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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Saturday roundup: Wild in Kentucky

Kendall Rogers        

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Team of the day


Say what you want about the Wildcats, but they're off to a fantastic start in SEC play. UK won its second-straight conference series on Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader from the Bulldogs. UK sophomore outfielder Austin Cousino hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Wildcats a 3-2 win. UK senior left-handed pitcher Jerad Grundy put together a fantastic start, striking out 10, walking none and allowing just two runs on six hits in eight innings of work.

Upset of the day

Rutgers takes series from Louisville

The Scarlet Knights split a doubleheader with the Cardinals. But most importantly, they took the series with a 7-3 win in the series finale. RU starting pitcher Charlie Law struck out three, walked two and allowed just two runs (one earned) on six hits in eight innings of work. Also, outfielder Steve Zavala led the way at the plate with three hits and three RBIs.

Player of the day

Ryan Kellogg, LHP, Arizona State

The Canadian freshman left-handed pitcher has already had an impressive campaign so far this spring, but he took his game to another level on Saturday with a no-hitter in a 4-0 win over Oregon State. Kellogg threw the first no-hitter since 1993, and the program's first no-hitter in Pac-12 play. Kellogg struck out three batters in the complete game shutout over the Beavers.

Teams feeling good

Indiana: The Hoosiers are off to just a terrific start this season despite spending the last month on the road. IU finished off its series sweep of Penn State with a pair of impressive victories, outscoring the Nittany Lions 13-3 in the doubleheader. In the first game, IU starting pitcher Kyle Hart struck out seven in eight scoreless frames, while in the second game of the day, the Hoosiers cruised to an 11-3 triumph.

Arkansas: The Hogs might've struggled last weekend against Ole Miss, but really stepped up this weekend, taking the road series from South Carolina with Saturday's 4-2 triumph. Hogs right-handed pitcher Ryne Stanek pitched like a potential top five pick this summer, striking out seven, walking one and allowing just two runs, none earned, on three hits in a complete game performance. Offensively, Jacob Mahan, Dom Ficociello and Brian Anderson each had two hits.

Virginia: The Cavaliers continue to play an impressive brand of baseball. Freshman left-handed pitcher Brandon Waddell struck out six and allowed just two runs on 5 2/3 innings, while reliever Austin Young tossed 3 1/3 shutout frames in an 8-2 win over N.C. State to start the day, before Josh Sborz and Kyle Crockett teamed up out of the pen in Game 2 with four shutout frames to capture a series win with a 4-3 triumph.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs are doing the opposite of their basketball team right now, as they're red-hot following a series-clinching 8-1 win over San Diego. Gonzaga starting pitcher Tyler Olson struck out six and allowed a run on eight hits in seven innings of work. Offensively outfielder Cory Lebrun went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

LSU: The Tigers have gotten an impressive campaign from junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Eades this season, and he had another solid showing in a 5-1 win over Auburn. Eades struck out four, walked two and allowed just a run on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. Shortstop Alex Bregman had three hits in the game, while first baseman Mason Katz added two hits and two RBIs.

Oregon: Ducks left-handed pitcher Tommy Thorpe didn't have his best stuff against Arizona, but still gritted out a good performance in a 5-1 win over Arizona. Thorpe struck out three, walked four and allowed a run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. Meanwhile, first baseman Ryon Healy had the hit of the game with a three-run home run to left field on a 76 mph changeup from Arizona reliever Mathew Troupe.

Houston: The Cougars continue to play at an extremely high level, and captured a Conference USA series win over East Carolina with a 4-3 triumph. UH right-handed pitcher Austin Pruitt pitched well in the contest, striking out 13, walking one and allowing just three runs on eight hits in eight innings.

West Virginia: Randy Mazey's Mountaineers captured their first Big 12 series win on Saturday, taking the series finale against Texas Tech in a 3-1 triumph. WVU starting pitcher John Means put together a solid start, striking out four, walking one and allowing just a run on three hits in 8 1/3 innings.

Miami (Fla.): The Hurricanes finally have put together a solid weekend on the diamond. UM captured an ACC series win over Virginia Tech with a 2-0 triumph. Miami starting pitcher Ryan Radziewski had a huge day on the mound, striking out 16, walking one and allowing just two hits in a complete game shutout.

Teams wanting a do-over

Tulane: Green Wave starting pitcher Alex Byo allowed 10 runs in 3 1/3 innings of work in a 16-0 loss to Memphis, but here's the kicker, only five of those runs were earned. Overall, only six of Memphis' 16 runs in the contest were earned, as a result of the Green Wave having a rough four errors in the game.

Central Arkansas: Bears starting pitcher Jeffrey Enloe put together a respectable start against the Golden Eagles, allowing three runs on nine hits in six innings, but the Bears dropped a 3-2 decision to ORU to lose the series. UCA was unable to do much against ORU starting pitcher Drew Bowen, who struck out six and allowed just a run on six hits in six innings.

Georgia: The Bulldogs wouldn't mind having a season do-over at this point. They dropped to 0-5 in the SEC with a 6-3 home loss to Alabama. Georgia starting pitcher Patrick Boling walked four batters and allowed five runs, two earned, on five hits in 5 1/3 innings of work. Meanwhile, Alabama starting pitcher Jon Keller put together a solid performance against the Bulldogs.

TCU: Horned Frogs sophomore left-handed pitcher Brandon Finnegan struck out six, walked three and allowed just three runs (one earned) on six hits in eight innings, but his club dropped a 3-1 decision to Oklahoma to lose the series. TCU is now 9-13 overall, 1-14 in the Big 12.

Top performers

Colton Simbeck, OF, Memphis: The talented outfielder had an afternoon to remember against Tulane, going 3-for-4 with two homers, three runs scored and five RBIs in a 16-0 victory.

Jordan Stephens, RHP, Rice: The sophomore righty put together a fantastic start in a 3-0 win over Southern Mississippi to even the series at 1-1. Stephens, who can get up to 90-91 with his fastball, struck out seven, walked one and allowed just four hits in seven shutout frames for the Owls.

Kurt Yinger, RHP, Portland: The sophomore right-handed pitcher has put together quite the impressive campaign for the Pilots. He has struck out four, walked one and allowed a run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings of work in a win over San Francisco.

Brennan Leitao, RHP, Sacramento State: The right-handed pitcher had a solid performance in a win over Cal State Bakersfield. Leitao struck out two and allowed just nine hits in seven shutout innings of work in the victory.

Trevor Megill, RHP, Loyola Marymount: The sophomore right-handed pitcher is having another good campaign, and had another good start in a 6-1 win over St. Mary's. Megill struck out three and allowed just one run (not earned) on three hits in seven innings.

Tyler Rocklein, OF, Florida Atlantic: Rocklein put together a fantastic performance as the Owls captured a 10-5 win over Arkansas State. Rocklein went 3-for-5 with a triple, home run, three runs scored and two RBIs in the victory.

Hunter Dozier, SS, Stephen F. Austin: Dozier was fantastic Saturday afternoon in a dominant 16-8 win over Nicholls State. He went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs in the win. He also induced a pair of walks.

Jonathan Dziedzic, LHP, Lamar: The left-handed pitcher has had a great campaign so far this season, and he put together a great start in a 1-0 win over McNeese State. Despite earning a no decision, he struck out 12, walked one and allowed just three hits in 10 shutout innings. He threw 121 pitches in the game.

C.K. Irby, UTI, Samford: Irby might be known as a pitcher this season because of his potential, but he put together an outstanding offensive performance in a 16-6 win over Furman. Irby went 4-for-5 with a double, four runs scored and three RBIs.

Eric Aguilera, OF, Illinois State: The Redbirds picked up an 18-3 win over Eastern Illinois to close out a doubleheader with Aguilera leading the way at the plate. He went 6-for-6 with a run scored and four RBIs.

Michael Bishop, OF, Jacksonville State: Bishop sure had an afternoon to remember in a 19-9 win over Austin Peay. He went 5-for-7 with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBIs.

Devin Moore, RHP, Indiana State: There's a lot of talk about Sycamores left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea, and for good reason, but also keep an eye on right-hander Devin Moore, who twirled a gem against Southern Illinois. He struck out three, walked one and allowed just two hits in a complete game shutout.

Eli Anderson, RHP, Northern Illinois: The Huskies captured an impressive win over Kent State with Anderson leading the charge. He struck out eight, walked three and allowed just five hits in eight shutout innings.

Kurt Sowa, RHP, Rider: Rider picked up a nice win over NJIT with Sowa leading the charge. The tall and lanky right-handed pitcher struck out nine, walked two and allowed just two hits in seven shutout innings.

Tanner Chleborad, RHP, Washington State: The Cougars captured a rather easy win over Brown with the talented righty leading the charge. He struck out nine, walked two and allowed just two hits in seven shutout frames.

Brian McAfee, RHP, Cornell: McAfee put together a solid start for the Big Red on Saturday, striking out seven, walking one and allowing just three hits in six shutout frames in a 4-0 victory.

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