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CBD Quick Hits for Feb. 17th

The first day of College Baseball this season saw a couple of major upsets with some great pitching performances.

One of the biggest upsets of the day was between two ACC teams with Boston College beating Virginia 5-3 behind sophomore Eric Stevens who pitched six innings giving up three runs on seven hits. Leading the Eagles offense was a Spenser Payne three run homer in a four run fourth inning.

The key matchup of the day took part in Gainesville, Florida between the Florida Gators and the Cal State Fullerton Titans. The Gators were able to come through with a 7-3 victory. Steven Rodriguez got the win in relief by pitching 2.1 scoreless innings while Jose Cardona got the loss giving up three runs in only 0.1 innings pitched. The Gators offensive star was Brian Johnson as he went 2-4 with an RBI.

One of the better pitching performances on the day came from Cal-Poly’s junior RHP Joey Wagman who pitched eight innings giving up two hits while striking out five batters as the Cal-Poly Mustangs picked up a 6-0 victory over Oklahoma State.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were on the opposite side of 5-0 decisions losing to Kent State before bouncing back against Winthrop. In the first game of the day, Kent State LHP David Starn went eight shutout innings to lead the Flashes to the 5-0 win. The Yellow Jackets got a great start from Matt Grimes who let up one hit in seven innings while Zane Evans pitched the final two innings without giving up a hit as the Jackets cruised to the 5-0 win.

One of the questions I had entering this season as whether the UConn Huskies would be for real after the losses of George Springer and Matt Barnes among other to the MLB Draft. They came out strong on Friday with a dominating 8-0 victory over Indiana. Sophomore LHP Brian Ward got the start going 7.1 shutout innings giving up four hits and striking out five to get the win. Tim Martin and Ryan Fuller each drove in two runs in the game.