May 4, 2008

Rankings are from CBI Composite Poll

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Romanski pitches No. 8 San Diego past Pepperdine

No. 3 Florida State edges Clemson in 10; UCLA stops No. 4 Arizona State


In Malibu, Calif., Josh Romanski (right, photo by Brock Scott) went the distance as No. 8 San Diego evened its West Coast Conference series with Pepperdine 9-1 Saturday at Eddy D. Field Stadium. Romanski (9-0) allowed six hits and one run with no walks and five strikeouts. Romanski doubled and scored in the first for the Toreros (14-3, 36-13). Kevin Muno walked and scored in the third as USD took a 2-0 lead. The Torreros added a pair in the fifth and five in the sixth to take command. The rally in the sixth was capped by a two-run double by Logan Gelbrich. The Waves (9-4, 28-14) scored their run in the seventh on a double play with the bases loaded.


No. 3 Florida State 9, Clemson 8 (10)

In Clemson, S.C., Florida State scored all its runs in the final three innings, including four in the 10th, in defeating Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in the opener of their ACC series. Dennis Guinn’s RBI double snapped a 5-5 tie in the 10th for the Seminoles (20-5, 38-7). Tony Delmonico added a run-scoring single in the four-run rally. Kyle Parker had a three-run homer in the bottom of the frame for the Tigers (10-14-1, 24-21-1). Doug Hogan’s two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth forced extra innings.


UCLA 8, No. 4 Arizona State 3

In Los Angeles, Ryan Babineau had two hits and two RBI to lead UCLA past Arizona State at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium, evening their Pac-10 series at one game each. Brady Dolan went 3 for 3 with two runs for the Bruins (7-7, 24-19). Petey Paramore and Brett Wallace each had two hits for the Sun Devils (11-6, 36-8). UCLA scored one in the first on Brandon Crawford’s RBI single and got a two-run homer from Casey Haerther in the third to take control.


No. 1 Miami (Fla.) 5, Saint Mary's 0
In Coral Gables, Fla., Saint Mary's could not touch the Hurricanes pitchers as Miami won for the second day in a row. Miami's (38-5) Eric Erikson won his seventh game with seven innings pitched. He allowed just two hits and did not walk a batter while striking out seven. Yonder Alonso was on base three times and hit his 14th homer, a two-run shot. Ryan Jackson was also on base three times as part of a 2-for-3 night. Kenny Fuglerud had both hits for the Gaels (22-21-1).

No. 7 Nebraska 4-4, Louisiana-Lafayette 3-3 (game 2 – 14 innings)

In Lincoln, Neb., Mitch Abeita’s RBI single in the 14th gave Nebraska a sweep over Louisiana-Lafayette. The Huskers (36-8-1) scored twice in the ninth with two outs to force extra innings. Nebraska pitchers combined for 19 strikeouts against the Ragin Cajuns (22-25). In the opener, Bryce Nimmo’s RBI groundout in the eighth snapped a 3-3 tie and gave the win to the Huskers.


No. 9 Oklahoma State 6-9, Utah Valley 3-4

In Stillwater, Okla., Oklahoma State extended its win streak to 12 with a doubleheader sweep of Utah Valley at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. In the opener, the Wolverines (12-31-1) led 3-1 in the third before Rebel Ridley went deep in a two-run fourth and Matt Hague added a solo shot in the sixth for the Cowboys (35-11). In the nightcap, Donnie Webb’s home run started a seven-run third as OSU took command. Webb went 3 for 3 in the second game.


No. 11 Stanford 9, San Jose State 1

In Stanford, Calif., Brent Milleville went 4 for 5 with a homer and two RBI as Stanford thumped San Jose State at Klein Field. The Spartans (25-19) scored in the second on an Alex Sofranac sacrifice fly. The Cardinal (26-15-2) answered with three in the fourth, one in the fifth and five in the sixth to take control. Jason Castro had a two-run single in the fourth, a sacrifice fly in the fifth and an RBI groundout in the sixth. Milleville’s two-run homer capped the five-run sixth for Stanford. Austin Yount allowed one run on four hits in seven innings to pick up his third win.


