Josh Jung, Texas Tech (Aaron Fitt)


D1 Digest: Tuesday, April 17


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Team of the day

NC State

It was a fun night of midweek action in the Triangle with NC State and North Carolina battling it out at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and Duke and East Carolina going at it crosstown. At the DBAP, NC State continued its impressive ways with an 8-3 win over North Carolina. Patrick Bailey and Evan Edwards each hit a home run in the victory, with both knocking in three runs a piece. Josh McClain also had a strong night with four hits, while Ashton McGee was the headliner for the Tar Heels with a pair fo hits and two RBIs.

Our Aaron Fitt also had this piece on the Wolfpack-Tar Heels showdown.

Upset of the day

Jacksonville over No. 1 Florida

The Atlantic Sun is making some serious noise this season with three legitimate postseason contenders — Stetson, FGCU and the Dolphins. The Dolphins were in the group of five teams who narrowly missed our postseason projections earlier today. Well, JU picked up a resume-boosting 8-4 road win over Florida, which moved its RPI from 38 to 29. John Cassala had a big night at the plate for JU, hitting a home run and knocking in four runs, while Evan Fernandez also hit a home run, Angel Camacho knocked in two runs and Chris Lehane knocked in three runs. As for the top-ranked Gators, young Jack Leftwich allowed three runs in 3.1 innings, while Austin Langworthy and Nick Horvath struggled out of the pen.

Player of the day

Josh Jung, Texas Tech

What an afternoon for Jung, as he led the Red Raiders to a dominant 20-9 road win over New Mexico. Jung hit for the cycle against the Lobos, including a pair of homers. He went 5-for-5 with a whopping eight RBIs, while also walking once.

The Good

Georgia: For the second time the past couple of weeks, the Bulldogs picked up an impressive midweek win over Clemson. Georgia’s pitching shined in a 6-1 win over the Tigers, as Will Proctor allowed a run on three hits in four innings. Meanwhile, Tony Locey tossed three shutout innings out of the bullpen. Offensively, Aaron Sasser hit a home run for the Bulldogs, while Aaron Schunk hit a triple and knocked in three runs.

Louisville: The Cardinals are beginning to play better, and perhaps that’s setting the stage for a strong finish during the second half. Reid Detmers put together a solid start for the Cardinals, allowing a run in 4.2 innings, while offensively, Jake Snider had a huge night at the plate with a home run, three hits and two RBIs.

East Carolina: The Pirates dropped a tough series to South Florida this past weekend, but bounced back in impressive fashion with a 9-2 road win over Duke. Jake Agnos set the tone on the mound for the Pirates, allowing a run in five innings while offensively, Jake Washer and Dwanya Williams-Sutton each had three hits with Washer knocking in two runs.

Florida State: The Seminoles might be dealing with a plethora of injuries, but they put together a strong performance in a 4-0 win over Stetson. Andrew Karp was terrific on the mound, striking out nine, not walking anyone and allowing just one hit in five innings. Meanwhile, nine-hole hitter Steven Wells led the offense with a pair of walks and two hits. Meanwhile, an update on righthander Cole Sands, who left his start early last week because of an injury …

Indiana: You can say what you want about the Hoosiers’ schedule, but they just keep winning games. IU’s Tim Herrin struck out six, walked one and allowed one hit in six shutout innings, while B.J. Sabol tossed two shutout frames out of the bullpen. Offensively, catcher Ryan Fineman led the charge with a home run.

Houston: Todd Whitting’s club has had a weird season from an RPI standpoint. They have some nice wins on their resume, including a series win over USF two weekends ago, and now a 9-4 win over Sam Houston State. However, even with the win over the Bearkats, the Cougars are well into the 100s from an RPI standpoint. Tonight, Grayson Padgett had two hits and three RBIs, while Tyler Bielamowicz had two hits and two RBIs. Jared Triolo also chipped in a nice three-hit performance.

Samford: Casey Dunn’s club is sizzling right now, winning their 14th-straight game with a 6-0 road win over Alabama. Hamp Skinner put together a strong start, allowing just two hits in five shutout innings, while Jack Rude tossed three shutout frames out of the bullpen. Brooks Carlson led SU’s offensive charge with a home run, three hits and two RBIs. Samford still has much work to do to get into at-large bid range, but it’s trending upward.

Tennessee Tech: Matt Bragga’s club is on fire, as they extended their incredible winning streak to 21 games with a 10-1 road win over Western Kentucky. David Garza led the way for the Golden Eagles offensive, smacking a pair of home runs and knocking in five runs, while Nic Dye was terrific on the mound, striking out eight, walking two and allowing a run on five hits in 5.2 innings.

The Bad

South Carolina: If you are going to play bad RPI teams in midweek action, you better take care of business, especially if you’re a team needing wins the second half of the season. Well, the Gamecocks hosted Presbyterian and lost, 7-4. The Gamecocks, who weren’t included in our discussion of bubble teams for this week’s projections, dropped into the 70s with the loss to the Blue Hose. South Carolina’s postseason chances are far from dead, but it’s giddy-up time.

Missouri State: Well, that didn’t go as planned for the Bears. They had a 7-3 advantage over Arkansas at one point on Tuesday, but ended up losing 11-7, thanks to a late Razorbacks offensive surge. That’s a gut-wrenching loss for the Bears, who went 0-4 against Missouri, Oregon State (twice) and now Arkansas. The Bears desperately needed a win over the Hogs for RPI and resume purposes with series remaining against teams with rough RPIs outside of Dallas Baptist. Speaking of the Hogs, Casey Martin had a big night at the plate with a home run, two hits and four RBIs.

Illinois: We mentioned there were some bad RPI losses on Tuesday. Well, add the Fighting Illini to that list of teams that suffered one. The Illini dropped an 11-7 decision to Valparaiso at home, dropping their RPI, which was in the mid-20s into the mid-30s. Fortunately, the Big Ten is strong at the top, so there’s room to regroup, but it’s definitely a setback. Valpo’s Blake Billinger had a big day at the plate with a home run, three hits and three RBIs, while Chad Jacob also smacked a homer.

TCU: So, after taking care of business on the road against Kansas over the weekend, the Frogs appeared to be headed the right direction. Well, maybe that was an aberration, as the Frogs dropped an ugly 4-2 home bout to Abilene Christian, which entered the night with an RPI in the 240s. The result of losing this game? The Frogs went from an RPI in the mid-50s to an RPI in the mid-60s. It appears TCU isn’t going to make this easy … To make matters worse, it appears that Luken Baker suffered a broken bone in his leg after getting one of his spikes caught in the dirt around second base. The Frogs will know more about the injury after Baker meets with a specialist on Wednesday, but the prognosis for his return this season is not good.

UCLA: The Bruins are trending up overall, but suffered a tough RPI loss on Tuesday in an 8-1 setback at home to UC Irvine. With the loss, the Bruins dropped 11 spots in the RPI from 36 to 37. UCLA’s bullpen struggled against the Anteaters, as UCI’s Konnor Zickefoose had three hits and three RBIs to lead the offensive charge.

Last But Not Least

College baseball is grand, isn’t it? Well, add this to the list of cool things that can occur in our sport. Texas senior Jake McKenzie, a walk-on, played all nine positions for the Longhorns in a 13-2 win over UT Rio Grande Valley. The kicker? He did it in seven innings and closed out the contest on the mound … On a side note, hard-hitting Texas second baseman Kody Clemens smashed a grand slam in the ‘Horns victory.

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