No. 1 TCU 9, No. 3 LSU 6

In Houston, Austin Wade homered and drove in three, and Luken Baker went 2 for 4 with a homer, two runs and two RBI as TCU topped LSU Friday evening at the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park. The Tigers (8-2) jumped on Brian Howard (2-1) for four runs in the first, the big hit being a two-run single from Jake Slaughter. But the Horned Frogs (8-1) answered with power: Wade ripped a three-run homer to right, and three batters later, Baker hit his fourth homer to left for a 6-4 lead off LSU ace Alex Lange (2-1). Howard settled in and finished with five innings, eight hits and six strikeouts before turning it over to Charles King, who closed the final four innings, allowing two hits and two unearned runs in the ninth. Evan Skoug went 4 for 5 with a run and an RBI for TCU, which added single runs in the fifth, sixth and ninth innings. Greg Deichmann had two hits, a run and two RBI, and Cole Freeman went 3 for 4 with a run for LSU.

Baylor 4, No. 12 Ole Miss 0

Also at the College Classic at Minute Maid Park, Nick Lewis allowed two hits, walked four and struck out nine as Baylor improved to 10-0 for the first time since 1984 by beating Ole Miss. Lewis (3-0) started fast with five strikeouts in the first 11 batters and didn’t allow a runner to reach third. Kyle Hill had two strikeouts in closing out the Rebels (7-2) for his second save. Richard Cunningham had two hits and two runs for the Bears. Andy Pagnozzi relieved starter David Parkinson (2-0, 4 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) and tossed four innings with one hit and one run for Ole Miss.

No. 7 South Carolina 2, No. 18 Clemson 0

In Clemson, S.C., Clarke Schmidt and relievers Josh Reagan and Tyler Johnson combined on a shutout, and South Carolina scored two runs on a dropped fly ball to take the first game of their weekend series Friday evening. Schmidt (2-0) allowed four hits and struck out five but walked seven. He was aided by three 6-3 double plays started by shortstop Madison Stokes. Reagan and Johnson (second save) allowed one hit the rest of the way – centerfielder TJ Hopkins ended the game in style with a diving catch in left-center – as the Gamecocks (7-3) won despite totaling three hits. Charlie Barnes allowed three hits and struck out seven in 7.1 innings for the Tigers (6-3).

No. 19 Stanford 3, Texas 2

In Stanford, Calif., Quinn Brodey delivered a game-winning RBI single with two away in the bottom of the ninth as Stanford evened its series with Texas. Alec Wilson had a leadoff double in the ninth for the Cardinal (7-3), but was thrown out at third on an attempted sacrifice bunt by Matt Winaker. Duke Kinamon walked to move Winaker to second. Following a lineout to short, Brodey’s base hit to center brought home Winaker with the game-winner. Travis Jones had an RBI single to cap a two-run first for the Longhorns (7-4) before Stanford answered with single runs in the sixth and seventh. Colton Hock (2-0) retired the final six hitters to earn the win in relief of Andrew Summerville (7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, BB, 9 K).

No. 17 Texas A&M 9, No. 15 Texas Tech 0

In Houston, Brigham Hill hurled seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts as Texas A&M blanked Texas Tech on Day 1 of the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Hill (3-0) allowed three hits and walked two. Logan Foster went 4 for 5 with two doubles, a homer, three runs and two RBI to lead the offense for the Aggies (9-1). Braden Shewmake also went deep for TAMU. Ryan Long doubled for the Red Raiders (9-2).

No. 2 Florida 7, Columbia 0

In Gainesville, Fla., Alex Faedo allowed two hits and struck out nine in seven scoreless innings as Florida followed a Wednesday loss by blanking Columbia. Keenan Bell had two hits and two RBI, and Mike Rivera went 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI for the Gators (8-2), who scored all of their runs in the first four innings. The Lions totaled three hits in their season opener.

No. 4 Florida State 18, Oakland 10

In Tallahassee, Fla., Jackson Lueck went 3 for 4 with two runs and four RBI, and Quincy Nieporte hit his second grand slam of the year as Florida State scored eight times in the seventh to break away from Oakland. The Grizzlies (1-8) built a 7-0 lead entering the bottom of the fourth before the Seminoles (7-2) piled up 18 runs over the next five innings. Nick Derr and Dylan Busby added two RBI, Cal Raleigh scored three times and Hank Truluck had a pinch-hit homer for FSU. Ryan Fitzgerald led Oakland with two hits and three runs, and Zach Sterry went 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBI. Miles Zilinsky had three hits and a run, and Tyler Pagano added two hits and two RBI for the Grizzlies.

