May 22, 2008
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3 Bowling Green 5, No. 6 Ohio 4
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2 Eastern Michigan 8, No. 7 Western Michigan 5
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4 Northern Illinois 13, No. 5 Ball State 7
MAC - No.
1 Kent State 4, No. 8 Central Michigan 2
CAA - No. 3
George Mason 8, No. 4 William & Mary 7 (10)
Around the Tournaments
Coleman's RBI single in 10th lifts
Missouri over Texas
Oklahoma defeats top-seeded Texas A&M;
Seton Hall eliminated St. John's
(Special thanks to Scott Day for his
assistance in compiling these recaps)
No. 4 Missouri 3, No. 5 Texas 2 (10)
No. 8 Oklahoma 4, No. 1 Texas A&M 1
No. 6 Baylor 10, No. 3 Nebraska 4
In Oklahoma City, Trevor Coleman’s RBI single
plated Ryan Lollis and gave Missouri a dramatic 3-2 victory in
10 innings over the Texas Longhorns in the opening game of the
Big 12 Tournament. The right arm of Chance Ruffin held the
Tigers scoreless for five innings until Jacob Priday launched a
two-run homer to even the game at 2-2. Luke Anders of Missouri
was outstanding out of the bullpen, tossing 2.2 innings of
scoreless relief, allowing just two hits and notching four
A complete game by Andrew Doyle and three
unearned runs in the sixth inning propelled the Sooners
(33-23-1) to an opening-round upset of top-seeded Texas A&M
(42-15). Doyle allowed just five hits over his nine innings,
walking two and striking out 12. Aaron Baker landed the decisive
blow as he ripped an RBI double into left centerfield in the top
of the sixth and fellow classmate Bryant Hernandez lofted a
sacrifice fly that scored two more runs due to an Aggie error as
Oklahoma plated three runs in the game-changing sixth inning.
Three Texas A&M miscues proved costly as all four of Oklahoma’s
runs were unearned.
Sophomore Shaver Hansen’s three-run triple keyed
a four-run seventh inning that helped push the Baylor Bears
(32-24) past Nebraska (39-13-1), 10-4, in the first round of
pool play at the Big 12 Championship. Hansen, who was making his
first career appearance as the Bears’ clean-up hitter, was
3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored to key the upset.
Shawn Tolleson tossed 6.1 solid innings, allowing four runs on
five hits to earn his sixth victory.
No. 5 Seton Hall 12, No. 1 St. John’s 6
No. 7 West Virginia 13, No. 3 Notre Dame 6
In Clearwater, Fla., a nine-run seventh inning by
Seton Hall eliminated St. John’s, the top seed in the Big East
Tournament, after just two days. The Pirates sent 12 batters to
the plate in that frame, collecting five hits and drawing four
walks, while capitalizing on three St. John’s errors. Greg
Miller was 4 for 5 with two runs scored and three RBIs, while
coming up a triple short of the cycle. Jesse Gwaltney picked up
the win in relief for the Pirates.
Big East Rookie of the Year Jedd Gyorko made sure
to validate his award quickly as the youngster blasted a
420-foot grand slam over the right-centerfield wall to highlight
a four-run second as seventh-seeded West Virginia (35-20)
eliminated third-seeded Notre Dame (33-21-1) with a 13-6
victory. The Mountaineers jumped out to an early 8-1 advantage
thanks to back-to-back four run innings and after Notre Dame got
within 8-3, West Virginia posted five runs in the bottom of the
sixth to put the game out of reach at 13-3. Gyorko ended the day
with a 2-for-5 performance with five RBI and two runs while
Tyler Kuhn had four hits and three runs for the Mountaineers.
