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DID YOU SEE THAT? 

— Georgia salvaged a win in the series finale against Tennessee with an 8-3 triumph. The Vols started hard-throwing righthanded pitcher Ben Joyce against the Bulldogs, and he struck out six, walked two and allowed three runs in four innings of work. Connor Tate hit a home run and finished the night with two RBIs, while Cole Tate also knocked in a pair of runs. Jaden Woods and Jack Gowen were terrific out of the pen with a combined six innings. 

Auburn was down 4-0 in the first inning to rival Alabama on Saturday, but surged late to clinched a series win over its rivals. Tommy Sheehan had to come out of the pen early in the game and tossed four shutout innings, while Carson Swilling and fireballer Chase Allsup tossed two shutout frames. Auburn sits at 4 in the RPI, while the Tide just hopes to make the SEC tournament at this point.

Texas Tech is back in the spotlight after showing out in the first two games against Oklahoma State this weekend. Red Raiders prized freshman outfielder Owen Washburn. Washburn hit a grand slam in a seven-run inning, while Hudson White tallied two hits for the Red Raiders. Tech righthanded pitcher Brandon Birdsell put together yet another strong start, striking out five and allowing two runs on three hits in seven innings of work. Tech is up to 34 in the latest RPI, so there’s still work to be done. But it could finish Sunday in first place in the Big 12. 

Miami and Florida State split a pair of games to set the stage for a terrific series finale on Sunday. In the first game, Miami lefthanded pitcher Carson Palmquist out dueled Parker Messick, striking out five, walking one and allowing two runs in six innings, while Messick allowed five runs in 5.1 innings. Gage Ziehl also should get some love for the ‘Canes after he tossed three shutout frames out of the pen. In the nightcap, a 6-4 win for FSU, Wyatt Crowell struck out seven in four innings out of the bullpen, while Jordan Carrion had a big night at the plate with a home run and two RBIs. 

— The Patriot League semifinals are in full swing, and Army has advanced to the championship after sweeping a doubleheader from Holy Cross on Saturday. Connelly Early struck out seven in eight innings in the first game, while in the second game, Sam Ruta hit two doubles and Nick Manesis knocked in five runs. In the other semifinal, Bucknell knocked off  Lehigh, 10-8, and the two teams will play again on Sunday.

Stanford has put itself in excellent shape from a Top 16 and hosting standpoint this weekend, dominating Utah for the second-straight day to improve to 15 in the RPI and just two games behind Oregon State in the conference standings. After Alex Williams dealt in the series opener, Joey Dixon allowed two runs in five innings on Saturday before Ryan Bruno and Braden Montgomery each tossed two shutout frames out of the bullpen.

Arizona has been slipping in the RPI over the past few weeks, but could the Wildcats notch a marquee series win for the first time in a while? U of A knocked off second-ranked Oregon State, 5-2, on Saturday to even that series. Lefthanded pitcher Garrett Irvin struck out nine and allowed a run on three hits in seven innings, while Noah Turley hit a home run.

Dallas Baptist evened its series with Evansville with a 4-3 win on Saturday. Ryan Wrobleski had a big day at the plate with a triple and two hits, while Blayne Jones hit a home run. In other news, Southern Illinois moved into a tie for first place with UE after demolishing Indiana State on Saturday, 14-3. SIU’s RPI is outside of range at 73, but is very much a quality club with JT Weber, Kaeber Rog and others leading the charge. 

Dartmouth ended Columbia’s 19-game winning streak on Saturday with an 11-8 triumph. Kade Kretzschmar and Bryce Daniel each hit home runs for the Big Green, while Justin Murray had two hits and knocked in a pair of runs. Hunter Riggins allowed three runs in six innings, while Dalton Rogers was terrific out of the pen with three shutout frames. Carson Paetow had a home run for the Golden Eagles, while Blake Johnson knocked in a pair of runs. 

— How about Maryland shortstop Matt Shaw? Shaw hit three homers, tallied four hits and knocked in eight runs in a 20-6 win over Michigan. The Terps are up to 13 in the RPI and continue to be in outstanding shape for a Top 16 seed and host site. 

— Matt Shaw had a ridiculous game against Michigan, but how about TCU outfielder Porter Brown? Brown went bonkers for the Frogs in a 30-3 win over Kansas. Brown hit two homers, tallied a double, four hits and knocked in 10 … yes … 10 runs against the Jayhawks. 

