College Baseball Roundup

Myworld again will select three top college series that we will review in what we hope to be a weekly Monday wrap up.

Stanford 3 Texas 0

This was a big series, especially for the then seventh ranked Texas Longhorns, who hoped to rise in the top 20 with a series victory over the number two rated Stanford Cardinal. Stanford thrashed them in the series sweep 28-5.

It didn’t get off to a good start for Texas, who entered the series 2-2. They had to face Cardinal ace Mark Appel in the opener. He was dominant, earning his reputation by striking out 10 Longhorns in the Cardinal’s opening 7-2 win. Appel went seven innings and gave up only one run on three hits. The first two hitters in the Cardinal lineup, Jake Stewart and Tyler Gaffney combined for three hits each, scoring five of the seven runs between them. Stewart led the game off, rifling the second pitch he saw for a homerun. Cardinal cleanup hitter Brian Ragira also had three hits, driving in three runs. After Appel departed, Texas made things interesting by loading the bases in the eighth inning, down only 6-2, but David Schmidt came in and got a ground out to end the threat and then got three outs in the ninth to pick up the save.

The Cardinal got another well pitched game from Brett Mooneyham, who went eight innings and limited the anemic Longhorn bats to just three hits and one run in the 6-2 win. Jake Stewart again contributed three hits, but he was also helped by Kenny Diekroeger, who went 3 for 3 with two doubles and two runs batted in. Austin Wilson went deep with a solo shot for the Cardinal, one of his two hits in the game. It was Stanford’s first 6-0 start since 1998.

The Cardinal completed the sweep over the Longhorns with a 15-1 win in the final game, scoring 13 runs in the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie and put the game away. Stephen Piscotty was the big bat with his two hits driving in four runs. John Hochstatter, who pitched more than six innings of no hit relief last week, got the start and the win, going six plus innings and giving up just one run. For Texas it was their fifth straight loss after beating Duke in the first two games and knocked them down to number 20 in the polls. Stanford stayed at number two behind the Florida Gators.

Baylor 2 vs UCLA 1

UCLA was upset by Maryland last week in their opening series. After getting blown out in the opener the Bruins won the next two to salvage the series and stay in the top 25. Baylor dropped to number 25.

The series opened up like roses for Baylor as they began their season 6-0 with a 15-3 victory over UCLA, battering the Bruin pitching staff for 19 hits and drawing 10 walks. Leadoff hitter Nathan Orf had four hits as did Logan Vick. Three of the four hits by Vick were for doubles. Baylor put the game away with eight runs in the seventh inning to extend a 6-2 lead into 14-2.

UCLA got even with the Baylor Bears with a 9-3 win in game two, led by Beau Amaral, who went 3 for 5 in the victory. Jeff Gelalich also hit his third homerun of the season, a 2-run shot in the first inning to get the Bruins started. The Bruins scored five runs in the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie.

The rubber match was a tighter game, with UCLA overcoming a 6-4 deficit to score four in the eighth to escape with an 8-6 win and the series victory. Cody Regis had a critical 2-run double in the bottom of the eighth to give the Bruins a 7-6 lead. Pat Valaika finished the scoring with an RBI double, his third hit of the game and fourth RBI. Baylor got two long balls from Max Muncy to drive in three and a solo homerun from Logan Vick. Scott Griggs pitched the last inning to get the save, though he made things interesting with two walks to put the winning run at the plate.

Appalachain State 2 versus LSU 1

LSU shut out the Mountaineers in the series opener 4-0. Kevin Gausman limited the ASU bats to four hits in seven innings of work, striking out seven. The four runs would be the last bit of offense the Tigers would see. Ryan Arrowood threw seven innings of two hit shutout ball, striking out 10 and Nathan Hyatt completed the shutout going the last two innings in the ASU 1-0 victory in game two. Daniel Kassouf drove in the only run of the game with a solo shot in the fourth, his second homerun of the year. ASU then routed LSU 11-1 in the series clincher, Daniel Kassouf getting three hits and Tyler Zupcic driving in three runs. Rob Marcello pitched a shutout into the ninth before finally giving up his first run. David Port got the last two outs to finish the game. The last time LSU was held to as few as five runs in a series was in 2007, when they played Vanderbilt.

In other games, the Maryland Terrapins continued their stellar play, defeating East Carolina 2-1 to finish undefeated in the Keith LeClair Classic. The Terps 5-1 start is the best in 25 years.

Number 21 ranked Oregon State would have just as soon skipped their trip to San Diego after getting beaten by the San Diego State Aztecs 18-2 and the University of San Diego Torreos 13-2. They saved a bit of face with a 15-3 win over Kansas State in the San Diego State tournament.

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