Feb. 28, 2009

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Jackson drives in both runs as Miami (Fla.) nips Florida 2-1

TCU outscores Ole Miss; Auburn gets by FSU; Berry, Rice blank Texas A&M


In Gainesville, Fla., Ryan Jackson drove in a run in both the third and fifth innings to lead No. 17 Miami (Fla.) to the 2-1 win over No. 14 Florida Saturday afternoon at McKethan Stadium. David Gutierrez pitched seven scoreless innings for the Hurricanes (5-1). Kyle Bellamy allowed an unearned run and stranded the tying runner on third in the ninth for his third save. Alex Panteliodis took the loss for the Gators (5-2) despite giving up just two runs over 5.2 innings. Billy Bullock didn't surrender a run in the remaining 3.1 innings of relief.


No. 25 TCU 19, No. 20 Ole Miss 13
In Oxford, Miss., Chris Ellington and Jason Coats both drove in five as the Horned Frogs (5-1) tallied 25 hits at Oxford-University Stadium. Ellington hit two home runs and the second batter, Matt Carpenter, finished 5 for 7 with a homer. TCU broke a 10-9 game open in the seventh with seven runs on six hits and an error. Matt Snyder came up with a three-run pinch-hit blast and Zach Miller knocked in three for the Rebels (3-3). Both teams combined for 41 hits and seven home runs.


Auburn 10, No. 9 Florida State 9
In Auburn, Ala., Joseph Sanders went 2 for 5 with a three-run home run and five total RBI at Plainsman Park. After falling behind 2-0 early, the Tigers (3-4) took a 6-4 lead in the fourth and rallied with four runs of their own in the sixth to regain the lead at 10-8. Austin Hubbard picked up the save by pitching three innings and giving up just one run. Bo O'Dell, who surrendered five runs in 2.1 innings, took the loss for the 'Noles (6-1). Tyler Holt finished 3 for 3 with a homer, two doubles, four runs and two RBI. He reached base in all five plate appearances.


No. 7 Rice 2, No. 3 Texas A&M 0

In Houston, Ryan Berry tossed a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts as Rice edged Texas A&M in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Berry (1-0) did not walk a batter and held down an Aggie (6-2) team that was hitting .311 and averaging more than nine runs per game. The Owls (4-2) scored in the top of the first as Chad Mozingo tripled and scored on a wild pitch. Rice added to its lead in the fourth on an RBI triple by Steven Sultzbaugh. Brodie Greene got A&M’s first hit with a leadoff single in the sixth. Brooks Raley doubled in the ninth for the only other Aggie hit.


No. 1 North Carolina 10, Seton Hall 3

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Ben Bunting was swinging away for three hits and three RBI as UNC completed a three-game series sweep of Seton Hall at Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium. Levi Michael and Mark Fleury homered for the Tar Heels (7-1). Kyle Seager had two doubles and scored twice for UNC. Seager’s RBI double in the first put the Heels ahead to stay. Michael’s leadoff homer in the third sparked a four-run fourth as UNC took control 5-0. Frank Esposito had a single and scored in a three-run ninth for the Pirates (2-4).


No. 2 LSU 11, UCF 2
In Baton Rouge, La., Sean Ochinko had went 3 for 4 with a double and four RBI, and LSU scored six runs in the fifth to break from a 2-1 game. Blake Dean went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBI, and DJ LeMahieu went 3 for 4 with two runs and a RBI for the Tigers (6-0). Brandon Romans had two hits and a RBI for the Golden Knights (2-4).

