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Opening Day, 2024 • D1Baseball



East Carolina’s Parker Byrd salutes the crowd before his first at-bat since his 2022 leg amputation (ECU Athletics)


Opening Day Coverage

Rogers on Tennessee’s AJs, Oregon’s Bullpen in Arlington
Fitt on Duke’s Santucci, Coastal Carolina’s offensive onslaught
Villa on Miami cooking up a memorable opener for JD Arteaga
Healy on Kentucky’s impressive defense
Etheridge on Alabama’s TJ McCants, Ben Hess
Ebert on UCSB’s offensive explosion against Campbell
Friday Scoreboard

Story of the Day

Less than two years after having his leg amputated following a gruesome boating accident, East Carolina’s Parker Byrd became the first Division I college baseball player with a prosthetic leg to appear in a game on Friday. After the accident, Byrd endured 22 surgeries in a span of 45 days. Last April, our Walter Villa wrote about Byrd’s determination to play again, and Friday night against Rider, Byrd got the call to pinch-hit in the eighth inning, with ECU ahead 11-2. After doffing his helmet in appreciation of the standing ovation he received from the ECU fateful, Byrd drew a walk.

The Pirates, meanwhile, cruised to a 16-2 win, rapping out 15 hits in support of ace Trey Yesavage (4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K).

Top 25 Showdown

• There was just one game on the Opening Day calendar that featured two ranked teams going at it: No. 9 Tennessee taking on No. 21 Texas Tech at Globe Life Field in Arlington. The Volunteers rode their two AJs — Russell (4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) and Causey (4.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K) to a 6-2 win. Clemson transfer Billy Amick, a first-team preseason All-American, hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning for Tennessee. Our Kendall Rogers was on hand at Globe Life and filed this report.

Top 25 Upsets

St. John’s — which went 8-12 in the Big East last year — jumped Cade Fisher (2 IP, 6 R) en route to a 9-5 win against No. 2 Florida in Gainesville. Seven Johnnies recorded at least one hit as part of a balanced 11-hit attack in support of Xavier Kolhosser (5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER), and lefty Ben Adams posted three scoreless innings in relief. Anthony Brienza’s two-run triple in the third gave St. John’s some important breathing room.

• Jackson Kent (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) and Raul Garayzar (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) turned in stellar mound work to lead Arizona to a 6-1 win against No. 23 Northeastern.

California rode a balanced 11-hit attack to a 6-3 win against No. 24 Kansas State. Freshman Trey Newman drew the Opening Day start for the Golden Bears and delivered four innings of one-hit, shutout ball, striking out six.

Top 25 Roundup

D1 Baseball Reports:
No. 12 Duke beats Indiana, No. 18 Coastal Carolina throttles George Mason
No. 17 UC Santa Barbara clobbers Campbell
No. 19 Alabama wins in Rob Vaughn’s debut

• Top-ranked Wake Forest rode a strong start from first-team preseason All-American Josh Hartle (5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) to a 9-3 win against Fordham. The Wake offense mustered just five hits (two from Ball State transfer Adam Tellier, batting in the leadoff spot) but also worked nine walks.

• No. 3 Arkansas got a little scare early, as first-team preseason All-America ace Hagen Smith went just one inning and allowed three runs, but the Hogs got a heroic relief effort from Will McEntire (5.2 IP, 1 R) and Gage Wood (2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R) in a 6-4 win against James Madison.

• Thatcher Hurd (2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) struggled for No. 4 LSU, but the Tigers outslugged VMI 11-8, led by Hayden Travinski (3-for-4, 4 R, 2 RBI, HR) and Jared Jones (2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI).

• No. 5 TCU trailed Florida Gulf Coast 9-3 after six innings but stormed back to win 10-9, in a game with a wild finish. With Peyton Chatagnier on second base and two outs in the ninth, Jack Arthur struck out for what looked like the final out of the ninth — but the pitch got away from the catcher, who made an errant throw to first base, allowing Chatagnier to race home from second with the winning run. Take a look:

Anthony Silva had four hits, a homer and three RBIs to lead the TCU offense.

