Feb. 20, 2009

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Hall tosses no-hitter for Kansas against Air Force

Stanford edges Vanderbilt in 10; Cal State Fullerton rallies past TCU


In Millington, Tenn., junior lefty Shaeffer Hall (left) tossed a 5-0 no-hitter for Kansas against Air Force in the Service Academies Spring Classic. Hall (1-0) allowed four base-runners, walking three and hitting one. Hall struck out seven and threw 102 pitches. He allowed multiple base-runners in just one inning, the sixth. He issued a two-out walk and hit a batter before a groundout ended the frame for the Falcons (1-1). Hall surrendered a leadoff walk in the ninth before a double play grounder and a strikeout ended the contest. It was the fifth individual no-hitter in school history and the first since David Hicks no-hit Northwest Missouri State on April 2, 1980. Five Jayhawks combined on a no-hitter against Texas Southern on Feb. 1, 2004 in the program’s most recent no-hitter. The Jayhawks (1-0) scored one in the second, three in the seventh and one in the eighth. Tony Thompson and Joe Lincoln each had two hits and drove in a run for KU.


“It’s my first no-hitter since my junior year of high school (Lee’s Summit West),” Hall was quoted as saying. “This time was a little more special, going nine innings. I’m pretty excited about it.”


“(Hall) was really special today,” Kansas head coach Ritch Price was quoted as saying. “For him to go out there and no-hit a team on just 104 pitches is an outstanding accomplishment. It’s one of the best performances by a pitcher that I’ve seen in my 30 years of coaching.”


No. 8 Stanford 6, Vanderbilt 5 (10)
In Stanford, Calif., Toby Gerhart's two-out RBI single plated Jake Schlander with the game-winning run as Stanford rallied from a 5-0 deficit to top Vanderbilt in its opener. The Cardinal (1-0) used a four-run sixth inning, scoring all of its runs with two outs, to tie the game at 5. Zach Jones and Joey August each had three hits and two runs for Stanford. Jeffrey Inman was touched for five earned runs in the first three innings but settled down to toss seven innings. Jordan Pries came on in the eighth and allowed two hits in three innings to win in his debut. Mike Minor couldn't escape the sixth, allowing five hits and two earned runs and striking out six in 5.2 innings. Stephen Liddle had two hits and two RBI for the Commodores (0-1).

No. 9 Cal State Fullerton 7, No. 32 TCU 6
In Fullerton, Calif., Tyler Pill made his first collegiate at-bat a memorable one, doubling to right center to score Jared Clark with the game-winning run in the ninth inning as Cal State Fullerton edged TCU. Pill, the brother of former Titan star Brett Pill, is a freshman who will start on the mound Sunday. Trailing 6-4 in the ninth, Ben Carruthers laced a two-run double to tie the game. Christian Colon had two hits and two RBI, and Nick Ramirez went 4 for 4 with a run and a RBI for the Titans (1-0). Tyler Featherston was 2 for 3 with three runs and a RBI for the Horned Frogs (0-1).


No. 1 LSU 12, Villanova 3
In Baton Rouge, La., Jared Mitchell went 2 for 4 with three RBI, and Blake Dean ripped a three-run homer as top-ranked LSU opened the new Alex Box Stadium in style with a win over Villanova. Louis Coleman, a reliever turned starter, tossed five innings with two hits and eight strikeouts before a record crowd of 9,054. Mitchell had a two-run single in a four-run first, and Dean's homer in the sixth made it 9-0 for the Tigers (1-0). Kevin Wager went 2 for 4 with two RBI for the Wildcats (0-1).

