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Fleury's slam helps
UNC's Fox get 1,000th career win
UNF wins at FSU; NC State fans NCAA-record
31 in 18 innings
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Mark Fleury had a grand
slam and drove in five as No. 2 North Carolina defeated
Gardner-Webb 10-3 Wednesday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. It
was the 1,000th career win for Mike Fox, who is the 51st head
coach in NCAA history to reach this plateau. He ranks 10th among
active Division head coaches in victories. Fleury had a
run-scoring double after Garrett Gore knocked in two with a
two-base hit in the third as the Tar Heels (8-1) took a 4-1
lead. Fleury’s slam came in a six-run sixth for UNC. Ben Bunting
had three hits and two runs for the Heels. Justin Loyd had three
hits for the Bulldogs (3-4). Bubbie Spake homered for
UNF 5, No. 10 Florida State 4
In Tallahassee, Steve Hillan homered in the
eighth to snap a 4-4 tie and lift UNF past FSU for the first
time. The dinger was the first collegiate hit for the freshman
Hillan. Ty Pryor (2-1) held the Seminoles (6-3) hitless over the
final 2.1 innings with four strikeouts. The Ospreys (4-6) scored
three in the third to take a 4-1 lead. FSU got a two-run double
from Rafael Lopez in the fourth and an RBI single by Stuart
Tapley in the seventh to tie it at 4-4. Preston Hale and Andrew
Karmeris both had two hits and a run for UNF. Tyler Holt had two
hits and two runs for the Seminoles.
NC State 15, Villanova 0
NC State 5, Akron 4 (18)
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In Lake Worth, Fla., NC State played the
equivalent of three games to win two in beating Villanova and
outlasting Akron in 18 innings. Eleven Wolfpack pitchers, two
shy of the NCAA record for a single game, combined to strike out
31 Zips, breaking the Division I mark of 26 by Murray State in
15 innings against Austin Peay on April 12, 1987. Five Akron
pitchers fanned 20 NC State hitters and the 51 combined
strikeouts is also a Division I record. In the top of the 18th,
Kyle Wilson drew a one-out walk for the Wolfpack (7-2), stole
second and third and scored on a throwing error by the catcher.
NC State scored an unearned run in the 16th, but Ryan Frazee’s
home run in the bottom of the frame extended the contest. John
Turk had a pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth for the Zips (1-8)
to tie the game at 3-3 and force extra innings. In the opener,
Wilson’s grand slam highlighted a 10-run fifth as the Wolfpack
whipped the Wildcats (2-6). Chris Schaeffer had three hits,
including a triple and home run, and five RBI. Andrew Ciencin
had three hits, including a homer, and four RBI.
No. 13 Baylor 2, No. 15 TCU 1
In Fort Worth, Texas, Logan Verrett got a
strikeout and a flyout in the bottom of the ninth to leave the
potential tying run at second as Baylor nipped TCU at Lupton
Stadium. The Bears (7-2) have won five of six one-run games.
Taylor Featherston was hit by a pitch to start the ninth for the
Horned Frogs (6-2) and was sacrificed to second. But a strikeout
and a flyout ended the contest. Verrett allowed one hit and one
run in two innings with three strikeouts to earn his first save.
Adam Hornung had an RBI triple in the first, and Hansen walked
and scored in the second as BU took a 2-0 lead. Matt Carpenter
doubled and scored on a balk in the eighth for TCU. Brooks
Pinckard had two hits and a run for the Bears. Matt Vern had two
hits for the Horned Frogs. Aaron Miller (1-0) tossed five
scoreless innings with three hits, four walks and three
strikeouts to earn the victory.
Florida Atlantic 7, No. 21 Florida 6
In Gainesville, Fla., Nick Delguidice had a
two-run single to highlight a six-run sixth as FAU edged Florida
at McKethan Stadium. The Gators (6-4) tied it with a pair in the
bottom of the sixth. The Owls (8-1) took the lead on the eighth
on a sac fly by Nick Criaris. Florida got its first two hitters
on in the ninth, but Hugh Adams retired the next three batters
for his third save. Delguidice finished with two hits and a run.
Avery Barnes and Riley Cooper both had two hits and a run for
the Gators. Matt den Dekker had a three-run homer for Florida in
No. 1 LSU 10, Mississippi Valley State 4
In Baton Rouge, La., Sean Ochinko hit a grand
slam for the second straight day as LSU rallied to defeat MVSU
at Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers (9-0) trailed by a run in the
eighth when Ochinko’s slam put LSU on top for the first time.
Ochinko drove in five, giving him 20 RBI in the past five games.
Micah Gibbs had three hits for the Tigers. Chris Herron had two
hits and an RBI for the Delta Devils (2-4).
No. 4 Georgia 13, Wofford 6
In Athens, Ga., Colby May went 2 for 3 with a
homer and five runs as Georgia outscored Wofford at Foley Field.
The Bulldogs matched the 1911 team with the best start in school
history at 9-0. Joey Lewis had two hits and three RBI for
Georgia. Rich Poythress had a two-run homer in the third that
gave the Bulldogs a 5-0 lead. Alex Lee, Josh McKinney and
Michael Gilmartin each had two hits for the Terriers (3-4).
