A pair of top-five college baseball teams will enter their conference tournaments next week without much momentum. No. 2 LSU and No. 4 UNC were both upset on Saturday. LSU fell 11-9 to No. 18 Ole Miss and UNC lost 8-7 in 11 innings to No. 7 Virginia.
LSU led 7-2 in the third inning before promptly relinquishing the lead to Ole Miss. Austin Anderson hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning to cut the lead to 7-5. The Tigers stretched the lead back to 9-5 in the sixth, but then gave everything back in the seventh. Kevin Berry came on in relief and gave up three runs on four hits with a strikeout in just 0.2 innings of work to earn the loss. After a pair of home runs from Will Allen and Preston Overbey, the Rebels led for good at 10-9.
The game between UNC and Virginia was even wilder. Virginia led 4-1 in the eighth inning, but UNC mounted a fast comeback late. The Tar Heels scored two runs in the eighth on a walk with the bases loaded, followed by a Cody Stubbs grounder into a fielder's choice off of freshman reliever Josh Sborz. In the ninth, Colin Moran (4-for-5 on the day) lined a single off Sborz to score the tying run and send the game to extra innings.
The Cavaliers scored four runs in the 11th inning to put the game out of reach. Freshman John LaPrise hit a triple to score Nick Howard and Nate Irving, and notched his first career extra-base hit in the process. The Tar Heels responded with two runs with one out in the bottom of the inning. Skye Bolt hit a shot to the top of the back wall that was caught for the second out. Mike Papi scored on the play, but Michael Massardo was forced out at first. The double play ended the game and secured a 2-1 series victory for Virginia.
Top 20 scores
No. 1 Vanderbilt defeated unranked Alabama, 14-10, to clinch an SEC regular season title
No. 2 LSU lost 11-9 to No. 18 Ole Miss
No. 3 Oregon State cruised over No. 6 Oregon, 9-0
No. 4 UNC lost to No. 7 Virginia in 11 innings, 8-7, but UNC is still the No. 1 seed in the 2013 ACC Tournament.
No. 5 Cal State Fullerton defeated No. 24 UC Irvine, 3-2
No. 8 Florida State defeated No. 18 Clemson, 6-1
No. 9 NC State defeated unranked Duke, 9-1
No. 10 Louisville defeated No. 23 Pittsburgh, 7-4
No. 11 UCLA eked out a win over unranked USC, 7-6
No. 12 South Carolina fell 7-2 to No. 17 Mississippi State
No. 13 Arkansas fell to unranked Auburn, 11-6
No. 14 Arizona State beat unranked Arizona, 6-3
No. 15 Indiana clinched a regular season Big Ten title with an 8-1 win over unranked Ohio State
No. 16 Oklahoma State lost 5-4 to unranked West Virginia
No. 20 Rice shut out unranked Marshall, 6-0