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The Hogs had only won two series over LSU in the Dave Van Horn era entering the weekend but go ahead and add a third series win to the tally after an 11-6 domination Friday night in Fayetteville. Interestingly enough, LSU actually. jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings, but the Hogs went wild late in the game, scoring runs in their final four at bats, including six in the eighth inning. In that frame, Matt Goodheart singled in two runs and Dominic Fletcher hit a two-run double.
Overall, Arkansas lefthander Patrick Wicklander allowed three runs in 3.1 innings, but righty Kevin Kopps provided stability for the Hogs with four shutout frames out of the bullpen. Fletcher finished the night with three RBIs, while Casey Martin, Goodheart and Heston Kjerstad, who hit a home run, finished the evening with two RBIs.
The Hogs continue to look in outstanding shape for a top eight national seed, while another loss knocks LSU out of the Top 16 hosting mix after clinging to our No. 16 spot earlier this week. LSU might get more bad news this weekend as reliever Trent Vietmeier went down with some sort injury during his work with the Hogs.
— Razorback Baseball (@RazorbackBSB) May 11, 2019
Cliff Godwin’s Pirates are having quite a season, you could say. ECU clinched the American Athletic Conference regular season crown Friday night with a 6-1 road win over Wichita State. ECU improved to 17-2 in the league and hopes to break Louisville’s mark of 19-5. ECU lefty Jake Agnos had yet another strong performance, striking out six in seven shutout innings, while Dusty Baker had two doubles and Alec Burleson had three hits and four RBIs.
— American Baseball (@American_BSB) May 11, 2019
Jeff Mercer’s club entered the weekend looking to chip into Michigan’s impressive lead atop the Big Ten standings. Well, they trimmed the lead to just 1 1/2 games Friday with a dominant 10-4 road win over the Wolverines. IU got off to a hot start with a two-run first inning and didn’t look back, taking a commanding 6-0 lead after four frames with a four-run fourth inning. Elijah Dunham had a huge day at the plate, tallying three doubles, while Cole Barr had three hits and two RBIs.
Southeastern’s Corey Gaconi
Southeastern and Sam Houston State entered the night tied atop the SLC standings, but the Lions now lead by a game after beating the Bearkats, 3-0. And how about the veteran righthander, Gaconi? He struck out six, didn’t walk anyone and allowed just four hits in a complete game performance.
Those Pokes are riding high these days. OSU won its fourth straight game Friday night in a 5-1 triumph over rival Oklahoma. OSU righthander Jensen Elliott put together yet another outstanding performance, striking out five, walking one and allowing a run and five hits in a complete game, while Christian Funk smacked two home runs and Colin Simpson and Andrew Navigato each hit home runs as well. The highlight of the game was Funk, Simpson and Navigator hitting back-to-back-to-back bombs in the first inning. Meanwhile, OU is now down to 8-11 in the league and desperately needs to win the final two games.
— Cowboy Baseball (@OSUBaseball) May 11, 2019
Mississippi State’s Pitching Staff
Last week, we saw Ethan Small and Jared Liebelt up close and personal in College Station against Texas A&M. The dynamic mound duo was at it once again Friday night in a 2-0 shutout win over rival Ole Miss on the road. Small tallied 10 strikeouts, walked just one and allowed three hits in five innings, while sinker specialist Liebelt struck out two in four shutout innings.
🔟 Ks for the lanky lefty
— Mississippi State Baseball ⚾️ (@HailStateBB) May 11, 2019
Oregon State’s Bryce Fehmel
The Beavers are banged up on the mound right now with Brandon Eisert and Grant Gambrell on the shelf with soreness, so Fehmel needed to step up in the series opener against Oregon. The righthander didn’t disappoint in a 4-1 triumph, striking out four, walking one and allowing just eight hits in a complete game performance.
— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) May 11, 2019
East Tennessee State’s Micah Kaczor
ETSU hit the road and captured a hard-fought 4-0 win over The Citadel, and Kaczor led the charge. He struck out eight, walked one and allowed three hits in the complete game shutout performance, while TC’s Jordan Merritt also put together a solid start, striking out nine, walking just one and allowing just one earned run in a complete game.
The Bulldogs continued their winning ways in impressive fashion Friday night with a dominant 11-2 road win over Auburn. Georgia touched up AU lefthander Jack Owen for six runs in 3.2 innings, while Tony Locey put together a strong start, striking out 10, walking one and allowing two runs in seven innings of work. Offensively, Aaron Schunk and Randon Jernigan each hit homers, with Connor Tate knocking in four runs and John Cable, three. AU needs to be careful this weekend with its league record dropping to .500.
Vanderbilt’s Drake Fellows
We’ve spent so much time this season praising Vandy’s offense. How about the pitching staff tonight? Righthander Drake Fellows notched his 10th win by striking out 11, walking just two and allowing just one earned run and four hits in seven innings in a 5-2 win over Missouri. Hugh Fisher and Tyler Brown each tossed scoreless frames out of the pen.
The top-ranked team in the land was tied with Washington State after two innings, the Bruins controlled the game the rest of the way in a 6-2 victory. UCLA righthander Ryan Garcia put together yet another quality start, striking out five, walking one and allowing one earned run in eight hits, while offensively, Garrett Mitchell hit a solo homer and knocked in two runs.
Mike Batesole’s club entered the night just a game and a half ahead of San Diego State atop the Mountain West standings, but they increased that lead to 2 1/2 games with a dominant 10-2 home victory. Zach Ashford and Nolan Dempsey each hit homers for the Bulldogs, while McCarthy Tatum had four hits and JT Arruda finished the night with three hits. The win makes it five in a row for Fresno State, which sits at 45 in the RPI.
