2017 MLB Draft - "Friday Starters" - Brandan McKay, Alex Faedo, Corbin Martin, Wil Crowe, Alex Lange, Zac Lowther, Kyle Nelson
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Gocards - McKay surrendered only an infield single with eight strikeouts and four walks in eight scoreless innings on Friday night to improve to 7-3 on the season and 28-10 in his collegiate career. This week's outing marked the second time in four starts the junior lefthander has allowed just one hit in eight shutout innings after achieving the feat in a victory at Georgia Tech on April 13. Through 11 starts and 75.0 innings pitched this season, McKay has a 1.92 ERA and 103 strikeouts while opposing batters are hitting just .160 overall.
Floridagators - The Friday night pitching matchup between two of the Southeastern Conference's top aces -- James McArthur of Ole Miss and Florida's Alex Faedo -- lived up to its billing until the fourth inning of the Gators' 11-2 win. McArthur, a 6-foot-7 right-hander and reigning SEC Pitcher of the Week, retired the first 10 Gators he faced but ran into a mess in the fourth as the Gators broke a scoreless tie with seven runs in the inning, highlighted by Ryan Larson's grand slam. The breakout inning was ample support for Faedo, who tossed six shutout innings. Faedo struck out nine, walked three and gave up three hits to improve to 7-1, tying Jackson Kowar for the team lead in victories.
12thman - Head Coach Rob Childress On Corbin Martin's pitching tonight… "He was much better as he got going. Early in the game, I didn't do him any favors as far as managing how we were pitching to guys. I'll take full blame for that, but he did a nice job keeping it together. We gave up a two-out run in the second, a two-out run in the seventh and off they went. We gave them a free one there in the ninth with three free base runners but all-in-all, I thought he managed things quite well. It could've gotten away from him early."
NCAA - Gamecock right-hander Wil Crowe allowed just two runs on five hits in 4.1 innings with three walks in his 12th start of the season for the Gamecocks.
NCAA A three-run second inning and 4.2 scoreless innings of relief by Josh Reagan and Tyler Johnson highlighted a 3-2 win for 25th ranked South Carolina over 11th ranked LSU on Friday night at Alex Box Stadium. The Gamecocks improve to 27-17 and 11-11 in the SEC with LSU now 30-16 and 13-9 in league play. Reagan earned the win in relief with three scoreless innings of working allowing one hit and one walk while striking out two batters. He is now 5-1 on the year. Johnson pitched 1.2 scoreless innings of work to earn his eighth save of the year. LSU starting pitcher Alex Lange went the distance for LSU allowing three runs on five hits in nine innings with two walks and five strikeouts. He is now 5-5 on the year.
Goxavier - Despite 11 strikeouts and a dominant start by Zac Lowther, Xavier baseball fell in a 1-0 game with the Indiana Hoosiers on Friday. The game-deciding run came on a third inning solo shot for IU. Lowther was incredible again, striking out eleven batters in six one-run frames, but it was not enough for the Musketeers. Xavier put runners on first and second in the eighth, but the rally ended on a strikeout following a pitching change.
USCB - UC Santa Barbara freshman second baseman Armani Smith and junior left-hander Kyle Nelson each turned in standout performances to lead UC Santa Barbara past UC Davis 6-3 in Friday's Big West series opener at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium, giving head coach Andrew Checketts his milestone 200th career win. Nelson led the way for UCSB (20-22, 6-7 Big West) on the mound with a 118-pitch complete game, the first of his career. The southpaw held the Aggies (13-24, 5-11) off the board for eight of their nine at-bats, striking out six while allowing just a pair of earned runs.