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UCLA dominates UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara wins 10th straight

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Junior right-hander Felix Rubi held UC Irvine to just three hits in five innings to pick up his first collegiate victory as top-ranked UCLA (42-8) stifled the Anteaters 7-0 in Irvine on Tuesday night.

With last night’s victory, the Bruins finished the season with a perfect 11-0 record in midweek contests for the first time since the 2012 season.

In the loss, UC Irvine (31-16) was shut out for only the second time this season. The only other time the Anteaters were blanked this year occurred earlier this month in a tough 1-0 loss at Iowa.

Living up to their reputation as “midweek magicians,” the second-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores (42-10) won their eleventh straight midweek contest with a 5-2 victory over Middle Tennessee (18-34) at Hawkins Field in Nashville.

Junior first baseman Andrew Daschbach broke a school record by hitting four homeruns while driving in five runs last night as No. 3 Stanford (38-9) routed Cal Poly 7-1 before a home crowd of 887 at Sunken Diamond in Stanford.

Daschbach, who now has 15 home runs on the season, sent it out of the park in each of his four plate appearances.

Cal Poly (24-26) was 1-9 against Pac-12 teams this season, its only win coming in a 9-6 victory over USC in late April.



Fifth-ranked Mississippi State (43-10) defeated Louisiana Tech 7-3 last night before a crowd of 7,989 in Starkville to complete a perfect 15-0 midweek nonconference schedule. With 43 wins — the second most in program history — the Bulldogs are now just four victories shy of the school’s all-time record of 46 wins in 1989.

Stellar mound performances from senior right-handers Keyton Gibson and relief pitcher Micah Carpenter (1-1) was all the Yellow Jackets needed as sixth-ranked Georgia Tech (36-15) stung visiting Mercer (28-24) by a score of 7-1 last night at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Mercer, which only had four hits in the game, was held scoreless for 7 1/3 innings before finally getting on the board.

Senior Brady Lloyd’s suicide squeeze bunt in the bottom of the ninth lifted eighth-ranked East Carolina (40-12) past upset-minded Campbell 4-3 in Greenville. The victory assured the Pirates of a 40-win season for the fifteenth time in program history.

The scrappy Camels, who have lost two heartbreakers in a row after allowing six runs in the bottom of the eighth while losing 10-9 to Winthrop on Sunday, dropped to 29-19 on the season.

Ninth-ranked Louisville (41-12) scored the game-winning run on a chopper to first base in the twelfth inning to defeat No. 25 Indiana (33-19) 8-7 in Bloomington Tuesday night.

The Cardinals will host Florida State in their ACC season finale this weekend while the Hoosiers will conclude their Big Ten schedule with a three-game series at home against Rutgers.



In other games involving nationally-ranked teams last night, third baseman George Mendazona hit a game-winning three-run double in the bottom of the seventh as No. 11 Oregon State (34-15-1) came from behind to beat pesky Portland (24-26) 4-3 in Corvallis.

Four starters had multiple hits as Baylor (33-13), the 12th-ranked team in the country, bombed UT-Arlington 12-2 in a seven inning, run-rule game at Baylor Ballpark last night. Shortstop Nick Loftin and catcher Shea Langeliers each had three hits for the Bears while driving in a combined seven runs.

Relying on the long ball, including two deep drives by senior Thomas Rowan — his eleventh and twelfth home runs of the season — fourteenth-ranked UC Santa Barbara (41-7) defeated visiting Pepperdine (23-23) by a margin of 9-4 for its tenth straight victory.

Feisty Arkansas State (26-26) overcame a 5-0 deficit in the bottom of the eighth to rally past fifteenth-ranked Ole Miss 6-5 last night at Tomlinson Stadium in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

With the loss — their fourth in a row — the slumping Rebels fell to 32-21.



Nineteenth-ranked LSU (32-21) outlasted New Orleans (28-25) 7-5 in its final nonconference game of the season. The Tigers, who had dropped five of their last six games heading into last night’s contest, host Auburn in their SEC series finale this weekend.

No. 20 North Carolina (37-15) returned to winning form after losing two out of three against Pitt over the weekend with a 7-0 rout of visiting High Point (22-23) before a crowd of 1,683 in Chapel Hill on Tuesday evening.

Starter Connor Ollio (3-1) picked up the victory for the Tar Heels as eight UNC pitchers limited High Point to a single base hit in the contest.

The Tar Heels, who improved to 30-4 at home, host rival North Carolina State in a three-game series this weekend.

West Virginia (32-18) defeated rival Pitt 9-4 in the first “Backyard Brawl” ever played at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The 21st-ranked Mountaineers banged out thirteen hits in the contest while claiming their sixth straight victory against the Panthers.

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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