Feb. 21, 2009

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Cal Poly sweeps doubleheader from No. 3 Rice

Mercer surprises Ole Miss; Pacific upsets Baylor; TCU tops Fullerton


In San Luis Obispo, Calif., J.J. Thompson’s RBI double in the bottom of the ninth of the nightcap gave Cal Poly a 7-6 win and a doubleheader sweep of third-ranked Rice Saturday at Baggett Stadium. The Mustangs, under head coach Larry Lee (left), won the opener 10-3. Bobby Crocker had a one-out single in the ninth for the Mustangs (2-1), stole second and scored on Thompson’s two-bagger. Cal Poly had trailed 6-2 before scoring one in the seventh and three in the eighth. Kyle Smith had three singles, three runs and two RBI for Cal Poly. Rick Hague and Anthony Rendon both had two hits for the Owls (1-2). In the opener, the Mustangs built a 9-1 lead after four and never looked back. Adam Buschini had three RBI for the home team. D.J. Mauldin (1-0) worked seven innings with 10 hits, three runs, one walk and four strikeouts. Diego Seastrunk had two hits, including a homer, for Rice.


Mercer 13, No. 10 Ole Miss 11

In Mobile, Ala., Mercer trailed 11-5 before rallying to defeat Ole Miss at the Coca-Cola Classic at Stanky Field. Michael Langley had two doubles and drove in three for the Bears (1-1). Jacob Tanis went 3 for 5 with a homer and three RBI for Mercer. Brett Basham went 3 for 5 for the Rebels (1-1) with a homer and four RBI. Logan Power also went deep for Ole Miss. He finished with two hits, two runs and three RBI.


Pacific 9, No. 14 Baylor 8

In Waco, Texas, Pacific tied it with three in the eighth and got the game-winner in the ninth as the Tigers upset Baylor at Baylor Ballpark. Joey Centanni’s suicide squeeze capped the three-run rally in the eighth to knot the score at 8-8. Nick Longmire was hit by a pitch to start the ninth and eventually scored on a fielder’s choice to give the Tigers (1-1) a one-run lead. Thomas Berolzheimer retired the Bears (1-1) in order in the bottom of the ninth to pick up the save. J.B. Brown went 3 for 4 with two runs and three RBI for Pacific. Dustin Dickerson and Joey Hainsfurther both had three hits and an RBI for Baylor.


TCU 8, No. 9 Cal State Fullerton 6
In Fullerton, Calif., Chris Ellington doubled in the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh, and TCU evened its series with Cal State Fullerton. Ellington finished with two hits and two RBI, Matt Curry homered in a 2-for-3 day and Ben Carruthers had three hits and a RBI for the Horned Frogs (1-1). Sean Hoelscher struck out eight in pitching into the seventh inning to post the win. Nick Ramirez had two hits and two RBI to pace the Titans (1-1).


No. 1 LSU 11, Villanova 1

In Baton Rouge, La., Leon Landry (left) homered twice and drove in three as top-ranked LSU overwhelmed Villanova in front of 6,214 fans at the new Alex Box Stadium. Landry had a solo blast in the fourth and a two-run shot in the sixth. Ryan Schimpf went 3 for 3 with two RBI for the Tigers (2-0). Kyle Carver went deep in the fourth for the Wildcats (0-2).


No. 2 North Carolina 6, VMI 0

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Adam Warren and three relievers combined on a four-hitter as UNC blanked VMI. Warren (1-0) allowed two hits and two walks in five innings with six strikeouts, improving his career record to 23-2. Patrick Johnson fanned four in two innings for the Tar Heels (2-0), while Brian Moran and Colin Bates each pitched one inning. Kyle Seager and Ryan Graepel each had two hits for UNC, while Brett Thomas had a two-run double to highlight a three-run eighth. A.J. Yoder and Alex Haitsuka each doubled for the Keydets (0-2).


No. 4 Texas A&M 7-9, Wright State 6-0

In College Station, Texas, Alex Wilson fanned 14 in 6.2 innings in the nightcap to help Texas A&M complete a doubleheader sweep of Wright State in front of 4,904 fans at Olsen Field. Wilson (1-0) allowed three hits and walked one. The Aggies (3-0) scored one in the third and six in the sixth to take control. Brooks Raley went 3 for 5 with two doubles and two RBI. No Raider (0-3) had more than one hit. In the opener, Kevin Gonzalez had an RBI single with two outs in the ninth to give A&M the win. WSU had a 6-3 lead in the seventh before Nick Fleece had a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh and Adam Smith homered in the eighth to tie it at 6-6. Kyle Colligan drew a one-out walk in the ninth and eventually scored on the base hit by Gonzalez. R.J. Gundolff went 3 for 5 for the Raiders with two runs and one RBI.


