D1 Digest: Tuesday March 13



Team of the day: Florida

Just a week after getting swept in midweek action by red-hot UCF, the Gators returned to their midweek winning ways with a 12-6 win over rival Florida State. The game didn’t start great for the Gators, who were down 4-3 heading to the bottom of the fifth inning. However, UF put up a seven-spot in the frame and cruised to yet another victory over the Seminoles. The Gators got a huge night from sizzling Jonathan India, who smacked a pair of homers and knocked in three runs, while Austin Langworthy collected three hits and Nick Horvath had a double, three hits and knocked in two runs. Overall, the Gators have now won six-straight contests over FSU, including 11 of the last 12 contests. Florida’s domination of FSU and Miami during the Kevin O’Sullivan era is rather remarkable.

Upset of the day: UT Arlington over No. 9 Texas A&M

Well, you don’t see this type of pitching in the midweek very often. The Mavericks and Aggies played 17 innings before one of the teams finally scored. The Mavs put up a five-spot in the 18th to beat the Aggies, 5-1, in what was the longest game in A&M history. UTA righthander Andrew Gross was outstanding out of the pen despite a few walks, silencing the Aggies in 6.2 scoreless innings of relief work. Meanwhile, the Aggies got strong relief work from Cason Sherrod and Asa Lacy, who combined for 10.1 scoreless innings of work. The two teams left a combined 32 runners on base, with A&M accounting for 119 of those. The Aggies also were 1-for-14 (.071) with runners in scoring position. What a wild midweek affair in College Station.

Player of the day: Grayson Byrd, Clemson

The Tigers continue to play at a high level and picked up yet another win on Tuesday with a 5-0  triumph over Charleston Southern. How about the Clemson third baseman, Byrd? The LSU transfer had a historic night at the plate, smacking three homers and knocked in all five runs in the victory. Have a night, Grayson.

Quick Hitters

• No. 6 Texas Tech continued its bluegrass trip in style with an 8-4 triumph over Louisville. Grant Little had a massive day at the plate for the Red Raiders, going 5-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three singles, along with four RBIs, while Cameron Warren tallied two hits and knocked in a pair of runs. Ryan Shetter began the day in a big way for the Red Raiders by allowing just a run in four innings, while hard-throwing Jose Quezada was solid, too, allowing a run and two hits in three innings.

•Virginia Commonwealth went on the road and took a huge 3-0 decision over ECU. VCU used strong pitching to get the job done. It began with Connor Gillispie, who struck out two and allowed a hit in three scoreless innings, while Michael Dailey tossed two shutout frames and Ben Dum  struck out two and allowed two hits in four shutout innings.

• No. 5 Arkansas used an offensive barrage to storm past historic rival Texas, 13-4. Eric Cole had a big night for the Hogs, hitting two doubles, tallying three total hits and knocking in three runs. Casey Martin added a home run for the Hogs, while Jordan McFarland had a double, two hits and four RBIs in the winning cause.

• No. 15 Auburn continued its winning ways in impressive fashion with a 12-7 home win over Georgia Tech. The Tigers scored seven runs the first four innings to take total control against the Yellow Jackets. Will Holland hit a home run for the Tigers, while five other AU hitters finished the night with two hits. Also of note, AU reliever Jack Owen was tremendous, striking out five, walking one and allowing two hits in three shutout innings.

• Missouri has been one of the more difficult teams to figure out early this season, but the Tigers added yet another solid win to their resume with a 9-4 triumph over red-hot Wichita State. Sizzling Brian Sharp had a strong night at the plate with two hits and two RBIs, while Brett Bond knocked in two runs and Kameron Misner finished the night with a pair of hits. Mizzou starting pitcher Tyler LaPlante put together a strong performance, striking out five, walking three and allowing two runs on three hits in eight innings.

• Florida Atlantic All-American shortstop Tyler Frank hit a pair of homers and knocked in four runs in a 14-1 home win over North Florida.