— It might not be Shaw or Brown worthy, but Liberty’s Three Hillier had a huge day, too, in a 23-3 win over Florida Gulf Coast. Hillier finished the afternoon with a home run, double, four hits and seven RBIs. 

Virginia Tech evened its series against Louisville, 4-3, with Drue Hackenberg putting together a solid start, striking out seven and allowing two runs on five hits in 6.1 innings of work. Henry Weycker was impressive out of the pen, too, with three strikeouts in 2.2 innings. Gavin Cross paced things offensively with a home run. After dropping a few spots in the RPI after Friday, the Hokies are back up five spots after Saturday’s win. 


BUBBLE WATCH

Ole Miss took a step forward last weekend with a home series sweep over Missouri. Well, it has taken yet another step forward this weekend with a road series win over LSU. Ole Miss won the continuation of Friday’s game, 5-3, before crushing the Tigers, 11-1, to clinch a series win. Hunter Elliott struck out nine, walked three and allowed a run on four hits in 6.2 innings of work, while offensively, Justin Bench, Tim Elko and Kevin Graham each hit homers. Ole Miss is up to 39 in the RPI, while LSU is suddenly out of hosting range with an RPI of 29. What a weekend for the Rebels.

— In the Sun Belt, Coastal Carolina and Louisiana are the two bubble teams we’ve been watching so far this weekend. Coastal clinched a road series win over Troy with a 7-3 triumph as Michael Knorr allowed just two runs on four hits in six innings, while Elliot Carney allowed a run in three innings of work to close out the contest. Offensively, Nick Lucky led the way with two hits and two RBI. As for the Cajuns, they dropped a tough 6-4 decision to Texas State on the road to drop that series. Coastal is up to 37 in the RPI (+8) this week, while UL is down to 56.

— Could South Carolina be that SEC team who sneaks into the field on Selection Monday? The Gamecocks actually looked solid against Texas A&M last weekend, and have made easy work of Kentucky at home so far this weekend, winning 7-0 on Saturday. Noah Hall struck out eight in eight shutout frames. South Carolina is now 12-14 in the SEC with a 26-23 overall record, but the RPI is still problematic in the mid-60s. Clearly, the Gamecocks need to win some games in Hoover, but they’re in the fight.

— In Conference USA, Louisiana Tech and ODU held serve in the bubble race, each clinching series wins over Western Kentucky and Marshall, respectively. Meanwhile, Southern Miss responded from Friday night’s loss with an 8-3 win over UTSA. 

— In the ACC, both Wake Forest and Pittsburgh are in trouble from an at-large standpoint. Wake dropped another game to UNC, 12-3, and is now 11-14-1 in the league. An RPI of 24 is a saving grace at this point, but that league record is not good. As for Pitt, it is now 12-13 in the league with an RPI of 61. That won’t get it done. Both teams desperately need a win in the series finale.

— You can pretty much stick a fork in Tulane’s postseason hopes (without winning the auto bid) after losing to Wichita State, 18-8, on Saturday. The Green Wave is down to 77 in the RPI with a .500 league record. It wasn’t long ago the Green Wave was near the top of the conference standings.





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Cleburne 8, Kansas City 4 (10 innings)    Box Score

The Cleburne Railroaders (12-29) shock the Kansas City Monarchs (27-14) to take the second game of the series.

The Railroaders struck first, scoring 3 runs in the top of the 3rd inning thanks to CF Zach Nehrir (3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) and 3B Chase Simpson (1-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs). The Monarchs would respond in the bottom half of the frame with 2 solo home runs thanks to CF Willie Abreau (1-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI) and 3B Darnell Sweeney (3-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs). Cleburne and Kansas City took a 4-4 tie into the top of the 10th inning before Cleburne erupted for 4 runs. The Railroaders scored off of an RBI double from 1B Kacy Clemens (3-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs), an error by Monarchs RF Jan Hernandez (0-for-3), an RBI single from RF Hunter Wolfe (1-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI), and a run by LF Chuck Taylor (2-for-5, 2 runs). The Monarchs were not able to respond to Cleburne’s 10th inning push, ending the game.

The Cleburne Railroaders and Kansas City Monarchs will be back at Legends Field on Wednesday, June 29th at 7:00 p.m. for the series finale.

 

Lake Country 3, Milwaukee 2 – Box Score

The Lake Country DockHounds (15-27) started off their series with a home win against the Milwaukee Milkmen (20-20) on Tuesday night at Wisconsin Brewing Company Park. 