No. 2 North Carolina 13, VMI 3

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Mark Fleury and Ben Bunting each had two-run doubles to highlight a six-run fifth as North Carolina pulled away from VMI in front of 2,831 fans in the opener of the new Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium. Jordan Ballard homered in the fifth for the Keydets (0-1) to pull them to within one at 4-3 before the explosion by the Tar Heels (1-0). Fleury finished with three hits and three RBI. Garrett Gore had three hits, two runs and three RBI for UNC. Dustin Ackley also had three hits and an RBI for the Heels. Ballard, Brian Sandridge, Justin Topping and Graham Sullivan each had two hits for the Keydets. All-American Alex White (1-0) allowed eight hits and three earned runs in five innings with one walk and nine strikeouts to pick up the victory.


No. 3 Rice 10, Cal Poly 7

In San Luis Obispo, Calif., Rick Hague and Jeremy Rathjen each had three hits and two RBI as Rice outscored Cal Poly. The Owls (0-1) had to work out of bases-loaded jams in each of the final two innings to hang on. Rice scored five in the second before the Mustangs (0-1) answered with five in the third to take a 7-6 advantage. The Owls scored single runs in each of the final four innings to secure the victory. Diego Seastrunk and Steven Sultzbaugh each homered for Rice. Matt Jensen had two hits, including a dinger, and drove in three for Cal Poly.


No. 4 Texas A&M 18, Wright State 3
In College Station, Texas, Nick Fleece ripped a grand slam in the fifth inning, and Adam Smith blasted a three-run homer the next inning as Texas A&M broke from a 1-1 game in a rout of Wright State. Caleb Shofner (3 for 3, 3 RBI, 3 R) had a three-run triple in the 10-run sixth for the Aggies (1-0). Fleece went 2 for 3 with three runs and five RBI, and Smith added two hits and for RBI as A&M finished with 15 hits. Quentin Cate went 3 for 4 with a RBI for the Raiders (0-1).


No. 5 Georgia 15 Youngstown State 2
In Athens, Ga., Bryce Massanari went 3 for 4 with three runs as Georgia (1-0) pounded out 17 hits and took advantage of seven errors in routing Youngstown State (0-1). Colby May, Johnathan Taylor and Zach Cone each had two hits and two RBI in their debuts. Starter Trevor Holder allowed two runs over 5.1 innings, and the Bulldogs' bullpen tossed 3.2 scoreless innings. Every Georgia starter had at least one hit, and the 15 runs was the most on opening day since 2000.


No. 6 Texas 6, Illinois-Chicago 1

In Austin, Texas, Travis Tucker had two hits and scored twice as Texas topped UIC in front of 5,333 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Tucker singled and scored in the first to start the scoring for the Longhorns (1-0). Tucker was hit by a pitch and scored the final run in a four-run second as Texas took control. Brandon Belt had two RBI for the Longhorns. Brett Schaefer had a hit and scored the lone run for the Flames (0-1). Chance Ruffin (1-0) allowed four hits and one run in seven innings with two walks and three strikeouts for UT.


No. 7 Arizona State 15, Milwaukee 3

In Tempe, Ariz., Matt Newman homered and knocked in five as Arizona State overwhelmed Milwaukee. Josh Spence (1-0) pitched six scoreless innings for the Sun Devils (1-0) with two hits and six strikeouts. Jason Kipnis went 4 for 4 for ASU with four runs. Tim Patzman had a two-run homer in the ninth for the Panthers (0-1).


No. 10 Ole Miss 6, Liberty 5

In Mobile, Ala., Zach Miller’s sacrifice fly in the seventh snapped a 5-5 tie and lifted Ole Miss to the win over Liberty in the Coca-Cola Classic. Logan Power led off the seventh with a single for the Rebels (1-0), moved to second on a walk to Taylor Hashman, stole third and came home on Miller’s fly to left. David Goforth pitched the eighth for Ole Miss and Scott Bittle worked the ninth to earn the save. Power’s three-run homer capped a four-run first for the Rebels. Jeff Jefferson’s three-run shot highlighted a four-run third for the Flames (0-1).


