Kentucky 6, No. 16 Texas A&M 0

In College Station, Texas, Sean Hjelle hurled a four-hit shutout as UK blanked TAMU on Friday evening to begin their SEC series. Hjelle (3-1) walked one and struck out nine. Pompey homered in the first, while Tyler Marshall went 2 for 2 with a double and three RBI for the Wildcats (1-0, 13-6). Nick Choruby, Braden Shewmake, Hunter Coleman and Cam Blake each had one hit for the Aggies (0-1, 14-5). (photo of Hjelle by Thomas Campbell)

No. 13 Virginia 2, No. 9 Clemson 0

In Clemson, S.C., Daniel Lynch allowed four hits in 7.2 scoreless innings as Virginia shut out Clemson to kick off their ACC series. Lynch (4-1) walked two and struck out four. Tommy Doyle fanned two of the three hitters he faced in the ninth for his fourth save. Pavin Smith (2 for 3) homered in the seventh to snap the scoreless tie and scored an insurance run in the ninth for the Cavaliers (2-2, 15-3). Seth Beer went 1 for 3 with a walk for the Tigers (3-1, 14-4).

No. 1 Louisville 6, Boston College 0

In Louisville, Ky., Brendan McKay fanned 12 in seven innings as Louisville blanked BC to take the ACC series opener. McKay (4-0) allowed five hits and walked one. Sam Bordner tossed two hitless innings with two punchouts to preserve the shutout. Colby Fitch had an RBI double to cap a two-run fifth and smacked a two-run double to spark a three-run seventh for the Cardinals (4-0, 17-0). Mitch Brigras went 2 for 3 for the Eagles (1-3, 6-9).

No 2 Oregon State 10, Arizona State 1

In Phoenix, Ariz., Bryce Fehmel surrendered four hits and one run in eight innings as OSU clinched a Pac-12 series win over ASU. Fehmel (3-1) walked one and struck out two. Nick Madrigal went 3 for 4 with a double and four runs, Trenor Larnach drove in three, and Christian Donahue went 2 for 5 with two doubles, three runs and two RBI for the Beavers (2-0, 16-1). Andrew Shaps was 1 for 4 with a run for the Sun Devils (0-2, 9-9).

No. 3 Florida State 9, Virginia Tech 2

In Blacksburg, Va., Quincy Nieporte had two hits, including a homer, and five RBI as FSU took the ACC series lid-lifter from Virginia Tech. Nieporte had an RBI single in a four-run sixth and launched a grand slam in the seventh. Cal Raleigh went 2 for 2 with a homer, two walks and three runs for the Seminoles (3-1, 14-5). Sam Fragale went 2 for 3 with a triple and a run for the Hokies (1-3, 11-9).

No. 4 TCU 3, Kansas 1

In Fort Worth, Texas, TCU scored single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth to get by Kansas in the Big 12 series opener. Cam Warmer (2 for 4) singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Josh Watson (2 for 3) in the sixth for the Horned Frogs (1-0, 13-4) to level the score at 1-1. Ryan Merrill had a leadoff homer in the seventh to put TCU ahead. and his RBI groundout an inning later gave the home team an insurance run. Sean Wymer (1-0, 2.1 IP, H, 2 K) recorded the victory, while Durbin Feltman (1.0 IP, H, BB, K) coaxed a game-ending double play to register his fourth save. Rudy Karre had two hits for the Jayhawks (0-1, 8-9).

Auburn 14, No. 5 Florida 3

In Auburn, Ala., Jonah Todd had a two-run double to highlight an eight-run fifth as Auburn overwhelmed Florida to kick off their SEC series. Will Holland (2 for 4, 2 R) homered and drove in four for the Tigers (1-0, 15-5). Keegan Thompson (4-0, 6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) took the win. Christian Hicks drove in two, while Jonathan India went deep for the Gators (0-1, 13-6).

No. 6 LSU 22, Georgia 9

In Baton Rouge, La., Antoine Duplantis set a school record with six hits and also knocked in seven as LSU thumped Georgia to begin their SEC set. Kramer Robertson was 5 for 5 and tied a program mark with three doubles for the Tigers (1-0, 14-5). LSU scored multiple runs in six of its eight at-bats, including seven in the sixth. Will Campbell had a three-run homer in the first and drove in four for the Bulldogs (0-1,

No.8 South Carolina 7, Tennessee 1

In Knoxville, Tenn., Jacob Olson had a three-run homer to break a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning, and Adam Hill tossed six solid innings as South Carolina opened SEC play with a win over Tennessee. Reed Scott tossed the final three innings, allowing one hit and striking out three for his second save for the Gamecocks (1-0, 12-5). Chris Cullen went 3 for 5 with a solo homer for South Carolina. Hunter Martin (3-2) allowed six hits and two earned runs with seven strikeouts for the Volunteers (0-1, 12-3).