• No. 6 Vanderbilt overcame a poor start from Greyson Carter (who walked seven in three innings) and a rough relief outing from Carter Holton (3 IP, 4 H, 5 ER) to outslug Florida Atlantic 12-11. RJ Austin went 4-for-5 with 4 RBIs, a homer and a double to lead Vandy’s 15-hit attack, and Jonathan Vastine delivered a walk-off two-run double in the ninth to win it. Carter and Holton are two vital arms for Vandy, and they will need to better moving forward for the Commodores to contend for a national title, but the offense’s strong start was certainly encouraging.

• No. 7 Oregon State got a strong start from new ace Aiden May (5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) and three hits apiece from Micah McDowell, Tyce Peterson and blue-chip freshman Trent Caraway in a 15-6 win against New Mexico in Arizona.

• Preseason All-American Jace LaViolette homered twice and drove in four to spearhead No. 8 Texas A&M’s 17-hit barrage in support of Ryan Prager (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K), as the Aggies walloped McNeese 15-0.

• Cam Cannarella (3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI) and Richmond transfer Alden Mathes (who hit a first-inning grand slam) led a 14-hit barrage in support of Billy Barlowe (5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER), as No. 10 Clemson cruised past Xavier 14-3.

• No. 13 NC State rode strong pitching from Sam Highfill (5 IP, 1 H, 1 ER) and Shane Van Dam (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R) to a 6-1 win against VCU. First-team preseason All-American Jacob Cozart (2-for-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI) led a balanced 13-hit attack for the Wolfpack.

• No. 14 Virginia overcame a rocky start from Jack O’Connor (4 IP, 8 H, 4 R), overcoming a three-run deficit with a six-run sixth inning en route to a 10-8 win against Hofstra. Griff O’Ferrall and Harrison Didawick went deep for the Cavaliers.

• No. 15 North Carolina started a true freshman on the mound on opening day for the first time since 1998, and Folger Boaz delivered five innings of one-run ball to earn the victory, as the Tar Heels beat Wagner 10-3. Georgia transfer Parks Harber had three hits to lead the UNC offense.

• No. 16 Texas rode a five-run sixth inning to a 7-3 win against San Diego. Jalin Flores (2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI) led the UT offense in support of Lebarron Johnson (5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER), who threw well in a no-decision.

• No. 17 UC Santa Barbara traveled cross-country and clobbered Campbell 20-8, as Aaron Parker and Nick Oakley had five RBIs apiece in support of first-team All-American Matt Ager (4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER). Our Patrick Ebert was on hand for this one and filed this report.

• First-team preseason All-American Brody Brecht struck out 11 over 4.1 innings of one-hit, one-run ball, leading No. 20 Iowa to a 5-2 win against Seton Hall in Charleston.

• No. 22 UCLA came from behind with three runs in the eighth to beat Gonzaga 8-7. Cody Schrier and Roch Cholowsky had two hits apiece to lead the UCLA offense, and starter Luke Jewett (5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) was solid in a no-decision.

• No. 25 South Carolina got a dominant start from Eli Jones (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) in a 5-1 win against Miami (OH).

Other Notable Results

• Brett Renfrow (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R) and three relievers combined on a two-hit shutout to lead Virginia Tech to a 10-0 win at Charlotte. Christian Martin, Carson DeMartini and Henry Cooke all went deep for the Hokies.

• Louisville’s bullpen coughed up two late leads Friday, as Indiana State knocked off the Cardinals 8-7 and UConn beat the Cards 4-3. The Huskies also topped South Florida 2-1.

Louisiana came from behind with two in the ninth to walk off Wright State 3-2.

• Sam Houston State rode strong pitching from Coltin Atkinson (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) and Logan Hewitt (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) to a 7-2 win against Oklahoma State.

• Christian Rodriguez (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R) and Peyton Jones (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R) combined on a four-hit shutout, as Cal State Fullerton won on the road at Stanford, 4-0.

• Arizona State beat preseason WCC favorite Santa Clara 11-6. Kevin Karstetter, Isaiah Jackson and Brandon Compton had three hits apiece to lead the ASU offense in support of Thomas Burns (5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K).

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Wake’s awakening continues with big day against Boston College • D1Baseball




Seaver King stealthfully slides into home under the tag of BC’s Parker Landwehr.

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BRIGHTON, Mass. — I put it up on Twitter early in the game today, but it bears repeating here since nothing really changed from that early-game lead for the visitors today… If you had to script a start to this game, Wake Forest couldn’t have scripted it any better. 

