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Nommensen leads Eastern
Illinois past No. 18 Oklahoma
Virginia Tech; Kentucky splits doubleheader at LSU
Tampa, Fla., Brett Nommensen (right) had three hits, including a
home run, and scored twice as Eastern Illinois snapped No. 18
Oklahoma’s 10-game win streak with an 8-6 victory Sunday at the
USF Bulls Baseball Classic. Richie Derbak had three hits and
drove in two for the Panthers (9-4). EIU built a 7-2 lead and
held on as Elliott Blair’s three-run homer keyed a four-run
eighth for the Sooners (17-4).
No. 1 North Carolina 13, Virginia Tech 5
In Blacksburg, Va., Dustin Ackley had three hits,
two runs and two RBI as UNC defeated Virginia Tech to complete a
rain-shortened two-game ACC series sweep at English Field.
Garrett Gore drove in three and Mark Fleury added a grand slam
for the Tar Heels (4-1, 14-2). Fleury hit his slam in the first
as UNC took control and the Heels put the game away with seven
in the ninth. Steve Domecus and Buddy Sosnoskie both had two
hits and one RBI for the Hokies (1-4, 10-6).
Kentucky 5-1, No. 4 LSU 2-3
In Baton Rouge, La., Ryan Schimpf homered and
Louis Coleman went the distance as LSU won the second game of
the doubleheader to capture the opening SEC series for both
teams. Coleman (4-1) allowed four hits and one run with seven
strikeouts in seven innings. Schimpf’s two-run homer in the
fourth broke a 1-1 tie to give the Tigers (2-1, 13-4) the lead
for good. In the opener, Chris Rusin (3-1) pitched the complete
game for the Wildcats (1-2, 12-4), surrendering six hits and two
runs in seven innings with six strikeouts. Marcus Nidiffer
homered in the sixth to give Kentucky a 4-2 lead.
No. 2 Texas 4, Missouri 3
In Austin, Texas, Morgan Mickan scored
on a throwing error to cap a three-run ninth as Texas rallied to
win its series against Missouri. The Longhorns (2-1, 14-2)
trailed 3-1 entering the frame before Kevin Keyes doubled in
pinch-runner Connor Rowe and Travis Tucker tied it on a bloop
single. Michael Torres lined to shortstop Michael Liberto, who
tried to double up Tucker at first but threw wildly, allowing
Mickan to score the game-winner. Taylor Jungman (3-0) tossed
four hitless innings of relief to post the win. Nick Tepesch
allowed seven hits and two earned runs in eight-plus innings for
the Tigers (1-2, 8-10).
No. 3 Georgia 10, Alabama 8
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Rich Poythress had two hits,
including his team-best eighth home run, as Georgia salvaged the
finale of its three-game SEC set at Alabama at Sewell-Thomas
Stadium. Colby May’s two-run homer capped a seven-run second for
the Bulldogs (1-2, 15-2). The Crimson Tide (2-1, 11-5) answered
with five in the bottom of the frame and Kent Matthes blasted a
three-run homer in the fourth to give Alabama an 8-7 lead.
Matthes leads the nation with 13 home runs. The dinger by
Poythress in the fifth tied it at 8-8 and Georgia plated two in
the sixth to take the lead for good. Levi Hyams had two hits and
two runs for the Bulldogs. Taylor Dugas had three hits, two runs
and two RBI for the Crimson Tide.
No. 5 Arizona State 12, Kansas 10
In Surprise, Ariz., Riccio Torrez and Kole
Calhoun both had three hits and three RBI as Arizona State
outscored Kansas. Calhoun had a two-run homer and an RBI double,
while Torrez smacked a two-run homer in the fifth to break a 4-4
tie and give the Sun Devils (14-3) the lead for good. Nick
Faunce had two hits, including a home run, and four RBI for the
No. 6 Texas A&M 13, No. 11 Baylor 7
In College Station, Texas, Nick Anders ripped two solo
homers, and Kevin Gonzalez and Joe Patterson each drove in three
as Texas A&M beat Baylor for the second straight day. Brodie
Greene went 4 for 5 with a run and a RBI, and Brooks Raley also
drove in two runs as the Aggies (2-0, 13-4) pounded out 15 hits.
