April 20, 2008

Rankings are from CBI Composite Poll

Wake Forest 14, Virginia 3

Around the Bases
No. 2 FSU evens series with top-ranked Miami (Fla.)

Oregon State wins Pac-10 series at No. 3 ASU; SIU blanks No. 6 Wichita St.


In Tallahassee, Fla., Jason Stidham had four hits and drove in three as No. 2 Florida State evened its ACC series with top-ranked Miami (Fla.) 9-5 in front of a record crowd of 6,789 at Dick Howser Stadium. A two-run homer by Dennis Raben capped a three-run first for the Hurricanes (16-2, 32-4). Mark Sobolewski added a sacrifice fly in the third for UM. Dennis Guinn’s two-run double keyed a four-run third as the Seminoles (18-2, 34-4) knotted the score at 4-4. Adan Severino went deep in the top of the fourth as UM regained the lead. FSU scored three in the sixth to take the lead, with a sacrifice fly by Tyler Holt putting the Seminoles ahead to stay. Stidham’s two-run double in the eighth completed the scoring.


Oregon State 12, No. 3 Arizona State 3

In Tempe, Ariz., Tanner Robles allowed three hits and one run in six innings as Oregon State clinched its first-ever Pac-10 series victory at Arizona State. Robles (2-0) walked four and fanned five. Ryan Ortiz had three hits for the Beavers (6-5, 18-12). Lonnie Lechelt drove in four for OSU. His three-run homer in the fourth gave the Beavers a 5-1 advantage. Joey Wong belted a two-run dinger in the third and Jordan Lennerton added a two-run bomb in the ninth. Brett Wallace and Petey Paramore each had two hits for the Sun Devils (6-5, 30-6).


No. 4 North Carolina 6, Boston College 0

In Cary, N.C., North Carolina shut out ACC-foe Boston College. Adam Warren threw seven shutout innings and relievers Colin Bates and Tyler Trice threw an inning each to complete the shutout against the Eagles (5-15, 19-20). Offensively, Kyle Shelton and Garret Gore led the Tar Heels (15-4, 33-7) offense with two hits and two RBI apiece.


Southern Illinois 3, No. 6 Wichita State 0

In Wichita, Kan., Shawn Joy tossed a five-hit shutout as Southern Illinois blanked Wichita State at Eck Stadium to even their MVC series at one game apiece. Joy (4-2) did not walk a batter and struck out five. The Salukis (4-7, 20-16) snapped a scoreless tie in the seventh on RBI singles by Bret Maugeri, Tyler Bullock and Dean Cademartori. The Shockers (8-3, 29-7) had only three runners in scoring position in the contest.


No. 7 Rice 5, East Carolina 4 (10)

In Houston, Chad Mozingo’s bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 10th gave Rice the Conference USA series win over East Carolina in front of 2,921 fans at Reckling Park. Diego Seastrunk had a leadoff double for the Owls (12-2, 30-10) in the 10th. After an intentional walk to Aaron Luna, Rick Hague advanced both runners with a sac bunt. An intentional walk to Adam Zornes loaded the bases for Mozingo, who battled back from an 0-2 count to coax a walk and end the contest. Ryan Woods had a sacrifice fly in the sixth for the Pirates (8-6, 27-12) that tied the game at 4-4. Zornes had a three-run homer to cap a four-run first for Rice.


No. 8 Missouri 6, Oklahoma 5 (10)

In Norman, Okla., Steve Gray’s RBI double in the top of the 10th carried Missouri clinched the Big 12 series victory and its first series win at Oklahoma since 1971. Gray finished with three hits and two RBI for the Tigers (9-5, 28-9). Aaron Senne drew a leadoff walk in the 10th for Mizzou, advanced to third on a base hit by Trevor Coleman and scored on Gray’s double. Nick Tepesch retired the Sooners (3-10-1, 24-15-1) in order in the bottom of the frame to secure the victory. Greg Folgia’s homer in the seventh gave the Tigers a 5-3 lead before Matt Harughty’s two-run triple tied it in the bottom of the inning.


