April 5, 2008

Rankings are from CBI Composite Poll

Cal State Fullerton 12, No. 5 UC Irvine 5

Around the Bases
Missouri's Crow extends scoreless innings streak to 42.2

Haughian fans 15 for Washington; No. 3 Florida State fells No. 13 Virginia


In Columbia, Mo., Aaron Crow (left) pitched his third complete-game shutout and extended his scoreless-innings streak to 42.2 as No. 7 Missouri blanked Oklahoma State 3-0 Friday in front of 1,433 fans at Taylor Stadium in the opener of their Big 12 series. Crow (7-0) did not allow a walk and struck out seven. The Tigers (5-2, 22-6) scored in the first on Trevor Coleman’s RBI single. Jacob Priday homered to lead off the sixth, giving Missouri a 2-0 advantage over the Cowboys (4-6, 18-9). Lee Fischer drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth to complete the scoring.


Washington 1, No. 18 Arizona 0

In Seattle, Wash., Nick Haughian tossed a two-hitter with a career-high 15 strikeouts as Washington blanked Arizona in Pac-10 play in front of 5,187 fans at Safeco Field. The southpaw Haughian (3-2) opened the game for the Huskies (2-2, 19-8) by striking out the side in the first two innings, and had three mulit-strikeout innings after giving up two leadoff hits. Andy Lentz had an RBI double in the seventh for UW. Preston Guilmet took the loss for the Wildcats (2-5, 14-10).


No. 3 Florida State 10, No. 13 Virginia 3

In Tallahassee, Fla., the powerful Florida State offense got the better of Virginia's vaunted pitching staff in the first game of their ACC series. Buster Posey was 3 for 4 with two RBI and clocked his ninth homer for the Seminoles (12-1, 26-3). Tony Delmonico racked up four hits, an RBI and scored three for FSU. Jacob Thompson, the ace of the Cavaliers (8-5, 24-7), was the victim of the Florida State outburst, taking his first loss since June of 2006. Florida State lefty Matt Fairel had another strong outing on the mound. After giving up a first inning two-run shot to Jeremy Farrell, Fairel calmed down and shut out the Cavaliers the rest of the way to improve to 7-0.


No. 1 Arizona State 6, Stanford 4 (10)

In Palo Alto, Calif., Ike Davis went 2 for 3 with a homer and two RBI and earned the victory on the mound as Arizona State edged Stanford in the opener of their Pac-10 series at Sunken Diamond. Davis hit a two-run shot in the top of the first to give the Sun Devils (4-0, 28-1) the early lead. Sean Ratliff homered in the sixth for the Cardinal (2-2, 13-9) to tie the game at 4-4. Davis scored on a sacrifice fly to cap a two-run 10th for ASU. Davis (3-0) retired Stanford in order in the bottom of the 10th to secure the win.


No. 2 Miami (Fla.) 6, Clemson 4

In Coral Gables, Fla., Yonder Alonso smacked a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to lift Miami over Clemson in the opener of their ACC series in front of a capacity crowd of 3,000 at Mark Light Field. Ryan Jackson singled and Alonso went deep with one out in the ninth for the Hurricanes (10-1, 24-2), who stretched their win streak to 11. Blake Tekotte had a three-run homer in the bottom of the second for Miami. Ben Paulsen hit a leadoff home run in the sixth for the Tigers (6-7, 18-11) to tie the game at 4-4.


No. 4 North Carolina 8, No. 20 Georgia Tech 1

In Cary, N.C., Alex White allowed five hits in seven shutout innings as North Carolina topped Georgia Tech in the lid-lifter of their ACC series at Cary’s USA Baseball National Training Complex. White (5-2) walked one and struck out eight. Garrett Gore drove in three for the Tar Heels (9-3, 24-5). Gore’s two-run double keyed a five-run sixth for UNC. Dustin Ackley had two hits, including a homer, for the Heels. Charlie Blackmon had three of the six hits for the Yellow Jackets (8-5, 24-6), including a homer in the eighth. Tech snapped a seven-game win streak.


Missouri State 7, No. 9 Wichita State 4 (10)

In Wichita, Kan., Ben Carlson’s RBI single ignited a three-run 10th as Missouri State ended Wichita State’s 19-game win streak and 18-game home win streak in the opener of their Missouri Valley Conference series at Eck Stadium. Ryan Mantle added a run-scoring single and Josh Mazzola had a sacrifice fly in the 10th for the Bears (5-2, 18-8). Carlson’s homer in the top of the ninth snapped a 2-2 tie and helped MSU build a 4-2 lead before the Shockers (3-1, 22-4) rallied in the bottom of the frame on a two-run single by Ryan Jones to force extra innings.