Chase Burns was humming it in at 99 mph.

Seaver King went triple and homer in his first two at-bats.

Nick Kurtz crushed an RBI double. 

That was after Wake’s first four at-bats when the score was a seemingly comfy 4-0. It wouldn’t get any worse for the Demon Deacons, who[…]

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West, Hagaman lead West Virginia to ‘super-gritty’ comeback win • D1Baseball




West Virginia’s Kyle West celebrates his game-tying triple against UCF (Aaron Fitt)

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MORGANTOWN, W.V. — As West Virginia coach Randy Mazey addressed media from his usual postgame spot near second base, the wind howled with such force that his words were indecipherable for a few moments — at least to my ears, and the audio recorder app on my phone fared no better. The wind blew drops of rain into my eyes to the point I had to look away from Mazey while he was speaking. Finally the wind eased up for a moment, and I heard Mazey discussing a fly ball that was blown over the head of WVU left fielder[…]

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Comfortable Top 25 wins galore headlines the action • D1Baseball




Jace LaViolette homered for A&M (A&M photo)

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Friday’s Coverage:

• Aaron Fitt on WVU’s win over UCF in Big 12 Showdown
• Eric Sorenson on Wake Forest’s continued awakening
• Check out D1Baseball’s PreD1ctive Plays
• Discuss Friday’s action on the D1Baseball Forums!
• Advanced Player/Team Statistics

It was a good day for teams inside the D1Baseball Top 25, as a vast majority of them came away with wins, and a good portion of those wins came fairly easily. 

To begin our recap of Friday’s action, let’s separate the Top 25 wins into three categories: blowouts, comfortable wins and narrow wins. Then, we’ll take a look at the Top 25 upsets and some other notable results from the day.  

Blowout Top 25 wins

  • No. 14 Wake Forest was the first ranked team to collect a win on Friday, as it took down Boston College 13-1 on the road behind a strong effort by Chase Burns. The righthander gave up two hits and one unearned run with two walks and eight strikeouts in 6.1 innings. It was a nice bounceback for Burns after he gave up five runs last weekend against Virginia Tech. Nick Kurtz and Seaver King combined for five hits and two home runs to lead the way offensively. 
  • East Carolina pitching no-hit Charlotte, as the No. 9 team in the country came away with an 11-0 win in seven innings. Righthander Trey Yesavage threw the first six innings and collected 12 strikeouts, with Jackson DiLorenzo coming on to get the final three outs. Yesavage has a 1.66 ERA this season with a .151 opponent batting average and an 86-to-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 54.1 innings. 
  • No. 13 North Carolina walloped Notre Dame 13-0 to run its ACC record to 12-4 and stay ahead of Virginia Tech in the ACC Coastal. Righthander Jason DeCaro tossed six shutout innings for the Tar Heels, while the trio of Alberto Osuna, Parks Harber and Luke Stevenson combined to hit three home runs and drive in 10 runs. 
  • The Virginia lineup exploded for 21 runs as the No. 11 Cavaliers beat Louisville 21-3. Virginia was all set to come away with a routine 11-3 win, but then it scored 10 runs in the top of the ninth to make it a football score. Ethan Anderson went 5-for-5 at the plate, while both Henry Ford and Jacob Ference had two home runs. Virginia lefthander Evan Blanco gave up six hits and three runs and struck out 11 in six innings. 
  • No. 16 Virginia Tech collected 20 hits on the way to an 11-1 win over Georgia Tech. Three different players, Ben Watson, Carson DeMartini and David McCann had three hits for the Hokies, while Chris Cannizzaro had four hits. Brett Renfrow started for VT and gave up one run in six innings, and Jacob Exum finished it with three shutout frames. 
  • In one of just two games between ranked teams on Friday, No. 3 Texas A&M ran away from No. 6 Vanderbilt for a 15-0 win. The Aggies set the tone in the first inning with back-to-back homers, a Jace LaViolette two-run shot and a Braden Montgomery solo blast, and never looked back. Both also homered again later and the duo combined for 10 RBIs. On the mound, Ryan Prager threw a seven-inning shutout, striking out 10. 