• Rice has struggled mightily the first few weeks of the season, but had something to cheer about Tuesday night with a 7-3 home win over No. 11 TCU. Rice righthander Roel Garcia put together a strong start, striking out seven and taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He finished the night allowing two runs and a hit in 6.1 innings. Highly touted TCU freshman Russell Smith scuffled, allowing five runs on three hits in just 1.2 innings.

• Northern Colorado scored three runs the final two innings to beat struggling Nebraska, 6-3. Cole Maltese led the charge for the Bears with a home run and two hits.

• Arizona went on the road and took care of rival Arizona State with a 6-2 victory. Nick Quintana had a big night at the plate for the Wildcats with two hits and an RBI, while Matt Frazier and Travis Moniot also tallied two hits. Meanwhile, in the losing cause, ASU fab freshman Spencer Torkelson smacked yet another home run — his ninth of the season.

• Connecticut scored 11 runs the first three innings and narrowly held on to beat Coastal Carolina, 12-10 on the road to improve to 7-6. Isaac Feldstein hit a home run in the win, while Chris Winkel smacked a grand slam in the victory. John Toppa also had a productive night at the plate with a pair of hits and three RBIs.

• Southeastern Louisiana picked up a solid midweek win over Purdue, 4-0. Lions starting pitcher Mason Knopp struck out four, walked one and allowed two hits in eight shutout innings, while Trenon Trosclair and Cody Grosse each put together two-hit performances.

• West Virginia entered the season ranked, but have been one of the biggest disappointments so far with a .500 record after 14 games. WVU dropped an 8-0 decision on the road to Tennessee Tech. TTU’s Alex Hursey struck out eight, walked one and allowed two hits in eight shutout innings, while Chase Chambers hit a home run and John Ham tallied three hits.

• Charlotte’s Reece Hampton and Dominick Cammarata each hit a pair of doubles in a dominant 13-1 road win over Wake Forest.

• Ohio State’s Conner Pohl had two hits and three RBIs, as the Buckeyes went on the road and tripped up UNC Wilmington, 8-3. Noah McGowan also had a strong night for the Bucks with three hits and an RBI.

• Brett Kinneman had a huge night at the plate as No. 24 NC State beat UNC Asheville 15-11 in an offensive showdown. Kinneman had an afternoon to remember, hitting a double, triple and a home run, while also knocking in four runs.

• Sam Houston State’s Chase Cryer hit a double, tallied three hits and knocked in two runs in a 7-2 road win over Baylor. On the mound, righthander Nick Mikolajchak tossed four shutout innings.

• North Carolina righthander Rodney Hutchison struck out seven, walked one and allowed four hits in a complete game shutout and a 1-0 win over North Carolina A&T.

• Missouri State scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Oral Roberts, 6-5. Drew Milas had yet another strong night for the Bears, finishing the contest with a home run, two hits and four RBIs.

• Dallas Baptist starting pitcher Kody Funderburk struck out five, walked three and allowed a run on four hits in six innings in a 6-4 road win over Oklahoma State. The DBU offense was led by Devlin Granberg, who knocked in two runs, and Evan Sandmann, who finished the night with a pair of hits.

• Campbell picked up a 9-0 home win over Rider, and how about this pitching performance from Allan Winans? Winans struck out 12, didn’t walk anyone and allowed six hits in six shutout innings.

• Here’s some effort, folks. Louisiana Tech’s David Leal struck out six, didn’t walk anyone and allowed just a run on three hits in a complete game performance. However … the Bulldogs dropped a tough 2-1 decision to Little Rock. LR’s Ethan Daily tossed 4.1 shutout innings, while Aaron Funk was terrific out of the pen with three shutout frames.

• San Diego State won a bout between a pair of crosstown rivals, as the Aztecs beat San Diego 9-3 on the road. The Aztecs received a pair of strong offensive performances from Jordan Verdon and Dean Nevarez, who each collected two hits and knocked in two runs.

In Case You Missed It …

Loyola Marymount’s home game against USC was postponed earlier tonight because of foggy weather. However, before it was called, the umpires used a rather interesting technique to test the thickness of the fog in the outfield.


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