D1 Digest: Several Upsets Highlight Tuesday’s ActionRoundup
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Team of the day
Georgia Tech over No. 4 Georgia
The Yellow Jackets certainly have our attention. Danny Hall’s Jackets made a statement over the weekend with a road series win over Louisville, and they continued their successful ways on Tuesday in a dominant 11-2 triumph over surging Georgia. Amos Willingham put together a strong start for the Jackets, striking out eight, walking two and allowing two runs and six hits in 6.1 innings, while offensively, Luke Waddell had a home run and two RBIs, Baron Radcliff hit a home run and had two RBIs and Colin Hall had two hits and two RBIs and Tristin English knocked in three runs. The Jackets were on the cusp of our Top 25 rankings coming into the week, and a successful weekend would bode well for their chances next Monday. Stay tuned!
Upset of the day
Portland over No. 7 Oregon State
There were a lot of upsets in college baseball on Tuesday, but none bigger than the Pilots knocking off the Beavers, 5-1 to improve to 16-9 on the season. Portland starting pitcher Kevin Baker put together an impressive performance, striking out six and allowing a run and two hits in four innings, while Chris Clements fired two shutout frames and Connor Knutson tossed two shutout innings and struck out three to finish off the win. Meanwhile, Cody Hawken led the UP offense with two hit and two RBIS, while for OSU, Jacob Pfennigs struggled in his start, allowing four runs on three hits in just 1.2 innings.
Top 25 Roundup
• There were some tense moments in the early innings, but No. 2 Mississippi State scored 11 runs in its final two at bats to crush Mississippi Valley State, 18-5, making it 53 runs scored over the last three games. Justin Foscue and Jordan Westburg each hit home runs to continue their hot hitting, while Rowdey Jordan had four hits, one a double and two RBIs.
• No. 5 NC State is leaving no doubt these days. Goodness, the Pack routed Elon in midweek action tonight, 21-2. Hard-hitting Evan Edwards hit a three-run home run and knocked in six runs to lead the charge, while steady Will Wilson also had a huge day with a two-run home run in the second and four RBIs. Marek Chlup added a home run for the Pack to lead the charge, while on the mound, Alec Barger struck out 10 and allowed two runs, one earned on six hits in five innings.
— NC State Athletics (@PackAthletics) March 27, 2019
• No. 6 Vanderbilt continued its red-hot ways from the weekend with a dominant 15-1 win over Lipscomb. The Commodores got a huge performance from All-American JJ Bleday, who smacked two homers and knocked in five runs, while Julian Infante also hit a home run and Philip Clarke had two hits and four RBIs. Ethan Paul also had a big night at the plate with three hits and two RBIs. With the win, the ‘Dores have won five-straight and have outscored opponents 52-7.
• It was a weird night for several ranked teams, but No. 8 Arkansas avoided the doldrums in an 8-2 road win over Missouri State. The Hogs scored six runs in the sixth and seventh innings to pull away, with Heston Kjerstad hitting a home run and Dominic Fletcher finishing the night with a pair of hits.
• No. 10 Texas A&M won its seventh straight game in a dominant 10-7 win over Lamar. The Aggies controlled the Cardinals much of the way before LU made it interesting with a four-run ninth inning. Zach Deloach hit a home run for the Aggies, while Braden Shewmake had just one hit but knocked in three runs. Ty Coleman and Mikey Hoehner also had productive performances with two hits each.
We have a visual on the @zach_deloach7 tater!
— Texas A&M Baseball (@AggieBaseball) March 27, 2019
• No. 11 Louisville were gifted a couple of errors and walked seven times in a 6-1 home victory over red-hot Miami of Ohio. Logan Wyatt, Drew Campbell and Justin Lavey each knocked in runs, while on the mound, Luke Smith allowed just five hits and allowed one run in six innings. Bryan Hoeing also threw well, striking out three in two shutout frames.
• UPSET ALERT! No. 12 Coastal Carolina hit the road on Tuesday and dropped a tough 5-4 contest to UNC Wilmington. The Chanticleers were down 4-3 entering the ninth inning but scored the game-tying run on a Kieton Rivers single. Then, in the bottom of the ninth, UNCW’s Doug Angeli hit a walk-off RBI single into right field.
• UPSET ALERT! Just call Pat Hallmark’s Incarnate Word the giant killers. UIW beat Texas A&M in midweek action earlier this season and continued their success against the state’s “bigger” schools with a 3-2 win over Texas. John Shull struck out five, walked one and allowed three hits and two runs in five innings, while the bullpen did a solid job as well with Tyler Miller striking out three in 2.1 shutout innings.
• UPSET ALERT! Alabama dropped a tough home series to Arkansas this past weekend but took care of No. 15 Auburn in front of over 7,800 fans in Montgomery. Drew Williamson had a strong night offensively for the Tide, going 4-for-4 with an RBI, while Joe Breaux put the game out of reach in the eighth with a double and finished the evening with three RBIs and two walks. Speaking of walks, Butch Thompson won’t be happy after AU pitchers walked eight batters.
