA on Friday, but that wasn’t the only highlight for the B1G on this day. In Seattle, I watched Indiana earn a big 1-0 win over Washington, as Pauly Milto carried a no-hitter through 7.2 innings. Elsewhere, Nebraska notched its second big win over a ranked Big 12 power in two weeks, pounding No. 21 Baylor 12-4. Luke Roskam (4-for-6, HR, 4 RBI) and Angelo Altavilla (2-for-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI) had big days in support of Matt Waldron (7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K).
Penn State got a strong start from Dante Biasi (6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) in a 5-2 win at UCF. Maryland rode a gem from Hunter Parsons (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K) to a 7-0 win at Stetson. And Jack Yalowitz had a monster day (4-for-4, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI) in support of Andy Fisher (7 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) to lead Illinois to a 6-3 win at Grand Canyon.
3. McCann does it again for Georgia Tech
Kyle McCann is on some kind of role for the Yellow Jackets. The junior catcher picked a great time to launch his seventh homer in the first nine days of March (and his 10th of the year), launching a tie-breaking solo shot in the 10th to lift the Jackets to a 5-4 win at Miami. Tristin English added two homers for the Yellow Jackets, who got a nice start from Xzavion Curry (6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) and excellent relief work from the rejuvenated Jonathan Hughes (3.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R). Colin Hall made a leaping catch at the wall in right field for the final out in the bottom of the 10th.
4. Burns dominates again for Auburn
Tanner Burns, our preseason pick for SEC pitcher of the year, continued his overpowering ways in Auburn’s 6-0 win over UTSA. A week after striking out 15 in a two-hit shutout of Cincinnati, Burns threw seven more shutout innings this week, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out 10. On the season, he’s now 3-0, 0.67 with a sparkling 39-4 K-BB mark and just 11 hits allowed in 26.2 innings. The sophomore righthander sure looks ready for SEC play to begin next week against Tennessee.
5. Radar Watch: La Salle
Looking for a deep sleeper? Keep an eye on the Explorers of La Salle, who improved to 7-3 on the season with an eye-opening 9-8 win at high-powered New Mexico State. Kevin McGowan (3-for-3, 4 R, 2 RBI) and Tatem Levins (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI) led the offense for La Salle, which got five combined scoreless innings against the nation’s highest-scoring offense from relievers Erik Janss, Colin Scanlon and Connor Hinchliffe, who notched his fifth save of the young season. Hinchliffe has yet to allow a run in 7.1 innings over six appearances, while posting a 12-4 K-BB mark and allowing just three hits. The Explorers have our attention.