Midweek Short Hops: Tuesday, April 12Roundup
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Team of the day: Florida
Perhaps the perfect remedy from a brutal weekend against Mississippi State was getting right back at it against in-state rival Florida State. After all, the Gators finished off a season sweep of the Seminoles with an 8-2 road victory on Tuesday, outhitting the Seminoles 12-6 in the contest. Freshman righthander Jackson Kowar struck out seven and allowed a run in four innings, while JJ Schwarz had three hits, including a home run, and leadoff hitter Dalton Guthrie went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. The win was Florida’s 10th against an RPI Top 25 club this season.
Player of the day: Randy Bell, RHP, South Alabama
How often do you see complete games during midweek action? It isn’t frequent, but the Jaguars have been defying logic the entire spring thus far. Bell, a veteran righty, struck out seven, walked three and allowed just a run on four hits in a complete game performance and 2-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana. With the win, the Jags improved to 26-8 overall and continue to rack up impressive wins with eyes on a potential regional host.
Upset of the day: McNeese State over No. 11 LSU
Justin Hill’s Cowboys have put together an impressive campaign thus far, and they improved to 19-11 on the year with a 7-0 road win over previously red-hot LSU. The star of the game for the Pokes was junior lefthander Austin Sanders, who struck out two and allowed just a run in six innings of work. Meanwhile, LSU’s Jake Latz made his debut and allowed two runs on three hits in just 1.1 innings, while righthander Riley Smith came out of the pen and allowed a run on two hits in an inning in his return from an injury.
Other notable upsets:
Dallas Baptist 9, No. 10 TCU 1
Louisiana-Lafayette 9, No. 22 Tulane 2
Florida Gulf Coast 3, No. 24 Florida Atlantic 2
Santa Clara 13, New Mexico 7
Pacific 7, Fresno State 3
Oral Roberts 4, Oklahoma State 0
The rest of the story
HOLY BYU: The Holy War series is always a fun one, and BYU continues to experience a great deal of success, pummeling Utah 14-3 to improve to 26-5 overall. BYU’s top four hitters combined for eight hits, while Tanner Chauncey and Eric Urry each knocked in three runs, and Colton Shaver smacked his eight homer of the season. BYU continues to be incredibly impressive.
CLEMSON REBOUNDS: The Tigers dropped an ugly series at Duke over the weekend, but responded with a 7-6 win over Western Carolina, getting an RBI single from the bat of Weston Wilson in the bottom of the ninth to win in walk-off fashion. Oh yeah, in a side note, freshman standout Seth Beer had two hits, including his 14th homer of the season.
BEARS BLAST: There’s really nothing in college sports sweeter than beating up an arch rival. And, well, Missouri State did just that in a 16-1 win over Missouri on Tuesday night. Jake Burger hit his 14th homer of the season, while Spencer Johnson knocked in four runs and catcher Matt Fultz had three hits and three RBIs. The ugly stat of the night belongs to Missouri reliever Brian Sharp, who allowed six runs in a 1/3 of an inning.
PACK PACKS HEAT: North Carolina State continues to play at a very high level and hit the road and captured a 23-3 win over Elon. NC State outfielder Brett Kinneman smacked a pair of doubles, totaled four hits and knocked in seven runs, while Preston Palmeiro and Chance Shepard combined to knock in nine runs. Overall, the Pack finished the night with 24 hits, beginning the contest with a seven-run first inning.
BLUEJAY WAY: Creighton has put together an impressive campaign thus far, and added yet another solid win to its resume with a 4-3 win over the Huskers, winning the game on a Brett Murray walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning. First baseman Reagan Fowler added two hits and an RBI, while Nebraska wasted a quality start from Derek Burkamper, who struck out five and allowed just a run on two hits in five innings.
TEXAS TUMBLE: The prestigious Longhorns suffered yet another tough loss on Tuesday night, dropping a 3-2 decision to Houston. With the setback, the scuffling ‘Horns are now an astonishingly bad 14-19 on the season with no real end in sight. As bad as another loss was for UT, the Cougars put together quality performances on the mound with Bubba Maxwell allowing just a run in 4.1 innings and Trey Cumbie allowing a run on three hits in 3.1 innings.
GEORGIA SHOWS GRIT: The Bulldogs had a tough weekend against Texas A&M, but responded in solid fashion Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over rival Georgia Tech. Bulldogs junior lefthander Andrew Gist struck out six and allowed just a run on four hits in eight innings, while Mitchell Webb and Michael Curry each collected three hits.
SPARTAN SPUNK: Michigan State hosted rival Michigan for a midweek contest that doesn’t count in the league standings, and Jake Boss’ club captured an impressive 11-5 victory. Taylor Grace had three hits for Sparty, while first baseman Jordan Zimmerman had a double and catcher Matt Byars collected a pair of hits. It was a particularly tough day for Michigan reliever Mac Lozar, who allowed five runs on four hits in just 2/3 of an inning.
LOUISVILLE FLYS HIGH: The Cardinals certainly had a tough weekend series at Florida State, but rebounded rather nicely with a 14-2 win over Western Kentucky. Colby Fitch was the man of the hour for the Cardinals, going 4-for-5 with a home run, double and three RBIs, while third baseman Blake Tiberi also had a double and knocked in four runs, and Brendan McKay knocked in a pair of runs. Meanwhile, Shane Hummel put together a solid start, allowing just two runs on five hits in seven innings.