The No. 17 Oklahoma State Cowboys’ sophomore designated hitter Connor Costello scored twice late as the Cowboys defeated the Missouri State Bears with late-inning drama in their home opener in what was the theme for Wednesday night Top 25 action. Junior Zander Wiel provided a go-ahead, seventh-inning, grand slam to help the No. 3 Vanderbilt Commodores to another come-from-behind win over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
Several teams in the College Baseball Central Top 25 squeaked out one-run or late-inning wins while the No. 6 Houston Cougars fell victim to 12th hour heroics in the Top 25’s only upset of the night in a shortened slate of games due to the continued late onset of winter weather.
No. 1 Virginia – Open
No. 2 Florida – Open
No. 3 Vanderbilt 10, Western Kentucky 6
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Zander Wiel (RJr., 1B) had one hit, a seventh inning grand slam, that gave the No. 3 Vanderbilt Commodores (6-2) an 8-6 lead over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (2-5). Every Commodore got a hit and the pen hurled four scoreless innings as Vanderbilt pulled out the 10-6 win.
No. 4 TCU 1, Texas Southern 0
FORT WORTH, Texas – Sophomore right-hander Mitchell Traver (2-0) fanned 11 Tigers while allowing only two hits as the No. 4 TCU Horned Frogs (7-1) slipped past the Texas Southern Tigers (4-5) 1-0. TCU Freshman designated hitter Evan Skoug smashed a solo homer in the seventh inning for the games only score.
No. 5 LSU , Southeastern Louisiana
BATON ROUGE, La. – Postponed due to inclement weather until February 26.
No. 6 Houston 6, Texas State 7
SAN MARCOS, Texas – Texas State Bobcats’ freshman centerfielder Derek Scheible scored on a sac bunt by another freshman, shortstop Luke Sherley for what proved to be the game-winning run as the Bobcats (2-5-1) defeated the No. 6 Houston Cougars (6-2) 7-6. The Bobcats survived a late comeback effort as senior righty Blake Whitter allowed a ninth inning run before inducing a fly out to complete the upset.
No. 7 UCLA – Open
No. 8 Miami 5, Barry 3
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The No. 8 Miami Hurricanes improved to 6-3 behind the stellar outing by Danny Garcia (So., LHP) who allowed an earned run over 7.2 innings of work with nine strikeouts for his first win of the season. Junior first baseman David Thompson drove in two runs to lead the offense in a 5-3 win over Barry.
No. 9 Texas 5, UT Pan American 4
AUSTIN, Texas – Freshman third baseman Bret Boswell hit a walk-off single to lift the No. 9 Texas Longhorns (8-2) to their seventh consecutive win with a 5-4 victory over the UT Pan America Broncs (5-3). Boswell had a 3-for-5 day with two RBI and a run scored to lead the Longhorns’ offense in the winning effort.
No. 10 Texas Tech 4, Sacramento State 3
LUBBOCK, Texas – Tyler Nelsony (Jr., LF) hit a walk-off single with two outs after Cory Raley (Jr., 2B) tied the game with a two-run double down the line in left as the No. 10 Texas Tech Red Raiders (9-1) downed the Sacramento State Hornets (6-3) by a 4-3 final. Tim Proudfoot (Sr., SS) smashed a solo shot in the seventh with the Red Raiders trailing 3-0 to start the comeback and senior right-hander Dominic Moreno (1-1) threw three scoreless innings in relief with five strike outs for the win.
No. 11 Rice 13, Stephen F Austin 1
HOUSTON, Texas – Freshman center fielder Ryan Chandler drove in four runs and scored twice on a 3-for-4 day at the plate to lead the No. 11 Rice Owls (6-3) to a 13-1 win over the Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks (2-7). Senior reliever John Williamson earned the win throwing three innings of no-hit ball while fanning five Lumberjacks.
No. 12 North Carolina , Winthrop
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Postponed due to snow and freezing temperatures.
No. 13 Maryland , Virginia Commonwealth
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Postponed due to weather
No. 14 South Carolina – Open
No. 15 Texas A&M 7, Incarnate Word 0
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies remained unbeaten at 9-0 behind Freshman right-hander Brigham Hill’s first collegiate win with a 7-0 win over the Incarnate Word Cardinals (4-6). Hill threw 5.1 scoreless innings, striking out nine while allowing only three hits while senior catcher Mitchell Nau went 3-for-4 at the plate.
No. 16 Arizona State – Open
No. 17 Oklahoma State 7, Missouri State 2
STILLWATER, Okla. – The No. 17 Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-3) scored three runs in each the sixth and seventh innings to down the Missouri State Bears (4-2) by a score of 7-2 in their home opener. Tim Arakawa (Sr., 2B) drove in a run in each of the three-run rallies while Connor Costello (So., DH) scored a run in each rally without getting a hit, reaching base on a walk and a fielder’s choice, while Alex Hackerott (Jr., LHP) threw two hitless innings of relief for his first win of the season.
No. 18 Louisville 5, Eastern Kentucky 2
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sophomore southpaw Drew Harrington improved to 2-0 and extended his stretch without allowing an earned run to 10.1 innings as the No. 18 Louisville Cardinals (5-3) defeated the Eastern Kentucky Colonels (3-4) by the score of 5-2. Freshman second baseman Devin Hairston scored twice and drove in a run while going 2-for-3 at the plate for the Cardinals.
No. 19 Ole Miss , Central Arkansas
OXFORD, Miss. – Postponed due to expected winter weather to April 21.
No. 20 Oregon – Open
No. 21 UC Santa Barbara – Open
No. 22 Florida State – Open
No. 23 Central Florida 18, Bethune-Cookman 8
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The No. 23 Central Florida Knights (8-0) remained unbeaten as the offense pounded out 19 hits and drew eight walks in an 18-8 defeat of the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (0-9). Sophomore designated hitter Matt Diorio led the attack reaching base five times, scoring three times and driving in two runs for UCF.
No. 24 Mississippi State – Open
No. 25 Nevada – Open