No. 5 Georgia Tech 10, No. 4 N.C. State 9
No. 1 Miami (Fla.) 7, No. 8 Clemson 1
In Jacksonville, Fla., ACC fans saw more back and
forth action than a ping-pong table as the Yellow Jackets
(39-17) capatilized on three N.C. State errors to plate two runs
in the top of the ninth to pick up the dramatic 10-9 win. The
Wolfpack (37-19) held a 7-3 advantage heading into the top of
the eighth when Georgia Tech scored five runs to grab an 8-7
lead. N.C. State reclaimed the lead in their half of the eighth
on a two-run, pinch-hit double by Nick Stanley. On the
afternoon, the Wolfpack coughed up five errors accounting for
three unearned runs.
Top-seed Miami (44-8) got a two-RBI double by
Mark Sobolewski in the bottom of the first and never looked back
as Chris Hernandez allowed just four hits over eight innings to
stifle the Clemson (30-26-1) in the 7-1 Hurricanes victory.
Hernandez picked up his 10th victory to improve to a
perfect 10-0, while holding Clemson without a run for his eight
innings and recording 10 strikeouts. Eight of the nine starters
for Miami notched a hit in the victory, with no Hurricanes
notching a multi-hit performance.
No. 1 Lipscomb 14, No. 6 Campbell 0
No. 4 Gardner-Webb 9, No. 3 Belmont 7
No. 5 Stetson 8, No. 2 Mercer 5
In DeLand, Fla., Rex Brothers and Charlie
Williams combined for a two-hitter to lead top-seeded Lipscomb
(29-27) to a 14-0 defeat of Campbell (20-36) in the opening
round of the Atlantic Sun Tournament. While the two hurlers were
stifling the Camels offense, the Bison pounded out 17 hits with
Justin Sanders and Allen Bolden leading the way with three hits
apiece. Sanders also scored a run and drove in five RBI, while
picking up two doubles and a home run.
Justin Loyd’s RBI single in the top of the 10th
broke a 7-7 tie as Gardner-Webb (27-28) notched a 8-7,
extra-inning victory over Belmont (23-31) in the first round of
the Atlantic Sun Tournament. The bottom of the Bulldogs lineup
was outstanding going 7-for-12 with three runs scored and an RBI
with Daniel Cooke leading the way with three hits. Lost in the
shuffle was an offensive display put on by Derek Wiley as he
went 3 for 5 with four RBI and two runs for Belmont. Wes Cogdill
picked up the win in relief for the Bulldogs.
With the game tied at 5-5, the Hatters used an
RBI single by Casey Frawley and a two-RBI double to Jeremy Cruz
to post three runs in the top of the eighth as Stetson picked up
a 8-5 victory in Atlantic Sun Tournament action. Robbie
Elsemiller was the story on the mound for Stetson as he tossed
four innings of solid relief, allowing just five hits and no
earned runs, while striking out five. The bottom part of the
Hatters’ lineup was outstanding as Jeff Simpson and Josh
Clendenin combined to go 5 for 7 with four runs and one RBI.
No. 5 Rhode Island 7, No. 4 Temple 1
No. 3 Duquesne 16, No. 6 St. Bonaventure 6
No. 4 Temple 5, No. 6 St. Bonaventure 2
In Camden, N.J., an RBI single in the bottom of
the first would be the only run senior right-hander Brett
Palanski would allow as he scattered seven hits over eight
innings of work to propel the Rams (30-25-1) to a 7-1 opening
round victory over Temple (26-28). The bottom of three hitters
for Rhode Island were clutch all day long going 4 for 9 with
three runs and four RBI, while Sean Barksdale had three hits and
an RBI in a losing effort for the Owls.
Twelve runs over the sixth and seventh innings
blew open a tightly-contested game as Duquesne (25-27-1) eased
past St. Bonaventure (29-23), 16-6, in the first round of the
Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament. The Dukes pounded out 20 hits
with leadoff hitter Derek Mechling going a perfect 4 for 4 with
three runs and an RBI to lead the way. Cody Vincent of St.
