May 12, 2008
are from CBI Composite
Virginia 5, No. 2
North Carolina 4
Around the Bases
Navy to host Bucknell for Patriot
No. 10 Georgia wins SEC crown; No. 5 Rice
secures third straight C-USA title
Annapolis, Md., Thomas Hamilton (pictured), Michael Speciale and
Kendall Bolt - Navy's three through five hitters - combined to
go 10 for 14 with five runs and three RBI as second-seeded Navy
got past No. 3 Holy Cross 9-5 Sunday to advance to the Patriot
League championship series May 17-18. The second-seeded
Midshipmen advance to meet fourth-seeded Bucknell, which upended
top-seeded Army Sunday. Hamilton and Speciale each had three
hits, while Bolt contributed four hits and two RBI for Navy
(32-23-1). Eric Oxford went 3 for 5 with a run for the Crusaders
Bucknell 1, Army 0
In West Point, N.Y., Eric Jarrett and Jason
Buursma combined to two-hit top-seeded Army, and Drew
Constable's RBI single in the eighth inning proved the game's
only run as fourth-seeded Bucknell advanced to the Patriot
League championship series Sunday. Mark Angelo walked and stole
second to start the eighth. After two strikeouts, Constable
singled through the shortstop hole for the game-winner for the
Bison (24-22-2). Jarrett struck out eight in 5.2 innings, and
Buursma didn't allow a hit over the final 3.1 innings. Cole
White tossed eight solid innings for Army (24-25).
No. 10 Georgia 12, No. 15 Vanderbilt 10
In Nashville, Tenn., Miles Starr’s two-run double
sparked a six-run second as Georgia won the series over
Vanderbilt at Hawkins Field and secured the SEC regular-season
crown. Dominic de la Osa’s two-run homer highlighted a four-run
second for the Commodores (15-11, 37-15). The Bulldogs (19-7-1,
33-17-1) answered with a two-run homer by Matt Cerione in the
third for an 8-4 advantage. Matt Olson’s three-run blast in the
sixth gave Georgia an 11-4 lead.
No. 5 Rice 12, Houston 6
In Houston, Aaron Luna went 4 for 5 with a
double, a home run and six RBI to lead Rice to a series sweep
over Houston at Reckling Park. The Owls (18-3, 39-11) won the
2008 Conference USA regular-season title for the third straight
year. Rice has won 13 consecutive conference championships. Luna
had a two-run double in the first and a three-run homer in the
third to give the Owls a 5-0 lead. Ryan Lormand belted a two-run
homer in the sixth for the Cougars (11-10, 30-21). Diego
Seastrunk had a two-run double and Luna added an RBI single in
the bottom of the sixth as Rice built a 10-2 lead.
No. 3 Florida State 24, Savannah State 4
In Tallahassee, Fla., Stuart Tapley had two home
runs and six RBI to lead Florida State past Savannah State at
Dick Howser Stadium in a game called after seven innings. Tapley
hit a two-run homer in the first and a grand slam in the second
for the Seminoles (43-8). FSU scored in every inning and has
scored in 17 of the 18 innings the past three games against the
No. 3 Arizona State 11, Loyola Marymount 3
In Tempe, Ariz., Kiel Roling went 3 for 3 with
three RBI as Arizona State topped Loyola Marymount in front of
2,310 fans at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark.
Brett Wallace and Raoul Torrez each had two hits and two RBI for
the Sun Devils (40-9). ASU used a six-run fourth to take control
against the Lions (22-28).
No. 7 Nebraska 9-13, No. 6 Texas A&M 8-10
In Lincoln, Neb., Nebraska won its Big 12 series
with Texas A&M with a doubleheader sweep. Mitch Abeita’s RBI
single capped a five-run ninth for the Huskers (17-6-1, 38-9-1)
in the opener, snapping the 16-game conference win streak for
the Aggies (19-5, 42-10). Bryce Nimmo had four hits and four RBI
in the nightcap as NU scored nine in its final three at-bats.
Texas Tech 12, No. 8 Oklahoma State 10
In Stillwater, Okla., Texas Tech rebounded from
an 8-0 deficit and scored three in the ninth to avoid the Big 12
sweep against Oklahoma State. Chris Hall walked with the bases
loaded in the top of the ninth for the Red Raiders (7-17, 22-28)
to snap a 9-9 tie. Willie Rueda and Joey Kenworthy followed with
RBI singles. Neil Medchill homered in the bottom of the ninth
for the Cowboys (16-8, 37-14).
