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Flack becomes UNC career hits
leader in DH split
Stanford wins series vs. No. 1 ASU; Georgia
sweeps No. 6 South Carolina
In Cary, N.C., Chad Flack
(left) became North Carolina’s
career hits leader in an ACC doubleheader split with Georgia
Tech Sunday. The fourth-ranked Tar Heels (10-4, 25-6) took the
opener 10-4 before falling 4-1 in the second game. Flack had two
hits and drove in a pair in the first game as he tied Chad
Prosser’s record of 291. His single in the sixth of the nightcap
set the new mark and extended his hit streak to 14. Kyle Seager
had three hits and three RBI in Game 1 for the Tar Heels. Seager
had two hits and one RBI in the second game to stretch his hit
streak to 27, the fourth-longest in UNC history. Zach Von Tersch
(4-1) pitched seven scoreless innings in the nightcap for the
Yellow Jackets (9-6, 25-7) with four hits, one walk and five
strikeouts. Thomas Nichols had two hits and two RBI for Tech.
Stanford 10, No. 1 Arizona State 2
In Stanford, Calif., Stanford used a six-run
fifth to win its Pac-10 series against Arizona State, giving
head coach Mark Marquess his 1,300th career victory
and moving him into a tie for 10th place on the
all-time win list for NCAA Division I baseball coaches. The
fifth-inning explosion by the Cardinal (4-2, 15-9) erased a 2-0
deficit. Brendan Domaracki’s two-run double gave Stanford the
lead at 4-2 and Joey August, who started the rally with a base
hit, capped the frame with a two-run double. Zach Jones had a
two-run triple and scored in the seventh. Petey Paramore had a
two-run single in the first for the Sun Devils (4-2, 28-3).
Georgia 4, No. 6 South Carolina 2
In Athens, Ga., Georgia completed an SEC sweep of
South Carolina behind another strong pitching performance.
Starter Nathan Moreau and four relievers combined to allow just
two USC (6-6, 20-10) solo home runs by Phil Disher and James
Darnell. The Bulldogs (9-3, 20-10) provided enough offense in
the first inning, scoring three times on four hits. Bryce
Massanari and Matt Cerione each had an RBI single in the frame.
Rich Poythress was 2 for 3 and drove in a Georgia insurance run
with a single in the fifth.
No. 2 Miami (Fla.) 7, Clemson 6
In Coral Gables, Dave DiNatale’s three-run homer
in the fifth sparked Miami to an ACC sweep of Clemson at Mark
Light Field. DiNatale’s blast gave the Hurricanes (12-1, 26-2) a
7-3 lead. Ben Paulsen had a two-run homer, his 10th,
in the seventh to pull the Tigers (6-9, 18-13) to within one,
but Carlos Gutierrez retired the final six to record his eighth
save. Jemile Weeks had two hits, a run and an RBI for Miami.
No. 3 Florida State 3-3, No. 13 Virginia 2-2 (both games – 10
In Tallahassee, Fla., Florida State won both
games of an ACC doubleheader 3-2 with walk-off tenth-inning runs
to complete a sweep of Virginia. In Game 1, Jack Rye was the
hero for the Seminoles (13-1, 28-3), driving in the game-winning
run with a single, part of 2-for-5, 2-RBI effort. FSU starter
Geoff Parker went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven
hits, while striking out seven. Ryan Strauss relieved Parker
with three no-hit innings to earn the victory. Pat McAnaney was
on the mound for Virginia (8-7, 24-9). He pitched 6.2 innings,
allowing two runs on five hits with nine strikeouts. In the
nightcap, Tyler Holt's chopper drove in Luke Smierciak from
third with the game-winner. Dennis Guinn cracked his eleventh
homer for the Seminoles and Buster Posey had three hits.
Starting pitcher Elih Villanueva worked 7.2 innings, allowing
two runs on eight hits while striking out nine. Jimmy Marshall
did not allow a hit while recording the final seven outs for the
win. Andrew Carraway was the Virginia starter, going six innings
with two runs on six hits while racking up ten strikeouts.