No. 6 Louisville 13, Eastern Michigan 0

In Louisville, Ky., Nick Bennett, Sam Bordner and Shay Smiddy combined on a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts as Louisville stayed unbeaten at 9-0. Logan Taylor went 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBI, and Collin Lyman added two hits and two RBI to pace a 16-hit attack for the Cardinals. Jeremy Stidham had the lone hit for EMU (2-9).

Long Beach State 5, No. 8 North Carolina 2

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Ramsey Romano had two hits, including an RBI single that plated a second run on a wild throw in a three-run ninth, as Long Beach State rallied to beat North Carolina. Darren McCaughan tossed seven innings with five hits, two earned runs and four strikeouts, and Josh Advocate (1-0) finished with two perfect innings for the Dirtbags (5-4). J.B. Bukauskas was sharp again for the Tar Heels (8-2), allowing six hits and one earned run and striking out nine in seven innings.

No. 9 Virginia 5, Niagara 3

In Charlottesville, Va., Pavin Smith had two hits and two runs, and Charlie Cody contributed two RBI as Virginia slipped past Niagara. Daniel Lynch overcame a rough start – three runs in the first two innings – to toss six innings with four hits and six strikeouts, and Tommy Doyle picked up his second save for the Cavaliers (9-0). Greg Cullen went 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI to lead the Purple Eagles (4-5).

No. 10 Arizona 3, Arkansas 0

In Frisco, Texas, JC Cloney was splendid, tossing 7.2 scoreless innings with three hits and seven strikeouts, as Arizona improved to 9-0 by beating Arkansas at the Frisco Classic at Dr. Pepper Ballpark. Cloney (3-0) hasn’t allowed an earned run this season and stretched that streak to 38 innings dating to last season. Cameron Ming came on to get the final four outs (two by strikeout) for his second save. JJ Matijevic and Jared Oliva each delivered RBI doubles for the Wildcats, who largely were held in check by Blaine Knight (6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 10 K). The Razorbacks fell to 8-2.

Houston 7, No. 11 Cal State Fullerton 4

In Houston, Seth Romero worked eight innings with three earned runs and 10 strikeouts as Houston opened its series with Cal State Fullerton with a win. Landon Etzel had two hits and a run, and Jared Triolo homered as the Cougars (7-2) made the most of seven hits. Chris Hudgins had two hits and a run for the Titans (4-4).

Cal State Northridge 6, No. 13 Vanderbilt 4

In Nashville, Tenn., Albee Weiss went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBI as CSUN took the opener of its series at Vandy. Andrew Weston (2-1, 6.0 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K) recorded the victory, while Conner O’Neil (2.2 IP, H, R, 3 BB, 2 K) registered his second save for the Matadors (5-4). Julian Infante had three hits, while Will Toffey had a two-run homer in the first for the Commodores (6-4), who stranded 12.

Rhode Island 5, No. 14 NC State 2

In Raleigh, N.C., Mike Corin homered and drove in four as URI knocked off NC State. Corin had an RBI double and scored in the second before belting a three-run homer with two away in the sixth. Tyler Wilson (1-1, 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, BB, 2 K) earned the win, while Vitaly Jangois (3.0 IP, H, 2 K) notched his second save for the Rams (4-4). Josh McLain (3 for 4, R, RBI) doubled and homered for the Wolfpack (5-4).

No. 16 Coastal Carolina 7, San Francisco 5

In Conway, S.C., Alex Cunningham set a program record with 14 strikeouts as Coastal scored three in the eighth to rally past USF in the Tidelands Health Classic. Cunningham allowed six hits and four runs in 6.2 innings. Kevin Woodall, Jr. and Seth Lancaster (2 for 4) delivered RBI doubles in the eighth for the Chanticleers (6-5). Dalton Ewing (2 for 4, 2 RBI), Peyton Isaacson (2 RBI) and Jordan Gore all homered for Coastal. Nico Giarrantano (2 for 5) and Dominic Miroglio (2 for 4, 2 R) both went deep for the Dons (7-4), while Brady Bate added two hits and two RBI for USF.

No. 20 UL Lafayette 3, Southern Miss 1

In Lafayette, La., Gunner Leger fanned eight in 6.0 innings as ULL edged Southern Miss. Leger (2-1) allowed four hits and a run with no walks. Wyatt Marks struck out four over the next two innings with one hit and one walk before Dylan Moore fanned three in the ninth for his third save. After the Golden Eagles (7-2) plated a run in the top of the second, Steven Sensley homered in the bottom of the frame to tie it at 1-1. Kennon Fontenot added an RBI triple later in the inning to put the Ragin’ Cajuns (5-3) ahead for good. Daniel Keating had two hits and a run for Southern Miss.

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