No. 10 Long Beach State 6, UC Riverside 3

In Riverside, Calif., Andrew Liebel recorded his second complete game as Long Beach State doubled up UC Riverside in the opener of their Big West series. Liebel (3-1) did not walk a batter and struck out seven to snap a six-game losing streak for the 49ers (1-0, 18-9). Jason Corder’s three-run homer capped a five-run fifth, his fourth homer in five games. Tony Nix and Aaron Wible went deep for the Highlanders (1-3, 7-16).


No. 11 California 5, Oregon State 2

In Berkeley, Calif., Tyson Ross fanned nine in seven innings as California got by Oregon State in the first of their three-game Pac-10 set at Evans Diamond. Ross (5-0) allowed seven hits, three walks and two runs. Matt Gorgen worked the ninth for his sixth save. Rich Gorman doubled and scored in a two-run first for the Golden Bears (3-1, 20-6-1). Cal added a run in the third before the Beavers (2-2, 14-9) tallied a pair in the top of the fourth to make it a one-run game. The Bears picked up two insurance runs in the fifth to complete the scoring. Brett Jackson had two hits and two RBI for Cal.


No. 12 Nebraska 6, Texas Tech 2
In Lincoln, Neb., Johnny Dorn snapped Texas Tech’s four-game win streak by pitching Nebraska to a Big 12 win in front of a crowd of 6,593 at Haymarket Park. Dorn (4-0) gave up just one hit and one run and struck out 10 in 7.1 innings for the Huskers (8-1-1, 22-4-1). Doug Thennis led the Red Raiders (4-6, 16-13) going 2 for 4 with two runs and one RBI.


No. 14 Texas 10, Oklahoma 7

In Norman, Okla., Jordan Danks had an RBI double in the top of the seventh to snap a 7-7 tie and propel Texas to the win over Oklahoma in the opener of their Big 12 series at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Brandon Belt had a sacrifice fly to plate Danks and give the Longhorns (6-4, 20-9) a two-run advantage. Texas added an insurance run in the eighth. Kyle Russell’s grand slam capped a six-run first for the Longhorns. Terry Sperring had a two-run single in a four-run second for the Sooners (2-4-1, 21-9-1). After Preston Clark homered in the top of the sixth for a 7-4 UT lead, OU scored three in the bottom of the frame to even the score at 7-7.


No. 19 Texas A&M 7, Kansas State 2

In College Station, Texas, Darby Brown belted a grand slam to lead Texas A&M past Kansas State in front of 3,579 fans at Olsen Field in the opener of their Big 12 series. Brown’s blast in the first gave the Aggies (7-3, 24-6) the lead for good. Brian Ruggiano and Luke Anders also went deep as Texas A&M built a 7-0 lead after six. Brooks Raley (5-0) allowed one run in 6.1 innings with two walks and four strikeouts to earn the victory. Rob Vaughn homered in the seventh for the Wildcats (2-5, 15-13).


Southern Illinois 10, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 9

In Carbondale, Ill., Chris Murphy’s two-run single capped a five-run rally in the bottom of the ninth as Southern Illinois got past Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Abe Martin Field. Tyler Bullock’s two-run double started the scoring in the ninth for the Salukis (15-11). Aaron Roberts had a run-scoring single to make it a one-run game with no outs. After a double by Dean Cademartori and a strikeout, Murphy’s base hit brought in two for the win. Jesse Hart and Doug Dekoning each had three hits for the Panthers (5-18).


Virginia Tech 8, Maryland 7

In Blacksburg, Va., Sean O’Brien went deep three times, his first homers of the season, as Virginia Tech nipped Maryland at English Field for its first ACC victory. O’Brien homered in three consecutive at-bats and drove in five for the Hokies (1-12, 11-18). His third dinger in the seventh gave Tech the lead for good. Jensen Pupa had three hits and Mike Murphy belted a two-run homer for the Terrapins (3-10, 16-14).


Several games involving ranked teams were postponed, will play Saturday DH

No. 6 South Carolina at Georgia

No. 8 Vanderbilt at Ole Miss

Mississippi State at No. 15 Kentucky

No. 16 Rice at Memphis

No. 17 Florida at Tennessee