March 10, 2008

Rankings are from CBI Composite Poll

No. 14 Missouri 9-6, Indiana State 8-2

Around the Bases
Holle handcuffs No. 3 Ole Miss, TCU wins series

Stanford tops No. 9 Texas; No. 2 Arizona gets third straight shutout


In Fort Worth, Texas, Greg Holle (1-0) allowed one run in 6.2 innings with five strikeouts as TCU captured the rubber game of its series with Ole Miss 2-1 on Sunday. Eric Marshall struck out two in 2.1 hitless innings to earn his first save. Bryan Holaday’s RBI single in the first gave the Horned Frogs (7-5) the early lead. Hunt Woodruff had a two-out run-scoring base hit in the sixth to give TCU a 2-0 edge. Cody Overbeck’s sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh put the Rebels (10-3) on the board.


Stanford 12, No. 9 Texas 9

In Austin, Texas, Sean Ratliff went 4 for 5 with a double, a triple, two homers and five RBI as Stanford won the rubber game of the series at No. 9 Texas 12-9 Sunday afternoon. The game was called after eight innings due to Stanford’s travel plans. The Cardinal (8-4) scored five in the first to take control. The Longhorns (9-4) loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth before Alex Pracher came in to induce a school-record sixth double play for Stanford. It was the first career save for Pracher.


No. 2 Arizona 15, Notre Dame 0

In Corpus Christi, Texas, Ryan Perry pitched seven scoreless innings with no walks and seven strikeouts as Arizona blanked Notre Dame, its third consecutive shutout at the Whataburger College Classic. C.J. Ziegler went 3 for 5 for the Wildcats (10-1) with a double, a triple, his eighth home run and three RBI. Dillon Baird had four hits and two runs. The Fighting Irish fell to 5-6.


No. 1 Arizona State 17, Massachusetts 9

In Tempe, Ariz., Jason Kipnis had three hits, three RBI and two runs as Arizona State outscored Massachusetts. Ryan Sontag had three hits and three runs for the Sun Devils (12-0). ASU scored six in the fifth to take an 8-1 lead over the Minutemen (0-3).


No. 4 North Carolina 9, Duke 0
In Durham, N.C., North Carolina (2-1, 10-2) took the rubber game of their series against Duke (1-2, 12-2). Designated hitter Mark Fleury went 3 for 5 with three RBI and his first home run of the season. Tim Fedroff also had three hits, including his fourth homer of the season for the Heels. Rob Catapano, Colin Bates, Nate Striz and Ryan Leach combined on the shutout of the Blue Devils. They allowed nine hits while striking out 11. Matt Williams had three hits for Duke.

No. 5 South Carolina 10, Duquesne 2
In Columbia, S.C., the Gamecocks (8-2) completed a sweep of Duquesne (0-10). South Carolina starter Blake Cooper was dominant en route to his second victory of the season. The sophomore allowed just three hits and no runs, while striking out six in six innings. Right fielder Harley Lail hit a three-run homer for South Carolina and Kyle Enders went 3 for 4 with three RBI and two runs.

No. 6 Rice 7, Creighton 6

In Houston, Jared Gayhart had the game-winning hit in the bottom of the eighth and struck out the side in the top of the ninth as Rice edged Creighton on the final day of the Rice Invitational. The Bluejays (7-4) led 6-5 after six before the Owls (8-5) rallied for two in the bottom of the eighth. Jimmy Comerta’s double tied it at 6-6 and Gayhart’s two-base hit brought Comerta home to give Rice a 7-6 advantage. Gayhart (2-0) got a line-drive double play to end the top of the eighth and fanned the three he faced in the ninth to earn the victory.


No. 7 Miami (Fla.) 7, Boston College 1
In Coral Gables, Fla., Miami (3-0, 9-1) completed a sweep of Boston College (0-3, 6-7) in their first ACC series of the year. The Hurricanes pounded out 14 hits. Miami's middle infielders, second baseman Jemile Weeks and shortstop Ryan Jackson, combined to go 5 for 8 and drive in four. Adan Severino, and Dave DiNatale also had two hits apiece. Chris Hernandez (2-0) allowed just one run on four hits in seven innings.

