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.
Kendall Rogers is the college baseball managing editor for Perfect Game and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org