TEAM OF THE DAY: Texas A&M
The Aggies appeared to be in some serious trouble last weekend when they were swept by Baylor in a key Big 12 series. Well, they’ve responded in a huge way so far this weekend, capturing a series victory over heated rival Texas with a 12-4 domination on the road Saturday afternoon. A&M starting pitcher Ross Stripling struck out four and allowed just three runs on nine hits in eight innings of work. Meanwhile, third baseman Blake Allemand had two hits and three RBIs, while two-hole hitter Scott Arthur went 3-for-6 with two runs and two RBIs.
PLAYER OF THE DAY: Marco Gonzales, lhp, Gonzaga
It's absolutely incredible, but a testament to Loyola Marymount's pitching staff, especially freshman starting pitcher Trevor Megill, that Gonzales got a no decision on Saturday. The talented left-handed pitcher struck out 15 batters and allowed just five hits in 11 scoreless innings of work. Gonzales threw 139 pitches in the game, 99 of them for strikes. Meanwhile, Megill put together an impressive start, too, striking out eight and allowing just four hits in seven shutout frames.
UPSET OF THE DAY: Memphis over Central Florida
There's no reason for a huge alarm just yet, but the Knights must avoid a hiccup in the series finale against Memphis. UCF won the series opener before dropping a 6-5 decision on Game 2 on Saturday. UCF starting pitcher Chris Matulis allowed just three runs in 6 2/3 innings of work, while the Tigers scored five runs the final three innings to capture a surprising victory. Memphis outfielder Derrick Thomas led the way at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Kendall Rogers is the college baseball managing editor for Perfect Game and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org