April 2, 2008

Rankings are from CBI Composite Poll

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Susdorf leads Fresno State past No. 10 Long Beach State

No. 3 FSU beats No. 17 Florida; No. 16 Rice wins at No. 14 Texas


In Fresno, Calif., an RBI single by Steve Susdorf (right) snapped a 4-4 tie in the seventh and propelled Fresno State to a 7-6 win over No. 10 Long Beach State Tuesday at Pete Beiden Field. Alan Ahmady’s double in the seventh plated Susdorf and Ahmady scored on a triple by Tommy Mendonca as the Bulldogs (16-13) built a 7-4 lead. Steve Tinoco had a two-run homer in the ninth for the 49ers (17-9). Brandon Burke retired the final two hitters for his first save, handing LBSU its sixth consecutive loss.


No. 3 Florida State 10, No. 17 Florida 2

In Jacksonville, Fla., Ryan Strauss pitched seven strong innings as Florida State shut down Florida in front of 7,215 fans at the Baseball Grounds. Strauss (3-0) allowed one run on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts for the Seminoles (24-3). Tony Delmonico and Buster Posey each had three hits for FSU. Stuart Tapley went deep in the sixth and Posey’s two-run shot in the seventh gave the Seminoles a 5-1 lead. A five-run eighth put the game out of reach. Buddy Munroe had an RBI single for the Gators (20-7).


No. 16 Rice 7, No. 14 Texas 3

In Austin, Texas, Matt Evers fanned 10 in 3.2 relief innings as Rice topped Texas in front of 6,511 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Evers (1-1) took the mound in the fourth and struck out 10 of the 12 batters he faced, striking out the side in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. The Owls (20-9) tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth on an RBI single by Jimmy Comerota. Rice took the lead in the seventh as Aaron Luna reached on an error, stole second and scored on an error. Rick Hague’s two-run double capped a three-run ninth for the Owls. The Longhorns committed five errors and fell to 18-9.


No. 1 Arizona State 9, Wofford 3

In Tempe, Ariz., Jason Kipnis had a three-run triple in the second as Arizona State defeated Wofford. The Sun Devils (26-1) scored a pair in the first, and Kipnis had a bases-clearing triple and scored on an Ike Davis sacrifice fly as ASU took a 6-0 lead. Brett Wallace added a three-run double in the sixth for the Sun Devils. Michael Gilmartin had a three-run double in the seventh for the Terriers (17-10).


No. 2 Miami (Fla.) 16, Florida Atlantic 7

In Coral Gables, Fla., Dave DiNatale had four hits and five RBI as Miami outscored Florida Atlantic at Mark Light Field. DiNatale’s two-run homer in the fourth gave the Hurricanes (22-2) the lead for good at 5-4. Ryan Jackson had two hits, two runs and three RBI for Miami. Tom Hatcher had a grand slam in the top of the first for the Owls (16-10).


No. 4 North Carolina 4, UNC Greensboro 1

In Cary, N.C., four hurlers combined on a five-hitter with 16 strikeouts as North Carolina stopped UNC Greensboro. Matt Harvey (4-1) allowed one hit in four innings with four strikeouts. Rob Wooten fanned five of the six he faced. Nate Striz struck out three in the ninth to record his second save. He surrendered two singles and a walk, but left the bases loaded to preserve the victory. Chad Flack, Tim Fedroff and Kyle Seager each had two hits for the Tar Heels (22-5). Flack went deep in the second for UNC, his 40th career homer. Pedro Leon had an RBI triple in the sixth for the Spartans (18-8).


No. 6 South Carolina 7, The Citadel 4

In Charleston, S.C., Phil Disher’s two-run single capped a four-run eighth as South Carolina rallied past The Citadel at Joe Riley Park. The Gamecocks (19-7) trailed 4-2 in the eighth before an RBI double by James Darnell and a wild pitch tied the game at 4-4, setting the stage for Disher. Parker Bangs (2-0) fanned five in 2.2 scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory. Bryan Altman had three hits for the Bulldogs (16-11).


Western Illinois 5, No. 7 Missouri 3

In Columbia, Mo., Zach Berg had two hits, two runs and one RBI as Western Illinois upset Missouri, its second victory over a Top 10 team this season. Berg had an RBI single and scored in a three-run second for the Leathernecks (5-14), who also defeated Long Beach State this year. Drew Laidig had a triple and scored in the third for WIU. Berg singled and scored in the fourth as the visitors built a 5-0 advantage. Ryan Lollis had a two-run single in the seventh for the Tigers (20-6). Missouri added a third run in the bottom of the ninth, but left the bases loaded as the game ended.


Southeast Missouri State 12, No. 8 Vanderbilt 8

In Nashville, Jim Klocke had four hits and two RBI as Southeast Missouri State upset Vanderbilt at Hawkins Field. Nick Harris and Tyrell Cummings each had two hits and three RBI for the Redhawks (11-8), who used a four-run eighth to secure the win. Preseason All-American Pedro Alvarez returned for the Commodores (18-7) after suffering a broken bone in his hand the first weekend of the season. He had two hits, one run and one RBI.


No. 9 Wichita State 7, Kansas 3

In Lawrence, Kan., Kenny Williams, Jr., had two hits, two runs and one RBI as Wichita State won at Kansas to extend its win streak to 18. The pitching staff for the Shockers (21-3) allowed no walks and no earned runs with 14 strikeouts. Ryne Price had a two-run homer to cap a three-run first for the Jayhawks (18-13). WSU tied it in the third and took the lead in the fifth. Conor Gillaspie scored three for the Shockers.


San Francisco 5, No. 11 California 1

In San Francisco, Evan Fredrickson fanned 13 in seven scoreless innings as San Francisco defeated California in the Dante Benedetti Classic at AT&T Park. Fredrickson (3-2) allowed four hits and four walks. Ryan Lipkin’s RBI single keyed a five-run first for the Dons (17-11). Dylan Tonneson doubled and scored in the ninth for the Golden Bears (18-6-1).


No. 13 Virginia 9, Towson 8

In Charlottesville, Va., Dan Grovatt had three hits, two runs and two RBI as Virginia edged Towson at Davenport Field. Greg Miclat’s safety squeeze in the eighth scored Patrick Wingfield for the Cavaliers (24-5) to snap an 8-8 tie. The Tigers (11-15) had tied the game in the top of the eighth on a two-run single by Nick Natoli.


No. 19 Texas A&M 8, Stephen F. Austin 1

In College Station, Texas, Dane Carter drove in four as Texas A&M stopped Stephen F. Austin in front of 3,464 fans at Olsen Field. Carter’s two-run single ignited a five-run first for the Aggies (22-6). Darby Brown added a two-run homer later in the first for A&M. Kyle Colligan had three hits for the Aggies. Jeff Brewer had an RBI single in the fifth for the Lumberjacks (11-14).


No. 20 Georgia Tech 13, East Tennessee State 6

In Atlanta, Derek Dietrich and Brad Feltes each knocked in three as Georgia Tech outscored East Tennessee State at Russ Chandler Stadium. Jason Haniger’s homer in the sixth for the Yellow Jackets (23-5) tied the game at 6-6, and Dietrich’s two-run double gave Tech the lead. Patrick Long’s two-run double keyed a four-run eighth for the Jackets. Tony Plagman also went deep for the home team. Ben Allen had a two-run double in the second for ETSU (6-20). Paul Hoilman and Derek Trent homered as the Bucs built a 6-2 lead in the fifth.