Things didn’t look good initially for the DockHounds when LF Correlle Prime (2-for-4, 1 RBI) hit a home run in the first inning and scored a run for the Milkmen. The Milkmen’s second and last run was scored in the top of the 3rd inning by SS Mason Davis (1-for-5) after 1B Keon Barnum (2-for-4, 1 RBI) hit a double to bring him home. Things took a major turn for the DockHounds in the bottom of the 8th inning starting with DH Aaron Takacs (2-for-2) stealing home after a passed ball. 3B T.J. Bennett (2-for-4) scored after 1B Gio Brusa (2-for-4, 1 RBI) hit a double. 2B Manuel Blanco (0-for-0) came in the game as a PR for Brusa and later scored after an error by the pitcher and a single that was hit by C Wilfredo Gimenez (0-for-2). The DockHounds scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning and did not allow the Milkmen to score in the top of the 9th. 

The DockHounds and the Milkmen will play game 2 of their series on Wednesday, June 29th at Wisconsin Brewing Company Park at 6:35 p.m. 

 

Kane County 4, Lincoln 1 – Box Score

The Lincoln Saltdogs (21-19) fell to the Kane County Cougars (21-20) on Tuesday night at Haymarket Park. 

Until the bottom of the 6th inning, the Cougars held a 4-0 lead against the Saltdogs. In the 2nd inning, DH Josh Rolette (1-for-3, 1 RBI) hit a single home run to score the first run of the game. 3B Dylan Busby (1-for-4, 3 RBIs) joined in on the home run party and scored a 3-run home run that brought home LF Cornelius Randolph (1-for-3), 1B Sherman Johnson (0-for-3), and himself. The Saltdogs scored their first and only run in the bottom of the 6th inning. 2B Josh Altmann (2-for-4) hit a single to advance to first. 3B Ryan Long (2-for-3, 1 RBI) hit a double that allowed Altmann to score. 

The Cougars and Saltdogs will play the 3rd game of their series on Wednesday, June 29th at Haymarket Park at 7:05 p.m. 

 

Sioux Falls 4, Sioux City 3 – Box Score

The Sioux Falls Canaries (14-27) came out victorious against the Sioux City Explorers (16-23) on Tuesday night at Mercy Field at Lewis and Clark Park.

The Explorers first scored in the bottom of the 1st after CF Chase Harris (3-for-5, 1 RBI) scored off of a sacrificed fly ball out to left field that was hit by LF Danny Amaral (0-for-5). The Canaries scored their first run in the top of the 4th when 1B Trey Michalczewski (2-for-4) made it home after a double was hit by 3B Gavin LaValley (2-for-4, 1 RBI). After the bottom of the 6th inning, the Explorers led the game 3-1 after 3B Blake Tiberi (2-for-4) scored off of a single that was hit by C Shane Podsednik (1-for-4, 1 RBI), and SS Zack Kone (2-for-4) scored off of a single that was hit by Harris. The Canaries came back in the top of the 7th after DH Jabari Henry (1-for-3, 3 RBIs) hit a home run that brought home himself, LF Nick Gotta (0-for-2) and SS Angelo Altavilla (1-for-4) to score 3 runs that put the Canaries in the lead. The Canaries kept the Explorers from scoring the rest of the game and finished with a 4-3 win.

The Explorers will take on the Canaries again on Wednesday, June 29th at 7:05 p.m. at home at Mercy Field at Lewis and Clark Park.

 

Winnipeg 6, Fargo-Moorhead 4    Box Score

The Winnipeg Goldeyes (23-17) hold off the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (29-12) to take the first game of the series Tuesday night at Shaw Park.

The RedHawks lit up the scoreboard first, scoring 2 runs in the 3rd inning thanks to a 2-run home run from CF Evan Alexander (2-for-3, 1 run, 2 RBIs). The Goldeyes responded in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single to center from 3B Ian Sagdal (1-for-3, 1 RBI). The RedHawks led the Goldeyes 3-1 before a 4th inning grand slam from Winnipeg CF BReggie Pruitt Jr. (1-for-3, 1 run, 4 RBIs). The Goldeyes tacked on another insurance run in the bottom of the 6th inning to lead the RedHawks 6-3. In the top of the 8th inning, Fargo-Moorhead 3B Leobaldo Pina (1-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI) hit a sacrifice fly out to score a run, but it was not enough to catch up to the Goldeyes.

