American Athletic Conference Weekend Recap

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AACLogoPROVIDENCE, R.I. – Five teams recorded multiple wins over the weekend during a slate of games that featured seven extra inning contests, a win over the defending national champions, and action across the country from the Northeast across to California.

Memphis retained the best overall record in the conference at 12-3 after a wild series with Central Arkansas despite a 1-2 record. The Tigers went 17 innings in the opener, failing to rally for a victory after starter Jon Reed pitched 8.2 innings without allowing an earned run. They followed that with 14 more innings the next day, winning on a walk-off single by Jake Little.

Houston slots in right behind them at 11-3, travelling west and bringing back two quality wins. The Cougars opened the Dodgertown Classic with a 6-1 win at USC. The following day, playing the defending national champion No. 13/11 UCLA Bruins, Houston responded from a first inning 3-0 deficit to record a 4-3 win. The Cougar pitching staff, a highlight of The American through the young season, allowed just seven runs in three games and now boasts a 1.02 ERA and 0.83 WHIP.

Louisville won two out of three games over Miami (Ohio), outscoring the RedHawks 23-7. The Cardinals are the lone team in The American with a batting average over .300 (.303) and pace the league in home runs (11), slugging percentage (.454) , RBI (91) and stolen bases (27).

USF rebounded from a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 series against Big Ten foe Northwestern. The Bulls opened the series with a shutout from Casey Mulholland, who scattered three hits around eight strikeouts in eight innings. Daniel Portales paces the Bulls with a .393 batting average, third best in the conference, while Kyle Teaf leads the league in hits (23) and runs scored (16).

Temple also snapped a losing skid, getting their first win since the season opener by taking victories against Niagara and Villanova in the Big Five Baseball Bash. Derek Peterson went 4-for-9 with four RBI in the two victories.

Cincinnati picked up two wins over Youngstown State in opposite ways, pounding out a season-high 19 hits in a 12-9 win on Friday in their home opener, and freezing the Penguins in a 1-0 victory behind a gem from freshman Andrew Zellner.

UCF went 1-2 in a series with Central Michigan, with both losses coming in the tenth inning. They snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 5-4 loss on Sunday.

After dropping a doubleheader against Oklahoma, Rutgers picked up a Sunday win over the Sooners. UConn had tough luck in Florida, taking the Gators to extra innings three times, but they were unable to return from Gainesville with a victory.

This week starts with 10 midweek games, including eight Tuesday contests. UCF will host a tough ranked foe when they welcome No. 2/2 Florida State, who played their midweek series last week against USF.