No. 5 Georgia 14, Youngstown State 0

In Athens, Ga., Jonathan Taylor and Chase Davidson each had three hits as Georgia whitewashed Youngstown State in front of 3,415 fans at Foley Field. Rich Poythress smacked a three-run homer in the first for the Bulldogs (2-0). Alex McRee (1-0) allowed four hits in 5.2 innings with six strikeouts. David Leon went 2 for 3 for the Penguins (0-2).


No. 6 Texas 10-3, Illinois-Chicago 1-1
In Austin, Texas, David Hernandez's two-run single in the bottom of the eighth gave Texas a doubleheader sweep of Illinois-Chicago. Cole Green worked seven innings with three hits and five strikeouts, and Austin Wood (1-0) came on to toss two perfect innings for the Longhorns (3-0). Hernandez finished 3 for 4. Mike Kool allowed three runs on nine hits for the Flames (0-3). In the first game, freshman Taylor Jungmann allowed one run on one hit and struck out four in six innings and got plenty of support as Texas scored in each of the first six innings. Cameron Rupp had a two-run double that plated a third on a throwing error in a five-run first. Kevin Keyes went 2 for 4 with three RBI for the Longhorns.

No. 7 Arizona State 13-14, Milwaukee 5-1

In Tempe, Ariz., Jason Kipnis and Carlos Ramirez each homered three times as ASU lit up Milwaukee in a doubleheader sweep in front of 2,786 fans at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. Kipnis went 3 for 3 with two walks and two homers in the opener. Ramirez also had three hits with a pair of dingers. Kole Calhoun and Abe Ruiz also went deep for the Sun Devils (3-0). Tim Patzman had two hits and two runs for the Panthers (0-3). Kipnis also had three hits, including a long fly, in the nightcap. Kipnis has reached base in 13 of his first 16 plate appearances. Ramirez homered and drove in three in Game 2.


Vanderbilt 12-5, No. 8 Stanford 9-6
In Stanford, Calif., Colin Walsh hit a two-run double, with a third run scoring on a throwing error, in the eighth inning as Stanford rallied to beat Vanderbilt and earn a split in their doubleheader. The Commodores (1-2) built a 12-1 lead in the first game and hung on for a win. Brian Harris and Jason Esposito each had three hits, a homer and four RBI, and Caleb Cotham tossed seven solid innings for Vandy in the first game. Walsh had a career-best three RBI in the second game. In the decisive eighth inning, the Cardinal (2-1) loaded the bases on a Toby Gerhart single, a dropped fly ball and a walk.

No. 11 Florida State 21-3, Hofstra 7-2
In Tallahassee, Fla., Mike McGee hit a solo homer in the sixth that proved to be the difference as Florida State squeaked past Hofstra in the second game of a doubleheader after winning the first by two touchdowns. Rob Kumbatovich tossed a complete game for the Pride (0-3), allowing nine hits and three earned runs. In the first game, Rafael Lopez ripped a grand slam, and Stuart Tapley and Ohmed Danesh (3 for 3, 2 R, 4 RBI) each had three-run homers as the Seminoles scored 16 runs in the first three innings. Gianni Masci and Nick Panzarella drove in two apiece for Hofstra.

No. 12 Georgia Tech 13, Lipscomb 3

In Atlanta, Matt Skole had three hits and drove in three as Georgia Tech used a six-run third to take control against Lipscomb. Skole homered in the second to even the score at 1-1 before adding RBI singles in the fourth and fifth for the Yellow Jackets (2-0). Allen Boldin had two hits, including a home run, and two RBI for the Bisons (0-2).


No. 25 Florida 10, No. 13 Louisville 4

In Gainesville, Fla., Brandon McArthur’s three-run double highlighted a five-run fourth as Florida topped Louisville in front of 3,483 fans at McKethan Stadium. Riley Cooper had two doubles for the Gators (2-0). Alex Panteliodis (1-0) allowed two runs in six innings to earn the win. Josh Richmond went 3 for 4 for the Cardinals (0-2) with a home run in the first.