No. 11 Florida State 9, Hofstra 3
In Tallahassee, Fla., Florida State pounded out 13 hits against Hofstra to extend its opening-day win streak to 11. Mike McGee tied a career high with three hits and knocked in three for the Seminoles (1-0). Tyler Holt and Ohmed Danesh both collected a pair of hits. The Pride (0-1) got off to an early 3-1 lead after two innings, but McGee's two-run single in the fourth put FSU up for good. Three Seminole relievers combined to throw four shutout innings. Mark Stuckless had three hits, one run and one RBI for Hofstra.


No. 12 Georgia Tech 9, Lipscomb 0
In Atlanta, Jeff Rowland and Derek Dietrich each hit home runs as Deck McGuire pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and struck out a career-high 13 batters to lead Georgia Tech past Lipscomb. The Yellow Jackets (1-0) broke open a pitcher's duel in the fifth with five unearned runs. A Dietrich grand slam one inning later pushed the lead to 9-0. Justin Sanders had two hits for the Bisons (0-1).


No. 25 Florida 6, No. 13 Louisville 3

In Gainesville, Fla., Patrick Keating had seven strikeouts in seven innings as Florida defeated Louisville in front of 4,403 fans at McKethan Stadium. Keating (1-0) allowed four hits and three runs, of which two were earned, and did not walk a batter. Billy Bullock tossed two scoreless innings to notch the save. Brandon McArthur had a two-run triple and scored in a three-run first for the Gators (1-0). UF added a run in the second for a 4-0 lead. Andrew Clark doubled and scored in a two-run fourth for the Cardinals (0-1). Adam Duvall homered in the seventh for UL to make it a one-run game before the Gators added a pair in the bottom of the frame to complete the scoring. Adams had two hits for Florida. Clark was 3 for 4 for the Cards.


No. 14 Baylor 2, Pacific 1 (10)

In Waco, Texas, Dan Evatt’s base hit in the 10th brought in the game-winner as Baylor edged Pacific. Shaver Hansen doubled to lead off the 10th for the Bears (1-0). He moved to third on an infield single and an intentional walk loaded the bases, setting the stage for Evatt. Logan Verrett (1-0) earned the win in his collegiate debut, allowing three hits and a walk in four shutout innings. Baylor scored in the bottom of the ninth to force the extra frame. Mike McKeever’s RBI single in the sixth put the Tigers (0-1) on the board.


No. 15 San Diego 6, Southern 4

In Compton, Calif., Sammy Solis fanned nine as San Diego held on for the win over Southern in the MLB Urban Youth Academy Tournament. Solis (1-0) allowed four hits and one run in six innings. A.J. Griffin finished the game to earn the save. Tony Strazzara’s two-run double capped a four-run first for the Toreros (1-0). USD added a run in the second before Toddrick Stevensen’s RBI double capped a four-run seventh for the Jaguars (0-1). The Toreros added an insurance run in the seventh to complete the scoring. Sean Nicol had two hits and two RBI for USD. Stevenson and Victor Franklin both had two hits for Southern.


No. 16 UC Irvine 5, Hawaii 1

In Honolulu, Daniel Bibona did not allow a hit until the eighth as UC Irvine defeated Hawaii in front of 3,844 fans at Les Murakami Stadium. Bibona (1-0) allowed one hit and one run in 7.2 innings with one walk and eight strikeouts. Sean Madigan had an RBI double and scored in the third to give the Anteaters (1-0) a 2-0 lead. Dillon Bell and Francis Larson had run-scoring singles in the sixth to give UCI a 4-0 lead. Larson added an RBI double in the eighth. Landon Hernandez had a run-scoring double in the eighth for the Rainbows (0-1).


No. 17 Oklahoma State 17, BYU 14

In Stillwater, Okla., Kevin David went 4 for 6 with two RBI as Oklahoma State scored six times in its final two at-bats to carry the Cowboys past BYU. Brandon Relf had four hits and four RBI as the Cougars (1-1) built a 13-11 lead after six. Tyrone Hambly’s RBI double capped a two-run seventh for OSU (1-0) to tie the game. Tom Belza’s run-scoring single ignited a four-run eighth for the home team.