• No. 16 North Carolina used strong pitching to pick up a 4-2 midweek win over Campbell. UNC used five pitchers in the win, with Andrew Grogan striking out five in 3.1 shutout frames, while Ben Casparius struck out three in 2.1 shutout innings. Offensively, Danny Serretti led the way with two hits and three RBIs.
• UPSET ALERT! McNeese State rolled into Baton Rouge and shut down No. 17 LSU’s prolific offense in a 2-0 triumph. Brett Payne put together a strong start for the Cowboys, striking out five, walking three and allowing just two hits in six shutout frames, while Will Dion finished it off with 1.2 scoreless frames.
• No. 19 TCU gave up a run to UT Rio Grande Valley in the top of the first but responded in a big way in the bottom half of the inning with three runs of its own in a 6-2 victory. The Frogs got a strong performance from hard-hitting first baseman Jake Guenther, who hit a three-run home run to lead the way, while senior Josh Watson went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles.
• UPSET ALERT! Oklahoma State’s Max Hewitt smacked a walk-off single up the middle Tuesday night to beat rival and No. 22 Oklahoma, 6-5. Alix Garcia led the OSU offensive charge with a home run and three RBIs, while Jake Taylor had a solid performance as well with three hits, one a double and an RBI. C.J. Varela put together a gutsy start on the mound, striking out seven and allowing just two runs and one hit in six innings despite having some command issues.
— Cowboy Baseball (@OSUBaseball) March 27, 2019
• No. 23 Florida scored three runs in the seventh inning on the way to a 4-2 victory over rival and No. 20 Florida State. UF shortstop Brady McConnell had a solid day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Austin Langworthy had a double and Kendrick Calilao finished the night with a pair of hits. Meanwhile, Nolan Crisp allowed two runs in five innings and Christian Scott struck out five in 3.1 shutout innings. The win was UF’s 10th straight against the Seminoles, and it has now won 16 of the last 18 against Mike Martin’s club. Martin will face UF one more time in the regular season, and that game will determine if he finishes his career with a winning record against the Gators.
• No. 24 Ole Miss used two runs in the ninth inning to get some cushion in a 9-6, hard-fought road win over Memphis. Chase Cockrell had a big day at the plate with three hits, two doubles and two RBIs, while Thomas Dillard induced a walk and had two hits and two RBIs to help lead the way. Grae Kessinger also put together a two-hit performance in the win.
• No. 25 Illinois hit the road just a day after getting ranked and ran into a red-hot buzz saw in now 20-2 Indiana State. The Sycamores used seven pitchers to stymie the Fighting Illini with Tyler Ward striking out two in three hitless innings to close out the contest. Neither team did much offensively, with the Sycs getting just three hits, but walking eight times. That was a huge win for ISU’s resume and RPI.
— Sycamore Baseball (@IndStBaseball) March 27, 2019
• Omaha had the nation’s longest winning streak at 10 games entering the night, but that was snapped by Wichita State in a 12-2 victory. Garrett Kocis had a home run and knocked in two runs, while rising Luke Ritter also had a big day, hitting a home run and finishing the night with two hits and three RBIs.
• Saint Mary’s Bryce Willits hit a home run, a double and knocked in two runs as the Gaels cooled off sizzling hot UC Santa Barbara 7-6 at home.
• If you’re into the whole RPI right now, BYU jumped double digits in the ratings after beating Oregon 7-3 tonight in Provo. Brock Hale smacked a home run to lead the Cougars charge. BYU is now an impressive 18-5 with a 4-2 WCC record.
• Jaylen Hubbard hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning to lead Texas State to a 7-6 win over reeling Rice. With the loss, the Owls have now lost eight of their last nine games and have an RPI of 147.
• Houston picked up a strong midweek win over Sam Houston State, 2-1. Clay Aguilar was terrific on the mound, striking out five, walking two and allowing a run on three hits in seven innings, while Freddy Villarreal tossed two shutout frames to finish off the hard-hitting Bearkats. The win was Todd Whitting’s 300th.
• East Tennessee State cooled off sizzling hot Tennessee, 6-5, in Knoxville. Ethan Shelton led the charge for ETSU with a grand slam in the second inning to set the tone for the night.
— ETSU Baseball (@ETSU_Baseball) March 27, 2019
• Fresh off a tough series loss at Tennessee, South Carolina’s struggles continued with a 2-0 loss to North Carolina A&T. NCA&T’s Michael Johnson struck out five, walked two and allowed three hits in five shutout innings, while Leon Davidson added two shutout frames.
• Nebraska continues to play at an impressive level, as four hitters finished the night with two-hit performances in a 6-3 win over Creighton at TD Ameritrade Park. NU has won six straight games.
• Liberty lefthander Mason Meyer put together a strong start in a 6-1 road win over Virginia Tech, striking out eight, walking two and allowing a run and four hits in five innings. Garret Price and Landon Riley each tossed two shutout frames to end the contest.
• Western Kentucky went on the road and beat Eastern Kentucky, 12-9, and how about this offensive showing from Jake Sanford? He smacked three home runs in the win over the Colonels, knocking in eight runs to lead the Hilltoppers.