Bonaventure had held the Dukes in check for most of the contest
as the Bonnies held a 4-3 advantage heading into the bottom of
the sixth, but Duquesne put up seven runs in the frame and
followed that up with five runs in the bottom of the seventh to
put the game out of reach.
The left arm of Mike Mongiardini proved to the
difference in the elimination game as the southpaw led Temple
(27-28) to a 5-2 defeat of St. Bonaventure (29-24). Mongiardini
allowed just one hit in the first seven innings of work and
finished with just three hits in 7.2 innings. Stan Orzechowski
laced a two-run single down the right field line to key a
four-run fifth inning that keyed the Owls offensively. Arshwin
Asjes came in to record the final out of the contest and pick up
his 10th save.
No. 1 Coastal Carolina 20, No. 8 UNC Asheville
No. 6 Radford 15, No. 2 Liberty 4
David Sappelt and Dock Doyle combined for seven
hits, seven RBI and six runs to lead a potent Chanticleer
offense as Coastal Carolina (44-11) breezed by UNC Asheville
(24-34), 20-4 in the opening round of the Big South Tournament.
Tyler Bortnick also had four hits for Coastal as he went 4 for 5
with four RBI and three runs. Coastal hit four home runs and
Nick McCully tossed five solid innings to pick up the win.
The Highlanders (24-30) scored runs in each of
the first six innings to upset Liberty (31-25-1), 15-4, in the
opening round of the Big South Tournament. All nine of Radford’s
starters notched a hit in the victory, led by Ben Toth, who had
four hits, three runs scored and three RBIs on the evening. Adam
Hoyt was stellar on the hill for the Highlanders tossing seven
strong innings, allowing just six hits and three runs, while
walking just three. Cody Brown had three hits, an RBI and a run
No. 4 Illinois 3, No. 5 Ohio State 2
No. 3 Penn State 6, No. 6 Indiana 1
In Ann Arbor, Mich., Kevin Munson tossed a
complete game four-hitter to lead the Fightin’ Illini (31-23) to
a 3-2 victory over Ohio State (30-25) in the first game of the
Big Ten Tournament. Joe Bonadonna picked a great time for his
first collegiate home run as he launched a solo shot over the
left field wall in the bottom of the seventh to break a 2-2 tie.
Three Buckeye hurlers scattered 11 hits over eight innings, but
Bonadonna’s long ball proved to be the difference.
Mike Wanamaker (no relation to John) was not
issuing any deals this afternoon as he tossed a complete-game
gem to lead the Nittany Lions (27-29) to a 6-1 defeat of Indiana
(28-29). Wanamaker scattered seven hits over his nine innings of
work, while walking just two and striking out four to pick up
his sixth victory. Rob Yodice’s two-RBI single in the bottom of
the fifth highlighted a four-run inning that put Penn State in
command with a 5-1 lead. Wes Borden caused headaches throughout
the afternoon for Indiana as he went 3 for 5 with two runs out
of the leadoff spot for Penn State.
No. 2 James Madison 6, No. 5 Old Dominion 1
No. 3 George Mason 8, No. 4 William & Mary 7
No. 1 UNC Wilmington 11, No. 6 Towson 5
In Wilmington, N.C., Turner Phelps tossed a
complete game, five-hitter and Steven Caseres notched five RBI
to lead James Madison (35-17) to a 6-1 opening round victory
over Old Dominion (25-26). Phelps was outstanding in his CAA
Tournament debut allowing just one walk and posting 10
strikeouts, while Caseres provided the offense with two hits and
five RBI, including a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth to
blow the game open.
Mark Hill could not have picked a better time to
launch his first home run since March 1st as the
sophomore smacked a dramatic two-out, three-run homer in the
bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 7-7 and eventually lead
George Mason (29-23) to thrilling come-from-behind 8-7,
10-inning victory over William & Mary (35-20). With the game
scoreless in the fifth, the Tribe used six hits to post seven
runs and claim a 7-0 advantage. Scott Kreiger landed the
decisive blow in the bottom of the 10th as he laced
an RBI double off the right field wall to plate Spencer Wiggins
and send George Mason on to a winner’s bracket meeting with
second-seeded James Madison.