No. 18 Miami (Fla.) 6, Rutgers 1

In Coral Gables, Fla., Scott Lawson went 3 for 4 with two RBI as Miami topped Rutgers in the opener at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. Head coach Jim Morris recorded is 1,200th Division I victory. Lawson’s run-scoring single in the sixth snapped a 1-1 tie and gave the Hurricanes (1-0) the lead for good. Chris Hernandez (1-0) fanned seven in six innings to earn the win. He allowed three hits, three walks and one run. Yasmani Grandal had three hits, including a two-run homer, and two runs for Miami. Dan Betteridge had two hits for the Scarlet Knights (0-1).


19 Missouri 12, Nevada 1

In Phoenix, Ryan Lollis went 2 for 3 with three runs and two RBI as Missouri thumped Nevada. The Tigers (1-0) scored two in the second, four in the fifth and five in the seventh to take control. Kyle Gibson (1-0) allowed three hits, one unearned run and three walks in six innings with six strikeouts to earn the victory. Shaun Kort scored the lone run for the Wolf Pack (1-1). Missouri had nine hits and drew 15 walks.


No. 20 Fresno State 5, Washington 4
In Fresno, Calif., Jake Johnson scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a wild pitch as defending champ Fresno State edged Washington in a back-and-forth affair. Before the game, a standing-room only crowd of 3,825 watched as the Bulldogs received their championship rings and displayed new championship signage around the park. The Huskies took a 1-0 lead into the fifth before the Bulldogs (1-0) scored two on Johnson's single to center. FSU added a run in the sixth, but the Huskies (0-1) tied it at 3 in the eighth. The Bulldogs took the lead again in the eighth, lost it in the top of the ninth and won it with a run in the bottom half. Dusty Robinson had a solo homer in the eighth for FSU. Kyle Conley went 3 for 4 with two RBI for the Huskies.

No. 21 UCLA 13, UC Davis 1
In Los Angeles, Rob Rasmussen struck out five in five scoreless innings, and Blair Dunlap went 3 for 3 with two RBI and a run as UCLA streaked past UC Davis. Niko Gallego, Chris Giovinazzo, Gabe Cohen (2 for 4) and Chris Zmezquita (2-run homer) each contributed two RBI for the Bruins, who bolted from a 2-0 game with seven runs in the fourth. Eric Johnson went 2 for 4 with a run for UC Davis.

No. 22 Pepperdine 4, Cal State Northridge 3
In Malibu, Calif., Nate Simon and Denny Duron hit back-to-back homers in the ninth to give Pepperdine a thrilling win on Opening Day. Richard Cates gave the Matadors a 3-2 lead with a solo homer in the ninth, but Simon's second homer of the day tied it at 3. Duron followed with the game-winning blast in what coach Steve Rodriguez called one of the most exciting wins in his tenure. Simon finished 3 for 4 with two homers, a double and three RBI.


No. 23 Kentucky 8, Troy 3
In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Spencer Korus went 2 for 3 with his first career homer and three RBI as Kentucky posted a win in coach Gary Henderson's debut. James Paxton worked into the sixth inning, and Nick Kennedy closed with 3.1 solid innings - combined the duo struck out 10. Marcus Nidiffer had two hits and two runs, and Chris Bisson delivered two RBI from the 9-hole for the Wildcats (1-0). Steven Rosado went 1 for 3 with a pair of runs, and Ryan Ditthardt went 2 for 3 with a RBI for the Trojans (0-1).

No. 24 Clemson 8, Charlotte 3
In Clemson, S.C., Addison Johnson returned to the lineup after missing all of last season and collected game highs with three hits, three runs and three stolen bases as Clemson (1-0) outscored Charlotte (0-1). The Tigers tallied nine steals against the 49ers, the most for the program since 1989, when Clemson notched 10 stolen bases against Georgia Tech. In the fifth, three different Tigers stole two bases apiece and three Charlotte errors produced three unearned runs. Michael Gyoerkoe had two hits, two runs and one RBI for the 49ers.


