Richard Cunningham, Baylor (Shotgun Spratling)


D1 Digest: The Night Of The Power Surge


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Team of the day


The Bears continue to impress in the Big 12 Conference. Veteran slugger Richard Cunningham hit a go-ahead single in the 12th inning to lead BU to an 11-10 road victory over Texas Tech. Mack Mueller also had a huge night for Baylor, hitting a home run, a double, two hits and five RBIs, while Cole Haring and Davis Wendzel each had three hits and two RBIs, while Andy Thomas chipped in a two-hit performance. Though the Red Raiders dropped a tough one, Josh Jung and Cody Masters each hit long balls. BU is up six spots in the RPI with the win.

Player of the day

Trevor Boone, Oklahoma State
The Cowboys put together a relentless performance Thursday night in a 15-0 win over Texas to begin a crucial Big 12 series. And how about hard-hitting OSU outfielder Trevor Boone? He hit three home runs and knocked in five runs to lead the OSU offense. Have a day, Mr. Boone, as he earns the coveted cowboy hat.

Pitchers of the day

Jake Agnos, East Carolina

Agnos and the Pirates had a tough weekend at UCLA last week, but they got back to business tonight in a 5-1 win over Connecticut. The talented lefthander put together a terrific start in the win, striking out 14 and allowing just five hits in 8.2 innings of work. It was a strong performance at precisely the right time.

Emerson Hancock, Georgia

Wash, rinse and repeat, Hancock had an impressive start. The talented righthander was outstanding as the Bulldogs beat Missouri 3-0 in Athens. Hancock was up to 95-96 mph with his fastball, struck out 11, walked no one and allowed just three hits in eight shutout innings. For the season? Hancock has a 1.04 ERA in 69 innings, along with 77 and 15 walks. That’ll play.

Upset of the day

Wake Forest over No. 9 NC State

The Demon Deacons are suddenly starting to find their footing in the ACC, beating NC State 7-3 to kick off an important home series in Winston-Salem. Chris Lanzilli finished the day with two hits, one of them a home run, while Michael Ludowig had three hits and Bobby Seymour went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Colin Peluse also had a nice night, striking out seven, walking three and allowing a run and three hits in six innings. Wake is up 18 spots in the RPI to the mid 70s. Here they come.

Top 25 Roundup

• No. 8 Louisville continued its winning ways Thursday night with a 7-5 triumph over No. 23 Miami. Logan Wyatt had a big day at the plate for the Cards, hitting a home run, tallying two hits and knocking in four runs, while Lucas Dunn, Jake Snider and Tyler Fitzgerald each tallied two hits in the victory.

• UPSET CENTRAL: Virginia Tech used home runs by Carson Taylor and Tanner Thomas to shock No. 11 Georgia Tech, 3-2 at home. Tech starting pitcher Ian Seymour had some command issues, but only allowed two runs in 4.1 innings, while relievers Jaison Heard, Peyton Alford and Jack Dellinger each put together strong performances, with Dellinger striking out two in 1.2 shutout innings to get the save.

• No. 10 UC Santa Barbara’s Andrew Martinez hit a home run, tallied two hits and knocked in two runs as the Gauchos defeated UC Davis, 9-8. Tevin Mitchell knocked in two runs to help lead the Gauchos, while McClain O’Connor tallied two hits and Armani Smith had two hits and three RBIs.

• No. 25 Tennessee got yet another solid performance from lefty Garrett Crochet in a 4-2 road win over rival Kentucky. Crochet struck out eight, walked two and allowed two runs and six hits in 6.2 innings of work. Meanwhile, Jimmy Ramsey had a solid start for the Wildcats, striking out seven, walking five and allowing just one run and three hits in six innings of work.