Daniel Hargrave displayed why he was a first-team
All-CAA selection as the second baseman was a perfect 5-for-5
with three runs scored and two RBIs to lead a 17-hit attack for
UNC Wilmington (42-13-1) as the Seahawks blew past Towson
(28-27), 11-5, in the first round of the CAA Tournament. Junior
ace Bradley Holt allowed just two earned runs over eight innings
of work, while striking out seven to pick up his 10th
victory of the year. The top three hitters in the Seahawks’
lineup went a combined 10 for 13 with seven RBI and seven runs.
No. 4 Houston 5, No. 5 East Carolina 4 (10)
No. 8 UAB 8, No. 1 Rice 2
In New Orleans, Zak Presley’s two-run,
bases-loaded single gave the Cougars a thrilling 10-inning
victory over East Carolina in the first game of the Conference
USA Tournament. Wes Musick of Houston and Seth Maness of East
Carolina were stellar on the hill for their squads, allowing
just three earned runs apiece over the first seven innings.
Brandon Henderson’s RBI double plated Corey Kemp and gave the
Pirates a 4-3 advantage in the top of the 10th, but a
walk, single and a hit by pitch loaded the bases to set the
stage for Presley’s heroics.
For just the second time in the history of the
Conference USA Tournament, an eighth seed beat the number one
seed as Kyle Roberson led UAB (25-32) to a 8-2 defeat of Rice
(42-12). Roberson hurled eight outstanding innings, scattering
seven hits and four walks, while notching three strikeouts. Ryan
Keedy provided the offensive prowess as he notched three hits
and three RBI, including a big two-run double in the sixth
inning that put the game out of reach at 7-2. The first four
hitters in the UAB lineup created havoc all day for Rice
combining for 10 for 16 with six runs and six RBI.
No. 5 Wisconsin-Milwaukee 10, No. 4 Cleveland
State 7 (14)
No. 6 Valparaiso 3, No. 3 Youngstown 2
In Niles, Ohio, Cole Kraft’s RBI single into
centerfield broke a 7-7 tie in the top of the 14th
and Tim Patzman followed with a two-RBI double as UW-Milwaukee
(22-34) claimed a thrilling 10-7 victory in 14 innings over
Cleveland State (21-30). Adam Ferrell picked up the win in
relief as he allowed just one run over six innings, while
allowing just five base runners. Shawn Wozniak led the way
offensively for the Panthers with three hits, three RBI and two
Valparaiso (20-33) pounded out 12 hits, but still
needed three late runs to pick up a 3-2 victory over Youngstown
State (23-32) in the Horizon League Tournament. Andrew
Quinnette’s RBI double in the top of the eighth tied the scored
at 2-2 before Josh Wallace gave the Crusaders their first lead
of the contest with an RBI single in the top of the ninth for a
3-2 Valparaiso advantage. Aaron Swenson was outstanding for the
Penguins allowing just six hits and one earned run over 6.2
innings of work, while Jon Gulbransen was just as he hurled
seven innings of five-hit ball for Valparaiso.
No. 5 Southern Illinois 5, No. 4 Northern Iowa
No. 3 Creighton 14, No. 6 Bradley 2
In Wichita, Kan., the right arm of junior Cody
Adams was the difference for the Salukis as the third-year
standout posted seven strikeouts to lead Southern Illinois
(33-21) to a 5-3 decision over Northern Iowa (29-23). Adams was
outstanding all day notching a 1-2-3 inning in five of his nine
innings and recorded 17 groundball outs. Scott Elmendorf led the
12-hit attack for the Saluki as he had three hits out of the
two-hole in the lineup, while Dean Cademartori scored three runs
and picked up an RBI in the victory.