Shaver Hansen and Adam Hornung each had two hits and two RBI,
and Aaron Miller drove in three for the Bears (0-2, 10-4).
No. 7 Cal State Fullerton 4, Rhode Island 3
In Stillwater, Okla., Khris Davis had a sacrifice
fly in the eighth that snapped a 3-3 tie and lifted Cal State
Fullerton past URI on the final day of the Oklahoma State
Tournament at Reynolds Field. Tyler Pill had a pinch-hit RBI
double in the seventh for the Titans (13-3) that knotted the
score at 3-3. Josh Fellhauer and Billy Marcoe both had two hits
for Fullerton. Rob DeVeney had two hits, including a two-run
single in a three-run first for the Rams (7-5).
No. 8 Miami (Fla.) 7, Duke 6
In Coral Gables, Fla., Jason Hagerty homered with
one out in the bottom of the ninth to lift Miami past Duke at
Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field for the ACC series win.
The Blue Devils (3-3, 10-6) trailed 6-1 after five before
scoring one in the sixth, three in the seventh and one in the
eighth to knot it at 6-6. Harold Martinez and Dave DiNatale both
drove in two for the Hurricanes (5-1, 14-3). Alex Hassan (3-4, 2
R) and Matt Williams (3-4, 1 R, 2 RBI) paced Duke.
San Diego 8, No. 10 Rice 0
In Houston, A.J. Griffin allowed three hits in
eight scoreless innings of relief as San Diego blanked Rice at
Reckling Park. Matt Thomson started for the Toreros (9-9) and
pitched the first before a rain delay of more than three hours.
When play resumed, Griffin (1-1) took over and allowed three
singles and three walks while striking out eight. Bryan Haar’s
three-run double capped a four-run fifth for USD. Chris Engell
added a two-run double in the sixth and James Meador belted a
two-run homer in the ninth to complete the scoring. Brock Holt
had two hits, including a double, for the Owls (10-5).
Rhode Island 5, No. 12 Oklahoma State 4
In Stillwater, Okla., Zoey Angulo had a two-run
homer in the fifth to propel URI past OSU at Reynolds Stadium.
Angulo’s blast gave the Rams (8-5) a 5-1 advantage before the
Cowboys (13-4) scored two in the sixth and one in the ninth to
pull to within one. Tyrone Hambly had two hits, including a home
run, for OSU.
No. 13 UC Irvine 5, Tulane 4
In Irvine, Calif., Casey Stevenson blooped a single to right
to score Maverick Olivares with two outs in the bottom of the
ninth as UC Irvine won the rubber game of its series with
Tulane. Evan Mistich blasted a three-run homer in a four-run
eighth as the Green Wave (11-7) took a 4-3 lead. But Francis
Larson singled in pinch-runner Sammy Donabedian to tie the game
before Stevenson's heroics. Jordan Leyland went 2 for 2 with a
RBI off the bench for the Anteaters (10-5). Sam Honeck went 3
for 3 for Tulane.
Minnesota 7, No. 14 TCU 2
In Fort Worth, Texas, A.J. Pettersen had a
two-run triple to highlight a seven-run first as Minnesota
captured its second straight win over TCU at Lupton Stadium.
Nick O’Shea had a two-run single in the first for the Golden
Gophers (10-3). Pettersen and Eric Decker both finished with two
hits for Minnesota. Tom Buske (3-0) fanned seven in 6.1 innings
with four hits, one earned run and two walks. Matt Carpenter had
two hits for the Horned Frogs (10-4).
No. 15 Coastal Carolina 9, UNC Asheville 4
In Asheville, N.C., David Anderson went 4 for 5
with three RBI as Coastal Carolina won its Big South opener at
UNCA. The Chanticleers (1-0, 15-1) won their 12th straight and
are off to the best start in program history. Coastal scored two
in the first, two in the fourth and one in the fifth to build a
5-0 lead. Adam Rice had two hits and two RBI for the Chants.