No. 15 San Diego 9, Bethune-Cookman 6

In Compton, Calif., Kevin Muno went 3 for 5 with a homer and three runs as San Diego outscored Bethune-Cookman in the MLB Urban Academy Tournament. The Toreros (2-0) scored three in the first, two in the third and two in the fourth to build a 7-1 lead before the Wildcats (0-2) used two-run singles by Peter O’Brien and Alejandro Jimenez to help plate five in the bottom of the fourth. USD added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth. Muno singled and scored in the first, homered in the fourth, and singled and scored again in the eighth. Victor Sanchez also went deep in the fourth for USD.


Southern 4, San Diego State 2

In Compton, Calif., Jarrett Maloy allowed one earned run in seven innings as Southern edged San Diego State in MLB Urban Academy Tournament. Maloy (1-0) allowed five hits and struck out five. Daniel Garcia worked the final two innings to earn the save. Romey Bracey tripled and scored in the first for the Jaguars (1-1). Matt Parker singled and scored in the third for the Aztecs (1-1) and Cory Vaughn’s RBI double in the sixth gave SDSU a 2-1 advantage. Bracey had a run-scoring single and Frazier Hall added an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth as Southern reclaimed the lead. The Jaguars added an insurance run in the seventh on a run-scoring single by Toddrick Stevenson.


No. 16 UC Irvine 5-5, Hawaii 4-4

In Honolulu, D.J. Crumlich drove in two in the nightcap as UCI swept a doubleheader at Hawaii. Kevin Macdonald’s two-run single capped a three-run first for the Rainbows (0-3), but the Anteaters (3-0) answered with three in the second as Crumlich had an RBI single and scored. Crumlich’s sac fly in the fourth put UCI up one. Both team added a run in the fifth to complete the scoring. In the opener, Francis Larson went 3 for 4 with three extra-base hits, two runs and two RBI to lead the Anteaters past the Rainbows. Larson had an RBI single in a four-run first and homered in the third. Christian Johnson hit a two-run homer in the eighth for Hawaii. Christian Bergman (1-0) allowed seven hits and one earned run in eight innings with one walk and one strikeout. Eric Pettis pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.


No. 17 Oklahoma State 11, Manhattan 7

No. 17 Oklahoma State 5, BYU 4

In Stillwater, Okla., Davis Duren knocked in three as OSU outscored Manhattan at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. Tom Belza’s two-run single in the second for the Cowboys (3-0) snapped a 3-3 tie. OSU added four in the third for a 9-3 advantage. Neil Medchill went 2 for 4 with three runs for the Cowboys. Chad Salem had two hits and three runs for the Jaspers (1-2). Andrew Oliver (1-0) matched his career high with 11 strikeouts, including the first hitters he faced, in the win over BYU (1-3). He pitched six innings with two hits, two runs, one earned run and one walk. Medchill drove in two against the Cougars. Sean McNaughton went deep for BYU. Bryce Ayoso had two hits and two RBI for the Cougars.


No. 18 Miami 4-4, Rutgers 2-5
In Coral Gables, Fla., Jarred Jimenez homered and drove in two, and Jaren Matthews had two hits, a run and a RBI as Rutgers split its doubleheader with Miami. In the first game, the Hurricanes (2-1) trailed by a run until Jonathan Weislow singled in two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Travis Miller earned the win in relief of David Gutierrez, who tossed five solid innings. Kyle Bellamy struck out the side and picked up the save in his debut as Miami closer.

Gonzaga 9, No. 19 Missouri 3

In Phoenix, Tyson Van Winkle went 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI to lead Gonzaga over Missouri at the Grand Canyon Classic. Drew Heid homered in the first for the Zags (1-1). After adding a run in the second, a two-run triple by Ernesto Ortiz highlighted a five-run fifth as Gonzaga built a 7-0 lead. Jason Chatwood added a two-run single in the sixth for the Zags. Conner Mach, Aaron Senne and Jonah Schmidt each doubled for the Tigers (1-1).


Washington 11, No. 20 Fresno State 4
In Fresno, Calif., Doug Cherry went 3 for 6 with four RBI, and Taylor Cheney allowed one run and two hits in five innings as Washington evened its series with Fresno State. Kyle Conley went 2 for 4 with a homer, three runs and two RBI as the Huskies (1-1) scored five times in the fourth to build a 9-1 lead. Gavin Hedstrom drove in two for the Bulldogs (1-1).