Illinois State’s Brent Headrick
The talented starting pitcher put together yet another solid start for the Redbirds in a 1-0 road win over Bradley. He struck out six, walked one and allowed five hits in eight shutout innings.
The Patriots and Indiana State are the top two teams in the Missouri Valley, and the Pats drew first blood Friday night in a dominant 12-2 win. Blayne Jones hit a three-run home run and knocked in three hits in the win, while Bryce Ball hit a two-run home run and knocked in four runs. Meanwhile, DBU got a quality start from Jordan Martinson, who struck out seven, walked one and allowed just two runs and five hits in seven innings.
Wright State’s Bear Bellomy
The Raiders righthander put together yet another performance to remember, striking out eight, walking one and allowing just two hits in a complete game performance and 5-0 home win over Northern Kentucky.
Charleston Southern’s Jaret Bennett
It has been a tough season for CSU, but Bennett put together an absolute gem in a 9-0 win over USC Upstate. Bennett struck out three, walked two and allowed just six hits in the complete game shutout performance.
Boy, what a night it was for the Bluejays. Creighton looked to protect its home field against hard-nosed St. John’s and didn’t disappoint in an 11-0 win Friday night. Mitch Ragan struck out six and allowed just four hits in six shutout innings, while Jake Holton continued his hot hitting for Ed Servais’ club. He went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and six RBIs.
— Creighton Baseball (@CU_Baseball) May 11, 2019
West Virginia’s Alek Manoah
Manoah had a tough start against TCU last weekend, but returned to his usual self Friday in a 6-0 road win over Kansas State. He struck out 13, walked one and allowed three hits in eight shutout innings. For the season, Manoah now has a 1.89 ERA in 90.2 innings, along with 121 strikeouts and 22 walks.
Georgia Tech’s Baron Radcliff
Radcliff and the Jackets hit the road and took the series opener from Duke, 14-10, with the offense doing the dirty work. Radcliff had a huge day at the plate, crushing two home runs (10 on the season) and hitting a double, while also knocking in six runs for Danny Hall’s club.
Miami’s Raymond Gil
You knew the Hurricanes were going to have to get some offensive production to take down Wake Forest Friday night, and they got that in a 7-3 win over the Demon Deacons. Gil finished the night a perfect 5-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI, while catcher Michael Amditis also had a big night, going 4-for-4 with three RBIs.
The Cardinal scored in each of their final four at bats, including two runs in the seventh and eight innings on the way to a 10-7 win over rival California. Duke Kinamon had a huge night with a pair of homers and three RBIs, while Nick Bellafronto, Andrew Daschbach and Kyle Stowers also hit home runs for the Cardinal. While it wasn’t a great night for Cal, it was on an individual level for Quentin Selma, who smacked two homers in the loss. Stanford catapulted six spots in the RPI overnight to 16.
— Stanford Baseball (@StanfordBSB) May 11, 2019
Oh, Volunteers. Don’t go out that way. Tennessee had a commanding 9-3 lead over rival Florida after four innings Friday. night. But the Gators showed some spunk by scoring six runs their final two at bats to beat UT, 10-9. Jacob Young hit a two-run single in the seventh, while Nelson Maldonado had the big blast in the eighth with a two-run shot to give the Gators the lead. Maldonado finished the night with a pair of homers, while Wil Dalton had three RBIs. UF’s bullpen also stabilized things with Kirby McMullen tossing 3.2 shutout innings and Nolan Crisp two shutout innings. Both teams are now 10-15 in the league.
Nelson Maldonado gives the Gators the lead with this two run home run. pic.twitter.com/hRCp1TQPrd
— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) May 11, 2019
The Huskers entered the weekend on the bad side of the bubble and didn’t do much Friday night to instill confidence. Arizona State banged out 15 runs and 21 hits in a 15-6 road thrashing of the Huskers. NU starting pitcher Matt Waldron scuffled, allowing six runs and nine hits in just four innings, while ASU righty Alec Marsh put together yet another quality start, striking out 10 and allowing just two runs in seven innings. Trevor Hauver, Spencer Torkelson, Hunter Bishop and Gage Workman each hit home runs for the Devils.
Lane Burroughs’ club took a step forward earlier this week with a midweek triumph over LSU. But they washed away their RPI gains from that win with a 5-4 setback at home to Western Kentucky. Tech starting pitcher Matt Miller allowed three runs in 3.1 innings, while WKU starting pitcher Reece Calvert put together a respectable start, striking out seven, walking two and allowing three runs and eight hits in eight innings. It was a tough loss for the Bulldogs, who sit at 50 in the RPI. Check out the postgame wildness from Ruston:
— Chris Demirdjian (@ChrisDemirdjian) May 11, 2019
Mike Fox’s Heels are trying to stay firmly in as a Top 16 seed, but apparently aren’t going to make things easy after a 7-1 road loss to Pitt. Pitt starting pitcher Derek West put together a strong performance despite some command issues at times, striking out six and allowing a run and three hits in six innings. Meanwhile, Chase Smith tossed 2.1 shutout frames to end the game. For the RPI junkies out there, UNC is down seven spots overnight to 20 in the RPI.
It’s safe to say the Tigers are in some serious trouble when it comes to making the NCAA postseason. Clemson dropped to 12-13 in the ACC Friday night with a 6-1 loss to NC State. CU starting pitcher Mat Clark allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings, while the offense was stymied by Jason Parker, who tossed 4.2 shutout innings before Nick Swiney struck out six and allowed a run in 4.1 innings. In addition to having a losing record in the ACC, Clemson is down to 47 in the RPI. Danger zone.