TEAM OF THE DAY: Stanford
Stanford raised plenty of eyebrows last weekend when it swept Arizona State at home. Well, the Cardinal appears to be back where they were earlier this season. Stanford starting pitcher Mark Appel struck out 10 and allowed just a run on eight hits in seven innings of work, as the Cardinal cruised past UCLA, 7-2, in a crucial Pac-12 series opener. While Appel led the way on the mound, the Cardinal made easy work of UCLA starting pitcher Adam Plutko, scoring seven runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings off the right-handed hurler. Stephen Piscotty and Tyler Gaffney each had a home run in the contest.
PLAYER OF THE DAY: Chris Stratton, rhp, Mississippi State
Mississippi State earned a huge home series sweep over Tennessee last weekend with big-time MLB draft prospect, right-handed pitcher Chris Stratton, leading the way. Well, Stratton was back to his usual tricks on Friday night, putting together an excellent start in a thrilling win over rival Ole Miss. Stratton struck out seven batters and allowed just five hits in a complete game shutout of the Rebels. Also worth noting, Stratton threw 71 of his 104 pitches for strikes and now has an impressive 8-0 record.
UPSET OF THE DAY: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi over Sam Houston State
The Bearkats have put together quite a campaign for first-year head coach David Pierce, but what a rough contest they had on Friday, dropping a disappointing 5-2 bout to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, which by the way, entered the contest with a 15-24 overall record. A&M-CC starting pitcher Trevor Foss kept the Bearkats, for the most part, off balance through six innings, while relievers Tyler Schnuriger and Phillip Garcia rose to the occasion. For SHSU, starting pitcher Caleb Smith was lifted after allowing four runs in five innings.
Kendall Rogers is the college baseball managing editor for Perfect Game and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org