Comfortable Top 25 wins

  • No. 7 Florida State held off a late rally by rival Miami to win game one of the series 11-7. The Seminoles scored at least one run in each of the first seven innings, chasing UM starter Rafe Schlesinger after just 3.1 innings along the way. The first four batters in the FSU lineup, Max Williams, Cam Smith, James Tibbs III and Jaime Ferrer, all had two hits, with Tibbs adding a homer, two walks and four RBIs. Florida State starter Brady Louck lasted just two innings, but reliever Brennen Oxford (4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R) picked him up and bridged the gap to the late innings. 
  • No. 20 Coastal Carolina got a 7-3 win over Georgia Southern on the road. The Eagles led 3-2 after five innings, but the Chanticleers got two runs in the sixth on a two-RBI single for Sam Antonacci to take the lead, and then added three insurance runs in the ninth on RBI singles for Caden Bodine, Zack Beach and Graham Brown. On the mound, the CCU trio of Will Smith, Trevor Hinkel and Dominick Carbone combined to hold Georgia Southern scoreless over the final 3.2 innings. 
  • No. 8 Kentucky ran its SEC record to 13-1 with a 9-1 win over Auburn. This Wildcats team has more physicality than last year’s, and they showed it by clubbing six homers in this one, including two for Ryan Nicholson. Ryan Waldschmidt and Nolan McCarthy also had three hits and a home run each. Starter Dominic Niman gave up one run in 5.1 innings, while Jackson Nove was the star out of the bullpen, as he tossed three scoreless frames. 
  • No. 22 Mississippi State hasn’t lost a series to Ole Miss since 2015, and it got one step closer to extending that streak with an 8-0 win Friday night. MSU righthander Khal Stephen threw eight shutout innings with nine strikeouts, and a seven-run sixth inning for the Bulldogs put this game out of reach. That frame featured a Dakota Jordan two-run home run, a Bryce Chance RBI groundout, a Logan Kohler RBI single, an Amani Larry RBI groundout and a two-RBI single off the bat of David Mershon. 
  • Though the final score looks narrow, No. 1 Arkansas’ 5-3 win over No. 25 Alabama was actually fairly comfortable as it played out. The Razorbacks held a 5-0 lead after three innings and Hagen Smith threw six shutout innings. The Crimson Tide got to reliever Will McEntire, something that hasn’t happened really at all this season, and scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth, but Stone Hewlett and Gabe Gaeckle settled things down and closed out the win after McEntire exited. Once again, the Arkansas lineup didn’t blow anyone’s doors off, but it did enough in tandem with some excellent pitching. 
  • No. 4 Tennessee won its opener against LSU 6-3. Spot starter Chris Stamos was solid in giving up one run in 2.2 innings, but the star on the mound was AJ Causey, whose spot Stamos took in the rotation. Causey threw 4.2 shutout innings with seven strikeouts, perhaps signaling that he’s back on the right track after several tough outings. Meanwhile, the Volunteers’ lineup put five runs on LSU starter Gage Jump in four innings. Two of those runs came on a first-inning two-run homer for Billy Amick in his first game back after missing a couple of weeks due to appendicitis. 
  • No. 5 Oregon State shut out Stanford 6-0. Righthander Aiden May was excellent in throwing six scoreless innings for the Beavers and the lineup made the most of its five hits to get the win. OSU is clearly the class of the Pac-12 in its final season as currently constructed, but every win is big when it’s still fighting off pesky teams like Arizona, Oregon and Utah. 