Cal State Fullerton 6, No. 5 UC Irvine 4
In Irvine, Calif., Christian Colon had three hits
as Cal State Fullerton battled back from a 4-0 deficit to win
the rubber game of the Big West series with UC Irvine. Colon’s
RBI infield single capped a four-run seventh as the Titans (2-1,
18-10) took a 5-4 lead. Fullerton added an insurance run in the
eighth on Dustin Garneau’s safety squeeze. Josh Tavelli had a
two-run single in the second for the Anteaters (3-3, 20-5).
Oklahoma State 8, No. 7 Missouri 6
In Columbia, Mo., Luis Florida had five RBI as
Oklahoma won the rubber game of its Big 12 series with Missouri
at Taylor Stadium. Flores had four hits, including a home run.
The Cowboys (6-6, 20-9) snapped a 6-6 tie with a pair in the
seventh on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Toby Davis and an RBI
single by Rebel Ridling. The Tigers (5-4, 22-8) threatened in
the seventh and eighth, but could not score.
Oregon State 9, No. 11 California 2
In Berkeley, Calif., Drew George had four hits as
Oregon State salvaged the final game of its Pac-10 series at
California. Jorge Reyes (2-1) pitched 6.2 innings for the
Beavers (3-3, 15-10) with five hits, one earned run, one walk
and five strikeouts. David Cooper went deep in the sixth for the
Golden Bears (4-2, 21-7-1).
No. 15 Kentucky 9, Mississippi State 8
In Lexington, Ky., Kentucky came back from a 6-2
deficit and held off a Mississippi State rally in the ninth. The
Wildcats (7-5, 25-5) trailed 6-3 entering the sixth, but the UK
offense came alive for four sixth-inning runs. Marcus Nidiffer,
who was 3 for 4, hit a two-run homer and Chris McClendon had an
RBI single, one of his three hits. Collin Cowgill was not
retired and scored three times. Connor Powers was the star for
the Bulldogs (3-9, 14-17), going 4 for 4 with three homers and
four RBI. He tied the game in the eight with a solo shot, but
Kentucky retook the lead in the bottom half of the inning by
scoring a pair on a MSU error. Tyler Moore, who was 2 for 4 with
two RBI, singled in a run in the ninth, but the Bulldogs could
not get the tying run home.
No. 16 Rice 7, Memphis 6
In Memphis, Tenn., Rice scored in each of the
final four innings, including a three-run ninth, to complete a
Conference USA sweep of Memphis at Nat Buring Stadium. The
Tigers (3-6, 11-19) led 4-0 after five and 6-4 after eight
before Aaron Luna started the ninth with his second homer of the
game for the Owls (7-2, 23-10). Jess Buenger coaxed a one-out
walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Derek Meyers. Diego
Seastrunk’s RBI double tied the game and he eventually scored
the game-winner on a wild pitch.
No. 17 Florida 6-7, Tennessee 12-2
In Knoxville, Tenn., Tennessee held the lead it
built up Saturday to win the suspended game. Florida salvaged
the third game of the series. Tennessee (7-5, 19-11) was ahead
10-5 in the sixth inning when play was suspended on Saturday.
The Volunteers used an eight-run fifth to build the lead.
Kentrail Davis, Shawn Griffin, Jeff Lockwood, and Josh Liles
each had a pair of RBI and Yan Gomes had three. All but Davis
homered in the game. Josh Adams hit his sixth homer and was 3
for 5 with three RBI for the Gators (8-4, 21-10). In the second
game, Florida leadoff man Avery Barnes went 3 for 3 and scored
three times while driving in two and hitting his sixth homer.
Cole Figueroa also had two RBI and scored twice. Reliever
Stephen Locke pitched the final three innings without allowing a
hit to earn the win. Griffin homered again, a solo shot, and was
3 for 3 for UT.