No. 10 North Carolina 6, Georgia Tech 5

In Atlanta, J.B. Bukauskas fanned a career-best 14 as UNC nipped Tech in the ACC series lid-lifter. Bukauskas (3-0) allowed three hits and two walks in 7.0 innings with four runs, of which two were earned. Josh Hiatt (2.0 IP, 2 H, R, BB, 4 K) notched his sixth save. Logan Warmouth (2 for 5), Kyle Datres (3 for 5, 2 R) and Tyler Lynn all homered for the Tar Heels (3-1, 14-4). Trevor Craport (2 for 4, 2B, 2 R) and Joey Bart went deep for the Yellow Jackets (1-3, 11-5).

No. 11 Texas Tech 2, Texas 1

In Austin, Texas, Michael Berglund’s double plated Hunter Hargrove in the seventh inning as Texas Tech broke a 1-1 tie and went on to beat Texas to open Big 12 play. Davis Martin tossed 6.1 innings with two hits, one run, four walks and six strikeouts for the Red Raiders (1-0, 15-4). Parker Mushinski followed with four strikeouts in 2.1 innings, and John McMillon got the final out for his third save as the Red Raiders limited the Longhorns (0-1, 13-7) to two hits and struck out 11. Nolan Kingham (2-2) allowed seven hits and two earned runs in seven strong innings for Texas.

No. 12 Cal State Fullerton 2, New Mexico 1

In Fullerton, Calif., Connor Seabold fanned eight in seven innings as Fullerton edged UNM. Seabold (2-3) allowed four hits, two walks and one run. Blake Workman worked a scoreless eighth with two walks and two strikeouts, while Brett Conine pitched a hitless ninth with one punchout for his third save. Taylor Bryant (1 for 2, 2 R) had a leadoff double and came home on a sacrifice fly by Chris Hudgins in the bottom of the seventh for the Titans (12-5) to provide the game-winning run. Luis Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with a double, a triple and a run for the Lobos (11-6).

West Virginia 7, No. 14 Baylor 1

In Waco, Texas, BJ Myers turned in eight innings with five hits and six strikeouts, and Jackson Cramer went 2 for 2 with two runs and two RBI as West Virginia upended Baylor in Big 12 play. Austin Cole added three hits and an RBI, and Ivan Gonzalez contributed two RBI for the Mountaineers (1-0, 9-7). Steven McLean had two hits to lead the Bears (0-1, 15-3).

Mercer 10, No. 17 East Carolina 7

In Greenville, N.C., JT Thomas had a two-run homer in the ninth to snap a 7-7 deadlock as Mercer outscored ECU. Thomas went 4 for 4 with two homers and six RBI for the Bears (15-4). Danny Edgeworth and Hunter Bening (2 for 5) both knocked in a pair for Mercer. Robert Broom (2-1, 1.2 IP, H, BB, 2 K) earned the victory. Spender Brickhouse (3 for 5) had a two-run homer in the fifth for the Pirates (13-5).

No. 18 St. John’s 4, Iona 3

In Norfolk, Va., Sean Mooney allowed three hits and a run in eight innings as St. John’s edged Iona at Virginia Wesleyan College. Mooney (1-0) walked one and fanned six. Joe LaSorsa recorded the final two outs to record his first save. Jesse Berardi went 4 for 5 with a run and two RBI for the Red Storm (13-2). Matt Flannery and Sean Scales both went 1 for 4 with one RBI for the Gaels (4-7).

No. 19 UL Lafayette 3, Appalachian State 0

In Lafayette, La., Gunner Leger and Wyatt Marks combined on a four-hit shutout as ULL edged ASU to kick off their Sun Belt series. Leger (4-1) allowed two hits and three walks in seven frames with 10 strikeouts to earn the victory. Marks fanned four over the final two innings with two hits and a walk for his second save. Ishmael Edwards (2 for 4) had a solo homer in the first and Steven Sensley (2 for 4) added a two-run shot in the sixth for the Ragin’ Cajuns (1-0, 10-5). Matt Vernon went 2 for 3 with a walk for the Mountaineers (0-1, 8-10).

No. 7 Arizona 0, UCLA 0 (suspended top 2 due to weather, will resume on Saturday at 1 pm)

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