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San Diego’s Jefferis Flashes Power, UCLA Climbs to No. 1

 

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San Diego’s Jefferis Flashes Power, UCLA Climbs to No. 1

La Crosse, Wis. – The opening weekend of Division I conference baseball generated a major shakeup in the D1Baseball Top 25 rankings, highlighted by UCLA’s rise to No. 1 after taking two-out-three from the defending champions Oregon State Beavers. Additionally, Texas A&M won an invaluable SEC matchup against No. 1 Vanderbilt fueled by 7.0 shutout innings from former Loggers right-hander Christian Roa in the rubber match, improving the Aggies to No. 13 in the nation.

Cody Jefferis continued his production at the top of the San Diego lineup over the weekend, going 5-for-13 in the Toreros’ conference series against Pepperdine. Jefferis demonstrated his power from the leadoff spot in game one on Friday as he blasted his first home run of the season in a 5-1 victory. The left-handed swinging utility man recorded a double in each of the Toreros’ three games over the weekend, raising his batting average to .346 with 18 RBI in 20 games played this season. Freshman teammate Jake Miller remained untouchable out of the USD bullpen, picking up his second three-inning save of the season on Friday and extending his scoreless innings streak to 21.2 while racking up 20 strikeouts and limiting opponents to a .101 batting average.

California catcher Cole Elvis went 3-for-7 and reached base five times in two starts for the Bears last week, including a decisive three-run home run in the series finale against USC. Elvis knocked in five RBI in his two appearances, sharing time behind the plate with former Loggers catcher Korey Lee.

St. Joseph’s sophomore Matt Kennedy earned his first victory of the season in a midweek start against Bucknell on Tuesday, tossing 6.2 scoreless innings of three-hit baseball in the Hawks’ 3-2 victory.

Penn State left-hander Tyler Shingledecker was impressive in relief last week, collecting eight strikeouts while allowing just two runs over 6.1 innings of work. The Nittany Lions improved to 13-3 on the season with a midweek win over Pittsburgh and weekend sweep of UMass Lowell.

Gabriel Levy (Davidson) picked up a two-out save on Saturday, lowering his season ERA to 1.72, while Jon Meyerring (Miami Ohio) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings on Sunday in the Redhawks series finale against St. Bonaventure.

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