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Romanski pitches No. 8 San Diego
No. 3 Florida State edges Clemson in 10;
UCLA stops No. 4 Arizona State
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
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
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,
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).