A nine-run sixth inning blew a 2-2 game wide open
as Creighton (36-19) picked up a 14-2 victory over Bradley in
Missouri Valley Conference action. The contest was stopped
during the eighth inning due to the tournament’s 10-run rule.
All nine Blue Jay starters notched a hit in the win with third
baseman Steve Winkelmann going 3 for 4 with two RBI and two
runs. Jeremy Hauer tossed 5.2 solid innings to pick up his
eighth win of the year for the Blue Jays.
No. 3 San Diego State 1, No. 4 BYU 0
In Fort Worth, Texas, Nate Solow and Shane
Kaufman combined on a four-hit shutout to lead the Aztecs
(31-27) to a 1-0 defeat of BYU (22-36). Solow and Blake
Torgerson of BYU matched each other 0-for-0 through the first
six innings before Brett Tanos’ RBI single in the bottom of the
seventh score Brandon Decker to plate the game’s only run. The
two teams combined for just three walks and eight strikeouts for
an easy 2:10 opening round contest.
No. 2 LSU 5, No. 7 South Carolina 4
No. 6 Vanderbilt 7, No. 3 Florida 3
No. 8 Ole Miss 4, No. 1 Georgia 1
In Hoover, Ala., Blake Dean’s walk-off, solo home
run in the bottom of the 10th capped off a wild,
come-from-behind victory for LSU (40-17-1) as they posted five
runs in the final two innings to pick up the 5-4, extra inning
win over South Carolina (37-20). The Gamecocks held a 4-0 lead
heading into the bottom of the ninth before Matt Clark launched
a three-run home run over the right field wall to cut the
deficit to one. After a walk and a strikeout, Ryan Schimpf laced
a two-out, RBI double down the left field line to plate D.J.
LeMahieu and set the stage for Dean’s heroics.
Four innings of scoreless relief pitching helped
Vanderbilt (38-18) coast by Florida (34-21), 7-3 in the opening
round of the SEC Tournament. Steven Liddle and Andrew Giobbi
each went 3 for 5 with a run to lead the 14-hit attack for the
Commodores, while Dominic de la Osa’s RBI single in the top of
the second capped off a three-run frame that gave Vanderbilt an
early 4-1 advantage. Hampton Tignor and Brandon McArthur each
had RBI singles in the bottom of the sixth for the Gators as
Florida got within 6-3, but the relief trio of Drew Hayes,
Richie Goodenow and Russell Brewer preserved the victory for
If Mississippi Head Coach Mike Bianco was told
that the Rebels’ two first inning runs would be enough, he might
have thought you were crazy, but it proved to be the difference
as Ole Miss (35-22) picked up a 4-1 upset victory over Georgia
(35-20-1) on the first day of action at the SEC Tournament.
Lance Lynn and Scott Bittle were outstanding on the hill for the
Rebels holding the ‘Dawgs to just six hits and one earned run,
while combing for 16 strikeouts, 12 of which belonged to Lynn.
The top of the Ole Miss lineup caused headaches all day for
Georgia as Jordan Henry and Fuller Smith each went 3 for 5 with
No. 2 College of Charleston 5, No. 7 Western
No. 3 Furman 10, No. 6 Appalachian State 8
No. 1 Elon 21, No. 9 Wofford 12
In Charleston, S.C., right-hander Jesse Simpson
retired the final 13 batters he faced as the junior led the
College of Charleston (37-19) to a 5-4 victory over Western
Carolina (29-27). Fellow classmate Jeremie Tice led the Cougars’
offensive attack as he launched two solo home runs, while Mike
Hentz delivered what proved to be the decisive blow with an RBI
single in the bottom of the fifth for the Cougars. J.C. Lyons
keyed a four-run outburst for Western Carolina in the top half
of the fifth as he sent a three-run blast over the left field
wall and gave the Catamounts a brief 4-3 lead.