No. 26 Coastal Carolina 16, Southern Illinois 3
In Conway, S.C., Jose Iglesias went 2 for 3 with two homers and five RBI, and Rico Noel and David Anderson each had three hits, three runs and three RBI as Coastal Carolina coasted past Southern Illinois at the Caravelle Resort Tournament. The Chanticleers (1-0) pounded out 20 hits, and every starter had at least one. Leadoff man Scott Woodward contributed three hits and two RBI, and Anderson and Chance Gilmore homered late. Freshman Anthony Meo worked six innings with six strikeouts for the Chanticleers (1-0) and took advantage of a six-run second inning. Chris Murphy went 2 for 3 with a RBI for Southern Illinois (0-1).


No. 27 East Carolina 13, Monmouth 4

In Greenville, N.C., Kyle Roller went 2 for 5 with a triple, a homer and five RBI as East Carolina topped Monmouth. Stephen Batts went 4 for 5 with three runs for the Pirates (1-0). Rick Niederhaus had two hits, one run and one RBI for the Hawks (0-1). Seth Maness (1-0) allowed five hits and one run in seven innings with no walks and six strikeouts.


No. 28 Oklahoma 17, Western Illinois 2

In Norman, Okla., Tyler Ogle had two hits and drove in four as Oklahoma used a nine-run seventh to whip Western Illinois. Aaron Baker and Cameron Seitzer each homered and knocked in three for the Sooners (1-0). J.T. Wise and Bryant Hernandez also went deep for OU. Cole Waddell and Drew Laidig each had two hits for the Leathernecks (0-1). Andrew Doyle (1-0) fanned nine in six innings to earn the victory. He scattered seven hits and allowed two runs, but did not walk a batter.


No. 29 Arizona 5, Sacramento State 3

In Tucson, Ariz., Jason Stoffel recorded his school-record 19th save as Arizona edged Sacramento State in front of 1,996 fans at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Staidum. The Wildcats (1-0) scored five unearned runs in the third to take control. Hunter Martinez had three hits and a run for the Hornets (0-1).


No. 30 USC 5, Long Beach State 3

In Los Angeles, Brad Boxberger (1-0) allowed one hit in six scoreless innings and registered career highs with six walks and 11 strikeouts as USC nipped LBSU at Dedeaux Field. Catcher Robert Stock went 2 for 3, threw out a pair of runners and pitched a perfect ninth to earn the save. Mike O’Neill also had two hits for the Trojans (1-0), who built a 5-0 lead after seven. Taylor Krick belted a three-run homer in the eighth for the Dirtbags (0-1).


No. 31 Michigan 6, USF 5
In Clearwater, Fla., Kenny Fellows went 3 for 3 and drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth as Michigan rallied from three runs down in the final two innings at the Big East/Big Ten Challenge. Ryan LaMarre went 2 for 4 with two RBI, and Nick Urban went 3 for 4, including a double to jump start the ninth and the game-winning run. Randy Fontanez allowed six hits and two earned runs in seven strong innings for the Bulls (0-1). Peter Brotons had a hit and two RBI to lead the USF offense. The Big Ten won five of the eight Friday games, with Ohio State, Michigan State, Purdue and Northwestern also getting victories. The three Big East wins came from Seton Hall, St. John's and West Virginia.


No. 33 Wichita State 8, Temple 4

In Fort Myers, Fla., Cody Lassley had two hits and drove in a pair as Wichita State outscored Temple in the La Quinta FGCU Invitational. The Owls (0-1) scored once in the first before the Shockers (1-0) put up two in the fifth, one in the sixth and four in the seventh to take control. Ryan Jones had two hits for WSU with one run and one RBI. Clinton McKeever doubled and drove in two for the Shockers. Kyle Obal had two hits and knocked in a run for Temple. Tim Kelley (1-0) allowed one run in six innings with five strikeouts to earn the victory.


