ACC Baseball: No. 11 Florida State Downs NC State 1-0 Behind Drew Carlton Dominance
The No. 11 Florida State Seminoles entered the weekend with the cloud of Mike Compton’s injury hanging over them. The cloud was blown away by an unexpectedly masterful Friday night performance by freshman right-hander Drew Carlton who needed only 106 pitches to hold the Wolf Pack scoreless through eight innings.
The Lakeland-native, hung on a massive 6’1” 200-pound frame, allowed only four hits and a walk while striking out four to improve to 2-1 on the year before handing the game to FSU closer Billy Strode who pegged his 10th save of the year with a scoreless ninth.
“I didn’t have my best speed,” said Carlton, “I just hit my spots, let them hit it and let my defense work behind me.”
A DJ Stewart hustle play in the first inning was the only run scored in the game, but the freshman made it stand.
Other ACC baseball scores: No. 10 Miami over Duke 4-3; Wake Forest over Boston College 4-3; Georgia Tech over Virginia Tech 11-5; Clemson over North Carolina 5-2
American Conference Baseball: Cincinnati Poised To Sweep No. 12 UCF After 5-3 Win
The No. 12 UCF Knights have suddenly fallen sharply onto hard times after proving themselves to be the team to beat in the American Conference with a series win last week over Houston. UCF dropped a midweek stinker at home to No. 21 Florida Atlantic but looked certainly to rebound this weekend against a Cincinnati Bearcats club that was 6-20 coming in, was swept by South Florida last weekend, and had lost nine straight games.
Cincinnati freshman starter David Orndorff snagged his first collegiate win as he held the Knights’ prolific offense to a run through five innings before surrendering a two-run homer in the sixth to James Vasquez that brought in reliever Jarod Yoakam. Yoakam tossed 1.2 scoreless and Andrew Zellner added two more scoreless frames (five in this series) for his second save of the series as the Bearcats win 5-3 and look to sweep UCF on Saturday.
The Bearcats built a 5-1 lead for Orndorff with the help of a three-run rally in the third keyed by Kyle Mottice’s two-run double down the line in left field and held on for their second straight win over the Knights.
Bearcats junior stud Ian Happ extended his on-base streak to 26 games with a hit and a pair of walks.
This is a bad series loss for the Knights considering that the Bearcats’ six wins coming in were over Miami, the one in Ohio, Niagara and Toledo. Making this worse is that Cincinnati can grab the series sweep on Saturday.
Other American Conference scores: Memphis over Houston 14-6; Connecticut over South Florida 7-0; East Carolina over Tulane 11-4
Big 10 Baseball: Iowa Whips Purdue 9-1 On Tyler Peyton’s Solid Performance
No matter what obstacle has been thrown in front of head coach Rick Heller’s Iowa Hawkeyes, they seem to step over it and keep churning out wins. The Hawkeyes opened the season with eight games on neutral sites and of their other 17 games, 11 have been on the road. Iowa again found itself on the road Friday night at Alexander Field in West Lafayette, Indiana to face the Purdue Boilermakers.
Junior ace Tyler Peyton was up to his usual outing, tossing zeros on the scoreboard, as he scattered seven hits and a pair of walks to allow just a run. While he struck out seven over eight innings, his offense was well on track, pounding out 15 hits and scoring nine runs in support.
Shortstop Nick Roscetti swung the wicked stick going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three driven in to pace the Hawkeyes’ attack.
The B1G is looking stacked this season and looks to put 3-4 teams in the NCAA Regionals.
Other Big 10 baseball scores: No. 24 Illinois over Northwestern 3-1; Michigan State over Oregon 2-1
Big 12 Baseball: No. 22 Texas Tech Wins 5-1, Evens With No. 1 TCU On Cameron Smith Gem
The No. 22 Texas Tech Red Raiders evened the series with the No. 1 TCU Horned Frogs by returning serve. TCU opened up with a five-hit shutout on the arms of Mitchell Traver, Trey Teakell and Brian Howard so Tech responded with a gem by senior Cameron Smith.
The 6-foot, 155-pound southpaw threw a complete game with six strikeouts on 134 pitches. Smith spread out five hits and a pair of walks while allowing only an earned run to improve to 4-2 on the year. He allowed only three Horned Frogs to reach scoring position in the outing.
Shortstop Orlando Garcia’s safety-squeeze capped off a three-run, second-inning rally as he went 3-for-4 with a couple of RBI to lead the Red Raiders on offense while preseason All-American Eric Gutierrez went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the win.
The series is knotted at a game apiece and TCU is throwing its’ dominating 6’2” 205-pound junior Alex Young (LHP) who is 5-1 with a stat line that is just ridiculous (0.98 ERA, .172 OBA, 0.82 WHIP) and 38 strike outs in 36.2 innings of work giving the squad a clear advantage in the rubber match.