Beau Zinman had three hits and a run for the Bulldogs (1-3,
Wichita State 3, No. 16 Pepperdine 1
In Wichita, Kan., Ryan Jones had two hits and an
RBI as WSU edged Pepperdine at Eck Stadium. Jones had a single
and scored in a two-run first for the Shockers (8-7). Aaron
Gates homered for the Waves (11-5) in the seventh before Jones
had a run-scoring single in the bottom of the frame. Jordan
Cooper (2-2) had eight strikeouts in seven innings with six
hits, one run and no walks.
No. 17 Ole Miss 6-6, Vanderbilt 1-7
In Nashville, Tenn., Ole Miss split a
doubleheader at Vanderbilt to win the opening SEC series. In
Game 1, David Phillips had a three-run homer in a four-run fifth
for the Rebels (2-1, 11-4). Jordan Henry had three walks and
three runs. Philip Irwin (3-0) went the distance, allowing four
hits and one run in seven innings with two walks and three
strikeouts. Brian Harris and Steven Liddle both had two hits for
the Commodores (1-2, 11-6). In the nightcap, Vandy scored in the
fifth on a Harris sac fly to snap a 6-6 tie and earn the split.
Harris had two hits, two runs and three RBI for the Commodores.
Logan Power had two hits and knocked in two for the Rebels.
No. 21 Arkansas 4, No. 19 Florida 2
In Fayetteville, Ark., Drew Smyly tossed six solid innings,
and Arkansas scored twice in the eighth inning on a wild pitch
and a throwing error to complete an SEC sweep of Florida. Tied
at 2, Jarrod McKinney waved a curve ball in the dirt and began
to run to first. The ball bounced off catcher Buddy Munroe and
then off McKinney, allowing Ben Tschepikow (2 for 3) to score
from third. Gators coach Kevin O'Sullivan was ejected for
arguing on the play. Later in the frame, the Razorbacks (3-0,
12-3) added a run when Munroe threw into left field on a double
steal. The Gators (0-3, 9-7) dropped their sixth straight at
No. 20 Cal Poly 11, California 4
In Berkeley, Calif., Luke Yoder ripped a grand slam, and D.J.
Gentile went 2 for 5 with a homer, three runs and three RBI as
Cal Poly won the rubber game of its series with Cal. The
Mustangs (11-4) erupted for seven runs in the third inning, with
Yoder's slam to left center being the big blow. Wes Dorrell went
3 for 5 with two RBI for Cal Poly. Mark Canha had two RBI to
lead the Golden Bears (9-7).
Mississippi State 10-4, No. 23 South Carolina
In Starkville, Miss., MSU split a doubleheader
with USC to capture the opening SEC series at Dudy Noble Field.
In Game 1, Jet Butler knocked in three and Grant Hogue homered
and scored three as the Bulldogs (2-1, 12-5) topped the
Gamecocks (1-2. 11-4). Nick Ebert and Andrew Crisp both had two
hits for USC. In the nightcap, the Gamecocks scored twice in the
sixth to earn the split. Jackie Bradley, Jr. tied the game at
4-4 with an RBI single and Justin Dailes added a pinch-hit
run-scoring single to give USC the lead. Ebert had four hits in
Game 2 for the Gamecocks. Ryan Collins had three walks, a run
and a steal for the Bulldogs.
No. 24 Clemson 7, Wake Forest 3
In Clemson, S.C., Ben Paulsen homered and drove
in three as Clemson completed the three-game ACC sweep of Wake
Forest. Paulsen’s two-run bomb capped a three-run fifth as the
Tigers (4-2, 11-4) built a 6-1 lead. Mike Freeman had two hits
and scored three for Clemson. Michael Murray had two hits,
including a home run, for the Demon Deacons (0-6, 7-8). Chris
Dwyer (2-0) allowed six hits and two runs in seven innings for
the Tigers with two walks and five strikeouts.
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