TEAM OF THE DAY: Rice
The Owls hope to join the serious national seed discussions next week, and helped their case in making that happen on Tuesday with an impressive 5-4 comeback win over in-state foe Texas A&M. Owls starting pitcher Jordan Stephens struggled immensely with his command, allowing four runs in the first inning. However, right-handed reliever John Simms, who dominated the Aggies last season in a midweek affair, did so again on this night, striking out eight and allowing just three hits in six shutout frames. Meanwhile, closer J.T. Chargois closed out the game in impressive fashion. Though his fastball lacked command, his curveball had some serious bite. Chargois struck out All-American outfielder Tyler Naquin to end the contest.
PLAYER OF THE DAY: Ryan West, rhp, College of Charleston
The Cougars have squandered some important opportunities for wins this season, so when they hit the road to face South Carolina on Tuesday night, they desperately needed a good start from senior right-handed pitcher Ryan West. West delivered in a big way in a 4-3 triumph over South Carolina. The righty struck out seven batters and allowed just one run on three hits in six innings of work. Meanwhile, the Charleston bullpen was able to hold the Gamecocks off in the latter innings, but not without some drama. Tuesday's win over the Gamecocks definitely is one that helps the Cougars' postseason resume.
UPSET OF THE DAY: Campbell over N.C. State
N.C. State is one of those teams that seems to go into lulls at times. That trend continued on Tuesday in a disappointing 8-6 loss to Campbell. N.C. State starting pitcher Dillon Frye allowed a run in two innings of work, while relievers Danny Healey and Ryan Wilkins struggled. Campbell scored eight runs on 11 hits, and could've done a lot more damage had it not left 10 runners on base throughout the contest.
Kendall Rogers is the college baseball managing editor for Perfect Game and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org