Bobby Hubbard will be telling this story to his
kids, grandkids and anyone else that will listen to him for a
long time as the veteran capped off a thrilling extra-inning
game with a walk-off grand slam that sent Furman (32-22) past
Appalachian State (31-26), 10-8 in the first round of the
Southern Conference Tournament. With the game tied at 5-5, the
Mountaineers posted three runs to claim an 8-5 advantage heading
into the bottom of the 10th. Three straight walks
with one-out loaded the bases for Marcus Rose, who worked a
bases-loaded walk of his own to cut the lead to 8-6 and set the
stage for Hubbard’s dramatic finish.
The electric bill for the Southern Conference
Tournament may have tripled after the third contest of the day
as Elon (40-16) and Wofford (24-34) combined for 30 hits and 33
runs in a slugfest that ended with the Phoenix picking up a
21-12 victory. With Elon ahead 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth,
the Phoenix pounded out 10 hits to key a 15-run sixth inning
that blew the game wide open. Chris Dove led the 17-hit attack
for Elon going 3 for 4 with five RBI, while Shane Kirkley had
two hits and four RBI in a losing effort for Wofford.
No. 3 Texas State 22, No. 6 Texas-Arlington 2
No. 2 Lamar 8, No. 7 Southeastern Louisiana 7
In Huntsville, Texas, the theory is that hitting
is contagious and the Bobcats sure proved that pounding out a
Southland Tournament record 24 hits as Texas State (30-25) blew
past UT-Arlington (26-30), 22-2, in a seven-inning game due to
the tournament mercy rule. Six different Bobcat hitters had at
least three hits in the victory, including Ben Theriot who set a
school and tournament record with seven RBI. Along with 24 hits,
Texas State set a school and tournament record with 21 RBI in
the impressive victory. Lost behind all the offense was Mike
Hart who allowed just two earned runs over six innings to pick
up his seventh win.
Steven Tucker sent an RBI single into left field
to cap a four-run, ninth-inning rally that lifted the Cardinals
(33-21) to a thrilling 8-7 victory over SE Louisiana (29-26). SE
Louisana took a 7-4 lead into the final frame, but Lamar pounded
out five hits and two walks to earn the come-from-behind win.
Nik Gumeson led the 13-hit attack for the Cardinals going 3 for
4 with two RBI and a run, while Ty Summerlin and Brandon Street
each had three hits for SE Louisiana in a losing effort.
No. 4 Western Kentucky 9, No. 5 Florida
No. 7 South Alabama 14, No. 2 New Orleans 2
No. 1 ULM 8, No. 8 Middle Tennessee 7
In Lafayette, La., eight runs over the first two
innings keyed Western Kentucky (30-24) to a 9-0 shutout victory
over Florida Atlantic (29-26-1). Matt Ridings and Adam Balcom
combined for the six-hit shutout, allowing a total of just nine
FAU base runners in the contest. Matt Hightower, Terrence Dayleg
and Ched Cregar each had two hits apiece for the Hilltoppers,
with Cregar driving in three RBI and scoring twice.
The seventh-seeded Jaguars put up five runs in
the first and never looked back as South Alabama (32-24) upset
second-seed New Orleans (38-18), 14-2, in the opening round of
the Sun Belt Tournament. Due to the mercy rule in the Sun Belt
Tournament, the game was halted after seven innings. Junior
David Doss tied a school and tournament record with three
doubles in the contest as South Alabama pounded out 15 hits with
all nine Jaguar starters notching a hit in the game. Ray Kruml
picked up three RBI on two hits, including a three-run bomb over
the left-centerfield fence.
Dexter Fontenot’s two-RBI double capped off an
improbable come-from-behind victory as ULM (34-22) posted a
six-run ninth inning to get past Middle Tennessee (27-28-1),
8-7, in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament. With the
Blue Raiders up 7-3 and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, ULM
put runners on first and second for Jon Prevost, who promptly
laced a double down the left field line to score two and bring
the Warhawks within two. An RBI single by Kyle Suire two batters
later would set the stage for Fontenot’s heroics.