Kansas 11 #1 LSU 9
BATON ROUGE, La. – Senior Robby Price and junior Casey Lytle each had three hits and two doubles, while Brett Bochy pitched 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief as the Kansas Jayhawks knocked off previously unbeaten, and top-ranked Louisiana State, 11-9 Friday night in front of a packed house at Alex Box Stadium.
The Jayhawks improve to 10-3 overall, while LSU falls to 12-1 this season. The win was KU’s fourth-straight over the Tigers dating back to 2003, and the team’s fourth consecutive win over a No. 1-ranked team.
#3 Arizona State 9 Auburn 8
TEMPE, Ariz. – Rallying back from a five-run deficit, the No. 2 Arizona State University baseball team defeated Auburn 9-8 on Friday night in front of 3,121 fans at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. The Sun Devils improved to 13-0 on the season with the win, giving head coach Tim Esmay the school record for the most consecutive wins to start an ASU coaching career. Jim Brock began his career with the Devils 12-0 in 1972.
ASU took the early lead with two runs in the second on an RBI double by Deven Marrero and a sacrifice fly by Drew Maggi. However, Auburn tied the game in the fourth with a two-run homer by Casey McElroy, and then the Tigers took the lead with five unearned runs in the top of the fifth.
#7 Florida 6 Charleston Southern 0
Florida sophomore left-hander Alex Panteliodis (Tampa, Fla.) (4-0) scattered five hits over a career-high seven innings as sixth-ranked Florida (10-2) upended Charleston Southern (5-9), 6-0, in the teams’ series opener on Friday night at McKethan Stadium. Senior Jeff Barfield (Perry, Ga.) and junior Kevin Chapman (Coral Springs, Fla.) each retired all three hitters he faced to complete the five-hit blanking of the Buccaneers. Coupled with Wednesday’s 8-0 victory over Illinois State, it marked the first time since March 5 & 7, 1995, that the Gator pitching staff had notched consecutive shutouts.
“We had another good start by AP [Alex Panteliodis] tonight,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “He wasn’t particularly sharp during his first four innings and I think he was 11-for-19 on first-pitch strikes. However, he was sharper in his last two innings, throwing his secondary stuff for strikes. We got another shutout, which is not easy to do, especially playing with aluminum bats. We played outstanding defense and walked just one batter.”
#10 Louisville 6 #20 Ole Miss 1 (12 innings)
OXFORD, Miss. – Propelled by a masterful night on the mound and a five-run 12th inning, the No. 8 Louisville baseball team remained unbeaten with an impressive 6-1 extra-innings win at No. 17 Ole Miss on a cool and windy Friday night at Oxford-University Stadium.
With Friday night’s dramatic win, the Cards improved to 13-0 overall to maintain the second best start in school history, just two games short of matching the 15-0 record for the 1957 Louisville squad, while Ole Miss dropped to 11-3 on the season with the loss.
#14 Arkansas 14 Wisconsin-Milwaukee 4
FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 14 University of Arkansas baseball team took advantage of three bases-loaded situations in the seventh inning to complete its comeback and down Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 14-6, Friday afternoon at Baum Stadium. James McCann capped the eight-run seventh with his first career grand slam. The Razorbacks trailed by three runs entering the bottom of the sixth but scored 11 runs over the next two innings to take control of the game.
McCann was 2-for-4 at the plate to go along with two runs scored and a walk. Zack Cox tied his season high with three hits, while Bo Bigham collected a pair of hits. Each had three RBI and two runs scored. Geoffrey Davenport came in out of the bullpen to collect his second win of the season.
#19 Oklahoma 16 Mississippi State 5
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas. — The No. 15 Sooners won their ninth straight game and opened the Whataburger Collegiate Classic with an easy 16-5 victory over Mississippi State on Friday.
It was the first meeting between the two since the 1992 NCAA Regional in Starkville and third overall, which OU leads 2-1.
#21 Vanderbilt 14 Ohio 3
NASHVILLE — Vanderbilt trailed 3-0 in the second and then scored 14 unanswered runs in a 14-3 win over Ohio Friday evening at Hawkins Field.
The Commodores won their eighth straight game to improve to 12-1, while the Bobcats fell to 2-9.
The Bobcats took advantage of Sonny Gray’s control issues in the third to plate three runs to take a 3-0 lead. He walked two batters, including one with the bases loaded in the frame.
#24 Kentucky 10 IUPU-Fort Wayne 1
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Behind another extraordinary pitching performance from Logan Darnell and home runs from seniors Gunner Glad, Marcus Nidiffer and Keenan Wiley, the 22nd-ranked Kentucky baseball team posted a 10-1 win over IPFW in the series opener, Friday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
After both teams sat through a three-hour and 17-minute rain delay, Kentucky (11-2) rode a dominating performance from Darnell, who tossed eight innings, allowed just five hits and one run and struck out six. Darnell, a native of Joelton, Tenn., stretched his scoreless innings pitched streak to 19.1 innings before allowing a harmless, solo home run in the top of the seventh. Darnell, the reigning Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week, came on for the eighth inning after allowing the run and struck out two to finish off his outing. Last week at San Diego, Darnell tossed a complete-game shutout against the Toreros.
#27 Alabama 15 Stony Brook 8
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama baseball team scored multiple runs in five of its eight innings en route to a 15-8 win over Stony Brook in the series opener for both teams Friday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
The Crimson Tide got off to fast start with eight runs in the first three innings and then finished even stronger with seven runs in the final two innings to post its 11th straight home win.
Alabama (9-1) snapped an 8-8 tie by scoring five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 13-8 lead. The Tide added two more runs in the eighth for the 15-8 victory.
Georgia 9 Siena 3
The Bulldogs (7-7) snapped a five-game losing streak by pounding out 15 hits against the Saints who fell to 3-10. Verdin got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard in the first with his fourth home run of the year, smashing the first pitch he saw from Robert Tedesco. The Saints tied it up in the top of the third on a run-scoring single by Anthony Giansanti. The Bulldogs reclaimed the lead courtesy of Verdin’s second home run in their half of the third and then extended the lead with a four-run outburst in the fourth. Verdin tied his career high with third RBI on the night on a bunt single to start the scoring, freshman first baseman Robert Shipman (2-for-5, 1 RBI) followed with an RBI-double and sophomore centerfielder Zach Cone (2-for-4, 3 RBI) capped the frame with a two-run single for a 6-1 lead.