VCU 3, No. 5 Florida State 0

In Tallahassee, Fla., Sean Thompson, Matt Jamer and Sam Donko combined on a one-hitter with eight strikeouts, and freshman Paul Witt went 3 for 3 with two runs and an RBI out of the nine-hole in his collegiate debut as VCU silenced Florida State. Thompson struck out six and allowed the lone hit in five innings. Then Jamer and Donko, one of college baseball’s best relief duos in 2016, held the Seminoles hitless over the final four frames. Darian Carpenter drove in two for VCU.

Ole Miss 5, No. 9 East Carolina 4

In Oxford, Miss., Thomas Dillard had an RBI double to put Ole Miss ahead for good in the bottom of the fourth in edging ECU. Ryan Olenek had three hits and a run, while Will Golsan homered and scored twice for the Rebels (1-0). David Parkinson (1-0, 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, BB, 6 K) earned the win, while Will Stokes (2 IP, H, R, 3 K) notched the save. Dwanya Williams-Sutton and Spencer Brickhouse (2 for 4, 2 R) both went deep for the Pirates (0-1).

Wright State 6, No. 11 Clemson 4

In Clemson, S.C., JD Orr had an RBI single and scored in a three-run seventh as Wright State knocked off Clemson. The Raiders (1-0) trailed 3-2 before taking the lead for good in the seventh. Orr had three hits and three RBI, while Zach Weatherford had two hits, including a home run, and three runs for WSU. Orr was a homer short of the cycle. Logan Davidson went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI for the Tigers (0-1).

No. 1 TCU 6, Penn State 3

In Fort Worth, Texas, Jared Janczak faced the minimum through six innings and ended up allowing two hits and two earned runs and striking out six as TCU won its opener against Penn State. Cam Warner and Connor Wanhanen each drove in two, with Wanhanen’s two-run single making it 6-0 in the sixth. The Nittany Lions cut the deficit in half on RBI from Willie Burger, Jordan Bowersox and Conlin Hughes, but Sean Wymer worked out of the jam.

No. 2 Florida 5, William & Mary 4

In Gainesville, Fla., JJ Schwarz drove in three as Florida overcame a 4-1 deficit to squeak past William & Mary. Cullen Large and Brandon Raquet each had two hits and two RBI, including a homer from Raquet, as the Tribe knocked Alex Faedo around a bit in taking a 4-1 lead in the top of the fifth. Schwarz had a two-run single in the fifth and plated the tying run with a groundout in the seventh. Jonathan India then scored on a wild pitch for the Gators.

No. 4 South Carolina 7, UNC Greensboro 1

In Columbia, S.C., TJ Hopkins went 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBI as South Carolina scored four times in the fourth and coasted past UNC Greensboro. Clarke Schmidt surrendered three hits and one run in 6.2 innings, and Colie Bowers struck out four in 2.1 scoreless innings for the Gamecocks. Tripp Shelton had two hits for UNCG.

No. 6 Oregon State 1, Indiana 0

No. 6 Oregon State 6, Duke 3

In Surprise, Ariz., Luke Heimlich struck out 11 in 5.2 scoreless innings, and Christian Donahue drove in the game’s lone run as Oregon State slipped past Indiana. Steven Kwan had two hits and a run for the Beavers, who managed only four hits off Jonathan Stiever and Pauly Milto. Later Nick Madrigal went 3 for 4 with a homer and three RBI as OSU scored five times in the second inning against Duke. Jimmy Herron went 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI for the Blue Devils.

No. 8 Louisville 7, Alabama State 0

In Louisville, Ky., Brendan McKay went 2 for 3 with a homer and two RBI and turned in six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts as Louisville blanked Alabama State. Colby Fitch went 2 for 4 with a homer, two runs and two RBI, and Devin Hairston added two hits and a run for the Cardinals.

