TEAM OF THE DAY: North Carolina
It's not every day a team utilizes the Johnny Wholestaff approach in the middle game of a series, but in a way, North Carolina did that on Saturday in a series-clinching 6-2 win over Virginia. Tar Heels starting pitcher Chris Munnelly was lifted from the game after walking four batters in two innings of work. Hobbs Johnson, Chris McCue, R.C. Orlan and Michael Morin then closed out the game, with Morin tossing 1 1/3 perfect innings with a strikeout. Also worth noting, UNC outfielders Chaz Frank and Shell McCain each finished the game with two hits.
PLAYER OF THE DAY: Trevor Williams, rhp, Arizona State
ASU junior right-handed pitcher Brady Rodgers pitched an absolute gem in the series opener against Southern California. Well, sophomore right-hander Trevor Williams also put together an outstanding performance. Williams struck out six batters and allowed just four hits in a complete game shutout and 4-0 win over USC to clinch a huge Pac-12 series win. With the win, Williams improved his outstanding record to 7-2. He also has a 1.41 ERA.
UPSET OF THE DAY: Memphis over East Carolina
Even with somewhat of an iffy postseason resume, the Pirates still have high hopes of somehow finding a way to host an NCAA Regional at the end of the season. Well, to do that, they must avoid dropping a series to Memphis. ECU starting pitcher Tyler Joyner allowed four runs on nine hits in five innings, as the Pirates dropped a tough 5-2 decision to Memphis. ECU's offense was stymied by Memphis starting pitcher Sam Moll, who allowed two runs on nine hits in 7 1/3 innings of work. It's an important series finale on Sunday for both teams.
Kendall Rogers is the college baseball managing editor for Perfect Game and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org