No. 4 Texas 6-1, Penn State 2-0
In Austin, Texas, Cole Green and Austin Wood combined on the shutout as Texas completed a doubleheader sweep of Penn State at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Green (1-0) struck out seven and allowed five hits in 8.1 innings. Wood fanned the two batters he faced for his second save of the day and third of the season. Tant Shepherd singled in the second, stole second and scored on a base hit by David Hernandez for the game’s lone run. T.J. Macy (0-1) went the distance for the Nittany Lions (2-4) with five hits, one run, three walks and seven strikeouts in eight innings. Grant Youngblood had two hits for PSU. In the opener, leadoff batter Travis Tucker hit a two-run single in the fourth to break a 1-1 tie and Shepherd scored twice as UT (8-0) got past PSU. Taylor Jungman earned the victory for the Longhorns by pitching six innings of one-run ball and scattering five hits with five strikeouts. Wood picked up the save with a scoreless ninth. Scott Kelley took the loss for the Nittany Lions (2-3), going 3.1 innings and giving up four earned runs. Ben Heath and Cory Wine each went 2 for 2 for PSU.


No. 5 Georgia 12, Arizona 5

In Tucson, Ariz., Joey Lewis went 5 for 6 as Georgia scored eight in the first four innings to defeat Arizona at Jerry Kindall Field. Lewis had two singles, two doubles and a home run and scored four. Matt Cerione added four hits and four RBI for the Bulldogs (7-0). Rich Poythress had an RBI single in the first for Georgia. Cerione’s two-run single capped a three-run second and his RBI double keyed a four-run fourth as the visitors built an 8-0 lead. The Wildcats (4-3) scored three in the eighth and two in the ninth. Jett Bandy knocked in two for Arizona.


No. 6 Arizona State 6, Oregon State 3

In Tempe, Ariz., ASU used homers by Jordan Swagerty and Carlos Ramirez to rally past Oregon State in front of 3,547 fans at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark in the DeMarini Invitational. The Beavers (3-2) scored one in the first and Stefen Romero’s two-run double in the third made it 3-0. Jason Kipnis singled and scored in the fourth for the Sun Devils (8-0). Swagerty smacked a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the sixth to even the score at 3-3. Ramirez had a solo shot in the eighth to break the tie and spark a three-run rally for ASU. Zach Wilson had two hits and a run for the Sun Devils. Mitchell Lambson (2-0) tossed three scoreless innings with one hit and three strikeouts to earn the win.


No. 8 UC Irvine 13, Houston 7

In Houston, D.J. Crumlich went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBI as UCI outscored Houston in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Crumlich went deep in the third to help the Anteaters (4-2) build a 6-0 lead in the fourth. Dillon Bell had a two-run homer in the sixth for UCI. Francis Larson drove in three for the Anteaters. Chris Wallace homered twice for the Cougars (2-5).


No. 10 Cal State Fullerton 3, No. 13 Stanford 2

In Fullerton, Calif., Kyle Witten pitched into the eighth and fanned five as Cal State Fullerton edged Stanford at Goodwin Field. Joey Siddons’ RBI single keyed a three-run first for the Titans (4-2). Witten (1-0) allowed two hits through seven innings before Ben Clowe delivered a two-out single in the eighth and moved to third on a Kellen Kiilsgaard double. Kyle Mertins came in to pitch and served up a two-run single to Zach Jones to make it a one-run came. Mertins got a flyout to end the frame. Michael Morrison fanned two in the ninth to earn his second save. Both teams finished with five hits and no player had multiple hits.


No. 11 Georgia Tech 6-13, Rutgers 4-4
In Atlanta, Deck McGuire allowed four hits and struck out seven in eight splendid innings, and Tony Plagman and Matt Skole had two RBI as Georgia Tech won the opener of a doubleheader with Rutgers. The Yellow Jackets scored three times in the eighth to take a 6-1 lead, but the Scarlet Knights made it interesting with three of their own in the ninth. Jayson Hernandez drove in three to lead Rutgers. In the nightcap, Plagman, Jason Haniger and Jay Dantzler each drove in three as Tech rolled to a sweep. Dantzler had three hits and scored three times, and Plagman also contributed three hits. Tech (6-1) scored three times in the third and added five in the fourth. Rutgers fell to 1-5.