No. 12 Coastal Carolina 8, Richmond 5

In Conway, S.C., Kevin Woodall Jr. homered in the fifth to snap a 4-4 tie as defending national champion Coastal Carolina outscored Richmond. The Chanticleers (1-0) scored in four of the first five innings in building a 4-0 lead before the Spiders (0-1) plated four in the top of the fifth to level the score. Woodall’s blast sparked a four-run fifth for Coastal. Woodall ended with two hits and two runs, as did teammate Billy Cooke. Kyle Adams (2 for 5, R) had a three-run double in the fifth for UR.

No. 13 North Carolina 3, Kentucky 1

In Chapel Hill, N.C., J.B. Bukauskas fanned 10 in 6.0 innings as UNC edged UK. Bukauskas (1-0) allowed three hits and walked one. Josh Hiatt (1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 UE, 3 K) earned his first save. The Tar Heels (1-0) tallied single runs in three of the first four innings. Brandon Riley had three hits, while Zack Gahagan had two hits and two RBI. Zach Reks went 3 for 4 with one RBI for the Wildcats (0-1).

No. 15 NC State 4, Hawaii 0

In Honolulu, Sean Adler gave up four hits over five shutout innings as NC State blanked Hawaii. Adler (1-0) walked one and struck out one. The Wolfpack (1-0) scored twice in the second and twice in the eighth. Will Wilson went 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBI for NC State. Eric Ramirez and Adam Fogel both had two hits for the Rainbows (0-1).

No. 16 Arizona 6, Eastern Kentucky 0

In Tucson, Ariz., JC Cloney allowed one hit over seven innings as Arizona shut out EKU. Cloney (1-0) did not walk a hitter and struck out six as he extended his scoreless streak to 23 innings. Steve Romo gave up one hit and fanned four over the final two innings for the Wildcats (1-0). Mitchell Morimoto had two hits and two runs for Arizona. Daniel McFarland had a pair of doubles for the Colonels (0-1).

No. 17 Miami 3, Rutgers 0

In Coral Gables, Fla., Jesse Lepore fanned seven in six scoreless innings as Miami blanked Rutgers. Lepore (1-0) allowed two hits and did not walk a batter. Andrew Cabezas gave up one hit and one walk in two innings with two punchouts, while Frankie Bartow pitched a hitless ninth to record the save. Romy Gonzalez had a two-run homer in the second for the Hurricanes (1-0). Mike Carter, Milo Freeman and Luke Bowerbank each had a hit for the Scarlet Knights (0-1).

No. 18 Virginia 10, Liberty 2

In Charleston, S.C., Jake McCarthy went 3 for 4 with a homer, three runs and three RBI as Virginia downed Liberty. The Cavaliers (1-0) scored in four of the first five innings in building a 10-1 lead. Daniel Lynch (1-0, 6.1 IP, 4 H R, 2 BB, 6 K) earned the win. Sammy Taormina went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a run for the Flames (0-1).

No. 19 Texas A&M 15, Bowling Green 1

In College Station, Texas, Braden Shewmake had three hits and four RBI as Texas A&M thumped BGSU. Shewmake had an RBI single in the first, a two-run double in the sixth and a run-scoring single in the seventh. Joel Davis had two hits and three RBI, while Nick Choruby went 3 for 4 with three runs for the Aggies (1-0). Brigham Hill (1-0) scattered seven hits and walked two in six scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts in earning the victory. Randy Righter went 3 for 3 with a run for the Falcons (0-1).

McNeese State 18, Stony Brook 2

In Lake Charles, La., Nick Fisbeck had three hits and drove in seven as McNeese mauled SBU. Fisbeck had a three-run triple in the first, a three-run homer in the fourth and an RBI single in the fifth for the Cowboys (1-0). Cody Clarke had two hits for the Seawolves (0-1).

Rain washed out Air Force at No. 3 LSU, No. 7 Vanderbilt at San Diego, No. 14 UL Lafayette vs. Southeastern Louisiana and No. 20 Washington at Santa Clara.


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