No. 10 Texas A&M 11, Baylor 1

In Waco, Texas, Texas A&M used five home runs to belt Baylor in Big 12 play in front of 4,794 fans at Baylor Ballpark. Darby Brown went deep in the first for the first-place Aggies (14-3, 32-7). Kyle Colligan’s solo shot was followed by a Jose Duran two-run homer in a six-run third as A&M grabbed a 7-0 advantage. Brian Ruggiano homered in the fifth and a two-run shot by Luke Anders keyed a three-run sixth. The Bears (8-9, 23-16) avoided the shutout as Adam Hornung homered in the seventh.


No. 20 Ole Miss 5, No. 11 South Carolina 2

In Columbia S.C., Ole Miss scored a run in each of the last four innings to beat SEC-foe South Carolina. Cody Overbeck played a part in every Rebel run, driving in three and scoring two, while going 3 for 4. Ole Miss (10-7, 25-14) pitcher Drew Pomeranz (4-1) threw six innings and Scott Bittle hurled three to keep the Gamecock offense in check. USC (10-7, 28-11) never got much going offensively, but Whit Merrifield went 2 for 5 with an RBI to lead them.


No. 12 Georgia 9, LSU 8

In Baton Rouge, La., Georgia scored a run in the ninth to beat LSU in an SEC thriller. LSU (6-11, 23-16) was down 8-1 in the eighth, but put together a seven-run inning to tie the game. Two triples and walks were the key to the Tigers’ big inning, as Michael Hollander (3 RBI) and Taylor Davis (2 RBI) had multiple-RBI triples in the frame. The Bulldogs (14-3, 27-12) rallied when Ryan Peisel drove in Michael Demperio with a two-out single. Gordon Beckham led the Bulldog attack with three RBI and his NCAA-leading 19th home run.


Washington 7, No. 13 California 4

In Berkeley, Calif., Doug Cherry’s pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth snapped a 2-2 tie and propelled Washington to the win over California at Evans Diamond, evening their Pac-10 series at one game apiece. Jake Rife added a grand slam in the ninth for the Huskies (4-4, 24-13). The Golden Bears (6-5, 25-10-2) tallied two in the bottom of the ninth, but Paul Dickey came in to get the final out and record his fourth save.


No. 14 San Diego 6, Saint Mary’s 0

In San Diego, Josh Romanski allowed five hits in seven innings as San Diego won its West Coast Conference series against Saint Mary’s at Cunningham Stadium. Romanski (7-0) fanned five as the Toreros (9-2, 30-11) won their 11th straight game. Victor Sanchez reached on an error and scored in the second. James Meador’s two-run homer keyed a three-run third for USD. Sean Nicol had an RBI triple and scored in the seventh.


Auburn 6-2, No. 15 Vanderbilt 3-8

In Nashville, Tenn., Vanderbilt and Auburn split the first two games of their SEC series at Hawkins Field. The Tigers (7-10, 23-17) won the completion of Friday’s suspended contest, while the Commodores (9-7, 27-11) claimed the regularly-scheduled game. Matt Hall’s two-run single highlighted a three-run seventh for Auburn in the suspended game. Kevin Patterson had a two-run homer in the second and Hunter Morris added a solo shot in the eighth for the Tigers. In the regularly-scheduled contest, Caleb Cotham (6-2) struck out 11 in 8.1 innings for Vanderbilt with six hits and one walk. Ryan Flaherty’s two-run double in the fifth gave the Commodores a 3-0 lead. After Auburn got a run in the top of the sixth, Vandy answered with four in the bottom of the frame, keyed by a two-run double by Pedro Alvarez.


No. 19 Oklahoma State 8, No. 17 Texas 7

In Austin, Texas, Oklahoma State scored three runs in the top of the ninth to rally past Big 12-rival Texas. Pinch-hitter Michael Dabbs hit a one out, two-run single to tie the game and then outfielder Donnie Webb (3 for 6, RBI) drove in the game-winner. Jordy Mercer pitched a perfect ninth to pick up the save. The Cowboys (10-7, 26-11) were led offensively by Neil Medchil (3 for 4, home run, 3 RBI, 2 runs). Texas (8-9, 23-15) had rallied back from a four-run first inning deficit to take a 7-4 lead in the fifth. They were lead offensively by Brandon Belt (2 RBI) and David Hernandez (3 for 4, 2 RBI).