No. 34 Tulane 6, Le Moyne 1

In New Orleans, Sam Honeck went 2 for 3 with three RBI as Tulane defeated Le Moyne. Matt Nandin had two hits for the Dolphins (0-1). Conrad Flynn (1-0) allowed five hits and one runs in seven innings with one walk and seven strikeouts.


Tennessee 5, No. 35 Oregon State 4

In Knoxville, Tenn., Josh Liles’ RBI single capped a two-run rally in the ninth as Tennessee nipped Oregon State in front of 2,048 fans at newly-renovated Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Mike Hornsby had a pinch-hit single to start the ninth for the Vols (1-0) and was sacrificed to second. One out later, Kentrail Davis tied the game with a base hit. He moved to second on a balk and scored on the single by Liles. The Beavers (0-1) had taken a 4-3 lead in the ninth on a pinch-hit RBI single by Jared Norris.


Lamar 1, Austin Peay 0

In Beaumont, Texas, Joey Latulippe capped a 3-for-4 night with one-out homer in the bottom of the ninth to give Lamar the dramatic win over Austin Peay. Ricky Testa and Matt Gore combined on a one-hitter for the Cardinals (1-0). Testa allowed a single to Matt Kole in the first, the only hit of the contest for the Governors (0-1). Testa walked two and struck out 10 in six innings. Gore (1-0) pitched three perfect innings with two strikeouts to earn the victory.


San Diego State 6, Bethune-Cookman 3

In Compton, Calif., San Diego State scored four in the second, and All-American Stephen Strasburg and four relievers made it stand up as the Aztecs topped Bethune-Cookman in the MLB Urban Youth Academy Tournament. T.J. Thomas homered to spark the four-run rally for SDSU (1-0). Strasburg (1-0) took control, working 5.2 innings with three hits, one unearned run, two walks and 11 strikeouts. Addison Reed pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts to register the save. Hiram Burgos (0-1) fanned seven in 5.2 innings for the Wildcats (0-1). Jose Ortiz and C.J. Lauriello each had two hits for Bethune-Cookman.


Auburn 5, Elon 3

In Auburn, Ala., Justin Hargett smacked a two-run homer to center with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give head coach John Pawlowski a win over Elon in his debut at Auburn. Kevin Patterson drew a leadoff walk to start the ninth and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. One out later, Hargett ended it with his second career homer. The Phoenix (0-1) had tied the game at 3-3 with a pair in the eighth. Joseph Sanders also homered in the game for the Tigers. Chase Austin had two hits, one run and one RBI for Elon.


Santa Clara 3, Xavier 0

In Raleigh, N.C., Nate Garcia and Steve Kalush combined on the shutout as Santa Clara blanked Xavier in the Summit Hospitality Invitational to give head coach Mark O’Brien his 200th victory. Garcia (1-0) allowed three singles in seven innings with eight strikeouts. Kalush tossed two hitless innings for the save for the Broncos (1-0). Geoff Klein’s three-run double in the seventh provided the game’s scoring. Bobby Freking, Jordan Conley and Adam Pasono each had a base hit for the Musketeers (0-1).


Florida Gulf Coast 4, Central Michigan 3

In Fort Myers, Fla., Brad Roberts had a two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth to push Florida Gulf Coast past CMU early Friday morning at Swanson Stadium in the first Division I game of the season. The game started at 12:01 am, lasted 3:13 and drew a crowd of 1,246. Mikel Alvarez started the eighth with a base hit for the Eagles (1-0) and Josh Chester was hit by a pitch, setting the table for Roberts. Derek Shaw fanned two in the ninth to earn the save. Patrick Nathanson (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to notch the win. Steve Teno (0-1) was the hard-luck loser for the Chippewas (0-1), striking out 10 in seven innings. Ricky Clark drove in two and Andrew Thomas scored twice for CMU.

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