UPSET CENTRAL: Kansas State is starting to become a nemesis for some Big 12 teams. The Wildcats surprise everyone last week with a road series win over Texas. Now, they’ve taken the series opener from No. 19 TCU, 7-4. Griffin Hassall struck out five, walked one and allowed just a run and three hits in 7.2 innings, while TCU lefty Nick Lodolo had a rough start, allowing seven runs in just five innings. Terrence Spurlin led the K-State charge offensively with a home run, three hits and four RBIs. KSU is suddenly on the move from an RPI standpoint, climbing into the 70s overnight.

• No. 7 Texas A&M used a seventh-inning grand slam from Logan Foster to break open the game against South Carolina in an 8-2 road victory. Foster finished the night with two hits, while Bryce Blaum, Zach DeLoach and Hunter Watson each had two hits. On the mound, A&M lefty John Doxakis struck out eight, walked two and allowed two runs and four hits in 6.1 innings.

Auburn desperately needs a big series win this weekend, and it started the series against No. 15 Ole Miss in impressive fashion. The Tigers were down 4-1 early in this one before storming back and winning 7-4. Edouard Julien hit a home run, tallied two hits and knocking in four runs, while Rankin Woley also had a two-hit performance. While Garrett Wade had a rocky start for the Tigers, Richard Fitts was terrific out of the bullpen with four strikeouts in 4.1 shutout frames.

• No. 16 Arizona State scored seven runs in the top of the 12th inning in an 11-6 road win over Utah. Trevor Hauver and Carter Aldrete each tallied four hits for the Devils, while Drew Swift had three hits and two RBIs and Alika Williams had three hits and an RBI. While the Utes were on the losing end of things, how about Briley Knight? He smacked two doubles and a home run in the setback.

• Florida is in desperate need of an impressive series win, and the Gators scored six runs in the second inning on the way to a dominant 16-9 win over No. 14 LSU. Brady Smith hit a home run, tallied four hits and knocked in four runs to lead the Gators, while Cory Acton had a home run and three RBIs and Brady McConnell also hit a home run and Austin Langworthy capped off the game with a. ninth-inning homer. Jordan Butler and Wil Dalton also had solid nights with three hits each.

• No. 12 Arkansas got a go-ahead two-run double from Casey Martin in the sixth inning and strolled to a 5-3 win over No. 3 Mississippi State in an exciting SEC West showdown in Fayetteville. Dom Fletcher had a huge day for the Hogs, hitting a home run, tallying three hits and knocking in two runs, while freshman Christian Franklin also had a solid night with a pair of hits. On the mound, Arkansas righty Isaiah Campbell put together yet another strong start, striking out 10, not walking anyone and allowing two runs and five hits in 7.2 innings, while MSU lefty Ethan Small struck out nine, walked one and allowed three runs and five hits in six innings.

• No. 4 Stanford had a close one in Eugene, but prevailed over much improved Oregon, 5-4. Brendan Beck allowed three runs in five innings, while Jacob Palisch and Jack Little were terrific out of the bullpen, the duo combining to allow just one run in four innings, along with six strikeouts. Brandon Wulff had a huge night at the plate for the Cardinal, smacking two home runs and knocking in three runs.

Notable Individual Performances

• Saint Mary’s Tyler Thornton struck out 12, walked just three and allowed just two hits in eight shutout innings in a 5-0 win over red-hot Loyola Marymount.

• Washington’s Jordan Jones struck out five, didn’t walk anyone and allowed just three hits in six shutout innings in a 1-0 win over BYU.

• USC’s Connor Lunn was terrific Thursday night in a 4-0 win over Washington State. Lunn struck out five, didn’t walk anyone and allowed just four hits in a complete game shutout.

Jacksonville State’s Alex Webb hit two home runs and knocked in four runs as the Gamecocks took care of Eastern Kentucky, 18-3, on the road.

• UC Riverside’s Connor Cannon had a monstrous night in an 18-10 road win over New Mexico. Cannon hit two home runs, finished the night with four hits and also knocked in eight runs to lead the. Highlanders.

• Winthrop’s Zach Peek put together a sensational start in a 2-0 win over Gardner-Webb. Peek struck out eight, walked two and allowed six hits in a complete game shutout. He did the CG on 108 pitches.

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