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UALR takes twin bill from Coastal Carolina, UCLA edges East Carolina

Michael Toglia had his second 5-RBI performance in a week on Friday night (photo: Don Liebig)

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (16-19) swept No. 25 Coastal Carolina (23-12-1) in a doubleheader yesterday, defeating the Chants 8-5 in the first game and routing the visitors 14-0 behind a solid pitching performance from sophomore right-hander Hayden Arnold in the nightcap.

Hayden, who allowed only three hits in seven innings, improved to 3-0 on the season.

The Trojans, who began the season losing seven of their first eight contests and ten of their first twelve, have won nine of their last ten games, including three straight against nationally-ranked teams.

Junior first baseman Michael Toglia drove in five runs with a home run in the sixth and a double in the eighth — his second five-RBI performance in the past week — as top-ranked UCLA (25-6) rallied from a 5-2 deficit to defeat eighth-ranked East Carolina (25-8) by a score of 7-5 last night in front of a crowd of 1,211 at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles.

The two teams will meet again later today in a doubleheader.

Garrett Stallings (6-2) threw his first career complete game as Tennessee (26-10) shut out second-ranked Georgia 3-0 in Knoxville. It was the NCAA-leading eighth shutout of the season for the Volunteers, who improved to 6-8 in the Southeastern Conference while Georgia (28-8) dropped to 9-5 in the conference.

Fiery right-hander Alec Marsh allowed only three hits in running his record to 8-1 as No. 13 Arizona State (27-5) defeated fourth-ranked Oregon State 4-1 at Phoenix Municipal Stadium last night.

With the victory, the Wildcats improved to 10-3 in the Pac-12 Conference while the defending national champion Beavers fell to 23-8-1 overall and 9-4 in the Pac-12.

Fifth-ranked Stanford (22-5) cruised past Washington 8-2 to take the opener of their three-game series. The Cardinal improved to 8-2 in the Pac-12 with the win while the Huskies fell to 4-8 in conference action.

Redshirt junior Ethan Small (4-0) hurled a career-high fifteen strikeouts in six innings of work as sixth-ranked Mississippi State (29-6) blanked visiting Alabama 6-0 in Starkville.

Seventh-ranked Vanderbilt (26-8) edged No. 12 Arkansas 3-2 at Hawkins Field in Nashville. Vandy starter Drake Fellows (7-0) allowed only one run on seven hits while striking out nine in the contest as the Commodores improved to 8-5 in the SEC while the Razorbacks (25-9) dropped to 8-5 in conference play.

No. 9 LSU (24-11), which has never lost in Columbia, defeated host Missouri 12-11 in ten innings last night while tenth-ranked Texas A&M (26-9-1) blanked Auburn 4-0 on a seven-hit gem by left-handed junior John Doxakis.

Darcy G. Richardson is a historian and the author of more than a dozen books. His latest is Loyola's Improbable Ramblers: 55 Years in the Making, available now on Amazon.

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