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Alonso homers twice at No. 1 Miami
nips No. 2 Florida St.
No. 3 Arizona State outscores Oregon State;
No. 4 North Carolina sweeps BC
Tallahassee, Fla., Yonder Alonso (left) smacked two homers,
including a grand slam, as No. 1 Miami (Fla.) edged
second-ranked Florida State 11-10 to win their ACC series at
Dick Howser Stadium in a game called after seven innings due to
a travel curfew. Alonso’s slam in the third gave the Hurricanes
(17-2, 33-4) a 4-1 lead. Alonso’s solo shot came after Jemile
Weeks homered in the fourth to give UM a 7-1 advantage. Miami
led 11-9 in the seventh when Mike McGee singled and scored on a
wild pitch for the Seminoles (18-3, 34-5) with two outs to make
it a one-run contest. Carlos Gutierrez struck out Tyler Holt
looking to end the inning and the game. Buster Posey knocked in
three for FSU.
No. 3 Arizona State 15, Oregon State 12
In Tempe, Ariz., Arizona State outscored Oregon
State in front of 3,279 fans at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at
Brock Ballpark to salvage the final of their Pac-10 series.
Brett Wallace had three hits and five RBI for the Sun Devils
(7-5, 31-6). Wallace hit a three-run homer in the first to start
the scoring. The Beavers (6-6, 18-13) answered with six in the
top of the second, but ASU put five on the board in the bottom
of the frame as Wallace had a two-run single and Ike Davis
belted a three-run bomb. The Sun Devils added three in the fifth
before OSU scored three of its own in the sixth to make it 11-9.
A three-run double by Raoul Torrez keyed a four-run sixth for
ASU as it pushed the lead to 15-9. OSU rallied for three in the
ninth, but fell three runs short. Joey Wong had two hits,
including a home run, and drove in four for the Beavers.
No. 4 North Carolina 8, Boston College 2
In Cary, N.C., North Carolina beat Boston College
to complete the ACC series sweep and extend its win streak to
nine. Garret Gore led the Tar Heel offense going 2 for 3 with
three RBI. Tim Federowicz, Ben Bunting and Seth Williams also
had multi-hit efforts. The Tar Heels (16-4, 34-7) broke a 2-2
tie with a run in the fifth and then blew the game open with a
four-run sixth. The Eagles (5-15, 19-21) scored the first run of
the game on a Sam Shaughnessy RBI double in the second and then
tied the game on an Eric Campbell single in the third. Campbell
and Tony Sanchez each had two hits for BC.
UC Riverside 7, No. 5 UC Irvine 5
In Irvine, Calif., Ryan Goetz had three hits and
three RBI to lead UC Riverside to the Big West series win over
UC Irvine at Anteater Ballpark. The Anteaters (6-6, 24-9) got a
leadoff homer from Dillon Bell in the third to start the
scoring. Carl Uhl doubled and scored to ignite a three-run sixth
for the Highlanders (5-4, 11-23). UCI plated a pair in the
bottom of the frame to knot the score at 3-3. A two-run triple
by Goetz keyed a four-run seventh as UCR took the lead for good.
The Anteaters scored two in the bottom of the seventh, but were
held scoreless over the final two innings.
No. 6 Wichita State 8, Southern Illinois 3
In Wichita, Kan., Anthony Capra fanned nine in
7.2 innings as Wichita State won its MVC series against Southern
Illinois at Eck Stadium. Capra (7-0) allowed one earned run with
four hits and two walks. Bret Maugeri homered in the second for
the Salukis (4-8, 20-17). Conor Gillaspie’s two-run single
highlighted a three-run third for the Shockers (9-3, 30-7). WSU
added two in the fourth and three in the sixth for an 8-1 lead.
SIU scored its final two runs in the eighth.
No. 7 Rice 7, East Carolina 1
In Houston, Matt Langwell went the distance as
Rice completed the Conference USA sweep over East Carolina at
Reckling Park. Langwell (4-0) allowed one run on seven hits and
watched his defense turn four double plays. J.P Padron had three
hits and two RBI for the Owls (12-2, 31-10). Padron’s single
started a three-run fourth and his two-run double in the fifth
gave Rice a 5-0 lead. An RBI single by Stephen Batts in the
sixth put the Pirates (8-7, 27-13) on the board. The Owls added
two in the seventh to complete the scoring.
Oklahoma 22, No. 8 Missouri 4
In Norman, Okla., Spencer Selby had four hits and
seven RBI as Oklahoma pounded Missouri to salvage the final game
of their Big 12 series in front of 1,175 fans at L. Dale
Mitchell Park. Aljay Davis and Mike Gosse each had four hits and
four RBI for the Sooners (4-10-1, 25-15-1). OU scored three in
the first, six in the second, five in the third and six in the
fourth to take a commanding 20-2 lead over the Tigers (9-6,
Kansas 6, No. 9 Nebraska 3
In Lincoln, Neb., T.J. Walz fanned five in 7.2
innings as Kansas stopped Nebraska in Big 12 action in front of
5,964 fans at Hawks Field. A native of Omaha, Walz (3-0) allowed
three runs on six hits with one walk. Buck Afenir had three hits
and drove in two for the Jayhawks (5-10, 25-18). Afenir had
run-scoring singles in the first and sixth. After the
Cornhuskers (13-4-1, 28-7-1) scored in the bottom of the sixth,
John Allman’s two-run single capped a three-run seventh as KU
took control 5-1.