Other Big 12 Baseball scores: Oklahoma State over No. 17 Texas 6-3; Oklahoma over Kansas 6-3; West Virginia over Kansas State 5-3; Texas State over Baylor 5-0
SEC Baseball: No. 16 South Carolina Loses Series To Mississippi State In 7-5 Loss
We keep waiting and waiting and it seems for two years now we’ve waited for the No. 16 South Carolina Gamecocks to live up to the potential and yet again we’re disappointed with their progress. The Mississippi State Bulldogs prove every year to be as unpredictable as teams come in college baseball but seems to have found their stride in the series win this weekend over South Carolina.
After a 13-2 win on Thursday night, the Bulldogs pulled out a 7-5 win on Friday to take the series and set up the opportunity to sweep the top ranked Gamecocks. After opening 3-0 in SEC play with a sweep of Kentucky, South Carolina has now lost three straight series to Missouri, Georgia and now Mississippi State which are solid conference competition but aren’t the likes of top-ranked teams like Florida, Texas A&M or LSU.
The Gamecocks had dropped four, one-run contests in conference before the Bulldogs blasted them to the tune of 13-2 on Thursday. Mississippi State scored six runs in the second inning on Friday to open up a 6-1 lead and held off a late-inning surge to win 7-5.
South Carolina has managed to escape being swept the last two weekends and Mississippi State has been a solid Sunday team as well so it will be an uphill climb, just like both teams postseason hopes are becoming sitting below .500 (5-6) in conference play.
“We still aren’t real sure who either of these teams are because their results so far have been ridiculously inconsistent.” – Realist Ray, College Baseball RPI Analyst
Other SEC baseball scores: No. 2 Vanderbilt over Georgia 9-7; No. 3 Florida over Missouri 5-1; No. 7 LSU over Alabama 6-2; Arkansas over Auburn 10-7; Ole Miss over Tennessee 10-7
Pac 12 Baseball: Washington State Clinches Series With No. 18 Cal With 4-0 Win
The Washington State Cougars have done the unthinkable this weekend in taking a road series win over the No. 18 California Bears. The manner in which they have pulled it off is what has impressed me the most as they have held the Bears to two, that’s right between one and three, runs over the first two games of the series.
The Cougars came in on a nine-game losing streak and were looking to settle among the bottom-dwellers in the Pac 12 but have resurrected their season with this series win. John Pistorese was masterful on Friday night allowing only four hits and a walk in a complete game effort. The southpaw struck out six and improved to 4-3 on the year in his first shutout of the season.
Washington State has a steep climb at 14-15, 3-8 in the Pac 12 but have the pitching rotation to be an absolute menace in the race to the top of the conference. Cal is finding that out this weekend as the top-ranked Bears look to salvage game three and avoid getting swept at home.
A series loss like this is certain to blast the Bears’ College Baseball RPI as they seek to get into the NCAA Regionals.
Other Pac 12 baseball scores: No. 4 UCLA over Oregon State 4-1; Utah over No. 8 Arizona State 6-5; Washington over Stanford 13-1; Oregon lost to Michigan State 2-1
Pac 12 Baseball: No. 9 USC Pummels No. 25 Arizona 13-6
The No. 25 Arizona Wildcats look to make their time in the College Baseball Central Top 25 a short stay as the one major concern we’ve all had about this team has been exposed by the offense of the No. 9 USC Trojans. We knew the Wildcats could score, the problem they have is the inability to really stop their opponent from scoring as well.
The Trojans clinched the road series by pounding out a season-high 18 hits in a 13-6 run away win. USC jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first inning with eight singles as Reggie Southall and Bobby Stahel each drove in two runs with theirs.
The Trojans added two more in the fourth on a sac fly and a Timmy Robinson double and then three more in the fifth helped by another two-run single by Southall to extend the lead to 12-2 at the game’s midway point.
USC looks to grab an important conference sweep on Saturday while the Wildcats will be clinging to Top 25 hopes after dropping this series in their own ballpark.
Big West Baseball: Long Beach State Clinches Series In 1-0 Win Over Cal State Northridge, Tanner Brown Two-Hitter
Long Beach State Dirtbags junior Tanner Brown silenced the Cal State Northridge Matadors’ bats, holding them to two hits and a walk in a complete game shutout. The right-hander improved to 4-1 after striking out seven in a 125 pitch effort.
CSUN was poised to make a serious run in the Big West but have struggled to a 1-4 start, dropping 2-of-3 to Cal State Fullerton last week and have now fallen behind the Dirtbags 2-0 in this weekends’ set. Meanwhile Long Beach State has set itself up well for a conference run after dropping 2-of-3 last week at top-ranked UC Santa Barbara.
Other Big West baseball scores: No. 14 UC Santa Barbara over Fresno State 7-2; Cal State Fullerton over Cal Poly 2-1; Hawaii over UC Davis 11-3; UC Irvine over UC Riverside 10-4