Division I Weekend Review
SLU captures South Alabama Classic, its first since 1998
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• No. 3 Florida continued to cruise, sweeping Boston College in three games as the Gators (7-0) got off to their best start since 2002. Sophomore left-hander Brian Johnson shined in Thursday night’s contest, retiring the first 17 hitters of the game and combining for a two-hit shutout in a 4-0 win against the Eagles. Johnson entered the game with a stretch of 10 consecutive batters retired, and then added to it, establishing a school-record mark of 27 consecutive batters retired. Johnson has allowed just two hits in 12 scoreless innings this season, while striking out 11 batters. The Gators will face unbeaten Florida State on Tuesday night in Tampa in the first of four midweek meetings between the instate rivals.
• No. 9 Cal State Fullerton claimed a series victory at No. 2 TCU in Fort Worth, thanks to an RBI double by junior Nick Ramirez the lifted the Titans to a comeback 2-1 win in the series finale on Sunday. The series loss was the first for the Frogs since 2009. TCU sophomore ace Matt Purke did not pitch in the series due to a reported blister on his pitching hand.
• No. 4 Vanderbilt took the first two games of the series against No. 16 Stanford, keyed by Anthony Gomez’ RBI fielder’s choice in the bottom of the eighth inning in the second contest. The Cardinal finally stopped the Commodores’ seven-game winning streak with a 5-2 defeat of VU in the final game of the series.
• California enjoyed its travels last weekend, taking all three games at the Caravalle Resorts Tournament at BB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C. After shutting out No. 20 Coastal Carolina 20-0 and NC State 4-0 the Golden Bears completed the tournament with a convincing 8-1 win against Kansas State. Cal outscored foes 29-1 in the tournament.
• UC Irvine posted a 20-0 win against Grambling State in the final game of the MLB Urban Invitational on Sunday as the squad improved to 7-0 on the season. The Anteaters tied a school-record with 16 strikeouts. The last time UCI scored 20 runs was against Pepperdine in 2005.
• After losing two of three games to Stanford last weekend, the Rice Owls bounced back against another Pac-10 foe, Southern California, sweeping the Trojans at Reckling Park in Houston. Sophomore first baseman J.T. Chargois propelled the win with a two-out, two-RBI triple in the seventh inning of a 3-2 win.
• Southeastern Louisiana captured the 26th annual South Alabama Classic last weekend, defeating Alabama, UCF and South Alabama as the Lions stretched their winning streak to five games. It was the first time the Lions won the three-day tournament since 1998. They will look to keep their winning ways against at No. 15 LSU on Tuesday evening.
• Fresno State is off to its best start since 1995 after jumping out to a 6-0 record following a sweep of Pepperdine last weekend. The Bulldogs compiled a 1.83 ERA with 19 strikeouts during the weekend.