May 23, 2008
are from CBI Composite
MAC - No. 6 Ohio
5, No. 7 Western Michigan 4
MAC - No.
5 Ball State 7, No. 8 Central Michigan 5
MAC - No.
2 Eastern Michigan 11, No. 3 Bowling Green 4
No. 1 Kent
State 10, No. 4 Northern Illinois 6
Around the Tournaments
East Carolina eliminates
top-seeded Rice in C-USA
South Carolina tops Florida; Binghamton
edges Vermont in America East
(Special thanks to Pat Janssen and Scott
Day for their assistance in compiling these recaps)
No. 5 East Carolina 4, No. 1 Rice 3
In New Orleans, La., top-seeded Rice was dealt an
early exit, falling 4-3 to East Carolina. Rice became the first
team in No. 1 seed in C-USA history to lose its first two
tournament games. The Owls opened the scoring with a two-run
home run by Adam Zornes. Rice added a run in the third on Jared
Gayheart’s RBI single. The Pirates began to climb back in the
fifth when Kyle Roller launched a solo home run to centerfield.
It was Roller’s second homer in as many days. Corey Kemp kept
the pressure on Rice with a solo blast to open up the sixth.
Stephen Batts followed with a single. Following a sacrifice bunt
by Ryan Wood, Dustin Harrington tied the game with a single up
the middle. Roller produced another base hit, this time off of
All C-USA reliever Cole St. Clair, putting runners at the
corners. After St. Clair struck out Drew Schieber, Harrison
Eldridge gave East Carolina its first lead with an RBI single.
Pirate reliever T.J. Hose (6-4) struck out five in 4.1 scoreless
innings and Josh Ruhlman retired the final two batters of the
game for his second save. Ryan Berry (7-4) was tagged with the
loss after allowing four runs on six hits and three walks while
striking out four in 5.1 frames. East Carolina will play the
loser of today’s Houston-UAB game Friday at 3 p.m. CT.
No. 7 South Carolina 11, No. 3 Florida 3
In Hoover, Ala., an offensive explosion by South
Carolina sent third-seeded Florida packing. The Gamecocks
produced five-run explosions in the second and eighth innings,
in addition to a single run in the fifth, to oust the Gators in
Thursday’s first elimination game. South Carolina (38-20)
pounded out seven hits during the second inning, but Florida
(34-22) aided the Gamecocks’ five-run frame with two
bases-loaded walks. Justin Smoak paced the South Carolina
onslaught with four RBI and a three-run home run in the eighth
inning. Smoak became the seventh player in SEC history with at
least 60 home runs. He has 21 this season. He also established a
school record with 200 career RBI. Nick Godwin (7-3) got the
win, limiting Florida to three runs in seven innings of work.
Mike Cisco slammed the door on the Gators, giving up just one
hit and no runs in two innings to pick up his first save.
Florida starter Billy Bullock (4-4) faced just 10 batters. He
took the loss after allowing five runs in just 1.1 innings of
work. Thursday’s loss marked the first time Florida was
eliminated from the SEC Tournament after two games since 1995.
It is the second straight year that South Carolina has knocked
the Gators out of the tournament. The Gamecocks will meet the
loser of tonight’s LSU-Vanderbilt game Friday at 4 p.m. ET.
No. 1 Binghamton 4, No. 4 Vermont 1
In Farmingdale, N.Y., Binghamton senior Zach Groh
out-dueled Vermont junior lefthander Joe Serafin. For the fourth
consecutive game, Serafin (6-5) went the distance, holding the
Bearcats hitless until the sixth inning, but Groh (6-3) struck
out a season-high 10 batters in 7.1 innings to pick up the
victory. Groh, a first-team all-conference selection,
surrendered just one run on four hits. A walk, an error and a
groundout allowed the Bearcats to strike first with an unearned
run in the bottom of the first. Matt Duffy got the Catamounts on
the board with an RBI single in the top of the seventh to tie
the game. Binghamton freshman Brian Ivan quickly broke the tie
with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh. The Bearcats
added a two-run home run by Ryan Holley in the eighth.
Binghamton closer Greg Lane tossed 1.2 scoreless innings of
relief to pick up his 11th save. Vermont (26-23) will play in
tomorrow’s elimination game against loser of tonight’s Stony
Brook-UMBC game. Binghamton (28-25) advances to the winners’
bracket to play tonight’s victor.
No. 5 Rhode Island 11, No. 1 Xavier 4
In Camden, N.J., fifth-seeded Rhode Island
cranked out 17 hits and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth
to knock off the top-seeded Musketeers and remain undefeated in
the double-elimination bracket. Seeking its first A-10 crown
since 2005, URI (31-25-1) will take on the Charlotte/Duquesne
winner at 12 pm on Thursday. Xavier (25-30), in pursuit of its
first A-10 title, drops into the losers’ bracket. Xavier trailed
7-4 in the bottom of the eighth before it loaded the bases.
After closer Tim Boyce fanned Sean Farrell swinging, he was able
to get John McCambridge to ground into a double play to retire
the side. The Rams added four more runs in the top of the ninth
and Boyce pitched a perfect ninth to secure his fifth save and
the Rams’ 16th win in 19 contests this season when scoring at
least seven runs.
No. 6 Campbell 11, No. 2 Mercer 3
In DeLand, Fla., Campbell claimed its first
conference tournament victory since 2000 with an 11-3 triumph
over Mercer, knocking the Bears out of the tournament. It is the
first time since 1997 that Mercer (24-33) has gone winless at
the A-Sun Tournament. Campbell (21-36) will play in another
elimination game Friday against either Belmont, Gardner-Webb or
Stetson. Campbell’s eight-run win followed a 14-0 loss to
Lipscomb in Wednesday’s opening round. The 22-run reversal
marked the largest turn-around in A-Sun Tournament history.
Campbell senior Brandon Scott torched the Bears, going 4 for 5
with two home runs, three RBI and three runs. Scott was one of
five Camels to register multiple hits. Campbell also stole four
bases, including two by Ryan Hamme. Senior Justin Lilly (6-4)
became the first Campbell pitcher to win six games in a season
since Mike Ange did so in 2005. Lilly tossed 7.2 innings, giving
up just two earned runs while striking out four. Mercer starter
David Harden (5-3) was tagged with the loss, allowing five
earned runs in 2.1 innings. He walked three and struck out just
Liberty 10, No. 8 UNC
senior Ryan Page pitched seven shutout innings, helping the
Flames stay alive with a 10-1 win over UNC Asheville. Page (5-5)
scattered four hits while striking out nine and walking four.
The Flames broke a scoreless tie in the fourth, scoring three on
a pair of doubles and a single against starter Graham Baughn.
Liberty added three
runs in the sixth inning, two in the seventh and two in the
eighth. The Flamed pounded out 13 hits, including four doubles
and two triples. Baughn (2-3) took the loss, surrendering six
earned runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings of work.