No. 12 UC Irvine 1, Cal State Northridge 0

In Northridge, Calif., Bryce Stowell allowed two runs in 7.2 innings as UC Irvine nipped Cal State Northridge to clinch a Big West series victory. Stowell raised his record to 6-2. Eric Pettis pitched the ninth for his 11th save. Francis Larson brought home Ben Orloff on a fielder’s choice in the seventh for the Anteaters (8-6, 30-11). John Parham had two hits for the Matadors (5-12, 19-24).


Ole Miss 9, No. 13 Georgia 4
In Athens, Ga., Ole Miss evened its SEC series with Georgia. The Rebels (12-11, 31-18) blew open a close game with a six-run eighth inning against the Bulldogs (16-6-1, 30-15-1) bullpen. Jordan Henry, Fuller Smith and Cody Overbeck each had two hits and two RBI for the Rebels. Scott Bittle shut out Georgia over the final 2.2 innings to earn the victory. Georgia's offense came on a Ryan Peisel solo shot and a Rich Poythress three-run jack.

No. 14 South Carolina 6, Florida 5
In Columbia, S.C., South Carolina won a tight game to even its SEC series with Florida. The Gamecocks’ (12-11, 32-15) starter Will Atwood (5-2) was knocked around early, but retired the last 15 batters he faced on his way to his first career complete game. He allowed 11 hits and one walk while striking out seven. James Darnell led the Gamecock offense with a 3-for-4 performance that included his 14th homer and a two-run single in the seventh to put South Carolina ahead. Justin Smoak was 2 for 3 and drove in the other two USC runs. Riley Cooper hit his first homer of the year, a two-run shot, for the Gators (13-10, 28-17).

UC Santa Barbara 10, No. 16 Cal State Fullerton 2

In Santa Barbara, Calif., Mario Hollands recorded his first complete game as UC Santa Barbara defeated Cal State Fullerton in front of a capacity crowd at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Hollands (6-2) allowed four hits and faced five over the minimum. Shane Carlson went 5 for 5 with three runs and four RBI for the Gauchos (9-5, 30-15). Carlson’s RBI single ignited a three-run first for UCSB. Gary Brown homered in the second for the Titans (12-5, 28-16). Carlson’s three-run homer capped a four-run second as the Gauchos took control at 7-1.


No. 17 Vanderbilt 9, Tennessee 2
In Knoxville, Tenn., Vanderbilt hit Tennessee hard early for the second day in a row and beat their rivals again. Shea Robin delivered the big blow in the first for the Commodores (13-9, 33-13) with a two-run double. Andrew Giobbi and Dominic de la Osa, who was 3 for 3, also had two RBI apiece. Caleb Cotham delivered a strong start, going seven innings and allowing just two runs on six hits. Andy Siminic was the only Volunteer (11-12, 25-22) who had multiple hits.

No. 19 Coastal Carolina 10, Georgia Tech 9

In Atlanta, David Sappelt homered twice and drove in four as Coastal Carolina edged Georgia Tech at Russ Chandler Stadium to even their ACC series at one game apiece. Sappelt’s three-run homer capped a five-run second for the Chanticleers (38-10). After Coastal added a run in the third, Jason Haniger went deep for the Yellow Jackets (32-14). Sappelt homered again in the fourth for a 7-1 lead. Tech pulled to within one with five in the sixth, but Coastal added three in the eighth for a 10-6 lead. The Jackets put three on the board in the ninth, but Pete Andrelczyk fanned the final batter to earn the save.


No. 20 California 6, Arizona 5

In Berkeley, Calif., Blake Smith’s homer in the eighth lifted California over Arizona in their Pac-10 series at Evans Diamond. The Wildcats (7-10, 30-15) trailed 5-1 after four before Brad Glenn’s two-run single keyed a three-run fifth and his second homer of the game in the seventh tied it at 5-5. Smith led off the bottom of the eighth with a line drive homer to right for the Golden Bears (9-8, 29-14-2).