San Francisco 14, No. 9 San Diego 3
In San Francisco, Mitchell Bialosky had three
hits with two doubles, a home run and two RBI as San Francisco
salvaged the final game of its West Coast Conference series
against San Diego. Kevin Muno homered in the top of the first
for the Toreros (16-5, 39-15) before Joey Railey went deep in
the bottom of the frame for the Dons (12-9, 31-23). Railey added
a two-run single in a seven-run second for USF. Bialosky’s solo
shot in the third followed Kyle Morgan’s two-run homer in the
fourth as the Dons built an 11-2 lead.
No. 11 Stanford 8, No. 18 California 5
In Stanford, Calif., Brent Milleville’s grand
slam for Stanford salvaged the final game of its Pac-10 series
with California at Klein Field. Brian Guinn drove in two in a
three-run second for the Golden Bears (11-10, 32-16-12). The
Cardinal (11-7, 29-18-2) answered with three in the fourth.
Milleville’s slam in the fifth gave Stanford a 7-3 advantage.
No. 12 Wichita State 16, Evansville 3
In Evansville, Ind., Brett Bascue had six RBI as
Wichita State thumped Evansville. His two-run double keyed a
nine-run first for the Shockers (16-5, 38-14). He added a grand
slam in the fourth to push the lead to 15-2. Andy Smith homered
in the second for the Purple Aces (4-17, 14-38).
No. 13 Cal State Fullerton 12, Cal Poly 9
In Fullerton, Calif., Dustin Garneau went 3 for 3
with three RBI as Cal State Fullerton won the rubber game of its
Big West series with Cal Poly. The Titans (15-6, 32-17) led 7-2
before the Mustangs (7-11, 23-26) rallied and tied it in the
sixth on a three-run homer by Josh Thomas. Fullerton responded
with three in the bottom of the frame as Gary Brown’s RBI double
gave the Titans the lead for good. Garneau added a sac fly in
the inning. Ryan Lee went 4 for 4 for Cal Poly.
Arkansas 4, No. 14 South Carolina 2
In Fayetteville, Ark., Dallas Keuchel allowed
five hits in eight innings with 10 strikeouts as Arkansas
completed the SEC sweep of South Carolina at Baum Stadium. Andy
Wilkins had a two-run double in the third to give the Razorbacks
(13-13, 31-21) a 3-0 lead. Mike Bolsinger had a two-run homer in
the ninth for the Gamecocks (13-14, 34-18).
Kansas 7-1, No. 16 Missouri 6-12
In Lawrence, Kan., Kansas and Missouri split a
Big 12 doubleheader. Nick Faunce’s RBI double in the bottom of
the ninth gave the Jayhawks (9-15, 30-24) the win in the opener.
Kyle Gibson (8-1) went the distance in the nightcap with eight
strikeouts as the Tigers (13-11, 34-17) run-ruled Kansas in
seven innings. Trevor Coleman had three hits, four runs and
three RBI for Missouri.
No. 17 UC Irvine 2, Pacific 1
In Irvine, Calif., Ollie Linton knocked in the
game-winner in the eighth as UC Irvine nipped Pacific at
Anteater Ballpark to win the Big West series. Linton’s RBI
double snapped a 1-1 tie in the eighth. Eric Pettis struck out
the side in the ninth for his 13th save. Sean Madigan
had an RBI single in the second for the Anteaters (10-8, 33-13).
The Tigers (3-18, 11-37) tied it in the seventh on a Mike
McKeever home run.
No. 19 NC State 17, Maryland 8
In College Park, Md., Matt Payne had three hits
and four RBI as NC State outscored Maryland to win their ACC
series. Jeremy Synan added three hits and three RBI. The
Wolfpack (17-9, 35-16) scored four in the third and six in the
fourth to take control. The Terps (9-21, 29-26) got six of their
eight runs in the sixth.
No. 20 Michigan 11-12, Minnesota 5-8
In Minneapolis, Minn., Michigan clinched its
third straight Big Ten regular-season championship with a
doubleheader sweep at Minnesota. Mike Dufek had four hits,
including two homers, four runs and seven RBI for Wolverines
(23-4, 38-11). Dufek also pitched the final two innings of the
nightcap against the Golden Gophers (8-19, 18-33) to earn his