No. 10 Texas A&M 13, Baylor 12 (11)
In Waco, Texas, Blake Stouffer’s two-out single
in the 11th brought home Kyle Colligan with the
game-winner as Texas A&M edged Baylor to complete the Big 12
sweep in front of 3,737 fans at Baylor Ballpark. The first-place
Aggies (15-3, 33-7) scored six in the ninth to force extra
innings on a two-run homer by Dane Carter and two-run singles by
Brian Ruggiano and Brooks Raley. Jose Duran had four hits for
A&M. Shaver Hansen also had four hits for the Bears (8-10,
No. 11 South Carolina 4, No. 20 Ole Miss 1
In Columbia, S.C., Blake Cooper went the distance
and allowed one run as South Carolina beat fellow
SEC-heavyweight Ole Miss 4-1. The Gamecocks (11-7, 29-11) scored
three in the first on RBI singles by Jeff Smoak (2 for 4, RBI)
and Phil Disher (2 for 4, 2 RBI). The Gamecocks added another in
the second when Smoak grounded into a double play to plate Reese
Havens, who led off the inning with a double. The Rebels (10-8,
25-15) couldn’t get anything going off of Cooper as he scattered
six hits over nine innings and did not allow a run until the
ninth when Chad Overbeck homered.
No. 12 Georgia 10, LSU 10 (12 innings)
In Baton Rouge, La., Georgia and LSU battled to a
10-10 tie thru 12 innings. The game was called after the 12th
because the SEC travel curfew does not allow any inning to start
after 4 p.m. The Tigers (6-11-1, 23-16-1) raced to a 10-3 lead
after six innings. Matt Olson (4 for 7), Rich Poythress (3 for
6) and Robbie O’Bryan (2 for 3) each had two runs and two RBI
for the Tigers, while Lyle Allen added three more RBI. The
Bulldogs (14-3-1, 27-12-1) rallied with four runs in the
seventh, one in the eighth, and two in the ninth to force extra
innings. Derek Helenihi (3 for 5, 2 runs), Micah Gibbs (3 for 4)
and Leon Landry (3 for 6) had two RBI for the Bulldogs, while
Blake Dean added three more RBI.
No. 13 California 5, Washington 4
In Berkeley, Calif., David Cooper’s RBI single in
the ninth gave California the Pac-10 victory over Washington at
Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears (7-5, 26-10-2) trailed 4-0 in
the seventh before Dylan Tonneson homered, Michael Capbarat
added a two-run shot and Brett Jackson’s RBI single in the
bottom of the frame knotted the score at 4-4. Brian Pearl had
three hits and an RBI for the Huskies (4-5, 24-14).
No. 14 San Diego 5, Saint Mary’s 1
In San Diego, James Meador had three hits and two
RBI as San Diego completed the West Coast Conference sweep over
Saint Mary’s at Cunningham Stadium, extending its win streak to
12. The Toreros (10-2, 31-11) scored single runs in the first,
fourth and fifth innings. After the Gaels (4-8, 20-16-1) got on
the board in the top of the sixth, a two-run single by Meador in
the bottom of the frame pushed the lead to 5-1. Sammy Solis
(3-1) allowed six hits and one unearned run in six innings for
USD with six strikeouts.
No.15 Vanderbilt 9, Auburn 5
In Nashville, Tenn., Ryan Flaherty homered twice
to lead Vanderbilt past Auburn in SEC action at Hawkins Field.
Flaherty had a two-run homer in the first and added a two-run
shot in the fifth for a 6-2 advantage for the Commodores (10-7,
28-11). Mike Bianucci had two homers and drove in three for the
Tigers (7-11, 23-18).
UCLA 8, No. 16 Stanford 2
In Los Angeles, Casey Haerther had two hits,
including a homer, two runs and one RBI to help UCLA salvage the
final game of its Pac-10 series with Stanford. The Cardinal
(8-4, 21-12-2) scored two in the first on an RBI single by Jason
Castro and a sacrifice fly by Sean Ratliff. Haerther’s two-run
homer in the bottom of the frame tied it at 2-2. The Bruins
(4-5, 19-16) took the lead in the second on an RBI single by
Alden Carrithers. Haerther doubled and scored in a three-run
third as UCLA took command 6-2.
No. 19 Oklahoma State 13, No. 17 Texas 10
In Austin, Texas, Oklahoma State scored 11 in the
last four innings to rally back from an 8-2 fifth-inning deficit
and beat Big 12-foe Texas 13-10. The Cowboys (11-7, 27-11) also
did what no other Big 12 team has ever done – swept the
Longhorns (8-10, 23-16) in Austin. Rebel Ridling had a big day
at the plate for OSU, going 3 for 5 with two home runs, a
triple, three runs and five RBI to lead the attack. Six other
Cowboys drove in at least one run. Jordy Mercer worked the
final two innings to pick up his 15th career save and
become OSU’s all-time saves leader. Kyle Russell hit a pair of
two-run homers for Texas and Jordan Danks went 4 for 4, scored
four and drove in a pair.
No. 18 Cal State Fullerton 2, Pacific 1
In Stockton, Calif., Christian Colon’s homer in
the eighth lifted Cal State Fullerton to the Big West sweep of
Pacific at Klein Family Field. Gary Brown singled and scored in
the third for the Titans (9-3, 23-13). The Tigers (2-10, 8-28)
got a homer from Adam Ching in the sixth to even the score at
1-1. Cory Arbiso (7-2) earned the win, going eight innings with
one run on eight hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
Fullerton won its 19th straight game over Pacific.