Baseball Weekend Review
Florida, TCU sweep instate series; Murphy's streak ends at 41
• Nebraska claimed a series victory against No. 6 UCLA in dramatic fashion as sophomore second baseman Bryan Peters blasted his first career home run for a 5-4 walk-off win against the Bruins on Sunday. Peters also recorded the game-winning single in Saturday’s 12-inning, 2-1 victory. It is the first time since 2003 that Nebraska has notched back-to-back walk-off wins and the Huskers’ first wins against a top-five opponent since ’06. In Saturday’s contest, UCLA starter Trevor Bauer struck out 17 batters in 10 innings, scattering four hits and allowing just one run in the no-decision.
• TCU sophomore left-hander Matt Purke returned to the mound on Sunday with a spectacular performance as he sparked the Horned Frogs to an 8-1 win to sweep Texas Tech. Purke tossed 4.2 innings before yielding a hit, and struck out six and walked one in six innings. It was the Frogs’ first sweep of the season.
• Top-ranked Florida registered its second sweep of Miami in series history, and first since 2006, as the Gators capped the weekend with a 5-3 win against the Hurricanes on Sunday. The Gators have won nine of the past 10 meetings against the Hurricanes, including six consecutive. At 10-1, Florida is off to its best start since 2003. The weekend was highlighted by a one-hit, 1-0 victory on Saturday as the Gators handed Miami its first shutout in the series since 2004.
• No. 3 Oklahoma continued to roll, extending its season-opening winning streak to 14 games with five road wins last week. It is the Sooners’ best start since 1985. The Sooners went 4-0 at the USD Tournament, including a 6-2 win against No. 24 California. Third baseman Garrett Buechele registered multi-RBI games in each contest during the weekend. He leads the Big 12 with 23 RBI and 28 hits.
• After falling to the defending NCAA champions on Friday, Clemson rallied for a 10-5 victory against South Carolina as the Tigers handed the Gamecocks their first defeat of the 2011 season. The two teams will make up a Saturday’s rainout on Wednesday at Flour Field in Greenville, S.C.
• Baylor’s Max Muncy belted a walk-off grand slam as the Bears downed No. 17 Rice in 10 innings on Sunday to conclude the Houston College Classic. Muncy’s walk-off homer was the first by a Baylor player since 2007.
• Florida International junior right-hander Kyle Fitzpatrick will be sending his hat to the College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, Texas, after tossing a no-hitter as the Panthers defeated Northeastern 4-0 in a midweek tussle. Fitzpatrick’s no-hitter was the fifth in FIU history, but the first nine-inning no-no since the Panthers became a Division I program in 1983.
• No. 1 Georgia College stretched its winning streak to 12 while claiming its first Peach Belt Conference victory as the Bobcats downed No. 11 North Georgia 4-2 on Sunday. The series, which was delayed by inclement weather, will continue with a doubleheader at noon ET Monday.
• After being swept by the No. 3 UNC Pembroke in each of the past three seasons, Lander posted a doubleheader victory against the Braves in a rain-shortened PBC series this weekend. It was the first time UNCP has lost consecutive games this season.
• Cal State L.A. took a commanding lead in the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings, improving to 10-2 in league play with a four-game sweep of Cal State Easy Bay. After playing their first 20 games at home, the Golden Eagles will head to Sonoma State for a CCAA series next weekend.
• No. 10 Franklin Pierce is 7-0 after sweeping C.W. Post in non-conference action, extending the Ravens’ program record for the longest winning streak to open a season. FPU has outscored foes 60-10 in its first seven games.
• Tarleton State is off to the best start in program history with a 14-2 mark following a sweep of East Central last weekend. The Texans are riding a 10-game winning streak into Tuesday’s matchup against St. Mary’s (Texas).
• Wesley’s Kevin Murphy had his 41-game hitting streak snapped in the first game of a doubleheader with York (Pa.) on Saturday. He is still the Wolverines’ all-time leader in hits, and is batting .442 as the squad hits the road for its spring break trip.
• No. 25 Christopher Newport improved to 15-1 with a doubleheader sweep of Methodist on Saturday as the Captains stretched their winning streak to 14 games. Senior Sean Chitsaz struck out a career-high 10 batters and allowed just three hits in eight innings to lead the Captains to a 1-0 win in the first game of the twinbill. He retired 11 consecutive batters at one point.
• No. 1 Heidelberg University opened 2011 in convincing fashion, exploding for 20 hits in a 14-0 win against the College of Mount St. Joseph at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. Ten different players notched at least one hit each for the ’Berg.