No. 12 Baylor 5, No. 19 UCLA 1

In Houston, Kendal Volz worked seven scoreless innings and Baylor used a triple play to get out of an eighth-inning jam in its win over UCLA in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Volz (1-0) allowed four hits and three walks while striking out six to snap a string of 10 consecutive starts without a victory. Joey Hainsfurther walked and scored in the top of the first for the Bears (6-1), and added an RBI single in a two-run eighth to make it 3-0. In the bottom of the frame for the Bruins (2-5), Niko Gallego drew a leadoff walk followed by consecutive singles by Eddie Murray and Casey Haerther, the second knocking in Gallego. Cody Decker lined to Baylor first baseman Dustin Dickerson, who made a diving catch and started a triple play to end the threat. The Bears added a pair in the ninth to complete the scoring. Hainsfurther went 2 for 2 with three walks, two runs and two RBI. Blair Dunlap was 3 for 4 for UCLA.


No. 16 San Diego 2, Kansas State 1

No. 16 San Diego 5, Nevada 4

In San Diego, the Toreros took a pair of one-run wins in the USD Tournament at Cunningham Stadium. In the nightcap, USD (5-3) trailed 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth as Sean Nicol led off with a single. Chris Engell followed with a base hit to left that got by the left fielder, allowing Nicol to score and Engell to reach second. Following a groundout, Zach Walters singled to bring home Engell with the game-winner. The Wolf Pack (2-4) had taken the lead in the eighth on a Tyson Jaquez sacrifice fly. Scott Denault (2-0) worked the final 1.2 innings for his second win of the day. Shaun Kort had two hits, one run and one RBI for Nevada. In the opener, Victor Sanchez had an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Toreros the win over the Wildcats (4-2). Tony Strazzara led off the ninth with a base hit and moved to second on a single by Kevin Muno. Both runners advanced on a sac bunt. Sean Nicol was intentionally walked, setting the stage for Sanchez. Kyle Blair fanned eight in six innings for USD. Denault allowed four hits in three scoreless innings for the win.


No. 18 Pepperdine 10-3, UC Davis 0-4

In Davis, Calif., UC Davis scored single runs in its final two at-bats to rally for a split of its doubleheader with Pepperdine at the Dobbins Baseball Complex. Scott Heylman had a sacrifice fly in the eighth and pinch-hitter Grant Hirneise had an RBI single in the ninth for the Aggies (2-5). Daniel Cepin went 2 for 2 with one run and two RBI for UCD. Nate Simon had three hits, one run and one RBI for the Waves (5-2). In the opener, Scott Alexander (1-0) tossed the three-hit, seven-inning shutout with four strikeouts for the Waves. Colin Rooney went 2 for 2 with two runs and three RBI for Pepperdine. Trent Diedrich went 2 for 3 with two walks and three runs. Tim Busbin had two of the three hits for the Aggies.


South Carolina 3, No. 21 Clemson 1
In Clemson, S.C., DeAngelo Mack ripped a solo homer with one out in the ninth to break a 1-1 tie, and South Carolina stayed unbeaten by beating rival Clemson. Mack's homer was followed by three straight singles, the last coming from Bobby Haney. Alex Farotto tossed 2.2 scoreless innings to post the win. Sam Dyson allowed only two hits and one run in 6.1 innings for the Gamecocks (6-0). Casey Harman struck out six in 3.1 innings of relief for the Tigers (4-1).

No. 22 Oklahoma 9-12, Washington State 7-3 (Game 1 – 11 innings)

In Pullman, Wash., Bryant Hernandez went 5 for 7 with five RBI as Oklahoma swept a doubleheader at Washington State. In the nightcap, Hernandez capped a two-run first with an RBI single for the Sooners (7-2). He also had a run-scoring single in a six-run third as OU built an 8-0 lead. Hernandez had two hits and three RBI in Game 2. Casey Johnson had two hits, three walks and three runs for the Sooners. Derek Jones knocked in two for the Cougars (1-5). In the opener, Hernandez had an RBI double that broke a 7-7 tie in the 11th to propel OU to the win. He had three hits and two RBI in Game 1. WSU scored three in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. Matt Harughty had three hits, including a homer, two runs and three RBI for the Sooners. Ryan Peterson had three hits, one run and two RBI for the Cougars.