No. 21 UCLA 5, UC Davis 2
In Los Angeles, freshman Gerrit Cole allowed one run, one hit and struck out seven in six innings as UCLA won for the second straight day. Casey Haerther went 2 for 5 with a homer and two RBI, and Niko Gallego added a hit and two RBI for the Bruins (2-0). Jared Thompson went 1 for 3 with a run and a RBI for the Aggies (0-2), who loaded the bases in the seventh but could muster only one run.


Cal State Northridge 5, No. 22 Pepperdine 2
In Northridge, Calif., Ryan Juarez hurled six solid innings, allowing seven hits, two earned runs and striking out five, as Cal State Northridge evened its series with Pepperdine. Ryan Pineda went 1 for 3 with a RBI and two RBI to lead five Matadors (1-1) with RBI. Billy Ott retired all nine batters he faced to post his first save. David Harris had two hits and a RBI for the Waves (1-1).


No. 26 Coastal Carolina 4, No. 23 Kentucky 1

In Conway, S.C., Austin Fleet fanned six in six innings as Coastal Carolina edged Kentucky in the Caravelle Resort Invitational. Fleet (1-0) allowed three hits and one run with no walks. Matt Rein fanned four in two perfect innings of relief, and Nick McCully struck out two in the ninth for the save. Rico Noel’s sac fly capped a two-run first for the Chanticleers (2-0). Scott Woodward’s RBI single in the fourth made it 3-0. Marcus Nidiffer singled and scored in the fifth for the Wildcats (2-1). Tyler Bortnick doubled and scored in the sixth to complete the scoring.


No. 24 Clemson 4, Charlotte 0

In Clemson, S.C., three hurlers combined on a four-hitter as Clemson blanked Charlotte in front of 5,681 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Chris Dwyer (1-0) allowed two hits in 6.2 innings with one walk and nine strikeouts. Kevin Brady gave up one hit in 1.1 innings and Ryan Hinson allowed a single in the ninth. Brad Miller went 3 for 4 with two RBI for the Tigers (2-0), who scored single runs in the sixth and seventh and a pair in the eighth. Rob Lyerly had three of the four hits for the 49ers (0-2).


USC 4, Long Beach State 0

In Long Beach, Calif., Kevin Couture (1-0) allowed two hits and fanned a career-high 10 in seven innings as USC blanked LBSU at Blair Field. The Trojans (2-0) scored all their runs in the eighth on RBI singles by Mike O’Neill and Hector Rabago and a two-run base hit by Robert Stock. Jake Thompson (0-1) tossed seven shutout innings for the Dirtbags (0-2) with three hits, one walk and five strikeouts.


Wake Forest 16, Akron 15

Wake Forest 10, Old Dominion 3

In Winston-Salem, N.C., Wake Forest surrendered 10 runs in the second but rallied to edge Akron in the Wake Forest Invitational. The Demon Deacons (3-0) trailed 15-7 in the fourth before scoring nine unanswered runs to claim the win. Mike Murray and Weldon Woodall had two-run singles in a four-run seventh to make it a one-run contest. Carlos Lopez hit a leadoff homer in the eighth to knot it at 15-15. Shane Kroker led off the bottom of the ninth with a base hit, moved to second on a single by Murray and scored on a base hit by Evan Ocheltree. Woodall finished 4 for 5 with four RBI. Kroker scored four and drove in four. Murray had four hits, two runs and two RBI. Brandon White had two hits, two runs and four RBI for the Zips (0-3). WFU retook the field and defeated Old Dominion 10-3. Ocheltree had two hits, including a homer, and four runs. Austin Wright knocked in two for the Monarchs (1-2).


VCU 10, UCF 9

In Orlando, Fla., Carlos Rodriguez belted a two-run homer on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the top of the ninth to cap a three-run rally and give VCU a 10-9 win over UCF at Jay Bergman Field. The Knights (1-1) got a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth, but a double play and a groundout ended the frame. Aaron Morgan (1-0) worked 5.1 innings of relief for his first collegiate win. Rodriguez finished the day 3 for 5 with two runs and three RBI. Andrew Dimino went 3 for 4 with two runs and an RBI for the Rams (1-1). Kiko Vazquez had two homers and drove in four for UCF.

(photos courtesy of Cal Poly and LSU Media Relations Office)