The Winnipeg Goldeyes will look to take the series Wednesday, June 29th against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks at Shaw Park at 6:30 p.m.

 

Chicago 7, Gary SouthShore 4    Box Score

The Chicago Dogs (26-14) win a back-and-forth battle against the Gary SouthShore RailCats (20-22) Monday night at the Steel Yard.

The Dogs immediately got on the scoreboard with a 1st inning sacrifice fly out from C Ryan Lidge (1-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI) to lead the RailCats 1-0. In the 5th inning, Gary SouthShore would respond, scoring 3 runs from a 2 RBI triple from SS Daniel Lingua (2-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs) and a sacrifice fly out from C Michael Cruz (2-for-2, 1 RBI). The‘ Cats took a 4-3 lead into the top of the 9th inning before 3B Steve Wilkerson (1-for-3, 1 run, 4 RBIs) hit a go-ahead grand slam to take the lead and win the game for the Dogs. Other notable performances from the Dogs include CF Michael Crouse (2-for-5, 2 runs) and 1B K.C. Hobson (2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.) For the RailCats, 3B Tom Walraven (2-for-3, 1 run) extended his hitting streak to 12 consecutive games with a hit.

The Chicago Dogs and Gary SouthShore RailCats will be back in action Wednesday, June 29th at the Steel Yard at 6:45 p.m.



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The college baseball coaching carousel continues to spin in a big way around the country. In the last 24 hours, Northwestern made a terrific hire by adding Army’s Jim Foster as its head coach.

Expect other programs to follow suit in the coming days.

Overall, there have been 35 head coaching changes in Division I Baseball — only nine of those jobs have yet to be filled.

We have the very latest on coaching searches at USC, Michigan, Notre Dame, Nevada, Akron, and UT-Arlington.

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  1. Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (29-11, 1st in West)

The RedHawks are simply on fire right now. Since June 11, the league leaders have gone 13-2, with the two defeats coming by a combined two runs. Their roster is peppered with All-Star selections, including three West Division starters (Drew Ward, Manuel Boscan and John Silviano). Their pitching staff has plenty of representation too, with starters Tyler Grauer, Sebasitan Kessay and Kevin McGovern all earning a trip to Chicago, alongside closer Alex DuBord. Veteran Leobaldo Piña, another All-Star selection, earned his second straight Batter of the Week award this week, the first player to accomplish that feat since 2008. The RedHawks’ schedule gets tougher this week, including a showdown with Winnipeg, but they’ve shown they’re up to the challenge. 

 

  1. Kansas City Monarchs (27-13, 2nd in West)

The Monarchs had a brief slip-up in Sioux Falls over the weekend, losing two out of three to a feisty Canaries team that hit two grand slams in the series finale. Still, the Monarchs remain an extremely talented side with a hold on the second spot in the standings. Jan Hernandez continues to mash, leading the Association with 17 home runs and 44 RBIs. (His .368 batting average isn’t too shabby either.)

 

  1. Winnipeg Goldeyes (22-17, 3rd in West)

The Goldeyes are coming off one of the biggest series wins of their season, a three-game sweep at Lincoln where their pitching staff allowed a combined three runs. Rookie starter RJ Martinez continues to impress, with a victory in Cleburne on June 23 lowering his season ERA to 3.37. Landon Bourassa, who earned the win in Sunday’s game, has a 2.14 ERA in four appearances in his return to the Goldeyes. Plue, closer Tasker Strobel has emerged as one of the top relievers in the Association, with 10 saves and a minuscule 0.85 ERA. 

 

  1. Chicago Dogs (25-14, 1st in East)

The Dogs racked up accolades and wins last week. After sweeping the Lake Country DockHounds on the road over the weekend, Chicago had seven players named to the East Division all-star team, including all four position player reserves. All that has added up to a firm hold of first place in the East Division standings. One potential area of concern for the Dogs: They’re currently 14-1 against the three teams at the bottom of the Association standings and 11-13 against everyone else. 

 

  1. Lincoln Saltdogs (21-18, 4th in West)

Lincoln have weathered the storm a bit in a difficult West Division, earning a much-needed home victory against Kane County on Monday night. Losing All-Star starter Justin Byrd to the Mexican League, but the team still features a solid pitching staff, led by All-Star Greg Minier (2.60 ERA). Brett Jodie’s team will look to find a rhythm against Kane County this week before heading to Fargo for a big series this coming weekend. 



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