Narrow Top 25 wins

  • No. 15 Dallas Baptist got a push from Air Force on the road. The teams went into the ninth tied 2-2 before the Patriots jumped ahead 3-2 in the top half of the ninth on an RBI double for Michael Dattalo. On the mound, DBU’s Ryan Johnson tossed a complete game, giving up seven hits and two runs with no walks and nine strikeouts on 107 pitches. For the season, Johnson has a 1.80 ERA, a .199 opponent batting average and 91 strikeouts compared to eight walks in 65 innings. 
  • Marshall pitching did a nice job against the Louisiana lineup, holding the No. 19 Ragin’ Cajuns to three runs on eight hits, but it wasn’t enough because UL pitching held the Thundering Herd to one run on five hits in a 3-1 win that pushed its Sun Belt winning streak to 12 games. Andrew Herrmann started and gave up one run in 6.1 innings, with LP Langevin throwing 2.2 scoreless innings to close it out. Both of those guys have been outstanding for the Cajuns this season. Herrmann has a 1.91 ERA in 47 innings this season, while Langevin has a 2.97 ERA and a minuscule .156 opponent batting average in 36.1 innings. 
  • USC jumped out to a 1-0 first-inning lead over No. 18 Oregon, but from there the Ducks went about playing add-on the rest of the game by scoring one run in each of the second, third, fourth and eighth innings. RJ Gordon was superb in his start for Oregon, giving up five hits and one run in 8.1 innings on exactly 100 pitches. The Ducks had just seven hits but made them count, with Anson Aroz and Drew Smith collecting two hits each. 
  • For most of Friday night, it looked like No. 21 Oklahoma State was going to be an upset victim at the hands of Cincinnati. The Bearcats led 4-1 going to the bottom of the eighth, but the Cowboys rallied to win it in 10 innings, thanks in large part to Lane Forsythe. His sacrifice fly in the eighth tied the game, and then his walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th gave OSU its win. He drove in six of Oklahoma State’s eight runs on the day. 

Top 25 Upsets

  • In a wild back-and-forth contest, NC State upset No. 2 Clemson 11-8. The Wolfpack held a 9-8 lead after five innings, and then the bullpen threw four zeroes the rest of the way while the lineup added a couple of insurance runs. Eli Serrano III went 3-for-4 for NC State, while Josh Hogue homered. It wasn’t always pretty, as he gave up two runs and walked four batters, but Shane Van Dam gave the Pack some needed length in relief by throwing 4.2 innings and striking out eight batters as he bridged the gap to the end of the game. 
  • No. 23 Nebraska looks like the class of the Big Ten this season, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy for the Huskers, and we saw that Friday night with a 7-6 walk-off loss to Rutgers in 11 innings. The Scarlet Knights trailed 6-3 going to the bottom of the ninth, but then scored three runs in the ninth on a two-run double for Joshua Kuroda-Grauer and a Tony Santa Maria RBI single to send it to extra innings. And with two outs in the bottom of the 11th, Rutgers walked off with the win on an RBI single for Johnny Volpe. The Scarlet Knights had been off to a slow start in Big Ten play, but perhaps this win will get them going in the right direction.
  • A close game early turned into a runaway late as South Carolina took down No. 24 Florida on the road by a 10-3 score. The Gamecocks led 5-3 after eight innings but then scored five more in the top of the ninth to make the bottom of the ninth stress-free. In his return to the lineup after a concussion, South Carolina catcher Cole Messina had three hits out of the leadoff spot, and Parker Noland, Talmadge LeCroy and Will Tippett all homered. 
  • West Virginia outlasted No. 17 UCF 7-6 on a wet day in Morgantown in which the start of the game was delayed about 90 minutes and ended with a steady rain coming down. With the game tied 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh, WVU scored the winning run when UCF first baseman Lex Boedicker dropped a routine flare on the infield dirt that would have been the third out of the inning. Kyle West led the Mountaineers offensively by going 3-for-4 with a triple, a home run and four RBIs. 
  • No. 12 UC Irvine got walloped on the road by UC San Diego 15-4, and the game was never really in doubt after the Tritons jumped out to a 14-0 lead after four innings, with eight of those runs coming off of UCI ace Nick Pinto. UCSD leadoff hitter Nick Costello went 5-for-6 with a triple and two homers and Patrick Hackworth went 4-for-5 with two triples in the win. Anthony Eyanson started for the Tritons and gave up one run in six innings. 

