D1 Digest: Baylor Blasts AwayRoundup
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Team of the Day
No. 15 Baylor
The Bears faced a big test Tuesday night at home against Dallas Baptist, but they made easy work of the Patriots, winning 10-4. David Wendzel and Davion Downey had huge nights at the plate, with Wendzel smacking two home runs and knocking in three runs, while Downey had a pair of home runs and finished the game with three hits. Richard Cunningham, Cole Haring, Chase Wehsener and Kyle Harper each had two hits.
Upset of the Day
LIU-Brooklyn 1, No. 9 Georgia 0
Anything can happen in midweek baseball and Long Island is a testament to that. The Blackbirds entered Tuesday’s contest against Georgia with a 1-5 overall record, but that didn’t matter. LIU-B starting pitcher Jackson Svete was outstanding against the Bulldogs, striking out five, walking just three and allowing two hits in six shutout innings, while Nick Torres earned his first save by tossing 2.2 shutout innings to close it out.
Also worth mentioning …
• Xavier upset No. 8 Louisville Tuesday afternoon and accomplished the feat in a weird way with the Musketeers scoring the go-ahead run in the 10th inning on a passed ball to win 5-4. Xavier’s Lane Flamm was the player of the game, putting together a strong performance out of the bullpen, striking out four, walking three and allowing a run and three hits in 5.2 innings. Two-way standout Conor Grammes put together a solid performance, too, with a pair of hits.
Player of the Day
Bryce Bonnin, Texas Tech
Bonnin, the talented righthander, was a huge get as a transfer from Arkansas. The Red Raiders got him cleared to play this spring back in January and he’s expected to do big things this season. Bonnin struggled in his first start for the red and black but was outstanding against one of the nation’s better offensive teams in New Mexico State in a 7-0 win Tuesday afternoon. The hard-throwing righty struck out three and allowed just four hits in six shutout innings.
• No. 5 North Carolina got a walk-off home run from Dylan Enwiller in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat pesky UNC Wilmington, 4-3. While Enwiller led the charge at the plate, UNC reliever Austin Love tossed 1.1 shutout innings to end the game to run his record to 3-0. UNC remains undefeated at 8-0.
• Virginia Tech’s Luke Horanski hit a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday afternoon to give the Hokies an 8-7 win over Radford. Kerry Carpenter hit a home run and knocked in three runs, while Nick Owens chipped in a three-hit performance. The Hokies are 7-0 for the fourth time in school history.
• No. 22 Texas scored 10 runs in the fifth and sixth innings combined to beat a high-quality Sam Houston State club, 10-3, tonight. Zach Zubia hit two doubles and knocked in three runs, while Ryan Reynolds and Tate Shaw each chipped in two-hit performances for the Horns. UT freshman hurler Ty Madden was very good out of the bullpen against the Bearkats, striking out seven, walking one and allowing just one hit in four innings. Next up for the Longhorns is a date with the No. 2 LSU Tigers in Austin this weekend.
• No. 7 Florida continues to show improvement. The Gators have won three out of their last four games after beating Jacksonville 5-4 in extra innings. UF took the lead in the top of the 10th when freshman center fielder Jud Fabian smacked an RBI double. In the bottom of the inning, fab freshman closer Nolan Crisp earned his fifth save in impressive fashion, going 1-2-3 against the Dolphins. Austin Langworthy and Cory Acton each had two hits to help lead the Gators cause.
• Arizona State improved to 8-0 with a solid 4-3 win over Pepperdine. Lyle Lin hit a home run and finished the night with two hits, while leadoff hitter Trevor Hauver hit a home run and knocked in two runs. ASU got a strong start from Erik Tolman, who allowed one run and three hits in five shutout innings, while Blake Burzell closed out the contest with 1.2 shutout innings.
• No. 4 UCLA continues to pitch at an extremely high level. After dominating Georgia Tech’s offense the final two games of that series, the Bruins kept their hot hands going in a 4-3 road win over Cal State Northridge. Nick Nastrini put together another quality start for the Bruins, striking out five, walking just two and allowing three hits in five shutout innings.
• No. 1 Vanderbilt had a big afternoon with a dominant 11-3 win over Southeast Missouri State. Vandy outfielder JJ Bleday had a huge day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs, while leadoff hitter Cooper Davis had four hits and two RBIs and Austin Martin hit a home run. Speaking of Bleday, check out his bat flip from that monster home run.
• William & Mary is off to a quality start this spring, now sitting at 5-1 after crushing Virginia 9-3 on the road. The Tribe received a huge offensive performance from Matt McDermott, who went 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs, while Zach Pearson had two hits and Hunter Hart had a double and three total hits. Virginia, now 4-4, got a tough start from Evan Sperling, who walked five, hit two batters and allowed five runs in 2.1 innings.
• Tennessee doesn’t appear to be letting off the accelerator anytime soon. The Vols improved to 8-0 on the season with a dominant 7-1 win over Liberty. Sean Hunley put together a strong start, allowing a run and two hits in six innings, while the bullpen was terrific as well. Andrew Lipcius had a big night at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs. UT now has a staff ERA of 0.50.
• Georgia Southern slowed down College of Charleston’s surge after the Cougars took two of three from UConn over the weekend. GSU starting pitcher Tyler Owens was terrific against the Cougars, striking out seven, not allowing a walk and surrendering just two hits in seven shutout innings in an 8-0 triumph.
• New Orleans went on the road and used eight pitchers to down struggling Southern Miss, 2-1. Wade Raburn, Luther Woullard and Beau Bratton each had two hits in the win over the Golden Eagles, while Matt Wallner was a bright spot for USM, finishing the evening with two hits.
• Mercer’s Kyle Dockus went 5-for-7 with a double, two runs scored and four RBIs as the Bears secured a 16-3 win over Florida A&M. MU now has a chance to make a statement on the national stage as it will face Florida State in Tallahassee this weekend.
• Indiana State remained undefeated with an 8-4 win over Western Carolina. The 8-0 Sycamores got a double from Mitch Barrow, while Hunter Lewis went 2-for-4 with an RBI. ISU’s Austin Cross tossed 2.2 shutout innings, while Jake Ridgway struck out three, walked one and allowed one hit in three innings.
• And lastly, Ole Miss outfielder Ryan Olenek has gotten off to a hot start offensively this spring. Well, he also got to try his hand as a pitcher for the Rebels in an easy midweek triumph last night. Check it out: