No. 4 North Carolina 5, No. 5 Clemson 1

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Michael Busch delivered a pinch-hit three-run double to key a five-run seventh inning, and J.B. Bukauskas improved to 8-0 as North Carolina topped Clemson in the opener of their ACC series. Bukauskas limited the Tigers (16-6, 34-9) to five hits and a run and struck out seven for the Tar Heels (17-5, 34-9). The seventh inning started innocently enough as the first two UNC batters struck out, but two singles and two walks tied the game at 1 and left the bases loaded for Busch, who cleared the bases with a shot to right-center. Brian Miller followed with an RBI single to expand the lead. Chris Williams hit a solo homer, and Jordan Greene had two hits to lead the Clemson attack.

Oregon 2, Arizona State 0

In Eugene, Ore., David Peterson tossed a four-hit shutout with 20 strikeouts as Oregon blanked ASU to open their Pac-12 series and end its five-game losing streak. Peterson (9-2) walked one and struck out the side in the first, fifth and ninth. Peterson tied a program record for strikeouts in a game and matched the single-game leader in Division I this season, J.P. Sears of The Citadel. Gabe Matthews went 2 for 4 with one run for the Ducks (7-9, 24-13). Taylor Lane had two hits, including a triple, for the Sun Devils (5-11, 18-21).

No. 1 Oregon State 3, USC 1

In Corvallis, Ore., Luke Heimlich allowed a second-inning single and little else as Oregon State slipped past USC in the Pac-12. Heimlich (6-1) struck out seven and walked one in his eight-inning gem. Jake Mulholland and Drew Rasmussen, making his first appearance in 2017 after coming back from an arm injury, split the ninth with Rasmussen getting a standing ovation as he took the mound for what would be his first career save. The Beavers (17-2, 33-3) scored twice in the second when Steven Kwan’s bunt single produced a wild throw that allowed Christian Donahue and Nick Madrigal to score. Brandon Perez had the lone hit for the Trojans (5-11, 18-21).

No. 3 TCU 4, No. 6 Texas Tech 1

In Lubbock, Texas, Nick Lodolo tossed eight splendid innings, and battery-mate Evan Skoug had three hits and two runs as TCU topped Texas Tech in the Big 12. Lodolo (5-1) yielded four hits with four strikeouts and pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning by getting a double play for the Frogs (12-4, 31-9). Hunter Hargrove drove in the only run for the Red Raiders (9-7, 34-12).

No. 9 Mississippi State 5, No. 7 Auburn 2

In Starkville, Miss., Ryan Gridley went 3 for 4 with two runs and an RBI, and Konnor Pilkington allowed two runs (one earned) in seven strong innings as Mississippi State knocked off Auburn. After the Tigers (12-7, 30-14) scored on a throwing error to cut their deficit to 3-2 in the fifth, Cody Brown had an RBI double in the sixth, and Gridley added an RBI single in the seventh as the Bulldogs (14-5, 30-14) pulled away. Jonah Todd led Auburn with two hits and two runs.

No. 2 Louisville 5, Toledo 4

In Louisville, Ky., Josh Stowers went 2 for 3 with two homers and four RBI as Louisville rallied to edge Toledo. After Dalton Bollinger hit a three-run homer off Brendan McKay (6-3) to give the Rockets (14-28) a 4-1 lead in the top of the seventh, Stowers answered with a three-run shot of his own in the bottom of the frame. In the bottom of the eighth, Drew Ellis (2 for 3) plated Devin Hairston with a sacrifice fly for the game-winning run. McKay struck out 12 and allowed three hits and four earned runs, and Sam Bordner earned his second save for the Cardinals (36-6).

No. 8 Kentucky 19, South Carolina 1

In Columbia, S.C., Luke Becker homered twice and drove in five as UK thumped South Carolina to begin their SEC series. Tristan Pompey (4 for 5, 2 R) also homered and knocked in four for the Wildcats (13-6, 30-13). Sean Jhelle (7-2) tossed six scoreless innings with three hits, one walk and six strikeouts to earn the victory. Ross Grosvenor had an RBI double for the Gamecocks (9-10, 24-16).

No. 10 Florida 6, Georgia 4

In Athens, Ga., Christian Hicks went 3 for 4 with two RBI, and Florida took advantage of five walks – including two with the bases loaded – in rallying for three runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat Georgia. Blake Reese added two RBI for the Gators (11-8, 28-13). The Bulldogs had taken a 4-3 lead with four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Tucker Bradley went 3 for 5 with a run and an RBI, and Will Proctor added two hits, a run and an RBI for the Bulldogs (5-14, 17-26).

Florida State 6, No. 11 Virginia 4

In Tallahassee, Fla., Drew Mendoza and Dylan Busby each homered and drove in two, and Jackson Lueck also homered as Florida State slipped past Virginia in the ACC. The combination of Clayton Kwiatkowski, Chase Haney (2-2), Alec Byrd and Drew Carlton (4th save) combined to allow three hits over 4.2 scoreless relief innings for the Seminoles (11-10, 27-16). Nate Eikhoff went 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Cavaliers (12-10, 33-11), who led 4-2 at the halfway point.

Stanford 4, No. 12 Arizona 3

In Stanford, Calif., Matt Winaker scored on an error in the seventh to snap a 3-3 tie as Stanford clinched a Pac-12 series victory over Arizona. Winaker went 3 for 4 with a homer, two runs and two RBI, while Dan Bakst went deep in the sixth to tie the game at 3-3 for the Cardinal (10-7, 26-12). Tyler Thorne (3-1, 3.0 IP, 3 K) registered the win, while Colton Hock (1.0 IP, H, BB, K) earned his 11th save. Louis Boyd went 1 for 3 with one RBI for the Wildcats (9-11, 27-14).

No. 13 Long Beach State 14, UC Davis 9

In Davis, Calif., Daniel Jackson homered and drove in five as LBSU won its Big West series opener at UC Davis. Jackson had a two-run single in the second and a three-run homer in the ninth. The Dirtbags (11-2, 26-14) built a 5-0 lead in the third before the Aggies (5-8, 12-21) took an 8-6 lead after five. LBSU tied it with two in the seventh before UC Davis reclaimed the lead with one in the seventh. The Dirtbags went ahead for good with two in the eighth and added four in the ninth. Connor Riley (2-1, 1.0 IP, 2 H, R) picked up the win, while Chris Rivera tossed two perfect innings with two strikeouts to earn his sixth save. Ryan Hooper had a three-run homer in the third for the Aggies.

Ole Miss 4-4, No. 14 Arkansas 1-7

In Fayetteville, Ark., Ryan Rolison allowed four hits and one earned run in six innings, and Nick Fortes had two hits and two RBI as Ole Miss won the first game of its doubleheader with Arkansas before the Razorbacks salvaged the third game of their SEC series with the Rebels. Grant Koch homered in Game 1 for the lone run for the Razorbacks (13-8, 34-12). In the second game, Koch went deep again in a 2-for-3, 3-RBI game, and Chad Spanberger went 2 for 3 with a solo homer and two runs for Arkansas. Tate Blackman and Thomas Dillard homered for the Rebels (11-10, 27-17).

No. 16 Cal State Fullerton 5, UC Irvine 3

In Fullerton, Calif., Taylor Bryant had an RBI single in the seventh to break a 3-3 deadlock as Fullerton edged UCI in Big West play for its 14th straight home win. Dillon Persinger and Chris Hudgins both drove in two for the Titans (7-3, 25-14). Connor Seabold (6-4, 7.1 IP, 12 H, 3 R, BB, 4 K) earned the victory, while Brett Conine (1.2 IP, 2 K) picked up his ninth save. Mikey Duarte went 1 for 5 with a double and two RBI for the Anteaters (2-8, 15-24).

No. 17 St. John’s 9, Seton Hall 2

In Queens, N.Y., Josh Shaw had two doubles and five RBI, and Sean Mooney allowed a run on five hits in seven innings as St. John’s rolled past Seton Hall in the Big East. Shaw had a three-run double in the first inning and added a two-run double in the third. Michael Donadio contributed two hits and two RBI or the Red Storm (5-2, 30-6). Mike Caputo had two hits and an RBI for the Pirates (5-5, 22-17).

Rutgers 12, No. 20 Michigan 5

In Piscataway, N.J., Carmen Sclafani had two homers and four RBI, and Chris Folinusz delivered a three-run double as Rutgers used a six-run sixth inning to down Michigan in the Big Ten. Jawuan contributed two RBI, and Christian Campbell (2 for 4, 2 R) and Kevin Walsh (3 for 4, 2 R, RBI) also had big days for the Scarlet Knights (5-5, 16-23). Harrison Wenson went 2 for 3 with a homer, two runs and two RBI to lead the Wolverines (7-6, 31-10).

Air Force 10, Nevada 7

In USAF Academy, Colo., Tyler Jones belted a grand slam to cap a five-run ninth as Air Force rallied past Nevada in Mountain West play for its fifth straight victory. Jones went 2 for 3 with two runs and five RBI, while Russell Williams went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBI for the Falcons (9-13, 21-20). Kaleb Foster had two doubles and two RBI for the Wolf Pack (9-13, 13-28).

North Dakota State 3, South Dakota State 0

In Brookings, S.D., Luke Lind hurled a one-hit shutout with a career-best 11 strikeouts as NDSU edged SDSU to start their Summit League series. Lind (4-4) retired the first 14 hitters before a single by Philip Jacobson in the fifth for the lone hit by the Jackrabbits (9-10, 16-20). Logan Busch went 1 for 4 with a double and a run for the Bison (11-8, 20-20).

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