Oregon 7, No. 23 Fresno State 1
In Eugene, Ore., Caleb Tommasini and Dylan Gavin each contributed two hits and two RBI as Oregon topped Fresno State for the second straight day. Erik Stavert (1-1) worked into the seventh inning, allowing six hits and one earned run and striking out five, for the Ducks (3-2). Danny Pulfer chipped in with two RBI. The Bulldogs fell to 2-4.


Troy 19, Memphis 3

In Troy, Ala., Miles Hoyle hit for the cycle as Troy hammered Memphis. Hoyle had a three-run homer in the second, a two-run double in the third, a leadoff triple in the fifth and a single in the seventh. Steven Rosado added four hits, including a homer, and three runs for the Trojans (5-2). Troy scored six in the second and four in the third to take control. Heith Hatfield had a two-run homer in the ninth for the Tigers (3-3).


Towson 17, Boston College 16

In Fort Myers, Fla., Kevin Collins became the third player in Towson history to hit for the cycle as the Tigers handed BC its first loss of the season at the Florida Gulf Coast Classic at Swanson Stadium. Collins had a triple in the second, a single in the fourth, a three-run homer in the fifth and a double in the eighth. He scored three and drove in four. Towson (2-5) built a 17-10 lead before the Eagles (6-1) scored six in the bottom of the eighth to make it a one-run game. Josh Squatrito retired BC in order in the ninth to secure the win. Mike Belfiore had three hits, one run and four RBI for the Eagles. Barry Butera also drove in four for BC.


Tennessee Tech 7, The Citadel 6 (15)

In Charleston, S.C., A.J. Kirby-Jones homered in the top of the 15th to carry Tennessee Tech past The Citadel at The Memorial Challenge. Lee Henry (1-0) pitched 6.2 shutout innings with four hits, no walks and three strikeouts to earn the victory. The Golden Eagles (5-2) tied it at 6-6 in the ninth on Tate McMillan’s RBI single. The Bulldogs (2-4) loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but Henry came in to get a double-play ball to end the rally. Heath Cheverton was 4 for 5 with a run and Cory Wright drove in three for Tennessee Tech. Chris McGuiness went 4 for 5 with two walks, one run and one RBI for The Citadel.


UNC Wilmington 9, Michigan State 8

In Wilmington, N.C., after surrendering four in the top of the ninth, UNCW scored five in the bottom of the frame to edge Michigan State at Brooks Field. After three walks loaded the bases, Mike Rooney’s bases-clearing triple pulled the Seahawks (7-0) to within one. Andrew Cain’s base hit brought in Rooney with the tying run. Cain moved to second on a walk, to third on a hit batsman, and scored on a walk to Cody Stanley for the game-winner. The Spartans (1-5) got an RBI single by Bo Felt and a three-run double by Eric Roof in the top of the frame to take an 8-4 lead. Stanley had a two-run homer in the third for UNCW. Felt and Roof both had two hits and two runs for MSU. The Seahawks start the season 7-0 for the first time since moving to Division I in 1977.


Missouri State 17, Saint Mary’s 3

In Huntsville, Texas, Ben Carlson went 4 for 6 with a career-high seven RBI as MSU spanked Saint Mary’s in the Sam Houston Classic for its first win of the season. Carlson’s two-run single keyed a six-run first for the Bears (1-4). Carlson added a two-run base hit in the fifth top push the lead to 10-3. Carlson had a two-run double in the sixth and a run-scoring single in the seventh to complete his day. Aaron Conway went 3 for 5 with two walks, three runs and two RBI for MSU. Troy Channing had three hits for the Gaels (4-2).