Other notable results

  • A matchup of Big South aces Riley Huge of Winthrop and Daniel Eagen of Presbyterian turned out to be quite one-sided, as the Blue Hose ran away with a 20-3 victory. The Presbyterian lineup chased Huge after 3.2 innings, ultimately hanging 10 runs on him. Meanwhile, Eagen took care of business by limiting the Eagles to one run on four hits with nine strikeouts in six innings. He has a 1.55 ERA this season with a .179 opponent batting average and 74 strikeouts in 40.2 innings. The Presbyterian lineup had 16 hits, but also took advantage of 12 walks and three hit batters. 
  • It’s a big weekend in the ASUN, as the top four teams in the standings are playing each other. On Friday, Austin Peay won an 11-10 thriller over Jacksonville. After the Dolphins took a 10-8 lead in the top of the eighth, the Governors punched back with three of their own in the bottom half, which made the difference. The Govs’ lineup had 18 hits on the day, including five homers. In the other game, Florida Gulf Coast shut out Stetson 6-0 on just two hits. Davian Garcia threw the first seven shutout innings, while Justin Henschel came on for the final two frames. As it stands right now, FGCU, Stetson and Jacksonville are all tied atop the standings at 9-4, with Austin Peay one game back at 8-5 and tied with Kennesaw State, which won Friday night as well. 
  • Texas Tech has the look of a snake in the grass in the Big 12 race. It hasn’t been easy for the Red Raiders at times this season, but with a 7-1 win over TCU Friday night, they pushed their winning streak to eight games and moved to 9-7 in league play. Ryan Free started for TTU and gave up one run in five innings, with Jacob Rogers and Josh Sanders tossing two scoreless innings of relief each. 
  • In what could turn out to be the series of the year in the Big East, UConn won the opener with St. John’s by an 11-4 score. With a four-spot in the second, the Red Storm chased Huskies starter Gabe Van Emon, but Ian Cooke saved the day for UConn with 7.2 innings of dazzling relief work. He gave up two hits and two walks with 14 strikeouts. Offensively, first baseman Maddix Dalena had a monster game, slugging three home runs and driving in five runs. 
  • Northern Kentucky has been the class of the Horizon League this season, but it was never going to feel totally real until they proved it against Wright State. Well, on Friday, the Norse walked off with an absolutely bonkers 15-14 win over the Raiders. In a back-and-forth game, WSU led 14-12 going to the bottom of the ninth, but NKU scored a run on an error and then got a two-run walk-off homer off the bat of Logen Devenport, his second blast of the game. With the win, NKU moves to three games ahead of WSU in the Horizon League standings, putting them in good position for a regular-season title with a strong second-half finish. 
  • Speaking of bonkers games, Delaware State won one against Merrimack Friday by a 23-22 score. The Hornets scored 10 total runs over the final two innings, and while there were some walks issued and a few errors, most of these two teams’ runs came from big swings. The teams combined for 15 home runs, and Delaware State first baseman Krew Bouldin drove in seven runs. 
  • The best pitchers’ duel of the day came in an unlikely place—the OVC. Southeast Missouri State beat Southern Indiana 1-0 behind the work of Haden Dow (5 IP), Ethan Osborne (1.2 IP), Collin Wilma (1.1 IP) and Kyle Miller (1 IP). That outdid the USI trio of Grant Parson (7 IP, 1 R), Gavin Wilson (0.1 IP, 0 R) and Clayton Weisheit (0.2 IP, 0 H). That win allowed the Redhawks to keep pace with Tennessee Tech at 7-3 atop the OVC standings, after the Golden Eagles won 4-0 over Lindenwood thanks to a complete game shutout by Landon Smiddy. 
  • Samford moved to 7-0 in SoCon play with a 9-6 win over East Tennessee State. John Anderson hit two home runs and drove in four runs for the Bulldogs, while Aaron Walton went 3-for-4 and stole two bases. 
  • St. Thomas continues to make some noise in the Summit League, as its 3-2 win over Oral Roberts keeps it a half-game up on South Dakota State to lead the conference. Jacob Mrosko was excellent on the mound for the Tommies, giving up three hits and two runs (one earned) in seven innings. Frustratingly, no matter how good St. Thomas is this season, it won’t be able to play in the NCAA Tournament because it is still in its transition period to Division I, during which it is ineligible for postseason play. 
  • Georgia State absolutely put it on Southern Miss with an 18-8 win in seven innings. The Panthers scored six runs in the first inning against USM starter Niko Mazza and then scored four more off him in the third, sending him to an early shower. Georgia State had 15 hits but also took advantage of 10 walks issued by Golden Eagles pitching. With the win, Georgia State moves into a four-way tie for second place in the Sun Belt with USM, Coastal Carolina and Georgia Southern, all of which are behind Louisiana. 
  • San Diego got a 10-4 win over Portland in a matchup of two of the best teams in the WCC. USD got to Portland ace Nick Brink for eight runs on 11 hits in his five innings, and Jakob Christian led the way for the Toreros with two home runs and five RBIs. With the win, USD stays even atop the WCC standings at 8-2 with Gonzaga.

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