No. 6 Texas A&M 8, Stephen F. Austin 3
In College Station, Texas, Ross Hales fanned a
season-high nine as Texas A&M completed a two-game sweep of
Stephen F. Austin in front of 3,143 fans at Olsen Field. Hales
(3-0) allowed three hits, one run and one walk in six innings.
Luke Anders had an RBI single in the first and Brett Parsons homered in the second as the Aggies (9-2) took the early lead.
Brooks Raley added a two-run double in the third to give A&M a
4-0 advantage. Tanner Hines tripled and scored for the
Lumberjacks (3-6) in the fourth before a pinch-hit, two-run
triple by Caleb Shofner ignited a four-run sixth for the Aggies.
Adam Smith homered for A&M to cap the rally. Ryan Sinclair went
deep in the seventh and Bo Coffman homered in the ninth for SFA.
No. 7 Rice 13, Dallas Baptist 6
In Frisco, Texas, Rice used four home runs to
power past Dallas Baptist at Dr. Pepper Ballpark. Anthony
Rendon’s two-run dinger in the seventh gave the Owls (6-3) the
lead for good at 5-4. Chad Mozingo, Diego Seastrunk and Rick
Hague hit consecutive homers in the eighth as Rice pulled away.
Mozingo finished with three hits and four RBI. Hague and Rendon
both had three hits and two RBI. Austin Knight (2 H, 3 RBI) and
Clay Kelly (2 H, 3 R) led the offense for the Patriots (5-3).
No. 9 Miami (Fla.) 14, Mount St. Mary’s 3
In Coral Gables, Fla., Harold Martinez went 2 for
3 with a homer, four runs and three RBI as Miami manhandled the
Mount at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. The
Mountaineers (0-5) scored their three in the top of the third
before the Hurricanes (7-2) tallied three in the third, two in
the fourth, four in the fifth, three in the sixth and two in the
seventh. Dave DiNatale homered and knocked in three for Miami.
Buddy Fields and Jacob Darr both had a hit and an RBI for MSM.
No. 16 Coastal Carolina 3, The Citadel 1
In Conway, S.C., Bobby Gagg allowed one run in
seven innings as Coastal Carolina edged The Citadel. Gagg (1-1)
did not give up a hit until the sixth. He surrendered three hits
and one run while striking out five. Chance Gilmore singled and
scored in the fourth for the Chanticleers (7-1). The Bulldogs
(2-5) evened it in the sixth as Johnny Dangerfield singled and
scored on a base hit by Bryan Altman. Coastal reclaimed the lead
in the seventh as Tyler Bortnick reached on an infield single
and eventually scored on a double play. The Chants plated their
final run in the eighth on Gilmore’s RBI triple. Gilmore and
Bortnick both finished with two hits, while Dangerfield had two
hits for The Citadel.
No. 19 Clemson 17, UNC Asheville 2
In Clemson, S.C., Ben Paulsen had three hits and
three RBI as Clemson clobbered UNC Asheville in front of 3,338
fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers (5-2) scored four in
the first, three in the second and five in the third in building
a 12-0 lead. Matt Sanders had a two-run single in the first,
Kyle Parker drove in two in the second with a base hit and Mike
Freeman had a two-run triple in the third. The Bulldogs (2-7)
scored their two runs in the fourth. Mike Vaughn went 2 for 3
No. 23 East Carolina 8, Old Dominion 3
In Greenville, N.C., Jared Avchen and Trent
Whitehead both had three hits as East Carolina defeated Old
Dominion in front of 2,527 fans at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair
Stadium. Whitehead’s RBI single in a three-run sixth put the
Pirates (6-1) ahead to stay. John Malbon had an RBI double and
scored in a three-run fourth for the Monarchs (3-5). Brad Mincey
(2-0) pitched four scoreless innings in relief to earn the
victory, allowing three hits and one walk while fanning four.
Kentucky 9, Eastern Kentucky 8
In Lexington, Ky., after losing a 7-3 lead in the
top of the ninth, Chris Bisson belted a two-run homer with two
outs in the bottom of the ninth to give Kentucky the thrilling
win over EKU in front of 1,620 fans at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Bisson finished with three hits and three runs for the Wildcats
(6-2). Matt Davis and Joey Stevens both had three hits for the
Colonels (3-3). An RBI single by Stevens capped a five-run
ninth, giving EKU an 8-7 lead.
USC Upstate 1, Tennessee 0
In Knoxville, Tenn., Jimmy Tanner’s RBI double in
the top of the ninth gave USC Upstate the win over Tennessee,
its first victory over an SEC team in its Division I era. Blake
Green had a leadoff single in the ninth for the Spartans (3-3).
Following a strikeout, Tanner’s two-bagger brought in Green with
the game’s lone run. Tanner and Green both finished with two
hits for Upstate. The Vols (2-5) used a walk and an error to put
two on with no outs in the bottom of the ninth. Barrett Stover,
the last of seven hurlers, then retired the side to earn his
first save. Teddy Fallon (1-1) pitched the eighth to earn the
victory. Ty’Relle Harris (0-1) was the tough-luck loser for UT,
tossing six innings in relief with four hits, one run, no walks
and seven strikeouts.