Lawson Harrill, Campbell (CU photo)

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Tuesday D1 Digest: Campbell’s Harrill headlines wild day of action

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Some midweek games naturally will increase in importance as we get closer to Selection Monday.

With that said, let’s take an in-depth look at some results and individual performances that caught our attention on Tuesday.

• East Carolina slugger Jacob Starling hit for the cycle and finished the night with four RBIs as ECU took down NC State 10-6 at home. Outside of Starling, Ryley Johnson had a big night as well with three hits, while Carter Cunningham and Dixon Williams each had two hits. In addition to the action on the field, how about the crowd the Pirates had for this one? ECU had a record crowd of 6,054 in the house for this one.

• Campbell had a huge night offensively in an 18-4 dominant win over Duke. Grant Knipp, whom we featured in this week’s Golden Spikes Spotlight, here, had a solid night with a home run and three RBIs, while Lawson Harrill was the national headliner for the day outside of Starling. Harrill went 3-for-5 with three homers and seven RBIs in the win. With the win, Campbell’s RPI shot up six spots.

• No. 20 Georgia knocked off No. 5 Clemson in yet another thriller, this time, 4-3 in 15 innings. The Bulldogs and Tigers traded blows throughout the night, and the game was won on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the 15th. The game started with some drama as it appeared there was a faulty review in the SEC home office of what appeared to be a home run by Clemson’s Jarren Purify. Obviously, that missed call loomed large at the end of this one. Corey Collins led the Georgia offense with two hits and two RBIs, while Chandler Marsh returned to the mound and was electric, striking out all five Clemson batters he faced.

• Elon did a great job of cooling off Wake Forest followings its big weekend series win over Florida State. The Phoenix defeated the Deacs, 3-0, behind a combined pair of solid pitching performances from Carson Wehner and Sam Nomura. The duo combined to throw 6.1 shutout innings in the win, along with three strikeouts.

• Tennessee slugger Billy Amick had a massive day at the plate as the Vols continued their hot ways with a 12-4 home win over Western Carolina. Amick finished the night 3-for-5 with two homers and an impressive seven RBIs. On a more light-hearted note, somehow Christian Moore did not have a home run in this game.

• Creighton is one of those teams on the postseason bubble right now, and the Bluejays picked up a strong resume win, 7-3, over Coastal Carolina on Tuesday night. Cade Lommel was terrific out of the bullpen with six strikeouts in 3.1 shutout innings, while Nolan Clifford led the offense with a home run, three hits and three RBIs. With the win, CU’s RPI is up three spots to 46.

• Texas A&M had some scary moments out of the bullpen late in the game against Houston, but prevailed with a plethora of offense, 13-11. Hayden Schott and Gavin Grahovac each hit home runs for the Aggies, while Caden Sorrell went 4-for-4 and Jackson Appel had yet another solid performance with three hits.

• Georgia Tech has made impressive statements the last two weekends, most recently on the road against Virginia. And the Jackets were at it again on Tuesday in a dominant 13-2 win over a a quality Kennesaw State club. John Giesler, Payton Green and Mike Becchetti each hit homers for the Jackets, while Matthew Ellis knocked in a pair of runs and Vahn Lackey had two hits and three RBIs. Georgia Tech is up to 51 in the RPI with the win.

Louisville is another ACC team trying to make a move up the postseason pecking order down the stretch. The Cardinals made easy work of C-USA leader and red-hot Western Kentucky, 16-5, on Tuesday night. Gavin Kilen hit a grand slam to spearhead the offense, while Eddie King Jr. hit a home run and tallied three hits, and the trio of JT Benson, Dylan Hoy and Zion Rose finished the night with a combined six hits.

• TCU still has some work to do in Big 12 play to make the NCAA tournament in a few weeks, but it bolstered its resume on Tuesday with a 5-2 win over Dallas Baptist. TCU is up a few spots in the RPI to 38, and got some strong pitching with Caedmon Parker, Storm Hierholzer and Zack Morris combining for six strong innings.

• Rutgers is the TCU of the Big Ten in the sense that it has some solid overall wins, but really needs to get on a roll in conference play. RU picked up a strong 15-0 win over a good St. John’s club on Tuesday and is up several spots in the RPI. Trevor Cohen headlined the Scarlet Knights’ offense with a double, two hits and three RBIs, while Johnny Volpe knocked in three runs and Tony Santa Maria had two hits and two RBIs.

• Here’s a result I didn’t see coming today: New Mexico hit the road to Lubbock and dominate improving Texas Tech, 17-3, at Dan Law Field. Will Asby had a monster afternoon for the Lobos, going 4-for-6 with two homers, four hits and six RBIs, while Chase Weissenborn hit a home run and totaled four RBIs, and Khalil Walker hit a home run and finished the afternoon with a trio of hits. UNM leadoff hitter Konner Kinkade also had a nice afternoon with a trio of hits and a pair of runs scored. Tech entered the day with an RPI of 28 but is now in the low-30s after the loss.

• Alabama salvaged the series finale against Texas A&M over the weekend and carried that momentum into the midweek with a 14-5 win over SoCon leader and a solid Samford club. Justin Lebron had a strong showing for the Tide with a double, home run and four RBIs, while Will Hodo had a double and three RBIs and TJ McCants and Evan Sleight each hit homers. Kade Snell, who had some solid at bats against A&M over the weekend, also had a solid night with two hits and two RBIs.

• Finally, Austin Peay slugger Lyle Miller-Green is having a season to remember for Roland Fanning’s club. In a 16-10 win over Middle Tennessee, the hard-hitting veteran went 4-for-5 with three homers and seven RBIs. With the huge showing, Miller-Green now has 23 home runs and 64 RBIs. The 23 homers ranks only behind Georgia’s Charlie Condon (26) and Jac Caglianone (23).

• Speaking of Florida’s Jac Caglianone, he hit homers No. 24 and No. 25 tonight in the Gators’ dominant 13-3 win over Stetson. As a matter of fact, the Gators finished the night with a whopping seven homers.

• After an ugly weekend against California, Oregon State responded in solid fashion on Tuesday with a 7-2 road win over a quality Portland club. Jaren Hunter had a solid start for the Beavers, striking out three and allowing just one run and a hit in 5.2 innings of work, while offensively, Elijah Hainline hit a home run, tallied two hits and knocked in three runs, and leadoff hitter Travis Bazzana finished the night with two walks and a double.

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