No. 8 Vanderbilt 9, Illinois-Chicago 3
In Nashville, Tenn., Vanderbilt (8-3) concluded a wild series Illinois-Chicago (3-6) with a win. Thursday and Friday night games were decided in the ninth and the Saturday game was canceled because of snow. Ryan Flaherty was 3 for 4 for the Commodores and drove in three runs. Andrew Giobbi was also 3 for 4 with two doubles and one RBI.

No. 10 Long Beach State 8, Hawaii 4

In Honolulu, Jason Corder had a two-run single as part of a five-run seventh inning as Long Beach State rallied to beat Hawaii for its seventh straight win. Corder and Chris Nelson, who added a RBI single in the seventh, each had three RBI for the Dirtbags (9-2). David Roberts tossed 2.2 innings to post his first win. Vinnie Catricala had three hits and two RBI for the Rainbows (5-9).


Saint Mary's 4, No. 11 UCLA 2

In Los Angeles, Scott Schneider and Jimmy Munill combined to shut down UCLA as Saint Mary's salvaged the third game of its series with the Bruins. Schneider (3-0) allowed one earned run in six innings, and Munill allowed a hit and struck out three in three innings for the Gaels (8-3). Kenny Fuglerud and Cory Miller each had two hits and a run for Saint Mary's. Brandon Crawford went 2 for 3 with a RBI for the Bruins (7-4).


No. 12 Florida State 9, Maryland 8
In Tallahassee, Fla., Stuart Tapley hit a walk-off, bases-loaded single to keep preserve FSU's (3-0, 12-0) perfect record and complete a sweep of Maryland (0-3, 5-7).  Tapley was 2 for 5 with two RBI. Buster Posey and Ohmed Danesh each had three hits and a pair of RBI for the ‘Noles. Chad Durakis led the way for Maryland, going 3 for 5 with three RBI and a pair of runs. A.J. Casario and Jensen Pupa, who was also the starting pitcher, each added a pair of RBI for the Terps.

NC State 4, No. 13 Virginia 2
In Raleigh, N.C., NC State (2-1, 8-3) handed Virginia (1-2, 11-2) the Cavs' first series defeat of the season. Eryk McConnell stymied the Virginia offense for the third time in as many games for the Wolfpack. He allowed one earned run on four hits in six innings. The bullpen then delivered three perfect innings. Cavaliers’ starter Andrew Carraway matched McConnell's effort, allowing one earned run in six innings, but Dallas Poulk cracked a solo home run to lead off the sixth, which put NC State ahead. It was Poulk's second RBI of the day and his second homer of the season.


No. 15 Baylor 5-16, Mississippi State 4-11

In Starkville, Miss., Dustin Dickerson's single in the seventh inning of the first game plated two and gave Baylor the lead for good, and coach Steve Smith earned career win No. 500 in the nightcap as the Bears swept a doubleheader from Mississippi State. Kendal Volz (3-0) allowed one earned run and six hits in seven innings in the opener. In the nightcap, Ben Booker went 3 for 5 with five RBI, and Beamer Weems blasted a three-run homer as the Bears (10-1) scored in all but two innings. Jet Butler drove in three in Game 2 for the Bulldogs (5-6).


No. 16 UC Irvine 5, Tulane 1

In New Orleans, Francis Larson belted a two-run homer to give UC Irvine the series win over Tulane. Christian Bergman (2-0) pitched six shutout innings with five hits, three walks and three strikeouts. Larson went deep in the first as the Anteaters (10-1) took a 2-0 lead. Ollie Linton had RBI singles in the fifth and seventh as UCI took a 5-0 edge. Aaron Rodgers homered in the eighth for the Green Wave (8-5).


No. 17 Kentucky 3, Purdue 2

In Lexington, Ky., Keenan Wiley singled in Neiko Johnson with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as Kentucky slipped past Purdue in the first game of their series to remain perfect at 11-0. Matt Bischoff and Scott Green were brilliant in six-inning starts, with Bischoff allowing five hits, one earned run and striking out 10 for the Boilermakers, and Green allowing four hits, two unearned runs with nine strikeouts for the Wildcats. Brandon Haveman went 3 for 4 for Purdue (0-7).