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With Tuesday's college baseball action in the books, here's our inside look back at the highlights and lowlights from around the country.
TEAM OF THE DAY: Louisville
The Cardinals took some heat for losing the series finale to Georgetown a few days ago, but boy, did they bounce back in a big way in midweek action with a dominant 12-0 road win over rival and highly-ranked Kentucky. Louisville starting pitcher Jared Ruxer was fantastic against the Wildcats, striking out six and allowing just three hits in six shutout innings. Meanwhile, Cole Sturgeon had three hits and pitched well, while a total of six Cardinals hitters finished the night with multi-hit performances.
PLAYER OF THE DAY: Damien Magnifico, rhp, Oklahoma
The Sooners were in serious need of an impressive midweek win after getting swept at Texas A&M over the weekend. Well, they got just what they needed on Tuesday, capturing an impressive 4-0 win over Arkansas. Interestingly, right-handed pitcher Damien Magnifico was tremendous against the Razorbacks, striking out four and allowing just three hits in 8 2/3 shutout innings. Amazingly, Magnifico hit 100 a total of 22 times on the radar gun, while he was consistently throwing 96-98 with his fastball in the eighth inning. Could this be the start that gets the Sooners going for good?
UPSET OF THE DAY: Texas-Arlington over Texas A&M
The Southland Conference has been pretty impressive so far this season, and UTA is one of those teams that has a chance to make the NCAA postseason with a very strong finish. The Mavericks put together an impressive performance on Tuesday, beating Texas A&M 3-2 on the road. UTA relievers Chase Weaver, Chad Nack and Adam Boydston threw well, while outfielder Preston Morrow led the way at the plate with three hits. Meanwhile, Texas A&M left 11 runners on base in the game. With the win, the Mavericks now have wins over the Aggies, Texas, TCU, Oklahoma and Baylor this season.
Florida (26-7): The true testament of a great team is finding a way when in adverse situations. Well, with their backs against the wall, the Gators went on the road and defeated rival Florida State, 6-3, to sweep the three-game season series. UF relievers Ryan Harris, Steven Rodriguez and Austin Maddox threw very well, while catcher Mike Zunino led the way at the plate with two hits and two RBIs.
Oklahoma (19-14): The Sooners desperately needed a big-time midweek win, and got just what they needed in a 4-0 triumph over Arkansas. We already talked about Damien Magnifico's big-time outing, but it's also worth noting that outfielder Max White had a big-time day at the plate, collecting a pair of doubles and two RBIs.
UCLA (22-7): Well, it's safe to say the Bruins responded well from their tough home series loss to Oregon over the weekend. UCLA freshman left-handed pitcher Grant Watson allowed just two runs on four hits in six innings of work, as the Bruins defeated Cal State Fullerton 4-2 tonight. Beau Amaral and Tyler Heineman led the offense with two hits each.
Rice (24-11): The Owls certainly got off to a rough start against Texas State, but fought back in impressive fashion to beat the Bobcats, 6-5. Rice relievers Taylor Wall, Tyler Duffey and J.T. Chargois pitched exceptionally well, while outfielder Jeremy Rathjen had a big day at the plate, collecting a triple and going 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Leadoff hitter Ford Stainback also had a nice day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
Stetson (22-10): The Hatters, at least lately, are making sure you don't forget about them this season. They collected a nice midweek win over South Florida on Tuesday, taking a 6-4 decision. Stetson relievers Tucker Donahue, Joe Dye and Cameron Griffin performed well, while Mitchel Brennan and James Rasmussen each had two hits in the game. Stetson still is a veteran team with a lot of potential.
Appalachian State (24-7): As a mid-major, your margin for error and losses is pretty small. That's why the Mountaineers should've avoided a tough 6-3 road loss to Gardner-Webb. GW starting pitcher Andrew Barnett did a nice job against the Mountaineers, striking out eight and allowing just three runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings of work. Meanwhile, Mountaineers reliever Tyler Moore had a tough night, allowing four runs and recording just one out in his performance.
Duke (13-21): The Blue Devils just can't seem to get anything going this season. Starting pitcher Nick Piscotty allowed just a run on four hits in five innings of work, but the Blue Devils still managed to drop a 4-3 decision to UNC Greensboro. The Blue Devils recorded just five hits against UNCG pitching.
Portland (19-8): The Pilots were one of the 10 next teams in our latest NCAA postseason projections, but a 10-0 midweek loss to Washington State certainly won't help their case. Portland starting pitcher Matt McAllister had a tough night on the bump, allowing four runs on seven hits in just three innings. Meanwhile, the bullpen outside of Colin Feldtman didn't fare much better.
Alabama (13-20): The Crimson Tide took what seemed to be a big step forward over the weekend by sweeping rival Auburn. However, they took a giant step back on Tuesday with a 9-1 loss to UAB. Alabama starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull put together a solid start, while the Tide bullpen struggled in a big way.
St. John's (18-14): The season is still far from over, but right now, the Johnnies appear to be one of the season's biggest disappointments. Johnnies starting pitcher Eddie Medina allowed four runs on nine hits in five innings of work, as St. John's dropped a 9-6 decision to Columbia. Meanwhile, the bullpen didn't fare much better in the losing cause.
PG TOP 50 ROUNDUP
#5 Florida 6, #1 Florida State 1
#23 Louisville 12, #2 Kentucky 0
Texas-Arlington 3, #3 Texas A&M 2
Alcorn State 2, #4 LSU 7
Pacific, #7 Stanford, ppd. rain
#8 Arkansas 0, #41 Oklahoma 4
#11 Cal State Fullerton 2, #10 UCLA 4
The Citadel 0, #12 South Carolina 8
Louisiana-Monroe 5, #13 Baylor 7
#34 Texas State 5, #14 Rice 6
Florida A&M 4, #16 UCF 16
San Francisco 1, #18 Oregon 4
Central Arkansas 1,0 -- #19 Mississippi 2,4
#22 Arizona State 3, New Mexico 1
#24 East Carolina 3, Elon 2
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2, #25 Texas 9
#26 Oregon State 10, Nevada 7
#27 Appalachian State 3, Gardner-Webb 6
#28 Cal Poly 5, UC Santa Barbara 6
Mercer 4, #29 Georgia Tech 6
Samford 5, #30 Auburn 7
#32 Clemson 12, Furman 5
South Alabama 0, #33 Mississippi State 2
Loyola Marymount 8, #36 Southern California 5
#39 California, Santa Clara (ppd. rain)
Gonzaga 8, #40 Washington 5
James Madison 1, #42 Liberty 5
South Florida 4, #43 Stetson 6
#44 Pepperdine 8, UC Riverside 7
#49 Coastal Carolina 4, UNC Wilmington 5
Washington State 10, #50 Portland 0
Kendall Rogers is the college baseball managing editor for Perfect Game and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org